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Discover Independent Design: *New* Trunkt LookBook!

Have you heard about the all new Trunkt? Dev Tandon just wrote to me and I had to get this up on the blog ASAP because I know so many of you will just love it. Trunkt works very hard to champion independent design entrepreneurs through both their brick and mortar location in NYC and online. With success in both areas, they decided to branch out and create the Trunkt LookBook.


The LookBook features the works of their members, all art and design entrepreneurs, who use this as a resource to tell the world about what they do. Membership is only $99/year and is open to all. The LookBook contains the profiles of designers, along with product shots, industry jobs, events, and many other cool features. Learn more about membership and features here.

Wow Dev, wonderful resource, thanks for sharing!

(image from trunkt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on February 05, 2007

Reader Q: Red Glass Chandelier, Anyone?

This just in from reader Maura from Paper Guppy. We have to save her!

“I’m hoping that you have a resource for a chandelier that I’m looking for. I found this (image below) on Horchow a few weeks ago and it seems they have discontinued it. It was a red glass four arm chandelier for $550. They now only have the eight arm and it’s over $1,000. Any ideas?”
Maura continues, “I’ve searched google and ebay, but everything is too ornate for my husband’s taste (we’re compromising on the chandelier and this one was simple enough for him, but chandelier-y enough for me). I know DWR has a nice red glass chandelier (image below) but it’s a bit too spendy for me. So I’m in love with this chandelier and I’m stuck and I-MUST-HAVE-IT! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!” – Maura.

Maura – I was recently at the Boston Design Center didn’t notice anything like this in their many lighting showrooms. I contacted Horchow for you and spoke with Alyssa Butler who has confirmed your fears, the 4 arm version has been discontinued and all stock has been sold out.

My next thought was to search online, so I sourced Plug Lighting (they have something similiar, you may want to call them for pricing), Ray 20, Lamps Plus, Y Lighting, Bellacor, Lamps-Lighting, Spiegel, Ballard Designs, Inside Avenue, Z Gallerie, Barney’s, Anthropologie, and The Furniture. Nothing.

Then I stopped for a moment, realizing this light mimics the popular lighting I saw while in Germany last year, most of it coming out of Italy. So I checked out Italy Design in CA, but most are over your budget and not even a good match. Same goes for eDirectory out of the UK and Murano Glass.

I’m having a tough time on this one. Aside from finding something made out of non-glass (acrylic maybe?) or in a different color and painting it red with a clear lacquer top coat, I’m not sure where to point you.

With so many design savvy readers out there (hint hint), I’m guessing someone can help? Anyone?

(images from horchow and dwr)

Posted in lighting, reader questions, tips on February 05, 2007

I Have Arrived…

This post on Marisa’s blog made my day.


It means so much to me when a decor8 reader relates to something I’ve said here on the blog. It makes working on my own less lonely. I tend to avoid design projects in the winter, I simply don’t like running around on residential design projects in zero degree weather. I’m a southern girl, all this snow and gray gets to me so I prefer to just stay indoors. (Although I have a bachelor pad to start working on in a few weeks over at Charles River Park in Boston, so I’ll be out and about again soon enough.) Anyway, thanks Marisa for the post. :) It’s really nice to know that I’m not alone and finding those of you through this blog that can relate to me means so much. So thank you.

If any of you missed the news, Marisa and I are teaming up for a podcast in the next few weeks about Creative Living – I’ll be posting more about that here as soon as it’s live. Should be fun! Let me know if you have any specific questions for us about either working for yourself, making the break from the corporate world, creative living, design and decorating, or whatever else you have on your mind. Comment below or send me an email at decor8blog{at}yahoo{dot}com.

(image from creative thursday)

Posted in inspiration on February 05, 2007

Feanne Badges

Look at Feanne’s cute and shiny art buttons. I see so many badges I love, but feel pretty clueless as to how and where to use them since I’d never wear them on a jacket or a bag, it’s just not my style. But they’re super cute. Artsy even.


I’ve been collecting the ones my friends send to me in a simple glass canning jar with a silver screw top. They look pretty inside, but some are like mini works of art and would be far nicer on display. I’m thinking a shadow box, perhaps? 4 rows of 4 buttons arranged in a perfect square format? Maybe you could even pop the backs off to create magnets or hot glue them them to curtain hooks as a decorative element for a quirky cute look in the bathroom (for that, I’d suggest using the same badge for each hook). Maybe you could pop off the pin back and glue them to a ribbon for display or wrap around a jar filled with candy to give a friend? I’m always looking at things a thousand different ways to see how they can be used.

Any ideas on badge display? Do you have any photos showing what you’ve done with your badge collection? Send them in, I’d love to see what you’ve done. Check out all of Feanne’s pins here at her Prickie store. Thanks Feanne for writing in, we really appreciate seeing your work!

(images from feanne)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, tips on February 05, 2007

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