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Williams Sonoma Home Spring

Williams Sonoma Home deserves a nod for Spring, their selection has all the key players when it comes to hot trends for the season. Stripes, chain links, zig zags, corals, arabesque prints — they’re all at WS Home. Here some of my picks for the season along with a few tips.


This bold stripe outdoor rug would look great on the patio. I love apple green, fancy legs, and tufting so the James chair has a good dose of all three. I also love lacquer trays, so these yellow-tipped trays have my attention. I’d like to use one to top an ottoman. And if your budget doesn’t allow it, then find a tray at a store like Target (here’s one for $17) and lacquer it yourself. I really like these Coronelli prints, well not so much the print but the idea of displaying 3 round black frames with something sepia-toned inside. Whether it be vintage photos or pages from old books, the idea is a good one. The price of these prints at WS, not so much. Sheesh.


Bold print outdoor pillows make a strong statement. Pierced ginger jars are so pretty in the kitchen for storing nectarines and lemons. I also like the beehive motif shown here on the Lynn lanterns which I imagine would look so pretty glowing on the patio or coffee table at night. English Colonial makes an appearance here with the Hampstead bamboo mirror. Looking for the perfect gift? This silver raffia clock is under $100 and oozes casual chic. And while I love the base of the Porcelain Bamboo Lamp, I’m not keen on that circa 1980’s shade so I say ditch the shade and top it with a white drum shade with grosgrain ribbon trim also in white to add some interest.

(images from ws home)

Posted in flooring, textiles on April 02, 2008

Spring Bedding

Where do you shop for bedding? If you’re looking to do a little Spring spruce up, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite online shops for bedding right here over at Real Simple.


Above bedding from Pottery Barn and John Robshaw. Links are here.

(images from john robshaw and pottery barn)

Posted in textiles on April 02, 2008

Designers Guild *New* Fabrics + Wallpapers

Do you recall this amazing home? It’s the posh pad of senior stylist Liza Giles who works for Designers Guild in London and features loads of prints and patterns from the DG wallpaper and fabric collection which inspired lots of decor8 readers. That’s why I’m once again pointing you over to Designers Guild… Because most of us are huge fans.


This time around, I’d like to highlight their new global website (it’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate now) and the slew of new papers and textiles they’ve added. And they’ve added a new feature called a Scrapbook where you can save your favorites and purchase bed linens, towels, cushions and throws, rugs and paint online in the UK and Europe (there’s a US site too). I’m really excited about the paint option for my new apartment in Germany so I just ordered the free paint color cards.


Psst: Good news for Germany. Designers Guild just opened their first German showroom located at Ottostrasse 5 in Munich. Yay!

(images from designers guild)

Posted in textiles, walls on March 31, 2008

Amy Butler Design *new* Pillows + Cards

Amy Butler Design just launched a collection of pillows and stationery today that I think you’ll really love if you’re an Amy fan, especially if you are someone who loves her fabric but who doesn’t love to sew. Amy did all the work for you!


I especially like how much attention she put into the design of her pillows using fabric from her Nigella collection because the pillow covers are removable (with zipper), and reversible-front to back design gives you two prints in one pillow so you can change up the look with a simple flip. Plus, the pillow forms are made out of sustainable materials (like bamboo) making them eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial.

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in reality tv, textiles on March 31, 2008

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