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Made By Girl: New Prints

In the advertising world bold typography is often used as a key ingredient to create an unforgettable ad. In modern homes, typography displayed in the form of prints are used to create an unforgettable room — lots of people display prints that rely solely on text to convey a particular message, always something meaningful to them.

Made By Girl

I just heard from Made By Girl founder and designer, Jennifer Ramos, about a new line of Love and Hello prints  (16 x 20″ and $25 each) that she just rolled out — I’m sure they’ll be a hit with their sleek charcoal background and white lettering with your choice of either Hello or Love in multiple languages. There is also something quite subtle about these posters that you may not notice upon first glance. In each of them either Love or Hello in English can be found hiding in light gray. Did you catch that?

How did she select the languages? Jennifer picked the top fifteen countries where her readers tune in from to read her blog each day. How thoughtful!

(image: made by girl)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 29, 2010

Irene Suchocki Discount

Canadian photographer Irene Suchocki is offering decor8 readers a 25% discount off orders placed on etsy and at her IS Photography website between now and Tuesday so if you’ve been wanting a dreamy print for your nest or give to a friend, now is your golden opportunity…

Irene Suchocki Discount

Simply enter code decor8sale in the notes section and she’ll make sure to apply your discount which is only valid until Tuesday, December 8th. Enjoy!

(image: irene suchocki)

Posted in walls on December 04, 2009


In my last post about wallpaper I included a link to some samples that were framed as art. Did you click on that to see more? Okay good. Now to show you a fabric snip as art. This is by the lovely blogger and illustrator, Ishtar Olivera, who is from Spain and has framed a piece of Heather Ross fabric.

It’s the simple things I like to highlight here sometimes because they can be done in minutes and don’t require complicated instructions because some projects are just too time consuming when you need a quick decorating fix. Try framing some wallpaper, greeting cards, stamps, old photos from flea markets, doilies, scrapbook paper or fabric this weekend. It’s so easy, I guarantee you will like the results. I’ve framed fabric and stamps in the past, it is very, very easy. You can even frame found items like buttons and leaves. Get creative, grab a frame, and see what you can do!

(image: ishtar olivera)

Posted in diy, walls on December 04, 2009

Wallpaper at TapetenAgentur

Pattern! Pattern! Pattern! I really like this German wallpaper and wall decal distributor that Frau Mayer and Cat recently blogged, TapetenAgentur, for many reasons… It has an option to view the site in English (yay!) which is quite impressive. I also appreciate that they ship all over Europe, making their papers more accessible. I’m not sure if they ship abroad but you can certainly email them to inquire: info(at)

Wallpaper at TapetenAgentur

These would be really great for kids or the young at heart. Sweet squirrels!

Wallpaper at TapetenAgentur

A little too busy for me, but in rooms that are spare, I can imagine using them.Especially the pattern over the blue sofa. That’s so beautiful!

Wallpaper at TapetenAgentur

I love the pale gray paper shown above, it looks gorgeous as if it were stitched by hand. I can see this in many rooms, especially a living room or bedroom. I don’t know if pink or blue are for me, but the gray…oh yes. Understated elegance with a touch of handmade.

I also appreciate their selection of papers, as you can see the diverse range is incredible and the photos on their site are just great. And did I mention that you can order samples that are large enough to frame or craft with in case you don’t end up ordering the actual paper? (Alina did this which looks sweet in her apartment. Clever recycling.) Of course, they charge for them but only a few Euros per sample. What makes them different than a paper company in your home town is that they have access to some lines that you may not be able to find locally like Deborah Bowness, Pip Studio and Aimée Wilder.

Wallpaper at TapetenAgentur

All six of these patterns are personal favorites — I would consider them for my own home. Above all, I think they’d be perfect for commercial spaces like shops and cafes.

Rosita is one of my favorite patterns (shown bottom left above white sofa with pink pillow) — I really like it’s strength — it stands on its own! I actually want to order it for a local cafe/bakery that just opened. You should see it, it’s in the most beautiful old building with soaring ceilings, old wooden floors, and massive windows with transoms that are rounded on top… oh it’s amazing in there. But the huge problem is the decoration. It’s so, so bad. Tacky doesn’t even fit, it’s not so much tacky as snooze fest boring. And I feel sad to even say anything negative about a new business but it’s really true. And not just my opinion because what does one opinion matter? You see others have whispered about it too. And as a result, they are getting little business despite their perfect location (directly in front of a busy bus stop!) and lovely sweets.

I’ve been toying with the idea of approaching them and saying, “Look, I’ll work for free just let me help you! With three simple changes you will see more traffic in this place”. First, that pendant needs to be replaced with something huge and dramatic (I could find something reasonably priced at Habitat or IKEA), the Rosita wallpaper needs to be installed on the back wall as a focal point, and you must play great music in here because none at all is boring me to tears!

And okay, I may not stop there. I’d also suggest products to add because currently they have what everyone else is selling so they certainly do not stand out. They need to sell some things that are new to this area, so customers know that they are the cafe where such and such is sold. I’d suggest inexpensive IKEA shelves to install on the wall to place the products to give it more style. Teas from Paris come to mind and perhaps some Scandinavian ceramics and a few Dutch things as well. I want to help them save their budding bakery but their current presentation and products will most certainly sink them… it’s so sterile and tacky with bad dark brown bookcases that are too short and too far from the walls and everything just screams 1985 in a very bad way. Would this be too bold? I don’t speak German fluently, if I did I think I’d walk in and do it — just lay out my plans on their counter and tell them “Do this, save your business!”. he he.

What would you do? And remember I do not speak fluent German…

(images: tapentenagentur)

Posted in walls on December 04, 2009


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