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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

Anthropologie Now Ships International!

FYI — Quick update intended for my non-U.S. friends, Anthropologie just adopted the international shipping solution FiftyOne to allow you to easily shop from and ship to 34 countries including the Netherlands, UK, Germany, and Sweden! Yay! Details here.

And if you’ve always wanted the Cleo Chair or the Neptune chair, get them now because they’ve just been marked down by 50%

… Have a great weekend!

Posted in uncategorized on February 23, 2008

Have a Great Long Weekend!

Monday is a holiday here in the states, and I’m taking Tuesday off to work on a few projects, but I’ll be back blogging on decor8 Wednesday, February 20th. I’ve included lots of links below to keep you busy until then.

There’s so much I don’t want you to miss out on until 2/20, so here’s a list:

Swedish blogger Emma has covered the Stockholm Furniture Fair so please visit her blog for complete coverage, trend spotting, and more. Great stuff Emma.

A beautiful loft in Paris to take you away…

A fabulous chandelier to shed some light (and empty your wallet).

Vintage maps from After Noah.

New Freshcut Pink books from Rag + Bone. Great as inspiration or art journals. And don’t miss the amazing Jim Deneven. Wow, now there’s a new medium for ya.

Rasta floor cushions and an industrial-style clock that is super unique.

Amy Butler’s Sew Inspiring Contest over at Craft: magazine (stay tuned for a decor8/Amy Butler contest in April!)

A stationery sale that will make you see Stripes.

Tour the home of Christiana Coop of Ferm Living (great job, A-M!).

A lovely Flickr group dedicated to still life photography.

Nectar & Light for inspiration (just lovely).

Karlsson lights that I want to know more about.

Creative way to display plates for a little DIY this weekend.

Fabulous online scheduling.

Beautiful Shweshwe fabric from South Africa.

Pupe Girl is a strange but cute little website for making adorable Japanese versions of yourself. Burns hours so beware.

This new tool called Animoto to show your craft creations online. To music. MTV style.

A grey flannel mannequin photo sent to me by artist Amy Gross after she read this.

decor8 press: Thank you Real Simple and Selvedge magazine! Also thanks to Cookie for a little mention here and to Amy at Blogged for rating decor8 a 9.5 because well, that’s not too shabby.

(image from Trina Dalziel represented by Lilla Rogers Studio in Boston.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 15, 2008


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