Reader Questions

Reader Q: IKEA Help

June 21, 2007

This question is from decor8 reader, and well, um okay… It’s from me, Holly (blushing). This time I need your help, readers. There’s this great IKEA cabinet, it’s called ALEX, and it’s just lovely for my workspace, but I cannot locate it on the IKEA website except in the images shown below. I consulted with she-bot Anna, their online whatever the heck she is, and that didn’t help at all. I landed in a children’s room looking at really tiny desks.

Reader Q: IKEA Help
I’ll confess, I’m not an IKEA regular. ALEX may not be new at all, perhaps he’s old and retired. When I click on workspace from the US homepage, I see ALEX beneath a window and I envision how charming he’d look storing all my junk in his drawers. And I smile and think of how cheap he is ($199), which makes his charm only increase. Sure, I thought to phone IKEA directly, but last time I did, the call sucked up most of my day and after connecting me to three stores, I got no where.

Reader Q: IKEA Help
Chances are, you guys are ten times faster than IKEA customer service. So what do you say about ALEX? Any clues as to his whereabouts? Am I missing something here?

(images from IKEA)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!

June 21, 2007

I just blogged about Christine Mason Miller on Tuesday, but since she just added original paintings to her Etsy store that I really, really like, I’m highlighting her work again. Sure, I love the colors and composition, but it’s their upbuilding messages of hope that impress me the most because life isn’t always smooth sailing. But you want to know a not so secret secret? Hope and inspiration are actually easy to find, we don’t have to go that far anymore thanks to the internet.

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“My work now is to sink deep into all of the joy, the blessings and the good fortune. It is so easy for me to be wary of it, and put myself on high alert for something to go wrong. I am all too aware of how quickly everything can change, but I cannot let this get in the way of all that is good right now. That is my challenge.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“We all need cheerleaders. We all need supporters who look at us and exclaim, “Yeah, YOU!”, going crazy when we score a victory, whatever that victory may be. Supporters who feel deep in their hearts that when you win, they win, and if you lose, they’ll keep on cheering, because the most fundamental truth is that you’re worth your own cheering squad simply by being yourself.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“When you are standing at the bottom of a mountain that you have no choice but to climb, taking one day at a time is the only thing that matters. It is the only way you will reach the top of that mountain, the only way you will find your way through the darkness. It is solid. It is reliable. It is like the rising of the sun everyday – it is something you might not take much time to notice, but it is always there, a reminder that each new day holds endless possibility.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“There are strange connections everywhere and messages waiting for us if only we take the time to pay attention and listen quietly. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take the peaceful road and approach whatever task is before us – pleasant, unpleasant or otherwise – with gentle steps. To be vulnerable like a fawn, trusting there is someone watching over us, trusting it is OK to lie still.” -CMM

Think about this: Most of us ultimately have a choice when it comes to our own actions and feelings. (If you are diagnosed with depression or something related to that, your choices are often very limited though.) But for most, we have a choice. We know our own buttons, both good and bad. Do we press the right ones? If we’re feeling bad, thinking about something that only triggers further negativity is a definite no-no. Sometimes we have to step out of our own heads for a moment and identify the feeling and take action to feel better. Sometimes simple things lift the mood. Toast with jam. Going for a run. Calling our best friend. Popping in our favorite CD. I like to create lists. Others paint or pick up a pencil and sketch. What about you? Isn’t it empowering to know that we can each choose to feel better? And isn’t it great that gifted artists are out there sending us heartfelt messages of hope and healing through their works? I’m grateful that technology has brought us all a little closer together.

If any of the paintings shown above interest you, please visit Christine’s etsy store to enjoy more, or browse through her wildly creative website. :)

(images from christine mason miller)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Art by Arkaybea

June 21, 2007

Did you spot the Brooklyn-based etsy artist, Arkaybea, featured on page 30 of the latest issue of Blueprint? The top left and bottom right paintings are part of the feature, so if you’d like them, grab ’em while you can right here for $200 each. I especially love the oval still life of the juicy peach against that lovely green. Yum.

Art by Arkaybea

(images from arkaybea)






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Paper Table (+ Nicole’s Amazing Front Porch)

June 20, 2007

Robin from Paper Table sent me an email about all their new tablemats, coasters, and napkins and since I’d not heard of Paper Table before, I thought it would fun to blog today. I really like the reusable papers they carry because they’re waterproof, have a matte finish, and are 100% recyclable. And okay, the patterns are perky, fresh, and bold and we all know that paper has to be perky on the tabletop because it makes the meal taste better. At least I’m hoping…

Paper Table (+ Nicole's Amazing Front Porch)
Linens are nice, but I’m also keen on paper products, at least during the summer months when meals tend to be on the fly or enjoyed outdoors. They are great for bridal and baby showers, too. But I have to confess, some magazine I was reading this month was “blessing” the idea that we can now use paper plates in place of china for dinner parties. Pahleese. I paused and started rollin’ my eyes and getting all uptight. I’m a southern girl, at least I was raised down there, and using paper plates for anything other than good old Carolina pig pickin’s is considered country. At least in my family. We looked for reasons to break out the good stuff and decorate the house. I’d never invest hours in meal preparation only to serve it up on plastic with bright yellow dixie cups. But as far as quick eats, outdoor meals, and okay, eat-in kitchen style lunches, it’s perfectly fine by me. Paper Table products get this girls approval. :)

Paper Table (+ Nicole's Amazing Front Porch)
It would be fun to use different Paper Table patterns on a picnic table, string paper lanterns overhead, and get the grill crackin’. I can also see them on Nicole’s amazing front porch (above), too. Just look at that red table sitting there all cute. Nicole is such an inspiration. She’s blogging her entire new home overhaul on Making It Lovely, some of us die hards have been following her saga for months. If you don’t already know about Nicole and her abode, consider yourself informed, it’s a great read. And aren’t her tissue paper pom-poms from Martha Stewart adorable? My mother has been making these for years, I mean, she’s the pom-pom queen. Now I can hit her up for some and they’ll actually be in vogue if I put them around my house. “Oh, mom!”

Oh and thanks Robin for the tip on Paper Table!

(images from paper table and queen decorating diva, nicole)






Inspiration

Blueprint – They’ve done it again!

June 20, 2007

Blueprint just keeps getting better and better. Although the model on the cover looks 14, making me feel like I’m a bit elderly, I love the ideas in this issue (no.5), especially the wallpaper feature. I was just thinking about wallpaper in the shower this morning (I have the best ideas in there, don’t laugh!) and since it’s no longer circulating around the blogs as much as say, a few months back, I wondered if wallpaper was becoming a bit passe. Then Blueprint arrived and made me feel so much better because I love wallpaper and was beginning to fear the worst. Blueprint tells us to think outside of the traditional floor-to-ceiling wallpaper box and go with some more involved, and creative, uses for wallpaper. (Here’s a related post along these lines back from March in case you missed it.)

Blueprint - They've done it again!

The imagery alone in this feature is delicious, but I especially loved seeing wallpaper as a headboard and mounted on wood panels as insta-art. We’ve all read about this ideas before, but Blueprint incorporates that Martha Stewart perfection that we all love so much, which made these tips feel fresh and exciting. They highlighted a wallpaper I’d not seen before called “Grille Modern Grande” by Hinson & Company, a company that’s been around since the 70’s. They used that pattern as a headboard, just wait until you see it on page 102. It’s simply grand-e. I love the paint on the wall, too. But they don’t list the color used, so you’ll have to snip the page and take it to Lowe’s to match it. I’m guessing it’s a Benjamin Moore color (or Martha Stewart paints which, fyi, are now exclusive to Lowe’s). Blueprint seems to use a lot of Ben Moore and MS Paints in their rooms. Has anyone ever painted with MS Paints, and if so, how do they rank against other paints you’ve used? I’ve been wondering this, since I want to paint my bedroom in MS286 Surf.

Another great article is Modern Mex, a party with a Baja-inspired theme with lots of delicious summer cuisine. Having been to baja a few years ago, it was great to find the recipe for grilled fish tacos – a favorite of both my husband and I. I always drool when my southern California friends talk about going to the beach to enjoy some fish tacos with a Corona. I’m forever California dreamin’…. Modern Mex took me back there again to my days in Baja. Oh, and the Bungalow Great article is a good one to, I hadn’t seen anything like it already a billion times over, which made the feature stand out as interesting. It made me want to pack everything and move to Greenport, New York. I’m crazy about bungalows, cottages, anything with a history really.

Anyway, No. 5 is a great issue… A real boost for those in a creative rut, and lots of great photos to tear and post on your inspiration boards… Which reminds me, have you voted yet for your favorite mood board?






Objects

Pixie Dust Fabrics

June 20, 2007

Stacy McCallum from Pixie Dust contacted me last week and so nicely sent over some samples of their poplin textiles, available by the yard via their website. They’re so soft, and the colors are completely dreamy. The pagoda and topiary are my favorites, especially in the lime and blue colorways, I can see them both in the home (especially a baby’s nursery, so sweet) and in a multitude of craft projects, perhaps covering a bulletin board or as part of a quilt or blanket.

Pixie Dust FabricsPixie Dust FabricsThank you so much Stacy for sending over your lovely package, I rarely receive samples by mail, so it was really exciting to look everything over. Thanks again!

(images from holly becker for decor8 and pixie dust)






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