Here’s a blog you’re sure to love from Lyon, France – it’s called, “Tea Time“. The blogger is an illustrator and crafter who has the sweetest baby girl ever, and her blog is just loaded with color and inspiration. It appears as though she has illustrated some children’s books (if anyone reads French, please help me out here), a few of her illustrations are shown both here and at her blog. She also shows photos of a French design book called, “De Filles En Aiguilles“, that I’d love to get my hands on (maybe I’ll order it on Amazon).
It’s so amazing to meet all of these talented people located all over the world, each with their own blog revealing their life and loves. Makes life so much more interesting when you look outside of your reality into the life of another…
(images from tea time)
I found a neat lady that really digs Japanese craft books, with a complete photo album showing various covers, and a blog called buzzville dedicated (well almost) to these beautiful handmade things from Japan. I could look at the covers of these craft books for hours, they appeal to me so much for so many reasons. I don’t know, part of it is that they make me feel that same excitement that I felt in the 1980s when I first discovered Hello Kitty at my local Sanrio shop in South Carolina, where I grew up. I was so excited to see the Japanese language all over the products, bright red and pink cherry blossom stationery, pretty pastel Little Twin Stars and the ever adorable My Melody bunny, Hello Kitty’s dearest pals. My love of Japanese packaging and prints goes back to those early days, when I was around 7 years old and my world was opening up, my eyes seeing things beyond America, my heart yearning to see more. Now, as I look at the various Japanese craft books that are gaining popularity here in the states, I rediscover that feeling of leaping joy all over again – the feeling that I truly haven’t seen all that’s out there (which many designers and writers like me deal with since we see so much). There’s so much more to be discovered, so much talent to unearth, so much that lingers beyond the shores of North America and Europe, where I generally focus my design writing. Isn’t it exciting for you to discover these treasures, too?
Japanese Fashion Magazines
Inspiring Images from Japanese Craft Books
Purchasing Japanese Books and Magazines
(images from buzzville)
Michelle, my belle… She’s at it again, this time with some amazing finds with a super perky perk – 20% off all of her etsy art! You don’t want to miss this, collage art fans! I own 3 Caplan pieces and love them all, one was a commission, the other two I ordered directly from her site. They are all gorgeous, and I couldn’t be happier with her work. She packages everything with such care, so shipping is never an issue, and her follow-up is excellent, if you have any questions, she’ll answer your email el pronto. This girl has a unique brain, she is a super business person and an amazingly talented artist – rare combo. Gifted, for sure.
If you’d like to shop from her etsy store, click here. Upon checkout, type DECOR8BLOG in the notes section and she’ll take 20% off of your order during the entire month of June.
A blurb about why the sale must go on, from Michelle herself:
“In recent months lots of exciting things have been going on for me. My works are being carried by retail outlets and in the near future I have a few gallery shows going on. The prices for my work in my Etsy store will soon be going up to reflect the retail pricing. I do not want to be undercutting these wonderful venues and must therefore adjust accordingly. To help balance out the raise in prices I will from time to time be having sales and special offers to thank all of the amazing people who have helped sustain my art.”
(images from michelle caplan)
Hip Minnesota store Patina has picked up many new items, including some of my fresh finds below. Shop one of their 5 locations or visit them online – perfect gift-giving opportunies with so many adorable goodies. It’s all the cuteness factor…
When the trees come together – book meets bookmark, also made of wood. Love this woodsy treasure! walnut wood bookmark. Looking for some bold graphics for your gifting? The black and red poppy card, white candle holder in a fab flock damask print (love!), and the breakfast gift set are the perfect way to show your love, not to mention your amazing sense of style!
Record your feelings or pen down your daily inspirations in this dog journal. For me, it was puppy love at first sight! The dot flower notes are real cuties, too. Moving from the pen to pan, let’s visit a perfectly kitschy kitchen, incomplete without a few retro pink butterfly dish towels and an eye-poppin’ poppy toaster or the smilin’ frog.
(images from patina)
Dot Kite Lab continues to churn out the sexiest furnishings ever. Thomas Mylonas, designer, sent in photos of their newest creation, the DivaNetto, an uber posh sofa that would dominate the reception area of any luxury hotel with it’s metro simplicity (love the clean lines) and the chic uphostered pattern contrasting the white body with the crimson red print – chic! chic! I envision this in a posh London apartment or imagine spotting it in the pages of Elle Decor. Fab!
About Dot Kite:
Dot Kite was conceived in 2005, in the shadows of the Italian Alps. It was
schooled in the art of fine furniture and SoHo related products, as exquisitely dimensional as its homeland: the brand assumed boldness from its mountainous landscape, its fluidity from the Mediterranean coast.
Related posts: InLull May 22, Crosslink collection March 30.
(images from dot kite lab)
Habitat just opened a new flagship store in London’s Regent Street, and it’s packed with all the hottest trends for your home. The store, designed by Habitat’s creative director Tom Dixon, is a former cinema restored into a brilliant retail space complete with original features including the cinema’s fully-functional Wurlitzer organ. With vaulted plaster ceilings and a brilliant stained-glass skylight (see photo, it’s massive), this store didn’t need much to add to the interior given the outstanding period details that already exist. Just add accessories! And that they did. The new Habitat store is sophisticated and glam without feeling overdone. Here are a few items that their press officer, Kirsty, sent along to me today. They are some of my picks from their website, and I hope you enjoy them, too! Love the Margo throw pillow and these Kelly table linens…
Habitat is located online and their new store address is 121-123 Regent Street, London.
(images copyright habitat 2006. please contact them directly to use these images.)