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Tivoli Home: Scandinavian Design NEW in Brooklyn

Kenneth from Tivoli Home in Brooklyn wrote today to tell us all about his new online store and showroom in DUMBO, an excellent resource for Scandinavian design for the home. After browsing his website, I can’t wait to head down to Brooklyn this summer to visit the showroom in person, what great wares he has! Lighting from Britt Kornum, hand silk-screened textiles from Kirsten Fribert (love her pillows, totes, runners, napkins…drool!), Torben Jorgensen glassware (the slightly retro carafe is great for keeping on your bedside table), and pillows and throws that pop from Wendt Designs. I’m particularly fond of the Kirsten Fribert collection though and think you’ll love it, too.

Of course, there’s much more to be seen at Tivoli, so either shop them online, or if you’re in Brooklyn, head over to DUMBO where they are located at 10 Jay Street, Suite 501. (F Train to York Steet. Turn right on Jay Street. Four blocks downhill to last building on left, riverfront building). They’re open on Saturday and Sunday from noon – 6pm and during the week by appointment only.

Thanks Kenneth for introducing decor8 readers to your lovely Scandi goodies!


(images from tivoli home)

Posted in uncategorized on June 10, 2006

Modernseed + Alexander Girard


I was so excited to see that Modernseed reissued 6 classic designs from Alexander Girard. As many of you know, Girard takes traditional folk art and adds lots of bold color, whimsical touches, and a dash of humor into modern designs on pillows that pop! Each of these perky pillows feature the most iconic of Girard?s graphics from his early days with Herman Miller. Great for the kiddies, lots of fun for grown up spaces, too. These 6 designs are now available here, as a Modernseed exclusive! $49 each.

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(images from modern seed)

Posted in uncategorized on June 10, 2006

Contemporary Cloth


This isn’t a fashion or handbag blog, so I’m not going to start posting about these things on a regular basis. However, sometimes I just spot stuff that moves me, ideas I love, images that push me forward… Since I enjoy sharing with all of you all of these random little bits that I find enjoyable (with hopes that maybe you’ll be inspired by them, too), I tend to go off topic now and then with a post that has very little to do with home decor. Okay, so now that my long explanation is out of the way, I’ll get to the point of this post. (smile)

Ever since I spotted Sondra Borrie’s online fabric store Contemporary Cloth, I’ve been watching her inventory, making mental notes of what she has in stock in case I need to order something for either myself or a client in the future. It’s a great resource (bookmark, people!) for barkcloth, upholstery textiles, cottons and linens.

With my new Amy Butler pattern in hand (Betty Shopper), I’m trying to find the perfect print for constructing the perfect bag. As you know, surfing the net always begins with the intention of finding that one certain something and then, after several hours and two cups of tea and a power bar later, you’re not even close to where you began. This is sorta what happened to me this afternoon. I somehow ended up on a blog called clohes-pin and then clicked over to a site she featured called Nepacena, makers of mega functional handbags in chic modern prints with a casual urban appeal. I like these bags because they’re not some cute little beaded number that only has room for one tube of lipstick and a few credit cards… These bags are big bags – they can fit everything from cell phones, iPods, day planners, an afternoon snack, flea market finds, a huge bottled water AND that designer pair of shoes you found for 75% off! An oversized bag for an oversized lifestyle. That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.

As I poked around the Nepacena website, I next spotted the Gabrielle Hobo, and had a major dejavu moment because I felt like I’d see this bag before. Then I realized that it was actually the fabric I identified, and referring back to all those mental notes I told you about earlier, I recalled it was from Contemporary Cloth and it’s called Mod Lime Fizz.

Isn’t it exciting to see what can become of a piece of cloth? This, my friends, is why I encourage everyone to get creative and take a crack at sewing something. Seeing this bag encouraged me to get crackin’ and fire up the sewing machine and create my beautiful betty shopper. The weekend is here… A good time to get started. See why I can justify surfing the net? It can be somewhat productive!

(images from nepacena and contemporary cloth)

Posted in uncategorized on June 10, 2006

Folk Art of Sweden



Have you heard of the Swedish online shopping site, Folk Art? I spotted it on the Husmusen (house mouse) blog today, and I’m certain you’ll enjoy checking it out. Folk Art features an array of work from talented designers, ranging from home accessories to fashion and art. With so many represented on the site, I took a moment to look at them all and selected some of my favorites. On the top of the list is IVANAhelsinki, a Finnish design company founded by Paola Suhonen, who combines clear and pure Scandinavian design with a rich slavic style. I’m sure you’ll love Paola’s creations.

Then there’s Maderakka (fashion from Milan – drool!), Eka Wear (hats + accessories), Jytte Hviid (felt brooches), Wallmander (millinary at its finest!), Luckan (tees and such) and Veronica Civa (jewelry).

Next, visit with Sofi Bornheim (textiles + trays), Sense of Pearls (Danish couture), Nyttadesign (fashion accessories), Nanso Lempivaate (more great fashion – love these patterns) and finally, Matilda Pernryd Textiltryck (textiles – lots of crisp clean patterns on bags).

Great site, and with so much to see, you can cha-ching your way into shopping heaven!


(images from folk art)

Posted in uncategorized on June 10, 2006

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