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Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

July 23, 2010

So! I was in Anthropologie playing happy tourist in Los Angeles recently and realized that I should snap some photos of some of the rad displays. Like a good little girl, I asked the lady who stands guard next to the front door with her Madonna mic on her head. She gave me the go ahead with a very military-like nod and I went around the store snap, snap, snappin’ as much as I could while dodging evil stares from the sales crew, who may not known that I had asked permission first. And so, these are my sneaky spy action snaps blurry and not at all pro-level but hey, it is what it is.  So many good ideas in these photos, I had to capture the awesomeness that is Anthropologie. Their visual teams blow my mind.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

I loved this installation with all of the books on the wall. It was such a grand entrance to the store!

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

This installation was also fantastic, thousands of what appeared to be papers on string cascading from a beam on the ceiling.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

This was a surreal moment, seeing Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers on the shelf, which was photographed by Debi Treloar whom I was there in L.A. with since she is shooting the book that I’m working on. It was just a moment for me, I guess. I felt really proud of myself and sometimes we need time out to feel good about ourselves and to reflect on our joys, don’t we? I also took this photo because I love the reimagined paintings of Leslie Oschmann and was so excited to see a few, for the first time, in the flesh.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

I could have taken home this entire shelf. Swoon!

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

Love all of the salvaged wood we’re seeing on walls, furniture, kitchen cabinets, even on bathtubs lately! It’s so inspiring and I also adore seeing it as living wallpaper like this in Anthropologie.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

Enjoying this woodsy theme…

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

I wanted to buy these organically-shaped porcelain vessels shown on the top shelf. I flipped them over to see who made them but I’ve forgotten so if you know, do tell. I couldn’t fit them in my luggage and was scared to spend so much money only to have them fall to bits in my suitcase, so I passed… but it was really hard to walk away.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

Smart idea to organize a bookcase with drawers! Also like the simple, framed butterfly as art.

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

Isn’t Anthropologie an inspiring place?

(images: holly becker for decor8)






Decorating Tips, Shopping + Products

West Elm Fall Preview

June 24, 2010

Remember how I was just telling you about all of the new things out there in the art + design world and how inspiring it all is? With all of the fairs and flea markets and indie fests going on right now, there is a lot to find and be inspired by. Not to mention what the big retailers are up to as they begin to roll out their Fall previews… Take West Elm for instance. They have some great things for Fall… would you like a mini taste of what is to come? Good, because that’s what this post is intended to do! And a big pssssst — I love their new bedding!

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

Now I’m hoping that I have time to hit a West Elm store when I’m in the states in July. I’ll be in New York and Los Angeles working with Debi Treloar on my book (we have a lot of spaces to style + photograph together) and I’m very excited because I’m leaving ahead of schedule so I have 4 vacation days in New York for the July 4th weekend and I’m staying an extra 4 days in California so that I can hang out with my husband as we’ll be celebrating our 9th anniversary and being in California is always special to us as we spent our honeymoon in San Francisco and Sonoma and we both just adore CA from top to bottom, it’s such an amazing state and we both love the diversity – people, places, landscape — bliss! If we ever relocated back to the states California is where we’d go!

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

But yes, anyway, I plan to hit a few shops while I’m stateside for nearly 3 weeks (Target here I come, ready or not!) and West Elm is one of ’em. I wonder if the Tripod table in white is flat pack… Hmmmm… It’s NICE. Also loving their new collaboration with Mike Miller

(images: west elm)






Shopping + Products

Roost at Pergolina

June 18, 2010

Heavenly. Just so heavenly. That’s what I thought when I read an email this morning from Bianca over at Pergolina, both an online shop and storefront in Toluca Lake, California which is in the heart of Los Angeles. Bianca shared some of their latest stock from Roost and there’s nothing I don’t like or wouldn’t own — it’s all simply lovely. Fancy a peek?

Roost at Pergolina

matsuri sake set

Roost at Pergolina

grove bar collection (Don’t you love the linen accent wall? Great DIY project!)

Roost at Pergolina

fruitwood boards

Roost at Pergolina

bird in tree hat stand – do you see the bird?

Roost at Pergolina

marble salt & pepper cellars

Roost at Pergolina

serving utencils, flatware and hammered silver collection

About Pergolina, “Pergolina is a lifestyle boutique filled with hand picked treasures ranging from jewelry to homewares to art. We are committed to showcasing functional artful objects that are not found everywhere. Paulanna the owner has been in business for over twenty years and is n inspiration because of her personal style and creative courage.”

Do you spot anything that you love? I like the matsuri sake set and the idea of applying linen to an entire wall!

(images: roost)






Shopping + Products

All The Luck In The World

May 11, 2010

Jane just updated her lovely shop, All The Luck In The World, so you can buy some fresh vintage and crafted items from her if you’d like. Here’s a sampling of the pretty things in her shop… Fantastic — colorful, happy, and just the best! I met Jane in person a few years ago at a decor8 meet and greet in Amsterdam and she was the sweetest thing — so humble and down-to-earth and super creative.

All The Luck In The World

Jane has a storefront now in the Netherlands but her online store is where I frequently do “drive bys” to see what’s new. I love how she restyles flea market castaways, she has such a great eye for enhancing, upcycling, re-purposing, recycling… all of it!

(image: all the luck in the world)






Shopping + Products

Urban Outfitters Goodies

May 6, 2010

I’ll confess, I don’t recall purchasing a single item for the home recently from Urban Outfitters but how many times I’ve wanted to! I bet the UO people will wonder why I’m telling you this but it’s not you UO, it’s me. The core reason has to do with crowds. Whenever I visited their stores in Boston they were so jam-packed that I couldn’t even think, which I’m told is a sign of old age as everything seems louder to me lately anyway, but I prefer shopping in environments sans mobs that are a bit more laid back. Their big sister, Anthropologie usually fits the bill. I guess thirtysomething geezers who despise shopping fast and furious can always hit the UO online shop for a little shopping zen which is exactly what I’ve done this morning. And here’s what I found…

Urban Outfitters Goodies

one. quilt :: two. magnetic photo frames :: 3. apple bowls :: 4. shells + stars bowl.

Urban Outfitters Goodies

a. wooden bulb :: b. bird feeder.

I found so many great things in their shiny “new” section – from wooden waffled bulbs made by the fabulous design collaborative Suck UK to a wooden cat bird feeder (cheeky, eh?). I also liked this reversible quilt that I found. One side is a bit graphic and edgy while the other is a little romantic romp in country fields.

Wouldn’t those wooden bulbs look great over sleek white lacquered dining table with rustic wooden chairs and white wooden floors with a large seagrass rug beneath? Oh yes… Maybe a black and white geometric patterned runner on the table that mimics the lines in the waffled bulb? Maybe three zinc black pots down the center of the table with succulents inside and some wooden plate chargers with crisp white plates on top and Belgium linen napkins tied with black and white baker’s twine and a yellow stem of something pretty – like button flowers? And a black feature wall with lots of lovely art? Just sayin’.

(images: urban outffiters)






Books + Magazines, Shopping + Products

Anita Kaushal

May 3, 2010

Author/stylist Anita Kaushal would like to offer decor8 readers a very exclusive discount as she is currently making room for a few new things in her online shop and would like to offer her current wares at a very special discount of 50% off for decor8 readers (click here and enter the password: decor8). Just a few exquisite things for us…

Anita Kaushal

And in case you don’t know Anita and her book… here’s a visual introduction to her glamorous yet livable personal style… Please examine all of the fine details as you peruse these photographs. Which rooms appeal to you the most? Do you see any ideas that you’d like to use in your own living or work space?

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Would you not love to own a dining room or work room like this with such beautifully tiled floors? This looks like the most beautiful home, doesn’t it? I love the architectural details, the light, those windows! Eek!

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

If you aren’t familiar with Anita’s work, she is the author of the beautiful FamilyLifeStyle Home book published by Thames & Hudson and she was a regular contributor at Cookie magazine before they (sadly) folded. Above, you can see some glimpses from the book. It’s simply gorgeous… I have a copy and could flip through it a hundred times over. I think the silver bathtub is amazing with the Moroccan wedding quilt laid out on the floor before it. I also love seeing the bubbles… it really calls out to the viewer doesn’t it?

(images: anita kaushal)






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