Modern Decorating Inspiration: Felt Embellishments

Felt Lampshade

Felt — that fuzzy material you used in fourth grade to make cut out animals & party masks — has made a beautiful come back! By it’s very DIY nature, felt is a neat texture and material to incorporate. From it’s no-hem-needed cutting capabilities to the ease of tracking it down (every craft, art or kids store in your neighborhood), you could not ask for a more versatile DIY textile.

Full House featured these two lampshade and pillow felt inspirations, I adore the delicate flowered lampshade that could be remade with a few flea market broaches. The ruffled pillows below add a whimsical touch to the room and would be so easy to create with gathered strips of felt and a quick hand stitch (from Kelly + Olive).

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How great are these BHG felt projects? Refashion a standard throw pillow by adding leaf, flower or butterfly felt embellishments. The grey felt placemat is by Kikkerland.

Felted Pillows & Placemat

This floral pouf from Modern Dose makes a fabulous statement and would be so great for casual extra seating in the living room. Lace felt throw pillows from BHG — you can purchase similar lace embellishment strips in scrapbooking and craft stores.

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More great felt accessories to follow!…

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Friday Guest Blog Interview: Holly of decor8!

Friday Guest Blog Interview with Holly of decor8!

Welcome to a wonderful Friday Guest Blog Interview with decor8!

It’s such an honor to host Holly today — she is an incredibly inspiring designer who offers daily decorating ideas and DIY inspiration through her ultra resourceful and very stylish home decor blog.

Launched in January of 2006, decor8 — a play on the word decorate — has built up a strong following of 25,000 readers a day and a solid reputation for offering beautiful interior spaces, fantastic DIY suggestions, independent art and design reviews, and showcasing apartments, homes and shops from all over the world.

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Her work is inspiring — it’s beautiful, chic and charming in a way that most of us can appreciate down to the bone. I would sum up her style as a delicate mix of girly & vintage — with just the right amount of a modern, whimsical touch.

Holly brings a whole host of credentials to her interior design work and creative writing style. In addition to decor8 and her design practice, Holly is a regular contributor at Real Simple and she maintains a second blog, Haus Maus, where she documents her life as an expat. In the past, she has worked with Domino and Cookie magazines and was a columnist for the Boston Globe. She has also worked on assignments for, HGTV Ideas magazine as a Style Editor, Boston magazine, Adorn and LUXX magazine in Singapore.

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While answering PDB’s four questions, Holly shares more on her decorating style, favorite trends and how she personally designed her living room through mood boards and look books (check out the board and finished room on the next page).

Follow the jump to be inspired by beautiful design!…

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Neat Idea: Design Your Own Pillow & Duvet Cover

Design Your Own Pillow & Duvet

Ever feel inspired to create something that is uniquely you for your home? This is a fun site that allows you to design your own throw pillows or duvet cover: select your accessory, choose your favorite fabric, search through dozens of contemporary themes and match your home accent colors!

Inmod has a neat selection of modern furniture, lighting and accessories.

Design your own pillows

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