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Inspired By Photographer Polly Wreford

Last Friday I shared with you the cover of an upcoming book from Atlanta Bartlett called Easy Elegance. Did you notice that? Anyway, the book I’m eagerly awaiting will release in April 2009, you can pre-order it on Amazon (US) like I did for only $19! (the ISBN is: 978-1845978501 in case you want to hang onto that for future reference.) Okay anyway, I noticed today on the book cover that the photographer is Polly Wreford who I’d not heard of before so I googled her to learn more. And learn I did!

Polly is a lifestyle, still life, and interiors photographer and nothing short of excellent. I also found out when I googled her that Ez showed her work right here on decor8 a few months ago pointing to Polly as an inspiration in an interview I had with her. Funny how Polly’s name was mentioned on this very blog and I did not even recall it. Shame on me. But it was when I was when I was on vacation so I think that is how I missed it. Polly’s complete portfolio is online where she is represented by Sarah Kaye in London. I think it’s really important to look at the photographer’s name in your favorite interior books, google them, and learn more about their work and what other projects they have or are currently working on. I started doing this and have discovered so many talented people online this way, and in return have so much beauty to refer to for inspiration – as these portfolios are only a bookmark away!

How’s that for gorgeousness, am I right? I can’t take myself away from this dreamy palette of pale gray, lilac and blue lately… I wonder if this will change once I’m back in America next week? I leave on the 18th for the states and won’t return to Germany again until May so I’m looking forward to seeing how my inspirations change (or not) once I’m in a different country around new things. I can’t wait to pick up my mail, although 5 months of mail will be a bit overwhelming, the Domino book and the past 5 issues, including the one I was mentioned in, will be there waiting for me and I cannot wait to see them!

What color palette has you swept away these days? I have a small inspiration board that I pulled together recently showing my current color inspirations and images and objects that I’m into lately. I will photograph it and show you tomorrow morning. :)

(images copyright polly wreford and sarah kaye

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 09, 2008

Robins Egg Pink {Pillows Under $25!}

It was so nice to learn about Robins Egg Pink via an email that owner and Canadian designer Angela Falcao was nice enough to send announcing her soon to launch shop (coming in January, so bookmark this one!). Angela currently creates lots of beautiful things for babies and also some gorgeous pillows for under $25 that I want to show you that are available in her Etsy shop.

Most of her pillows are around $22 which is a great deal for a handmade cushion. I can imagine lots of them on my big white sofa! :) The net proceeds from the sales of many of her products will be donated to The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario; and the Ontario Humane society. Angela will soon add pendant lights to her collection – yay!

Robins Egg Pink on {etsy} and in January you can find more including lighting on {Angela’s website}.

For some reason they remind me of beachfront living in Australia. Maybe it’s all those Aussie mags I’ve been reading and of course the influence Miss Anna Spiro has had on us all in bloggyville. I can see one of these pillows in her lovely home or shop. Here’s a little idea of what I’m talking about…

Anna’s gorgeous shop, this is a recent shot of a display there. Total wow factor. More shop photos here.

(photos for robins egg pink by sarah hartill photography)

Posted in Decorating Tips, kids, textiles on December 09, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello everyone! I hope that you had a really nice weekend and that you are enjoying your week so far. I have been busy working alongside of Thorsten fixing my bloggy blog (yes, again – more trouble) but most of the issues are not ones you’d see so no worries, more behind the scenes stuff. I want to ask a favor though… if you have decor8 on your blogroll can you please update the link to point to decor8blog.com and NOT to my old blog addy on blogspot. Ah, that’s just swell. Thanks so much.

Okay so with that being said, welcome to another decor8ing week. :) I am happy to be here, I love showing up to visit you and to see what’s going on out there in blog design land as it’s an exciting place to be. It’s our space, you know? I’m grateful we can all meet online each day and share our ideas through blogs and sites like Facebook (by the way, I’m a Facebook addict and if you want to be my Facebook friend you can simply click here.) I also have a decor8 blog network over there if you feel like joining. I’m not sure exactly what the benefits are to having a blog network on Facebook but I reasoned since most of my friends have their blog listed I should join in on the action too.

It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesday! Yay! Here we go with an eclectic little mix of five sellers with everything from cupcakes to crochet creatures, postcards, and a dash of Victorian charm.

First up, Sweet Nellie just because I think little soft creatures are cute and who wouldn’t want to be gifted with such cuteness, adult or child? {etsy} {blog} {flickr}

Next, let’s visit more handcrafted goodness over at Yardia in Seattle. Yardia is Brigida Swanson (I love her name, sounds like an author) who is a teacher and an artist who received her degree at the wonderful Rhode Island School of Design. I really love her paper products, the colors that she uses, and her simple sweet illustrations. I think that you’ll really love her work, too. {etsy} {blog}

Have you heard of The Holland Fabric House based in Rotterdam? Oh it’s so colorful and happy, with textiles galore. The fabric wreaths for newborns are charming, what a pretty welcome prezzie to hang when baby arrives! The cheery pillows, iron on transfers, fabrics, notions, and patterns are great – what variety for those who craft. {etsy} {2nd etsy shop} {website}

Everyday is a Holiday at Jenny’s Bake Shop is an etsy store that I found via Facebook of all places. Jenny loves old fashioned bakeries and sweet shops, along with retro style, 1950’s ice cream parlors, and vintage party decorations, evident in all of her work. Postcards, candles, prints, ornaments… she is a painter so all images are based on her original works and handmade by Jenny Heid and her partner Aaron. Hooray to couples who craft. Awesomeness. {etsy} {blog}

This little Kansas girl has the cutest clothing & such and lucky for us, she’s not going to Oz anytime soon. Her shop name is Folk and I think this handmade crafty girl style is cute as a button. It’s absolutely unique and cozy, a little Dorothy combined with Victorian and that Steampunk style which is only growing in popularity these days thanks to our Japanese friends. Those Japanese are constantly kicking our butts with cool style, don’t you think? {etsy} {2nd etsy shop}

I hope that you liked my Etsy Take Five Tuesday today! I tried to pull together a variety of things to appeal to as many of you as possible while still staying within the lines of my personal taste. :)

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on December 09, 2008

Sharpie Home Decor?

FUN: A man decorates his basement with a SHARPIE!

Posted in uncategorized on December 09, 2008

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