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Help My IKEA Dresser!

Alyson is a twentysomething decor8 reader seeking advice for her IKEA ANEBODA dresser. She says, “Okay, so I have this dresser from IKEA that I am sending the picture of. At first I loved it but now I am hating the clear poly thing! You can see how incredibly disorganized all my clothes are! Do you have any suggestions of how to either cover it or something? Any sort of advice would be appreciated!”

My first thought is to use paper or fabric applied directly to the interior of the polypropylene drawer fronts. This post over on the IKEA hacker blog may help you do something like this in a single afternoon. Casa Sugar also shows another good example of using paper and how to do it.

Anyone have DIY ideas for Alyson?

(image from IKEA)

Posted in DIY, Objects, reader questions on January 26, 2009

Ink & Spindle {hand printed textiles}

I came across Ink & Spindle last night via the beautiful blog Twig & Thistle authored by Kathleen Gibson and had a feeling I’d be writing about this gorgeous fabric company today (thanks Kathleen for contacting me). I am so happy to once again have stumbled upon another business founded by several creative types sharing a common vision. Collaboration is definitely a theme for ’09 and I’m loving it.

Ink & Spindle specializes in gorgeous hand printed textiles and is co-owned by Lara Cameron based out of Australia, you may know her blog Kirin Notebook. Lara’s business partners, Tegan and Bianca van Meeuwen, share a blog under the same name right here so please go visit them to learn more about these talented ladies and their very special business of making beautiful fabrics. They are blogging about their textiles, participating in shows, selling fabric online, hand printing it together in their studio, this is the stuff that dreams are made of and this dream team is doing it right because Ink & Spindle is taking off and we’re all taking notice.

Bianca, Lara & Tegan, the go-get-‘em ladies behind Ink & Spindle.

Books made using Ink & Spindle fabrics, bound by Nicole at Freshly Blended.

(images from ink & spindle)

Posted in Objects on January 26, 2009

Budget Furniture Finds at Overstock

I wrote a post this morning over at Real Simple that I’d love to share with you, it’s about finding furniture on Overstock.com and ideas on how to transform your finds into something special. Here’s the link in case you are interested!

I’m not big on Zebra but a little ikat may be nice on this chair…

Posted in Objects on January 26, 2009

IMM Cologne Design Fair Coverage in Germany {2009}

Design at ’09 IMM Cologne: photos here. (thanks, Claudia!)

Posted in uncategorized on January 24, 2009

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