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Emma Gardner Design


At first glance, you may think this is a post about prints or stationery, but… Believe it or not, these are rugs from Emma Gardner Design available 2Modern. In my opinion, Emma’s collection of rugs are total stunners, available in three lines, hand-knotted silk/wool, hand-knotted wool, and hand-tufted wool. The rug designs shown in these photos are from the hand-tufted collection, in 100% New Zealand wool.

Emma Gardner Design is a design and development company in Litchfield, Connecticut specializing in modern rugs (and pillows, too!). Emma was born in Japan, raised in Connecticut, and majored in English literature in college. Early in her career, Emma spent time at Conde Nast publications, then went on to pursue design, she studied textile design at F.I.T. and painting and drawing at Cooper Union in New York, and fast forward, is now a big name in the design world. I admire those that change courses in life and involve themselves in design, so her story is one that inspires us all. Just look at these rugs, it’s obvious that rug design is her true calling.

I love this collection because, in design, we’re often told to base the design of a room on one item that will be staying, and most of the time, it’s whatever is the strongest feature/focal point in the room. If you’re working in a room that is rather dull, with hardwood floors and four white walls, then you’ll need to create a focal point and build from there. A great start is flooring, especially a bold rug. An Emma Gardner rug would make the process so simple, you could easily build the entire room around one of these rugs and pow! talk about presentation!

Emma Gardner rugs and pillows are available at 2Modern.


(images from 2modern + emma gardner design)

Posted in uncategorized on June 19, 2006

mocchi mocchi

I spotted these postcards online at mocchimocchi and couldn’t resist posting them, aren’t they beautiful? I have no idea how to purchase these, the website is in Japanese, but I do have their email address if you’re interested in contacting them, sazi[at]mocchimocchi[dot]com.

Lots of elegant strokes… Birds, florals, terrific colors, and I especially love the raw edges and the pale cool tones with sharp black and warm orange.

[June 22 update: Email just arrived from mocchi mocchi in Japan. Check out the comments section below to read it.]

(images from mocchimocchi)

Posted in shopping, travel on June 19, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {june 19 ’06}


Monday, Monday…

After such a great weekend, it’s hard to let it go. This past weekend kicked off summer for me, with a visit down to Rhode Island to see my grandparents and family from Florida. This photo was taken on Saturday night; we went for seafood in Point Judith and later on, headed up to Providence to have enjoy waterfire and a little vino. It was the perfect evening for waterfire, high 70s, breezy, clear… Perfect. My mother and her family are from Rhode Island, and I was born there, although I only spent about a year of my life actually living in the state. I always vacationed there as a child to visit my grandparents, and my auntie Patty went to URI, so RI holds a lot of special memories for me.

Here’s a little breakdown of my family shown. Starting with me, I’m seated across from my uncle Jim, who is an orthopedic surgeon. Then, next to me is my cutie husband. Then, near him, is my cousin Kelly (Jim + Penny’s daughter) who is a commercial interior designer. Across from Kelly is my other cousin Kevin (her brother), who is a headhunter in the IT world. Next to Kevin is Penny, their mother, who was a residential interior designer for most of her life and married to my uncle Jim for nearly 40 years. Then, there’s my uncle Jim. It was a very special weekend for us all.

Family is precious.

Click on the image for a larger view if you’d like.

(photo copyright decor8 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on June 19, 2006

Crate + Barrel SUMMER SALE


Crate + Barrel is having a big sale online and in stores, and I’m lovin’ the deals on their modern tabletop wares, like these perky orange plates ($2.95) and the old school style divided plates ($2.95). Like fresh slices of fruit, these plates will perk up your summer gatherings in a flash!

Question: The wine plate is an interesting concept, but do you think you’d use it?

View all of their sale items right here, from furniture to rugs and pillows!

(images from crate + barrel)

Posted in uncategorized on June 16, 2006

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