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Thank you, la Fraise!

I want to thank Mike at la Fraise for contacting me for an interview. laFraise.com is Europe?s largest t-shirt design competition, with 3-4 designs selected to be sold on the site each week from the over 700 submissions they receive! la Fraise only does a limited run of 500 per design, and they don’t reprint them, so if you see something you like, scoop it up ASAP! Each winning designer gets 1,000- Euros, so if you are interested in getting involved, visit their website and learn what it’s all about.

la Fraise is having a girly week, so they’ve contacted a few girls in the design community for an interview. I think I’m the only American! The interview is in German, but on their Norwegian website, only the intro is in Norwegian — the rest is in English, so you can read it there.


Heute geht’s ?ber den Teich! Genauer, nach Boston, USA. Hier ist Holly Becker zu Hause. Und was macht sie so interessant f?r uns? Nun, schaut einfach mal auf Ihren Blog - decor8! Eine riesiges Sammelsorium von Infos aus den Bereichen Innenarchitktur, Dekoration, Lifestyle, Architektur, Mode etc.. Und alles hat einen seehr femininen Touch. So ist es auch kein Wunder, das decor8 im Laufe der letzten 14 Monate zu einer Topadresse f?r Frauen (und M?nner) aus aller Welt wurde. Heute wollen wir der guten Holly etwas auf den Zahn f?hlen. Viel Spa? mit dem Interview!

Mike: Hey Holly! Vorab nochmal alles Gute zu Deinem Geburtstag (gestern)!

Holly: Hi Mike! Vielen Dank! :)

Mike: Wie ist das Wetter in Boston, h?lt der Fr?hling bei Euch schon Einzug?

Holly: Ja, wir hatten vor ein paar Tagen 20?C, danach hatten wir einen riesigen Schneesturm. Entsprechend scheint der Fr?hling noch ganz weit weg, wenn ich aus dem Fenster schaue.

click here to continue in German, or read the English interview here.

Thanks again to Mike and la Fraise! Vielen Dank!

Posted in press on March 23, 2007

Coastal Living’s Design Assistant

Have you checked out the Design Assistant section on Coastal Living’s website? All I can say is don’t miss it because it’s loaded with interior eye candy from Coastal Living, Real Simple, Cottage Living, Sunset, Southern Accents, Southern Living, and more of your favorite magazines.

Design Assistant offers tons of tips for styling your home and you can even save the images you like by collecting them in your very own notebook, a feature I absolutely prize. The pictures are huge, you can click on any of them to enlarge, which makes the site that much more interesting to me because I go nuts when I’m browsing a magazine website and all the images are 200 x 200 or something like that. I guess I’m a big picture person in more ways than one!

Here are few rooms that made me happy and extremely homesick for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I grew up. By this time back home, I’d be watching the beachfront transform from a winter ghost town, to a vibrant summery wonderland. How did I end up in New Hampshire under all this snow, anyway?


(images from coastal living)

Posted in inspiration on March 22, 2007

Spring Doormat Round-Up!

“If you don’t stand out, no one will take notice,” says Matina, a Boston-based doormat that is so bright and cheery, she gets her share of traffic — and attention. “It’s not easy being stepped on, but at least I look cute so visitors notice me, I’m into a powerful first impression.”

Spring has sprung, and despite the mounds of snow still piled around my front door, I have hope that temps will warm and I can soon plant my window box, flower bed, and freshen my front door with potted plants arranged in various heights and a perky welcome mat. Here are some of my favorites for Spring that will not only keep your floors clean, but welcome guests with style. Afterall, there’s no impression like a first impression!

Anthropologie can have your guests at hello with their delicious assortment of mats. I checked these babies out in-store recently and loved them all, in fact they have a few additional styles in thier brick ‘n mortar locations. That’s where I’m heading this weekend…

A few grown-up modern welcome mats from Crate + Barrel. Stripes and floral motifs are two of the most popular patterns for rugs in general, so you always finds lots of them on doormats.

Somewhat neutral choices from Target online, but their stores have a huge collection in colors that you’ll love, so I suggest hitting Target live for the best selection in mats. That ‘Hi I’m Mat!’ is nerdy, but cute, huh?

Chiasso is doormat KING of the web. I can’t believe how many great ones they have online (5 pages!), but here are a few that I’ve selected.


Doormats that are a bit more on the industrial and somewhat masculine side from Chiasso make for a more bold entry.

A clever mat from Suck UK. Is it a friendly welcome or a sarcastic get lost mat? You decide.

Modern and sleek designs over at Unica Home. Love those Droog bunnies – gotta love the Dutch!

If you’d like to DIY your own animal mat, click here for complete instructions. Fun and easy.

Wrapables has a few great doormats to wipe your feet on, especially the fruity find above. At their site, or any of those I’ve listed, just search under ‘doormat’.

Pure gorgeousness from Dixie in Sweden. I love these designs, so graphic and colorful. I could seriously get on a 12-month plan with these guys if they had one. A new doormat a month club or something. What great choices, which makes me think, just where do you start?

These are Dixie deliciousness as well – aren’t they fabulous?

And finally, here’s the High Style mat from Ballard Designs in three different colorways. I love the navy and kelly green. I wish they had it in canary yellow, I think yellow and white together during the Spring season is the best. Their French Court mat is cute and so is this cane pattern mat – this pattern is a huge trend right now, it’s on everything from fabric to rugs and accessories. Love!

Who knew shopping for a doormat could be so much fun?

Posted in round-up on March 22, 2007

Tupalo: *New* Network for Indie Stores + More!

Do you Tupalo? You should. It’s a new social mapping network for indie culture, with a focus on mapping mom ‘n pop boutiques, indie book and record stores, hair salons, nightclubs, and cafes.

Users can search, add, rate, review, and tag location around various cities worldwide, including Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, and more – with new locations being added daily. Tupalo is hoping you’ll spread the word about their community, so please visit them online and spread the word!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on March 22, 2007

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