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May 2006

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Posterlounge

May 27, 2006

PosterloungeWhile looking at Nanoo’s work, I came across the the Posterlounge shop in Germany, where you can select from over 950 illustrations from artists based all over the world, selecting between an art print or a print on canvas. Categorized by styles and topics, finding exactly what you want is a breeze. I love their customer photos section – customers submit photos of their Posterlounge finds installed in their space, it’s really fun (tres helpful, too!) to see how these images look in rooms.

Enjoy!

(images from posterlounge)

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Nanoo Sha?, French illustrator

May 27, 2006

Nanoo Sha?, French illustrator
You’re going to love French illustrator, Nanoo Sha?. You can browse her website to view her portfolio and art gallery, where you can purchase illustrations in the poster lounge printed on high quality canvas. Her website is so much fun to navigate, total eye candy loaded, and her prints are just totally switched on, baby!

“I have always found life more beautiful and poetic when it is filtered through an illustration or drawing. And this is this mix of elegance and sobriety, humour and serenity that I am trying to find when I am working on a new illustration.”

You can find more Nanoo illustrations here.

Thanks Nanoo for writing to me!

(images from Nanoo Sha? copyright 2006)

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Z Gallerie + Memorial Day Sale!

May 27, 2006

This memorial day weekend, pop on over to your Z Gallerie + Memorial Day Sale!This coral dinnerware is pretty to eat on, but can you image displaying some of these on a wall shelf? They’d be lovely against a creamy white wall, or perhaps a deep teal or bright tangerine. Oh, if you do want to dine on these, you can pick up coordinating coral napkins in either red or brown, here. Crave more coral? Here, knock yourself out with 3 pages of it.

While you’re off discovering coral, I’m sitting here trying to justify a purchase. Is this sea garden table lamp the bomb, or what? It fits my bedroom decor perfectly. The price tag, well, that made my stomach do a backflip. Sheesh. $279? Go figure, it’s always the one item that I really love that has the highest price tag. Happen to you, too?

On a more affordable note, these *stunning* woven table linens, made from palm leaves, lend an organic airy elegance to your table. Place one directly on your tabletop so the surface below can peek through, or place it on top of fabric to change the look altogether. Available in both placemats and a table runner, these look to me to be a bit multi-functional. Hmmm. I’m thinking that since the runner is 96″H, longer than your average window, couldn’t you string them on clear fishing wire or use clip hooks and display them as somewhat of a window treatment? I imagine the afternoon sun filtering in through these, and picture 4 along a picture window, with equal space in between each. Since they are constructed of palm leaves, perhaps you could dab some paint on them in various spots, using soft colors from the coast, like turquoise, stone, or pale blue, what do you think? Or, maybe you could use them as a room divider or wall art? At $28.95 each, they certainly would make for an inexpensive modern window treatment.

Oh, and if you’re a bit of a material girl, okay I’ll say it, living in a material world, you may like the Madonna Disco Lights art – it’s a canvas image licensed by Madonna, a limited edition numbered piece in a series of 500. Giclee canvas, it has hand painted embellishments and quite an impressive price tag to boot at $699.00. The closest thing I can afford is the Confessions on a Dance Floor CD, which by the way, is one of my favorites of all time. It’s perfect for an afternoon run or a night drive, and the tune, “Jump” totally inspires.

Z Gallerie is having a memorial day sale in stores and online. Click here to browse some amazing bargains!

Z Gallerie + Memorial Day Sale!
(images from z gallerie)

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Boston Lofts – Looking to Buy?

May 26, 2006

Boston Lofts - Looking to Buy?
Some decor8 readers seem to be interested in Boston property lately… I’ve received emails inquiring about the real estate market here and in particular, what lofts are selling for. I thought I’d address these emails with this post, hoping it will point you loft-hunters in the right direction. One of my favorite sites for loft lust is Lofts Boston. They feature both residential sales and rentals, along with commerical loft spaces.

One new loft conversion you may be interested in, that is, if you’re lucky enough to have the pocket change to afford real estate in Boston proper, is Lofts Avana in Chinatown. Slated for completion in Spring ’07, this brick + concrete building dates back to 1899. It was built to serve the garment industry, but soon to serve the locals providing them with posh living quarters in downtown Boston. Personally, I’m thrilled to see development going on in Chinatown, it’s really a great area, but badly in need of a face lift. The building will house 32 loft-style condos, priced between $339,880 and $546,880 with selected units being pre-sold with a 10% reduction (a pre-construction special). Once the big dig is complete, there will be more green space around Chinatown with the new one acre Chinatown/Leather District park near Surface Road, set to be completed this Fall. The park will feature falling water, bamboo groves, and a funky Chinese chessboard pavement designed by May Sun, an artist from California. When I worked on a volunteer clean up project in Chinatown a few years back, we spent days trying to restore what little green space they had left. Since, those green spaces have been developed into high rise buildings. To know a park is soon to come, I’m thrilled!

With a new park going in, along with so many developers looking at the area as potential for retail growth, it’s a great time to buy in Chinatown!

Boston Lofts - Looking to Buy?

(images from lofts boston)

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Garage Sale: Consignment for the Home, Boston

May 26, 2006

While strolling the South End, I came across Garage Sale, a store I’d never wandered into until now. Located on 55 Waltham Street, Leslie Kaplan holds down a good size fort of beautiful finds from fancy chinoserie cachepots to antique Gustavian guilded mirrors, baroque style chandeliers, french antique furniture, and oh yes, even some modern finds from Eames chairs to Danish buffets. The store is quite eclectic to say the least, I’m confident that you’ll spot something worth blowing your paycheck on.

Their website isn’t much to browse (one page!), but don’t turn away based simply on their lack of a strong web presence. Having a good website isn’t everything, I’ve seen some pretty good websites only to walk into a bare, boring store. Where this shop lacks online, more than makes up for it in thier retail space. Next time you stroll the streets of the charming South End, pop into Garage Sale.

psst: Daily Candy wrote about this last year, read their blurb here.

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