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[SAN DIEGO] Get Grounded

Here’s a lovely store in San Diego to enjoy both online and in person. Grounded wrote to me when they read my call for help the other day, including a great interior shot and a fab description. It is so good that I felt there was no need to alter what they sent to me, so… Take it away, Juli!

“Grounded specializes in modern, hip design for indoor/outdoor living. The store is located in an old industrial building and we’ve tried to keep some of the rustic flair of old metal and concrete floors, while offering clean-lined products. The shop is located in Encinitas, California, a little beach town just north of San Diego. Recently, we were voted best garden shop in San Diego by the readers of Ranch and Coast magazine. Here’s a link to a recent article about the shop in one of the papers. And, finally, here’s our website. We just launched it as of the first of the year, so new products are going up as quickly as possible but it gives you a basic overview of our product assortment. Thanks so much for your consideration. I love your blog. Keep up the good work.” – Juli @ Grounded

I just took a peek at their online store, and wow! New favorite place! I love the art by Beth Weintraub, their sea urchin tealight, elum lips notecards and the fx planter + stand. I was out in Encinitas last summer when we drove from San Diego to Santa Monica, but I missed this gem. Too bad, this store screams west coast charm, doesn’t it? I’m happy they’ve added e-commerce to their site for those of us that aren’t based in Southern California.

Wow, talk about California dreamin’…

(photos courtesy of Grounded)

Posted in uncategorized on March 16, 2006

[ATLANTA] Step Inside Pollen

Ahhh Pollen!

From the website at least, it looks simply amazing, doesn’t it? It appears to contain all of the elements that make a good garden shop/home store in my opinion. Showcasing the beauty found in nature, combining this organic beauty with objects and colors that mimic nature. I’m thrilled that they offer floral design. I’ve always dreamt of owning a store like this, a home store that sells fresh beautiful flowers where I could employ my wonderful mother to handle the floral side of the business. My mother is a floral designer and landscape artist, my wedding bursted with flowers thanks to my talented mother. Thanks, Mom. My store would also have a courtyard with a beautiful water feature of fountains and a small pond loaded with vibrant orange and red coi. You could enjoy the warmth of the sun, dessert and expresso with friends, al fresco style. I digress…one can dream can’t she? :)

Back to beautiful Pollen. I found a review about them on citysearch cited below:

“At this rustic Buckhead boutique, garden lovers can find everything from pots and vases to garden hardware, vintage vessels, bags, pillows, furniture and unique floral arrangements. Also available are outdoor containers, artwork, wicker chairs and painted rockers. Gardening types who find their way here become loyal customers. Pollen’s experts can be called upon to arrange flowers for themed parties and events ranging from swamp-inspired bayou bashes to gatherings with a vintage picnic vibe.”

Doesn’t this sound great?

Looks like they sell Hable Construction, Judy Ross, Lotta Jansdotter and John Derian goodies, too. Fresh flowers and home accessories from these designers? Catch me, I’m falling!

Thanks, Michelle, for linking us to this great store!

Is anyone reading that has visited Pollen? Care to comment?

(photos by Pollen)


Posted in uncategorized on March 16, 2006

Christine Adolph Designs + Do YOU Blog?

This isn’t a store, but before we get started on featuring a few beautiful stores today, you simply must look at Christine’s captivating blog featuring her delicious designs, thoughts, illustrations and my favorite, photos of her inspiration books. I have some inspiration books that I created about home design, this gives me the idea to perhaps post some of them online for you to see at some point, especially after seeing how viewing hers impacted me.

I think this is truly what makes the world of blogging so wonderful, so unique. We can all showcase our talents, our passions, our dreams in an environment where we can play by our own rules. No one can tell us that our story won’t run, our work won’t be exhibited, our ideas won’t be published in the next big glossy, our ad won’t appear until the next issue.

A blog is where YOU are the editor-in-chief, YOU decide what ‘runs’ or not, and YOU have a chance to really develop lasting relationships with readers that share some of your views. Although I subscribe to every magazine out there, and love them all, I think blogs like The Studio Garden are completely unique, spoken from one voice with love in her heart for what she is fond of. How beautiful is that?

Do you blog? Comment below with your blog site address so everyone can have a chance to see what your passions and talents are. It’s okay, shamelessly plug away and when you do, make sure you write what your blog features next to your URL. :)

(photos from Christine Adolph Designs)

Posted in uncategorized on March 16, 2006

Beautiful Store Day!

I’ve decided to declare today Beautiful Store Day here on decor8. I think my Notting Hill post inspired all of us more than I ever anticipated because I’ve been reading all these wonderful emails all morning about your memories of Notting Hill, your favorite stores here and abroad, etc. So…today we’re going to diverge a bit from shopping and just talk about stores.

It’s funny, even though I do most of my shopping online, there is nothing that transports, inspires and makes me feel more creative than when I’m inside of a well designed + beautiful retail space.

This is an open thread. Comment here or send an email.

Describe the look and feel of the perfect store, one that makes you weak in the knees…

(photo from Winston Flowers website, a lush retail haven of plants and flowers located in several Boston locations.)


Posted in uncategorized on March 16, 2006


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