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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I love writing this weekly Etsy round up because it gives me (and I think you!) something to look forward to and it keeps me motivated to continue digging for pearls on Etsy. I often wonder if I’ll ever run out of sellers to spotlight in this column, though etsy spills over with one amazingly talented shop owner after another perhaps I’ll have enough to write about for a very long time. What a treasure trove! Ready to check out my top five picks for this week?

First up, Line Juhl Hansen, whom I mentioned only briefly yesterday in this post. After visiting her etsy shop this morning I found that she just listed a ton of beautiful original paintings so I had to write about her right away. This is your chance to own an original piece from Line. Her work really inspires me, but then again you know how much I love mixed media paintings so to you it’s no surprise that Line’s work pulls me in.

Next is Mrs. French (first name not revealed which makes her more interesting I think), the author behind the beautiful blog called Bliss (that I found today via a comment left on decor8 (here) via Sarah at Serendipity). I’d not heard of Mrs. French before so it was nice to be introduced to her blog, thanks Sarah! Mrs. French is not only a blogger but a talented photographer as you can see above and has recently opened an etsy shop where she sells her radiant work… I am especially drawn to pink flowers lately even though it’s Fall and I guess I should be more keen on orange and yellow. I guess my heart is still trapped in summer dreams. I’m not yet willing to face the swiftly approaching months of winter so pink it is! And just look at that fantastic owl photograph – super!


Anna Cote just wrote in to let us know that her 2009 calendar is now available for order in her etsy shop and that last year when I wrote about it she reminded met that it sold out… so I guess that means if you want one grab it while you can! Anna thanks for letting us know, and congrats on having your ’09 calendar ready in advance – smart girl!

Salendro Design is a design studio based in Montreal that produces limited run products like these practical (and cute!) hooks. I just ordered a set for my hallway since I can use them for my keys. Love these little guys!

Shesells is a darling little jewelry boutique with charming finds that happen to be very affordable and in tune with current trends – sparrows, owls, elephants – some of our favorites, right? I really like her sweet collection and think you will too. Tomorrow is October 1st, I think it’s time to start thinking about accessorizing for all of our cute Fall outfits! :) I’m digging purple, teal, and yellow this season, what colors are you absolutely loving right now for clothing?

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 30, 2008

Hallway Decorating Day!

Hello and happy Friday! I’m so pleased that you’ve visited me here because I owe you a huge apology. You see, I’ve been blogging like a mad woman over at Haus Maus today and then PING! (brain light bulb goes on) I realized how I’ve been neglecting YOU over here on decor8. I’m so sorry! I must confess that today has been just super because the furniture for my lonely, sad little hallway arrived and I am super pleased with it. I also have new dining room chairs and a table, all delivered this week as well. My kitchen is in (at least most of it) and installed, and my large vintage kitchen cabinet will arrive on Sunday. It’s wonderful that our apartment here in Germany is ‘on-schedule’ according to the project I laid out before I flew over. I wanted to have all of the furniture ordered and in place by the end of September and so far, so good. I love when the stars and planets line up for once! It’s such a load of stress off of my back to have our place nearly furnished. We leave the third week of December to return back to the states for the winter but we’ll now have October, November, and most of December to decorate and entertain, enjoy Oktoberfest and all of the outdoor markets, you know LIVE in our space without constantly having to shop for things to fill it with. I’m so extremely happy with how it’s coming along. Here is our hallway, it started off with old wallpaper, a bad vintage chandelier, and brown tile floors. Then the floors were installed and the walls repaired and painted (we didn’t do this part, only specified to contractors what we wanted). This is how it looked 6 weeks ago…

And here is where it stands today. Not finished but getting there… Yay!

And I’m so, so pleased. Our apartment only has a hallway, bath, kitchen, living room/dining room, and one bedroom — it’s 60 square meters so not at all large, but who needs a big apartment in the city anyway? We love our place and though we will eventually buy a 3 bedroom apartment (or house) here, a 1 bedroom is perfectly fine for a family of two. Plus we are only here 3-5 months at a time, how much space is really required?

Here is a list of resources from the hallway in case you are interested…

Bench – Esplanade, Hannover (sorry no website)
Cushions (Purple) – Esplanade, Hannover (sorry no website)
Pillow – Orike Muth
Pendant – IKEA
Mirror and Coat Rack – Car Moebel
Tin boxes – Local imports shop in Hannover, Germany
Bear photo on mirror – “Sylvia” by Wren & Chickadee
Painting on top shelf – Mati Rose (Mati McDonough) via Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Straw Tote – Red Chair Antiques, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Plant/Pot – IKEA
Notebook on bench: Bubbo-tubbo.

Now I’m thinking of adding some paint or wallpaper to the walls and perhaps putting a few photos or prints on the left wall… And I may be replacing the pendant with something more decorative (I have this one in mind, or perhaps a lantern), we’ll see… But considering that this room was empty a few hours ago, I’m pleased with the flash decorating job I’ve done here today, ha ha! See what you can accomplish in a short period of time? Just scare the neighbors by drilling holes into the walls, blasting Hed Kandi, and sliding furniture around and viola! You can also have an insta-hallway like mine.

One little feature I love that I didn’t plan: I like that I can make the hallway look more in tune with the seasons by simply removing the bench cushions and adding plants, etc. in the warmer months. It’s a really simple change. Laying all of the cushions across the bench in the Fall/Winter warms up the space and also makes the bench look less summer-y.

I can’t wait now to finish the hallway and move onto the kitchen! It’s fun starting from scratch in a new place… Do you have any home projects that you’d like to tackle this weekend? Tonight is date night (with Tee) and it’s nearly 6pm here so I’m signing off for the weekend… But I’ll meet you make here on Monday. See you soon!

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Hello and thanks for your patience today as I know decor8 has been down for about 12 hours. Lucky for me, most of you were cozy in your little beds so you may not have noticed, but being 6-9 hours ahead of my friends in the states, I have been diligently working on the problem to see exactly why the little decor8 blog has been sick while you were asleep. I think I may have blog diva Heather Armstrong to blame. Even if I don’t, I will blame her anyway because I feel like it. :) No, serious… it really is all her fault. The moment she blogged about me on her mega hit blog Dooce I was screwed. One part happy another part oh crap! (in that order) because when she wrote this I was happy (and shocked and flattered because we all know she is next to take the seat when Oprah passes the torch to the next big thing) and then 5 minutes later I couldn’t access my blog anymore, a so-called “server error”. I think she sent some kind of crazy traffic spike my way because my server couldn’t take it. I have the prima deluxe ultimate mega server package too so I have no clue why it turned into the little blog that could…n’t but longggg story short, I’m happily blogging again! And thank you Heather, you made my day!

Okay so what shall we talk about today? I’m thinking I’ll start with Etsy Take Five Tuesdays and go from there. Sound like a plan? Okay… Here are my Five Faves for the week.

I love Lucie! First up is Summersville (Lucie Summers) based out of the UK with bright perky prints and home accessories that have a clean, modern aesthetic. Loving Summersville this week!

Cards and calendars never steer far off of my radar as I find myself always loving them. Half of the cards I buy I never send though… it’s more like a paper obsession thing. I love looking at them, tacking them up on my inspiration board, placing a few on my magnetic board, I can’t get enough. Jessica Gonacha makes it easy for paper addicts because finding something you’ll love is super easy. Great product shots too. She gets major props for that.


I don’t think I’ve ever included the High Street Market in my weekly round up of fantastic Etsy sellers and thing is, I’ve meant to ever since she opened up her lovely shop! I know I blog a lot of ‘cute’ things but High Street Market is more grown up for those of you who are looking for some seriously nice (and affordable) home accessories and furnishings. Owned by a talented interior designer, items are carefully collected and made new again to resell in her fab Etsy shop. Such a great selection and best part… it updates constantly so be sure you sign up to be on her mailing list (HighStreetMarket [at] gmail.com).

And finally we have the talented Bow & Arrow out of Brooklyn with letterpress cards… Letterpress is like a totally ‘new’ concept here in Germany for cards – I can’t find a single paper shop that sells them. I’m not sure why, but paper products here are not that great. We need a really kick butt paper seller in this country to establish a chain of high quality stationery and gift wrap shops. Seriously. I see this happening in the future…

Next up is Toast. Puffy fabric floral pins for my jacket? I’m IN on this trend because whoa is this not the cutest ever?? Oh my heart… it’s melting! I really like seeing fun brooches and after realizing lately that my personal style could use a bit more color (I wear wayyy too much purple, gray, silver, and black) I think I’ll place an order with Toast. I want to pin some to pillows too. BTW: Speaking of fashion I have a quick trend report from Germany for ya: Gold (bright yellow) tights are HOT for Fall. They are everywhere here and I heard that they’ll be hot in most northern European cities over the next few months. I noticed them in Berlin over the weekend paired with lots of bright purple. It’s 1988 all over again…

Any Etsy sellers that you’re into this week? I go through phases so my favorites are constantly changing as I’m sure yours as too. Please share, even if you want to be totally shallow and give your own shop a plug. No problem-o!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 23, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello friends! I’m back from Amsterdam so you know what that means… lots of great things to show and tell which I’ll get to shortly (tonight or perhaps tomorrow). But first, I cannot let Tuesday go by without the weekly Etsy Take Five Tuesday. Enjoy!

Bostonian Jill Rosenwald recently notified me that she has a? new shop on Etsy where her ceramic creations are sold, ranging from plates to bowls and vases. Fantastic patterns and colorways… really great.

Pirilampo Riscado is based in Portugal and is a-m-a-z-i-n-g-l-y talented… gifted really. I cannot take my eyes off of her intricately woven handcrafted treasures to wear or display. This jewelry is not only breathtaking but made with heart, you can feel it as you look over her goods in her Etsy shop. I keep finding myself back on her Flickr “Necklace” set just to drool. When I see work like this I’m reminded of the sheer talent that exists in this world and how privileged we are to be online with continual exposure to it all without having to jump on an airplane.




Marta is a one-girl shop in Barcelona where her thoughtfully made things are sold under the name Emedemarta. Wood, linen, and cotton are a few of her favorite things along with deer and mushrooms (still popular motifs amongst indie designers, especially here in Europe).


Pardon My Vintage (cute name) is a shop filled with new-to-you finds curated with love and exceptional taste. Some of my personal faves include the retro pear canister, the folksy recipe tin, Rorstrand Fenix cup and saucer, and the vintage Heath mugs. Best part, she’ll ship worldwide! You can keep up with the latest Pardon My Vintage finds also via her Flickr account.


Bubbo-Tubbo is a sweet shop you’re certain to adore as much as I do. Originally from Russia now living in America, I stumbled upon Natasha Mileshina and her illustrations just this morning by roaming Flickr and was quite pleased that I took the time to wander… her drawings are pretty special! I’ve already decided to place an order for a few of her prints to put in my hallway. I can’t help myself!

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 09, 2008

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