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The Shop Is Open!

I’m excited to announce a shop I’ve been working on at the request of readers who’ve asked me for tips on music, movies, and books to give as gifts. I could write for hours in reply, but instead, I thought the best way to keep readers in touch with my favorite picks is to simply pull everything together into one neat package.

I went through each corner of my home to inventory what I own, pulling only the best of the best to list in this store. This shop stocks books (art, design, small business, crafts, decorating, travel, organization, sewing, cooking, and more to be added), music, magazines, movies, and so on. I’ll add new items weekly, so check the store as often as you’d like.

I stand behind everything in this shop because I own it; items are 100% decor8 approved based on experience and actual use. Well, with the exception of a few items that are not yet released that I’ve listed.

When you purchase something from my shop, I earn 8.5% of the total, so the earnings are pretty unexciting. But, as an amazon affiliate, it’s nice when a few new books arrive in the mail each year, so I can’t complain. Please don’t purchase anything because you think you’re helping me, purchase it because you really have a genuine interest and will use it and love it.

As you flip through each category, I’m sure you will find many items that we share a common love for. I hope you benefit from, and enjoy, this new amazon shop.

Thanks for looking!

Posted in Books + Magazines, inspiration on February 04, 2007

Inspiration Saturday: David Hicks, Designer

Today on Inspiration Saturday, let’s enjoy a few jaw dropping images from the portfolio of Designer David Hicks. I love his use of color over the years, it really pushes us to experiment a little, doesn’t it? If you’d enjoy looking at more, visit his website – that will keep you busy for awhile. (I just love his fabric.) Have a lovely weekend, I’ll see you on Monday!

(images from david hicks)
Posted in designers, inspiration on February 03, 2007

West Elm Lighting for Spring

In addition to the Heyward Sofa, I found some stylish table lamps at the local West Elm. I’m highlighting these since they are easy to overlook on the website; you don’t know they are available in faux-bois until you click on ‘other images’. They are also available as floor lamps, too. I like them, they’re very well priced and the shades come in various solids and patterns, so you can mix things up a little, which is never a bad thing.

Trumpet Table Lamp with shade, $69-

Tapered Wood Table Lamp with shade, $89- (faux-bois shade also an option.)


(images from west elm)
Posted in lighting on February 03, 2007

Blog of the Week: Creative Thursday

This post is nearly the size of a book chapter, but from the emails I reply to almost daily, I think it may help you in some small way.

You may notice the blog of the week is actually a website filled with art, the blog of Marisa Haedike, and podcasts. These podcasts are the primary reason for selecting Creative Thursday as Blog of the Week.

When I started listening to Marisa’s podcasts last year on Creative Thursday, I heard a familiar voice. My own. Nearly everything she discusses resonates with me on some level. Maybe it’s because we’re the same age and have that “been there, done that” mentality – it comes from experiencing a lot at a young age and knowing that you have “arrived”, you have nothing to prove anymore. I don’t mean arrived as in big success, fame, riches, power, etc. I’m talking about an affair of the heart and mind. When both agree that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing in life and you know it and own it. Have you Click here to continue reading this post…

Posted in blogs, inspiration on February 02, 2007

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