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Let’s Talk Project Runway

July 20, 2006

Let's Talk Project Runway

Someone needs to help me out because I’m totally sick that Malan was kicked off of the show so early. I mean, at least keep him on for ratings, drama, and that accent, already! Let’s recap last night, shall we?

Laura + Michael’s Dress: If it were shorter, I could see it in figure skating. As is, red carpet on Halle Berry. If Korrs had been there, he would have been waving his hand and twisting in his seat over this design – I’m sure it would have had him at hello.

Uli & Bonnie: Orignial. Loved it. I’m rooting for Uli just because she’s German and oh so modern and Bonnie because she seems so level headed. That dress rocked. Miss America should have thought outside of the box and went with it.

Malan & Katherine: Bunched up toilet paper after being plucked out of the sewer, perhaps? Malan clearly doesn’t understand how women want to look thinner, not lumpy. What was up with one side of the bust being larger than the other? No. No. No. Also, did you notice when Malan was one on one with little miss Tara Conner that he touched her breast and she was a bit taken aback? I liked that very much. :) I was sad to see him go, especially when he mentioned earlier in the show that his mother was so horrible to him regarding his career goals. Yuck to mothers like his. Malan is a great person though. I hated seeing him go because I think he deserved to go a lot farther. I see him designing for the theatre, ballet, cirque…

Kayne & Robert: Yes it was pretty and I can totally see why she selected it. I don’t have much else to say about it because it didn’t rock me. It was unoriginal.

Jefferey & Alison: Was anyone listening to the client? This dress was a disaster. Too messy. Looked like the straps were falling off and the skirt was sliding down. It didn’t say ‘glamour queen’, it said, ‘glamour queen after getting really drunk found in an alley with dishoveled dress on’.

Vincent & Angela: Poor Vincent. I actually adore him. He is so emotional, so full of passion. I can see him in a top hat with tails making sweeping gestures with his arms, taming lions or something. Or perhaps in a beret along the left bank painting a cafe scene, a scarf tied loosely around his neck. This man just oozes with passion. He is so artsy. I don’t know how far he’ll go with the show, but he has a very captivating full blown personality for a straight man living in the burbs with his wife. I really like him. He is the least boring one on the show. Everyone else, so far, are lulling me to sleep. Angela appears to be more harm than good. I’m willing to bet she won’t win this season.

Keith & Bradley: Nice dress. Again, I’m NOT buying that Keith has never designed a dress for a woman in his life. Total rubbish. Did you see the way Keith was flirting with Tara during the consult? She was squirming. He has such twinkle eyes, he seems like he could charm a lady to say and do whatever he wishes once he has one alone.

Okay, your turn!!!

(image from delias with my little touch (I added the words). I saw this hoodie at delias last night and had to buy it for my trip)

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coffee + cre8tive {july 20 ’06}

July 20, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {july 20 '06}
Summer is slipping through my fingers. It’s already nearing the end of July, Fall fashion is hitting the stores, and I’m already hearing ‘back to school’ chatter and seeing school gear in stores. Can you believe how quickly this year is passing? We’re leaving for Germany in September, 8 weeks from today, and I still can’t believe that something I’ve anticipated for months is now only 8 weeks away. We’ll be staying there for a few months, my husband will work remotely for his company and I’ll continue writing and of course, maintain decor8 on a daily basis. I already had a decor8 reader in Hannover Germany (where we are staying) contact me for some design help, so if things work out, I’ll be visiting her while I’m there. We’ll also be in Berlin and London for several days; I can’t wait to feel the crisp Autumn air, stroll down the city streets, wear a pretty scarf again (something Europeans must go to school for – the art of wearing a scarf knotted to perfection). Here it is summer, and I’m already dreaming of Autumn… But with such unbearable heat, and humidity, I’m actually wishing summer away already.

Do you have any travel plans in September/October/November? Care to share?

(photo taken in Hannover Germany by Holly Becker copyright 2006.)

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My First Apartment

July 19, 2006

My First Apartment
Have you heard of My First Apartment? Oh how I wish this existed in December 1995 when I flew from my parents’ comfy nest (more like dropped 500 feet, hard and fast, into a total dump apartment in Boston).

I’ve been in touch with Seija from My First Apartment for several months now because they’ve been working diligently on growing out the content on their website and now, since they’re at the point to where the site is definitely packing value, I had to be the first design/home blog to review it.

My First Apartment targets the post college crowd, or perhaps even the college bound crowd if they’re actually taking an off campus apartment vs. a dorm. Either way, the website addresses potential questions/issues that can arise, “How much rent should I pay?”, “What should I be thinking about when I look for a place?”, “What’s a credit rating?” as well as tips including strategies for the hunt.

Even though it targets rental virgins, I think it’s great for those of us who have been around the block, or shall I say, lived all over the block, too. I read through a lot of the content and learned a few things along the way which proves that you can never know to much when it comes to rental love and war.

I give My First Apartment a huge high five for launching a website targeted at the younger set – so many websites are geared more towards the ‘been there done that’ crowd that it must be totally frustrating for young people online looking for a little advice. If you’d like to support My First Apartment – spread the word to your friends, college buddies, other blogs, forward this post… Just get the word out!

(image from my first apartment)

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Serious Gnome

July 19, 2006

Serious Gnome
Angie Pearson, decor8 reader on the west coast, wrote to me about one of her favorites called Serious Gnome, based in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve heard about them before since I spotted them on the Rare Device website, but after checking out the Serious Gnome link, I realized that I really should feature them here because I’m sure some of my readers have no clue who they are. Let’s change that.

First of all, Serious Gnome creates a seriously fun range of wall placques that add a personalized touch to your space. My suggestion is to arrange them around mirrors or artwork, salon style, and by all means, purchase several! I don’t suggest hanging them all over your home, I think smaller items like these placques should be grouped together in a collection of sorts to avoid a cluttered space. Because they only weigh 3 pounds, they can easily be installed with a single nail. Each placque is made by hand, painted, and glazed for a lovely sheen.

Psst: They were featured in today’s Daily Candy Everywhere – congrats Gnomers!

(images from serious gnome and richard winchell)

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Clarissa Hulse – SALE

July 19, 2006

Clarissa Hulse - SALE
The lovely designer Clarissa Hulse from the UK sent word that she’s having a sale in her online store on select cushions, lampshades and throws reduced by at least 30%. I love the floral linen lampshade (shown), don’t you? Visit Clarissa Hulse online to view these great finds and many more!

Psst: Watch for her new collection for Fall/Winter in September.

(images from clarissa hulse)

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Makeup Jewelry

July 19, 2006

Makeup Jewelry
Holli and Linda, the ladies behind Makeup Jewelry, wrote to me asking to be featured here on decor8 and even though this is a design blog for the home, I felt like featuring them anyway… Especially after seeing some of their turquoise jewelry! Visit their website to view lots of gorgeous accessories for ‘decorating’ yourself…

Now back to home design!

(image from makeup jewelry)

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