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mydeco {beta}

Want to play virtual designer today? Reader Graham wrote in about mydeco, a new UK website that recently launched (beta version) all about decorating with features that include searching retailers, plan a room, buy the look, even some informative articles on topics like the physiological effects of color (does my living room make me look fat?) and floral arranging.

The site is a little clunky because it’s soooo new but I can see where they’re going with it and the potential is huge. Check it out! And thank you Graham for the tip. :)

(images from mydeco)

Posted in uncategorized on February 14, 2008

Viva Terra {eco finds for spring}

I really adore all the new things (and a few of the older ones) at Viva Terra, our eco-friendly spot on the web that I enjoy for its natural and modern aesthetic. Here are some things that I’ve got my eyes on and look! Moroccan wedding quilts! Someone finally carries them online in America. Although nothing will ever replace my quilt from Maryam in Marrakesh… But for those of you that would like to own one, here’s your chance.

Vine mirror, Mexican hand-embroidered organic cotton
rabbit bag, Moroccan Wedding quilt, and a Leafy linen throw pillow.

Here’s a wedding quilt in a guest suite at the Parker Palm Springs
designed by Jonathan Adler. A nice example of how versatile this piece is.

Railroad Tie Bookshelves are perfect for adding vintage charm to your home.

And this bookcase is very much like the Viva Terra railroad tie bookcase only here it is shown in the home of reader Mari Erikkson in Sweden. You can tour her home here.

Three Trees platter set, porcelain Night Owl lamp, fern clock, and a nice way to display your favorite blankets — a tall white bamboo ladder.

(images from viva terra)

Posted in uncategorized on February 12, 2008

Johanna Wright {artist}

It’s one thing to think your work is awesome, quite another when your BFF is also your biggest fan and sings your praises too. That’s what happened today to Johanna Wright because her pal Wendy Crabb from Green Girl Art wrote in all about her work and how much she loves it and felt it deserved a big ol’ shout out decor8 style.

Johanna and Wendy worked together in NYC until two years ago when Johanna relocated back to Oregon to marry her true love. Seems Oregon was a good spot for her to land, since her relo she’s been quite busy working on two children’s books (due out in ’09), selling prints and original paintings in her etsy store, and get this, she’s a musician on top of it all. She sings, plays baritone ukulele, violin, and banjo all under the stage name Hanner. Her painting, “Honeymoon over Brooklyn” top left corner is my favorite, I can totally see this in a children’s book.

Johanna’s art studio.

Thank you so much Wendy for sharing your friend with all of us, it’s great to see friends supporting one another like this. We all need friends like you in our life Wendy!

(images from johanna wright)

Posted in uncategorized on February 01, 2008


WhippetGrey has a completely charming website that allows you to click around within the pages of a pop-up book to browse all the pretty things that they sell online.

You can also download their complete catalog or ask them to send one to your home. I’m so intriqued by online stores that have a bit of an untraditional approach to e-commerce, it’s fun to browse a website as whimsical as this one, just like a treasure hunt.


(images from whippetgrey)

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2008


Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.


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