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Atelier Akiko: Japanese Cuteness #1

I spent the past hour or so enjoying a few lovely Japanese websites that I found via the beautiful blog, wee wonderfuls. I thought I’d post some favorites that I found via her site, which I’ll post as quickly as I can before I head out for the day.

First up, Atelier Akiko. Pillows, totes, quilts… Very creative, very sweet designs. Seeing these quilts gave me spine shivers, I’d love to finish my quilt but I have a horrible time commiting to sit down projects in the summer. Do you face this challenge in the warmer months? I’m much more crafty in the Fall/Winter.

(images from atelier akiko)

Posted in shopping, travel on August 31, 2006

Thanks, Imelda!

Imelda from the Singapore based design blog, Imedagoze, sent me the most beautiful package yesterday. We are swapmates (do you recall the magazine swap?), so her package arrived filled with goodies from Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. I was so surprised because she went above and beyond to include a Zakka decorating book from Japan along with cards, decorative tape, and a few other adorable things. These gifts really made my day, in fact this swap was a nice experience for me since I think sending regular mail is almost becoming a lost art… I miss cards and letters via snail mail, don’t you? There is nothing more exciting than the Fed Ex man ringing your bell with a little box from a thoughtful friend.

Have you heard of decorative tape from Japan called Cram Cream (I think this is the name of the brand)? I just heard about it a few months ago, it’s so cute. I imagine it being a great way to seal presents, especially if your tissue or wrapping paper is a solid color. I’m sure little girls love it, too. If I were twelve again, I’d be bouncing off the walls for this stuff. The tape that Imelda included in her package is colorful and fun with squirrels, mushrooms, and porcupines all over it. In addition to the words, “Cram Cream”, there’s an obvious chat going on between a lone squirrel who politely asks a passing porcupine to come over to his mushroom home. Of course, as with most products from Japan, things get lost in translation. The words on the tape simply read “Come On My House”.

Interested in viewing cram cream products? There’s a flickr group exclusively for cc addicts. Seriously. So cute. If you’d like to purchase things, read through this thread, lots of cc resources… There are groups for everything on flickr. Just google the most outlandish thing and chances are, it’s either on eBay or Flickr.

Have you heard of cram cream before? What fun uses have you found for it? I seriously need to start hopping back over to Japanese websites to scour for stationery and home products, I know there’s so much out there to cover, but so worth it. I’ll try to dig up a few gems for you today. Stay tuned.

Thank you again Imelda!

Posted in shopping, travel on August 30, 2006

Marimekko Cow in Boston

A little bovine love in the house!

Anh-Minh Le, who contributes articles here on decor8 from time to time, was in Boston this past weekend and spotted a cow that I’ve missed – a cow decked out in Marimekko near the Crate + Barrel store on Boylston Street. What a great photo, Anh-Minh!

The Cow Parade is so much fun, they are all over the city (and have been for awhile now), and I know that when it ends in September, the cows will be greatly missed. They’ve added so much cheer to the beautiful city of Boston. Thankfully for the locals, there’s a Cow Parade Boston book for purchase online. You can even collect mini cows, see them all here.

Benefiting the Jimmy Fund’s fight against cancer, this cow will be part of the online auction beginning at midnight September 21st. Click Here to pre-register and to learn more about the auction.

(photo from Anh Minh Le)

Posted in uncategorized on August 30, 2006

psst… West Elm Now Open in Boston (Kenmore Square)

West Elm, located in the Trilogy building in Kenmore Square Boston, is now open for business as of today! Head on down to see for yourself at 160 Brookline Avenue. Their Burlington store opens on September 1st.

Yeah! Welcome to Boston! Thanks Boston_Kate for the tip!

Has anyone else visited the store yet? What are your thoughts regarding the quality, products, sales staff, and pricing?

(images from west elm)

Posted in uncategorized on August 30, 2006


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