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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

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Are you ready to see what’s shakin’ at Etsy this week? We have a little anthropomorphism, a few ceramics, some children hanging out with their imaginary pals, giddy London, and a pair of black and white striped tights that, admit it, you’d love to wear with bright red wellies!


First up is ceramicist Jasna Sokolovic. Born in Yugoslavia and now based in Vancouver, I found her while searching for ceramics recently on Etsy and couldn’t wait to share her work with you today. Her etsy shop is called Jasna Ceramics and she also has a website where she shows us her process and work studio. Her ceramic bracelets are to die for. Love this lady!

Now it’s time for a little human/animal hybrid action! Runny Bunny is a full-time studio artist in North Carolina who mixes man and beast using clay and paint to form rather unique pieces of art. Many artists are working with animal heads on human bodies, it’s been quite popular for a long time if you think about it, consider myths and the stories you read as a child, gods and goddesses of times past… I like to see how contemporary artists interpret such stories into their work and think that Runny Bunny does a rather nice job. Etsy recently covered anthropomorphism as a trend right here.


Jessica is the talented lady behind Vol:25, a completely self taught artist who genuinely loves creating and bringing joy to her customers. Her fresh, modern prints are youthful and spirited, they evoke feelings of being a carefree little girl… Attending the town fair, eating so much cotton candy that your tummy aches, chasing fireflies… Her work is imaginative and charming.


Here’s a little more cuteness for you today. This time it’s Tollipop, an artist I just found last week and bookmarked right away. I have a feeling that you will like her as much as I do. Her drawings feature creative kids on the go who seem to have quite active imaginations. The artist claims that as a child she had imaginary friends, so I’m guessing her little drawings are of how she remembers her own childhood. These are very sweet.


I really love the mood here in this photo, it brings me back to the first time I visited London 12 years ago. I swear I stood at this same spot admiring the double-decker buses that my beloved Morrissey once sang about. I recall the rush of the morning commute as I stood there completely jet-lagged yet loving every minute of this city called London. This great photo by NestaHome combines both hand drawing and photography, something I hope to see more and more of in the Indie art + craft world because I really love the idea of altering photos in this way. It reminds me of this children’s book that I like called Knuffle Bunny. Have you seen it?

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(images linked to sources above.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, walls on May 28, 2008

Sarah Ahearn

The always amazing Lucie Summers on Etsy wrote to me singing the praises of a mixed media artist that she adores, Sarah Ahearn. Immediately upon viewing her work I became an insta-fan and thought of you and how much you’ll like Miss Sarah too. She also works on a letterpress creating fine paper goods. What a talented lady she is!


Sarah has lots of prints in her etsy shop (sometimes a few originals), an inspiring blog, and a beautiful portfolio on flickr.


Here are some pretty views of her inspiration board and studio space in New York that I found inspiring. I love seeing where and how people work, don’t you? Things I like about this space: her orange accent wall, rice paper pendant (pretty and affordable), the yellow chair, the fact that she can both sit and stand at her desk, and the massive chalkboard.


Thank you Lucie for sharing Sarah with us!

(images from sarah ahearn)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on May 15, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday! Time to see what’s cooking over on Etsy this week, at least according to me. :) I found a few Germans, a girl in Greece, a crafty lady in Vancouver, and a few super cute bibs including one that is as old as I am (and this one isn’t for sale). Ready?

Sieben Morgan is Tinee Kleinschroth, a German talent who creates all items by hand and those that you see with patterns are hand printed. A full-time freelance artist who specializes in printmaking, Tinee’s shop is such a treat to look through. She also has a blog.


Apple & Eve creates the sweetest little pillows! Eva is Estonian but currently living in Germany and makes the cutest crafts from home with great attention to all the little details. Darling!


Kup Kup Land is Kima, who studied graphic design and illustration. She loves to experiment with a variety of materials but seems to like felt the best. Kima was born in Barcelona then moved to Santander and now Athens — no doubt her colorful, sunny surroundings are the reason for her lively crafts.


Leslie Rogers’ little shop called Uptown Design has some of the cutest crochet characters and she takes some really cute photos. She is from Vancouver and the moment you step into her shop you’ll want to be a kid again. Go ahead, you totally can. :) She has a Dawanda store, too.


I don’t feature a lot of things for children but I have to show you Bunny Bum because I am crazy about these bibs. My best friend in Germany, Sandra, just had a daughter and my local close friend Paris is due this summer, so I’m thinking about babies a lot lately. And when I saw these mini quilts with pillows for dolls, I also couldn’t resist sharing them because they made me feel extremely happy inside. My mother made these for my Barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I have so many nice memories of my mother sewing things for my dolls that this wave of joy comes over me whenever I see handmade dolly things. :) I always felt so cherished when she made little things just for me. Like this…

I still have my first bib. My mother made this for me when she was 25 and I was waiting to be born. After I arrived, this is the bib that she gave me during feeding time. I always kept it neat and safe, my favorite dolly wore it until I was in my teens and then it was tucked away in a special box. It’s still in the box but I took it out today for the first time in years to share it here. I can’t wait to someday give it to the baby I hope to have in the future.

Handmade things never go out of style, are always cherished, and make the recipient feel so loved.

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(images linked to sources above.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, kids, walls on May 14, 2008

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