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coffee + cre8tive [mon feb 13 06]

Inspiration of the day. Strut your stuff!
Ahhh. The iridescent tail of the male peacock…

I’ve always been attracted to these lovely creatures, which started when I was 4 years old and my mother hired Cyndi, a radiant italian interior designer that installed a huge blue-green vase with the watchful eyes of peacock plumage shooting forth from it in our living room. I remember how it reflected in our gold wallpaper, my cat watching the plumage with a suspicious eye, careful not to go to close.

Lately, I’ve been spotting more and more peacock in patterns, from decoupage trays to fabric, rubber stamps, clothing, earrings, or images of them on pillows. Yesterday, when Domino magazine arrived, I found even more, so I thought it made sense to showcase my favorite peacock accessories for the home here today. I think that first, so we can all better appreciate the peacock, we should read up about these regal creatures; so click here!

I’ll be back later today with peacock accessories. Until then, shake your tail feathers!
(photos from wikipedia)

Posted in trends on February 13, 2006

Spot Free!

Big sigh of relief. decor8 has carved out a little spot on the web that reflects my own style. The dots and the dark background were too busy, so I decided to go with white for now. If I change my blog as much as I change my home decor, you may be seeing a new design every month. Kidding. I seriously want to just hang out with this design for awhile to see how people respond to it. I hope you like it. :)

My pal, Lisa (paintedi [at] hotmail [dot] com), is responsible for the pretty flower in the orb and that cool orange eames style chair, and I designed the banner using Fireworks. I’m pretty lame-o when it comes to graphic design since I don’t have a lot of time to dabble in it, but I think this banner presents a clear picture about decor8. I pulled my inspiration from design boards that students and designers rely on communicate their design ideas; decor8 is my way of communicating design ideas to readers like you, so I thought it only made sense to present the site in this way. While selecting colors for the site, I instantly gravitated towards:

orange = health, energy, joy, hope
fuschia = warm, loving, vibrant, passion
teal = peacocks, regal, rich, loyal
green = nature, life, creativity

I hope you like the new look + feel of decor8! If you need blog help, my bloggirl, Kay, created a new template for me in a flash; she even added a 3rd column on the far right, if you recall, decor8 only had 2 columns before. Kay is your girl if you need bloggin’ help. She’s a smart cookie and is based right here in Boston. Here’s a blurb about Kay:

Kay Stoner has been workin’ the web since 1995, (tho’ it seems like a lot longer!). She specializes in client-side coding, which includes coming up with new and different ways to turn plain old information into something enticing and attractive — better than just readable. For all your CSS/DHTML/Javascript coding needs, drop her a line at info [at] sitebasics [dot] net.

I still have some formatting work to touch up tomorrow, mainly in the 1st column, but for now, this is it! Back tomorrow with new inspiration and many more fresh finds, g’nite


Posted in uncategorized on February 13, 2006

Changing my Spots

Today is about deadlines being insane, conference calls back-to-back, emails that won’t stop coming in, and amidst the chaos you’re thinking about how you seriously need to get your butt to the gym. At least, that about sums up my Friday. What are you all up to today? Any weekend plans?

Guess what? It’s time to change my spots. When I first started blogging only 3 weeks ago, I never dreamt I’d attract an audience. I thought maybe 20 people, not 3,000! I guess I aim low but this is one of those things that can be compared to snagging a good man (or woman). No, not aim low! Just don’t think about it, don’t expect anything, let it flow.

Once upon a time, I was in love with a man who decided to take on extra concubines while we were dating. Other girlfriends. I didn’t like it, so I escaped to my grandparents farm for a weekend to forget the whole drama. As I cried, my grandmother consoled me saying, “When you least expect it deary, your prince will come. Now go wipe your eyes, it’s time to play poker and order a pizza.” She always knew how to reach my heart. She looked like Lucille Ball and had a mouth like Karen on Will + Grace. She was, and still is, my idol. She was also right; after that weekend, I ended my relationship with Mr. Multiple Partners Simultaneously and just stopped worrying about men. When I stopped worrying men showed up. Nice, cute, employed, emotionally stable ones. Then I married the man of my dreams and it’s been the best 5 years of my life.

I guess I went about this blog the same way. Zero fears. Just roll with it. And then…you guys came!

So, to loop back to my point, my spots will soon fade to reveal a fresh, clean new decor8 template. Gone will be the white text amidst all these crazy spots. I’ve decided to incorporate a style that’s my very own. My web girl, Kay, is on a mission to create a better template, and my illustrator, Lisa, put a cute illustration together for me, so the new look will be clean, simple, and fresh!

Watch for my new spot-free look, it should be live before Monday…knock on particle board!

Have a great weekend everyone – and keep sending me site suggestions, story ideas, indie artists you love, and your own blogs and sites that you’d like featured. I’m all about promoting good peeps!

See you Monday! :)

(photo from the keene eyes gallery in san francisco, ca. one of my favorite painters on earth!)

Posted in uncategorized on February 10, 2006

Thomas Paul on eBay

Quick post regarding bill6961, a seller on eBay with excellent feedback who carries Thomas Paul pillows and trays for under $20! Click here for some major deals, but pronto! pronto! Some of these items end today!

(photos from bill6961)

Posted in uncategorized on February 10, 2006


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