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April 2006

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Kattbank

April 4, 2006

Kattbank
Augusta Meill from Kattbank wrote in today about a new product on the market called Kattbank. Here is what Augusta has to to say about this stylish new furniture piece designed to conceal a litterbox (great thinking!):

“Love your blog – it’s always full of fun stuff to crave or just inspire. Thought you might find this new product of interest. Kattbank is a new furniture piece designed especially for cat owners and the pets they love. This chic, modern bench has been developed by the Portland-based, multi-disciplinary design firm Compressed Pattern to conceal the cat litterbox, hiding it from sight and smell. A creative solution to one of the more challenging space-sharing issues for pet owners, Kattbank is handcrafted in Oregon out of hardwood plywood in 48 and 60 inch lengths, available in a range of finishes, including wood veneers and color lacquers.

Kattbank is $1750 to $2200, depending on size and finish. It can be ordered online via their website.”

Thanks for writing in, Augusta! Looks like a purr-fect solution for concealing a litterbox in style.

(images from Augusta at Kattbank)






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Chronicle Books – Free Shipping + New For Spring!

April 4, 2006

Chronicle Books is having a special promotion right now for web orders. If you purchase $30+ on their site, you are entitled to free shipping. Here’s a few items that I suggest checking out while you’re visiting thier site. Many items that are great for working girls too, like fun stationery and organizers from Angela Adams. If you’d like to read more about what working girls need, visit my column this week at GKFA.

Chronicle Books - Free Shipping + New For Spring!

Fresh finds from Chronicle Books…A lovely Angela Adams stylish organizer in fabric for $22.95, ecoDesign The Sourcebook by Alastair Fuad-Luke $35, Bride & Groom first and forever Recipe Box $16.95, Utopia mix and match Stationery by Angela Adams $8.95, The New Country Style England by Chloe Grimshaw and Ingrid Rasmussen $40 and finally, Quilt-It Kit with 15 colorful quilt and patchwork projects by Denyse Schmidt $22.95.

See how quickly $30 can add up? Remember, the free shipping offer expires on June 30th.

(all images from Chronicle Books)






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Let’s Visit London

April 4, 2006

Let's Visit London
Let’s visit giddy London today with Paola Thomas, owner of the lovely online store Mirror Mirror and Notting Hill resident (you have to see her new items for spring!). Here is a quick tour of her favorite London stores starting with Summerill + Bishop, a fabulous kitchen shop. If you are planning a trip to London soon, you’ll want to save this post for quick reference once you arrive so you’ll have some fun stores to visit. I’ll be adding these shops to the globetrotters shopping column shortly.

Summerhill + Bishop – Kitchen, etc.
100 Portland Road, London
Tel: 020 7221 4566

Let's Visit London

Ceramica Blue – Ceramics
10 Blenheim Crescent, London
Tel: 020 7727 0288
(you can also order items that you see on their website by contacting them directly.)

Let's Visit London

Vessel Gallery – Tableware and Pots
114 Kensington Park Road, London
Tel: 207 727 8001

Let's Visit London
After Noah – Reconditioned Vintage Furniture
two locations
261 King’s Road or 121 Upper Street, London
Tel: 020 7359 4281

Let's Visit London

Aria Shop – Contemporary Housewares
295-7 Upper Street Islington London
(you can also shop online)

Let's Visit London
Graham + Green – Eclectic Homewares Boutique
several locations in London, click here to view all.

Let's Visit London
Chic Shack – Beautiful Nurseries
77 Lower Richmond Road, London
Tel: 020 8785 7777

Let's Visit London

Thank you Paola for the mini tour!

(images are all from stores listed above)






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Yasmine Louis

April 4, 2006

Yasmine Louis
Raised in West Africa, Yasmine immigrated to Canada where she obtained her fine arts degree and now lives and breathes silk-screen printing. She creates a funky line of pillows, light boxes, clothing, napkins… Her pillows are cute and witty. Kitschy images on satin. You’ll love them.

View her collection of sassy pillows here. If you love t-shirts, take a peek at her line of exclusive printed shirts for men and women.

psst: remember, the prices on her website are shown in CAD (Canadian dollars), so if you live in the US that means you can take about 25% off of that price to see what you’d pay in US dollars. You can email Yasmine to place an order.
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(images from Yasmine Louis)






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coffee + cre8tive [apr 4 06]

April 4, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 4 06]
April showers bring May flowers. As I sit here listening to the rain tapping on my window, I can’t help but think about the obvious interdependence of all living things. We are all dependent on what is around us to survive. The rain causes growth. Just as the hard times we experience can lead to growth, too.

We are but a speck of dust in this world. Interdependence is a humbling truth that we cannot avoid. Even in business, if it weren’t for our contacts and customers – the good relationships we build with them – our business wouldn’t survive. For every person we hurt, that is one less member on our team, one less person to build us up, one less person to talk about what we do to others which can lead to hundreds or even thousands not finding out. In the business world this is critical to survival. You burn one single bridge and it can lead to hundreds of people learning of it and then, when you least expect it, you need that bridge and suddenly, you realize you cannot cross. When I worked in the corporate world, my mentor Lynne always spoke of this. Never ever burn a bridge. Never approach someone unless you have all of the facts first and really know what you are talking about. Make every conversation count. Don’t assume you won’t someday need that other person. Interdependence in creation, in business, in relationships, in everything… there is no denying that great things come when you respect this process and live peacefully in the world recognizing the order of things. Not just living peacefully but also being proactive. Actively seeking ways to show you respect other living things. There is a nice article about interdependence today here that I think you’ll enjoy.

Those are my thoughts for today.

(image by Jane Maxwell. You can learn more about Jane and her work on the beautiful Creative Swoon blog)

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