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Tricia Guild Pattern: New book to release in September!

I’m so excited that Tricia Guild, the queen of color, is releasing another book, Tricia Guild Pattern: Using Pattern to Create Sophisticated, Show-stopping Interiors, on September 26th. I couldn’t be happier, she’s somewhat of a design celeb to me, a designer that I’d love to meet and chat with for hours because I can’t imagine walking away from her feeling anything less than completely honored and thoroughly inspired.

In design school, we were taught color theory via the color wheel (of course), Pantone, the Colar-aid system, painting with acrylics until our fingers fell off, and by constantly studying everything we could about Tricia Guild, the color maven behind the Designer’s Guild in London. Of course, we also had to explore the history of color, which I found fascinating, as well as the use of color throughout the ages and by culture, as well as how color affects mood in a space. If you’re a designer, you well know that color theory is one of the most fascinating courses that you may ever take – for me, it stood out as the foundation to everything else that I was taught then, and what I continue to learn in school and as a practicing design consultant.

I don’t even have to crack open Tricia Guild Pattern to know that I’ll love it. I imagine it to be a page turning color fest. Pre-order your copy here at Amazon for only $25.

(images from amazon and designers guild)

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2006


So, there’s this designer I heard about from a friend in the South End and he told me all about Marisa Danielle of Pistachio. Marisa is a Boston girl with style that oozes so much oh-la-la that you just have to break yourself off a piece of glam yourself by shopping the goods on her website. Take a big lover of vintage goods, mix in lots of precious embellishments, add Marisa’s fairy dust (her extra special style), and viola! handbags, headbands, bauble rings, and perfect little hair pins. She sells her one-of-a-kinds at a gadzillion shops around the country, so if you don’t spot something on her website that suits you, click here for other web, as well as brick ‘n mortar, locations.

By the way, isn’t this a sweet photo? Gotta love that decor!

(image from pistachio)

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2006

Weekend Reflection: Happy Things

Here’s a a few things (below) that I picked up yesterday at the Beacon Hill Sidewalk Fest and after, the bookstore. The fest was more of a flood because it started to pour about 10 minutes after we arrived. Of course, a die hard shopper never lets rain, snow, sleet, or natural disaster step in the way of a good sale, so I was able to navigate my way through Beacon Hill to browse in some of my favorite shops like Moxie, Holiday, Good, Koo de Kir, Black Ink… The two photos shown above were snapped on Charles Street and over in the Boston Public Gardens – the calm before the storm. At one point, it rained so heavily that we had to take shelter in a corner bistro on Beacon Hill to wait out the storm, over homemade Tiramisu and hot cocoa, of course. :)

Nonetheless, I had a great time in Boston yesterday and found a mini bolt of Lotta Jansdotter fabric for only $15 at Koo de Kir, walked in the rain through the Boston Commons, admiring the fountains and flowers, the ducklings waddling after their mother into the pond, tiny bodies rocking from side to side. Walking hand in hand, sharing one tiny umbrella, the rain started pelting down on us and since we had no where to hide being in the center of a park, we just enjoyed the moment, soaked and laughing, simply enjoying eachothers company. That is the best part of marriage. The simple carefree times when you’re not being responsible adults. When you’re tipping the umbrella and he’s trying to tip it your way so you end up being the one getting most of the water on your head. Just being silly. Cell phones off, no plans, no worries. It was so pleasing, and just before the rain fell, about the same time that the thick gray clouds rolled in, the air cooled, the atmosphere dimmed, and suddenly 2 o’clock looked like 10 p.m. Those special moments huddled beneath thick gray clouds were quiet, melancholy, relaxed… And silly.

Once the rain started pouring, we headed back to Charles Street, finding refuge in the little stores, people watching as shop owners scurried about retrieving their wares from the street, folding up tables, darting in and out of storefronts rescuing items from the rain. I popped into Moxie to see if I could find an Orla Kiely bag for the summer, but with $500 price tags on the leather Orla’s, I decided to keep on searching around until I found the canvas one that I’m really looking for.

As a lover of trance and britpop, I had to grab my copy of the new Keane CD the moment it released, Under the Iron Sea… All I can say is just purchase it and trust me on this – it’s great. Even if you’ve never heard of them and do not consider yourself a britpop fan, I think you’ll be hooked since it’s very catchy, well-written, and certainly has a great moody vibe to it. I have to check out my cousin’s magazine, Magnet, to see if they’ve reviewed it yet (he and his team of writers in Philly have the best reviews, so candid).

Speaking of music, my husband Thorsten (pronounced Tor-sten, the “h” is silent, it’s Scandinavian), is a music producer by night and I’m so proud of him – he just released his first CD, Infiltrator, available at Amazon. It’s a fusion of trance, world music, and soundtracks, a ‘music novel’, where a single story unfolds through each track. He’s also listed on My Space if you want to read about him there. He balances his technical career by exploring his creativity through music, trance being one that he is especially fond of which he uses as a base. Being German, his knowledge of trance (derived from a combination largely of techno and house) comes with the culture, Frankfurt is said to be the birthplace of trance music right after the UK acid house movement (you may recall 3 a.m. Eternal and What is Love? from the KLF) . Some of my favorite tracks from Infiltrator are Backstep Rewind, Chinatown Pursuit and Meditation, where Chinese vocals are utilized. You can listen to the CD here.

So that was my day yesterday. Good times, good books, great music. Today, with all the rain, I plan to work on some mini projects around the house, turn my Keane CD way up, and maybe even take out my sew machine and work on a quilt I’m trying to finish. I’ll post it in a day or two so you can see how I’m progressing…

More fresh finds coming your way today, I have a few things to show you that can’t wait until Monday…

(images copyright decor8 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2006

Fresh Finds from Frau Liebe

Jessica from Frau Liebe in Germany is wrapping up her kindergarten classes and once again, hitting the flea markets to bring us an eclectic mix of pre-loved (gosh you can only say that when referencing goods, not people, huh?) sweet vintage treasures in shiny happy colors. Her one-of-a-kind collection, albeit small, is absolutely sweet and perfect for all retro lovers out there. She’ll be adding more to the site throughout the summer, so be sure to bookmark her cutie website and check back often.

(images from frau liebe)

Posted in uncategorized on June 24, 2006


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