“WHYYYYY?!!?” Pals at my former workplace were famous for screaming this over their cubicles whenever something went wrong. My friend Kay started it back in ’97, and because things in the corporate circus always seemed to go wrong, it stuck. That’s how I’m feeling today with blogger because something went horribly wrong with my template, as I’ve not been able to update it since September and I need to add two new sponsors and update my book and blog of the week, and I have tons of new shopping links. For some reason when I update my template and click on preview, the font goes completely wack and transforms into this supersized text that, unless you’re about to go blind, it pretty much bites.
Since I’ve not been able to update my columns, Modamuse has been the decor8 featured blog for weeks now, and although I’m sure they’re pleased, many of the other blogs I have in queue to featured are waiting impatiently to see their blogs listed. I’m so sorry guys. I’m doing what I can. I’ve loved having Modamuse around though, their blog is super. That’s where I found the graceful porcelain of Sophie Milne today. Stunning, huh? Modern. Graceful. Tactile. Simplistic. All these words spring to mind when viewing the delicate vessels that this talented Aussie creates.
Here’s a great little story to remind us of just how small the world really is, thanks to having both print publications and the online world of blogging at our fingertips (seems to work so much better now that we have the two, don’t you think? draws us all much closer).
decor8 reader Susie from Rock Scissor Paper wrote to me after reading decor8 Reader Question: Linoleum Resources?, a recent post responding to an inquiry from reader Julia who needed some good Linoleum resources and tips. After spotting the post, Vanessa (another reader) commented that she found her linoleum inspiration in Domino magazine and applied what she saw to her kitchen by combining a little elbow grease with motivation, her kitchen floor was replaced with what you see above.
Susie now enters the mix. “It’s a small, small world at decor8. I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when I went to your site and scrolled the page down to see what I missed yesterday and saw her floor! Here are some snaps I took of our kitchen and one picture from Domino. Just to share!”
How cool is that, huh!? Here’s Susie’s kitchen:
Isn’t that a cute story? A great example of a fun, affordable DIY project using a surface that most people accuse as being too boring or dated. Not when you add some creativity to the mix! I’d love to see this floor in mustard, gold, rust, all those yummy autumal tones, wouldn’t you? A warm version of what is pictured here would look great in my kitchen. I can see a warmer version against cherry or maple cabinets…
(images from susie and vanessa)
Have you heard of Donna Wilson in London? Visit her website and see what you think. I like her rugs and teapot cosies, and best of all, you can shop her online and pay via Paypal. I love that because I find so many GREAT European designers that do not offer online shopping or who won’t ship outside of their country or the EU and it totally frustrates me.
The green birdie walk mat in 100% wool felt has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, I love the imperfect shape of it and the little footprints trailing off to the side. I think the pom pom rug would look great beneath an acrylic or glass coffee table. I would constantly trip over the pom poms otherwise. The doily rugs are my favorites though, the cut out shapes and bright colors transform something you grew up seeing on the table at grandma’s house into a hip floor rug.
What do you think?
(images from donna wilson)
I’ve been out and about in search of the November issue of Real Simple magazine. All the newsstands here that have American magazines still display the October issue. Arrrr. Frustrating. I was so intent on finding this issue because my friend Michelle Caplan has a two page spread in it. How cool, huh?
I featured her when I launched decor8 after finding the great Ms. Caplan online last year. I purchased some art from her back then for my home and just love it, very rich in meaning, highly personal. Since so many of you read this blog from the states, look for Michelle in Real Simple this month – I think you’ll enjoy the article. I have to wait until I’m back in the states to check my mail (wahh!), my issue should be waiting for me at the post office.
By the way, can you believe that Domino magazine is no where to be found over here? Even in the Netherlands, I couldn’t find it at all. I hope that changes in the future, as I see some American magazines over here that I roll my eyes at as I walk by the newsstand because they’re so bad – I don’t even read them in the states. I plan to visit Berlin and Hamburg soon, so I’ll check there since they are large cities and may have more of a selection of int’l press. So sad not to have my Domino.. At least there’s Dominomag.com (thank god) to hold me over until my return.
Speaking of good press, did you read the article in the NY Times House and Home about our pal Vanessa DeVargas (aka Turquoise), another LA talent? If you aren’t yet familiar with her, here’s an interview I had with her a few months back. Congrats on the NY Times article, Vanessa – great photo of you and your space, too!
I love seeing these talented ladies receive well-earned exposure – way to go, girl power!
(images from real simple, new york times)