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Turquoise + Build A Nest Trunk Show THIS WEEKEND ONLY in LA!

An event you won’t want to miss, the lovely and talented Turquoise teams up with Nest for a special trunk show – this weekend only!

What: The Build a Nest Trunk Show
When: Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th ONLY.
Time: 12-5 p.m. daily
Where: Turquoise showroom, 1641 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
Why: Why not? It’s an amazing one time opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from Build a Nest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. Come browse (and shop!) for beautiful wares from around the world while learning about Nest and their mission.

Sweets and beverages will be served.

Please RSVP to turquoise [dot] rsvp [at] gmail [dot] com. It’s not too late (because it’s never to late to shop and mingle), so stop by this weekend and join the fun!


Psst: For those of us located outside of the LA area, Nest has a great online store

(image from nest)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, designers, shopping, travel on February 17, 2007

Real Simple Reports: Choosing the Right Rug for Any Space

Finally. Someone sweeps in and demystifies the great rug dilemma that has stressed out so many over the years. Come to find out, all the sleep loss, vent sessions, and rug returns were totally unnecessary because Real Simple tells us that it’s basically a no-brainer.


From color to size, their February issue featured a terrific spread, Choosing the Right Rug for Any Space, that I found complete, informative, and so easy, even a caveman can do it (drum roll please). Let’s face it, most rugs don’t come cheap. None of us care to unload our wallets for our very own magic carpet, only to find out that it looks out of place and is hardly magical. From color coordination tips, to pattern and materials selection, and of course size (because it does matter), Real Simple solves your rug issues once and for all.

Click here to read the full article, and by all means, tear it from the February issue or print out the online article. Even if you’re not in the market for a carpet right now, chances are you will be someday, so save this information for a future date.

Rug-spiration images are below for you to enjoy. The article lists resources for all rugs shown in these images. Click on any below for a larger view.

I’m in love with this bedroom, right down to the creamy little deer head. All that texture and those soft hues paired with the rich neutral wall color is a fantastic pairing. Don’t you think? I’m not sure about the height of the side table though, I always suggest that a side table should be the same height as the mattress. I guess everyone has their own idea of what is right or wrong.

Love this medallion rug, don’t you? Great colors. I’m a huge fan of the sofa table in the back, flush against the wall. Makes for the perfect display space and great place to add extra lighting.

Look carefully at the dining room above and the rug color… Then direct your attention to the image below. It’s the same room! Well, almost…

Change the look completely by adding a different color rug. See how powerful color really is? Notice the different mood created by the crimson rug above (rich, warm, traditional) and the teal below (more playful, mood enhancing, a little on the cooler, contemporary side).

(images for decor8 from real simple)

Posted in flooring, tips on February 16, 2007

Contemporary Cloth – 10% for decor8 Readers 2/16-2/24

Contemporary Cloth would like to extend an offer to decor8 readers, valid today through Feb 24th, midnight EST. 10% off all fabric! Please make sure you mention decor8 upon checkout. Hopefully this discount will get you started on all those fun Spring projects for the home! I am dying to start sewing again, I feel my skills becoming more and more rusty as I neglect doing it. Enjoy the discount, here are some of my favorites below, all available at Contemporary Cloth (I especially love the raindrops pattern in the middle).


Note: Contemporary Cloth is a decor8 sponsor, but they’ve not paid me to promote them in this blog post. I’m writing about them for one simple reason: Savings, people! If a sponsor wants to offer readers a discount, I see no issue blogging about it from time to time.

(images from Contemporary Cloth)

Posted in discounts, textiles on February 16, 2007

Get Cozy With Posie at Apartment Therapy

What makes Apartment Therapy stand out, is their major community vibe and all those frequent home tours, don’t you think? I absolutely love how they focus on real spaces and so many of their readers jump right in to be featured.

Sometimes though, I look at spaces people sing the praises over, and think of how cold they feel. It seems like so many of us are buying things we see on blogs or that our friends like, that we’re forgetting to cherish what we already have and just mix stuff in. Some homes are starting to look like people had no real history in them, like they just gutted and did a fresh slate makeover.

What do you think about this approach? Dumping the past and starting from scratch?

I think it’s almost like some dwellers survived a fire, their home burnt to the foundation and they were forced to start anew. You can look at their pad and pick out everything you see, crediting it to this or that store, or as something you’ve spotted a hundred times already in blogsville. Unless you are 18, you shouldn’t feel like you have to start from scratch. Look at Domino magazine as a perfect example. What makes the homes featured in their pages so envied? They feature real homes that were built over time. It’s a good lesson for us, decorating shouldn’t be an overnight process.

Here Alicia, aka Posie, papered her closet door. Sweet.


Take a refreshing step back and look at the fabulous slideshow of Alicia’s home over at Apartment Therapy SF. Even though it may not be the look some of you prefer, there is a lot to learn from Posie. Collect. Build. Blend in.

Alicia’s serene dining space.

Make decorating fun, not some stressful gottagetitdonein6months kind of thing. There’s no hurry, but if you make it into one, the result will not fully satisfy you. You’ll constantly second-guess your choices, after spending loads of cash and tons o’ time. Build your nest from many resources, tap into tag sales and antiques stores. The most beautiful homes sometimes took 5-10 years to get that way. Unless you plan to die soon, no hurry!

View from her kitchen window. Love the card mobile.


Great mix of vintage and new pottery. Key word here: vintage. You know, something old, something new, something borrowed, something Adler…

Remove cabinet doors and have a little fun with fabric or paper.


(images from alicia p. via at:sf)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on February 15, 2007

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