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Anna Kern: Photographer

Let’s look at some beautiful photographs taken by Swedish talent Anna Kern. I love how she captures light and makes you feel like you’re in the space enjoying these cozy rooms. To view more of her work please visit her online portfolio. When I look at these rooms I am reminded that Sweden is truly the bomb diggity. Gorgeous women, amazing fashion sense, an excellent cafe culture, gorgeous cities, amazing coastline, beautiful accents, great design mags, friendly and supportive people, an off the hook health care system and the longest maternity leave ever… Heck, with the exception of their long, dark winters Sweden is near perfect.

These images make me want natural wood floors, fresh flowers, high ceilings, twinkle lights, lots of cream and pure white, and a corner Swedish ceramic stove. What do you love about this look? What don’t you like? Could you live like this? Do you live this this currently?

Thanks Room Service for commenting here on decor8 today and sharing your blog with me, it’s how I found Anna! (images from anna kern)

Posted in inspiration on January 28, 2009

Be Foxy With Celapiu

I want to wear a fox!

Posted in uncategorized on January 28, 2009

Paintings By Jennifer Davis

I feel like sharing a new painting in my home from artist Jennifer Davis. It’s called Girl and it looks so pretty on my blue wall in the living room. Jennifer’s work really inspires me. You  know that feeling when you just ‘click’ with a piece of art or the work of a particular artist? It’s like that. {Click} I was hooked the first time I found Jennifer and the love affair hasn’t ended. To date I own a limited edition print and 8 original paintings from Ms. Davis. Don’t do the math, I know I’ve spent some cash. But I have a serious art crush. I always find a way to afford art that I love, even if it means wearing last year’s coat and cutting my own hair. People drop cash on clubbing, their pets, cigarettes, eating out… I’ll stay home for a month just to afford a painting.

This is one that I purchased back in June called Coffee. I love it because the house I lived in before this one was a converted barn and my current home is a converted carriage house (names of the horses are on the beams in our home – Goldie, Maud, and Silver!) and so my cutie man and I have this running joke that we’ll never get away from the horses. I purchased the painting so that no matter where we end up living happily ever after, I’ll always remember our little country life.

Who do you follow (artist)? Share a link, please!

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on January 28, 2009

Treat & Company

Now that the entire internet knows Domino has folded, let’s move on to other things to remove that sinking feeling, shall we? I normally skip photographing press kits I receive (kinda tacky) but one arrived yesterday from Treat & Company that was so cute I can’t NOT share what was inside… a real treat indeed.

It’s a vinyl poster that says Eliminate Ugly and it’s very sweet. I absolutely agree with the message! Treat & Company is a product design and development company, kind of like a think tank, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s the kind of company you can imagine will churn out magic in the coming months… Their website is interactive, fun, and fresh. I reminds me ever so slightly of decor8, at least the colors, papers, staples, and other elements that make the site feel more touchy-feely and not quite as website-ish.

Seeing their site makes me want to freshen up decor8 again in a few  months, I want to keep the colors and stuff that I have going on but definitely want a logo change and need to find someone to help me with that. Ideally, I’d like a new font for the logo and I’d like to change the banner as I’m not entirely keen on some of my graphics there. I also need to develop the content under the Wanted tab. I have ideas for a new background to replace the linen. I’m always looking for ways to freshen up my blog… Treat & Company is my new website idol. I LOVE how they’ve branded themselves… accessible, handmade vibe, absolute gorgeousness. If you need product design and development definitely check these guys out!

I think after this post they may need to start selling the Eliminate Ugly poster because my guess is that you’ll want one for yourself, am I right?

(images: top by holly becker for decor8, bottom screenshot of treat & company website)

Posted in design on January 28, 2009

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