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Little Paper Planes

Kelly wrote in about the prints in her online store, Little Paper Planes. Aren’t these pretty? I am so happy she turned me on to her web shop, it’s packed with so many great things, you have to check it out.


(images from little paper planes)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery, walls on April 20, 2007

Abodeon in Cambridge, MA

I couldn’t help but post a glimpse into a local favorite store of mine, Abodeon located in Cambridge, MA (just over the river from Boston for non-locals), owned by Terri and Dale Anderson.


Dale was a master furniture and cabinet maker with a studio in the North End and Terri spent 13 years as the Retail Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Abodeon (combination of the words Abode and Beyond) opened in ’98 and has become quite well known in Boston for their mid century finds. After shopping there last weekend, I felt inclined to share this pearl with the locals so you can check it out, too. Owner Terri assured me that you can also trust what you buy at Abodeon to be the real deal, as every vintage item sold is thoroughly researched before hitting the sales floor, with informational signage on every item.


I love this little gem of a store, packed with vintage and new finds, mostly mid century modern, lots of teak and Scandinavian pieces, and tons of great chairs, tables, and lighting. It’s a fun shop, and the location is great because you can walk over to Nomad (great place!) or to Paper Source (another fave of mine). There’s also tons of places to grab coffee or eat in this area, so you can park at a meter outside and spend a few hours in this hood alone. If you’re taking the T, hop on the redline to Porter Square and when exiting the station turn left and look for 1731 Massachusetts Avenue. (store contact: 617.497.0137, abodeon{at}mac{dot}com)

(images from abodeon)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on April 20, 2007

Reader Q: Stylish Rolodex?

Lindsay S. from Penny People wrote in looking for a stylish rolodex. Can you help her out?


“I’m a “paper” girl so tend to like to hold on to business cards that come my way, but I’m having a hard time finding a nice looking rolodex. I found this one but it’s sold out, and I can’t find something just as “designer-friendly”. Everything out there is so — Blah. Pottery Barn has one, but it seemed impractical as you couldn’t slip in business cards. More style than function… Have you come across stylish desk accessories like a rolodex?” – Lindsay

Lindsay, I swear by Pepperpot books from See Jane Work. I file all of my biz cards in mine; I actually have two, one is personal – doctors, lawyers, friends, family, and the other is for my biz contacts. The best part, besides how pretty they are, is that these books are small and easy to throw in a bag if I need to work away from my office. See Jane Work has a standard rolodex that is much nicer than those from the office supply store, too.

Anyone have some great rolodex resources for Ms. Lindsay? We’d love to hear about them if you do! :)

(images from see jane work and pottery barn)

Posted in reader questions, workspace on April 20, 2007

Artsy Walls: Marta Inspires!

I loved hearing from Marta today, a graphic designer and collage artist based in Salt Lake City. Her photos made me smile, I felt an instant connection to her work. You know that feeling, right? The warmth, the tingle, a sense that this person would be your friend if you met them in real life. Here’s a glimpse of what inspires her, starting with her inspiration board – something ANYONE can do so easily, and it will really make you happy once you have, promise. Here’s what Marta has to say about her inspiration and work.


“I love the idea of spreading ideas through photos. This is my art studio where I create journals, collages, cards, and do graphic design (my real job). Above is a photo of my giant inspiration board hanging above my desk, some of my favorite tools, and my desktop, mid-collage creation.” – xox, marta

Psst: Here’s Marta’s website, the journals she creates and sells, her blog, and her flickr sets.

Thank you, Marta! :)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on April 19, 2007

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