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Osborne & Little *New* Spring Patterns (what do you think about metallics?)

I promised myself that I’d refrain from wallpaper posts for at least a week. Then this morning, reader Jody sends me a link to her favorite new papers from Osborne & Little. My favorite is the Marvao from the Miradouro collection (left), a very classy leaf pattern in turquoise, metallic silver, and fuchsia. So rich, it’s gorgeous.

Then while enjoying breakfast, flipping through the March issue of Living Etc, I see tons of rooms decked out in wallpaper. (Psst: There’s a great tip on page 105. If you find a paper pattern that you like, use the same one in a different colorway in a nearby room. Works especially well if the space is an open plan, you can continue the pattern from the living room to the dining room, just in a different color. Nice!)


So of course, between Jody and Living Etc, wallpaper is back on my brain and now, here on the blog. Is it me, or are you seeing metallic wallpaper as a trend?

Americans have come a long way. It wasn’t easy to welcome back wallpaper (and in some cases still causes anxiety). Like a prodigal son, it’s returned and now, to push even further, the metallics are knocking on the door. Hmm. That’s somewhat huge. I tend to shy away from shiny surfaces, but I could convert if used in the proper setting because, let’s face it, what looks good in your home would look horrible in mine, and vice versa. So much depends on surroundings, mood, the architecture of the home, etc.

Oh metallics. I remember my mother hiring an interior designer in the late ’70’s and she installed a shimmering gold metallic geometric print in our living room. Of course, my mother loved it. I mean, our walls dazzled like the set of Solid Gold, total disco tech, the only thing missing was a globe and music playing, think “Funky Town”.

But seriously, would you allow metallic wallpaper into your life? Won’t you take me to, funky town? What do you think of metallic papers?

(images from osborne & little)

Posted in walls on March 08, 2007

Marisa Haedike’s *New* Etsy Store!

I was thrilled this morning to hear that LA-based artist Marisa Haedike from Creative Thursday opened an Etsy store. She decided to get started by selling 12 prints of her favorite paintings for $28. I’m so happy for her, not only because she is doing something she truly enjoys (painting and working for herself), but that she makes her art accessible to those who perhaps aren’t ready to jump in and purchase an actual painting. Welcome to the world of Etsy Marisa, and thank you for sending me the news. Congratulations!

(images from marisa haedike)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 08, 2007

Dishing Top Design – Episode #5 Open Thread

Tonight Top Design will resume its normal schedule, so meet me back here later on so we can discuss it. I hope there’s another somewhat realistic challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Kelly does with her hair (of course), what oddly chic furniture Goil will design, and of course, to read what Jonathan Adler has to say in his blog over the next few days, he writes a splendidly sarcastic recap post show.

While I have Bravo on the brain, does anyone know when the next season of Runway kicks off?


(image from top design)

Posted in reality tv on March 08, 2007

Jonathan Adler *New* Store: West Village, NYC

When Allison announced that Jonathan Adler’s latest retail space was soon to open at 37 Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, I had to request a virtual tour for decor8 readers. They just opened their doors this past Friday, and Allison was kind enough to send in some snapshots – Amazing! If this place doesn’t make you want to shop yourself into a coma, nothing will. Thank you so much Allison, the store is gorgeous – I know where I’m heading when I visit in May.
(psst: click on photos for larger views.)

Check out these $ tiles that Jonathan designed exclusively for the space to wrap the cashier desk… Cha-ching for sure!

A closer view…

(images from jonathan adler)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on March 07, 2007

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