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Atelier Baraque

I spotted these from Atelier Baraque this morning and couldn’t resist. Playful images liven things up in your bedroom on 100% cotton 300-thread-count duvet covers in one single format – Queen-sized with two matching pillow shams. Atelier Baraque is Karla Smith, Sarah Hamlin and Morgan Charles, an awesome threesome inspired by vintage fabric, fairy tales and architecture. Passionate silk-screeners, each shares a love of pattern, printing and textiles, and together Atelier Baraque was born in 2004. Featuring girl and guy-friendly designs like birds on a wire, beaded necklaces, bucking broncos, their contemporary collection is anything but stuffy.

“Baraque (French for ?shed? or ?shanty?) began by creating original wall designs and prints and eventually spilled over into other interior ventures, such as bedding and home accessories. Believing that beauty is in the detail, Baraque does everything by hand. Each print is one of a kind, but all pieces share the unifying themes of high-quality, creativity and craftsmanship.”

Note: Prices shown on their website are in CAD, so if you’re in the states, the cost is about 25% less in US Dollars. Click here to order.

You can also find Atelier Baraque at Lola + Emily in Montreal and in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Flat.

(images and quote from Atelier Baraque. Via Sweet Nothing in Canada)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 7 06]

TGIF everyone! Today is Friday which means time for the weekend, enjoying friends, running errands, and hopefully, a little rest and relaxation. Today the carpet will be installed in the new studio space, something I’ve been waiting for now for many months now. If you’ve been following my room renovation, I am happy to report that the walls are up, painted, the new stairs built and installed, all of the wood along the back wall was stained (I spent most of this evening finishing it – minwax smells terrible), electrical work finished, cable installed, I could go on and on… but the list is nearly complete – all we have to do is install the berber carpet and trim the windows and viola! finished! I will kiss the carpet crew when they’re finished, I can’t hardly wait to finally get our house back in order again. Everything is everywhere since the construction started, so the house has been a total war zone. I plan to spend the next few weeks locating budget furnishings and moving my office into the new space, as well as deep cleaning the house and preparing it for Spring. I’ll fill you in on the details as I start shopping around – complete with photos of the progress.

I have to share this with you – it’s a full page article that appeared in New Hampshire magazine this month, the photo is of my good friend, fine artist and handbag designer, Lisa Occhipinti. I was thrilled to see this after a few months of knowing it would run in the April issue – it’s finally here! (She was also featured in Daily Candy in February.) Lisa deserves the praise, she is an amazingly talented artist that puts her entire soul into her work – she lives and breathes the life of a true artist – everything she does is creative and beautiful. Her art, her clothes, her home – Lisa has a very special vibe going on and it’s so contagious. Everyone needs a friend like Lisa – when you leave her company your brain is buzzing with all the new ideas you have. I’m very proud of my friend. Congrats, Miss Lisa!

(image from NH Magazine)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

London Links

You’ll have fun browsing through all of my new London shopping links… scroll down and look to your right until you see “London”. I spent hours collecting these, so I hope you enjoy them. :)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

[CraftBoston] Laura Zindel


[CraftBoston] Laura Zindel – Ceramics Booth #505

Tucked away in a farmhouse in scenic southern Vermont, Laura Zindel creates unique handmade earthenware glazed and adorned with images that are original pencil drawings by Laura herself. Images of leaves, insects, animals and other natural forms are printed with enamel to become a ceramic transfer, applied individually to each piece and then fired permanently to the surface. Laura says that this technique is her modern take on transferware. Appearing in such magazines as InStyle, Lucky, Domino and Elle (to name just a few), her ceramics certainly are catching on and for good reason, they are captivating and make quite a statement on display in your home. In addition to her ceramics, Laura just introduced a new collection of prints in case you are interested.

When I chatted with Laura, she was excited to hear that I had a design blog since she said she recently experienced increased sales since so many have been featuring her work on design blogs. This was wonderful news to me since one reason why I blog is to help spread the word about up and coming artists since it’s often so hard for them to advertise and market their product on their own. In Laura’s case, it’s a little different because she already appeared in magazines before making her rounds on design blogs, but still – it was great to hear the excitement in her voice as I spoke of blogging to her. (design bloggers are making a difference!)

Laura Zindel ceramics are available in galleries throughout the US, or you can view her prices online and email her to place an order. I purchased a dragonfly vessel in soft blue and white that I find myself looking at throughout the day because it’s simply so pretty. I plan to use it in my new studio space, maybe to plant a bulb in…

For the locals, if you missed her at CraftBostonn, you can catch her at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA during Memorial Day weekend May 27-29, 2006.

Learn more about our day at CraftBoston here.

(photo of booth snapped by us, all other photos from Laura Zindel, many from a disc she gave me. If you’d like copies for your blog, please let me know or contact Laura directly.)

Posted in uncategorized on April 06, 2006

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