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Now that I can announce it, here’s the good news I’ve been dying to share! I will now co-author the Home & Organizing section for Real Simple magazine online, which is part of their new blog network called Simply Stated.

I’ll take on Home and my partner-in-crime Erin Doland, editor of Unclutterer, will tackle Organizing. I’m honored to be part of the Real Simple team and to work alongside Erin, the organization queen. Going forward, you can find my articles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings right here. I’ll still be blogging daily on decor8 but welcome your company over at Real Simple, too!

To subscribe to future posts over at Simply Stated through the RSS feed, click here.

Psst: Unclutterer posted an interview with me today on their site on the topic of organizing in case you’re interested…

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Posted in uncategorized on March 05, 2008

New decor8 Header!

Last Friday I told you that I have some good news to share and I do, starting with a new decor8 header for Spring. It has been so gray and bleh in New Hampshire for many months, I felt drained looking at my our header each day seeing gray staring back at me! I worked with my graphic designer, Brent Meyers, to pull together a look that fits decor8. We went with a soft palette, my usual bird and floral motifs (I really like cow parsley this season), and a watercolored look. This time the bird was removed from my logo, usually I have one perched on top, and added in birds as a design element within the header instead.

decor8 headers change with the seasons, you can see how much progress Brent and I have made since the original one on the bottom. Once my new template is designed (hoping for a May 1st launch), I will go with a quarterly header showing the things that currently inspire me tacked to an inspiration board, getting back to my roots as you can see above – the first decor8 header was an inspiration board. Of course, the new boards will be designed by Brent and I and will look much more professional unlike the original one that I designed long before I was introduced to the power of Adobe Illustrator. :)

I hope you like the decor8 header for Spring! Tomorrow I will share some more good news with you that I’m pretty exciting about. See you then!

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on March 04, 2008

See You Monday!

Today has been one of those days – invigorating, fun, and lots of hard work. I spent the morning working on a few articles that are due in March and around lunch, I devoted some time to a brand new assignment kicking off next week — I’ll announce that on decor8 next Wednesday. It’s really exciting and will give me an opportunity to showcase good design before a new audience of readers — I can’t wait to share it with you!

I also had a lot of calls and paperwork to do this afternoon (tax season!) and my day ended chatting with Vanessa De Vargas from Turquoise Design and Showroom in L.A. (love her, so creative!) for over 3 hours! We talked all about design and running a practice in general, and put our heads together to help five decor8 readers redesign their offices based on this post. I’ll be revealing our ideas, one office per week on decor8 starting next week. Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to devote to decor8 today and my apologies for being a neglectful blogger. I’ll make it up to you next week. Until then, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

(images from country living magazine)

Posted in uncategorized on February 29, 2008

Wedding Help!

We’re heading into Spring when wedding season kicks off into full gear again and I could really use your help. Etsy asked me to write an article for them about wedding decorations that will run on their site mid March. I’m so excited to get involved because this is a fun topic to research!

I want to bring some real life brides into the piece, so if anyone, either newly married or soon to be, wants to give me a few quotes I would really appreciate it. I’d like to know how you decided on a decor style for your wedding – colors, centerpieces on tables, seating card arrangements, fabrics, favors, lighting, etc.

Another question – Can anyone point me in the direction of websites or blogs that focus primarily on wedding decorations? I’d like to include a list of sources in the etsy piece for readers to tap into that real brides are using these days. I was married back in ’01 so I know a lot has changed. Please exclude sites that are more common like the knot, Brides, the Wedding Channel, and Martha Stewart Weddings. With Etsy being so focused on the handmade, I’m hoping you can point me to resources that have a more DIY/budget approach.

You may comment below or email me with “Weddings” in the subject line to decor8blog AT

(images from martha stewart weddings)

Posted in uncategorized on February 29, 2008


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