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Luna Bazaar – Save 20%

Luna Bazaar wants to extend a discount offer to decor8 readers starting today for the next week… Perhaps you are interested in party and wedding supplies that include items for the home, like rice paper lanterns in all colors imaginable? Sign me up! I love giant paper orbs suspended from the ceiling or even outside beneath big white tents at weddings… Lovely!

I personally appreciate that you can buy a box of 144 cocktail umbrellas because they add such a fun touch to cocktail parties with the girls at home and usually when I’m looking for them I can never find them in stores. Their vintage glass vases are another favorite as I imagine them hanging in the trees at night around the patio. And don’t forget the beautiful large parasol umbrellas that you can decorate with in the home or outside on the terrace for a special evening with friends. Remember this spread in Domino magazine awhile back? I never forgot the image.

(image from domino magazine.)

This photo makes me feel really happy when I see it. I imagine the faces of some of my friends around this pretty table surrounded by tapas, tons of candles and great music… I will someday throw a party just like this with all the melon colors and silk overhead. I first need a patio! I would replace the birdcage with a few parasols I think and of course twinkle (aka fairy) lights.

I was just thinking about things you can do with a parasol at home and an idea popped into my head. You could always open it, cut the handle down to 3-4″, and hang it over the sofa or bed showing off the color and/or pattern to add some interest to the room on a budget. I think it would totally work in the right setting. Something along the lines of the image shown below where the cameroon headdress currently is… replace with a parasol.

(image from Living Etc.)

You can even hang one in the corner of a bedroom like this. Of course they also look great as props to photograph…


(Photo: Liquid Sky Arts)


(A cocktail umbrella photographed by: MelissaMH)

Wouldn’t one be beautiful as a window display with tiny ornaments hanging down from it? View more parasol inspiration here.

I know we are entering Autumn/Winter but I still have Spring/Summer on the brain. I can’t seem to get into Fall this year. All I think about is driving to the beach, collecting shells, drinking fruity cocktails with way to many calories, and enjoying the sound of the crashing surf. Each store I enter I’m greeted with pumpkins, green, red, and gold. I’m not ready for pumpkins! I want seashells, lotus flowers, and fish tacos! Never in my life have I not been thoroughly excited and prepared for Autumn because it is my favorite season. While other blogs are talking about Halloween and Christmas I am posting photos of summer patios. What is up? I wonder if you feel the same way, not feeling ready for Fall, or am I completely alone in this?

So! If you are planning a party (big or small) why not hit Luna Bazaar to cash in on this fab discount. This offer will expire at midnight on October 15th and when you check out you will need to enter DECOR820.

Have fun!

(images from luna bazaar)

Posted in Decorating Tips, inspiration on October 09, 2008

Wallpaper Borders – Your Thoughts?

I was out last night with a group of 11 creative women here in Hannover, all independent artists and designers who sell on DaWanda, and we met at this charming 100+ year old tea room called Teest?bchen in the old part of the city to discuss art, design, travel, you know… Girl talk! We had a really nice evening. One designer there asked me what my thoughts are on wallpaper border as she was thinking about making and selling some borders with her gorgeous illustrations on them.

Teest?bchen in Hannover.

My first reaction was No! but then as I was talking to her I realized that we cannot always do what is popular, we must sometimes do what we simply like and see what happens with it after we send it out into the world. Thing is, I do not like wallpaper border so my opinion of it was a bit negative and though I felt bad being so honest to this lovely lady, she did ask me for my opinion and I told her plainly that I did not like them at all.

Wallpaper border is in NO way a new concept, it has been done before and most of us dislike it because we still have visions from the 80s and early 90s when EVERYONE HAD IT in EVERY SINGLE ROOM sporting motifs that ranged from trains to roosters to mauve flowers. I think we associate it with tacky interior styles of the past (at least in America) and the rather tasteless ones found today in stores like Home Depot. Then again, years ago before Domino and Kelly Wearstler many of us HATED WALLPAPER WITH A PASSION. When I started blogging nearly 3 years ago, I remember writing about wallpaper and readers hating its comeback and commenting rather nasty things about it and now it’s trend and most people LOVE it.

The point is, do you think wallpaper borders could in fact make a comeback as wallpaper has? Do you hate it? What do you hate about it? How do you see borders being designed so as to have a positive response? I’d love to hear what readers from all parts of the world have to say on this topic so please voice your opinion!

And if you have no clue what wallpaper borders are, click here to see some

(image from Flickr via Ellenspenellen)

Posted in reader questions, walls on October 09, 2008

Top Design: The Weekly Dish

Becky is back again to blog about her take on this week’s episode of Top Design. I am out for the day but have left you with a few new posts below this one to read and I’ll be back later on today to share with you some new things I’ve found… So for now, I’m signing off and letting Becky take the wheel… Becky, the stage is yours kiddo! – Holly

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DISCLOSURE: I had to stay up until 2 a.m. watching this show because my DVR freaked out during the 10 p.m. airing, so I am very very sleepy. Perhaps that is why I yawned through this entire episode of
Top Design. Perhaps it’s because of all the sloppy attempts people are making to slap the word “green” on everything these days (don’t get me wrong, I’m all for anything that gets attention for environmental responsibility; it’s simply that in a lot of cases it has become trite.). Perhaps it’s that looking at those offices made me think of how much I needed a 3 p.m. nap when I worked in
depressing claustrophobic places like that. Perhaps it was India’s monotone narration. Actually, I just realized what it was! K-DUB wasn’t there! Everyone else’s hair is simply too boring to talk about.

So this week was all about creating eco-friendly office spaces. Danny Seo was there in place of Kelly Wearstler. The contestants were told they had to use all of the existing furnishings, which resulted in a lot of “art pieces” and shelves made of old desks. There was a major twist: After the contestants met with their clients and shopped for them, they had to switch spaces with someone else and use the items that person had chosen. I thought of a new drinking game to go along with this show. Drink every time Eddie says “disgusting,” “Martha,” or “panties” (this week it was a “granny panties” reference – what’s up with Eddie and panties?). This will be enough to get you three sheets to the wind within the hour. If he ever gets kicked off, we’ll change it to drink every time someone slaps together a piece of rubbish and calls it an “art piece.”

A few notes on what went down:

  • I am so thrilled that no one used the word “zen” the entire episode.
  • I can’t believe Eddie took credit for Nathan’s idea of putting the rug padding on the wall. Sitting here on my couch alone at 1:45 a.m., I gasped aloud. I also thought the blinds he put all over the
    fluorescent light looked stupid. But I am biased; he annoys me to no end. BTW, isn’t used rug padding usually full of all kinds of nasty mold, silverfish and crud? It’s a good idea on paper, but I wouldn’t
    want to sit in an airless room underneath a wall of it.
  • Ondine did a really good job with what she had to work with, especially on her water bottle light fixture.
  • Nathan had the best ideas and was thinking about being green the most out of anyone.
  • The judges were a little too hard on Natalie and her panels. It was a creative idea. Confusing green point: if you have leftover MDF but MDF gives off VOCs, is it better to turn said MDF into recycling bins or toss it in the landfill?
  • I kind of liked Wisit’s attitude when he said, “I’m not going to chop up furniture just for the sake of trying to look creative.”
  • I yawned through the rest of it. None of the designs resulted in an office where I would want to spend 8+ hours a day.

So, enough of my whining, I’m dying to know if you all liked it better than I did. Whose design did you like the best? Are you sad to see the losing contestant go? Did you agree with the judges on the top three designs? If not, who would you swap in and out? Who do you think had the best green ideas? Who had the least green ideas? Who is the biggest brat there? Who do you think will win the whole shabang? What are some other drinking game ideas? Were you bored off your gourd or was it just me?

(text by becky harris and image from top design)

Posted in guest bloggers, reality tv on October 09, 2008

New: Unique Los Angeles Design & Gift Sale

I just heard from Sonja who has organized a fantastic new design and gift sale called Unique Los Angeles set for December 13-14, 2008. Sonja was hoping I’d spread the news as she’s super excited about her project and hopes that local artists and designers will be interested in partaking in this very special event she has planned. I really like her website and think that based on that alone that her taste must be good so I’m sure you can trust this event to be just as nice. Unique Los Angeles is a shopping event held at the California Market Center in downtown LA that gives shoppers the opportunity to buy local handmade indie goods while supporting the local economy and the massive creative community that exists there.

Sonja has around 225 vendors that sell everything from clothing to stationery, jewelry to baby products, and of course ceramics, screenprints, artwork, body care, and more! In addition to shopping you can also enjoy:

  • LEARN: A DIY Lab where you can create your own gift tags and wrapping paper at no charge and where you can screenprint custom t-shirts.
  • RELAX: Enjoy relazing in the The Lounge to take a break, read a magazine and enjoy a drink while listening to the DJ.
  • EAT & DRINK: Eat a little something at The Cali Cafe – meals, snacks, coffee, dessert, etc.

If you are interested in setting up shop for a few days and participating in this event, vendor applications are online and the deadline is November 2nd. You can obtain more information here.? Thank you Sonja for getting in touch with me and all the best on Unique LA!

(images from unique los angeles)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on October 09, 2008

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