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Artsy Walls: Alison from Sylphofthestitch

More art to love. This time, it’s from Toronto girl, Alison G. from the Sylphofthestitch blog. Nice workspace, thanks for sending this in!

“I finally decided to convert my dining table into a desk. I’m pretty happy thus far, I’m more productive. I think. The sun pours in in the morning and I’m at ground level so I can look out at all the people walking on the street.” – Alison

Thanks, Alison! The clothesline display is a huge trend right now, I can’t believe how often I’m seeing this in homes — It’s a great way to rotate what inspires you without investing in frames and nailing too many holes into your wall (especially good for renters). If you don’t want to use traditional clothespins, you can opt for mini binder clips or mini clothespins in plain wood, primary colors, or in pastel colors (I really like the white myself).

HOW TO: To create this fun wall display, locate 2 tacks (I like map tacks), a few mini clothespins, and about 36″-70″ of twine or Beadalon wire, size depends on how long you’d like your display to be. I suggest 36″-50″ max since a long line tends to sag a lot; you want your line to remain somewhat taut. Measure your wire/twine to fit the space, and tie *one* end tightly around *one* tack. Position your tack into the wall and firmly pull the wire/twine and then when you find the perfect spot, position the tack into the wall and tie/loop that end around the tack. Try to keep your art as lightweight as possible – cards, photographs, gift tags, etc. work best.

Have a wall to share with us? Send me your website/blog URL, your name, and your images (or a link to them): decor8blog{at}yahoo{dot}com

(image from sylphofthestitch)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls, workspace on April 17, 2007

Thomas Paul Collection at See Jane Work

Isn’t this Thomas Paul desk tray perfect for $8? You know your work space could use a little color. So get your dose of happy hues from the Thomas Paul collection right here at See Jane Work.


You can also find a ton of other Thomas goodies there, as his brand new collection just hit stores. Great bargain finds for your desk and the colors are just perfect for Spring.

And don’t miss Jane’s desk of the month and how to pull together the look yourself. Class meets Sass!
(images from see jane work)

Posted in workspace on April 11, 2007

Steve Howkins Dividers + Lighting

Jody recently wrote in looking for the perfect room divider. We suggested several options for her, but now that Steve Howkins walked into my life (thanks to Modemuse), I say with a confident grin, “Surf no more!” because Steve is here and he has exactly what you’re looking for.


Okay, with the exception being that his design studio is located in Australia, it’s still worth sending him an email with the specs and see what he can come up with. Maybe he’s already in the states, who knows? What I do know is that his room dividers are the most amazing that I’ve ever seen. I love that they are relatively lightweight in polyprop. Best part, those arabesque shadows they cast. Ooooh. Imagine these in front of a window even, to replace traditional fabric curtains?

Here’s a glimpse of his lighting, more can be viewed here.

(images from steve howkins)

Posted in lighting, reader questions, workspace on March 02, 2007

Bob’s Your Uncle (NYIGF)

Bob’s Your Uncle sent a photo of their booth from the NYIGF last week, which was fun to look at – I spot melamine plates!

Founded in Boston by English couple Michele and Martin Yeeles, Bob’s Your Uncle is an old British expression meaning “Everything’s Fine”. Cute fact, huh? I guess that is how you always want to appear when working – calm, carefree, no worries. Beneath the surface though, you haven’t slept in days and you’re stressed to the max.

I love the folders marked “Limbo” and the cute honey bear melamine plates. Their kids placemats are cute because they’re packaged as tear off sheets and each one has a recipe on it written by a child (those are not new, but I like them just the same). If you’d like to shop for their products online, here’s a list of online stores for you to choose from.


(images from bob’s your uncle)

Posted in events + markets, stationery, workspace on February 07, 2007

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