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New Blogs On The Block

I’ve had a lot of really nice bloggers write in over the past few months, or readers writing in about their favorite blogs, to share a bit of their world with me. I appreciate this, and am flattered my these emails, so thank you. As a way to show my gratitude, here’s a mini blog round-up, from my inbox to you! I’m thrilled to see the world of blogging grow, it’s so exciting.

Style Me Pretty – A blog for the style obsessed bride. Abby McLucas is a married lady who designs stationery under the brand Abby Jean Press, her paper goods can be found in stores throughout the United States. Abby has a beautiful blog with excellent wedding tips and inspiration for the bride, it’s gorgeous!

Rockett St. George Blog – They have an amazing store, and now they’re blogging about design in the UK. Always a new find that most of us stateside haven’t heard of yet. Check them out!
Something Old, Something New – Another gorgeous bridal blog that I just discovered after clicking around Style Me Pretty. This blog isn’t new, she’s been blogging for awhile already, but it’s too beautiful to not include in this round-up. Packed with informative posts, inspirational finds, tips, and altogether lovely things, the blogger is also the owner of Kenzie Kate Invitations out of Brooklyn. Love!
Fly in my Mint Julep – Erin Glover is a blogger from Albuquerque, New Mexico that just started her blog. She plans to talk about everything from art and design to movies, food, wine, and whatever her heart desires. Thanks for writing in, Erin!
Design Hole
– Interior designer and freelance writer, Jennifer Mitchell, is the author of this new design blog. Let’s see if Jennifer can put Detroit on the design map! I think she can!
Desire to Inspire – A blog created by two friends, Jo and Kim, that showcases beautiful interiors from the pages of magazines and the portfolios of designers and firms around the room. Beautiful!
Happy Living
– I love the name of Erinn’s blog, Happy Living. Who can resist a blog with such a cheery outlook?

Yellow Bell Pepper Design – A Boston-based blogger (yeah!), Jeniffer Almonte loves design and is on a mission to share her voice with others that seek fresh, bold finds.
A Small Work A Day – Pamela Viola offers a print, in an edition of 100, for sale with $10 from each sale going to a rotating list of charities. They sell for $25 including domestic postage and this blog showcases her beautiful prints.
All Pop Blog – After years of collecting everything from plastic saints and Hindu posters to oilcloth bags and Mexican pop culture trinkets, LA artists/designers Jennifer and Josh Hoffert decided it was time to share their love of kitsch with others through their store, and now, their blog.

Art Diary Bradford Brenner – Bradford is an artist located in San Diego that blogs about his work, offering it for sale via his blog. He paints primarily figurative, still life, landscape, portrait and abstract in acrylics and oil on either canvas or board. Excellent!

At?pica Objetos Placenteros – Nancy Kulfas blogs from Buenos Aires, Argentina about handmade objects desiged by Argentine artists. Thank you Nancy for sharing finds from your beautiful country with us!
*Terramia* – I don’t much about the woman behind *Terramia*, but I see her commenting all over the place, and truly love her energy and positivity – her support means so much to me. Her blog is all about decorating, a fun read from a great lady!

Casapinka – Here’s another active blogger and blog reader, she comments on blogs frequently with such supportive words. She loves needlepoint, cherry blossoms, and the color pink. We just love her. :)

In looking at these blogs, as well as so many others, I’m especially interested in those that specialize in something special, like the wedding bloggers, the mid century modern lovers, the stationery blogs, etc. Readers always write to me asking about blogs and how to get started, and I’m quick to reply that more blogs are needed that focus on a particular subject matter, one that the blogger is experienced in and passionate about, those are really needed. Maybe you’re a graphic designer and you want to blog about what inspires your work, how you create images, etc. Or perhaps you love letterpress and own one, and you love to create beautiful cards…. Maybe you can blog about this along with a few mini tutorials and images that walk the rest of us through the process.

If you want to start a blog and wonder what you will talk about, think about what it is you know. Think of what your friends tend to ask you about the most. Think about what you would like to say to a whole new world of readers that will flock to your site to read your words.

Do you realize how helpful a blog about entertaining is, or a blog about writing song lyrics, crochet, pulling together a room, an outfit, or a blog that helps someone learn about opera music or the art of quilting. Whatever it is you consider yourself a smarty pants at is what you should blog about. Have a voice, stand up, show your skills – blog! :)

And welcome to all the bloggers above, you make the world a better place, you can believe that for sure!

Posted in blogs on March 06, 2007

Sub-Studio Store

Sub-Studio Store was a delight to stumble upon over the weekend while shopping Etsy. Their cards are great. I wish I had known about them when I posted Beachy Keen because some of their cards would look so cute framed, perfect to put in a room with the whole ocean vibe going on. Here’s a few of my favorites, check out Sub-Studio for yourself to find your own faves… Puts me in the mood for summer, and as the snow falls here in New England and the temps drop to the low 20’s, I need all the sting ray and seahorse patterns I can get!

(images from sub-studio store)

Posted in Etsy Faves, stationery on March 06, 2007

OM home *New* Products

OM home recently launched some new designs at the IDS in Toronto. Seems they were a huge hit, so Oorbee wanted to send over some images to show decor8 readers. The Tolly pillows are $70CAD, Tolly Placemats are $25CAD and the matching napkins are $25CAD. Thank you Oorbee for writing to me! I love the serene color combinations and patterns, gorgeous work.

Tolly Pillow in Lime Green and New Market Pillow in Bachelor Blue
Tolly Pillow in Walnut and Lime Green
Oorbee at her IDS booth
Tolly Pillows in Avocado and Almond
Tolly Napkin in Avocado, Tolly Placemat in Walnut


(images from om home)

Posted in Objects, Rooms on March 05, 2007

Licht op Textiel (Netherlands)

For those of you who can read Dutch fluently, I fully apologize for any damage to your beautiful language in this post. However, I found out about this great project, Licht op Textiel, held recently in Den Hague, Netherlands where a bunch of artists grouped together to design and construct beautiful, unique table lamps and I had to talk about it.


I’m not sure how accurate my story is because I have a hard time understanding Dutch, but from what I read, it appears as though these lamps are now part of a small show traveling around the Netherlands, recently on exhibit at De Krabbedans in Eindhoven. Seems these lamps are for sale, and once all the shows end, the owners can pick them up. You can reserve the one you’d like to purchase for $100,- Euro, and then once all the shows wrap up, you can purchase the lamp for $250,- Euro. (If Irene and Danielle read this, can you please look over the website for me and let me know if I have this straight… Feel free to comment below.) Learn about all of the lamps here, in Dutch.

The project looks so amazing to me, it inspired me because I love the thought of people coming together, all ages and levels of skill, to create something they are passionate about in a workshop environment. Imagine the creative energy in the room, the ideas that bounce from one mind to the next, the conversations, this idea excites me so much. I’m fascinated by the designs that I see here to, and the overall concept, that the lighting is now on tour and available for sale, it’s all very organic and so unique to me. I don’t know much more about the project, but if you are interested, I’m sure you can write to boom.boom {at} casema {dot} nl, as most Dutch I met while in the Netherlands speak a good amount of English. Aren’t these images great?


(images from Licht op Textiel)

Posted in Objects on March 05, 2007

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