IKEA contacted the press yesterday with new products for Winter ’06! Here’s a sneak peak at some of my favorite products, the swan would be so pretty tied to a box for a present, or to a favor at a baby or bridal shower, don’t you think? For $2, the s+p shakers have the cutest shape and would be a great spare set for outdoor dining on the patio, or useful for using daily on the kitchen table. Did you spot the ceramic tealights with the cut outs, and for $1, they are quite a budget find for casting romantic light around the table and on the ceilings and walls. Pretty for the table, the mantle, or use several around your bathtub. The tall clear vase with the lacey insert is another lovely find, too. Pillows, wine glasses, lanterns, candle holders, chairs, tables, and more for Winter… IKEA is really dressing things up!
Be on the look out either on the IKEA website or in your nearest store for these lovelies, which should be popping up everywhere in the next few months!
I love me some Jane. See Jane Work always puts a smile on my face. I could blog about Jane every single day… I can’t resist paper products, and for those of you that can’t either, check out all of the new treats from See Jane Work for Back to School. I think what makes Jane stand out from the rest is presentation – from the easy breezy website to the beautiful crystal clear product shots, you just crave posh office supplies the moment you step inside her online paper emporium. Another perk of shopping with Jane? She wraps your wares in blue tissue paper. Try that at Staples.
Some of my favorites are the Corporate Flashcardswith words like synergy and bandwidth for $11.95 (I must buy these for my close pal Lana, whom I left behind in the corporate world), Jill Smith Notepads $7.50, super slim, super chic (wouldn’t we love to be described like that!), very preppy sweet Boatman Geller Notepads $11.25, and Cavallini Printed Notebooks $12.95 (I own Cavallini folders, great quality). I carry notebooks like this in my handbag, good for tucking away receipts and for sketching a quick idea that you may see in a store.
See anything you like?
(images from see jane work)
Hanne Rysgaard was born in Denmark and for the past 11 years, has enjoyed life in the UK as a ceramicist. Her hand thrown porcelin isn’t just for placing on the shelf, but functional, made to be used daily for morning tea or taking lunch on the patio. The range is thrown on the wheel, using Audrey Blackman porcelain clay, and glazed with a clear Celadon glaze. Hanne also creates a complete collection of hand built porcelain, my favorites are the stitched pieces, she embroiders with silk yarns through pierced holes, just a hint of color and unique enough without distracting from the beauty of the white smooth porcelin. I’m also fond of the hand built animals, I think they’d be a nice touch for a bookcase, don’t you?
If you plan to visit London in October, arrange your travels to fit in the Chelsea Crafts Fair October 3-8 (week one) and 18-23 (week two). Hanne will be showing her wares at stand 51 during week 2.
If you can’t make the fair, you can find Hanne Rysgaard ceramics at Blaze Studio at 84 Colston Street in Bristol. Perhaps if you sent them an inquiry, they’d ship to your home as well. Looks like a lovely shop, doesn’t it?
(images from hanne rysgaard and blaze studio)
I skipped a day of blogging yesterday since I’m on bed rest trying to heal this injury – I need to be up and running by the time we leave for Germany in 4 weeks. It’s so hard to rest right now when I have so much to do. It’s driving me crazy to be in bed! You know how it is right before vacation.
Speaking of far off places, I’m having a lot of fun organizing the international magazine swap, and I hope to have more in the future, which I’ll post on the blog later this year. I started off thinking I’d have two sets of 10, 10 domestic and 10 international. Little did I know that decor8 has a lot of international readers! I thank each and every one of you for writing to me and for signing up. I have 21 domestic and 20 international, so we need ONE more international swapper if anyone would like to participate, please email me. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm regarding this swap!
Back soon with fresh finds!
(image: St Antoine, Vermicelli and Brockhampton Star patterns from Farrow + Ball. Do you think that the Vermicelli (middle) pattern would be a good DIY painting project? Doodling on the wall, sounds like something most of us can handle…)