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Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

March 24, 2011

This weekend is my big Spring cleaning weekend and it’s funny but I can’t wait to get started! I’m ready to donate a bunch of clothes and buy some plants for my balcony and get my home ready for the season. Also, my goal for Spring is to get a better system in place when it comes to organization. Today I was in touch with Manostiles, a Danish company that designs home items, and found their boxes to be quite lovely and perfect for storage. The key to good organization is to have specific places for everything and if you are using boxes like these, to have a good labeling system so you know what is inside of them. I have a few boxes similar to what you see below that are covered in Indian prints and I think Leslie and some others online have similar boxes too — I’ve seen them around the web in mostly people’s home offices, so they seem to be a storage solution that many enjoy. I guess it’s hard to resist pretty boxes with things tucked inside!

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

Get Organized With Manostiles Boxes

If you would like to order these great boxes, you can purchase them online at Cahetu, they ship worldwide and I imagine rates would be okay since these boxes are very lightweight and many can fit inside of other ones… Manostiles will begin selling them on their website in April if you want to order directly from them.

I personally love the magazine holders and the clear shoe storage boxes that could store anything really. I particularly like seeing the clear ones stacked in a work room or above, as shown by a bed doubling as a bedside table which is clever and budget-friendly. But back to those magazine files, I can never get enough of gorgeous magazines and since I refer back to them so frequently, having them tucked away in pretty holders nearby my desk is practical and inspiring. I love to be surrounded by things that spark my creativity!

(images: manostiles)






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Spring With West Elm

March 22, 2011

West Elm contacted me last week with their latest offerings for spring (wowie zowie, so pretty!) but I’ve been a bit behind this month since I’m also teaching a huge class online so I’m reviewing this a bit late (eep!). I know that it’s been hopping around blogland already but I feel inspired by it so I’m posting anyway since I’m a huge David Stark fan, I know who isn’t, and the David Stark Collection for West Elm is gorgeous!

Spring With West Elm

David was inspired by the Mediterranean light and the clear blue sea along with his own roots as a painter — so he decided to combine raw canvas and gesso to create baskets and bottles wrapped in artist’s canvas and porcelain soup cans that can be used as vases. I love his dinnerware splashed with gorgeous blue tones with that painterly vibe to them — it’s a treat to see this! Blue and white is such a great palette for warmer weather, I always feel so invigorated when I view various blues that resemble ocean water, they can range from moody blues to exhilarating blues. Paired with white along with modern lines and lots of natural texture and the look can suddenly become quite nautical chic with a more high end Greek resort vibe.

Spring With West Elm

Spring With West Elm

Spring With West Elm

Spring With West Elm

Spring With West Elm

I also like seeing Tennessee-based husband and wife design duo Bill Pritchard and Jane Gray from Stray Dog Designs with a collection at WE as well because I’ve followed their work since 2006 and love what they are doing with papier-mâché and I think that in the right setting their pendant light is divine and a statement piece. I don’t want to gush but by golly gee I love seeing what’s coming out of WE lately… how inspiring. And the styling and photography – spot on!

(images: west elm)






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New Kate Spade Website

March 14, 2011

Hello lovely friends and happy Monday to you! And a big Oh la laaaa is in order over the new Kate Spade website as it makes me feel so chipper today and ready for springtime. I’m redesigning decor8 currently and working with a new color palette and graphics and their site inspired to get my own blogging butt in gear so it’s up and running with a new, fancy look soon too. Spring is all about growth and fresh new beginnings, isn’t it?

New Kate Spade Website

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday the Kate Spade brand will grow to expand into interiors even more – I’d love to have Kate Spade tea towels, bath towels, a shower curtain, wallpaper, bedding… wouldn’t that be so lovely?! I’m also hopping that they’ll bring the brand over the pond and open a shop in nearby London or here in mainland Europe. A girl can dream but you never know do you!?

(image: kate spade)






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Spring Inspiration from Cox & Cox

February 28, 2011

Ooooh yes! The new spring things at Cox & Cox have arrived and being a big fan of their online shop, I simply must share some of my favorite things with you today. These put me in the mood for March which will be here tomorrow – yay!

Spring Inspiration from Cox & Cox

I love the product shots at Cox & Cox, it’s all so gorgeous and gives me lots of great ideas for setting things up around the house. I love, love, LOVE the paisley shelf and the barn stars in white are sweet, too.

(images: tara fisher and styled by tony hutchinson)






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Sparrow & Co.

February 4, 2011

Sparrow & Co. is a big hit on the blogs these days so I figure I’ll throw my opinion out there as well and join the masses in applauding this lovely new homewares collection by Scottish online shop owner Samuel Sparrow. Samuel is inspired by his travels and traditional crafting skills so his collection has an emphasis on, “Unique, handmade products from countries including Morocco, Uzbekistan, Asia, Central America and of course Scotland.” I love what his is doing to merge all of his inspirations in a cohesive, inspiring product line…

Sparrow & Co.
Sparrow & Co.
Sparrow & Co.
Sparrow & Co.

His recent trip to Morocco is highlighted in his product shots above, if you didn’t already notice, and I can’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia as I miss my lovely new friends + students and the teaching trip to Marrakesh last October… That was a very special 10 days that I’ll never forget. Samuel is also inspired by Morocco, the sensory overload seemed to intoxicate him as well and I love how he interprets Moroccan design in way that feels very fresh. It’s a bit rustic but also modern and clean with a dash of country style — rolling hills, stone houses, wide pine floors, antlers, furs, leather poufs… it can all work so nicely with the texture and earthy colors in his collection along with deep indigo, Majorelle blue and teal. Ah, yes.

(images: sparrow & co.)






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Lodekka in Portland

February 4, 2011

So, this women loses her job and has the genius idea to turn a double decker bus into a vintage shop. Really? Sounds like a lady that I want to know!

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka is a restored British double decker bus (a 1965 Bristol Lodekka, hence the store name) that was transformed into a vintage dress shop and photographed by the talented Leela Cyd Ross who happens to be a great photographer AND a writer for Apartment Therapy’s Kitchn site. Located in northeast Portland, Oregon the owner, Erin Sutherland, has created quite a unique and lovely shopping experience for those looking for their next party dress or some sparkly shoes. This whole concept makes me happy, a great space and a women who is so creative and just goes for it. Yay to Erin Sutherland!

Psst: Like jazz music? Erin is also part of a band – The Stolen Sweets. What a talented lady!

Thank you Leela for writing to me to share this gem of a shop!

(images: Leela Cyd Ross)






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