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*New* Chocolat Magazine from Canada!

I have to thank decor8 reader Margot J. who sent me a copy of Canada’s newest gem, Chocolat, a shelter magazine that is, overall, really fantastic.


It’s a shopping magazine, much like Domino, but it has somewhat of a UK feel to it – it’s a little like Ideal Home meets Living Etc. maybe? Hmmm. Hard to describe. I love the title typefont and all the resources it lists inside, and the website is equally good with a few great DIY articles that are practical and do not involve power tools or a degree in fine arts.

I really enjoyed the online feature, Sticky Situations, all about using decals in creative ways, particularly since I’ve done this before and found it to be a terrific (and cheap!) shortcut to add personality to the home.

Content rich, packed with finds, and not a lot of advertisements only adds to the appeal. The layout and design isn’t as drool inducing as some of my favorite glossies, I think the product shots could be more enticing and the photos of space could look better (Domino and Living Etc are tough to live up to!), but being that this is only issue #2 and it appears to only be published quarterly, I think they’re off to a great start and hopefully will grow from here to become the Domino of Canada. I love all the links and design tips, and the 24 hour shopping guide to Calgary was an exceptional feature. I will definitely look for the Spring issue when I’m up in Montreal in a few months.

Thanks again Margot for the preview, It’s a lot of fun to look at and I really appreciate that you took the time to mail it to me! More on Chocolat here.

(images from chocolat)

Posted in inspiration on January 29, 2007

Sofa Shopping Online – Laura Needs Your Help!

decor8 reader, Laura W., is looking for a sofa and needs your help. She says, “I found one online that I love from Club Furniture, but I am not sure about their quality. Have you heard anything about them? I’m feeling a little iffy about buying a sofa without trying it out first.”

I’ve not shopped them before, but it appears as though they offer a great warranty, which includes a 20 day no frills money back guarantee, even stating they’ll pay the return freight on the item (not the original shipping fees, but everything else would be refunded). Not bad!

In addition to the warranty, I’d call them directly and see what kind of customer service they provide. Ask lots of questions and get a feel for them over the phone. I’d also check out the Better Business Bureau online. I go there whenever I question a company that I’m about to deal with. It seems that Club Furniture is owned by One Source Plus, Inc., so do a search under that name and see where it gets you. If they’ve had an unusual amount of complaints, you’ll learn about those there.

decor8 readers, have any of you ever purchased a sofa online without experiencing it first hand? What are your thoughts on this? Has anyone shopped with Club Furniture before?

Thanks Laura for writing in!

Posted in furniture, reader questions on January 29, 2007

Super Capacity Polaroids

Alison from Super Capacity passed along a link to her etsy store with some lovely Polaroids… More of her work can be viewed on her website. Enjoy!


(images from super capacity)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on January 29, 2007

Happiness is Miette P?tisserie + Confiserie

Ah. A beautiful space filled with candy. Miette P?tisserie + Confiserie in San Francisco opened this past weekend and I had to post about it. It’s one of those retail spaces that would make any of us weak, tempted, leaving with little candy-filled bags. But above and beyond the sweets, just look at the decor. I love their wallpaper, it’s so pretty, you may want to lick it! The care they put into the overall design makes everything delightful. I love the jars of jelly beans, gives me ideas for kitchen decor at home. Browse their website and fall in love with all of their dreamy edibles and beautiful product shots. I love seeing spaces like this…


Miette is located in Hayes Valley at 449 Octavia Blvd. Thanks Gina for the tip!

(images from miette)

Posted in inspiration, shopping, travel on January 29, 2007

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