You have to hand it to Southern Californians, they definately have a lot of luck in the good weather department. As Susan Sells Sea Shells, I’m in New England slowly sloshing slush, secretly swearing, shoveling snow. I visited SoCal this past summer, and quickly realized that it’s a whole different country over there. They have this carefree style that my fast-paced, screaming for a cab friends in the Northeast just can’t touch. While our SoCal friends are planting and surfing and simply moving on with life in January, the rest of us are stressing out, eating out, hibernating, and on our knees praying for Spring (which comes around mid June in the Boston area.) Well, today I got my touch of sunshine and sandy beaches. A very sweet woman contacted me asking if I’d consider writing about her friend’s website. Flattered, I replied, “Of course!” in one window, anxiously loading her page, in the other. Ummm. Shells. Beaches. Pretty white sand. My thoughts now switched to, “OMG! How will I incorporate shells into my blog in the dead of winter?!?”. Then, realizing that my blog is actually online, meaning it’s potentially viewed by people everywhere, it may actually be spring or summer according to some of my readers. If you’re one of them, this post is for you. Check out Susan Sells Sea Shells, for shell inspired designs by Susan, a talented Manhattan Beach artist. She creates beautiful works of art using natural elements from the sea; sand dollars, shells, coral, sea glass… simply lovely. Envision her items in a lovely Shabby Chic cottage or in an upscale Cape Cod summer home. Purchasing something handmade by an artist who truly takes pride in her work, like Susan, is certainly admirable and worth supporting. Thank you Valentina for sharing Susan’s website with decor8 readers!
Ever since I heard about Environment 337 last summer, I’ve been intrigued by them. Their online store is really unique, and their storefront in Brooklyn is even better. Side point: Doesn’t it appear as though more and more business owners are opening up shop in Brooklyn lately, or is it me? I say, WAY TO GO BROOKLYN! I digress… Anyway, their website downright rocks and by far, has the smartest array of products I’ve seen in a long time. I like how small they are compared to some of these online behemoths that take weeks of scrolling to figure out exactly which of the 5,000 pillow covers you really want. Environment 337 is chic and simple. Like it. Shows that good things do come in small, odd, interesting little packages. Take the featured doll, for instance. Sure to strike up quite the conversation displayed on your cherished sofa, the Berton Ridley’s button doll is both scary and cute all rolled into one little colorful man. Sorta reminds me of a guy I once dated…(photo: Berton Ridley’s Button Doll, $45)
Textile Arts offers some of the best fabric and wall hanging kits I’ve seen, by far. If you love fabric that pops, crave something unique, and fancy the idea of owning art that you won’t see in everyone else’s pad, look no more. “If you can’t sew…our kit is the answer. You supply a staple gun and iron and in under an hour you can have a framed piece of marimekko on your walls”, so claims this nifty online shop. Click on the Marimekko page to view fabrics categorized by style; large panels, abstracts, oilcloth, uphostery, whimsy, stripes/checks, retro, botancials, and don’t forget the kiddies with their own line of fabric for children. You can also browse the Ljungbergs Fabric for stunning prints by some of Sweden’s premiere textile designers. Don’t forget to view their wall hanging kits along with their extensive line of bedding, handbags, pillows… I could go on and on. Their line is extensive, beautiful, affordable, and so unique that you’ll be forced to make a purchase. When you do, please let me know what you found. Oh, and one last note before I sign off… don’t forget to view their Kitchen line. The 12.5″ x 17″ laminated tray by Maija Louekari is a must-have! (photo: Hetkia Moments print.)
Trimmed in real gold, strutting it’s stuff in coral, you know the feeling when you see something and you just connect to it somehow, like it was always meant to be yours? Maybe this dates back to my mother singing me the “I’m a little tea pot” song, but when I recently came across this tea pot in Domino magazine, I felt that pull, that inner longing, the feeling that soon I’d be throwing down the plastic and charging at full speed. “It can’t be over $100″, I thought typing in the URL faster than my husband can say, “Honey, no! no!”. My little tea pot appeared before me, in full color. Gulp. $346.00 plus s+h. Being the frugal fuddy-dud that I am, I googled it and discovered that an eBay store,”Heritage House Tableware” has 5 left for $276.80 each; quite a savings! Will I be tempted? Nah. I keep telling myself, if I can find it for under $200, I’ll buy it. Stop laughing, I’m serious. You know, the more I think about it, this little tea pot does need a home, and I do consume tea on a daily basis so it’s perfectly justifiable when my husband sees the charge on our statement. Should I do it?