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Bedroom Inspiration Anyone?

I totally need bedroom inspiration today! What about you? Are you also sleeping in a boring room like I am? Currently my walls are white, curtains are white linen, bed is white, bedspread is white, it’s too safe in there. It feels like a hospital. Of course, I just moved in but that was in August and we’re in October so the “Just Moved In” excuse is starting to no longer work. I’m always looking to paint my bedroom, at least the wall behind the bed, a gorgeous gray not because everyone else seems to be hot on gray lately but because it’s been the one consistent wall color in my dozens of inspiration books and folders that stands out for me.

For the bedroom, I thinking cozy, warm, relaxing…

This is the current state of affairs. It’s total hospital chic, am I right?

Frankly, I am overwhelmed with ideas! I’m also still very unsure as to where to shop in my new country… in Germany, I have about 5% of the decor options as I do back home in America where you can zip over to a myriad of stores to find exactly what you fancy in a single day. Not that I like that kind of “design in a day” mentality but the point is that it’s there if you need it. Here, shops take 8-10 weeks (or more, sometimes 12 weeks) for furniture orders, they tend to carry 10 of the ‘standard’ brands that are in all of the little boutique shops and though they are lovely, they are expensive, and I really want a few select items that I just cannot find here for the life of me. For instance, I’m still having a horrible time finding kilim rugs for my apartment, they are either too big, too new (I only want a vintage one from Anatolia), or over 1,000- Euros for standard 5 x 7 — and that my friends is just nuts. My Turkish girlfriend told me tells me that you can fly to Istanbul from here in a few hours and find these rugs everywhere for 1/4 of that price (or less!). You can pretty much get a rug and a trip to Turkey for the price that you’d pay for just a rug if purchased in Germany. Um… Maybe this calls for a flight to Istanbul? I digress. Back to the bedroom…


I have been trying to find fabric to match the paper in the upper right corner for months and I found it shown on the left side. Love this fabric, perfect for a little something in the bedroom. Maybe a small cushion?

I think my decor folder is too large so now I’m starting to go through the process of elimination. These photos show what my coffee table looks like today. I keep adding and subtracting images and colors, the process of elimination is a beautiful thing.

I want to incorporate a gray accent wall perhaps with some large scale subtle geometric pattern on it stenciled in a very pale silver, rich texture, some pattern but mostly stripes (think men’s suits) for the bed, black, beige, white, wood tones, faux grey fur throw, maybe some aged leather to warm it up… I have white linen drapes so I may add a border along bottom in velvet, perhaps a border I can remove for Spring? Let’s see where all of these ideas lead me For now, I have my mood board together… I’m putting it out there. Now it’s time to execute. Give me a month and I’ll be back with the results (sometime before Turkey Day).

How are you doing with your bedroom decor? Does it need help? Is it boring like mine or are you satisfied with it?

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, inspiration on October 27, 2008
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Posted in uncategorized on October 27, 2008

DaWanda Pinboard: Home Decor Faves

DaWanda featured a Fall Home Decor pinboard that I recently pulled together on their main page today. You may really like the 3 pages of goodies I’ve pinned, who knows maybe you can pull together a pinboard yourself and share the link with me in the comments section below? I’m ALWAYS looking to find more great indie design out there.

To view my pinboard with links to many great DaWanda sellers, click here.

(images from DaWanda)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, round-up, shopping on October 27, 2008

Thanks, Domino!

I just found out over the weekend that decor8 was mentioned in the November 2008 issue of Domino magazine on page 40! Thanks, Domino!

What an honor to be highlighted as a “So Right Now” blog alongside many others, they did a nice job matching blogs by group and what a great moment to have the #1 shelter magazine in America highlight blogs as being a go-to source for inspiration and decorating tips and ideas. Fantastic. It’s what I’ve been hoping to see since early 2006 when I pitched a similar article idea to some of the big shelter mags and their editors turned me down flat. One even told me that, “blogs are written by inexperienced housewives who have no say in the design world”. Another told me, “blogs won’t stick” (this was in ’06), and finally I heard “blogs are of no interest to *this* magazine {click}” (funny because that magazine now has a blog two years later).

I can’t tell you how many times I cried after talking on the phone to such editors. Tears of frustration mixed mostly with anger. I didn’t feel deflated, I felt empowered… “We bloggers will SHOW THEM” was how I viewed every single snub I faced. And I was snubbed by many, trust me. “decor8 who?”, “You author a design blAg, oh um blOg, get to the point I have to take a call…”, “What is a blog, is that MySpace?”… But I had faith that the “little guy” and our voices would someday matter to the big guys. To say that I am excited to see Domino write about blogs is an understatement. I am OVER.THE.MOON. They have been supportive of blogging since day one, same goes for Elle Decor, never once did they snub blogs or make us feel unloved. They are smart, they see the value in both blog and magazine living together. Their mention of blogs as “So Right Now” is a tremendous vote not only for those mentioned (like me) but to many bloggers not mentioned since this will no doubt draw non-blog readers into the circle to see what ‘this blogging thing is all about’ and they’ll eventually find others by linking around.

Of course the magazine could not include all of the equally important and inspirational decorating/craft/design blogs out there (they number into the thousands)… So if you’re new to decor8 please know that the design blog community is made up of many great blogs which is why I have a visual blogroll — so readers can use that as a portal to finding the greatness that truly exists out there. Click here to be introduced to more great blogs.

And so more Domino readers who stop by can find YOU, please leave a comment here with a direct link to YOUR blog – shameless plugs welcome! The goal is to list as many blogs here as possible so that you can be part of this feature alongside of the blogs featured in the article. United we stand!

Thank you Domino, so much for recognizing us!

(images from domino magazine and scanned image from Sara on Flickr)

Posted in blogs, press on October 27, 2008

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