I don’t usually write about handbags (I’ll leave that to the fashion experts), but as a lover of textiles and handmade goods, I dared to tiptoe outside of my comfort zone so I could briefly mention Tiffany Pushkar’s Tiny Marie design studio. Tiffany draws inspiration from interior design (go Tiffany!!), sculpture and painting, and creates lovely earrings and handbags that I know you’ll want to get your hands on. Visit Tiny Marie online for more information, great website too!
Thanks to Freshly Blended for the tip!
There’s something about Red Chair Antiques in Peterborough, New Hampshire that often calls me from my sleep. Maybe I’m drawn because you’ll find nothing that is brand new except for the soaps imported from France. Perhaps it’s the soothing hues of blue and gray (each wall in the store is a different tone of the two), the bright sunny space, the smell of fresh lavender in the air. Could be all the European vintage buttons, dress forms, photographs, keys, coins, chemistry sets, glassware, shells, stamps, letters, textiles, trims, envelopes… All displayed throughout the store so lovingly in beautiful cases and boxes, just waiting for you to comb through at your own laid back New England pace. It’s like venturing into a beautiful attic, without the dust, searching through piles of neatly stacked treasures, gently revealing items that, for very little money, you can take home to love and cherish for years to come. Upon checkout, a nice lady hand wraps every item, using a glue stick to fasten a neatly trimmed fabric square to seal the tissue paper. There’s slightly chipped white enamelware from France and Germany filled with vintage tea towels and fabulous antique beveled mirrors (the frameless kind with the chain) . I wish every town had a Red Chair Antiques that you could visit and enjoy.
If you ever visit southwestern New Hampshire and Mount Monadnock, make it a point to stop by Red Chair Antiques located at 16-20 Depot Square in Peterborough, NH. There’s a few lovely stores in this square like The Shop and Garden at Cross Road (garden store with waterfalls and lots of vintage modern wares for the home and lots of succulents, flowers and plants, along with the quaint Toadstool Bookstore and an excellent eatery next door called Twelve Pine to enjoy gelato, homemade quiche, Mediterranean stew, and other satisfying bites all in a huge restored barn. There’s an excellent descriptive review of Twelve Pine here.
I just visited Red Chair Antiques the other day and snapped a few photos (click on images for a larger view), so I doubt I’ll be heading back up there anytime soon. This weekend, I plan to work on some projects around the house and attend a local Strawberry festival and of course, hit a few flea markets.
Happy Friday everyone, and hello weekend!
IKEA sent their press release kit to me today announcing new products due to hit stores soon along with the release of their 2007 catalog in August. Some of these items are already online, others will slowly be rolling out over the next few months.
I’m impressed with their low consoles for televisions, their new sofas, modern line of bedroom furniture available in 4 different finishes, a cool new bed with a rolling storage unit tucked into the headboard, and some of the thier kitchen cabinets that can double as storage units in the dining room or office. I’ve posted photos of some of my personal favorites so remember, check out the IKEA website frequently and click on new products to see what’s available. Have fun!
Well-designed websites are a good thing. I’ve surfed my fingers to the bone over the past few years, only to find that most websites I come across are either too flashy, wordy, boring, noisy (eek!), ugly, bare, unprofessional, ad-based, or pop-up insane. I know it’s hard to build a website, not to mention expensive and a big burden to maintain, so my heart goes out to those that require one to build a business. I have to give props to all that do invest in a good web presence. When I do come across sites that are designed well on all levels, I instantly bookmark them and return again and again. I guess it gets back to the Blueprint discussion we had earlier. If something is well designed, it attracts attention, even if you’re not exactly sure what it is about it that lures you in the first place.
I think we should have a little ‘best website’ shout out. I’d love it if you’d cast your votes. I’m talking about content, usability, beauty… I’d like to see how you define a well designed website. I already have some in mind, but for now, I’ll refrain from my list and just share one that I’m voting as a top 10 site. Hands down, Rock Paper Scissors designed by genius design studio Breviloquent, totally rocks. I’m not a fan of the sound they have on their home page because people do surf when they should be working and man it’s scary and embarrassing when you forget to turn off the sound and loud music or other misc. sounds start streaming out of your computer. Busted! But, outside of the typing sounds (I like them but again, a web designer has to think about people who surf on the job), Rock Paper Scissors has a clean modern vibe that I’m totally feeling. They’re easy to navigate and have some fabulous product shots.
If anyone is reading this and has a website of their own, I have one pleading suggestion. If you have a website as well as a brick and mortar store, pahleeese put photos of the interior and exterior of your storefront somewhere on your website, preferably under location or contact. I can’t tell you how much consumers appreciate seeing a store in advance. It also helps me to identify it when I’m driving down the street with a big map in hand.
What are your favorite well-designed websites?
(images from rock paper scissors)