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Daily Discounts: Designers Guild {US Site}

Soft, feminine, luxurious…I’m excited to announce this great discount, Designers Guild invites you to take 20% off of everything on their US website. Bed linens, pillows, throws, stationery, candles, you name it… Please enter decor8DG upon checkout, offer valid until November 21, 2008.

I’m seeing floral bed linens everywhere lately, in stores, magazines… they seem to be making a pretty big comeback, especially for Spring ’09 so why not start mixing and matching patterns using fine linens from Designers Guild? Their fabrics are exquisite, I own several and can absolutely state this as fact: their quality is exceptional. I love all of the fancy details as many are embellished with special trims, embroidery, lace… Making them quite special. They even have bedding for kids, candles, soaps, and more.

I’m loving some of their latest bedding collections like the Alcina and Ariana, but my favorite has to be the Cabriole in blue, gray, and a mustard yellow. Of course I also like all of these pillows, but who doesn’t? We ALL LUST for pillows, it’s totally a girl thing I think. My husband still doesn’t ‘get’ the fixation. :) But he lovingly puts up with me and my pillow addiction.

Note: This is only good on the Designers Guild US website and they only ship to the U.S. (Sorry for those outside of the U.S.).

(images from designers guild US)

Posted in uncategorized on November 04, 2008

Daily Discounts: Lollipop Pottery

Today’s discount is from Lollipop Pottery, a generous 20% off site wide if you enter “decor8isgreat” upon checkout. This offer is good until November 21st and I think it’s the best time to scoop up some of their fantastic bowls and plates, all microwave and dishwasher safe, completely handmade by a lovely couple in Ohio. He: A Potter and She: A painter = together Lollipop Pottery just makes sense. I think after browsing their website you’ll see why. Love seeing couples in business together!

Some of my favorites include: (not shown) Caged LoliBird plates, and shown: a & b: one of a kind bottles. c. glazed bowls in bird, skull, or medallion patterns in a variety of colors, and d. sugar bowls.


(images from lollipop pottery)

Posted in uncategorized on November 04, 2008

Southern Weddings & Katie Elfers

How many of you are married but still love to flip through bridal magazines for decorating inspiration? Me me me me! I find many great ideas in wedding mags from the dreamy color palettes to floral arrangements, wedding favors, the general styling of receptions, it’s all simply amazing. That’s why when I noticed that an editor by the name of Madelyn kept visiting decor8 leaving comments that linked back to Southern Weddings I had to see what the blog was like because their print magazine is pure bliss.

The Southern Weddings blog maintained by the editors of the magazine has now occupied my time for the past 30 minutes… And I’m married already! If you are looking for inspiration either for your own wedding, one that you are helping plan, or you simply love to look at beautiful photographs, head on over to the Southern Weddings blog. That’s where I found floral designer Katie Elfers and in this blog post you can see some of her work, however there is lots more on her website.

I can’t get enough when it comes to floral design, I love all of the latest techniques that I see whenever I scan bridal mags or blogs. I make it a habit to buy flowers each week from the local farmers’ market and I take about 30 minutes to style them in a way that is just a little different from my last arrangement. It’s a very peaceful 30 minutes for me, I usually stand over my kitchen sink arranging them in one hand as my mother taught me, then tying them, I set them in a vase and often I’ll secure a pretty ribbon around the vase or maybe use small paper butterflies or some other accent from the hobby shop and glue it onto a thin stick and stick it into the arrangement to make it look a little more interesting, not too kitschy though as I don’t want to take away from the beauty of the blooms.

I just love the portfolio of Katie Elfers and the talented editors of Southern Weddings magazine and blog, which they’ve pulled together so nicely. Thanks Madelyn for stopping by!

(images from katie elfers, photographed by german photographer Tine Hoffman.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on November 03, 2008

The Many Sides of Vivienne Strauss

I seriously don’t know how I missed this, and I feel bad because if I had known I would have shared much sooner about the great wife of artist Matte Stephens — her name is Vivienne Strauss. I mean I knew of her, but I had no clue that she is also an artist who has not 1 but 3 Etsy shops! Yes three! Oh the many sides of Vivienne Strauss…

The first etsy shop is called The Other Side of Vivienne where her paintings are sold, then there’s a shop called The Double Sided Vivienne with original collages, and finally the third featuring vintage patterns called Modern Design 901.

I stumbled upon her paintings when I was looking at Matte’s fun owl head costume and noticed a comment there from his wife, and I followed the comment straight to her Flickr photostream where I discovered this whole WORLD of lively art by Viv herself. Then I located her shops and can clearly see her eye is for retro quirky characters that range from Josephine Baker to ladies with poodles and oh-so-posh lifestyles.

I’m quite pleased to have found Vivienne and to know that Matte and Viv are a couple of really cool who do what they love, are in love, and making people happy with their art. But you know what they say… behind every good man is a GREAT woman so I should have known than Vivienne must be some kind of wonderful because look at the mega-successful Matte. Three cheers for artistic couples!

(images from vivienne strauss)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 03, 2008


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