decor8
author, blogger, interior stylist and freelance journalist

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How To: Really Easy Mood Board Idea

It’s May and as summer draws near it’s a great time to freshen up your mood board with things that will inspire your life with a summer theme. On a mood board you can pin ideas for your next patio cocktail party or a few decorsting ideas for the balcony. I refer to my mood board constantly and find that freshening it also helps to freshen my perspective and to get me out of creative ruts. Lots of you like the idea of a mood board but not everyone has one and I’d like to encourage you to start working on one and I thought I’d share speedy DIY so you can have a mood board up within 5 minutes – no lie – and for under $10 or even free if you have a spare piece of linen laying around..

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Wire Frame Lampshade Trend

Have you noticed an emerging wire lampshade trend? I’ve been living in Europe for nearly two years now and definitely see it as a trend over here but what about there in the states? You’ll have to comment and let me know… but I’ve spotted lots of wire frame lampshades being used in home decorating more and more – even in the Australian magazines that I read. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about… After you’ve checked out my selections below, please let me know if you love or hate them (or somewhere in between!).

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Amy Butler: New For Spring 2011

I just returned home from a week in London where I had a gorgeous launch party for my book, Decorate, on Wednesday night followed by two customer talks on Thursday that were very intimate and lovely. In the process, I met Amy Butler who happened to also be at Liberty on Thursday to sign some of her lovely books. One thing leads to another as the expression goes, and so we ended up hanging out for a bit in-store and then we went shopping together on Saturday in Notting Hill — it was lovely!

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Can’t Decide? Bring A Mood Board To The Store!

I mentioned this idea recently on my blog and the comments section came alive — so many people loved the idea of a mobile mood board and few had given it much thought before… This surprised me honestly, I assumed that most people carry things like this when they are out and about but perhaps not. I do it because I have a hard time remembering tints and tones of color and so for me this is easy, saves me time (no return purchases!) and I always match the colors correctly this way. Here is an example of a mood board to go…

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Creative Walls by Geraldine James: Book Review

I’ve not done a book review here in awhile so I thought that today I’d share a recent favorite that gave me a boost of inspiration… It’s called Creative Walls by Geraldine James, who also happens to be a home buying manager at Selfridges department store in London. It’s eclectic, quirky and creative indeed!

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7 iPhone Apps To Beef Up Your Creativity

Looking for inspiration? I’ve taken a more spontaneous approach to collecting inspiration from the world around me since the purchase of my iPhone 4 recently. Considering how expensive it was, it’s good to squeeze as much out of it as possible which is why I recommend finding apps that make your life easier or in this case, beef up your creativity. Here are seven iPhone Apps that I use almost daily to be more creative — I’ve found each of them inspiring and motivating in their own unique way.

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Clutter Rehab: Great New Book!

Streamlined closets, a desk without endless piles of paperwork, an electronic filing system, weekly menu plans… if all of this sounds great in theory but enormously overwhelming to implement then it’s time you checked yourself in to rehab for a little clutter detox! Rehab? Detox? Huh? Disorganized Debbie’s and Frazzled Fiona’s everywhere can pick up a copy of Clutter Rehab and start cleansing your interiors (your home at least) right away.

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Pom Pom Factory

Karen Hsu is a freelance window designer from Hong Kong who lives in London and is the founder/designer behind Pom Pom Factory. Have you heard of it? My mother always made these pom poms from fabric or tissue paper and she made tons for my bridal shower so I’ve always had a soft spot for pom poms as decor. Karen makes beautiful ones in all shapes, sizes and materials and I love how…

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Sacred & Profane Designs

Sissy Gavrilaki lives in Greece and is the founder/designer behind newly created Etsy shop, Sacred & Profane Designs. It is here that she sells her own line of handcrafted organic pillow covers, art and photo prints on high quality, heavyweight paper, and wooden and decoupaged clothespins. Each item is digitally…

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White Modern Lighting Round-Up

Looking for lights? I’m currently scouring every corner of the web to find great lights for our home. It’s hard because I need so many since we moved in to a space much larger than the one we had before. I’m going to make a few big lighting decisions this weekend and place some orders, and I’m excited to see how they end up fitting my home. Are you also looking for lighting? If so, and we happen to share the same taste, you may like…

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