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coffee + cre8tive {sept 13 ’06}

September 13, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 13 '06}
I’ll be taking you on a little tour today of a dozen or so new things that I love, discovered on various websites that I’ve written about before. Posts won’t be big on editorial content, more on the eye candy side, but I’m sure you’ll have fun and find lots of new items that you’ll need to mark down on your list of gotta-haves!

First up, did you see this gorgeous new lace dinnerware at Magenta?

(images from magenta)


Hatch Interviews Inhabit

September 13, 2006

Hatch Interviews Inhabit
Becky, the design queen behind Design Public’s blog Hatch (bookmark it and visit often!), just posted a terrific interview with Inhabit’s Mike Tuttle and I found it to be most informative. Had to share!

Inhabit interview
By Becky

You and your wife Jennifer have branched beyond your own brand development firm, Planet 10, and created a brand of your very own. What made you decide to do this?

What we were really looking for was a creative outlet. I know this may sound weird being that we owned a brand development firm where creativity is the business. It?s much different designing for a client than designing to your personal tastes. We had acquired an enormous amount of do?s and don?ts, developed an intricate process for building brands from scratch and really had a good feel for what we wanted to spend our time doing. Ultimately we felt our efforts were better…click here to continue to main article.

Hatch Interviews Inhabit
(images from design public)


Lovely Table at Unica Home

September 13, 2006

Lovely Table at Unica Home
My new friend Leah told me about these ultra chic t tables at Unica Home by patricia urquiola for kartell. Seems they were a big hit in Milan recently and with their decorative ’embroidered’ surface, you must admit, they are downright dazzling. They’re available in 6 different colors (I love it in black – it’s looks like a black sea fan) and 3 heights: 11″, 14″, and 17″. ($227) This is definitely one of those tables you can see nestled in a plush white flokati rug

Thanks Leah for the tip!

(images from unica home)


decor8 CONTEST: Your Workspace (WIN FREE STUFF!)

September 12, 2006

decor8 CONTEST: Your Workspace (WIN FREE STUFF!)
decor8 has teamed up with Fabulous Stationery for our first-ever contest: Your Workspace! It’s easy, fun, and best of all, the winners will not only be featured right here on decor8, but they’ll win free stuff – gift certificates to use towards anything at Fabulous Stationery! We will have three winners, the absolutely fabulous entry wins a $100.00 USD gift certificate, the moderately fabulous entry wins a $50.00 USD gift certificate, and the almost fabulous entry wins a $25.00 gift certificate.


1. Tidy it up and photograph your workspace. You know, the place where you pump out all of that great brain juice. Where you spend most of your day. The place where you work.

It can be your cubicle at work. Your swanky office. Your sewing or craft space. Art studio. Your desk at home. It doesn’t matter if you earn a living from what you do, of if it’s a hobby, just tell us what you do at your workspace and take a photo of it.

2. Be as creative in your entry as possible – you can do this with multiple photos, by explaining what you love about it, details on how you’ve organized it, whatever you’d like! Don’t hold back.

3. Next, visit Fabulous Stationery online and browse all of their card styles and locate the ONE card that you think BEST matches your workspace. Include the link and name of that card with your entry. For instance, your office is orange and avacado with dark wood furniture, and you have lots of natural touches around the space, so you think that Partridge & Pear Express card best matches your space and style. Most of the cards on Fabulous Stationery have names and greetings on them, ignore that. You are looking for a graphic that matches your space. ONLY ONE CARD can be chosen. It’s fairly simple and most of all, sparks your creativity a bit and it’s fun!

4. Send your photo/s, the link and name of the card that best fits the space (only ONE please), and anything else you’d like to write about the space to me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 29, 2006. Three entries will be chosen to win the prizes outlined above.

5. You must include your real name, first and last, along with your email address, city, and state with your entry. If you have a website or blog, include that link as well. :)


1. Employees of Fabulous Stationery, contributing writers at decor8 (sorry Christine and Anh-Minh!), and decor8 sponsors cannot enter. Sorry, but we have to play fair!

2. Contest open to all those living anywhere. In the United States. In Japan. Singapore. The North Pole. In other words, if you have a mailing address and would like to win free stationery, you are welcome to participate. :)

3. One entry per household.

4. Enter only once, please.

5. Since the three winning entries, along with a few strong runners-up, will be posted here on decor8, please note that once you’ve submitted your entry and photos, we have the right to post your photos here.

6. All entries will recieve a confirmation email from me stating that your entry was recieved.

7. If you have questions, post them in the comments section below so I can respond in case others have the same question.

8. Entries are only acceptable if submitted via email (not via comments or snail mail).

9. Must be 18 years of age and of course, older. :)

10. Winners will be chosen by decor8 and Fabulous Stationery and notified via email during the week of October 2nd.

decor8 CONTEST: Your Workspace (WIN FREE STUFF!)


coffee + cre8tive {sept 12 ’06}

September 12, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 12 '06}
Here’s the workspace of the month from See Jane Work. I love that it’s a cubicle, especially since a lot of people work in a traditional office environment and really enjoy personalizing it a bit. Question is, where to draw the line? What are your thoughts on this?

To me, it depends on the type of company that you work for. If you’re employed by a creative firm, you may have less limitations and can easily display your entire collection of decole. If you’re in a financial services or law firm however, you may need to tone it down a bit in order to gain the respect of colleagues. I doubt that a beanie baby collection will not get you promoted in a mutual funds company unless your father is the CEO.

I think that for cube decor, just like fashion, it’s smart to follow that age-old unspoken rule in the workplace. Mirror others. Especially those who hold a higher rank that you do. Mirroring peers (those who hold a similiar position) isn’t the best idea because they may not intend to reach for that promotion someday, so just because they have Hello Kitty everything in thier cubcile doesn’t mean that you should do the same. Perhaps you are looking to climb the ladder. Look to those in the position that you would like to hold someday and see how they’re arranged their space. If it’s plain and boring, and you can’t live in a beige box all day, try adding a splash of color that gives the right “grown up” impression. Using hot pink accessories may not accomplish that goal.

I think the cubicle arranged by See Jane Work actually can be carried over to most office spaces, either the uptight financial world, or the casual graphic design firm. By adding a few shots of solid color, a few snappy organizational pieces can go a long way and make you feel more at home on the job.

Let’s take a little poll… How many of you work from home? How many work in an office? If you’re in an office space, what do you do to spruce it up so that it’s appealing to you?

Comment below with your answer!

I’ll be back soon to announce the details of our first ever decor8 contest – so stay tuned! The theme is Your Workspace…

(photo from see jane work)

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