DIY

Daub and Bauble

September 18, 2007

When it comes to selecting products for the home, I’m a detail-oriented person, giving attention to the little things that are often overlooked by others – are you this way too? I bet most of us are, we all love to discover pretty things. When I’m out shopping for the very basics (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap), in addition to scanning ingredients, I look for packaging that is simple, pretty, and matches the room I plan to use/display the product in. Even a shampoo bottle can look pretty, and sure that sounds a bit dorky, but why not enjoy beautiful ‘mundane’ things?

Daub and Bauble
Take Daub and Bauble, a brand new company based in Minnesota with packaging that is not only modern, but 100% recyclable. And (big bonus points here), their hand wash, detergent, and hand lotion is available in delicious fragrances like Fig + Thyme, Lemon + Ginger, and Orange + Clove. You can purchase some for your home at online apothecary, Home 101 based right here in New Hampshire.

TIP: If you’re on a budget, why not buy a few empty bottles at The Container Store, fill them with your soap, detergent, or lotion of choice, and apply a single band of vintage wallpaper, fabric, or wallpaper or gift wrap leftovers from a recent project you’ve worked on? If you’d like to seal it, brush over matte gel medium or clear glue that you’d use for decoupage projects.

(images from daub and bauble)






Stationery

Designs by Val

September 18, 2007

Valerie Lau wrote in about her stationery line, Designs by Val, and was nice enough to send along a little sample pack, thank you so much Valerie!

Designs by Val
I really like the linen finish on her cards, and that some are hand-embellished with dainty ribbons, tiny jewels, and vintage buttons – such a sweet touch! With a background in business, marketing and publishing, this Vancouver designer is inspired by trends in the design world — from fashion to interiors, and translates that into cards that are modern and playful with great attention to detail.

Designs by ValDesigns by ValDesigns by Val
If you’d like to see more of her card designs or shop her new online store, I can assure you that iyou will adore them just like I do. Thanks Val for writing in!

(images by holly becker for decor8)






Rooms

Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley

September 17, 2007

I am obsessed with Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley wallpaper in yellow. 100% head-over-heels in love. I visited a loft yesterday in the South End and it was proudly displayed as a focal point on one of the walls and I went bonkers. My heart did flips. Just look at it.

Cole and Son's Cow Parsley
Seeing it in person cemented the fact that I need this wallpaper somewhere in my home. I’ve liked it for months, but there’s nothing like an up close and personal view. I found it online over at Walnut Wallpaper, so I’m thinking I’ll just splurge and order a few rolls so at least I have it for when the spirit moves me and I find a wall to cover in my house. Oh, this is crazy pretty! And the pattern is so subtle that it’s quite versatile and not as dramatic as say, the first few papers shown below. So you can change things in the room without feeling like you must stick to something specific because of your crazy bold wallpaper. This isn’t crazy or bold, it’s just stunning and we like stunning, don’t we? :)

Here are some other great wallpaper prints over at Walnut in addition to Cow Parsley… I think I’ll forever love wallpaper. It started when I was a little girl and continues on thanks to all the terrific contemporary patterns out there.

Cole and Son's Cow ParsleyCole and Son's Cow ParsleyCole and Son's Cow ParsleyCole and Son's Cow Parsley{update: I’m heading off for the day (work-related), but I’ll be back later on (this evening) or in the morning. I have so much I want to blog about but no time today, so it will have to wait. I hope you are all doing great, happy Monday. -holly}

(images from real simple and walnut wallpaper)






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Have a Nice Weekend!

September 14, 2007

I’m signing off for the day, so I’m wish you a happy weekend, I hope you have a lovely one! And remember, when preparing quiche don’t forget the nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon), it makes all the difference. From decorating to the kitchen, it’s all about adding that little extra, right?

Have a Nice Weekend!
See you on Monday and thank you so much for your supportive comments and emails this week, your words of kindness really helped get me through and I’ve been sharing each of them with my husband, who is impressed by how many of you wrote in and/or commented on the blog. You are all amazing men and women, really – I so appreciate every nice word, kindness goes a very long way.

(image by holly becker for decor8)






Objects, Reader Questions

Reader Q: Shag Rug Help

September 14, 2007

Shagadelic, baby! Reader Kate just wrote in looking for a shag rug for her modern living room so of course I directed her over to Design Public to check out the Angela Adams spike citron rug because it’s one of the best shags out there (I can see my UK pals laughing at that one).

Reader Q: Shag Rug Help
Did you see her new birch rugs? And all the others? Swoon! I completely missed them when I visited her Portland store over the winter, so I’m thinking they are new. I think her ocean seaglass rug, it’s one of faves right now, takes me back to growing up on the South Carolina coast. Fantastic!

And I know these aren’t shag rugs, but can you resist the rooms? For me, seeing products IN actual spaces makes me crave them even more, I’ll even drop money a lot faster if I like the space it’s shown in because it gives me a sense of how it may look in my own home. Even designers and decorators need inspiration you know. The first two spaces are amazing, I was excited to see these because my living room and kitchen are the same colors and I’m thinking now of ordering one of these rugs for my dining area to pull everything together. I love this space, it’s a fusion of all the things I love – art, color, space, personality. Nothing about this spaces says “Overly Designed” as much as it says “Welcome”. It looks like everything was purchased over time, something I absolutely love as design-in-a-box isn’t for me.

Reader Q: Shag Rug HelpReader Q: Shag Rug Help See the little fawn in the plant pot above?
I love these little details in a home.

Reader Q: Shag Rug HelpReader Q: Shag Rug HelpReader Q: Shag Rug Help

Does anyone know of any great shag rugs out there that are in the Angela Adams price/quality range for reader Kate from Florida?

Okay, I’m heading back to the Holly test kitchen to finish the quiche for tonight. I say test because everything I prepare is freestyle and quite an experiment lately. No rules, I like that feeling in some areas of my life. Tonight there’s a party I’m attending with my husband and I’m bringing along a few quiche, so I’m signing off soon. Have a great weekend everyone!

(images from design public)






Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston: SoWa Open Studios + Open Market – September 15-16

September 14, 2007

Psst: Don’t forget to head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market this weekend. Both are running on Saturday and Sunday, held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district. Lots to see. Learn more about the event here and have fun, Boston!

Boston: SoWa Open Studios + Open Market - September 15-16
(image from se open studios)






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