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Moroccan Style on HGTV

August 24, 2007

Interested in Moroccan decor? Here are a few pieces written by yours truly that recently went live over on HGTV.com, this time about, surprise, Moroccan style: Be Seduced by Moroccan Style and What We Love: Affordable Moroccan Decor.

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A special thanks to Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise L.A. for her contribution, and of course Maryam from My Marrakesh and The View from Morocco for the constant flow of inspiration as both bloggers report live from Morocco daily giving us an insider’s view of this enchanting country.

(images from graham and green)

Inspiration, Small Business, Travel, Trends

Jewett Street – House Swappin’

August 14, 2007

Looking for a more intimate experience when you travel? I discovered Jewett Street in a comment left over at Apartment Therapy yesterday and thought I’d share. The idea of swapping homes isn’t exactly a new one, but it’s definitely more common, even considered trendy, making your stay in a boutique hotel almost pale in comparison. More and more are jumping on house swapping for several reasons, the first being that in most cases, it’s more affordable and comfortable than a hotel. With hotels soaring into the hundreds per night, staying in one is no longer the best way to spend your vacation dollars. Especially when you can stay in a place that looks like this. Charming, don’t you think? It’s a flat available for swapping in Edinburgh, Scotland over at Jewett Street.

Jewett Street - House Swappin'
Next, house swapping is the best way to sink your teeth into your new culture and experience day-to-day life. You really get to take it all in this way (especially helpful if you’re planning to relocate there someday. House swapping gives you a chance to experience living there without the commitment.) Of course, many more benefits exist, but you usually don’t know what they are until you’ve experienced it. And if you cannot house swap, consider looking into rental apartments when you travel. I have connections in my favorite cities so that when I need to travel there, I know who to call for an apartment.

I think that people are much more open to the idea of letting strangers into their home because of the internet. Let’s face it, we share so much of ourselves online, you can google anyone! We have less walls around us, people aren’t as fearful as they once were. Remember back years ago, if a friend told you she was dating a man she’d met online what did you think? Didn’t images of murder and/or abduction play through your head? No one thinks twice about meeting those they’ve met online today, so the same goes for swapping homes. There isn’t as much fear in the idea. Maybe we are more trusting? I don’t know. Of course, there is still a need to exercise caution, but house swapping sounds like a great travel option to me and totally worth looking into. If you want to learn more about how home swapping works, visit the Jewett Street website and register if you’re interested.

Have you swapped homes before? What was your experience? If not, would you consider it? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this.

(image from jewett street)

Trends

Ethnic Prints on HGTV

August 7, 2007

If you’re looking for some ethnic prints and patterns to incorporate into your home, you may be interested in this article Trend Spotter: Ethnic Prints and Patterns and a roundup What We Love: Ethnic Prints and Patterns both by yours truly for HGTV.

Ethnic Prints on HGTV

I pulled it together back in June, but since it just went live on their site yesterday, I thought you may like to read it even though I since may have covered some of these sources here on decor8. I really like how it came out though. A special thanks to Julieann Covino of Jace Interiors in Cambridge for the quote.

(lighting shown from anthropologie)

Trends

Globes as Decor

July 27, 2007

I’ve been scouting for globes for a few months now because I’ve always loved having a quick view of the world to keep things in perspective plus I love to travel and they remind me of how excited I felt as a child when I first saw one in school, fascinated to find out that America was not the world, just a very small part of it (I think some adults still need this reminder). So I’ve been looking for the perfect blue sphere to add my credenza at home, but not a brand new one… Something vintage and a bit worn. And it must be blue. Like the one in this photo.

Globes as Decor
So I went where everyone heads when they need a blast from the past, eBay. And get this, I won a tin globe last night, it’s from the 30’s in excellent condition, measuring only 10 x 7 so it’s perfect for the spot I’m looking to place it. I was up against 25 others biddings on it so I was scared to lose because eBay collectors can be a bit psycho. Then along comes a non-collector like me and I won. That’s the beauty of the auction. I can’t wait until it arrives, do you like it?

Globes as Decor
I like that the stand appears to be a gorgeous saffron yellow. I’m really excited to see it in person. Here are some globes on eBay if you’d fancy owning one yourself.

Globes as Decor
Look at all the globes in this collection, aren’t they gorgeous? I found this photo on Happy Mundane where stylish Jon mentioned that globes may very well be the next trend. That image above is a picture from BH&G magazines taken in the beach home of a Boston couple (Aug 07). Maybe he’s right, because I’ve been looking for globes since Spring and now I’m starting to see them popping up more and more, but not large old school globes, I’m finding smaller ones and even those without stands to pile in a bowl.

Globes as Decor
Here’s a few I found just in case you’ve been looking to add a nice globe to your decor. But I’m not so sure about these, I’m way more interested in the vintage ones with the blue spheres. Here’s some Parisian globes from Anthropologie (in black or cream), and a set of three globe spheres and a tabletop globe from Ballard Designs. If you find any blue reproductions, let me know. Otherwise, I think we all need to hit eBay for the vintage gems. They’re so pretty!

And if you aren’t into globes, vintage maps make for beautiful art or use several to collage onto a wall to mimic wallpaper. I’d love to see someone wallpaper an entire wall with blue vintage maps.

(top image: art.com, others from ebay, happy mundane, ballard designs, and anthropologie.)

Inspiration, Trends

Color + Pattern: Here to Stay!

May 11, 2007

The more I look around me, the more I see designers looking east for inspiration in fashion and interiors. The colors are getting stronger, the patterns more playful, and there’s this Asian chic that one can’t deny… A joy there that’s speaking very loudly and telling us that it’s okay to paint our walls yellow and experiment with purple. These colors and patterns are fresh, lively, and starting to rise more and I couldn’t be more ready for it. It’s exciting, don’t you think?

Color + Pattern: Here to Stay!
The colorful Bollywood costumes and gorgeous Indian textiles are inspiring the world and perhaps here in America, will become all the rage. Let’s hope so. I’d love to suggest a paint color for once and not have to pep talk the home owner about the joys of crossing over that very wide and long bridge between beige and the rest of the world. Of course, not everything east of here is Indian, there’s also a strong leaning towards the textiles and colors of Africa as well, from Morocco to Ethiopia. I read somewhere recently that many hope the items we purchase someday won’t only say Made in China, but also Made in Africa because its countries have the potential to build their economy and produce gorgeous work. Of course, the Turkish have their color and pattern that inspires, and China is expected to churn out some amazing designers, not everyone in China is sewing Nike shoes and it would be foolish to think that they don’t have their own amazing talent waiting to be discovered and launched into the world of fashion and interiors. From John Robshaw here in the states, to an American like Maryam in Marrakesh who is busy at work on her guest house, we’re all looking east for inspiration and I think we’ll be looking east for awhile – there’s so much to be explored!

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(images from marie clarie maison)

Objects, Rooms, Trends

Jonathan Adler *New* Melamine + Pillows

April 27, 2007

Oh goody! Love these… Jonathan Adler has new pillows out for Spring/Summer and some terrific melamine goodies, inspired by peacock feathers and origami. Did you catch them yet?

Jonathan Adler *New* Melamine + Pillows
The big sur silk screened canvas pillows are my faves, so beachy and mod. And with most of the melamine priced around $10-30, you have to pick up some for your patio parties, it’s so perky — poolside panache (or in my case, tiny patio panache!).

Jonathan Adler *New* Melamine + Pillows

(images from jonathan adler. yes, he’s a decor8 sponsor but i wrote about him for a year before that happened, so i’m not planning on pretending he doesn’t exist anymore. besides, he’s not paying me to talk about him. he has better ways to spend his heaps of cash, and it’s not on me.)

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