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coffee + cre8tive {aug 17 ’06}

Since some of you emailed me after I posted about pattern books, I scanned some images from them for you to enjoy. They are Butterwick patterns from the 1930’s. Are they not the sweetest? It’s always fun to stumble upon such treasures in antiques shops. I can’t believe my husband scored these things, how cool.

I’d love to take an entire wall in my walk-in closet and collage with these pages, adding my collection of hats from the 30s and 40s to hooks on the wall. Wouldn’t that be lovely, with a mini chandelier in the middle?

Posted in uncategorized on August 17, 2006

Project Runway Shocker

Just finished watching Project Runway, I am amazingly utterly totally absolutely shocked that Alison got cut… (continued under comments)

Posted in uncategorized on August 17, 2006

La Moi

Sometimes I come across pretty things that aren’t home design related, but in some way they brightened my day or simply inspired me to think differently or try something new. Coxi, a design blogger based in Portugal (he’s only 19!) sent me a “gift” as he titled the email, the gift was a link to La Moi, a site he thought I’d really enjoy. He was right (thanks, Coxi!).

La Moi, a fashion website based out of Santander (Cantabria, Spain), may not be home design related, but I fell in love with the chic illustrations and the cute music box tunes that play when you enter the site, so I had to share it with you. I wish the illustrations somehow merged with their collection, I’d love to see them silk-screened on a few tees or even some throw pillows or a blanket. Fashion illustrations have always intriqued me, so very pretty.

Over the weekend, my husband gifted me with some 1930’s fashion sketches from an unknown designer along with a Butterwick Pattern Book from 1932 from the antiques store. He also picked up a fashion magazine from the late 1800’s. We read some of the articles together and couldn’t believe how, although over a century old, fashion rules and advice on morals and character still apply today. I have to snap some photos of these things, you may enjoy seeing them…

Speaking of fashion, are you all geared up for Project Runway tonight? I can’t wait, as always! Does anyone know when the last episode is? I’m thinking I’ll miss the finale of some of these shows I’ve been watching since I leave on September 21 for Germany (no PR in Deutschland!).

(images from la moi)

Posted in uncategorized on August 16, 2006

Uncommon Goods

While blog surfing today, I spotted these great silverware buffet napkins ($45 for 4) on Elaine’s blog, you can tuck your silverware into the fold, so classy! I really like these because I’ve not spotted anything like them before, and I love the sharp black cutlery against the bright white. Chic! The baby mobile is another love of mine, I’ve been on a black and white kick lately, so this mobile really caught my eye. It looks very French to me, but then again, I always associate mobiles ($22) with either France or Germany because when I first visited those places 10 years ago, I remember all the kids bedrooms and art rooms being filled with them. Not just for babies, kids of all ages seem to love them – either kids MY age. :) I wonder, if you tire of the images on this mobile, could take some of your favorite photos or cards and swap them out? My friend Angela (in Germany) has one like this with her daughters photos on it, displayed in her modern living room. I remember how much I admired it when we stayed with them a few years ago, something I’d forgotten until seeing this mobile at Uncommon Goods.

What do you think of this owl clock by Mark Brown for $90? Handmade in Massachusetts, I adore it, I mean, it’s brilliant, isn’t it? I imagine him in a kitchen with mustard yellow walls, stainless appliances, and wide pine floors. I can also picture our owl friend in a mid century modern dining room, or a retro kitchen with a red and stainless kitchen table. I love looking at items, trying to to imagine where I’d incorporate them either into my own space or just in a room in general. I think it’s great training, to challenge yourself like this, when you look at interesting objects. Try to envision the room, the walls, the floors, where the item would be situated in the space, etc. Trust me, if you do this enough, you’ll just start to see everything like this and, over time, you’ll start making better and better purchasing decisions. You won’t take something home and feel the sting of disappointment because the item doesn’t match or fit in as you thought it would. The more you train your eye (and brain!), the better you’ll get at decorating.

Great find, Elaine!

(images from uncommon goods)

Posted in uncategorized on August 16, 2006


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