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Lena Corwin Interview

Joy posted a fab interview with textile designer and illustrator, Lena Corwin today on her blog. You have to check it out. decor8 featured photos of Lena’s apartment recently and an article about Lena’s pillows, which makes a great tie-in to Joy’s post, I think. Enjoy…and great job, Miss Joy!

(all photos from lena corwin)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Boston Gift Show

The gift show is coming! The gift show is coming!
Okay New Yorkers, I know it doesn’t exactly come close to your grand and glorious gift shows, but I’m still attending the Boston Gift Show this month with hopes of uncovering a few treasures for decor8 readers. Besides, Boston has something far more glorious than gift shows. We have the Red Sox. nah nah nah nah!

The 156th semi-annual Boston Gift Show will unveil several innovative features that celebrate New England?s unique retailing, manufacturing and cultural offerings. It offers a wide range of established and new resources including decorative accessories, contemporary furniture, lighting, stationery, ceramics, collectibles, toys, home furnishings and more. There’s also the Made in New England section, which I’m sure to enjoy, showcasing local wares from companies based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The Boston Gift Show runs from March 25-28, 2006 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. I’ll be posting show highlights beginning March 27th right here on decor8, so stay tuned.

(photos from the boston gift show website)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Mud Australia

Do you come from the land down under? Where women glow…err make pottery?

Mud Australia, founded by Shelley Simpson in 1994, transforms coveted French limoges clay into stylish modern tableware and accessories. All Mud pieces are designed by Shelley with an emphasis on strength, simplicity and functionality, hand-made from natural and non-toxic products. Their porcelin line is available in yummy colors that attract me, like the watermelon, ocean, tangerine, and pistachio. These photos show their more classic line with a natural element in subdued earth tones. The interiors are glazed, while the exteriors have a soft, unfinished surface, which I find very appealing. Both dishwasher and microwave safe, Mud is great for everyday use. Very sleek and sophisticated, timeless and stylish. All design and production takes place in their studio in lovely Sydney.

Available at Bliss Home online or in thier charming Boston boutique at 121 Newbury Street. Free shipping $100+

(photo credits: all photos are from mud australia)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006


Lights on! Zia Priven wallpaper pendants and table lamps are available at Velocity and oh la la, so chic! The blue gerber daises pendant makes a subtle, yet powerful, statement without being a focal point. If you want something with more pizzazz, the very chic dauphine or red mimosa (love the silver feather) pendants may be a better choice for your superstar taste.

If you’re in the market for a Zia Priven table lamp, I personally prefer the pottery base over the polished nickel stems, but that’s just me. On a work desk, I’d go with the nickel stem on a thick lucite base. To warm it up, perhaps a walnut base, depending on the colors used in the room. In the living room or bedroom, I’d opt for something fuller, so the ivory pottery base attracts my attention. Zia Priven lamps are handmade and the pottery base lamps are hand-signed by the artisan.
Not craving these? Visit Velocity for other goodies from Jonathan Adler ornaments and figurines to Tim Groen artwork! Make sure you visit their whats new page, and on sale goodies (dwell bedding sale going on now!).
In Seattle? Visit the Velocity showroom at 2118 2nd Avenue and let me know how it is…Seattle is a long way from Boston!

(photos: velocity and zia priven)


Posted in Objects, shopping, travel on March 09, 2006


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