Browsing Category

Shopping + Products

Shopping + Products, uncategorized

2009 Here We Come!

December 24, 2008

I can’t believe it’s time to sign off, wish everyone well, and welcome in the new year! 2009 is coming, can you even believe it? Why is it that as a kid the school year creeps by so ::s l o w l y:: but grown up time seems to fly?

Regardless of how quickly the year has gone for me, I’m glad I spent it with all of you. I hope that ’08 has treated you as well as you deserve, I feel blessed and happy to look back on many successes and joys in my own life. Sure, I screwed up more than a few times too, but I think the good and bad combined just continue to make us all richer, stronger, and wiser people. One major blessing is that I have a job I love, if you can even call freelance writing and blogging a “real job” as it’s not the most traditional path… and I’ve made so many good friends to share this journey with that I find it all immensely rewarding.

I’ll admit, I sometimes miss the corporate world but only the dressing up for work part, the mingling with other humans part, and the structured schedule part. I often forget what day it is because I’m so engrossed in scanning, reading, researching, web surfing, facebooking, tweeting, and skypping 100 hours a day that I lose all sense of time. I could also stand to dress a little more current. I try my best but I’m no Carrie. You lose some of these things when you work alone 98% of the time. That’s why I value the many friends that I’ve made online, like you. I will attempt not to sound overly cheesy here but you really make this whole bloggy experience so pleasurable. This year I had the privilege of meeting 200 of you in person at various events I’d attended (or hosted) and it was exciting to put faces behind online names and handles. Real facial expressions kick emoticon butt! As much as I love blogging there is nothing like sitting around a table with talented passionate people dishing about design over boozy concoctions! My office is the web and I’m really happy to have colleagues like you because as much as you claim I keep you plugged in you do the exact same for me. We all learn and grow together and on many levels we are even accountable to one other. If blogger A. disappears for a few days, you feel concern. If blogger B. is having a baby you are excited and want to hear about the decor for the nursery. It’s this accountability and friendship that compels us to show up each day, motivates us to reach our goals and to follow through with the words we’ve typed… these connections really matter. I know you expect me to follow through on the things that I write and knowing this has helped me to reach many goals that I may have otherwise gave up on.

In closing… thank you all for supporting me (and my work elsewhere) by tuning in, commenting, writing, and sharing what I’m talking about on decor8 with others. We have built something special here together – a place to enjoy beauty, warmth, support, encouragement, and a place of shelter from some of the more common behaviors we have to deal with around us that aren’t always so upbeat and pretty. I have special blogs that I visit when I need a dose of inspiration and so likewise I hope decor8 is not only a beautiful place for you to learn about talented people, but one that energizes and inspires you as my favorite blogs do for me. I promise to give you even more goodness in the days ahead so I hope that you’ll stick around as we enter the 4th year of decor8 together.

I promised myself and my family that I would take 2 full weeks off from blogging to enjoy the things I have that are not online, so I’ll be back in action here on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Until then, be safe, healthy and happy, I’ll see you again soon to share a new year together… 2009 Here We Come!

xo,
Holly

P.S. Something weird happened with my newsletter and RSS feed so if you could please resubscribe I’d be eternally grateful.

Please enter your email address to keep up with decor8 via email subscription:

Delivered by Feedburner

(images shown in boxes above are snapshots of my flickr favorites. To see original photos and to link to the photographer who took the fabulous image, please click here and hover over the image of choice with your mouse and simply click on it.)






Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Stationery

La Marelle {Darling Things from France}

December 23, 2008

You just may fall in love with La Marelle if you haven’t already heard of this darling online shop. Specializing in paper products and gifts designed largely by French artists with a few Australians and others added in, you’re in for a real treat. I’m so pleased that their website is also available in English as most French websites that I find and fall in love with I usually do not post  because a good percentage of us cannot read it. A high five to La Marelle for making their site more accessible. Here’s just a peek at what you can expect to find…

I particularly like the cardboard suitcases for storage and the pencil boxes, so much prettier than the typical Crayola metal tins!

I love many of French illustrative styles… heaven, aren’t they?

(images from la marelle)






Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products

New: Udessi {Online Gallery for Art, Craft & Design}

December 23, 2008

Great news! There is yet another gorgeous online gallery to add to our growing list, it’s called Udessi and it offers contemporary Australian art, craft & design from emerging and established artists. Launched by Kim Wallace, a graphic designer and artist born and raised in the Netherlands, Kim is constantly on the lookout for fresh and exciting contemporary art and craft.

Now based in Australia with her husband, Kim says, “I want to showcase what amazing art Australia has to offer, focusing on pieces with a uniquely Australian quality and feel, whether it’s the materials that are used to create it, the look and feel of the artwork, the colours and textures, or the story behind the artwork.”

After browsing the site this morning and looking through the various works, I knew I had to share this gem with you. It’s such a beautiful spot on the web and the products are unique, affordable, and make the nicest gifts. It’s still new so more products will be added but Udessi is off to a good start as it’s clear Kim is in the right business as she is the perfect curator and passionate about what she’s doing. Bravo, Kim!

A special thank you to Stephanie Bond for sending me the nicest email about Udessi, these little tips from readers are so very helpful!

(images from udessi)






Shopping + Products

Cox & Cox

December 15, 2008

My friend Kat sent me a care package and tucked inside was the lovely catalog of Cox & Cox in the UK. Have you heard of them?

{cardboard favor boxes}

Cox & Cox is a mail order company launched in 2001 by Fiona Cox and Lizzie Thornton-Allan and they have quite a large and loyal following… and for good reason. Their catalog (and website) feels so cozy and personal, I found tons of things that I’d love to order but the British Pound is a little high for me against the US Dollar so I need to hold back… but a girl can dream. Here is what’s on my wish list. I know, my very long wish list. Divine I tell you, just divine… :)


{1. Shadow boxes, 2. LOVE pillow cases, 3. Every Occasion cards, 4. silver birch candle, 5. Union Jack pillow, 6. doves and hearts garland (love), 7. Damask notice board (with bird egg tacks!) and 8. Recycled Indian paper pad.}


{1. Think sign, 2. Wire mail box, 3. Sugar (or flour) shaker, 4. Pie dish, 5. squirrel nut cracker and 6. a lovely pouring bowl.}

Can you understand why my list is so very long?

(images from cox & cox)






Books + Magazines, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Stationery

Mateo Ilasco: New Products

December 11, 2008

I’m also so pleased when I hear from Meg (Mateo Ilasco), she is such a talented and clever business lady and I find that she is a really positive example for small business owners out there. As a product designer, blogger, author, online shop owner, as well as many other things (lot of hats!) she has many things to juggle but manages to stay organized and continues to inspire so many through her work and life. Meg’s resolution for the new year is to be more organized so she developed a collection of office products around this theme and added them to her online shop.

These products include: the Numbers Desk Set which includes a Blueprint Notepad, Numbers Notepad, and Number Organizing Clips, and the Office Desk Set which includes a Weekly Notepad, a To Do List Pad, and Action Organizing Clips. During the month of December you can enter the coupon code TEN upon checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Meg is based on the west coast but surprise! she’s currently in New York with a shop at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park for 6 weeks (look for the brand Mixed Co. which includes Meg (of course), Allymoon, SusyJack*, Nantaka Joy, Linea Carta, Carrie Saxl of Blue Wild Indigo, Laurel Denise, and Good on Paper Design.) until December 28th at booth #C03. There you can view and shop for Mateo Ilasco products and books, including signed copies of her lovely and popular book for small business owners called Craft, Inc. In addition to Meg, there are seven additional shops featuring gifts, stationery, and jewelry, over 100 in fact! Artisans, designers, and food merchants from around the world.

And stay tuned! Meg is finishing up on the Craft, Inc. Business Planner, a companion to Craft Inc. that will help a creative business get organized in order to build a successful business. This book will be released during Fall ’09 by Chronicle Books. Yay, Meg!

(images from meg mateo ilasco)






Decorating Tips, Rooms, Shopping + Products

Bongenre: Fancy Melamine Tableware

December 4, 2008

I recently heard from Jill at Bongenre and thought her work was something lots of us may really enjoy, especially for guests and for setting the “children’s table” that so many use during dinner parties when the family gets together. Bongenre is melamine tableware (bowls, plates) with a twist – it’s actually quite elegant! Brooklyn-based founder/designer Jill Fenichell spent 15 years as an antique porcelain and pottery dealer specializing in English blue and white porcelain made in the 18th century.

About her designs Jill says, “I get to think about patterns I love, and work out interesting color relationships and rhythms between shape and pattern and color,” she adds, “The real question is: how to connect the old to the new…that’s what I want to do with my tableware.”

Don’t miss the Winchester Mandala pattern, available in several gorgeous colorways. I’m really into mandalas right now so these totally speak to me, especially in purple, lime, and winter (oooh) which is PERFECT for an indoor party this winter for January/February when everyone is tired of red and blue and white seems to coordinate so nicely with the snowfall. Perfect for gift giving too!

What do you think of Melamine tableware? Yes, no, maybe? Under what circumstances do you use it currently? Outdoor only? Indoor? Do you use it mainly for food or for decorating (on the walls or on plate racks)? Do you think it’s a good option for dinner parties when breaking out the china isn’t something you feel up for and paper plates are definitely not on your menu? Is Melamine the happy ‘in-between’ option for you or…?

(images from bongenre)






Scroll Up