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OPlusD Greeting Cards

August 8, 2006

OPlusD Greeting Cards
decor8 reader Jill sent me a fun link to a card company called OPlusD, she mentioned they were on Daily Candy recently and she fell in love with their cheeky cards. Although I’m not daring enough to post her favorites, I’ll post the tame side of their collection because I really like the clean modern lines, sharp colors, and witty expressions merged with vintage prints. “You’ve Just Had a Baby – Time to Start Drinking”, for example, is just too cute. If you want to see the cheeky stuff, visit their site. It’s easy to find.

Surprise! They sell furniture, too. Yes, really. And it’s pretty cool…

(images from oplusd)






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Thanks Domino!

August 8, 2006

Thanks Domino!

A big thanks to Domino magazine for listing decor8 as a site they love in their little black book.

By the way, did anyone have a chance to check out their new video, domino on demand: fashion-inspired d?cor? It’s a behind-the-scenes look at how editors turn an outfit into a room. I think you’ll really like it, it just appeared on the site, and I’m hoping this means more will follow. Such fun!

(images from domino)






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coffee + cre8tive {aug 8 ’06}

August 8, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 8 '06}
I’m so eager to post today… I had a chance to interview a hot new Chicago-based Interior Stylist who has lots of juicy tips on how to better design your space — I know that you’ll totally enjoy meeting her, afterall, who couldn’t use a little design inspiration?

I’ll get started with some fresh finds that perked me up this morning from Fred Flare, the boys that always make us smile with their great eye for selecting colorful happy products. Sure, most of Fred’s stuff is ‘tweeny and maybe a bit childish even, but I think that’s the appeal… Goofy and oddball is sometimes exactly what we need because let’s face it, we all tend to take ourselves and our life a little too seriously sometimes. Fred helps us lighten up a bit. I found the hemline stationery set ($8), super smile letter set ($5), and mini piles of paper from one good bumblebee ($10), to be most adorable… And of course, nothing beats a good laugh, so grab a copy of Let’s Paint the 90’s, a coloring book where you can paint Kris Kross, the Titanic, Vanilla Ice, Barney, the Olsen twins, and other big hits from the 90s. For those who don’t want to go there, well, go there there anyway because it’s quite funny to look back (wasn’t that long ago) and catch of glimpse of what was once called the next big thing. Scary.

By the way, One Good Bumblebee has a limited edition of 50 prints of Little Garden, a digital collage by Katey Nicosia ($25). Have your poked around their blog lately?

coffee + cre8tive {aug 8 '06}

(images from fred flare and one good bumblebee)






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Ashley Goldberg of Kitty Genius

August 7, 2006

Ashley Goldberg of Kitty Genius
Ashley Goldberg, also known as Kitty Genius, is a 25 year old rising star in the indie art scene, a creative young artist with simple lines, a stark color palette, and a cast of melachony yet hopeful characters of monsters and little girls that seem to love a warm scarf and a nap craddled in the arms of a tree. You can read Ashley’s bio at her etsy store, or you can follow her artistic journey on her blog, Kitty Genius.

Psst: Her art is also at the very fun Pixel Girl Shop.

Ashley Goldberg of Kitty GeniusAshley Goldberg of Kitty Genius
Thanks Christine for another great tip today!

(images from ashley goldberg and pixel girl shop)






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Hau Hauz Finland

August 7, 2006

Hau Hauz Finland
I recently discovered Finnish designer Satu Makkonen of Hau Hauz, known for her Scandinavian contemporary hand-screen-printed prints on linen. Organic in feel, it is no surprise that Satu was inspired by the natural world around her, Finnish and Scandinavian style and design, and of course, her Finnish roots. The least expected is that some of her patterns draw from exotic influences from the east, which she seamlessly merges into her Scandinavian design style for beautiful results. From cushions and throws, to handbags, purses, table linens, tea towels, kitchen accessories, aprons and more, I’m sure you’ll enjoy and find yourself inspired by her lovely collection.

Watch for her new textile collection, coming soon!

Hau Hauz Finland
(images from hau hauz)






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MyMimi Baby

August 7, 2006

MyMimi Baby
Mimi Cha at MyMimi creates some seriously cute handmade plush baby toys, very unique and colorful. In fact, if I were a baby, I’m willing to bet I’d be kicking my legs and drooling in delight over these things. I’m sure lots of modern moms out there are looking for new and interesting baby toys. Since I’m not a kinder blogster (I’ll leave that up to the tot trend spotters over on the coochicoos blog), I don’t write much about baby finds, but when decor8 contributor Christine shared MyMimi with me, I had to share it since they have major cuteness going on.

By the way, if you’ve been wondering where Miss Christine is, she’s busily preparing her thesis and wrapping up studies at MIT, but she’ll be blogging again on decor8 with fresh finds towards the end of August!

Thanks Christine for the tip!

(images from mymimi)






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