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San Francisco Letterpress Print by Lab Partners

The last thing I need is another print but I cannot resist this San Francisco letterpress print created by Lab Partners. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in this amazing city along with Sonoma, so we have a special place in our hearts for one of our favorite spots in America. It will be seven years next month, I can’t believe how fast time goes by between 28 and 35… All I can say is that things better start slowing down now! :)


This is such a lovely letterpress print, the colors, the retro vibe, so sweet! I just purchased one to pack for Germany since I want to hang it in our place over there. These prints seem to be flying off of the shelves so if you want one get ‘em while they’re hot (and available) right here.

There’s this quote about San Francisco and I can’t help but feel exactly the same as Mencken, “What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakable sense of escape from the United States.”-H.L. Mencken, Writer.

(image from lab partners)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on June 06, 2008

New Revolution of Decorating

I am so pleased that Domino magazine talks about the new revolution of fabrics and wallpapers in their current issue — I love that they term this fresh idea in design as ‘So Right Now’ (Domino, Democratic Decorating, pages 39-40, June/July issue) and that they highlight the work of independent designers Erica Wakerly, Twenty2, Of the Young and the Restless, and Rubie Green referring to them as the new revolutionaries. Yay!


With a voice as influential as Domino giving this new design revolution their stamp of approval, perhaps things will continue in this direction and designers will consider producing collections that aren’t to the trade only, something I’ve been hoping would occur for many years now. It’s one of the key reasons why I started writing this blog, I was frustrated with interior design because it was quite inaccessible a few years back, most felt so shut out by their local Design Center and had to work only with professionals for quality materials. This bothered me because I knew that there existed more and I wanted to showcase that, but how? I figured talking about it here would help and so did many other bloggers. I think it was around ’05 that Domino premiered its first issue. Etsy opened its doors. Craft fairs grew in America quite rapidly. More blogs popped up with strong, encouraging voices written by passionate authors. And together, only a few years later, we have all made a difference. Independent designers are challenging the traditional approach to the buying of designer goods, including the availability of quality products like fabric.

I guess you can say that when I opened Domino this weekend and read Democratic Decorating, I felt amazingly proud of us all. Bloggers and designers, book publishers like Chronicle who push so many lesser-known talents into the world, Domino who came in and changed the face of American design magazines (at least in my opinion), Etsy and other indie shopping sites, we should all partake in a global group hug for a moment because our work, our voices, are making a difference. One design blogger or a single magazine would not have brought about this change. We need our global community currently in place to launch our ideas and watch our seeds take root and grow into change. What a great feeling. Can I get an Amen!?

Textiles from Of the Young and the Restless.

The very thing many of us want are beautiful products not intended only for the pros. This want creates a constant need for a new design mentality resulting in products that meet our needs. And though to-the-trade has its place in design and may stay on the scene for years to come, at least we have more alternatives. Many indie designers and artists are finally able to make a difference, turn a profit, support themselves, and do what they love in the process. Now that we are here, and continuing to make advancement in this area, would you ever go back? Never!

(photograph: holly becker for decor8, fabric from of the young and the restless)

Posted in textiles, walls on June 02, 2008

Weekend Find: Laura Su

Psst… In case you’re visiting decor8 this weekend I have a little treat for you. It’s the fab work that Laura Su sent over featuring her fashion illustration styled prints. She just threw open her shop doors at Etsy a few days ago. I’m loving goldenrod yellow paired with black right now. I also like the splattering of ink against white paper, it adds movement and dimension to her lovely ladies. Full lips, whispy strands, perfect brows, really nice work.


Congrats, Laura. You just wait and see how people respond to your talent, I see good things for you Ms. Su! Everyone blog about Laura! :)

Edit: I just found out that Laura is the designer behind the lovely Prismera jewelry recently featured in the Boston Globe. Eep! I feel like I’m before a celeb. I adore Laura’s jewelry and didn’t make the connection until a few minutes ago that this is the same lady.

(images from laura su)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, fashion + accessories, walls on June 01, 2008

Design Amour + Morocco Bound!

You’ll have to visit My Marrakesh for the full scoop but I can’t resist giving you a sneak peek. This is a photo of the newly hand painted ceiling in Maryam’s boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, opening in November. Is this not stunning? Who wouldn’t love to sleep beneath a ceiling that looks like a giant suzani blanket? Oh how enchanting… The idea of white walls and wallpaper on the ceiling is wonderful but a hand painted ceiling like this one, I am well, lost for words.


This work is by Design Amour, you can visit their website to learn about their techniques and to view more examples of the magic that they create. Image a large chandelier in this space? Black iron with crystals perhaps? I can’t wait to see what Maryam does with this room, she needs to add interior designer to her already long list of talents.

I heard that the wonderful Design Amour ladies also stenciled concrete floors like this one for Maryam. But we won’t know until she shows us so I’m watching My Marrakesh like a hawk. :>)


And I have a little secret… Okay not so much now because I’m about to tell you. Maryam and her family invited Thorsten and I to Marrakesh in November, just six months from now. Can I wait? NO! I think about it constantly. I want to take you all with me, I think we should organize a huge decor8 sleepover, do you think Maryam will mind? I hope not. When I’m in Marrakesh I vow to post the full scoop here on decor8. I have to share the sights with you, I’m certain you’ll love it and find so much inspiration from all the pattern and color there.

(images from design amour and maryam montague)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on May 29, 2008

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