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Amsterdam Meet and Greet: September 5th!

Hi everyone! It’s me Holly checking in to say hello and to ask for a small favor. On Friday, September 5th I will be in Amsterdam and some of my online friends and fellow design bloggers will meet with me there for the evening to relax, have a few drinks, and to simply meet face-to-face and establish new contacts. I’ve had a terrific response by many who would like to attend, so I’m investigating possible places to host a small group for a few hours (after dinner, between 8-10 PM).

A cafe is fine, or even a small retail shop or gallery space, but since I’m not familiar with Amsterdam at all I’d greatly appreciate suggestions if you have them. My hotel is in the center of Amsterdam near the Singel Gracht and the floating flower market, so nearby to this location is preferred (or at least a short train ride away, also fine).

You can comment below with your tips or contact me directly here.? And if you are in Amsterdam on September 5th, set some time aside to join us. All are welcome to attend – ladies and gents! Once a location is confirmed, I will post details on decor8 so stay tuned if you are planning to join us.

Thank you friends! :)

(photo by jaar haar)

Posted in etsy, textiles, uncategorized, what to do on August 26, 2008
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My Love for Pillows

Thank you so much for having me as a guest contributor today on your fabulous newly designed decor8, Holly! Hello everyone, this is Irene — some of you may know me from my blog Bloesem or B:Kids, two blogs that are about expressing my ideas about design and giving exposure to many creative talents in our world while looking at beautiful images that inspire much day dreaming!




Just a few inspirational images from the portfolio of Stylist Irina Graewe above. Don’t these pillows make the space so much nicer? I think they also provide a nice base as this post is about some of my favorite pillows and now you can also see how I enjoy seeing them displayed in the home.

Those who know me well understand that pillows and I go very well together… I guess it has something to do with my love for beautiful fabrics. When I see a nice fabric I think that it would make an awesome pillow, so in our house there are many different styles and types — mostly made by me, but the ones I’m mentioning today could easily fit in our collection as well.

The first ones that I would like to show you express my love for vintage and linen. Mel Bomba from Sydney is a graphic designer by trade but in her etsy shop, MelVilleMade, you can find these awesome pillows that will fit in any interior. Mel and I both prefer books with pictures over those with only words and we share a love for the color green. An instant connection!


These lovely cushions have a very fresh and retro feel and are made by the Toronto based company, Tonic Living. They are a small, family-owned operation selling a large pillow collection online. I?m thinking of ordering these for our balcony, which I?m currently redecorating with only white and wood furniture and bright accessories. These will bring such an extra summer feel. For inside our apartment these ?grass? pillows would be great, like I said before green is my favorite color, together with my grays and linen I think it would look very nice and chic. The people behind Tonic Living strongly believe in Karma, positive energy, quality and their slogan is, ?We hope that the cushions bring new life and energy to your living space which makes us an overall “Tonic” for your life!?

These are not your average pillows, but very funky ones with some great illustrations on them made by the creative duo Leal&Mabe, two people who feel strongly about bringing good design and respectful manufacturing practices to market. I discovered them at the fabulous online shop Supermarket.

At Volga Linen you can find the basics that are so important for decorating a house, beautiful colors combined with linen textiles make the perfect pillows. Volga Linen is a family-run British company with strong ties to Russia, where they obtain these exquisite linens.

And last but certainly not least are these lovely appliqued handmade pillows by Dawanda seller, Brokesy who has a collection featuring all things about air travel. As well as making pillows, this Canadian lady works as a costume designer, stylist and a wardrobe girl (not sure what that is) in L.A, California.

So that?s it for today, I hope you like my selection of pillows and I wish Holly a wonderful stay in Germany in her new place!

(photos linked to sources above, text by Irene Hoofs of Bloesem.)

Posted in guest bloggers, textiles on August 22, 2008

Pillow Love

Hello everyone! This is Ez visiting you from Creature Comforts. I am so thrilled that the ever-lovely Holly has asked me to share a post on decor8 today. I must admit to being a little bit challenged while creating this one. I’m generally a bit more comfortable within the fashion and small accessories realm, and have only a little bit of knowledge when it comes to home decor. That being said… I do know what I love when it comes to warm and inviting living spaces, and one of those loves are decorative pillows!

Nothing can give a room a more instantaneous facelift than to swap out your old standby throw pillows with something fresh and of the moment. Want to try out the seasons trendy shades without committing to reupholstering the sofa or a complete paint job? Snag some snazzy pillows, toss them about… and you’ve got a chic new look in no time flat!

Here are some of my favorites categorized into “looks”… though you should pull together a look that speaks to you…

{FIND IT}

Artistic:

Graphic:

Bohemian:

Modern Romantic:

Botanical:

Woodland:

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More Pillow-y goodness {not pictured}:

Have a gorgeous day!
xox
Ez

(images linked to sources above. layout and text by ez from creature comforts.)

Posted in guest bloggers, round-up, textiles on August 11, 2008

Les Indiennes {ethnic eco-friendly}

Les Indiennes is such an inspiring portal to worlds beyond, ethic prints and patterns continue to inspire and amaze me and Les Indiennes makes some of the loveliest I’ve seen. I’ve known about them for awhile, but after reading their personal story today in the Washington Post I felt inclined to blog about this online jewel.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Les Indiennes is American designer Mary Bergtold-Mulcahy and Indian designer Srinivas Pitchuka. Together, they design and produce eco-friendly fabrics from organically grown cotton and natural dyes. Made entirely by hand using India’s traditional Kalamkari method. You can shop them online for bedding, tabletop, pillows, wallpaper and books, fabric by the yard, and felt pillows and slippers — They have it all! It appears as though they only ship within the U.S. currently but you can email them to inquire further (info AT lesindiennes.com). They have retail showrooms in America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia if you’d like to view them in a shop nearest to you click here.


Their online flipbook is a brilliant way to present their collection. It’s so easy to quickly view their gorgeous homewares styled to perfection in magnificent spaces. I love how they’ve merged eastern and western design into a modern eco-friendly collection, I find it all very sophisticated, calming, and cozy.

(images from les indiennes)

Posted in bathroom, kitchen, textiles on July 10, 2008

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