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Budget Lighting: CB2 Whirly Candles

This post inspired me to write about the beauty of the $3.95 whirly hanging candles from CB2.


That write-up showed a table display sponsored by the Viking Range Corporation and designed by Barry Rice and Ted Allen, from the recent DIFFA’s Dining By Design event held in New York. When I posted it, a decor8 reader by the name of Bob, commented about the lighting. He turned us on to the fact that the lighting shown over the table below are the CB2 whirly candles. Elegant and simple, but also a budget find. Triple threat lighting! It looks like around 22 mini globes (so approximately $88) were used in the below display, but you can get away with less, I’m sure. I’m thinking these would look stunning on the patio for Spring parties, or in front of a window displayed at different lengths. What a great idea for budget lighting, I love it.

Posted in lighting on February 28, 2007

Real Simple Reports: Mixing Florals

I really enjoyed the feature in Real Simple on mixing florals with patterns; I think they nailed it when they said, “Mix them with colorful stripes, polka dots, and gingham checks in complementary tones.” That really sums up the process, the key word being ‘complementary’.

Many fear the process of mixing various patterns and prints in a room. Layering is actually quite painless. Grab a color wheel and a good book on color combinations, and/or take a color theory class at your local art school. Introducing yourself to new ideas via classroom instruction enhances your life in so many ways, especially in the cold months, it helps fight creative stagnation and feelings of depression. You’ll also make new friends and tap into parts of yourself you never knew existed.


Of course, visual learning through the pages of your favorite magazines doesn’t hurt, either. The more you expose yourself to beauty and good design, the more your brain starts to pull all the pieces together and you find your own creative voice, you develop your own ‘eye’ for style. I do believe that people are born with talent, but I also think developing a good eye can be trained if you’re not one who was born with the ability to effortlessly throw things together to result in something pleasing. Try, try, try, again!


(images from real simple)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, diy, tips on February 28, 2007

Bev Hisey *New* for Spring

I noticed a Bev Hisey rug on the cover of the March/April Blueprint, only because I had written about it in January in my Mad About Morocco trend report. So pretty!


It’s such a great rug, don’t you love the bright yellow pattern against white? Striking. Bev has other new items for Spring just added to her already stunning collection of home accessories… Here’s a sneak peak of some of her latest pillow designs.

(images from bev hisey)

Posted in flooring, shopping, travel on February 28, 2007

Pop Cling – Adhesive Art!

Jason wrote in about Pop Cling, an adhesive wall art company, and I couldn’t wait to show you some of these wild ‘n wacky wall decals. Totally fun, what do you think?


Pop Cling is always seeking work from both established and emerging artists, so if you’re an interested artist, contact Jason here. I can totally see my friends in Berlin, Mike and Bloody Bunny, doing this kind of thing because they are both so talented and already have a following…


Thanks Jason for the tip!

(images from pop cling)

Posted in walls on February 27, 2007

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