Stationery

Freshly Blended Press

May 9, 2007

I’m so happy for both Nicole and Jason who just relaunched their brand and website today, Freshly Blended Press! Congratulations!

Freshly Blended PressEverything in the FB store is handmade, from her beautiful wallpaper journals to all the other books she creates. Show a little support for an indie artist today and give Freshly Blended Press some love by spreading the word on your own blog and browsing their beautiful new website. Great work, Lecht duo!

Psst: These books are a great place to start your art journal or to organize your design finds…

(images from freshly blended press)






Inspiration, Reader Questions, Small Business, Travel

Reader Q: Mexico City Shopping Help?

May 9, 2007

decor8 reader Wyoming Q. is headed to Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende in July and needs our help. I’ve not yet visited that part of Mexico, but I figure with so many globe trotters out there, someone may have some light to shed on the subject of SHOPPING. :) If you have any tips or ideas please comment below. (Geninne, are you out there?)

Reader Q: Mexico City Shopping Help?
Wyoming: Off the top of my head, I can direct you to Jane magazine, they pulled together a mini guide, and you can also check out Lucky magazine because they covered Mexico City too. Maybe that will get you started…

(image from michale)






Rooms

Kelley Proxmire Interior Design

May 8, 2007

Kelley Proxmire’s daughter, Brocky, sent along a message and some photos that I think you’ll enjoy. (Notice that these walls are black. Isn’t this stunning?)

Kelley Proxmire Interior Design
“My mom loves your blog and thought it was so nice of you to include her in your March addition by mentioning her sun room. Well, she recently finished a room that is being featured in a Spring show house sponsored by the Washington Design Center and Home and Design Magazine. She wanted me to send you some pictures of the room for you to share on Decor8. I hope you enjoy them!” – Brocky Proxmire.

Kelley Proxmire Interior DesignKelley Proxmire Interior DesignKelley Proxmire Interior Design
Thank you so much Kelley and Brocky, what a nice surprise to hear from you. The dramatic black walls are stunning, it’s refreshing to see a crisp, bold bedroom in black and white with red as an accent, yet it doesn’t at all look harsh, dated, or dark. Quite the opposite really, the black walls are fresh, inviting, and positive because Kelley kept the floor and ceiling light – the key to pulling off solid black walls. Perfect!

Get to know Kelley and view her online portfolio here.

(images by angie seckinger)






Events + Markets

Wary Meyers: Tossed + Found

May 8, 2007

We all know and admire Wary Meyers for their paintings, gorgeous stencil work, and creative interior design and styling portfolio, but have you been keeping up with their Tossed + Found series in Time Out: New York? I recently stumbled upon it and it’s great, I mean, the potential these people find in items that were tossed on the streets of New York as trash…

Wary Meyers: Tossed + Found
Wary Meyers shows us all that a little TLC (and lots of imagination) goes a long way. In their column, they transform a discarded plastic urn into overhead lighting, a worn table into a bright white and orange gaming table, and many more cool transformation tricks found here in their Tossed + Found series. Best part, the articles tell you where the item was found, what they used to restore it and how, along with before and after pictures. Love this!

Wary Meyers: Tossed + Found
They recently tried something I thought was unique because it’s not about transforming trash — It’s something everyone can find and try themselves. The article, In Stores Special, was cool because they took something brand new and gave it a mini face lift. Like these stools found at Target for $60. With a little sandpaper and minwax, they gave them classroom charm that aged them and infused a lot of personality. It’s a nice mini project to try before you head out to the streets to dumpster dive and hit the fleas.

(images from time out new york)






Designers + Stylists

Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern

May 8, 2007

I was so excited when I found a little package in the mail last week from Amy Butler. It contained a sneak peek of her new book, Midwest Modern, along with some great patterns for the home, like her new gum drop pillows and feather your nest — patterns for pillow shams, cases, and a quilted coverlet.

Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern
Although I love gifts, I think it’s more fun to share, so I asked Amy if she’d like to get involved in a decor8 contest, and she YES! In fact, she was so pleased that I should be receiving a bunch of patterns from her this month to giveaway to decor8 readers! So watch the blog over the next few weeks because I’ll be posting another contest to give you the chance to win free Amy Butler patterns. :)

Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern
Now back to the book… Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern
The intro is just great, and a good reminder to many of us, “Attention, design and style mavens! There?s a lot more to America than just the east and west coasts. Today, innovative American design?in clothing, home decor, even gardening?is emerging from the Midwest. So lay your bicoastal biases aside, and let Amy Butler show you what?s happening in the heartland.” Go midwest!

Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest ModernAmy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern
A huge thanks to Amy Butler and her team for supporting decor8, I can’t wait to tell you more about the giveaway in the weeks to come…

(images from midwest modern)






Rooms

Inhabit Living *New* Bedding + Lamps

May 7, 2007

Mike sent along news about the new bedding, canvas art, and lamp collection over at Inhabit Living and, as always, it’s gorgeous! To me, Inhabit is the perfect ‘solution’ bedding for couples that want a little bit of his masculine touch and her feminine side incorporated into the decor. It’s also very modern without appearing too cool; it’s not so super streamlined that it lacks personality. I love the coral motif and all the curves… Great work, Mike!

Inhabit Living *New* Bedding + Lamps

(images from inhabit living)






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