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coffee + cre8tive {aug 23 ’06}

August 23, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 23 '06}
I’m so excited that readers are sending in photos of their space. Thanks, guys! When I mentioned that I’d like to start showing off reader spaces as well as posting space issues (with the goal of obtaining YOUR advice, along with offering some of mine), I didn’t realize how many of you would be interested! I’m very pleased that readers are stepping up, so as long as emails are arriving, I guess I’ll have to start posting reader spaces! I actually think that this feature will sharpen all of us and create a more interactive blog, a space we can all share ideas, especially since I know that so many of you are loaded with talent.

So to recap, from time to time, I’ll post photos of reader spaces for those that A) are proud of their space and simply want to tour us of a room (or entire house!) OR B) photos of problem areas from readers that are seeking tactful constructive advice with hopes of helping them out of a design jam. Many of us love to decorate, and spend so much time finding solutions in our own homes, so why not pool this wisdom, sharing your passion with others?

First up today, we’ll tour a reader space in the Netherlands, it’s a serene city oasis, you’re going to love it. I also have a space challenge to post, along with a bunch of fresh finds, so stay tuned, I’ll be back soon!

(images from lilla rogers studio, a local studio that I’ve talked about them here before, you must check out online!)






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Kuehn Ceramic [Berlin]

August 22, 2006

Kuehn Ceramic [Berlin]
decor8 reader Annaja sent me some lovely links today, I can’t wait to show you them! I’ll start with Kuehn Ceramics in Berlin. I thought these were so interesting and fun, I couldn’t resist. You can visit their online store to select the style you’re interested in (vase, cup, etc.), then select the color and the design that you’d like on your ceramic treat. To view their stocklist, click on this page and in the bottom middle, click on the words Handlerliste.pdf. Towards the end, you’ll find those in the United States that carry Kuehn ceramics. I spotted The Future Perfect, Calypso, Kiki de Montparnasse (I love this store!) and the amazing John Derian on their list at quick glance…

The graphics, creamy pastel colors, lovely bowls dipped in gold, how very sweet!

Thank you again, Annaja!

Kuehn Ceramic [Berlin]

(images from kuehn ceramics)






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coffee + cre8tive {aug 22 ’06}

August 22, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 22 '06}
If you’re intrigued by Edward Gorey, or Tim Burton even, you may really appreciate the melancholy works of David Lupton, the illustrator who designed the art for Keane’s Live Recordings 2004 CD. David created the drawings and animations for the Bedshaped video along with background projections for Keane shows in the past, too. In fact, it’s rumored that David drew all 500 illustrations in a single week for Keane’s animated performance at the end of this video. You can view all of his work for Keane here. If you’d like to learn more about David, check out his My Space profile.

I appreciate how well he captures those slightly dark moments in our life, the unavoidable feelings, being lonely, sad, suffering loss, heartache… His work somehow avoids intensifying these raw emotions though, rather they seem to soothe the soul with relatable characters. You suddenly feel less alone, like another person out there ‘gets you’ so perfectly that your mood somewhat lifts. There’s a glimmer of hope buried deep in such sad eyes, in a world nearly devoid of color. The hope that, although the present may seem difficult, things are about to take a sudden turn in your favor.

What do you appreciate about his work?

coffee + cre8tive {aug 22 '06}
(photos from david lupton)






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Retro Flashback – Love This Room!

August 22, 2006

Retro Flashback - Love This Room!
I was cleaning up my hard drive tonight and spotted some photos that I saved in a design file. Seeing them, I was reminded of the retro retreat post that I loved so much on Apartment Therapy last Fall (photos are larger on the AT:NY post, so click over there to check them out). This was before I became a blogger, and I posted back then under hollygirl, so it was pretty funny to read my comments on Jon’s room. I have no idea who this Jon is (is it Happy Mundane’s Jon Lo, I wonder?) but because I loved the room then and was so inspired by his use of color, I had to share it with all those who may have missed the original AT post.

I especially love the oil painting over the sofa, the white shelves (I have these; now I have some ideas on styling) and the vibrant colors – orange, fuchsia, lime, yellow, all colors that pop and pull in lots of energy and positivity.

Retro Flashback - Love This Room!
If you’d like decor8 to feature photos of your space here (a completed project that you are proud of), or if you have ‘before’ photos with design questions, please submit them to me at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com. I’ll post your photos and not only can I offer some design advice, but decor8 readers can also chime in with suggestions, especially since so many of you are super creative and helpful, why not share tips and be more of a collaborative blog, I’m thinking…

Worried about nasty comments? All blogs are hit with negative people who seem to have no life outside of hurting others. Sad, but true. Since I moderate all posts on this blog, don’t worry about them slipping through, they won’t. When I feature your space, I only allow comments that are helpful and offer constructive criticism. So please don’t be scared to submit your entry – no one is going to insult you here. Never. Promise.

I already have several submissions toasting in my inbox, just dying to be featured, so I’ll start posting these rooms this week. Everyone is welcome to submit photos and also to comment – but please be specific as to the issues you face in your space so that we’re able to help you.

So, what do you think of this retro retreat? I’m amazed at how well Jon pulled it off – with so many saturated colors in one room, he was smart to select a neutral base. Love it!

Retro Flashback - Love This Room!

Happy Mundane Jon, if this is your room, please comment and let us know! It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

(images via apartment therapy ny)






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Thanks, Hallmark!

August 21, 2006

Thanks, Hallmark!
I’m very excited to share this, as it’s the first magazine appearance for decor8. The premiere issue of Hallmark magazine (Sept/Oct 2006) hits Hallmark stores and newsstands this week, and they were kind enough to write about decor8 as a blog that they love (green box on page 54). How flattering, especially since I’m just a little blog compared to the mighty giants out there. If you are new to decor8, coming over from Hallmark, welcome! To your left are links to some of my favorite blogs, along with archives of decor8 back to when I first launched the site Jan. ’06. To your right, you can view my favorite shops from coast to coast, along with the best Canadian stores and ones in Europe that are worth visiting during your travels. I add new links all the time, so it’s good to check back before you head off on your next vacation. Beneath the shop links, you’ll see more links to online stores that I like, along with design related magazines, beautiful stationery (many from indie artists that I love), pet supply resources, etc.

Here in the center of the blog is where you’ll read about my latest finds. decor8 is my journal, a place where I openly share things that I love and ideas and tips that I’ve used either myself or with my clients, with hopes that you find bits here that are useful to you. I update the site 4-6 times daily from Monday – Friday, and if there is time, on the weekends too. decor8 is not my ‘day job’, I’m a freelance writer and an interior design consultant, so I cannot commit to writing a set number of posts per day, however I do make sure that what I do cover is interesting and inspiring.

So, without further blah blah, welcome to decor8. Feel free to email me or, if you’re an artist or designer and have something you’d like to contribute to this blog, please contact me. I’m always looking for good writers who love design, so step up and take part if you’d like.

Again, many thanks to Hallmark magazine for thinking about me!

Thanks, Hallmark!






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Hunky Dory

August 21, 2006

Hunky Dory
Michelle sent me a tip about Hunky Dory, an etsy seller based in the U.K. Hunky Dory is a home-based business, creating lampshades and throw pillow covers using a whole slew of funky, kitschy, retro, contemporary textiles. The drum lampshades are available to use for either pendant ceiling fixtures or for table and floor lamps. Hunky Dory’s etsy shop and website bring lots of cheer to any space, and are packed with budget finds, so have fun browsing their wares!

Thanks for the tip, Michelle!

(images from hunky dory)






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