Design in the Details

Bookshelves as Art

Photo by chotda
Photo by Flickr User chotda

So there was a post on Apartment Therapy today about color coding a bookshelf and I don’t think anybody can do it with more beauty than the much-blogged about flickr user chotda.

A lot of people look towards such a stylish idea as impractical. As a person who uses books in her line of work, I can definitely hear those complaints loud and clear. However, it really is an interesting work of art when all is said and done. When someone in the comments mentioned a “database” to organize, it hit me.

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West Elm

I guess in the designer world, West Elm is on the cheaper side of things. However, for a poor graduate student such as myself, those “cheaper” things are usually too expensive to allow such indulgences. However I was browsing the sale section of West Elm and I found a few nice deals hidden about for under $10. I know Domino often does “10 items for under $_.__” so here is my version of it West Elm Style.

West Elm - Paisley Outdoor Mat
Paisley Outdoor Mat
(Originally $12, now $8.99)

West Elm - Mosaic Pillow
Mosaic Jeweled Pillow
(Originally $29.00, now $9.99)

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Bright Lights Little City

Heather Well's Bright Lights Little City
How awesome is this. Custom-made lamps from cocktail umbrellas… genious! I just stumbled onto Heather Well’s lamp site (Bright Lights Little City) and I have to say I am duly impressed by her work. I would love one of these pendant lamps for my new kitchen. The construction of them looks lovely and I think one of my favorite aspects of the lamp is that it is aesthetically pleasing either day or night. The lamp is covered is phosphorescent paint so even when not on at night they have a glow to them. See more under the cut.

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DIY: Postage Stamp Paper Removal

Stamps 4

When I was a little girl I spent a great deal of time organizing my stamp collection. I had a few penpals and I would save every single stamp that came my way. I got older and stamps became less interesting and in time they ended up in one of my boxes designated “childhood.” While I was cleaning I discovered a treasure trove of used stamps! I am debating if I want to decoupage a key rack or a table top with them.

I had a fun time getting the stamps off of the paper too. I used to do it once a week as a kid. Here is how you can remove them safely for use in crafting projects or collecting.

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Bouquet 1

J was so incredibly sweet and I received “Just Because” flowers and sushi a few days ago. Those are always the best kind — completely unexpected and not because a holiday compels you to buy them. Anyway, I’ve refrained taking photos for a few days since all of the flowers hadn’t opened, but I finally got around to it. They are absolutely gorgeous and are imbued with almost neon colors. I would love to get some of these blown up for my wall but my hand was a little shakey with the macro. I’ll take more in a few days and the press a few before they begin to lose their color. I love flowers.

Bouquet 3 Bouquet 2 Bouquet 4
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Why didn’t I think of this?

Color by COLOURlovers

COLOURlovers is one of my favorite resources for… well… color. Here is the description pasted straight from the site:

COLOURlovers™ is a resource that monitors and influences color
trends. COLOURlovers gives the people who use color – whether for
ad campaigns, product design, or in architectural specification –
a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit
news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

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New Beginning!

Hark, a new blog! Is there nothing more refreshing in the realm of the world wide web? Well, I am sure we could think of some things, but I am going to pretend that this is a worthwhile endeavor so I can continue to put off my growing pile of work… So how does one make an introductory post without sounding totally cheesy?

I’m going to be honest. My track record with blogs is not so hot. I always have some really great and innovative idea, I spend hours designing the interface and editing the CSS templates, I think out my blogging game plan, and then… Kaput. So this time around, I think I’m doing it right. I’m using a default wordpress template, a slightly edited header, and I have no plan. We are riding on the blogger freeway with no map and I think things will turn out better in the end.

I’ll spare you with the details of my life and leave that for the “About” section and after this post, we’ll jump in head first. Welcome to fabric8.wordpress.com