C?line from Granada Design wrote in today about their design house in Barcelona that produces silk-screened artwork on cotton. And although these aren’t exactly my personal taste (I lean more on the feminine side when it comes to decorating), some of you may really like it because their art is a bit more gender-friendly (good news male readers!) than most of what I post on decor8.
Granada Design offers art that you can finally agree on with your partner because there’s not a deer, bird, or fashion illustration to be found. This art is bold, urban, graphic, and definitely not shy – a great alternative to that boring white wall. Can’t you imagine one mixed in an IKEA room? The green artwork (above) in this white kitchen with the green chair and blue/green striped rug would look nice, don’t you think?
Thank you so much C?line for sharing Granada Design with us today!
(images from granada design)
Boy oh boy… And down the rabbit hole we fall! decor8 reader Aude (a foodie/blogger) in Paris wrote in about The Jeu de Paume Inspired flickr pool (view/join here), filled with gorgeous real homes of those who are inspired by the Paume style and interior shots from the various Jeu de Paume titles.
This is fantastic, you simply must check it out. Thanks Aude for the tip.
(images from the jeu de paume inspired pool)
I thoroughly enjoy reading Netherlands-based blog Yvestown, written by the creative Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Her wit is refreshing and her blog is informative and altogether beautiful. I appreciate the care that she puts into her posts, especially these that spotlight some of her favorite books. I read through all of them last night and ordered several of her picks from Amazon, including Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers (my idol from Caravan Style in London, also author of one of my top ten decorating books of all time, Flea Market Style.), and In Bloom by Alice Whately.
But there is beauty in having patience and combing through the archives of your favorite blogs. It was during this treasure hunt that I discovered a small Japanese book publisher that comes highly recommended by Yvonne for having the best design books called Jeu de Paume, also known as Paumes for short. “Jeu de Paume explores the environments of those who stimulate the creative industries, and in doing so has produced a set of creative bibles that overflow with inspiration,” says Paumes. Browsing their books online, I’m sold!
After their first visit to Paris, Paumes was so inspired by what they saw that they went on to visit other European design meccas like Stockholm and London. This began their series of books documenting their favorite stores, creative workspaces, and homes. If you’d like to order any of their books, contact them directly via email: info AT paumes.com. You can also order them directly from Amazon Japan. But seeing a website that looks like this (below) can be a bit intimidating if you don’t understand the language, right? Wrong.
No worries friends. We have Yvestown to thank for this amazingly simple tutorial on how to order from Amazon.jp. I just walked through it to order a few of the Paumes books myself and it was a breeze using her guide (great job, Yvonne!). Just think: You can go broke shopping in websites that are not only in your native language, but also on websites that you don’t even understand! Yay! The beauty of the internet and pretty pictures! :)
(images from paume and yvestown)
If you’re looking for some ethnic prints and patterns to incorporate into your home, you may be interested in this article Trend Spotter: Ethnic Prints and Patterns and a roundup What We Love: Ethnic Prints and Patterns both by yours truly for HGTV.
I pulled it together back in June, but since it just went live on their site yesterday, I thought you may like to read it even though I since may have covered some of these sources here on decor8. I really like how it came out though. A special thanks to Julieann Covino of Jace Interiors in Cambridge for the quote.
(lighting shown from anthropologie)
A little birdie told me that tomorrow (8/7) Kate from Little Doodles will open the doors of her etsy store to sell some darling prints of her original drawings. You can preview some illustrations in flickr that she may list in her store tomorrow. So don’t forget! Add her to your etsy faves so when tomorrow comes, you will be first to preview her darling things.
Above illustration reads, “Betty would trade a years worth of worms for those fendi heels…”
Thanks Kate for the news! Yay, congrats!
Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called I’ve seen this look in Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, but I can’t say it’s a huge trend here in the states yet as the average American household isn’t bold enough to go with patchwork bespoke sofas. Why be average?! Mix things up and have a little fun. j.roaman offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture, quilts from Milan, tableware, art, soft toys, even Moroccan pouffes in unexpected prints (very unexpected!).
Scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Oprah Magazine, Gabriella wants to give decor8 readers a sneak peek of their enticing selection. I don’t know friends, looks like Fall ’07 right into 2008 just may be the most colorful and pattern-filled that I’ve seen in a very long time!
They don’t have an online store, so I need to highlight the point of this post is more to inspire than to shop. Of course, if you find yourself in Hampton, New York you have to visit this place, but for the rest of us, look at these items as inspiration. What can you recycle in your own home with some bold patchwork? These images may motivate you to do something interesting to an old chair, mirror frame, or foot stool, you never know… Recycle whenever possible, there are so many cool things you can do with a can of brightly colored paint and fabric scraps.
From a recent trip to the Brimfield flea market, I found lots of vintage suzanis, some in not-so-good condition (a hole, some fading in spots, etc). This is a great alternative for vintage textiles that you love that you can’t use as a cover – cut out the best pieces and use to cover furniture or to create bolster or throw pillows. Despite what some Interior Designer from Watch Hill, RI told me at Brimfield this past May, suzanis are hardly pass?. She was so against them, and I told her that nothing is pass? if you love it. She wasn’t a big fan of my personal feelings about interior style, but I still shared them with her. And the more I see suzanis in magazines and stores, the more I’m thinking that they aren’t pass? at all.
Thanks Gabriella for the tip and the great store images!
(images from j.roaman)