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Nate’s Small Space Miracle on Oprah

Did anyone catch the Gillingham-Ryan family (from AT) on Oprah yesterday? The show was all about living in a small space and focused mainly on Nate Berkus’ designs, as well as a couple of small space owners, and products that could be used in tight quarters. What did you think about the studio that Nate designed for Martha, a very gracious lady (she was so cute) with two cats, Prada and Louie? Did you like the tented room?

Before/After


What about the new Nate apartment in the village? Here are a few pics of his new place, in case you missed the show.


It’s gorgeous, huh? I love his white bertoia chairs, and found it very interesting that he painted everything white (even the hardwood floors) and then painted his doors and cabinetry in a high gloss dark blue (so dark it looks black, as he said). I like how he positioned some of his art, and found his bedroom to be soothing and so stylish – especially that vintage chandelier he found. I seriously loved that thing. Painting the a/c unit white was clever, as was the furniture placement around it, the unit seemed to disappear into the wall. Looks like his new place will be in the next issue of O at Home magazine, hitting newsstands on March 6th, so we’ll have larger images to drool over.

But the tented room… Hmmm. I am still trying to swallow that because I had cats at one time in my life and recall their love of climbing. I imagine them swinging from all that fabric. Martha seemed so happy though, she was not only star-struck by Nate, but seemed positively giddy over his work. Speaking of… We all like to look at pretty homes, so here’s a few of my favorites from his portfolio online over at Nate Berkus Associates.

I like the simplicity here.

Great art wall with a simple bench.
I like seeing grey with beige and lavendar.

We all need architectural details and soaring ceilings like this…

Fantastic black wall, drama! Those b/w chairs are gorgeous,
with the hint of yellow in the room as an accent. Nice.


(images from oprah.com and nate berkus)

Posted in inspiration on February 21, 2007

Love is Blind @ Bodie and Fou

Love is Blind is a team of two British talents, product designer Patrick Laing and fashion textiles designer Abi Williams. I love their new collection of blinds, so unique and definitely more interesting that the standard white ones we see here in America at Home Depot’s everywhere. There are currently 7 designs total (“hand show” is not shown), but I feel mostly drawn to 2 of designs – the tree, perfect for those in the city who may not look out and see as many as they’d like, and of course I love the plants because I think the color and pattern is fabulous, especially for a kitchen. You can find the blind collection from Love is Blind exclusively at Bodie and Fou online.




(images from bodie and fou)

Posted in textiles on February 21, 2007

Jill Bliss – Blissen: Save 20% until 2/28!

Yippee! I’m super excited to share this special offer from Jill Bliss exclusively for decor8 readers. Jill wants you to save on all your favorite items and hosting a fun sale is my way of thanking you for your loyal readership. It means a lot to know you are here with me each day, so thank you so much for your support and friendship.

Now back to our sale! Starting today through February 28th, you can shop the Blissen website and take 20% off of your order total. Yup. 20%! Now you can scoop up all those great Bliss items that you’ve been looking at and save big. Blissen just sings Spring, doesn’t it? I think I’ll grab a few of these redwood art pieces… Perfect!


Enter “decor8″ at checkout and your discount will be applied at that time. Happy shopping!

Psst: If you want to view some great Blissen product shots, look at all these fantastic images on Flickr. I love seeing items in actual spaces, it really influences me when I shop.

I’m heading out for the day, but I’ll see you here tomorrow. Have a great day/evening everyone!

(images from jill bliss)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, discounts on February 20, 2007

Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!

Fresh from Alena Hennessey’s studio, comes pretty woven pillows, tapestries, and totes in addition to her already solid collection of paintings, apparel, and sculpted birds in flight. I love the new horse pillows and totes – so nice to see something a bit different as far as motifs go… And who doesn’t love a beautiful horse?

Alena is not only talented, but she is very attentive and caring, and every experience with her is as special as the things she makes. Here are some images of her latest, or if you’d like to place an order, click here for more information.


(images from alena hennessy)

Posted in fashion + accessories, textiles on February 20, 2007

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