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Giveaway Time at Elsewares!

Ready to win some fabulous gift certificates from my friends over at Elsewares.com!? I’m trying to do giveaways a little more frequently, at least this month, because I sense that lots of you are in need of a pick-me-up right now. I’m so pleased to announce that Elsewares is giving three (3) decor8 readers the chance to each win a $75 gift certificate to be used on their website where they sell lots of independent art and design for men, women and children at affordable prices.

If you would like to win all you have to do is leave a comment below (one entry per person, per household please) with 3 things that you would love to own from the Elsewares website. Please link the item name, no links, UNLESS you shorten the URL using tinyurl.com. Thank you!

On Thursday, March 19th three winners will be selected and announced on decor8 Friday, March 20th. Have fun everyone!

(images from elsewares)

Posted in shopping on March 13, 2009

Horne: My Wish List

I’ve known about Horne for awhile now but after seeing them again yesterday on Karin’s website, I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite things from this beautiful web shop.

I’ve been craving relaxation, texture, sunshine, products made from wood and clay, fresh salad, and good old-fashioned natural simplicity lately. Aside from function these objects also act as art with their lines and shapes…

And how about this for a brilliant product idea? You can turn any wine glass or vessel into a candlestick holder with this contemporary porcelain insert called CandlestickMaker by Designfenzider in New York. I really like this!

(images from horne)

Posted in shopping on March 03, 2009

Spring Inspiration from Amy Butler Design

It’s Friday, time to prepare for the weekend and hope for Spring with fresh images from the inspiration folders of Amy Butler Design. I haven’t talked about Amy in over three months so I needed a little of her sparkle and beauty on my site today. I’m so fond of her design work and home in Ohio, but I also follow her husband and business partner David because in my opinion his photos of Amy’s products radiant joy and life. When I look at his recent batch of photos (below), I imagine a charming country lifestyle… a sweet friend winks at you from the porch, asks that join in on a game of cards and whether or not you’d like one lemon slice in your tea or two.

I love single flowers in candle holders, I do the exact same thing with mine too. Just add a few tablespoons of water and your buds will stay beautiful!

View additional larger photos here and to shop for Amy’s products visit her web shop. Don’t miss her gorgeous new stationery, the Lucky Flowers collection.

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in inspiration, shopping on February 27, 2009

My Review: Martha Stewart Flowers

Sunshine is flooding my home today so it was the perfect opportunity to spend lunch photographing my new bouquet from the 1-800 Flowers Martha Stewart collection. Remember my thoughts in Craving Spring when I expressed how I felt a bit tired of the weather and was hungry for Spring and that I ordered flowers for a little pick-me-up? I ordered for the first time from Martha Stewart since I had a coupon (code: MARTHA49 gives you 15% off) and because the offer included a 1 year subscription to MS Living magazine or $15 cash back. After these discounts I saved around $23 so that felt good. I was also able to justify this purchase because of the vase included — a matte white faux bois ceramic ‘stump’ with a shiny glazed interior. It’s delicate and beautiful, something I’ll use time and time again.

When my big aqua box arrived yesterday (Martha’s signature color!) I felt kind of goofy giddy like a teenager receiving flowers from her first crush. I guess I needed them and this gift to myself more than I had thought! I’m easily sucked in to beautiful product packaging, from the chocolate grosgrain ribbon to the white tissue paper delicately patterned with the Martha logo, so I was hooked. Then there was the chocolate swirly font welcoming me to her world of flowers and gorgeousness on the box, and a sweet package that included flower food (2 packs) and a lovely little booklet discussing flowers and plants with photos and instructions to help me care for my new blooms. “Your flowers will be thirsty from their travels”, it said. How cute. Now excuse me as I share 10,000 photos of my new bouquet as shown on the dresser in my bedroom, which smells like fresh picked freesia and roses. Now I’m feeling’ Spring, baby! The Holly is back! :)


The above bouquet is called Rose Medley and Freesia Bouquet in case you feel like treating yourself along with me. FYI - The roses really are this orange, though the website shows them to be more peach.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in shopping on February 25, 2009

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