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June 2006

Shopping + Products, Travel

Figments [Providence]

June 16, 2006

Peggy owns Figments, a sweet online shop that carries many of my favorite things. When she wrote to me yesterday to tell me about Sukie and to invite me in for an after hours tour of her brick and mortar store in Providence, Rhode Island, I was thrilled. In addition to the retail business, Figments also offers design services in graphic design and consulting.

Figments [Providence]
Figments just received a new shipment from Sukie, London. She thought decor8 readers would like to check them out, especially since their new hankie and tea towel designs are so completely adorable. Figments also carries Seseme Letterpress cards and coasters, with some available online in her store, along with other gift giving goodies from Atelier LZC, Hable Construction, Hello Lucky, Twig + Fig, A.Puur.A, and In Sophie’s Bag, to name a few.

I just love how creative Peggy is, you can feel it the moment you visit her website. I wasn’t surprised to find out she’s a RISD alum. You can view all of the items shown above at the Figments website, with links to all the goodies you see!

psst: Oh, and there’s free shipping on orders over $80.

Thank you Peggy for writing in!

tea towels and hankies from sukie

Figments [Providence]Figments [Providence]
(images from peggy lo at figments)


Sukie London

June 16, 2006

Sukie London
decor8 reader, Peggy, told me about Sukie in London and I had to post about them asap. Cute stuff. You’ll like it, I’m sure. I like the way Darrell and Julia, the brains behind Sukie, have this whole campground/road trip/high school 1970s theme going on. It looks very American, the colors and patterns reminding me a lot of the 70s. With papergoods, pillows, hankies, tea towels, and more little tidbits to add to your home, Sukie delivers unique pattterns that are sure to catch your eye.

(images from sukie)


coffee + cre8tive {june 16 ’06}

June 16, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {june 16 '06}
Happy Friday everyone! I have an exciting weekend ahead, and I just can’t wait. I’m heading down to Rhode Island to see my family, they’re up from Boca Raton to visit my grandmother. I can’t wait to see them, I’m very excited. I’m also going to try to visit a few Providence stores while I’m down there, especially my new favorite store (which I’ll feature later on today), since the shop owner personally invited me down for an after hours tour. I’m flattered she found my blog and wants to learn more about me and what I do. That personal interest means a lot. So, this weekend will be busy… Trying to make it to the beach on Sunday, too.

I snapped this photo in my yard the other day and I swear, I didn’t manipulate it at all, this is the raw snapshot – I love how blurred it is, and the vivid neon colors. It’s like lawn pop art!

Anyone have plans for the weekend? Let’s hear it! I’m waiting…

(image copyright 2006 decor8)


Angela Adams: New Papergoods!

June 15, 2006

Angela Adams: New Papergoods!
I had this on my list to post today, but after peeking at Shelteriffic, I saw they beat me to it. Rascals! :)

Call me old school, but I cling to my address book for dear life. I’m completely lost when I leave home without it. I’ve had my cell phone die so many times (because I talk so much on it, imagine that?) and after it’s dead, I realize that I don’t have the phone number to call the person back. Not good. Since you can’t reboot a cell phone to gain access to its directory, you’re pretty much screwed at this point. Sure, you can go to a pay phone and dial 411, but if the person was also on their cell phone, there’s no way the operator will have that number. This, my friends, is why a good address book is a must-have. Don’t let anyone talk you into going 100% paperless. These sexy gadgets we roll with nowadays are only good until the lights start flickering and… Hello? Can you hear me now? So, my first grab is the Angela Adams address book for $13.95. You have to get you some of that. Plus, it’s wayyyy cute, just look at those colorful pages…

Next on my Angela Adams shopping list is for all the sticker lovers in the house. Your twinkle toes will curl in delight with the Box of Labels. For $15.95, you walk away with 100 peppy labels varying in shape, size, and pattern. Use them on your envelopes or as bookplates in your most cherished novels. Also handy for labeling shoe boxes and other containers in your closet or craft area.

Finally, a photo album. Remember those? In the digital age, we’re a bit hooked on uploading photos and storing them online, with the exception of maybe 5 that we decide to print out to display so we’ll always remember our days in Venice. Well, sorry to break the news, but photo albums are vital to transferring our memories to the next generation, and so on. Clutter phobes may cringe, but you should seriously consider having a few in your home. I can totally see my adorable grandkids-to-be huddled around my photo albums cracking up over the way ‘grandma dressed back in 2006’. If owning a few photo albums is important to you, go stylish with the Lulu from Angela Adams ($35).

All of Angela’s collection of papergoods can be purchased via her website.

Psst: Most are not available on the Chronicle Books website until after October. Scoop yours up today!

Angela Adams: New Papergoods!
(images from chronicle books and shelteriffic)


Blog of the Week: Meet Modish

June 15, 2006

Blog of the Week: Meet Modish
I recently had a chat with Jena Coray about her fab indie blog, Modish, and wanted to share our conversation with decor8 readers with hopes of inspiring you to either create or purchase more indie goods, and of course, to learn about a great new blog called Modish!

decor8: I dig the name of your blog, can you tell us more about it…
modish: Modish means stylish, fashionable. I wanted a name that has something to do with fashion, and was trying to avoid something trite like “indie style” or something. Modish just has a nice ring to it.

“Welcome to Modish-the new shopping frontier. We ignore the stale, the overdone. We are not interested in the mass-produced, mass-marketed or overindulgent. We are for the independent craftsperson, designer, shopper, creator and artist. We show you the goods that are made by hand, created with attention and intention. Modish is about style the indie way- the way it was meant to be.”

decor8: Outside of blogging, what do you do to pay the bills?
modish: I currently work at Patagonia, an awesome, enviro-friendly outdoor clothing company. My work there has nothing to do with my future career goals though. I ultimately would like to make a living as a writer. I have a Bachelor’s in English-Writing and a minor in Photography/Videography, so I’m hoping to make money doing something creative, eventually.

Blogging is a great start, many bloggers break into the publishing world through blogs. You’re on the right track, you’re getting your name out there. Tell us, where do you call home?
modish: I’m living in Reno, NV. No, it’s not a little version of Vegas, it’s actually growing into a really nice town. I’ve been here all my life. Although, living here is not the best fodder for my artistic interests. I’ll be escaping soon to Portland, hopefully!

decor8: I’ve never been to Nevada, but I’m sure it’s beautiful there. Regards your writing, remember, you don’t necessarily need to live in LA or NYC these days to reach people. Just look at Modish! Plus, you can start establishing your contacts now, before you fly the coop. Now, back to Modish, what inpsired you to launch the blog?
modish: I was inspired by all the amazing design blogs I had recently discovered, and woke up one morning, shot up in bed and said, “I should write a blog about indie designers and handmade stuff! Yes! That’d be awesome!” My boyfriend rolled over and told me “that sounds nice” and fell back asleep. But, it had been said, it was out in the universe, and it had to be done. I got a typepad account in mid March, didn’t actually start writing until April 4th, but have been steadily at it ever since. And, Modish was also inspired by design*sponge, oh joy! and decor 8. After I found those 3 blogs, I was convinced that this “blogging thing” was something I could, and should, get into.

I know you feature an array of talent on your blog, any in particular that inspire you or ‘speak’ to you personally?
modish: Almost every designer that I feature inspires me in some way, which is why I feature them. There are some stand-outs though, like Jill Bliss, Happy Owl Glassworks, Sidepony, Blend Creations, Pashupatina…oh my, I better stop now, this list could go on forever! Honestly, I kind of identify with all of them. They are mostly all women, all creating these things by hand, all have high hopes that they can leave their day job and pursue their passions full-time. They are all me, and I am them. That’s why I created Modish, to help support the people I identify with most.

decor8: I love those guys, too. Happy Owl has these brand new (modern, too!) skunk soap dishes that I really like. I’ve purchased from them before and got nothing but the best service, too. So, with all of the indie craftsters out there busily creating, what is one big trend you’ve spotted that seems to be creating buzz?
modish: Birds. Birds are everywhere! Owls, hawks, silhouettes of sparrows sitting on telephone lines, everywhere, it’s birds. But, despite my tone, I’m not sick of the birdies yet, in fact, I love them! I like the push towards more natural subjects in indie design, I’m seeing a lot of animals in general and plants, leaves and flowers. I’m really attracted to all of that.

decor8: What are you seeing too much of lately that you wish would tone down a bit?
modish: Ok, I get it, the 80’s are back. But, I lived through them, and there’s some trends that should not have been put back into the fashion circuit. I’m bombarded by shticky, super cutesy, day-glo stuff. Some of it’s done well, but some of it seems like a cop out for good design and seems to be playing into the “trend” too much. I’m thinkin’ that the time for unicorns and magical rainbows may have since passed, or well should.

Well, you’re talking to fellow 80’s surviver here, so I hear ya. The moment neon tops, leg warmers, and MC Hammer pants are back in style, I’ll hop in my car and drive off the edge of the earth. Can you explain to decor8 readers what lures you into the world of handmade goods?
modish: Well, I’m an indie business owner myself, and I feel obliged, nay, obligated, to help myself and my fellow crafters spread the word that mass-produced, sweatshop labored things are bad, and handmade, quality, well-designed things are good. It should seem like common sense, but the majority of America still prefers Wal-mart over the local farmer’s market. Modish is doing exactly what I want it to do. It is giving better exposure to amazing indie artists, spreading the word about the handmade/craft movement, and seems to be getting people stoked about indie biz in general.

decor8: How do you find all of these indie designers?
modish: I surf the web alllll the live long day. I have featured many indie sites that I found on an independent business women’s forum I frequent called the Switchboards. I also find a lot of great designers just by perusing the link lists on sites that I already know and love. And, lots of them were just people that e-mailed me!

decor8: If someone wants to be featured on your site, what do you require?
modish: I do choose the sites on my own, advertising, bartering, begging in no way effects the people that I choose to feature. If you have an indie business with a well put together website that illustrates your work well, and you make good stuff, you’re usually in! I want to feature people that will be inspiring to those that are just starting in the biz, that have worked long and hard on their websites and their designs, and represent themselves professionally.

decor8: With so many indie designers out there, what do you think is missing?
modish: I don’t think anything is missing within the realm of design itself, but I do think that support for indie designers could be a lot stronger. Our local businesses and boutiques should be more apt to feature local designers, our media should not proliferate and push so much generic junk. I just wish that there was more of a thrust to support the “little guy.” A lot of headway has been made in the past few years with NEET, the Sampler, “alternative” craft fairs, etc. but we still have a ways to go.

I think you’ve mentioned this already, but are you an artist or into crafty things? If so, tell us more..
modish: Yup, I run my own little indie business called curio j, and make all of the jewelry on there by hand. I created that website myself, and am thinking about delving into the web-design realm someday. I also do little things, like make embroidered cards for family and friends, and photography is a big passion and pastime of mine. Also, as a writer, I’d definitely consider writing my first and foremost artistic skill.

decor8: Do you attend indie craft fairs?
modish: I wish! I live in Reno, remember? I won’t knock our local craft fairs as I believe there are some true, amazing artists that attend. But they’re definitely not “indie”, there’s nothing hip or modern to be found, it’s more-so batik quilts and country music.

Ha, that’s right. I guess I see your point. Now, let’s jump away from Modish for a moment and chat about what you’re into. So… We all have our obsessions, what are you obsessed about lately?
modish: I’m obsessed with trying to figure out how I can make a living out of following my heart. I want to be creative and brilliant and manage my own time and write and create and read and travel and be happy! (making money all the while, of course.) I’m also obsessed with my cat, Mira.

decor8: Sounds like the new American dream to me… Next up, describe the perfect Saturday in Reno…
modish: Well, I usually do curio j stuff on the weekends, but if I take the day off it’d be…waking up around 9 and walking to the corner bagel shop for some breakfast, cuddling on the couch with my boyfriend, lazily getting ready for the day and then heading up to Lake Tahoe (30 minutes away) with him for some food at a local vegetarian restaurant, checking out some thrift stores and antique stores for some old jewelry I can use for beads, and chillin’ on the beach. Then maybe heading out to the wine bar with my best friend to catch up and re-hash old Sex and the City episodes, or curling up with my boyfriend and kitty to watch the latest netflix rental.

decor8: Since you mentioned shopping, what is the first thing you notice upon entering a shop?
modish: I first notice the layout and the overall ambiance of the place. If it’s visually appealing and I see some clothes that look cute (clothing is my vice indeed) then I’ll usually look around for awhile. I like really clean lines, and simple set ups. Any store that’s jam packed and feels too busy kinda makes me feel claustrophobic and I don’t stick around too long.

decor8: What are your favorite websites and blogs, and why?
modish: One of my favorite websites is the Switchboards that I mentioned above. I get so much support and advice from the women on that forum. Without the Switchboards, I would not have curio j (my jewelry site) and I certainly wouldn’t have Modish.

decor8: I just peeked at your curio j website, I’m lovin’ the montana and the paloma necklaces… So, what’s playing on your iPod these days?
modish: I just got the new People Under the Stairs (underground hip-hop) and it’s awesome! I’ve also been listening to Jose Gonzalez a lot, and David Bowie is always in the loop.

I can never hear China Girl enough, I love that man. If money were no obstacle, and you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
modish: I should say somewhere really foreign and exotic, but honestly, I’d choose Portland. I loooovvvvee Portland, and will hopefully be relocating there soon. There’s art galleries on every block and “First Thursdays” in the SW and “Last Thursdays” in the SE and tons of crafty, indie, inspiring ladies running amok, and great live music, and awesome local magazines, and Powells, and dogs and road bikers everywhere. It just sounds perfect for me. I don’t mind the gray skies. Plus, there’s lots of Pabst to get through the cloudy days =).

What are the top 10 things that you can’t live without? (not the basics here, go wild)
modish: instead of “wild”, I’ll probably end up going cheesy here cause I’m kinda a sap. I have to say, first 3- mom, boyfriend, kitty, but I won’t count those. I also can’t live without cheese, Ella Moss, my red hair, laughter, trips to the ocean, poetry, classic soul music, Emerson, Amelie, and constant inspiration.

Thank you for dropping by Jena, we’re so happy that you came over to decor8 to share your side of the world with us.

Bookmark Modish for your daily dose of indie lovin’ – gooooo indie!

(images from modish)


coffee + cre8tive {june 15 ’06}

June 15, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {june 15 '06}
Do you surf flickr photo pools for inspirational images? I’m a huge fan of flickr; I have built quite a collection of interesting groups that I flip through each week. Most of these people aren’t bloggers, they simply love to snap photos and use flickr as a tool to reach out to one another.

Did you know that even Domino magazine has a flickr pool? It’s not very active, but you can easily join and post, so please do. So far there is only 9 of us, but I’d like to see the group grow, so if you’d like to join… About the Domino group: “We invite domino magazine readers to share photos of their homes. Get decorating advice. Show before and after photos of your reno project and more!”

I found these images of vintage button packages (so pretty!) in the seaside rose garden flickr pool. Lovely! I’m especially fond of the package shown above in peacock blue with the lady twirling her parasol. Don’t you wish such care went into designing button packages today? Last time I checked, they were just plain white paper…

(images from seaside rose garden)

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