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South End Open Market: Boston

Mark you calendars!

If you crave some fresh air and sunshine, then head on over the South End Open Market on the next clear weekend to shop with the locals and browse the wares from 80 vendors featuring handcrafted accessories, housewares, art, antiques and of course, flowers and food.

Opening weekend is May 20 and 21 from 10am – 5pm. Then, they’ll be open every Sunday thereafter through October 29, excluding holiday weekends (directions). Don’t miss it!

psst: If you are interested in participating as a vendor, click here.

TIP: Don’t miss their Tournament of Tarts on Sunday, June 18th. Y-U-M!

[updated 4/24@ 5:35 p.m. – Chris called from South End Open Market to let decor8 readers know that on May 21 + 22 they are actually having 120 vendors since it’s opening weekend! Great news, thanks for calling in, Chris!]

Thanks Michelle for writing in!

(images from south end open market)

Posted in uncategorized on April 24, 2006

The Surface Texture by Cat Martin: Book of the Week

I have an amazing book that I’m very excited to recommend this week. I actually decided over the weekend that going forward, before I post a suggested read, that it has to meet two criteria. One, I have to review it myself first – flip through the pages, read it, etc. and next, it must be on a design-related topic because I want decor8 (which is pronounced “dec-core-eight” in case you’ve wondered, it’s a play on the word decorate.) to continue straight ahead on it’s design-related path.

My book of the week is The Surface Texture by architect Cat Martin (who also is a freelance writer for various design publications). It features over 800 photos of color and texture samples from flooring to textiles. It’s a great read, but even more than that, it acts as an entire virtual showroom in book format, all packed into an easy to carry format. The photos are detailed, each shows the characteristics of the material up close, it all it’s textural glory, so that you can become a savvy texture-spotter whenever you’re out and about shopping for the home. Design is in a constant state of flux, from textiles to floor coverings, new materials are constantly popping up to dazzle the eye and open the wallet. If you’ve always wanted to be able to spot the difference between a bubble weave vs. pompom weave wool rug, The Surface Texture will help train your eye as well as educate your mind with a quick guide to spotting textures so you can have the eye of a designer. I purchased it at Barnes + Noble for $24.95, however you can grab it on Amazon for $15.72 (new) by clicking here.

I’m certain that you’ll love it!

Posted in uncategorized on April 24, 2006

Rock Scissor Paper 25% Off Sale April 24 – 26

EXTRA! EXTRA! Big Sale going on over at Rock Scissor Paper.

“I just wanted to let you know that rock scissor paper is having a a special 3 day sale starting today (April 24-26). Everything on on site is 25% off! (coupon code “happy”) I thought maybe your decor8 readers would like to know! Everyone in our office have been reading your blog daily and really enjoy it. You have a great eye and you have made “window shopping” fun again for us! Keep up the great work.” – Best wishes, Susie Bauer, co-owner

Related: January 25, Rock Scissor Paper.

(images from rock scissor paper)

Posted in reader discounts, stationery on April 24, 2006

Watson Kennedy in Seattle

The ever so creative Holly Allen from Holly’s Plate down in Atlanta sent me a tip about an antiques and design store that she loves called
Thanks for the tip, Miss Holly!

(images from watson kennedy)

Posted in uncategorized on April 24, 2006


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