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Book of the Week: Greetings from Knit Caf? (also a store in LA + June 7 event!)

I plopped myself down on one of those huge comfy chairs at Barnes + Noble last night, latte in hand, spilling some on my shirt but not caring because I had all of these killer books in hand that I had not yet cracked open… Excitedly, I began the adventure of flipping through books, looking for what could be the next decor8 book of the week. I wanted something that sparked some creativity in us all, something with bright colors, beauty, charm. I found it, and much more, in a new book called Greetings from Knit Caf?. I’m not a knitter, but this book was close to coverting me with its projects and pages chock full of pretty things. Here’s a book blurb, straight from Amazon.

When former CBS vice president Suzan Mischer decided to open a knitting store on Melrose Avenue, she wanted to create a place where people could gather, slow down, and talk (as well as buy supplies). The result was Knit Cafe, a sleek yet homey crafts store where an increasing number of Hollywood denizens regularly unwind with their needles and yarn. With the publication of Greetings from Knit Caf?, knitters nationwide can join the famed store’s ever-widening circle of devotees.

This colorful, cozy, and chic book offers 30 of Knit Cafe’s most dazzling patterns for “California style” projects ranging from hiking socks to a bikini to a “red carpet” gown. It also features stories about how the celebrated store came to be, the neighborhood it’s in, the daily goings-on, and the improbable m?lange of actors, surfers, doctors, and directors that gather there. Even a few favorite recipes from regular customers are included.

Greetings from Knit Caf? is, quite simply, the best way to share the history, spirit, and patterns of this unique yarn store without having to fight the traffic.

If you’d like to order your copy, click here. It’s our book of the week!

If you’re in the LA area, visit the Knit Cafe located at 8441 Melrose Avenue. Suzan is hosting a book signing at the Knit Cafe on Wednesday evening, June 7th from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Join them for capuccinos and sweets!

(images from amazon)

Posted in uncategorized on May 23, 2006


Have you heard of Celadon? Founder, Monica Yip, was raised in Hong Kong surrounded by antique and contemporary Chinese literature, calligraphy, paintings and ceramics. Inspired by her past, after relocating to London she decided to create Celadon, a company creating photo frames and albums, notebooks, notecards, and their signature fortune shaker containing 38 numbered fortune sticks – fun for your next party without the calories (fortune cookies).
I like Celadon because they are contemporary yet timeless and totally functional – nothing you have to keep high on a shelf for fear of someone touching it. Combining an eastern aesthetic with western sensibilities, items are eye-catching and tactile, unique and colorful – the colors remind me of some of my favorite foods like chocolate, pumpkin pie, avocado, watermelon…

(images from celadon)

Posted in uncategorized on May 23, 2006

Lekker – Boston

I spotted some goodies while browsing Lekker over the weekend. This sleek wall mountable key holder from Germany sure is a class act. I love the molecular shapes of these contemporary Bicox serving dishes from designer Emmanual Babled, too. They are so bright and cheery in person, the colors pop! Lekker carries a great selection of teak furniture sporting clean simple lines, complimenting both a traditional and contemporary space. As I ran my hand over a teak table top, examining the wood grain, I felt weak at the knees. Teak lust.

You can find other treasures at Lekker, especially if you delight in serving your guests in style with dinnerware from Germany. Take the Cumulus dishware, for example. Made in Germany by Kahla in fine porcelin with delicate mesh patterns in aqua and white, suble, clean, simple yet stunning. Graphics that won’t compete with the food you’ve prepared to place on it. Lekker also stocks the gorgeous floral Five Senses collection from Kahla, too. If you want to dress up your table with festive dinnerware, the TRIC Points collection from Sieger Design is a favorite of mine, spotty chic!

You can order from Lekker online, or visit them in the South End at 1317 Washington Street in Boston.

(images from lekker)

Posted in uncategorized on May 23, 2006

Open Thread: Prints into Textiles – How?

A few decor8 readers wrote in this week on the topic of textile manufacturing. I thought it would be a good idea to turn these email inquiries into an open thread here on decor8, especially since we have such a vast pool of talented and experienced readers out there.

“I am interested in turning my designs in to textiles. Do you, or any of your readers, know where I should begin? How do I find manufacturers? What’s the best way to get started with such a venture?”

I’m opening this thread up for discussion. Advice anyone?

(image from repro depot)

Posted in uncategorized on May 23, 2006


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