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Top Designer – A Bravo Reality Show for Interior Design (yes really)

July 26, 2006

Top Designer - A Bravo Reality Show for Interior Design (yes really)
Yup. Another reality show. decor8 reader Lise from Portland just sent me an email and I had to blog it so you could check out this article about the latest Bravo reality show scheduled to hit in the near future, Top Designer.

Bravo is taking its next designer competition from the runway into the home…As in “Chef” and “Runway,” contestants in “Top Designer” will be put through a series of weekly challenges testing their stamina and creativity. Winner will land enough cash to start his own design firm and a spot in one of New York’s finest designer showcases.”

To read the full article on Variety, click here. Thanks for the tip, Lise!

(image from bravo)

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Thanks, Domino!

July 26, 2006

Domino mentioned decor8 on their site today, which came as a surprise and a nice way to start the day. If you’ve linked over from Domino, thank you for stopping by. So many bloggers get recognized for their efforts (certainly not just decor8); it’s really nice when people so high up on the food chain think about the little guys (like me). Thanks again, Domino.

Thanks, Domino!
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Fresh Finds from West Elm

July 26, 2006

Fresh Finds from West Elm
West Elm is bound to travel the blog circuit because their latest additions are terrific. Very appealing to mid century modern design fans, and priced to sell.

Since we bloggers are an opinionated bunch, seeing things through our own lens, there’s great value in several of us reviewing what’s new out there, even if it’s the exact same company we’re blogging about. I find it very interesting to see what appeals to all types. I guess it’s more of a fascination. For instance, Jon over at Happy Mundane, is in love with West Elm’s new ceramic lamp. I have to agree with him, it’s hot. I think it’s somewhat Adler inspired, don’t you? The $59 price tag has my attention. But, for the real deal, I still shop Jonathan Adler (I’m jonesin for his giraffe lamp).

Anyway, back to West Elm bloggers.. I’m sure the talented Angela over at Shelterrific will have something to say about West Elm this week, and of course interior design queen Vanessa over at Apartment Therapy LA will too – she blogs the best West Elm posts. (I purchased the belly lamp and the wavy lamp because she blogged ’em). We’re all influenced by what others have to say, and when it comes to design, i.e. I know where to go online to find those with a similar aesthetic, I trust their reviews, and I am always happy when their posts result in a purchase that I love. On that note, here are some of my furniture favorites this season at West Elm. I hope you like ’em!

1. These chairs are just great. The curvy round back chair (available in acorn or black frame) with a chocolate leather cushion is as comfortable as it is appealing. $199 for the chair, $40 for the comfy cushion. 2a/2b. This is my new favorite buffet, I’m ranking this high against many I’ve spotted across the web. The modern storage console in acorn/white (also available in chocolate without contrast). I am so in love with this $599 beauty, it makes me happy just knowing it’s alive. 3. Lighting, anyone? The small ceramic table lamp via Happy Mundane, only $59 (as mentioned earlier).

Fresh Finds from West Elm
4. The upholstered chaise is another favorite, in expresso or moss, for $699. It doubles as a twin bed, so it’s great for the friend who had a few too many martinis. 5. Did you see the upholstered wood-frame chairs, available in an acorn finish (my preference) or black? At $199 each, they make a great accent chair for any room, or purchase a few for the kitchen. They have a total mid century vibe that’s hard to resist, and those classic clean lines tell me that this chair will remain stylish for a long time to come.

Fresh Finds from West Elm
6. Looking for another daybed option? The wood-frame upholstered daybed has your back. It combines sturdy wood with delicious linen in strong solid lines, $799 and it’s all yours. 7. Did you see the farmhouse buffet (in chocolate of limed blonde) for $799? Very cool, really grounds the space. (for the same price, you may like the X Base Buffet in acorn or chocolate as well). 8. If you’re looking to spend less, there’s always the funky geometric storage console in chocolate for $499, which isn’t too bad. 9. If you seek additional seating for your fine behind, the very classy modern wing chair, in pumice, is a terrific find for $399 (if you like the pillow, it’s called lotus leaf). This chair also has timeless appeal, so you can live with it for a long time without it looking dated next season. Not that being on trend is so important all the time, but there is something to be said for items that never go out of style…

Fresh Finds from West Elm
As you can tell, I love chairs and seating that perform double duty (sitting + sleeping). I also would fill my house with credenzas, buffets, sideboards, or whatever you want to call them – I would rotate out one a month if I could. I just love what you can do with them and how much fun they are to ‘style’ with fun functional accessories. Plus, they are low enough (height) for displaying art or a stunning mirror above.

With so many newbies at West Elm, spend an hour on their site to scan the new merch, seeing what you come up with as your own list of fresh finds. And remember… If you get stuck or have a design question, don’t forget to ask me!

(top images: jungle flower pillows and the linden shelf – all images from west elm)

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coffee + cre8tive {july 26 ’06}

July 26, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {july 26 '06}
This morning kept me on my toes, but I’m back at my desk and ready to blog! I hope you are having a great afternoon, staying cool, and ready for some design inspiration and eye candy because I’ll be back with some fresh finds in just a few moments.

I’ll start with something design-y, only this is more for wearing than displaying over a mantle. If you are on the hunt for fun tees (who isn’t), or several hundred fun tees, Threadless is your place. The above image is from a new design, “Strange Birds” from John Mitchell (tee design king). It’s available for guys (are you man enough for aqua and pink?) and girls, $25.

(image from threadless)

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Dwell Baby Softies – Blocks + Animals!

July 25, 2006

Dwell Baby Softies - Blocks + Animals!
Dwell Baby is a totally sweet line for the modern nursery. Their latest offerings, these adorable plush animals and blocks, are made with Dwell’s most popular bedding fabrics. Perfect for gifting the mom to be or for your own little bundle o’ joy. You can get these from your friends over at Design Public. The blocks are $30 and the animal cushions are $105 for a set of 3.

I wish I could justify lining these cute animals up on my bed (single girls go for it while you can!), but my husband would drive off the end of the earth.

By the way, I’ve added a bunch of kiddie links to decor8 last night, along with links to other cool sites, so scan both columns and look for the *. If there’s a *, it’s a new add!

(images from design public)

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Coco Pink: Punchy Calling Cards for Guys + Dolls

July 25, 2006

Coco Pink: Punchy Calling Cards for Guys + Dolls
decor8 reader, Annie, wrote in today. “I am a religious reader of your blog, and was wondering how I can get my website listed in the Portland, OR section? As I designer, I was always reluctant to hand out my corporate business card because it didn’t reflect my creativity. So, I started coco-pink to provide hip calling/business cards for those who want to give out their number and be remembered with style. My cards are great for singles, moms, entrepreneurs and indie designers. Thanks, Holly.” – Annie

I’m happy to feature Coco Pink – her designs are so pretty, the idea is great, and I agree with her, having a hip card to flash is important these days. Some may think these aren’t useful if you alrady have a business card, but I don’t like to advertise my profession to every soul I meet, especially with all of my contact information on it. I’ll give a stranger my cell and email, but I don’t want everyone running around with my home address and telephone number. I think this applies to girls who are single, too. These are great for nights on the town. Don’t pass out your business cards at the club, play it safe sista.

Coco Pink: Punchy Calling Cards for Guys + Dolls
Cards for the gents, too:

Coco Pink: Punchy Calling Cards for Guys + Dolls
Thanks for the tip, Annie!

(images from coco pink)

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