A big thanks to Wendy Zang who wrote about decor8 in the Arizona Daily Star yesterday. You can read the article online right here. I’m very pleased that she mentioned Zia Priven, Amy Lenahan of Design i in Chicago, and OplusD in the article, as they are amongst my favorites. This was a nice way to start the week!
Face it. You’re eternally cursed. Thanks to your insatible desire to learn about the latest, you’ll forever walk into stores immediately able to recognize the Adler’s from the Adam’s. Blogs and magazines have turned you into a new kind of shopper. An educated one. Think back a few years. Chances are, you’re not the same person that you were before design blogs hit the web. You not only know product lines (both popular and indie), but you anticipate the release of new collections, know the bio’s of designers, materials used, prices, and when browsing a major department store, you can quickly point out, “They sooo knocked-off Karim Rashid with that”. You’re such a snob. :)
So we’ve established that we’re all a bunch of design obsessed geeks. Care to expand your horizons outside of your local hood and travel to the land of Oz to mingle with more of your kind? Want to see what’s hot down under?
Meet Modamuse, an Aussie blog that showcases talented independent modern Australian and New Zealand designers and artisans. The founders, two sisters and designers Nancy and Jessica Lim (they are also decor8 readers and co-own Wild Garden), noticed that their isn’t much online coverage of designers in thier corner of the globe so they decided on August 8, 2006 to change all of that with Modamuse.
This is a site I’ll bookmark because it has a definate focus – What’s hot in Australia and New Zealand. This is uncharted territory by most design bloggers, we simply can’t cover it like a native. The blog is clean and uncomplicated, simple and beautiful, and most of all it contains uber fabulous finds. They even featured a few decor8 favorites in past weeks, Hammer and Daisy and Zaishu.
I’m so happy to welcome Nancy and Jessica to the world of design blogging – and I hope all of you will check out their site and visit their often to expand your horizons and locate fresh exciting finds! Bookmark el pronto!
(images from modomuse top: bottom: cloth)
Playfully pretty Japanese prints from Repro Depot are here to inspire you today. New throw pillows? A handbag? A pretty quilt? What can you do this Fall for a seasonal project with fabric? Get creative!
(images from repro depot)
Speaking of unexpected surprises, look what else Anh-Minh found – Egg Press now has an exclusive online boutique showcasing a very special limited collection of stationery, stitch kits, message matchbooks, pouches, and tees not found in stores. Yippee!
Great tip, a-m!
(images from egg press)
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re gearing up for the weekend and have a few fun things planned. ‘Tis the season for weddings, at least for us, so I have another event to attend this weekend – this time, a bridal shower. I’m really looking forward to it, along with a few other fun things I have planned, which I’ll talk about on Monday.
Next week, September 12th, decor8 will have it’s FIRST EVER CONTEST – my way of thanking all of you for your support. I’ve teamed up with a decor8 sponsor for a fun + easy contest in which 3 readers will be awarded gift certificates. Make sure you visit on Tuesday for full details. HINT: Clean up your workspace. :)
Back soon with some more fresh finds – so stick around!
(adorable image of thank you card from Specialty Cards 4U, a small handmade greeting card and custom stationery business in Ohio)
Step into the alluring world of beautiful things at Generate (aka: gnr8) in Montreal. I scoured their site for a few unique favorites, all special and exciting, fresh, and most importantly, items that you’re sure to enjoy because they are interesting and well-designed. I know that’s what you crave. :) Here are a few of my fresh finds. Let me know if you spot anything else on their site that you find exciting (or as Vincent on Project Runway puts it, if it ‘gets you off’. [cringe] I’m thinking “gets you auf’d” is more like it. I digress….)
When I stumbled upon this stunning pebble-like cacading light fixture, I had to see what other beautiful and unique items Generate had on their website. For $1,699, I won’t be purchasing the ova luminaire light anytime soon, but just look at it for a moment… Emma Welsh did such a brilliant job designing it, the contemporary glow of the white and blue LED lights coupled with the organic unglazed white bone china pebbles – ah, just dazzling!
Sure, this table may cost just under $1,500 but it’s far too pretty to not post it, especially since good design is good design and who can resist? Brandon Lynne and Dario Antonioni created this lovely botanist table, it speaks to me on so many levels that I’m almost tempted to buy it. Simple, chic, clean, modern – yet feminine and curvy. I love the cutout floral details, especially since the flowers on top are smallish so nothing falls through, and the bloom on the side is larger and more outstanding. Very nice touch. Sah-weet!
The dual table is another hot find, I really like circular sofa tables, but with larger sofas, most circular tables seem a bit out of scale. Are you with me here? The dual table designed by Eero Koivisto seems to combine the smooth curves that I love about circular tables with a large surface that I love about larger square and rectangular tables. You can have the best of both worlds. Of course, the hole in the center and the lower table top make it even more appealing, I can arrange books and magazines on the lower shelf and put a large vase with flowers in the center – without stressing over knocking it over with my laptop as I always seem to do now when I place flowers on my table. The dual is also just under $1500.
Another great table I found is the crochet table from designer Marcel Wanders. It’s $1,100 and, although expensive and small, you can’t help but love the design of it. A traditional crochet pattern constructed from epoxy resin is beyond beautiful in my opinion. I’d like to see two of these nestled beneath a console against a wall. You can pull them out when guests arrive and scatter them around your space for resting trays for cocktails and snacks. Of course, Generate has lots of affordable well-designed furniture and accessories that you may envision in your home. The kick stool from Sam + Jude is quite cool – it has a black leather top, a spot for magazine storage on the side, a stainless steel base, and suspension sprung castor wheels, all for $399.
Looking for something unique and decorative for your space? Try the ShadyLace Parasol for your ceiling or over the bed. The little bird perched on top certainly completes the look.
How about something functional and bright, like the Dish Doctor for your kitchen? Adds somewhat of a perk to washing those dirty dishes!
Generate has many items priced under $200, some under $50. View their more affordable finds here.
(images from gnr8)