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Darling Shoppe

Wouldn’t it be nice if you found a card from the Darling Shoppe in the mail today, with a note inside from someone you love? Never forget the power of a kind gesture, a little thought to show your appreciation, that handwritten note.

In the age of email, it’s rare that anything arrives handwritten anymore, which is why my recent mail surprises from Danielle and Jaime, both care packages with special greetings written inside, gave me that squealing, jumping-out-of-my-shoes excitement… I’m sure you’ve felt that many times when gifted, and it’s wonderful. Darling Shoppe owner, Christine, seems to understand the power of sending something sweet to a friend, because all of her cards contain the nicest thoughts and illustrations. “I’m so glad you’re alive… Gimme five!”, is one of my favorites because it shows a girl and boy jumping up for a high five moment. I always had a ton of guy friends and think this card is so perfect for those boy/girl friendships that are nothing more. I mean, there just isn’t enough boy/girl friends-only cards out there, so this one is perfect.
“Thanks for your support”, even cuter with the image of a pink bra and “I wish you well”, so fitting with a watercolor dandelion and a few detached seedlings going off on their journey.

“Hoo Hoo Hoo Loves You”, we love owls, we love trees, we love eachother, could the card be bursting with anymore charm?

(images from the darling shoppe)

Posted in Stationery on April 10, 2007

Victoria on Design*Sponge!

I’m so excited that one of favorite bloggers, Victoria from SFGirlByBay, will be a guest blogging at Design*Sponge for the next two weeks. I know where I’ll be tuning in on a daily basis!

Victoria’s beautiful city view from her apartment in San Francisco, CA.

Today, Victoria has some great thoughts on shopping IKEA, which is actually a great topic to explore because here in the states, we tend to look at IKEA differently than my friends in Europe, or even in Montreal, look at it. I remember in 1999, before they were even in this part of the country, I’d shop them in Germany and bring things home with me on the plane. My friend Irmtraud and I would spend hours inside the giant blue box with tiny pencil and pad in hand, and she’d bring home all these goodies to mix in with her big ticket items and travel finds (she’s a major globetrekker), pulling everything together for a look that was no less than gorgeous.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending $2,000 on a sofa that you adore, then filling the space with inexpensive, stylish finds – from IKEA, eBay, flea markets (I attend Brimfield each year – it’s coming up again in a few weeks), and thrift stores. I’ve been a fan of flea markets since I was a little girl, it was what our family did on the weekends before packing up the car and heading off to the beach or the state park. I remember looking at all my found treasures in the backseat of our family car, excitedly pulling them from my cloth bag with the big Strawberry Shortcake on it.

Victoria’s style is eclectic and we love her for it!

Point is, not everything has to arrive brand spankin’ new from a high end design store to look good. This is something that Victoria talks about on her own blog all the time, and that she’ll be speaking more in depth on over at Design*Sponge for the next few weeks, so hop on over there and tune in! :) Yay!

(images from victoria)

Posted in uncategorized on April 10, 2007

Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)

Today is a good time for reflection. And baking yummy things. :) Stores are closed, the pace has slowed, and despite that it’s still 40F degrees and snowy here, there’s a bit of hope in the air and it tells me that daffodils will blossom soon, so no worries.

Have you visited the Flickr set of Yvestown? Yvonne Eijkenduijn lives in southern Netherlands, and her photos remind us all of what’s important – gathering with friends, good food, fresh flowers, and a home that reflects the personality and lifestyle of those living in it. Welcome to her world… (Yvonne has an amazing blog too – a total must-see!)

I’ll return from a mini vacation on Tuesday, April 10th – See you soon!

(images from yvestown)

Posted in Inspiration on April 08, 2007

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)

I’m nuts about chairs and find these from DWR of particular interest because I haven’t seen them in every single design magazine out there (yet). And they are affordable (most shown are under $260 each, but all are under $400).

I’d gladly adopt all of them, although I have no clue where they’d fit in my tiny abode.

A little interesting factoid to share: Did you know that aside from the automobile, the chair is the most designed, studied, written about (ahem!), and celebrated artefact of the modern era? I pulled that straight from one of my favorite books, 1000 Chairs.

These Selene chairs are only $175 each and are available in crystal clear (shown), red (below), and white.

Here are the Marais AC chairs again. We just spotted these yesterday in Martha Angus’ guest house. Available in red or yellow at DWR for $188 each, or select the metal version for $198. Seeing them in yellow is exciting, I’d love to pair either the red or yellow chairs with a white or glass top dining table and the fabulous Imperial Trellis wallpaper from KWID shown below.

I know, don’t remind me… The trellis is everywhere, but for good reason, it’s crazy beautiful. I can’t seem to shake it, and then last weekend I saw it in green while shipping helene m., a new clothing boutique, in Portsmouth, NH. It’s jaw dropping in a retail setting, and they used it only on the back wall. The scale, the pattern, everything – mind blowing. Seeing it in a New Hampshire boutique gave me chills, New Englanders can be so conservative! But, after learning that the owner of helene m. is actually a New Yorker, I smiled. Explains everything. We need more wild and wacky transplants up here.

(images from dwr and domino)

Posted in uncategorized on April 06, 2007


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