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Budget Decorating

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. I pulled together 10 of my own tips and tricks for decorating on the cheap that I think you may enjoy reading here at Real Simple. It includes coupon tips, the best way to shop stores like Anthropologie, and advice on how to get free color help online. It’s a good way to kick off the weekend — you just may feel charged up enough to tackle a project around the house!

Posted in uncategorized on April 04, 2008

Happy Weekend + Orla Kiely Paper Winners

I’m working on a project for the rest of the day so I’ll be offline, but I’d like to quickly highlight a few events, the winners of our Orla Kiely Paper contest, and other miscellany before I sign off.


First up, what’s happening in your world. Please send me events as you hear of them because I’d love to post a Friday round up each week. These events can range from gallery shows to craft fairs and designer networking events so sent them to decor8blog AT yahoo.com titled EVENTS.

L.A., March 29Fern Living joins Vanessa De Vargas and the Turquoise showroom in Venice, CA to celebrate their 1st year anniversary with cocktails and more. Details here.

Boston, March 29-30 - Boston Design Center opens to the public with their annual Red Tag Sale with 30 showrooms selling items from the floor for up to 70% off. Details here.

L.A. – SouthPark Flea Market, every Sunday, 9am-4pm, Free admission. This flea market just started in January and it is almost exclusively handmade items by local designers but there are also great vintage furniture and houseware finds here as well. Information here.

And now for the winners of the Orla Kiely Paper Contest where 10 decor8 readers will each be sent a few lovely products from her new paper collection due to release in the U.S. in early April….

1. Sidsel – Spagat
2. Sarah Freeman
3. Perfect Bound
4. Jenny Mitchell
5. Layers of Meaning
6. Josephine – Red Thread
7. Jen J-M
8. Wendy – Luggage Tag
9. Miss Avocado
10. Black Eiffel

If your name appears above, please contact me at decor8blog AT yahoo.com with WINNER in the subject. Please provide your complete mailing address. Your paper goods will ship on or before April 5th. I will not be notifying winners by email since I cannot locate all of the contact information from the comments left so I’m leaving it up to the winners to get in touch with me as soon as possible. If I do not hear from you by April 5, I will select another winner in your place at random. These winners were selected using this website. Thank you all so much for participating – we had 301 comments/entries – wow!

Things that caught my eye this week…

I don’t know how I ever missed this amazing post by Becky over at Hatch where she gives us a Hollywood Regency Style 101 lesson, but you have to read it — it’s sheer awesomeness. And along with that, I wrote about a designer that you can meet today over at Simply Stated who is all about this style, although she’s not that new to most of you!

It’s Nice To Be Nice, a new print (and a good reminder) over at the Keep Calm Gallery.

New mugs from Snowden Flood.

Jessica Christoferson’s beautiful New Hampshire flower shop Cymbidium Floral.

A little decor8 press from Time Inc.

Martha added new items for Spring to her collection at Macy’s.

I’m loving this ceramic fish for my umbrellas at Pieces, a store I frequent online because I can’t get enough of their finds and because I dream of someday having a home filled with such gorgeousness.

Gauri wrote in from Nanda Home about their latest baby, the silver Clocky Chrome. I love how this clock rolls all over the house making you get out of bed to find it. Brilliant.

Luxury Indian bedding from Saffron Marigold.

Some decor8 love from Etsy this week.

Orla’s new website.

Shawn introduced me to work over at the Dutch Touch Art Company earlier this week and I think their work is aces.

Okay then, go and make yourself a lovely weekend everyone! :) And a BIG congrats again to our winners.

(images from cymbidium floral)

Posted in uncategorized on March 28, 2008

Snowhome

Angus & Alison wrote in from Snowhome in York, UK today so let’s see what this little shop has to offer shall we? Snowhome is a wee little indie design and lighting shop with a focus on modern eclectic products that they feel decor8 readers may like. I agree! Angus and Alison will soon roll out their own collection of products this year so stay tuned for that.


I’m keen on the birds screenprint from English artist John Dilnot, the birdhouse cuckoo clock designed by Milan-based Pascal Tarabay (there are only a few so hurry!), and these quirky scrub brushes that look like dentures from German talent Jorg Hundertpfund. These things are a riot!

(images from snowhome)

Posted in uncategorized on March 25, 2008

See You Tuesday!

I’m signing off for the weekend and since I didn’t take today as a holiday with my husband, he has reminded me that I should exchange it for Monday since I do work for myself — I should afford myself the luxury of that! Plus tonight is date night so it’s time to take Thorsten out on the town. I think we’ll be hitting Banq in the South End tonight. I will be away from decor8 until Tuesday, March 25th so I’ll meet you back here then.


Have a lovely weekend friends, it’s Spring so I wish you a weekend filled with sunshine, fresh flowers (treat yourself to a bouquet), and lots of good times with those you love.

(image taken by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2008

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