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coffee + cre8tive [feb 28 '06]

Hornbill loved his green-vine house in the top of the mango tree. “The jungle is peaceful here”, said Hornbill, biting on a mango seed. “We all live together quietly, as friends should.”

Those words, written on the first page of my favorite childrens book,’The Lion’s Bed’, were ones that my mother read to me over and over again for many years, ones that I’ve memorized and connect to very exciting times – hearing a favorite story. Back then, it was like that fresh issue of Elle Decor arriving in the mail. It was your time to sit down, be still, and enjoy every single page.

Today, I’m inpsired by this wallpaper print from Wook Kim, because it reminds me of Hornbill in his jungle, how I imagined him back then, living amongst the lush vines in tropical serenity. Sometimes, that’s the life we all crave, to escape, to be alone, breathe in the natural world around us, live together quietly with others, just as friends should. Then, reality hits. We have bills to pay, people to please, and deadlines to meet. Sometimes, we need to simply ‘step away from the drama’ and reflect on the simpler times. Times when our lives were less complicated, when our only concern was whether we’d arrive at the bus stop late, unable to grab a seat in the back with our friends.

I enjoy sprinkling inspiration around my space, little things that I relate to, seasoning my home with items that ground me again, pull me back to center. You must relate to this. It can be a print, a book, a cherished present from a friend.

Pause for a moment, take 5 minutes, turn down the news, shut off the ‘noise’ and just think about one place in your life when you recall feeling completely uncomplicated.

Doesn’t that feel nice?

Sitting atop my mothers lap, wearing my favorite shiny black patent leather shoes and pink gingham dress, my warm brown banana curls cascading around my face… listening intently for the thousandth time as she retold the tale of Hornbill. That’s completely uncomplicated.

(photo above from wook kim)

Posted in walls on February 28, 2006

Hold Everything Sale

Stop right there. Hold Everything.

Wave goodbye to high priced storage solutions and cha-ching! Ring in these accessories on sale now Hold Everything. This is a sale worth pausing for.

gilroy coffee table
was $245 sale price $169.99
an affordable alternative to the moebius table
alexis table lamp
was $150 sale price $99.99
oh-la-la! what a shade, what a base, oh what a light!
book-cloth two-drawer media box
was $54 sale price $40
can’t touch this green would rock your office right
carmen compact tv cabinet
was $795 sale price $399.99
snappy storage for your other lover (the tv)
linen throw pillow
was $38 sale price $17.99
preppy and fresh for spring!stitched remote control box
was $38 sale price $24.99
this has a total kate spade vibe going on, agree?
canvas office storage
was $28-78 sale price $22-60
audrey hepburn eat your heart out
swivel chair
was $225 sale price $160
twirl around in this mod chair

printed canvas office collection
was $24-64 sale price $19-52

(photo credits: all photos are from hold everything)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006

Travel Addicts…

Visiting the glam life in LA? Rushing off to the windy city? Trekking up to Boston? If you love to travel as much as I do, don’t miss the decor8 shopping list column! Find the city, click the links, viola! You’ll know exactly where to find the hippest design stores when you arrive.

If you have hot spots in your city that you think would be a great fit for decor8, please submit them at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Speaking of travel, check out my article about Hannover, Germany. This city strikes quite an emotional cord for me since it’s home to my relatives, many friends, and the city where I not only met my husband, but where I first heard the words, “Will you marry me?”. I hope you enjoy it, and please check out GKFA where I’m now a regular contributor. With a 3.5 million readership in North America, the U.K. and across Europe, I’m excited to tune more readers into all that is wonderful in Hannover!

psst….If you’re a soccer fan, Hannover is hosting the FIFA World Cup in June!

(Photograph of Old Town in Hannover, Germany photographed by Holly Becker)

Posted in uncategorized on February 27, 2006

[BOSTON] Tour Vessel

Step inside Vessel…

Pairing up technical ingenuity and appealing modern design almost flows too easily for the folks over at Vessel. I’m sure you’ve spotted their cord-free candela lights before, these are great candle alternatives for people with allergies (there are truck loads of smelly candles out there), or for those with curious pets who want to avoid cat-on-fire. I also think they’d come in handy if you party hard and would like to avoid cool-new-rug-on-fire, too. Wouldn’t they be useful at summer beach parties, or on your outdoor patio? No more running for the matches whenever the wind blows! I love all the pretty colors…

Vessel carries more than candela lights, though. They feature the squat series of furniture that decor8 featured in the past, along with hip tableware like the workplace dish set:

… and the fusionware dishes that I appreciate because I like to separate the dips from the chips without using two separate bowls. Plus, it’s good portion control. Dumping a bowl of dip into one bowl and grabbing a bag of chips and running off to the sofa isn’t an option, people. :)

Have I whet your appetite for a store tour? Here’s a glimpse of their space in Boston at 125 Kingston Street. I don’t know about you, but I’m completely in love with beautiful stores. I can’t shop at stores that I find unappealing. They can carry the *best* merchandise, but if the store is ugly, I’m not buying. Vessel rocks it out, as I’m sure you’ll agree…enjoy!

(Thanks Stefane for the great photos! All photos from Stefane at Vessel.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on February 27, 2006

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