Alison Brownrigg sent the sweetest email to introduce her online boutique, Petaline, a shop focused on presenting the talented works of Pacific Northwest (USA) artists. Alison is looking to expand to include the entire west coast, so if you are interested in learning more, try contacting her via her blog. Petaline carries a carefully curated selection of goods, everything from paintings to photography, fashion, and found items. As I browsed the store, not only did my eyes light up the moment I found the paintings and clothing, but I discovered the prices to be very affordable considering that most things are either one-of-a-kind or limited editions.
Thank you Alison for sharing your store with us!
(images from petaline)
With all of the ethnic prints and patterns used in fashion and interior design collections lately, especially those from India, I thought I’d highlight two new blogs authored by loyal decor8 reader, Archana Srinivas. (You may recall that we toured her Bangalore home last summer.) Her blogs, Rang – Decor and Rang – The Colours of Life are a fabulous way to step into the world of the modern Indian woman.
I enjoy learning about what inspires Archana, from the food she enjoys to the patterns, flowers, and decorating styles that bring her joy. India is such a fascinating land of rich culture and vibrant color, which is precisely why I crave to learn more about it through the eyes of Archana.
I love blogging and the opportunities that we have to peek into cultures other than our own. The exposure we have from being a part of this growing worldwide community is like nothing I’ve ever seen! You can travel to magical India without leaving your desk… Isn’t that a nice thought?
(images from rang)
I just hopped off the phone with SFGirlByBay and after talking about patterns and colors and wallpaper, I realized I hadn’t looked at the Osborne & Little site at all lately. Well, behold my friends, it’s been updated… And it’s beautiful, easy to navigate, a real pleasure. Here are a few of my favorite patterns. Some of which you can (okay I’ll go ahead and say it) easily mimic with a steady hand and a stencil. But I won’t go there since I know so many of you hate the thought of stencils, visions of roosters and folk art flash in your brain… But I see stencils making a comeback, and for those that would rather stencil over spending $180 a single roll (and up) for wallpaper, more power to ya!
I love me some O&L though. One can’t deny the power of applying rolls of gorgeousness to your wall, stepping back, and drinking in the beauty that is the quick installation of wallpaper. Dreamy.
Psst: To read related decor8 posts, please click on the hyperlink below that says wallpaper.
(images from osborne & little)
Jen from Craving Anthropologie told me about a crafty zine from Australia that you can pre-order for $4 from the Mixtape etsy store. I pre-ordered mine because I really love zines and wish I could afford to support every single crafty one out there because they’re just terrific resources on that home grown, handmade, down-to-earth level that so many of us love.
The debut issue of Mixtape (cover artwork by Shannon), will release August 12. The issue combines craft, from eco-hip items to pop culture kitsch, with features on eco-friendly tips for renters, 5 ways to go green, best of etsy, positive parenting, a recipe for walnut & maple scrub along with a slipper tutorial, and lots of other fun things. Order yours right here. And thanks again Jen for the tip!
Psst: To learn more about this zine, and how you can take part as either a contributor or advertiser, click here. I’ve secretly always wanted my own magazine, so maybe I should try a decor8zine someday, all about decorating, design blogging, and pretty things that inspire along with loads of encouraging thoughts. That would be fun. But of course, I’d want to include my favorite bloggers and friends on the internet that I’ve made. Can you imagine how fun it would be to create a collaborative zine like this, only with more of a focus on decorating from the heart? I’d love it. Now my brain is churning this idea. Something to think about as I’m on vacation…
(image from mixtape)
I heard from such a nice lady the other day, Jen from Bunny and Bee. Jen and her husband Faez once owned a shop in San Francisco’s Haight, but closed up to focus on hand printing designs for their online store. Specializing in clothing for tots, they recently expanded their collection to include pillows, totes, and cards. Since I don’t cover children’s clothing on decor8, I do cover home accessories, and I reallllly cover discounts, so keep reading…
If you’d like to support them and own some of their great products, they are offering decor8 readers a 20% discount and free U.S. shipping if you enter LOVEDECOR8 in the checkout comments. They will then give you an immediate Paypal rebate following your transaction, deducting 20% and shipping fees. How nice! Thank you for writing in, Jen and Faez. Best wishes on your new collection.
(images from bunny and bee)
You are amazing. Do you know this? If not, here’s a huge pat on the back from me. I put out my cry for help the other day in regards to my upcoming vacation (leaving tomorrow!), and you replied with fantastic tips, links, even the owner of the Headquarters Gallery & Boutique in Montreal wrote in offering to be my tour guide. I mean, hello? And human kindness is hard to find? Whatever! Then reader Nicole commented about the current issue of Budget Travel featuring a story, My Montreal Is Better Than Yours.
Not realizing the issue was online, I ran out to perform pre-vacation errands (toothpaste, travel size shampoo, maps) and hit the local Barnes & Noble for a copy. I haven’t read Budget Travel in years. I can’t recall if I even ever read it. For some reason, when I thought of Budget Travel magazine, visions of articles featuring the top 10 hookah lounges in Amsterdam and the best hostels in Europe (not already featured in a teen horror flick) danced in my head. Was I wrong.
I couldn’t put my finger on why, but this issue looked different to me perched on the newsstand than when I’d passed it by before – I felt compelled to grab it this time, and to read it, which I did from cover to cover. Why hadn’t I given it a chance before? As I scanned the editor’s page the answer was revealed: It was JUST given a major makeover. No wonder! It looks prettier. A little like Cookie magazine (layout and design) mixed with Travel + Leisure (I’m a huge T+L fan), I loved the font, the format, the imagery, everything felt very fresh, hip, and young. But not too young. I didn’t get the impression that BT was only geared towards the college crowd, but us older girls can be proud of our quest for a good travel bargain, too. Above all, no peddling of hostels as a hip alternative to hotels and a very informative issue all around. There was even an article about hugging pandas in China. Hugging! Pandas! That was all it took for me to fill out the subscription card.
And Nicole, thanks for the tip because I found the best blog in this issue authored by two Montreal-based bloggers, Endless Banquet. I can’t wait to get up north now and check out all these great places! And everyone else, go read Budget Travel!
(some images from budget travel and the endless banquet)