In my coffee + cre8tive post this morning, I mentioned a nearby farm that I frequent for fresh produce and flowers called Brookdale Farms. Visiting the farm is a simple pleasure that I enjoy, especially since I’m a city girl and until now, never had the opportunity to live near a working farm before.
We often enjoy walks through the orchards at night to discuss our day while enjoying the sunset over golden fields. We also pick strawberries and apples on the farm when they are in season, and feed the one and only resident sheep fresh grass. A cute story from last night – I walked over to the farms with my husband to feed the lone sheep. I think that I fed him a little too much grass though, because when we started to leave, he made all these strange sheep sounds and started bucking around in his pen like a little bronco – I guess all the fresh greens perked him up quite a bit. He acted a little nutty. I began to wonder what was in the grass, you know? But it was cute because he was happy and making that connection to an animal is something that I personally find great joy in. It’s beautiful. Even if it’s just a nutty sheep that I’ve nicknamed Charlie.
If you’re in the New England area and fancy a country drive, why not visit Brookdale in New Hampshire? It’s packed on the weekends with Bostonians looking for fresh air and colorful blooms. Learn more about Brookdale…
I’ve taken a few photos of Brookdale from inside the shop, they’ve just renovated the entire store to include more gift items, so I now have the pleasure of residing near a fabulous gift shop as well as a farm, all within 100 steps from my front door. I snapped a photo of their greenhouse space, which is bare at the moment but in another month, it will transform into a lush humid paradise with wall-to-wall flowers and plants.
I hope all those of you that read decor8 from other parts of the world will enjoy peeking in on a special country store that I regularly shop at, here in my part of the world.
(Photos: Holly Becker for decor8)
With home accessories and stationery from floor to ceiling, Black Ink is a haven for those of us that love to linger over beautiful little things. With two Boston area locations (Beacon Hill Boston and Harvard Square Cambridge), and a sister store, MUT in Cambridge, Black Ink delivers products dripping with sweetness, satisfaction wrapped in bright candy colors on every shelf. We loved their books, like my favorite, Japan Houses mixed in with yummy cards from egg press and snow + graham. Here are a few photos that I snapped on Saturday so you could get a glimpse of the store – that way, if you’re ever in Boston you can add this shop to your ‘must shop’ list.
(photos Copyright decor8 2006)
If you’ve not heard of obeo design, I think you’ll enjoy browsing their website for the very best in contemporary furniture and accessories for the home. I really like these globe lamps. What do you think?
(photos from obeo)
Don’t you just love paper products? I can never get enough, an obsession of mine that started in elementary school when my girl posse and I would congregate at the most holy Sanrio stationery shop to blow our allowance, then take our pretty little pink bags to a nearby park bench to sort through everything – oohing and aahing over what we found. As we popped bubbles and giggled over the cute boys playing soccer in the nearby field, I could tell that each of us was secretly thinking about which boy we would someday kiss and forever lock inside the pages of our new found diaries.
I was at Black Ink in Harvard Square on Saturday and found some of the sweetest paper products which of course, resulted in hours of searching for some of them online once I returned home. As you know, web-based research always begins with an agenda and ends 5 hours later on pages that make you wonder ‘how in the world did I end up here?’. It was during one of those, ‘how did I’ moments that I bumped into Heidi, a shop I’d not heard of before.
There are so many stationary companies out there, don’t you feel spoiled sometimes? While browsing the Heidi site, I spotted these Tallulah and Octango paper journals that I think are the cutest. Capture memories of your room redesign, first date, dinner party, or all of your dreams and desires in one very adorable journal.
Heidi also has something else that I’ve not seen elsewhere. It’s called the hanging gift wrap organizer. Resembling a garment bag, you can store everything you’ll need for the next time you gift someone. For $19.99, it’s a smart buy.
Do you know how to tie the perfect bow? Can you wrap a present like a professional? Heidi can help in her ideas + inspiration section.
(photos from Heidi)
Nurseryworks is such a clever company. They specialize in baby furniture and bedding that adapts to suit the needs of your growing little bundle of joy. As your child grows, you can fold some of the items into other spaces in your home, like this Macaroni rug. Perk of the purchase is this – this sweet Macaroni rug is adaptable because it’s not loaded with typical nursery room images like farm animals or cartoon characters. (There’s even bedding to match!) It will look great outside of the nursery as well, especially when your little bundle grows into an opinionated kindergartner that wants a Hello Kitty theme bedroom. You may have to drag the Macaroni into a new room, and in this case you can because it will fold nicely into your adult decor. Priced from $290-$790 with free shipping.
(Photos from 2Modern)
Fresh finds for Spring! Modern Basics has a fresh line of contemporary home furnishings that you’ll love. Bring some cool happy colors into your nest to spruce things up for Spring. You can learn more about this Atlanta based company here, or visit 2Modern for pricing and to make a purchase. Choose from some of my favorites, like the Boo Baby blanket for $40, set of 4 blooming fabric coasters for $24, the bloom pillow for $65, and the stripey racer pillow $72. Think you’re limited to green and blue? Oh no… all of the above patterns are available in a broad range of color choices like pink, brown and terra cotta, too. All Modern Basics’ products are made in the USA.
psst: 2Modern offers free shipping on orders $50+.
(photos from 2Modern)