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It’s a holiday here in the states and most of us have off, so I decided not to blog and go on a date with my husband. We started off feasting on a delicious brunch out, then hit an afternoon matinee (Music and Lyrics), and finally wrapped things up in a nearby cafe lingering over cappuccino and dessert. I highly recommend date time with your husband, it’s fantastic. I’ll see everyone tomorrow, but until then, here are some excellent links for you to enjoy:

Irene’s informative and bookmark-worthy post about vintage ceramics over at Bloesem.

Stylish Danielle is spotting bright yellow as a trend over at the Style Files.

Domino magazine and their amazing “green” issue. It hit my mailbox over the weekend and I plan to dig in tonight. I heard some of their amazing eco-finds are online over on their website…

The March Country Living magazine is all about creating your own craft room and my favorite topic, “Turn Your Passions Into Profits”. The issue is devoted to women entrepreneurs and it’s just a terrific read. You can catch some of it online here. The rest you’ll need to see in the issue!

Victoria shares some of her favorite chick flicks.

Tomorrow is a HUGE day for Apartment Therapy as the Gillingham-Ryan family makes their debut on the Oprah show. The show is called, “Nate’s Small Space Miracle”. Don’t miss it! People are starting to post about the show on the Oprah website… I can’t wait to watch how the boards fill up post show! This is such great news for AT.

And meet a few new decor8 sponsors: Green Tea Design, Truche, Indie Fixx, Galleria Pangea, and Amy Burhoe.


And a bit of saving the best for last, don’t miss A Year Of Living Gorgeously, Paola’s new blog from Mirror Mirror. It seems to be a bit of everything delicious all rolled into one space.

See you tomorrow, February 20th with a special decor8 discount from an artist and designer we all love… Stay tuned!

Posted in blogs, ceramics on February 19, 2007

Lapin & Me (London)

Pretty things, including French notebooks and things, from the lovely Lapin & Me in England.


Madeleine, and her daughter Delphine, created this special online boutique to present the most beautiful products, items both cherished and unique. Combining childhood memories and a touch of nostalgia, these sweet gifts warm the heart and demonstrate the care that both mother and little girl put into hand selecting everything offered in their little corner of the web.

Here are some of my favorites. See if you can find a few of your own here.


Thank you Madeline for writing to me!

(images from lapin & me)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 19, 2007

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

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