Jill from Rose + Radish in San Francisco wrote to me today, she noticed that I recently featured Hut Up of Berlin here on decor8 and wanted to let us know that she carries their felty goodness in her San Francisco based store and online. Sweet! Jill wanted to share with us a few photos of the store (located at 460 Gough Street), which made my heart race because they carry most of the lines that I myself would stock if I had my own storefront in some trendy part of town. Sigh. (maybe someday, as a brick ‘n mortar store in the city is my dream. Writing all day (between customers and ordering of course), something small but classy with big windows and high ceilings, great music on at all times (amelie soundtrack is my favorite for shopping to), stationery, homewares, fresh flowers, great music, decorating workshops (hosted by me as well as other creative types), fresh brewed tea and mandelhoernchen on Saturdays… Okay back to reality Holly!)
Just look at this place, doesn’t it rock your socks!?
Some of these hot lines include Growing Veip (Netherlands), Daff (Germany) Atelier Lzc (France), Produzione Privata (Italy), Nama Rococo (Massachusetts USA), Saturate (California USA), Wetter Indochine (Vietnam), Esther Derkx (Netherlands), Nussha (Japan), Lisa Stickley (UK), K Studio (Michigan USA), Nymphenburg Porzellan (Germany), Hut Up (Germany), Pakhuis Oost (Netherlands), and many more lines from around the world. I tested out the search feature on thier website, if you plug in any of the above brands, you can pull up everything that Rose + Radish carries from that particular company. That’s the fastest route to take for total retail therapy!
Oh! And I can’t forget my favorite item from this yummy store, the stunning green glass acquatinta pendant from Produzione Privata in Italy. Those Italians and their glass… Swoon! Thank you so much Jill for writing in – we love your store! Next time I’m the bay area, I know where I’ll be shopping…
Have you heard of Adorn magazine, the new craft mag on the block for women? Geared towards ladies that love to create as well as those that never progressed beyond 1st grade macaroni necklaces, if you’re willing to learn something new, Adorn delivers. It’s well-written (short + sweet!), informative, fun, and packed with DIY projects from totally kitschy stuff to projects that have a more grown up appeal.
I think it’s a great magazine for all ages, perfect for mom and ‘tween daughter to come together for an afternoon of crafting with her friends, terrific for you and your friends for a Friday night craft meet. Despite how much I tend to dislike craft magazines, this one is actually a huge step up from the typical country kitchen stencil, silk flower wreath, and glue gun galore that’s so present in most DIY publications. Adorn is smarter, hipper, and even smaller than your standard size magazine. The fresh cover first caught my eye, and as I flipped through, I was impressed by the layout and design, full-color photos that inspire, and the appealing typefaces. Adorn touches on trends, party planning, DIY fashion and accessories, and cool projects for embellishing the home. They throw in a little bit of everything, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel like it’s missing focus (no signs that the entire staff has ADD -smile-).
The message Adorn sends forth is clear – carve out time to be creative, whether you consider yourself a lost cause or a crafty diva. Flipping through that pile of magazines on your floor or drooling over what others create isn’t half as fulfilling as making something with your own hands. It also helps you find your own personal style and create a home that oozes with personality and charm.
I found my copy at Borders, however I’ve since spotted them at Barnes + Noble and a few local craft stores, too. You can preview their premiere issue online, and you can check out their blog if you’d like a glimpse of Adorn behind the scenes. Their Fall/Winter issue will hit newsstands on November 7th, so you still have time to pick up their Summer premiere.
Psst: Some of the items created for the product shots are being offered by etsy seller Indie Craft Movie, like these crochet embellished pillow covers and this funky hobo handbag.
(all images from adorn)
I had so much fun popping from site to site yesterday as we toured a few flickr photo groups and websites showcasing fun accessories and housewares from Japan here on decor8. Did you enjoy that? It’s nice to take a step out of our own world, gives us a broader view of what’s going on out there beyond our local Target or indie shop around the corner.
Psst: Here are a few additional Japanese stores that you may have an interest in – so cute!
Peppermint Pig, Lorina, Zakka Mania, Online Zakka Search, Sunny Style, and Pip. There’s also this great Japanese website that offers French homewares – super pretty things. Worthy of a peek. They’re called Lumiere Mira.
Bowie over at the fabulous Print + Pattern blog features lots of Japanese sites, a few that I’ve loved over the past few months are Chotto fotto, Seiko Do, Wrap Fun, Pumpkin Family, Franc Franc, La Ronde, and Mamekichi. Thanks P+P!
I’ll be back for a few more posts today and then I’ll be taking a break from decor8 for few days since this weekend is the official last weekend of summer here in America, Labor Day weekend, and we have a holiday on Monday so my husband and I will be out of town for a few days exploring a bit. Watch for a few more posts today…
(images top: lumiere mira. bottom: chotto fotto.)