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A Few Must Haves for Spring

Here are a few must haves for sprucing up ones nest for Spring! It’s obvious to me that geometric prints are huge again this season. I have zero problem with this, in fact I’m thrilled to pieces to see that you can scoop up affordable rugs with that high end showroom look we all crave without the massive price tag.


Here’s a few of my favorites this week: The petal rug in yellow from West Elm, a fish umbrella stand sold at Pieces that I found in the April issue of Domino magazine, the Bridget mirror from Pottery Barn (because it reminds me of this one below), and of course everything in a room can’t be brand new so a fab vintage chair from Turquoise LA is another must.


I see the Bridget mirror against a dark brown wall much like the one Petit Collage has in her living room. She found her mirror in South America so the Bridget a nice find if you’re looking for something along these lines. I heart this living room so much. I love her collections, you can view more of her home here.


And have you seen some of the new rugs at Pottery Barn? PB is surprising me lately. Love these geometric prints and their selection of awning stripes would be great for giving the bedroom or eating area a boost. I imagine a black and white one against a black painted hardwood floor with crisp white walls and lots of Scandinavian inspired furnishings. Yum.

(images from west elm, turquoise, pottery barn, and pieces)

Posted in flooring, walls on March 31, 2008

Designers Guild *New* Fabrics + Wallpapers

Do you recall this amazing home? It’s the posh pad of senior stylist Liza Giles who works for Designers Guild in London and features loads of prints and patterns from the DG wallpaper and fabric collection which inspired lots of decor8 readers. That’s why I’m once again pointing you over to Designers Guild… Because most of us are huge fans.


This time around, I’d like to highlight their new global website (it’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate now) and the slew of new papers and textiles they’ve added. And they’ve added a new feature called a Scrapbook where you can save your favorites and purchase bed linens, towels, cushions and throws, rugs and paint online in the UK and Europe (there’s a US site too). I’m really excited about the paint option for my new apartment in Germany so I just ordered the free paint color cards.


Psst: Good news for Germany. Designers Guild just opened their first German showroom located at Ottostrasse 5 in Munich. Yay!

(images from designers guild)

Posted in textiles, walls on March 31, 2008

Blog of the Week: 365

Jen Renninger is someone that won’t let me forget her because she writes the most expressive and kind emails that really touch my heart. Beyond words, Jen is also a lady that I find impressive based on the talent she exhibits through the graphics she creates — I’d love to explore my own talent in the arts at some point and it’s ladies like Jen who give me a little push in that direction without even realizing it.

Jen said that she visits decor8 because the content reaches far beyond design, “Your blog is really about positive inspiration and creative joy,” she says. I think that she makes a good point because I’m constantly moved by the work I see from so many of the talented men and women that sharing it here comes so natural. I’m obsessed with decorating and all the elements that make a beautiful home, but I don’t blog because I’m obsessed with trends, shopping, and owning the latest finds, I write because the many projects that people work on truly make me happy and help me make sense out of all the bad things in the world that co-exists with the good. When I see beautiful art or fabric made from a person who put so much of themselves into it, I can’t help but be inspired by that level of talent and skill but also the determination that went into bringing the concept to reality.

I can’t imagine living in a world without creativity, without the ability to create things. Lately I’ve been a bit hard on myself because I haven’t been ‘making’ things that much. I’m pretty busy with other things that don’t involve sitting at my sewing machine or working on a fun DIY project, things that fuel me. I haven’t even taken on a new design client because my current schedule does not allow it at the moment. But then as I thought about how little I’ve spent on creating things I realized through Jen’s email that I do make things. I make words that promote the talent out there and that inspire each of you to continue on or to find your path. And after realizing that, I felt a lot better today. I think that a lot of writers suffer these feelings at times, if you are a writer perhaps you understand what I’m saying here. You can sometimes feel like a cheerleader who just wants to get out there and play ball.


Jen, an artist who just so happens to run a lovely etsy store Still Room Studio, has been working on a project this year called 365. It’s a blog showcasing a year of everyday images she posts that is the decor8 blog of the week. Some of her images are collages, others are paintings and drawings, and lately she’s been photographing the drawings with collages under them. The results are beautiful. Her sister, Raydel is another amazing talent that I’ve talked about here before but I wanted to point you to her work again today too. These sisters are fantastic!

Congratulations Jen on your new project and the way you are encouraging us all to be creative everyday whether through art, the way we handle a problem, how we prepare a meal, or the words we write — thank you for encouraging creativity in all its forms.

(images from jen renninger)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, etsy, walls on March 28, 2008

Wall Decals: Best Of

I feel like I’m running two blogs lately with my new job over at Real Simple, it’s been a bit hectic because I don’t yet know my audience there and I’m still exploring what topics will interest them and the others that won’t. Since what I write for Real Simple is exclusive meaning I cannot post it here on decor8, I can only provide you with a link to follow as I write new content there on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


I find that so much of what I pull together for Real Simple is on topics that you’d really like to know about, so I hope you don’t mind when I link over to my work elsewhere. I’m working with them to develop a widget for my sidebar where you can see posts I write there as they are published. But since I don’t have the fancy pants stuff now, I’ll have to clue you in through blog posts. My family and close friends read this blog so I also do this so they’ll see what I’m up to. My friends feel better knowing I’m not slacking off and that I’m doing useful things, and my dear mother can be proud of me knowing how well her extremely hyperactive daughter turned out after all that work. :) Kidding. Sorta.

Today I wrote a little best of on the topic of wall decals. It’s crazy long (you know me once I’m on a roll…) and filled with great linkage, so you are invited to read it if you’d like. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and now when I’m sourcing for wall decals quickly, I can easily access this post and scan it for what I’m looking for.

(image from stick meon)

Posted in walls on March 26, 2008

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