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Inhabit: The Great Pillow Design Competition

August 4, 2006

Inhabit: The Great Pillow Design Competition

Since I promised I’d update you as soon as I heard the news… It’s official! Mike over at Inhabit just sent me a note that it’s time to make the big announcement, Inhabit’s Great Pillow Design Competition is underway!

The Great Pillow Design Competition is an opportunity for emerging designers, students or aspiring designers to stretch their creative legs. It’s an opportunity for seasoned or established designers to work in a different medium, blow off some creative steam or just design for the sake of designing.

There’s a $25 fee to enter, but they’ll throw in a free t-shirt, so that’s cool, right?

The winner will receive $1,000 and 5 sets of the award-winning pillows for their enjoyment, and the bragging rights that go along with winning the first-ever design competition for something squishy. The winning design will also be part of the 2007 Inhabit Spring line and credit the winning designer’s name. They will also receive 3% of royalties of the sales from the winning design for two years. Second place will receive $150 and 3 pillow sets of their designs. Third place will receive $100 and 2 pillow sets of their designs.

CLICK HERE to enter!

Submissions are due by Oct 15, 2006 and must be posted on their server by exactly 12:00pm EST or postmarked by this date.

(image from inhabit)

Objects, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Bombay Duck of London

August 4, 2006

Looking for a glam chandelier (or anything else unique for that matter)? London-based Bombay Duck of LondonWe all need a little pizzazz piece to add to our space, something that is bound to strike up a conversation along with a few oos and aahs from your guests. I absolutely adore the black Lolita chandelier with jet black glass crystals, don’t you? Very dramatic. I can see this in an entryway with sky blue walls or, for more drama, black and white floral wallpaper (flocked, perhaps?). The vintage chandelier with crystal flowers is another love of mine, I’ve always wanted something like this in my bathroom, but for now, my ceilings are much to low for this. The antiqued bronze frame adorned with crystal cut blooms in vintage hues has such appeal, doesn’t it?

If its embellishments from days past that you fancy, you’ll really like this vintage mirror with its classic shape and antique charm. The best thing about mirrors, they expand your space, reflect lots of light, and become a real feature in a room without having to add much more to a wall. I mean, with a mirror like this, how much more would you need, right? Planning a tea party? Bombay Duck carries pretty pastel wares that are most proper for any Alice, in or outside of wonderland. From plates to aprons, mugs to placemats (shown), they have you fully prepared for your next spot of tea with the girls.

Bombay Duck of London
(images from bombay duck)

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Koo de Kir: Sale Aug 5-12

August 4, 2006

Koo de Kir: Sale Aug 5-12
Koo de Kir, voted best store for Home Accessories 2006 (Boston Magazine), and Boston’s best Home Boutique 2006 (Improper Bostonian), is unquestionably the hottest place for fresh finds. They carry all of the top lines that you love in an intimate storefront nestled off Charles Street in charming Beacon Hill. Tomorrow begins the Koo de Kir Summer Sale (Aug 5-12), with all items marked down 15%, and 20% off of all special orders.

If you can’t make it to the store, shop them online using coupon code: SUMMER to receive a 15% discount upon checkout. Have fun!

Psst: They recently launched a company blog, too. It’s fun to browse, so check it out here.

TIP: After you’ve shopped their store, head to the cafe on the corner (it faces their shop) and order the tiramisu, it’s the best I’ve ever had.

Koo de Kir: Sale Aug 5-12
(images from koo de kir)

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MA SALES TAX HOLIDAY on August 12th

August 4, 2006

Just a little FYI to the locals, Massachusetts plans a SALES TAX HOLIDAY for August 12, 2006. If you’ve been dying to lay down some cash on a big ticket item (that amazing sofa you’ve been jonesin’ for), wait until the 12th…

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Apartment Therapy: Boston – On Its Way!

August 4, 2006

Apartment Therapy: Boston - On Its Way!
Yesterday, Apartment Therapy announced that Boston will be the home of their newest blog. Yup, AT:BOSTON is on it’s way in September, kids! I’m excited about this because the decision was made via polls Maxwell had on the site for weeks, and we were running neck to neck with Washington, DC and of course, the Pacific Northwest crowd had cast their votes, too. Both will have blogs in the future, but Boston is the next one scheduled to launch (257 votes!).

I think this says something about Boston as a whole. Not only are we a design savvy bunch, but we’re quick to jump when it means claiming our space. Boston AT:NY readers were voting their little hearts out and in the end, it won us a spot. It will be great to have AT:BOS in town, this city has so much to offer, and I’m certain that if we all work together to spread the word, the site can grow and become another well behaved AT child.

With more and more transplants relocating here for work, our trendy city with old world charm is attracting notice. We have a beautiful city, amazing coastline, and access to New Hampshire and Maine vacation spots. The potential for improvement and growth is obvious. Boston recently had a major NYC investor purchase several mill buildings in southie over near Summer Street (near the waterfront opposite the Boston post office main branch). He plans to rejuvenate that entire waterfront area with the charm of SoHo. Many other investors are placing their bets on Boston as well, scooping up property to restore it, especially now that the Big Dig is wrapping up. (At least we don’t have to suffer through that another 18 years of that.)

Boston – Apartment Therapy is coming – Are you ready? I sure am!

Read the AT official announcement here.

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Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

DWR Studio Event: BOSTON Meet Vessel August 24

August 4, 2006

Located in Boston’s trendy South End at 519 Tremont Street, Design Within Reach not only features droolworthy furnishings for the home, but they host some pretty cool (free) events, too. I’m constantly watching their site for updates, and just last night I spotted something that I deem cool enough to share with the local (and tourist) peeps.

DWR Studio Event: BOSTON Meet Vessel August 24
I’ve written about Vessel several times on decor8 (see their store tour here), so I was excited to read that the Vessel guys will be at DWR on Thursday, August 24, 7?9pm to discuss business and design. Here’s a blurb about the event below:

Join us at DWR Boston for a lively discussion of Business and Philosophy as we welcome Stephane Barbeau and Duane Smith, founders of Vessel, a cutting-edge product design studio based in Boston. Smith and Barbeau will speak to ?making it? as a creative person in the business world and how they incorporate elements of design development into their overall business practices. Additionally, Barbeau and Smith developed Release 1, Vessel?s conceptual arm that explores and pushes the boundaries of design philosophy. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to boston [at] dwr [dot] com by August 24th.

If something like this interests you, try your best to get this on your calendar and swing by. If anything, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective and it’s a nice chance to mingle with the locals.

By the way, don’t you love their lina leather folding chairs for $110, available in avocado, black, or tobacco? Swanky!

(images from dwr)

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