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Joy recently mentioned Vanilla in her blog, so I had to go check them out since they are based in the UK. Vanilla is one sassy shop. Lots of fun to browse, and my favorite, unique wares. I’m loving the birdies on the wall – they remind me of something I saw in Domino magazine, but I can’t recall the issue…

(images from vanilla designs)

Posted in uncategorized on May 11, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {may 11 ’06}

Hope you are all doing well today! It’s been a bit rainy and overcast here for the past several days, but you know how it goes, showers bring sunshine, so I’m sure we’ll be having a nice weekend. My best girl pal, who is more of a sister to me, is coming up on Saturday to stay with us until Tuesday. I always love when Miss Katie is around. It’s hard to catch her, as a hair stylist, she is always back and forth between Boston and Brooklyn to transform clients from shabby into chic. I transform rooms, she transforms people. She’s been texting me a lot from the road lately telling me she needs “holly time”, so we decided this weekend will work best for both of us. It will be nice to hang out and chat, spend long nights flipping through fashion magazines, taking walks, cooking, watching our favorite DVDs and going out for margaritas. When Katie is around, we both warp into ‘tween mode… I’m sure you have a friend like this, someone who seems to bring out the lighthearted carefree kid in you. That’s Katie. Last summer, we spent a very long weekend at a place we sublet in the Upper West Side and she constantly proves to me what a good pal she really is – she could have stayed with her friends in Brooklyn for free, instead she opted to stay with me to help cover the expenses of the sublet and so that she could simply ‘be with her holly’ as she put it. Her wit, her positive attitude, her ability to turn everything into a party – it’s contagious and I truly love her for it. She is also totally offline. I sometimes envy that, as there is a lot more time and freedom when you aren’t always hooked into a computer. Katie doesn’t even read my blog, she looks are her email maybe a few times a month, and she has no clue what blogs are really about and no desire to live in the hooked-in world in which I dwell. She doesn’t care about design or decorating – she’ll run in her stilettos to catch a sale at Black House White Market or Bebe, but you won’t catch her browsing the aisles of a home store. I doubt she has ever read Elle Decor and she has no clue what Domino magazine is. Yet, we are the best of friends. She loves clothes, tanning beds, the gym, chasing boys, and doing hair.

I think this is why we are so close, we each have a lot to bring into our friendship so the well never ceases to have water. I learn from her, she learns from me. I laugh at her boy stories. I love hearing about her adventures in New York. We travel together. We respect eachother. We appreciate one another. We love making other people happy – that’s why I’m a designer and she is a stylist. Both people-pleasing professions, in my opinion.

Recently, we were on the phone having one of our usual animated conversations with hands flying (I always put her on speaker so I can really talk since I use my hands a lot), and I made her go to her computer and type in my URL and look at my blog. She loved it, started reading through it, and when she looked at the collage of photos of my husband and I, she said “Oh I miss you guys soooo much, how soon can I come up?”. She promptly logged off (again, no interest in design-y things) and we began setting some plans into stone. She lives 1.5 hours from me, so we have weeks in which we do not see eachother – thank goodness for text messaging.

Do you have a friend that doesn’t care about the internet, blogging, design? I’d love to know if you have friends that aren’t into email or the web and what they do that allows them to not need it.

(photo from stiletto style)

Posted in uncategorized on May 11, 2006

Company C – NEW!

Lots of new bedding, throws, pillows and rugs from New Hampshire’s own, Company C. Talk about fully saturated color – Company C is not shy when it comes to using bold colors in the home. Their rugs are beautiful and if you’re ever in the Concord, NH area, stop by their flagship store where you can walk away with some deeply discounted items, from furniture to hand hooked looped rugs and pillows. You can also order from Company C online, or locate a store nearest to you that carries their exclusive designs.

(images from company c)

Posted in uncategorized on May 10, 2006

Mahar Drygoods: Vintage + Artisan Crafted

When I spotted felt food for creative play on Daily Candy New York yesterday, I was smitten. How cute it this pizza? Or these adorable clips for the hair along with an artsy coloring book and a handmade lemur who looks to be taking a vacation soon… Visit Mahar Drygoods, a most adorable online shop for finding precious things for yourself, your friends, your children… Robert Mahar, owner, calls himself a, “one-man-band”. He runs the site, handles customer inquiries, processes orders, and ensures that you have a teriffic experience shopping his site. Robert has a background in studio art and art history, and has spent the past twelve years working as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art in Los Angeles. He loves collaborating with artists, designers and crafters curating a shop of objects for both adults and children. His passion is obvious. His site, a treasure trove of all things charming, is a pleasure to view.

“I’ve been learning that one of the best ways to create a successful venture is to employ the skills of people more talented than yourself.”

Have fun poking around Mahar Drygoods – it’s a happy place!

(images from mahar drygoods)

Posted in uncategorized on May 10, 2006


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