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Hable Construction

The girls at hable are at it again with some fresh patterns for spring! Love their leaf jonquil pattern and the pretty navy shells. Fancy the caladium wool felt pillow?

Mary, dear Mary…how does your garden grow? Go gardening in style with these adorable garden gloves and chic garden belt. My favorites are the hable doormats, what a welcome for guests!

Is paper what you crave? Yummy grommetted gift tags may be your next new obsession.

A mitt for the chef with style? You’ll be grabbing your next batch of cookies with your very own sky bead oven mitt that will have the guests begging for more (mitts, not cookies!)

Don’t you just love the freshness of Spring?

psst… on a budget but love hable? Don’t get the blues, hit their online tag sale for deep discounts on hable goodies that never go out of style. Here’s a great hable chopsticks pillow on ebay too – hurry, ends March 11th!

(all photos from hable construction)

Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006
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Blogging Project Runway


Since it’s the final week – the Project Runway winner will be determined on Wednesday night before our very eyes… I had to post about this blog that you have to check out. A great blog for PR addicts to gather, filled with pages of interviews and all things PR. Did anyone watch the marathon yesterday? My friend and I watched part of it – what fun! I’m so excited for Wednesday night to come!

In the meantime, enjoy Blogging Project Runway…yeah!

So….who you think will win and why?

(cool illustration from the project runway website. not sure who did it. anyone know so I can give credit where credit is due?)

Posted in fashion + accessories, reality tv on March 06, 2006

Store Spotlight: Tabletop, Washington D.C.


By Christine M. Liu, Contributor, decor8

My parents live in Maryland, and during a chilly February last year my boyfriend and I went down for a visit and spent one afternoon shopping in Washington, DC. There are plenty of lovely stores (and sushi restaurants, not to mention embassies) around dupont circle, one of which is Tabletop.
We stumbled in by accident, this utter gem of a boutique stocking everything from Angela Adams leather handbags to Lotta Jansdotter ceramics to Alan Stuart pu-felt pouches (which I happily bought three). The store is just luminous, a split-level space with a resident fluffy dog and a cozy atmosphere. Tabletop features a healthy mix of American, European, and Asian styles, as well as projects by collaborative design teams. The pieces are clean, colorful, and distinctive. Shopping is pure pleasure. If you’re in DC, it’s a must-go!

However, lucky for the rest of the population, they have an online store, where you can find strikingly unique pieces such as Salvor animal pillows (a menagerie!), Klein Reid vases, jewelry from designer Daphne Olive, Ply Design bags, coffee sets by Panek Tobin, Mibo lighting, ASA Selection ceramics, and books on modern design.

When I was there, I got the afore-mentioned Alan Stuart bags as well as a wallet by J.Fold (which still turns heads when I take it out), and my boyfriend secretly got a silver lasercut Tord Boontje card which ended up becoming my valentine!

(all photos from the tabletop website)

Posted in guest bloggers, Shop Tours on March 06, 2006

Fresh Finds on Etsy!

I’ll be regularly spotlighting my favorite etsy sellers since I’m such a huge fan of etsy and because I have friends that are selling there now. What do you think? If you know of any etsy stores that you love, shamelessly plug away by clicking ‘comments’ below! Here are some fresh finds from etsy that I just *had* to share.

Windshine offers pillows, art, jewelry and more!


Naughty magnets from luster bunny, serving up provacative porcelin that totally makes me blush! Not my thing, but some of you may fancy it! I do love their their pretty victorian themed wall tiles, though. So sweet!

Pretty bottle cap magnets from Born Lippy.

Wine bottle holders from Prince Street Woodcrafters.

Adorable art by Carla Sonheim, perfect for kids spaces and great colors!

Pollyfusia’s fused glass adds a unique touch to your home! Pins and pendants, too.

Mid century etsy seller, 20thcenturydesignsny, has some groovy finds like these stackable cubes and this great slat coffee table from the Henry Miller era.

Lovely patterned tealight holders cast from translucent bone china from Karin Eriksson.
To read a recent decor8 feature on Karin, click here.
and finally, I must tell you about my favorite collage girl in the whole wide world, Michelle. She is an amazing collage artist that I just adore, over on the west coast in LA. She is so talented, and she did this beautiful commission piece for me, it was a gift I gave to my husband last month, it’s his grandparents and his mother in the middle. Isn’t it sweet? She added some funky orange and lime retro bursts on the side of the thick canvas, it’s beautiful. decor8 featured Michelle in January, if you missed it click here. You can purchase her art via etsy or her website. There was nothing so special to me than seeing the light in the eyes of my sweetie when he unwrapped his very special present. She can do a commission piece for you, too.
Non-decor related but a most worthy mention: For couture vintage-inspired handbags, don’t miss etsy seller oona coco.

Have fun on etsy, and remember, if you know of any great etsy sellers, send them our way!

(photo credits from top to bottom: windshine (pillow), luster bunny (tile), born lippy (magnents), prince street woodcrafters (wine bottle holder), carla sonheim (art), pollyfusia (fused glass tray), 20th century designs ny (stacked cubes + slat table), karin erikson (tealight) and finally, the bottom photo was taken by me in my home – artist, michelle caplan.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006

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