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The Home of Nonchalent Mom

Did you catch the stunning modernist home of online shop owner Nonchalent Mom featured on the Domino site today? What a stunning place Carina Schott has! At first glance, I thought she lived in Australia or southern California due to the lighting and architecture, but she’s a fellow New Englander, Rhode Island to be exact.

What a gorgeous property, here are four of my favorite spots in her stylish abode. First up, the pool. Who doesn’t dream of having a pool like this? My family had an inground pool once, but only for a short period of time. That was the best time of my childhood I think! There is nothing like swimming in your own backyard, complete with a seating area, lanterns, and an assortment of pretty pastel floats like these of course.

Who doesn’t love a hallway that is part functional (storage, seating) and part gallery? This looks so fresh and inviting, and the striped rug complement some of the frames on the wall, along with the bright yellow chairs, a nice way to welcome guests and make them feel instantly at ease because your art shares with them parts of your personality. I believe that people respond well to works of art in the entryway, it adds warmth and character.

Don’t you enjoy seeing all of the color here? What an sweet work space, I like the shots of fuchsia, blue, and yellow and the height of the work table. I can’t tell if those flowers are wall decals, a mobile, or what exactly but for those who don’t know where to place decals, this is a nice look without going overboard. One thing someone told me recently is that they see decals for sale everywhere but rarely see them in homes and I have to agree, at least here in the northeast U.S. I’d like to see people use them more often though, I think they can be applied without looking cheesy if combined with shelving or art, for instance.

Ah, suzanis. Still quite in vogue here in the states. It’s rare to find a suzani in this colorway though, most are very bright and multi-colored. This two tone look is so nice. I have to check on her source to see where she found it, it certainly is a rare find. (Running to check.)

Okay I’m back, it’s by Erica Tanov, I’ve added a photo of her San Francisco store directly above because I love the arrangement and the things shown, the painting, the display cases, it’s all so lovely. This is exactly the kind of store that I enjoy browsing. But I don’t see bedding here. Ah, wait! I found it in her web shop right here along with lots of other delightful finds, like these Turkish towels.

What an inspiring collection of things in the home of the Nonchalant Mom! And I have to highlight the fact that she lives in Rhode Island. My mother and her family are from southern RI, I’ve spent many a summer on my grandparents farm there and it is such a beautiful state. You rarely hear about it though, especially in the pages of design magazines. I often feel like hip American cities get a good chunk of the attention, yet stylish people live all over America and I love that some magazines give attention to this other group of cool peeps, too. Just because someone doesn’t maintain a posh townhouse in the city doesn’t mean that their home in the suburbs or country isn’t just as interesting or magazine worthy.

More on this topic, and perhaps you have some opinions to share because I’d love to hear what you have to say… I was speaking with a group of ladies recently and they confessed feeling shut out because they don’t live in some hip American city, yet they are very cool and have style oozing out of their pores despite the fact that they live in a rural area or god forbid, the ‘burbs (insert Psycho sound effects here).

I happen to believe that we are all interesting no matter where we live and that a suburban woman is no less stylish than a city girl, It all comes down to personal style and where you live cannot give you what you inherently have within. What do you think, do you often feel alone with your cool self where you live, like no on around gets you or that you aren’t living in the ‘right’ place though you genuinely love your home? Am I making sense because reading that last sentence sort of confused the heck out of me too. But I think you get my point. How do you handle others when they try to lump you in with how they perceive suburban or country women to be, live like, etc.?

(photography by melanie acevedo for domino magazine)

Posted in inspiration, small business on May 29, 2008
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Frank

Let’s be Frank, or shall I say let’s meet Frank, an online shop specializing in work created by independent British designers, a delightful mix ranging from ceramics to pillows and art. It’s quite obvious that a great talent runs this very special shop because everything is exquisite, from the site design to the bounty of creative work. Frank is impressive.


Sukie, Vicky Hageman, Poppy Treffry tea cosies, Hannah Turner Ceramics, notebooks by Angie Lewin, more paper goods by Kim Jenkins, Twee As Can Be Sewing Buddy sewing kits, Laura McCafferty prints, and Julie Arkell’s paper mache dolls are just a few of my favorites.

It’s so refreshing to catch a glimpse of what the British indie design scene is up to lately. I’m dying to visit a craft fair in England someday, I’ve only visited flea markets so I hope to check out something like Origin or Top Drawer in the near future. Have you attended either of these two craft fairs and if so, would you suggest one over the other or something totally different? I may try to visit London in the Fall…

(images from frank)

Amsterdam Meet + Greet

Emma, Danielle, Sia and I have been discussing a plan to host a little informal meet + greet in Amsterdam for bloggers on Friday, September 5th. More details will follow in August but I wanted to give you a heads up in advance. I’m not sure how many Am’dam-based readers decor8 has, but it would be so nice to meet some of you in person, so whether you blog or not, consider yourself invited. It’s not often that I’m there, so if you live nearby and want to hang out, please join us.

Photography by Mor (bcnbits). You just have to view
his Amsterdam folder on Flickr. Stunning.

It would really help if you could drop me an email with the subject “Amsterdam” so I can save your contact information. (decor8blog AT yahoo.com) Then when the time comes, I’ll send out a quick email with the location details. Of course, I’ll post details here a few weeks in advance, mid August, but it would help for the sake of finding a location to know in advance how many we can expect. I’m thinking a group of 20 would be nice. Again, we still have to iron out the details, but for now you can pencil us in for the evening of September 5th after dinner. A few of the girls will bring male friends/partners so singles and couples are invited, men are always welcome. :)

(photography by Mor bcnbits)

Posted in inspiration, small business on May 27, 2008

What would a perfect magazine look like?

I really miss Blueprint magazine. I know lots of you weren’t big fans, but looking back I think you’ll agree that it was becoming a very special magazine… I’m sad that it’s gone. Another magazine that ended far too soon is craft mag Adorn, Christina Hatch was the editor-in-chief and thankfully for us all she is now leading marketing and other efforts over at Etsy. Christina did a great job at Adorn but in the end, it’s all about ad revenue for print publications and when they can’t bring in enough cash they have to close up shop no matter what. It’s just a shame, we’ve watched several magazines close their doors in the past year alone.

(Purl and Purl Patchwork, NYC)

You may recall these beautiful photos, they are of the gorgeous one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment of Joelle Hoverson, who owns two yarn and fabric shops in NYC — Purl and Purl Patchwork. These were originally published in Blueprint magazine and can now be viewed online. It’s a glimpse of what was — our beloved Blueprint. Martha bring it back and combine the idea with MS Kids, drop some of the over-priced finds, and showcase what we love about Martha best, some good old-fashioned DIY projects that we all need and crave. We humble bloggers try, but no one produces a better DIY than Martha Stewart from concept to layout and photography, MSLO rocks it. Of course they have major resources and employees that we little bloggers just don’t have, but that’s even more reason for them to roll in and take charge. It’s the one thing they have that the web can’t seem to duplicate with all it’s DIY tips and videos so why isn’t their a magazine out there going for it?

If you could build the perfect magazine, what would it include? What do you want to see that’s missing currently in magazines? What do you think is missing on blogs that you’d like to see more of (this question is something that I can do something with). Good news! I’m diligently working on a decor8 redesign with a company based abroad, the new digs here should be up and ready to go mid July. I took all of your advice and the decor8 you asked for will hopefully be what you get! Yay!

(images from blueprint magazine via mslo)

Posted in blogs, inspiration, small business on May 08, 2008

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