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June 2006

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eeBoo

June 6, 2006

eeBoo
Another kiddie post today… I can’t help myself, so many sweet finds! When I saw these counting birds cards from eeBoo, I imagined them on the walls of an art studio, classroom, or in a child’s play area. eeBoo produces beautiful, useful and well-made products for children (and adults!) This collection of counting birds cards features 10 hand drawn images (8 x 10″) that would be perfect to frame or to use as flashcards. (View all of their counting cards here.) eeBoo sells these fun lacing cards too, remember them from your childhood? Puzzles, travel games, tot towers, party games, sketchbooks, notebooks… Fun!

(images from eeboo)

Events + Markets, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Vintage Fashion + Textile Show, July 10, Sturbridge, MA

June 6, 2006

Thought I’d spread the word in advance for those that need to make travel arrangements… Don’t miss this!

Vintage Fashion + Textile Show, July 10, Sturbridge, MAWhat: Vintage Fashion and Textile Show

Why: Why not? Known for its diversity, this pre-Brimfield show boasts over 150 booths with dealers from 20 states and 6 countries and is so much more than a showcase for vintage clothing and a large variety of fabrics. Being a particularly artful and artistic group, these experienced dealers have demonstrated their resourcefulness by displaying unexpected treasures that fall into a much broader version in the “field of textiles,” actually overlapping and many times falling outside of their category altogether – yet standard at this event. Most of the exhibitors are antique dealers year-round who make a special effort collecting for these shows.

The Shows reputation, according to one shopper who flew from Japan, is ‘the best vintage event in the world.’ The Boston Globe says, “The Aisles of the Vintage Fashion and Textile Show may offer a window into the past, but it also can be a look at the sartorial future. It’s here that major design houses come to find inspiration for “new” looks which sometimes become the next big trend. It’s also where more and more vintage fans are coming to stock up.”

Scout for vintage clothing, costumes, drapes and fabric, matching finds such as lamp shades, folding screens, theatrical backdrops, and decorative furniture. You can also score lots of quilts, fabric, buttons, vintage jewelry, old wallpaper, samplers, sewing items, needlepoints, antique fans, trimmings, drapery hardware, brocades, laces, beaded purses and ephemera.

Where: Held indoors, Host Hotel, Route 20 in Sturbridge, MA.

When: Monday, July 10, 2006. Admission price varies depending on your time of arrival. Obviously, for the best selection, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the silks, brocades, damasks… 9:30 AM – 10:15 am $20, 10:15 am to 11 am $10, 11:00 AM to 5:00PM $5.00 admission.

Don’t miss it!

Vintage Fashion + Textile Show, July 10, Sturbridge, MA
(images from the vintage fashion and textile show)

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Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, Brookline, MA: June 10

June 6, 2006

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, Brookline, MA: June 10
What: Coolidge Corner Arts Festival with 70+ artists along the streets of Brookline. Handmade jewelry, couture hats, handbags, glass, greeting cards, tableware, tiles, ceramics and even textile items! Here’s the game plan: Stop by Paris Creperie for a crepe that rivals that of authentic Parisian crepes, then head out to shop the artists. If the heat gets to you, catch a flick at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Where: Brookline, MA (seconds from downtown Boston). The festival has expanded to two adjacent locations: Beacon Street between Centre Street and Harvard Street, and the upper and lower level concourse at Webster Street by the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. On the “T”, take the “C” Green Line to Coolidge Corner stop.

When: June 10, 2006 from 10am – 6pm. Raindate: Saturday, June 17, 10am-6pm

decor8 picks: While browsing this lively street fest, be on the look out for some of our favorites: Lush Metals, Twigs + Heather, Galvinized Headwear, Harriet + Mickey, Ruschika Madan, and Jess Moss Handbags.

(images from coolidge corner arts festival)

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Zid Zid Kids

June 6, 2006

Zid Zid Kids
I don’t post a lot of kiddie things, for obvious reasons, I’m not a mommy. I guess I’m still a kid at heart, and when I see adorable kinder things that appeal to me, I instantly think of my modern mom pals and try to post them. Take these fun “draw on me” toys from Zid Zid Kids, for example. I mean, what is cuter than this? I think it’s important for children to be able to play with toys that allow them to create, explore, develop. Most children want to draw on the walls anyway, so there’s chalkboard paint and other surface paints you can use that allows them to go wild. Why not a stuffed toy that allows them to do the same – use their markers to create an animal with spots or stripes, in hot pink or sunshine yellow. It also makes your job easier as a parent when you stop running around grabbing everything out of juniors hands because you’re sick with worry that they’ll damage it.

Zid Zid Kids design playful cushions as well as the “draw on me” cushions for the younger set, and some fun floor poofs (I wrote about them here) that are sure to delight all. Zid Zid Kids is married couple Julie Klear and Moulay Essakalli who launched their company in 2003 after relocating from Cambridge, MA (locals, yeah!) to Marrakech.

“Julie has exhibited her art in multiple American museums, and has fifteen years? experience teaching art to children. Moulay, a RISD-trained graphic designer, was born and raised in Morocco, and went to college in both France and the USA. As Zid Zid, they produce exciting, imaginative items for kids, combining a striking artistic sensibility with the colors and visual inspiration of Marrakech. Every Zid Zid product is a blend of their creativity and the quality and handiwork of Moroccan artisans–an outstanding combination of inner and outer worlds that your child will cherish for years.” – Design Public

I just love their creations and had to share, hoping that you’ll enjoy them too. You can purchase them online at Design Public or visit the Zid Zid website if you’d like to contact them directly or to inquire about carrying their line.

Zid Zid Kids

(images from zid zid kids)

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Clare Nicolson Textiles

June 6, 2006

Clare Nicolson Textiles
I’m a lover of quilts and sofa throws, especially ones that combine vintage textiles with a mid-century modern vibe, like a few of the Clare Nicolson one-of-a-kind throws I recently discovered online (twiggy is a good example). Clare doesn’t stop at throws though, she combines her fantastic digitally printed cottons and silks with vintage fabric to create a brilliant array of interior textiles and accessories for your plush nest. She designs vintage-inspired throw pillows, wall art, scarves, badges, handmade greeting cards, tea towels with images like baby elephants, little birdie sachets stuffed with lavender, and totally sweet dolly birds that are sold matroska style – each come as a set of 5 in ranging sizes from big birds to mini peeps. A perk of browsing her website goes beyond all of the pretty things that you’ll find there, the website itself is so adorable and fun to explore.

“Designs for Clare Nicolson textiles are taken from paper collages which she creates using decorative papers and packaging. Inspiration for collages can come from almost anything; an old teapot, a walk in the country, even the birds in her garden. Pattern is an integral part of the textiles. Layering pattern on pattern, designs develop as each new paper is uncovered.”

Her very special designs are available for purchase via her website. Have fun!

Clare Nicolson Textiles

(images from clare nicolson)

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Nineteen Seventy Three: 1973

June 6, 2006

Nineteen Seventy Three: 1973
This wrapping paper from Nineteen Seventy Three in the UK is stylin’, agree? Husband and wife team James and Emma Emmerson, both born in 1973, teamed up to create 1973, a design company specializing in wrapping paper and greetings cards. They describe their line as, “Bright and clean designs with a quirky edge, reflecting our individualistic style without taking ourselves too seriously.” I like the bright colors and groovy graphics, they’re so playful and a break from the norm. You can shop them online here.

(images from 1973)

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