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coffee + cre8tive [apr 17 06]

When I was pulling together content for my column this week about environmentally aware products, I came across a terrific green website called Ideal Bite that I wanted to share with all of you. It’s not boring or crunchy, but hip and sassy with lots of eco-living tips, green food, travel, products and services. They also have a fun to read blog and, if you want daily green tips delivered to your inbox, you can sign up for their eco-tip of the day. It’s like reading a green Daily Candy!

If you’d like to read all about my fresh eco-finds over at GKFA this week, click here.

(image from ideal bite)

Posted in uncategorized on April 17, 2006

Farmers’ Market Guide

Spring weather inspires me to eat healthier and live better by purchasing whole foods and establishing a daily exercise routine. We all need to work on ourselves to become more fabulous than we already are, agree!?

What about you? I have the luxury of living between two farms, both with stores that stock whole foods and organic products, so I have no excuse to not eat healthy. But, what about those of us that travel frequently and like to find cheap healthy snacks? If you travel on a budget like I do, you should seriously consider checking out the farmers’ market schedule in your destination spot because it introduces you to fresh foods from the region, gives you a chance to mingle with the locals, and you can pop some great on the go snacks into your bag for daytime munching – like nuts, fruit and fresh bread. If you don’t travel often, but you do live in a city, you may have heard friends chatting about new markets sprouting in their neighborhoods. If you want to eat healthier and save money all while enjoying a festive open air atmosphere, then you should consider hopping on the whole foods bandwagon yourself. You can start by checking out the Farmers’ Market, a website that I’m excited about because it lists farmers’ markets held in America, by state, including locations in major cities.

In addition to the Farmers’ Market site, you can also pop on over to Local Harvest to locate more fabulous markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area. Local Harvest even has an online shop featuring produce, seeds, grass-fed meats, pies, honey, and many other goodies. I even found beautiful fresh from the farm wool, like these soft and curly longwool locks and the millspun woolen yarns in fabulous seaside colors made from natural sheeps wool.

If you hate green stuff (veggies), don’t pass by these markets thinking you’ll only find asparagus spears. Most carry fresh cut flowers, spices, meats, dairy products and of course, plenty of fresh fruit. Just remember to wash everything you purchase (don’t buy an apple and immediately start munching away), make sure that meats and dairy products are packaged well and on ice, and always watch your wallet/handbag because markets can get quite crowded. Guys: You may want to carry your wallet in a front pocket (never in the back) or in a bag positioned in front of you. Ladies: Make sure you always keep your handbag zipped and wear it either closely to your side beneath your arm or in front of you. Try to avoid using a bag that is difficult or time consuming to open. Afterall, we’re shopping ladies – make it easy to grab that cash! I actually tuck cash in the front of my jeans’ pocket with a money clip and keep my wallet, credit cards, etc. inside of my zipped bag. That way, I’m not opening and closing my handbag all day and I keep my spending in control. Just some ideas from one professional shopper to another…


(images from Local Harvest)

Posted in uncategorized on April 16, 2006

Sunday Musings…

Happy Sunday!

I’m home enjoying the quiet time of a typical Sunday morning. It’s nice to pause and reflect. I spent time chatting with my friend this morning, Katie, who is on her way to Brooklyn and then, down to Philly for a week of having fun with friends. I’m going to miss her, but fortunately, she’ll be back soon and we’ll be spending time together later this month. She went on a date last night so we had a lot to dish about. She’s nearly 27, so she’s trying to find a nice person to get serious with. I’d love to see her find someone that makes her happy and who is loyal and loving. Every girl deserves that. After our chat, I listened to a few of my new CDs (I’m in love with Natasha Bedingfield’s song, “I Bruise Easily”, especially the great video, it’s just beautiful, fluid, and I love her Geisha attire in the video.) as I flipped through some magazines. After than, I found myself online reading this great article on the V+A website about wallpaper, I think you’ll really enjoy the history lesson. Wouldn’t you love to flip through the wallpaper books shown above? They contain wallpaper samples from a pattern book dating between 1837-1844. Drool.

After V+A, I somehow landed on the IKEA page. Question, what do you think about this new Knappa Klover light from IKEA? I really like it, the curves relax me, very pretty. It reminds me of those pinwheels that you blow into as a kid and, of course, clovers. A nice find for $24.99. I’m also feelin’ their new Knappa Tulpan floor lamp, it has a great tulip shape for only $49.99, which is a great buy for modern lighting.

I’m heading out now to take a walk in the orchards, I want to find some wildflowers for my kitchen, but first here’s a very sweet photo of a visitor I had on my windowsill this morning. I heard the sounds of doves when I awoke and turned my head to see two turtledoves looking in the window at me. Here’s one peeking in… Isn’t this the cutest?

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve added a new link to my ‘about’ section in the right column that includes a few photos of me and my husband, so check it out if you want to take a peek into my world. The photos featured there were taken within the past 8 months. I got the idea to do a collage from Joy’s great blog. The most recent one is in the top left corner, that’s what I look like now as in a few days ago. In addition to the ‘my world’ link, I’ve also added lots of new shopping links for NH, San Diego, etc. Just look for the *.

Wishing you a really happy Sunday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with more fresh finds, a great selection of design magazines published outside of America that I highly suggest, and of course, lots of design to dish about.

(photos: top: victoria + albert website. middle: ikea bottom: morning doves, Copyright 2006 decor8.)

Posted in uncategorized on April 16, 2006

Modern Parents and Everyone Else

Happy Saturday!
Stop. If you’re not a parent, I don’t want you to see this post and say, “Oh this doesn’t apply to me.” Whether you’re a parent now, a future parent, or just a quirky fun person that loves to sugar coat your space with playful objects, this post applies to you. If you’re not a parent, have you thought to scour websites that feature kids stuff for exciting additions to your own space? Lots of sites for children feature decor that appeals to parents and non-parents alike. I’ve found some great things at Pottery Barn Teen, like this Longboard Chalkboard, the Beadboard Message Center, a really neat Beadboard Magazine Rack, colorful Wall-to-Wall Frames, and a great budget table lamp called the Bubble. The Shadowbox Wall Frames are great for your home office, and I think the Dottie Storage Bins would make for terrific handbag storage in your closet (I love that you can insert a label or a photo of what’s inside).

If you want to try shopping at some other kiddie stores, Yoya Shop is a cute stop on your list. They appeal to the kid in us all. I love the graphics on their Japanese Kaikai Kiki postcards and the Pan Chan elephants are just too cute. While you’re out clicking around, hop on over to Boon for the cutest frog pod in the world, perfect for storing and scooping toys and soaps for your little one. If you don’t have children, but frequently find yourself on babysitter patrol, you may want to keep a frog pod in your house. Available at Target for $24.99.

After hitting Yoya and Boon, click on over to Hive Modern for the perfect Pisellino Cotton Swab Holder by Alessi. Then you can visit Magic Beans for a cranberry lunch tote from Built NY. You’re next stop on our list is Modern Mini, another adorable modern website for parents and kids. I love the wall candy stripes for $40 (so much easier than painting them!) and the colorware sets. Again, if you’re not a parent, you can find lots of good stuff at most of these sites for yourself as well as sweet gifts for your friends.

Now, let’s check out Modern Seed for a few fresh finds. If you love bright cheery books with fun graphics, Bruno Munari’s ABC’s may be a cute book to own. I think everyone should have a few good children’s books because chances are, someone is going to visit you with their children at some point in your life and having a few books for the kiddies on hand will make their visit a lot more enjoyable and the kids will love you and think that you are just the coolest. Modern Seed also has a unique Nightlight Owl Baby Zoo Rug that promises you’ll never fumble around again in the dark, ever. Last on the list, here’s a budget find – the Spring Placemat Set. They’re both hip and easy to clean, made of blonde plywood backed with cork featuring a screened print of trees, birds and flowers.

There are many more online shopping destinations for kids, but I’m sure those will keep you occupied for awhile. Oh, and if you’re a proud parent, here are some fun websites you may enjoy…

Hot Moms Club
(I’m not a mom but I love this site!)
Modern Mom
Baby Boy Blog
Swanky Moms

Giving credit where credit is due: Some of the above products were spotted on the ever so cute coochicoos blog. You simply must check them out. Ga-ga-goo!

If you have any sites you’d like to suggest that fall into this category, please comment below!


Posted in uncategorized on April 15, 2006


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