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coffee + cre8tive [feb 22 '06]

My inspiration of the day comes from this stunning portrait by British artist, David Hockney. Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark, Hockney’s friends, seem to be a bit tiffed that we’re looking in on them, don’t you think? It’s almost as if Celia is ready to tell us, in a most adoring British accent, “Pardon me. Have you got no manners? We just had an altercation and I’m trying to mend ways with dear Ossie here. Kindly let us be.”

The room, from the lilies in the vase, the lovely railing on the balcony, the large shutter doors, the way Ossie is digging his toes into the shag rug, the glowing sunlight dancing off of his bright teal jumper. Fab.

Doesn’t it appear as though these Londoners just recently occupied the space? I say this because the phone doesn’t have a table yet. Maybe that is what the argument was all about? Where to place the chair he is sitting on? :) Aha! A space war between two design freaks, perhaps?

The cat seems to be oblivious to everything, perhaps watching a passerby in the garden below. Typical feline.

You can see the painting above, along with many others, at the Hockney exhibit, soon to take place at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts from February 26-May 17, 2006 in the Gund Gallery. Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets.

Posted in uncategorized on February 22, 2006

Cheengoo – for fab dogs and frisky felines!

So. Cute. Did you guys check out Daily Candy today? They featured Cheengoo and I had to point decor8 readers to their site to check them out. What great beds and bowls for those barkers and curtain climbers in your life. I love the modern beds and fun bowls, sophisticated turtlenecks, toys, and all the things dog (and cat) dreams are made of. Click here for 25% off your purchase, exclusively for Daily Candy readers, so check out Daily Candy, subscribe, and start reading asap!

Posted in uncategorized on February 21, 2006

Kate Spade Ad Campaign

I’m totally loving the new ad campaign from Kate Spade, click here to see it for yourself. They totally seem to be reaching out to the younger crowd and I love the bright colors and graphics. This totally excites me for Spring! I can’t wait to go down to Newbury Street to check out the new stationary debut too. For the locals, Kate Spade Boston is at 117 Newbury and they’re open from 10-6 Monday – Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday.

Posted in uncategorized on February 21, 2006

Denyse Schmidt: Quilts, Books + Stationary, Oh My!

By Christine M. Liu, Guest Writer, decor8

As one of the millions dabbling in the vast creative depths of DIY culture, I have seen things like knitting, crocheting, and felt appliques shed their old-fashioned status and become the next new hip. iPod cozies are the new tea cozies, and grandmothers meet glampunkers at modern craft fairs.

One craft that has shied from the limelight a bit is quilting.

At least for me, quilting seems still relatively entrenched in the German Dutch tradition and midwestern generational home-making. Yesterday, my roommate (in true presidential holiday spirit) was cruising daytime TV and became engrossed in a very old-skool ‘America Sews‘ crafting show on PBS. Though it was an interesting (if not somewhat unpalatable) fragment of American culture, it completely reinforced the traditional, old-fashioned quilting scene.

That’s why I’m spectacularly impressed by Denyse Schmidt’s quilts, which are fresh, modern, and a long way from the tacky, fussy quilts that might come to mind. Quilting meets couture: the bright colors and geometric lines are paired with soft textiles and comforting construction. Denyse is a RISD alum and does a fabulous job of tradition reinterpretation.

I cant get enough of the deep colors and playful stitching!


Denyse has books published by Chronicle that teach basics and offer patterns for many quilting projects. More images here on Amazon.

She was commissioned to create a chain link coverlet for Crate and Barrel:
Also find some of her delightfully cute photo books and stationery in the dots + jots and what a bunch of squares series…

She’s such a talented designer, I can’t wait to try making one of her quilts someday! Her books are high up on my wishlist.

-Christine M. Liu

Posted in Arts + Crafts, guest bloggers, stationery on February 21, 2006

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