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Doily Love!

Do not fear the loyal doily! Listen to your grandmother, your lacey round friends can be quite practical and, with thanks to designers giving them a fresh creative spin, even trendy. And because they resemble snowflakes, I’m thinking this is another reason for their increased popularity in the cooler months. If you prefer to take the doily into your own hands (a little DIY’er are you?), perhaps this post will offer you a few affordable ideas where you have an ah-ha moment, “I can do that myself!”. Because in some cases, you certainly can!

{via Inhabitat}

These look pretty simply pinned to a linen board as a decorative touch. This is the work area of Holly Waterfield’s office space in the West Village at her boutique, Camp. Notice the many doilies framed above her desk…

Another modern use for a traditional piece – shape one into
something pretty just like blogger Sweet Paul did here.
Artsy! {via Emma}

While in Europe, I spotted the darling doily on linens and plates, even clothing, and now back in the states, I’m seeing them around town trying to win your favor and love despite how most tend to view them as, well old-fashioned and boring. Ah, c’mon… Show a little doily love. After this post, you may just start rummaging through the attic or hitting the local flea to find a few that you can bring forward into 2007. That’s my goal.

Tips: I think it would be fun to hand sew a few to the bottom edge of a linen curtain (tone on tone is best for this look to stay modern vs. kitschy) or apply a few in random areas on a throw pillow. You can even use the paper ones and with a little spray glue, affix them to the exterior of a glass lantern or candle holder. Candles look so pretty glowing behind their intricate patterns.

Hannover-based German artist Evelyn Hahn incorporates doilies
into her mixed media art, on display here at Gross Stadt Rekorder.

Wrapping paper from Eieio at Rose + Radish, a doily chair by
the uber talented Tara Murray, the many ceramic bowls and plates
from Country Creek Pottery, the gorgeous work of
London artist Mhari McMullan. Are you a believer yet?

Unblossom salt crystal bowl vis Inhabitat.

Of course, you can always count on the craft queen Martha Stewart
for a few good ideas. I like the Lacy Luminarias, the
Lovely Lace DIY idea, doily envelopes, and
the doily-edges shelves – this is a nice idea for a kid’s room.

Thomas Paul is in on this motif, he has some
dinner plates offered over at Velocity Art + Design with
a goth vibe.

Floating vintage doilies framed from Dima Designs,
Small Stump “Tea For Me” Silkscreen print
(she churns out the cutest stuff), and
sweet retro pillows from Dottie Angel.

Or you can be all fancy pants with these 22K gold plates
by notNeutral, also at Velocity.

Modern doily gift tags and cards created by May Third.

Accessorize!
Ink Jet’s badge set in black and white, or a damsels
and doilies key fob from Mary Mo. A black and white
tote made with love by Oh Honey, or how about
a cute wristlet from Generi Online?

There’s also these black rubber coasters or a set of 8 pink vinyl
doilies – both from Rockett St George, Silver
Elissa Frankino contemporary jewelry with
doily impressions (lovely), and Amy Butler lace work fabric.

Crocheted doily jewelry, and another darling creation from
Dottie Angel: dish towels. Tea towels “Tree House” from
new Scandinavian design store (in the USA – yeah!), Huset.
Love this store. You will too. Contrary uses a doily in her
dyptych painting, “When I Was Happy”.

Anthropologie is one we can always count on to be in on the
trends with a mug in blue and white, the porcelain doily cake stand
(perfect for cupcakes – make sure you view the up close details,
it’s very sweet), and the bone doily mirrors (these are such a good
example of bringing a traditional design into 2007 in a very grown-up way).

Doilies influence New Hampshire-based artist Gina Adams.

This is perhaps my favorite of the bunch based on the story alone. How cute is this?

“The doily will be handmade by my mother who has been crocheting for over 50 years! She has made nearly 2000 of these doilies and therefore I guarantee the quality. The cost is $15 for up to 8 letters. Each additional letter would be $2.00.”

Available in white, ecru, and cream. I’d like one with my name on it in
pure white to center in an all white frame and mat. Modern yet
extremely old-fashioned at the same time. I’m ordering! I have
a friend with an all-white home, this would be perfect for her
since she relies to much on texture to add warmth to her space.

The Suspect Shop seems to be inspired by our little lace friends too.

First Snow patterned dinnerware just released by Rosanna at Kekk2.

Crate and Barrel has some dessert plates, felt placemats
(I picked one up for my coffee table over the weekend),
and some very dainty glasses with a doily motif.
Perfect for something a little boozey. :)

Psst: Free crochet doily pattern links {via Inhabitat}.

And for all the fashion victims out there, this doily tee from Urbans is a great piece to throw on beneath a cardigan or black velvet blazer.

So now I ask, do you or don’t you desire a doily?

(images: All from those cited in this entry, with the exception of the intro image via Inhabitat.)

Posted in trends on November 26, 2007

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}

I think I’d mentioned before heading up to Stockholm that I wanted to visit their home show called Hem 2007 (Hem is Swedish for Home). And I did! Ready to visit along with me? Good. Here we go!

Hem ’07 was held at Stockholmsm?ssan, a huge trade fair center only a 20 minute train ride from downtown Stockholm.

Upon entering the exhibit hall, you turn right and enter the “Inspiration and Trend” hall, which is where I spent the day. There were other exhibit halls, but those mostly focused on appliances and such — all things that I have absolutely no interest in because if it won’t fit in my suitcase, I figured I didn’t need to bother. :) The Inspiration and Trend hall had lots of exhibitors with items you could purchase, so this was the ideal place for a design hungry girl to make a bee-line for. But first, I have to show you this beautiful restaurant to the left, it’s called the The Garden and featured some of the best design elements, from the lighting (overhead) to all the Josef Frank fabrics that are so popular in Sweden.

I think every home has at least one throw pillow designed by Josef Frank, so if you’re looking to mimic Swedish design in your own home, take note. You need something from Svenskt Tenn somewhere to truly be a wannabe Swede. :)

The first exhibit I enjoyed looking at was called “Up Side Down” styled by Synn?ve Mork for Elle Interi?r. I was excited to see that Elle Interi?r also had a booth where they offered current and back issues of their magazine for only a few dollars, it was heaven. I hope that American magazines hop on this idea and do the same in the big U.S. shows because I’m sure many would love to scoop up past issues for a good price.

As you can see, I clearly had no problem scooping up magazines. :)

I started to spot some trends, black, white, natural wood, metallic gold, and a few Asian finds. Nothing new but still fun to see.

I absolutely adored this light but couldn’t find any information about it. I like the shadows it casts, it really captivated me.


These rooms (below) were created by Helena Sandberg and Jimmy Sch?nning, both Swedish stylists. The theme chosen was “Personality” showing three living rooms – one white, one black, and one in black, white, with gold accents. The black room felt unusually warm – the wood, leather, and wool felt contributed to that. Despite the nice design of this space, it didn’t make an impression on me, I didn’t connect to it on any level as I couldn’t imagine living in a space like this at all. It felt a bit heavy and draining. Not for me. But the white on the other hand…

This was my favorite space of the three, the all-white living room, complete with a white vacuum, which I would definitely own. The eye is a photo tile (above) by Fotokakel, a company that had a booth at the show displaying their new photo tiles. You can take whatever image you like and they’ll create tiles for your home. I think this could become a trend, but given that tiles are a long term investment, you’d need to carefully select your image because once it’s installed, you can’t easily change your mind.

I loved the ping pong ball light, it reminded me of a mini version of the Troy light designed by my friends Marcia and Paul of Zia-Priven. I also love this metal cut out chair in white. Oh so pretty!

{edit: found the name/website!} I couldn’t help but notice the very Scandinavian style shoes on the staircase designed by Asa Westlund, they’re called There Goes The Neighborhood. I’ve seen them in lots of Jeu de Paume books. I adore these shoes and I kept hoping I’d find a pair whenever I went shopping because I think they’re just adorable. I would use them as a bit of a prop for my home, I think clothing and shoes can definitely add a decorative element if displayed in the right spot, don’t you? I wonder how long before Anthropologie picks these up…

This is the Cosas booth, where I met fellow blogger Anneli Levin and purchased a Swedish horse and some Karin Eriksson ceramics. Anneli was so nice to meet, I’ve admired her blog for a long time so it was exciting to meet her in person. I didn’t expect that Cosas would have a booth at Hem ’07, so it was a very nice surprise for me to bump into her. Here’s a grouping of images that Anneli took and arranged herself, I just love this collage and have to show you it. I hope she doesn’t mind. :)

Cosas carries a popular ceramic cup designed by Anna Svensson, voted as one of favorites from this show by Elle Interi?r.

Along with this tray designed by Liebling (love their patterns). Here are a few shots of the Liebling booth, one that I wished I’d lingered at but by this point, I was starting to get a bit overwhelmed!

And this is jewelry designer (above) Catrine ?berg of Cooee, who helped me select a necklace from her line. Imagine two acrylic heart pendents, one clear, one silver, dangling on a long silver box link chain. I love it! In fact, I fell head over heels for all of her designs (you have to visit her website). Psst: She is actively looking to network with some stores in the U.S. to carry her line, so if you’re a shop owner, contact Catrine and tell her that you read about her on decor8 since she knows who I am now (we met at the fair). Her jewelry was a huge hit at the show, the foot traffic was incredible, she’s quite a popular lady!

Here’s a room designed for a teenager that I liked by Jan Rundgren. I liked the lamp the best but again, couldn’t find information regarding the source.

I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of these gorgeous trays! I wanted them all. So hard to resist.

And these great chairs (above), designed by Carl Malmsten, were another favorite of Elle Interi?r at this show.

And finally, here are some pillows I liked from Kreativ Insikt. Not a lot of pillows at this show, or textiles, so it was a bit sad for me because I was expecting to see a lot of prints and patterns and instead I found mostly black and white.

Summary: Hem 2007 was a bit small and honestly, a little dull to be set in such an innovative capital city like Stockholm. Outside of what I’ve featured in this post, the many additional booths (not shown) felt very dismal and somewhat tacky even – and the room arrangements I saw did not inspire me so I didn’t bother photographing them. I got the sense that other attendees they felt exactly the same, so I’m not alone in this. However, the fact that I had the opportunity to attend was extremely exciting and an experience I won’t forget, so for me, it was worth it to be there. Plus, I was able to meet some nice people and see some beautiful things, so I can’t complain too much!

Would you like to see additional coverage of Hem 2007? Visit Emmas Design Blogg and The Style Files.

(images from holly becker for decor8 with the exception of the anna svensson cups, photo by cosas)

Posted in shopping, travel, trends on October 15, 2007

Power Poufs!

No matter what you call them, pouffes, floor pillows, cushions, poufs — whatever — these beauties are the it accessory for the home right now, and I’m willing to bet into the new year and beyond. Loved for their versatility (foot stool, place to sit, or table), within reach pricing (at least most of the time), and overall cuteness factor, it’s hard to go wrong with something so right. Take this felt pouf from one of my favorite designers, Chris Labrooy. How can you not desire one of these in your home?


With so many hunting for durable pieces that perform double duty without taking up much-needed floor space, the pouf is perfect because you can easily tuck one away beneath a table. I think they look so stylish and often bring in the pattern, color, or texture that a room needs – the icing on the cake. In all its available shapes and sizes, why not check out a few of my favorites to see if anything clicks with you, perhaps you’d like one for yourself? I’ve included a few inspirational images from Living Etc. so you can see them in actual spaces.


First off, the Morrocan pouf – it’s the first thing I think of the moment I hear the p word. I love them in soft leather with the handstitched patterns, they’re very bohemian I think, they have that come relax in my casbah appeal. White leather is my favorite, but a close runner up is pale pink and then the turquoise ones – or something in a pale mustard. Aren’t these beauties from Graham and Greene the best? I like them around a coffee table for dining with friends. Also great for the patio in the warmer months, with candlelight of course.


This one from Shabby Chic is gorgeous, I saw it up close and personal in their new Boston/Natick store and it’s worth every penny. Even if you do need several hundred pennies to buy one. :)


Of course, you can get them in felt too, which really appeals to those living in colder climates I think. Leather is nice, but if you live in a region that is cold for most of the year, then you may be more inclined to find something in wool or cotton. I like this felted pouf from Danish Bohema (a site I found thanks to Leah) because it has an embroidered pattern much like the Moroccan ones above. This one is made by En Gry & Sif of Copenhagen, distributed by Danish Bohema in the U.S. for $113 – which I think is a terrific price.


Shirdak out of the Netherlands also has some in felt showing off some bold ethnic patterns. I see floor cushions and poufs everywhere in decor over here, in all the magazines I flip through they’re in so many rooms – and also in the homes of my friends.

The Alseda is another that I really like, it’s a very affordable option for under $30 at IKEA and it’s very natural – made from banana fiber so it’s eco-friendly, too. Top it off with a silver tea tray set, Danielle from the Style Files uses hers for this purpose and I think it looks great near her fireplace.

Big on color and pattern? Although these are ottomans, they’re a great alternative if you seek something soft with a decorative pattern. I like these three from Anthropologie, some are under $300 on sale, so click here for the full scoop on that. Or this floor cushion made to resemble an ethnic style pouf from Urban Outfitters for only $40.

And of course, some more pouf inspiration in case you wonder about how to place them in your home. They aren’t just for the living room, you can use them just about anywhere you’d like.

Image from Het Kabinet.

And you can even sew a few up yourself. Amy Butler recently released a new pattern called Gumdrop Pillows, aren’t these the best?


And blogger Yvestown from the Netherlands got her hands on a pattern and using fabric from Cath Kidston, she crafted one for her home. (By the way, if you like CK stuff, you can now order a catalog right here at no cost.) Yvestown said that many more gumdrops will follow, as she seemed to really enjoy making this one. Isn’t it gorgeous? Here’s her photo below. I purchased fabric from Amy Butler to make one for my own living room when I’m back in the states (a winter project).


Looking for additional seating options that are pouf-like? Try Fat Boy, Livingstones by Smarin (shown below), and Blog Beanbags.


Hope this pouffe post gave you some decorating inspiration for today. I know it did for me, now I have to reupholster my ottoman and make a few gumdrop pillows. :)

{Sorry blogging has been light the past day or so, I’m still getting settled here in Germany, our schedule has been nonstop since we landed. I’ll see you tommorow!}

Posted in trends on October 03, 2007

Moroccan Style on HGTV

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.


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)

Posted in travel, trends on August 24, 2007

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