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Lille Hus – Fresh for Summer!

July 10, 2006

Lille Hus - Fresh for Summer!
Miss Alexa just added a few new Danish country homewares to her online store, Lille Hus. Aren’t these the sweetest handpainted tin vases ever? Fill them with fresh picked daisies and you have your own European flower shop at home.

If you want something that stands out as a bit more modern or even industrial, you’ll love the stainless-steel kitchen units. These have so much character! Wouldn’t it look great up against a [insert your favorite color here] wall?

Lille Hus - Fresh for Summer!
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ask decor8: Framing Ideas?

July 10, 2006

ask decor8: Framing Ideas?I sort through lots of reader emails throughout the week, most asking design related questions or tip seekers – Where can I find a ____? How should I display my ___? Of course, like a good little blogger, I reply to each and every email, sometimes spending hours researching the answer, but recently I got to thinking… Perhaps I need to post the question, along with my answer so everyone can benefit AND so you have a chance to showcase your pearls of wisdom by offering comments.

Sound like a plan? Be on the look out for the little “ask decor8” image (above) so you’ll know that this is a question from a decor8 reader in need. :) Not all reader questions will result in a decor8 post, but I’ll do my best to feature at least a few each week and others, I’ll continue to answer one on one via email.

First victim, err reader, actually arrived fresh this morning from Veronica. Can anyone help her out?

“Have you seen any good ways to hang small prints? I don’t want to traditionally frame (too expensive and boring) them. I sometimes use paper clamps from the office supply but…”

I have an idea. Why not find those transparent plastic clipboards (I call them ghostboards) and arrange 6 on the wall, 3 over 3. Clip your favorite photo or print, one print per clipboard. You may want to make sure it’s not too small though (the print), so try something that is perhaps 5×7 or maybe 8×10. Just make sure all of the prints are the exact same size. Colorful or even black/white photos would be fun. This is an art project you could create on the cheap, too. Especially if you take decent photos. You could snap some close up pics of your favorite objects around the house or outside, clip, and viola! Insta-art! What do you think about this idea?

OR… you could create a clothes line for your wall out of wire and clip on various prints that you love. Not that original, I know, but it may look cute. I also like the idea of using this easy breezy poster hanger from Rare Device in Brooklyn, or these easy to install picture ledges from West Elm.

ask decor8: Framing Ideas?
All of the above suggestions are nice because you can rotate your art collection easily without banging up your walls and spending an entire afternoon on arrangement.

decor8 readers – it’s your turn! Can you offer some creative tips for Veronica?

(images from rare device and west elm)






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coffee + cre8tive cupcakes {july 10 ’06}

July 10, 2006

coffee + cre8tive cupcakes {july 10 '06}
While Italy was off winning the World Cup, I was dreaming of cupcakes. It’s not that soccer doesn’t interest me, but after Germany lost being so close to the finale, I tuned out and did what I do best when I’m feeling emotional, think about food. On the agenda this weekend, cupcakes. It was all I thought about from the time I stepped into Williams Sonoma on Saturday until, well, I’m actually still thinking about them. Thought I’d bring you into temptation, too. What are good friends for, if not to lure you into their sickness?

I still haven’t given in to actually baking them, but with this new cupcake pan from Williams Sonoma, I think I would need to break it in – if I actually owned it. Sure, I circled the store with cupcake pan in hand, pretending to look at other things, when I was actually only debating whether or not I should purchase it. Something so wonderful would only lead me home, baking myself into sweet cupcake intoxication (with sprinkles).

I’m saving celebration treats for Friday, our 5th year wedding anniversary. For now, I shall eat salad and kill myself on the elliptical.

On Friday, it’s cupcakes (with champagne)!

(image from williams sonoma)






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IKEA Swoon

July 9, 2006

IKEA Swoon
Okay… I seriously need to stop shopping online today, plus we really need to head out before the day is over, but I can’t stop looking for the perfect shelving system. While surfing, I came across this LOVELY image of an IKEA kitchen that I absolutely can’t stop staring at. The red and white combo is fabulous; everything is in perfect balance so this candy apple color isn’t too sticky sweet. I’m shocked that I’m drawn in to this space, I don’t have one dot of red anywhere in my home, not even in my closet. In fact, I avoid red (and purple) at all costs. I love yellow and orange, but red, no thank you. BUT this room is the exception. It’s seriously calling me in. It’s also a big slap in the face because I needed a bit of a red wake-up call. I need to experiment with colors I dislike because it’s often not the color itself, but the amount, tone, lighting, and other colors around it that make or break it. Perhaps I need to think outside of my comfort zone and experiment a little with pure 1960s mustang red. This kitchen is alive, it pops, it’s sultry and there’s nothing about this room that I’d alter. My aha moment of the day. Red really can be my friend.

Do you have a color that you avoid at all costs? What is it? Why do you dislike it?

(image from IKEA)






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Twirling Hello

July 9, 2006

Twirling Hello
This was snapped yesterday in my kitchen while my husband and I played with his camera. We were on our way out to meet up with friends for Thai food in Lexington and then, to see Pirates of the Carribean (which was quite good, odd ending, but still good – especially the location, set design, wardrobe, and of course, J. Depp). Anyway, I’ve noticed on other blogs that bloggers sometimes do something called “self portraits”, which I’m not going to start doing (fear not!), but I thought that being the weekend, and that I liked this photo because it’s a very natural shot of me snapped by my husband and it truly captures how happy I felt twirling around in my kitchen. It’s also my little way of saying hello to you – there really is a human being sitting here every day pumping out these posts. :)

Hope everyone is doing well on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. We’re heading out for the day, so have a great evening and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with more fresh finds!

(image from holly becker, decor8)






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Curlin Reed Sullivan: Vases

July 9, 2006

Curlin Reed Sullivan: Vases
I spotted these quirky ceramic hand thrown vases today on pamela barsky’s blog and felt inspired to share simply because they are so unique, adorable, and well – you can actually use them (vs. simply display) by adding fresh fleurs from the garden, kitchen utencils, pens, or whatever else you’d like these vessels to display for you. I love how handmade they look, it’s nice to see ceramics that aren’t poured into a mold and mass produced by the thousands. It’s also refreshing to see clean white with whimsical details – most of the time, whimsy is displayed through color, yet Curlin expresses fun with abstract facial features and odd shapes in simply white. The color is up to you to add with whatever you choose to fill them with.

Visit Curlin Reed Sullivan and her brand new vases online. Don’t miss her lovely illustrations, available as cards, prints, posters, and journals, too. Curlin is one talented lady!

A big thanks to Pamela for blogging her first!

Curlin Reed Sullivan: Vases(images from curlin reed sullivan)






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