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Orla Kiely Summer Sale – 30% Off + Bonus Past Season Sale Items!

July 28, 2006

Orla Kiely Summer Sale - 30% Off + Bonus Past Season Sale Items!
Quick tip: Don’t miss the Spring/Summer 30% off sale over at Orla Kiely online and in her flagship store in Covent Garden, London. Sale starts tomorrow, Saturday July 29th. Lots of lovely things to enjoy – so have fun!

For online shoppers: In addition to their 30% off sale, they are also featuring past season and ex-display items at a heavily discounted price. Since they are available for a limited time only, don’t miss this opportunity to find a great bargain before they’re gone!

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Delightful Blogs: Sign Up! It’s Free!

July 28, 2006

Delightful Blogs: Sign Up! It's Free!
Back in April, I posted about Delightful Blogs and how much of a benefit the site is to bloggers. If you haven’t had the time to register your site, view this as a friendly little kick in the pants (smile). It’s free, so you have nothing to lose.

If you signed up in April, have you visited the site since? A new chirpy bird welcomes you as you enter, and from there you are greeted with a clean simple format that is easy to navigate. Not only has the look and feel changed since April, but yowser! have you noticed all of the blogs they’ve added? Oodles of blogs covering topics that range from art to food, fashion, relationships, travel, wedding… and everything in between. Delightful Blog editors are very selective on who is voted onto their island, which is good for all of us because we don’t have to sift through pages of blogs that lack focus or that are offensive or totally tasteless. But, don’t let this scare you away, I’m sure you have a great chance at being accepted onto the site.

Tip: If for some reason, your blog isn’t accepted (two decor8 readers wrote to me in April after my post stating they weren’t), it could be based solely on how long you’ve been blogging, how regular you post, or simply that your blog lacks focus – maybe you call yourself a design blog, but you blog 10% about design and the other 90% about a film you saw, some great meal you made, the new car you purchased, your chicken pox, and the bad fish you ate last week.

Delightful Blogs is looking for blogs that are somewhat focused, which makes them easier to assign to a category. If you aren’t accepted now, please don’t lose faith, try registering again in a few months when you have more blog time, or content that can benefit their community of readers. (For instance, if you own a small business, use your blog to talk about the experience of ownership. Blogs like this are totally useful.) The editors at Delightful Blogs are really nice peeps, so ask them what you can do to become an accepted member. They certainly will lend assistance in that area.

To register, click here. Please make sure that you file your blog in the correct category. I’ve noticed some blogs under design that should be relocated to the art section. You only do yourself a huge disservice if you register in the wrong category.

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back2thewall: More Lovely Art!

July 27, 2006

back2thewall: More Lovely Art!
Fresh from the UK today we have back2thewall, an online gallery featuring works from several talented artists, although I’m going to play partial and highlight my personal favorite, Eddy Dodwell. To view all of his work, visit his page on back2thewall. With works ranging between 75-150 British Pounds (universal currency converter here), these giclee prints created from original acrylic paintings are as affordable as they are beautiful. I love the painting of Twiggy, this would be fantastic in a monochromatic room, or in a b/w space with pops of turquoise around the room (maybe lamps and a vase). The Julian with the VW bus and posh London setting, is another favorite.

(images from back2thewall, via: daily candy london)






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Forestprints Design – Little Odd Forest: Adorable Budget Finds

July 27, 2006

Forestprints Design - Little Odd Forest: Adorable Budget FindsForestprints Design - Little Odd Forest: Adorable Budget FindsWhere can you find a set of handmade coasters for under $6? Pretty pillows for $10? Little Odd Forest, that’s where!

Forestprints Design was founded in August 2004, by Singaporean designer Lynda Lye. She creates the cutest pillows, wristlets, handbags, coasters, art… I could go on forever. The talented Lynda seems to have creativity busting out all over. A BFA graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago, her passion is in fusing her love for all things design, graphic arts, product design, packaging, fashion, to create products that reflect her unique sense of style. Most of her wares are produced in limited numbers, many are one-of-a-kind creations. A one-woman show now based in Singapore, Lynda runs Little Odd Forest and continues to produce adorable items. See for yourslf, visit her online. Warning: You could explode from all the cuteness.

I love her brooches and huggable forest pillows, too.

Forestprints Design - Little Odd Forest: Adorable Budget Finds
Psst: Lynda is a blogger!

(images from forestprint designs)






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Inhabit: The Great Pillow Design Competition

July 27, 2006

Inhabit: The Great Pillow Design Competition
My pal Brent sent me a great tip today. Check this out, designers! Inhabit is having a pillow design competition, the winning design will appear in their 2007 Spring line. Stay tuned, I’ll post more information as I have it…

Thanks Brent for the tip!

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Limited Edition Panton Chair at DWR

July 27, 2006

Limited Edition Panton Chair at DWR
Design Within Reach just announced that they have 200 limited edition orange S-shaped Panton chairs for $225 on their website (only 200 of the 2,000 made are available in the U.S.). The chair is made from a single piece of strong, flexible polypropylene that will not fade, the color will stay fresh and citrus-y for eons. Hurry – selection is very limited. Click here for dimensions, shipping information, and other details.

(photos from dwr)






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