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March 2007

Inspiration

Anne Bruno Floral + Event Design (NYC)

March 29, 2007

[This is a little shout out to a friend whom I admire… She doesn’t even know I’m posting this, but I am so proud of her that I just have to.]

We’re almost in the month of April and you know what that means… Beautiful weather and a mailbox full of invitations (hopefully letterpressed) to some of the best parties, weddings, and patio cocktail hours that include lots of sashaying around the dessert bar eyeing the chocolate truffles and champagne… And whether you are attending, or playing hostess, there will be flowers, because at the best events, gorgeous flowers are always on display.

Anne Bruno Floral + Event Design (NYC)Recently, my friend Tammy stopped by while she was in town, leaving behind a note with her business card in my door. Sad to see that I’d missed her, I glanced at her card and felt an immediate smile on my face because she’s the Manager of Anne Bruno Floral + Event Design in NYC.

Tammy is a big apple success story and I’m proud of her. She left behind her home and large family, with whom she is extremely close to, all in the name of floral design in Manhattan. Something a girl in her early 20’s would only dare to do all alone. I remember when she left, I was both sad and proud, sad to see a friend leave, but happy she was on a mission – not as another hopeful girl jumping to see where she lands, but heading out with a game plan and a passion, and from what I can see, she’s making it in old New York.

Tammy has real talent, she’s been obsessed with flowers as far back as her early teen years. I’ve seen her work numerous times at events, and most recently at a large wedding and reception where her gorgeous blooms nearly took our breathe away. Only the bride was more revered.

Here’s some of her recent press.

You can contact her at tammy{at}annebruno{dot}com or directly at 212.766.5660.






Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Interiors Giselle Sofa + Chair

March 29, 2007

I was just having the nicest chat with reader Andy who is relocating to Boston and needs help designing his condo. He let me know about a terrific sofa he’s nuts about called the Giselle from Boston Interiors. The Giselle is such a fabulous price (on sale for $799-), great design, love the tufting detail and exposed legs, and it’s available in many additional fabrics and colors at the same price as stock. Totally worth checking out, Boston locals!

Boston Interiors Giselle Sofa + ChairPsst: There’s also a chair, loveseat, and ottoman to match. The chair is only $499, another steal.

Boston Interiors Giselle Sofa + Chair
Personal notes: I’ve shopped Boston Interiors before, once back in 1994 when I purchased a sofa for my apartment, and then again in ’05 for a client I was working with at the time. Both transactions were painless and I found the staff extremely helpful and delivery a breeze.

(images from boston interiors)






Events + Markets, Objects

Retrouvius

March 29, 2007

I first heard about St. Jude’s from Bloesem and Design Milk, and after clicking around St. Jude’s for awhile, I noticed their fabric used on these reclaimed treasures from Retrouvius, where I spent ages clicking and clicking and well, you get the picture. Obsessing, drooling, craving… All those typical reactions you have when you find things as dreamy as these Race Rocking Chairs. Their price is slightly horrifying with the dollar being so weak, ?395.00 is nearly $800 USD (and I doubt shipping will be a bargain). But I’d love to have one anyway. Or at least find something over on this side of the pond that I could slap some fancy fabric on and make it look nearly as sweet.

RetrouviusI’m also bonkers for their vintage Anglepoise lamps from the 1930’s. They’ve polished, rewired, and quite rare and totally worth ?250.00 each. I’d love one for my desk, as vintage lighting has been a huge obsession of mine for many years now. Metal letters and clocks that resemble the German DB (Deutsche bahn) ones in train stations have my attention too. When I was in Berlin last November, I wanted to climb up and grab the DB clock and run off with it under my coat. I love the crisp black/white with the little DB letters. (This is what they look like.)

Retrouvius
And of course, they have the super-sized version of those Anglepoise desk lamps for ?1,450.00, especially of interest if you have ceiling height working in your favor. I love this thing, especially since I’m 5’10” and it would be fun to feel small standing next to anything for once. I’d feel like a little mouse beneath an illuminated umbrella. More about Anglepoise lamps here.

Retrouvius
Another major perk about Retrouvius (I love their name by the way, don’t you? Good name for a cat, I might add), they work on design projects for clients. I love when stores offer design services, but especially ones that specialized in vintage and antique goods because often clients are stumped when they get these items home and try to incorporate them into their more modern rooms. Mixing old with new can be a challenge.

Is this credenza amazing or what? I love it’s long legs.
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(images from retrouvius)






Inspiration

Hi+Lo Modern

March 28, 2007

Hi+Lo Modern is an online treasure that some may be tempted to keep a secret. It’s one of those finds that you just know, the moment you gush about it to your friends, you’ll never have first dibs again. But I have to share because I’d feel guilty keeping these guys all to myself. What an amazing source for original mid-century modern items, from relief plaques to glassware, clocks, furnishings, and beyond. I must have these turquoise cork-bottomed S+P shakers shown below. They are gorgeous, aren’t they? Hmmm. Okay, you can’t have those – but I’ll share everything else, how’s that sound? :)

Hi+Lo Modern
I love how they group each category by country of origin on their site. For instance, if you’re looking for ceramics, click on “Ceramic” and then you’re linked to a page where you can roam freely from there, clicking on exactly what type of ceramics you are interested in; German, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Paul McCobb, California, Glidden, the list goes on and on. Same goes for other categories, art, glass, fashion, mod, metal, etc. By the way, can you tell I’ve got a serious crush on the color blue lately? Ah… Yes indeed. I do. I love it paired with candy apple red. I’m on a serious two-tone high lately. I love seeing patterns in yellow and white, or blue with white, red with, oh you get the picture.

Hi+Lo Modern
With easy navigation, it’s easy to build yourself quite a little shopping list. Their selection is quite extensive, and you can tell the people behind the site have an amazing eye — not only are the photos crisp and clear, and can be enlarged with the click of your mouse, but the goods are selected by someone with obvious taste.

Hi+Lo Modern
Yes, Hi+Lo Modern is a keeper, and although it’s hard to share with your friends, I couldn’t resist. You’re going to love them.

Hi+Lo Modern
Ordering/Shipping Note: If you see something you like, don’t delay! Send them an email with the name of the object, along with your name and address including zip code. They’ll reply with your order and shipping total. orders[at]hiandlomodern[dot]com

Hi+Lo Modern

(images from hi+lo modern)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Mindy Wilson Prints

March 27, 2007

Artist Mindy Wilson uses pen, pastel and watercolor to create images for greeting cards, textiles, and illustrations for children’s books. She also has a shop on Etsy offering prints of some of her original works, all very affordable, colorful, and for the bird and tree lovers out there – you’ve just hit the jackpot.

Mindy Wilson PrintsSee how great they look framed in an AT reader’s home? I love seeing prints in an actual space. I guess if I can throw a tip out into the world of Etsy sellers, I’d like to say this: A lot of shoppers aren’t visual like you are. They can’t ‘see’ a print in their space without you showing it on display somehow, framed. It also gives customers a sense of scale, so if you want to boost your sales… Show your prints living in a home – make them come alive!

Mindy Wilson Prints
Thanks Mindy for writing in! Great AT picture by the way…

(images from mindy wilson and apartment therapy)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Handmaid Prints

March 27, 2007

I’d like to thank Julie Avisar from Handmaid for writing in to introduce me to her prints and paintings in her Etsy store. The Circles print is my favorite, I really like the color palette and that it’s a limited edition, only 50 will be sold and that’s it. Can you believe it’s only $13? Talk about affordable art for your office or to give to a friend!

Handmaid Prints(images from handmaid)






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