Martha Stewart has outdone herself yet again with a fabulous new look and feel to her website.
It’s so fresh, much easier to navigate, packed with great articles and images, and my favorite, the decorating and craft tips. I just love Martha and remember when her website had an entire retail section where you could purchase gadgets and paper goods galore (bring it back, please!). I relied heavily on her website as I planned my wedding in 2001, purchasing lots of things she had there at that time.
My favorites were the Mexican paper wedding flags (they looked like this), with these gorgeous cut out patterns, in pure white.
I strung them together with twinkle lights to display inside of our reception tent along the top. It was gorgeous to dine beneath them, the lights showing off all the intricate patterns, sparkling through the lacey paper to create the most beautiful shadows. It doesn’t appear as though the site has the retail side anymore, except for her fabulously arranged fresh flowers, but it does have tons of great articles to give you ideas and help you along with your projects, so click on over and see for yourself – it’s Martha Stewart perfection!
(images from mslo)
Have you heard of Mijnes? 100% Dutch design, they create accessories with a focus on children (and the young at heart). Mijnes carries everything from crib bags to backpacks, pillows, wall murals, and cloth storage boxes. Using bright colors and playful animal motifs, which seem to appeal to the little ones, all items are individually designed and handmade in the Netherlands and are of exceptional quality. And the good news for most of us, they recently launched an English website. Look at these color combinations! I think the cloth boxes would look great on a white bookcase in a kid’s room, don’t you?
A funny thing just happened. After writing about botanical prints yesterday, I couldn’t seem to get my mind off of them. Then while I was in Newburyport today, I stumbled upon an amazing chart by Jung-Koch-Quentell at a home design store there. Immediately when my husband saw them, he explained that they’re from Germany, used since the 1960′s as a teaching aid in school. The one I fell in love with was $179- USD so I walked away because he convinced me that we could find these online in Germany for much less. Love that man.
I came home and googled them (in English) and found these at Ballard Designs for $199- USD each. I know, they’re pricey. But they’re made extremely well, printed on canvas, and the top and bottom comes with black wooden dowels to keep it from rolling up, and a ribbon for hanging. They’re large, full-color, gorgeous. Much prettier than online in fact.
But get this. While I was off googling in English, my husband googled in German and found the same ones at Hagemann for under $50,- Euro with free shipping within Germany. If you live elsewhere, contact Hagemann directly. Here’s an online catalog showing their charts. For those of you that cannot read German, they come with the same black wooden dowels, printed on canvas, just as what you see above from the Ballard Designs catalog. What a deal! What a husband!
I’m ordering the one below, top left, showing a metamorphosis. I love the colors, it would be perfect in my living room, so I think that’s where it will go. I also love the one showing the human body. That’s a fun conversation starter, agree?
To get an idea of how these look installed, I pulled these two images eons ago from an AT tour I found, but unfortunately I cannot recall who lives in this great space or where the tour was located on the site. Do you know? Anyway, it helps you visualize how fabulous these charts look in the home.
[update: reader Courtney pointed me to this post, she's been on the prowl for the print shown over the sofa (below) from the March 2006 Martha Stewart Living magazine. That's over a year of looking! Anyway, she clicked on the above link to Hagemann and struck gold! Yeah!]
So much for going to the coast today. I think I’ll do that tomorrow. I ended up in Chestnut Hill at The Container Store and Anthropologie, amongst other places. It reached 60F here, so we felt all Spring-like so it seemed only natural to check out the stores for Spring clothes and housewares. Spotted some new Anthro wallpapers and botanical prints that I thought I’d share. Some readers recently wrote in looking for the print above the Chinoiserie bedding from Dwell. Even though these are a slightly darker take, Anthropologie has the flax and the dandelion – may be a good fit?
(images from anthropologie + dwell)
Here are some images I’ve collected over the past week that give me joy. Feel free to share what you love with me anytime via email, if I use a reader tip, I’ll credit you with a link back to your website or blog.
Kate Sutton’s beautiful work and a very fun website to explore (via P+P).
This image is making its way around the blog circuit, but it made me happy so I had to bookmark it here. It’s a terrific budget option for adding interest to walls. You could even make these two-sided and suspend from the ceiling with fishing wire to create your own textile mobile or freestyle art. I’ve seen hoops used alone to decorate walls, but this is such a clever way to display textiles that are an important part of either your family history or ones that simply make you happy. I see these displayed over a bed, don’t you? (from purl bee via love forever. update: also blogged on happy mundane.)
These images came to me from the gorgeous floral design blog House Martin. This blogger is in the process of launching a new store, Ink & Peat in Portland, OR. It’s fun to read as she begins the journey of taking her dreams into retail. Don’t we all long to open a storefront of our very own? (via reader Carlene – thanks so much!)
See you on Sunday, I’m heading to the coast with my family. Make it a great Saturday everyone, do something that you can feel good about. Call a friend, rearrange your furniture, buy some fresh flowers, prepare a colorful meal, take a relaxing bath… Refresh, unwind, enjoy!