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Marimekko Spring 2006

The new Marimekko Spring collection rocks! Visit Textile Arts to view the entire collection. I discovered these beauties thanks to the It’s Knot Wood blog, a cool blog dedicated to faux wood. Yes, really! Pretty cool if you ask me…

(all photos are from textile arts.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 10, 2006

Inleaf Sample Sale

Lotta Helleberg, a Swedish native and graphic designer based in Charlottesville, VA founded Inleaf in 2003. Based on her passion for botany, gardening and sewing, Lotta coats leaves and other plant material in fabric paint and presses them onto dyed linen or paper to make tablecloths and napkins, pillows, table runners, handbags, sachets and stationery. I’m sure you’ve spotted her lovely collection at elsewares, but did you know that Inleaf has a sample sale page on thier website where you can save up to 30% on select items? Worth your time to check it out!

If you’re ever in beautiful Charlottesville (a small city on my list this year to visit), you can find Inleaf items at The Barn Swallow located in a picturesque 1800s barn just west of Charlottesville, Virginia.

(photos from elsewares + inleaf)


Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006


Just in! New treasures from Branch!

Eco-friendly recycled paper table where your current reading materials complete
the form. Handmade by Matt Gagnon Studio, Brooklyn, NY. Made of Homasote (100% post-consumer recycled paper board), bolts, finish of linseed oil. $2,940.00 + free shipping. A little pricey, I know, but quite interesting nonetheless.
Fresh from Transylvania, Romania (bet you don’t hear that often), this bold red and white embroidered pillow is a classic design gone mod vs. mad. Dracula approved since he’s a big fan of red. Handmade of natural materials using vintage fabric, hemp and cotton. Natural feather and down filling. $98
Kids? What kids? I want this owl backpack, handmade using natural wool yarn by artisans in rural Kenya. This hand-knit backpack is perfect for carrying a set of jammies and your hello kitty (or power rangers) toothbrush for a sleepover. Not yours, silly. Your cute little spawn. Hoot hoot! So cute! $54
While you’re packing your sleepover kit, don’t forget to include this thoughtfully produced cozy child’s plaid blanket designed by Tina Ratzer, handmade in Denmark with a studio also located in Berlin (on my list to visit this summer!). The blanket is reversible, and in the rectangles where the pattern disappears on one side, the pattern is revealed on the other. It’s soft, it’s warm, and it’s a blanket you’ll cherish for years to come. Also a great sofa throw to enjoy with your honey! $226 and free shipping.
And…for the ultimate splurge, the piasa room divider, handmade in Mexico and designed by Emiliano Godoy (view his impressive portfolio here). The stunning form of this screen comes from the simplicity of its materials: just wood and cotton rope. Comes in your choice of FSC-certified beech (pictured), maple, or pine, with cotton rope. $5,748.00 + free shipping. Okay…back to the real world (sigh).

(photos from branch)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest 2006

Are you following the Apartment Therapy + Design Within Reach Smallest Coolest Apartment contest? I have and it’s been a bit overwhelming with all of the entries I’ve been flipping through. Have you entered? If not, get on it asap! It’s a great contest with fantastic prizes. Makes me wish I lived in a small space, that’s for sure – I’d love to win a DWR gift certificate – yowser!

So far, my favorite apartment overall is Alison’s design to the max, a perfect example of a small space arranged in the best possible way. I love her minimalistic style, very smart. She painted the lovely piece displayed over her bed, which I love since it’s a fresh green, quite calming, and blends in very well with the feel of the space as a whole. Sensational – crisp and clean. The lime bed cover is also a good selection, and I like that it’s tucked in and uncomplicated. The bookcase divider is also a nice choice, I like that it has slim legs to support it. Many bookcases don’t have stylish little legs, so I like that this one does. The mirror leaning against the wall in the living room space is also nice, it appears to have a very slim frame so it almost appears as an entry point to another room. Problem with Alison’s entry though is that folks are posting on the boards over at AT that she shouldn’t qualify since it was already a design winner in Met Home March ’06. I missed that, did you see it?

Loving Christine’s airy park view, the architectural details in her living room remind me of a floor-through brownstone that my husband and I looked at last spring. I love the details! I think I like the bones of the space better than anything else, that fireplace takes the cake. Not sure about the placement of the television in her living room though, and I think the sofa is a bit overwhelming to the space, I would have liked to see something a little more compact. I’m still drooling though. Christine has quite the crib!

Rob’s apartmequarium (interesting new word, huh?) is located in Portland, OR and also has a nice living room area, I dig the floor to ceiling windows, drool! The bedroom doesn’t appeal to me since I’m not a fan of all that fabric around the bed, I can imagine getting completely tangled it in at night and pulling it all down. But back to that living room…drool. I like the wine rack and the paint color in the kitchen, too. The cat watching the fire, although unplanned I’m sure, looks totally sweet!

Do you have any favorites yet? Share, share!!!

(photos: all photos are from apartment therapy.)


Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006


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