Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Aussie Patches on Etsy

May 19, 2007

In addition to the Etsy roundup of affordable prints I wrote for Domino magazine, I have many others that I wish I could have included because there are so many amazing prints and original works of art to be unearthed over on Etsy. What a treasure chest of finds! Take this Australian illustrator, Ali J, that I found just recently. I adore her stylish girls, don’t you?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
Ali is the talent behind Aussie Patches, an etsy store that features her girls, dozens of dazzling illustrations with a distinct fashion feel and a modern, punchy color palette. Both prints and originals range in price from $5 – $30 (including originals!) and $100 for a large painting of a winter scene. Her work is charming, affordable, and I think you’ll really like it. Imagine these arranged over a white sofa with bright pillows in sunny yellow and pink?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
FYI: Ali is also a fellow blogger, so you can learn more about Miss Aussie Patches right here.

(images from ali j)






Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Rooms

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

May 18, 2007

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You LoveOne of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)






Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms

Viga Massi

May 18, 2007

Another fun online boutique that I enjoy is Viga Massi. Not only do orders over $75 ship for free (love that) but it’s quite obvious that they guys have exceptional taste.

Viga Massi
I know John Derian has been around for ages, but I still think his plates are hot and want a wall full of them. I know we are trained to jump on what’s “so right now” but I don’t buy things because of that, I often purchase the best items after their wow factor has long faded. That way, I’ve had plenty of time to make a good decision, not one based on impulse followed by regret, but on whether or not I truly love the item, if it’s worth the investment, and if it’s something I plan on keeping for awhile.

This doesn’t apply to everything I shop for, especially at flea markets and chain stores like Target where you have zero time to make a decision because if you snooze, you lose. But in the case of a $120 John Derian plate, my rule is this: If I want something that I do not really need, and it’s not a bargain, I’ll wait 30 days and if I still have the same (or increased) yearning for it, I’ll give in. I’d say 75% of the time, the craving passes. I think it’s important to set rules because our home can quickly fill up, especially when scouring the web all day long as most of us spend tons of time online for work and/or recreation.

I’ve been thinking of John Derian plates for over a year though, so I’ve long exceeded my 30 day limit. I think it’s time to fire up the debit card, don’t you?

(images from viga massi)






Fashion + Accessories, Handmade, Stationery

Maries Butik

May 18, 2007

Have you heard of Maries Butik? It’s a small online boutique based in Copenhagen with a few unique finds that I thought I’d point you over to, like their assorted paper goods, Malene Helbak porcelain, and their gorgeous porcelain jewelry that I would love to own. Oh, and happy Friday everyone. TGIF!

Maries Butik

(images from maries butik)






Color Inspiration, Inspiration

Apartment Therapy and Lydia’s Lavender Ceilings

May 17, 2007

I’m closely following Apartment Therapy’s Smallest Coolest contest (who isn’t?) and when I spotted Lydia’s space in San Francisco today, I had to show you because this super cool lady lives in a two room studio that has such a great layout (it feels huge) and my favorite part, a lavender ceiling! I don’t know Lydia, but with a space like that, I imagine she is a pretty neat lady with a big personality and loads of style. Love it!

Apartment Therapy and Lydia's Lavender Ceilings
This inspired me because I’ve been in a purple haze the past few days looking at this hue in so many stylized settings from magazines that I needed a reality check: to see it in a REAL home. So here’s a glimpse of Lydia’s lavender ceilings. While you’re at it, view a slideshow of her space or watch a video of it (for more ceiling footage) over on the amazing Apartment Therapy.

(images from apartment therapy and lydia)






Inspiration, Rooms, Shopping + Products

Urban Outfitters Offices in Philadelphia

May 17, 2007

You never know who is reading your blog… The other day, I wrote about A Stitch in Time, an informative image packed article in the May issue of Metropolis magazine featuring the Urban Outfitters corporate campus. To my delight, the architect and design team on that project, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd, contacted me offering images to show decor8 readers. Located in Philadelphia’s navy yard in 5 historic industrial buildings, this office space is exquisite. With that being said, enjoy the tour below. For more images, click here to view a mini slide show I’ve created.

Urban Outfitters Offices in Philadelphia Haven’t we all had dreams of working amidst larger than life balls of yarn, sitting in beautiful chairs, and passing by a wall loaded with buttons?

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This is a super creative environment where I think anyone could blossom, look at this place! You’ll have to excuse me, it’s just that I get excited about office space, as it was a huge part of my former life managing facilities and working on space redesigns and I often think about it in my sleep, still. But wow, look at this space, not only are the buildings spectacular, but I love the overall flow and how spacious it feels, it’s like a city within a city. I also like how they’ve carved out all of these creative spaces where groups can congregate to chat and that the work areas are clustered together with low wall cubicles or no wall at all. It gives one a sense of belonging to a group, a team, vs. being stuffed into high wall cubicles and isolated from those you’re working with.

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For me, the greatest lure is that an old, abandoned property was transformed and reused for a new purpose instead of either sitting there and slowly falling apart or worse, bulldozed. Urban Outfitters brought new life into an otherwise dead navy yard. It’s so important to reinvent a space intended for a different purpose in a new, creative way. Firehouses and old schools are now condos in many neighborhoods as are houses of worship. It’s such a smart way to go. And, as these pictures show, no one had to sacrifice because it’s much more impressive because of its bones and history.

Thank you Ligeia for the images! For more views of this space, click here to view a mini slide show.

(images from MS&R. photography by lara swimmer.)






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