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Marimekko Cow in Boston

August 30, 2006

Marimekko Cow in Boston
A little bovine love in the house!

Anh-Minh Le, who contributes articles here on decor8 from time to time, was in Boston this past weekend and spotted a cow that I’ve missed – a cow decked out in Marimekko near the Crate + Barrel store on Boylston Street. What a great photo, Anh-Minh!

The Cow Parade is so much fun, they are all over the city (and have been for awhile now), and I know that when it ends in September, the cows will be greatly missed. They’ve added so much cheer to the beautiful city of Boston. Thankfully for the locals, there’s a Cow Parade Boston book for purchase online. You can even collect mini cows, see them all here.

Benefiting the Jimmy Fund’s fight against cancer, this cow will be part of the online auction beginning at midnight September 21st. Click Here to pre-register and to learn more about the auction.

(photo from Anh Minh Le)






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psst… West Elm Now Open in Boston (Kenmore Square)

August 30, 2006

psst... West Elm Now Open in Boston (Kenmore Square)
West Elm, located in the Trilogy building in Kenmore Square Boston, is now open for business as of today! Head on down to see for yourself at 160 Brookline Avenue. Their Burlington store opens on September 1st.

Yeah! Welcome to Boston! Thanks Boston_Kate for the tip!

Has anyone else visited the store yet? What are your thoughts regarding the quality, products, sales staff, and pricing?

(images from west elm)






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decor8 Contest: Coming Soon!

August 30, 2006

A sponsor here at decor8 wants to give away some prizes to decor8 readers. Interested in learning more? As soon as I iron out all the details, I’ll let everyone know how they can get involved.

Big Hint: You’ll have to show us your work space, the top 3 coolest spaces will win. It can be on the job (maybe you have a cool cubicle), or your home office or art/craft room. As long as it oozes your personality and charm, you’re in! So, if you haven’t cleaned up your mess lately… Maybe this is a great time to get started!

Stay tuned…






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coffee + cre8tive {aug 30 ’06}

August 30, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 30 '06}It’s nearly September, eek! Where does the time go? Sure, summer may be slipping through our fingers, but with the promise of Fall soon to come, there’s no need to feel sad. Smile! We have an excuse to perk up our interiors. With each new season, we can edit our space, organize things a bit, and give our homes a deep cleaning to restore that good-as-new glow. When the air starts to cool, I slowly remove summer magazines, add an extra layer of bedding for warmth, rotate (along with vacuum) my mattress, replace a few throw pillows, reconfigure displays, and move furniture (first to clean beneath, but this routine usually results in a new floor plan, I’m sure you can relate). I also like to shuffle my books around to give the bookcase a new look, purchase a few great CDs (music is so important in the home), grab a soy-based candle with a lovely scent for Fall… Or better yet, start baking on the weekends. I also like to heat apple cider on the stove (vs. the microwave) so the entire house smells like baked apples. Mmmm.

How do you approach a new season in your home? Any spruce up tips?

For me, color introduced through art, textiles, paint, these are all ways that I enhance rooms that I either work in or for touching up my own little abode. I also like to use music (or a water feature if you have room for a small fountain) and of course, scent. I think decorating should be performed in several layers so the overall design doesn’t appear superficial or so on-trend that it lacks warmth. Walking into a well-arranged space is always a treat, but for me, decorating needs to take on more.

Like our own appearance, it’s not enough to just wear a nice outfit. Adding a fresh scent (perfume, after shave, lotion, oils) is important, as well as having a pleasing personality, tone of voice, words that are interesting and make for a pleasant interaction, etc. Same with a room, for me, it needs to stimulate all the senses. It needs to have depth. It needs to have a life.

Bringing nature indoors is important, too. It’s fun to venture outdoors to collect pretty things for a simple arrangement – adding what you’ve collected to a simple glass vase for the coffee table, for instance. Pine-cones, twigs, and acorns (I love their petite berets) are perfect for this. Bring along your trusty camera, too. You need not be a pro to take a beautiful photo that means something to you. Head into the forest or if you’re in the city, the local park. Snap whatever moves you. It can even be something as simple as a lone park bench. You could put your handbag on the bench, or a scarf, and step back and take a few photos of it. Think about lighting, composition, color. Perhaps you can ‘stage’ the shot to include other things you’ve brought with you, as well. Print out and frame your favorite shots, an inexpensive personal touch to your space.

Another way to enhance your living space for the season – add in spicy rich hues. A little dab of gold, orange, red, teal, chocolate, or shots of black, perhaps. Maybe goldenrod (a lovely yellow) or eggplant? Speaking of eggplant, I also like big bowls of seasonal veggies in the kitchen along with mini pumpkins with stems tied with a simple velvet ribbon and placed upon a shelf – the white mini pumpkins are my favorites.

Are you into art? If it’s color you crave, and you’d like to add a beautiful painting to your home, I think you’ll love artist Rachel Stuart-Haas who is based in Shreveport, Louisiana and not only has amazing art, but a beautiful little house full of sensational color. Rachel would like to give us a mini tour of her home with hopes that we’ll all be inspired to infuse our space with color. Another decor8 reader mini tour, coming up!

(images from rachel stuart-haas)






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Amenity Fall Collection ’06

August 29, 2006

Amenity Fall Collection '06
Ah, time to relax in style. Design Public just notified us that the girls, Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo, from LA based Amenity have released their new collection – ready to ship straight to you from the Design Public peeps! Linen and botancial bedding, handbags, and pillows are on the menu this season in hues like plum and grey mixed with metallics (copper is hot!). If you prefer a modern scaled-down environment with a dash of natural beauty, Amenity may be exactly what you’re looking for. I especially like their new handbags with rattan handles. I really love fabric handbags with simple modern lines and oversized graphics, so this bag works for me. Nice and big for toting paperwork and looks great with jeans. Another perk, you can leave it on a chair in your home and it becomes an accent piece – it’s so pretty! What do you think? Love the bag? Or?

Amenity Fall Collection '06
(images from design public)






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