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Guest Writer: Meet Christine Liu

Christine M. Liu, originally from Frederick, Maryland, is burning steadily into her sixth year of learning, shopping, eating, writing, and designing in Cambridge, MA. She squeezed in web-designing, pentax-wielding, and viola-playing amidst mathematics-applying at Harvard College, and is now working to develop a fashion network system as a masters student in the sociable media group at the MIT Media Lab.

Some of her current obsessions include co-producing tech-conceptual fashion shows, extolling the virtues of electronica, and knitting with the fleece of fine animals everywhere. Coos of delight are induced by the works of many favourite designers, including Issey Miyake, Tord Boontje, Eero Saarinen, Sanrio

She is is very excited to be a guest writer for decor8, and we’re happy to have her on deck. With her busy schedule, we never know when she’ll pop up on decor8, so stay tuned! Look for her photo near post titles, that way, you’ll easily spot the posts that are from Christine.

(bio and photo contributed by Christine Liu)

Posted in guest bloggers, shopping, travel on February 20, 2006
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coffee + cre8tive [feb 20 '06]

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Here’s some beautiful fabric from the Angela Adams’ collection that really lifts my week off to a great start. Hope you enjoy them, too. Any that grab your attention? Why?

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(photos from architex)

Posted in uncategorized on February 20, 2006

House Tour: Moby

As many of you know, I’m really into music. Moby is one of my favorites, and I just heard via Apartment Therapy that he’s selling his home in Kent Cliffs, NY (1 hour from Manhattan) for 3.5 million. He has an entire website, complete with music, showcasing the property, interior, exterior, floorplans, etc. It’s lovely, lovely, lovely! I think you’ll enjoy the slide show, not to mention his beautiful mid century modern furnishings, though it does feel a bit bare but with space like that, I’m sure we could find beautiful things to fill it with! Click here for eye candy.

Well kids, I’m off – have a great weekend! Until Monday….

~Holly
(photo from apartment therapy.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006

Cole and Son

I was really hoping wallpaper would be considered “in” again. It was so hard to not see texture and patterns on walls anymore, unless it was (gasp) in the form of ivy leaf stencils around the frames of doors (shrug) or floral borders in mauve.


Cole and Son from the UK has been making wallpaper for ages, since 1875 to be exact. They’ve papered the walls of homes everywhere, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. Some of their machinery dates back to 1900, which they still use in their factory. They have a collection of over 4,000 wood blocks, some that are still used on a daily basis. They flock, screen, and print some of the most dazzling wallpaper in the world, and now, with their contemporary designs, they’re certain to capture the hearts of hip urban designers more and more right here in the states. Their graphic post WWII patterns are lovely. They actually realized that they needed to get hip and decided to recreate some of their designs from 1955. Revamped and ready to roll, here’s some patterns that I love and hope you will enjoy, too.

What do you think about it, are you open to the whole wallpaper resurrection for modern homes? Where do you see it in your own space?

(images from cole and son)

Posted in walls on February 17, 2006

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