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Chen Karlsson Bird Light

Blogger Nadejda from Pan-Dan does a killer job covering Italian design. Could be because she’s Italian living in Milan. I’ve been reading her blog for about 4 months now and always find things that just never seem to find there way to stores in the United States. And that’s okay, because if everything suddenly becomes available here, we lose a bit of the thrill of the hunt, don’t you think? Who wants to stumble upon tons of American products when in Europe, or vice versa?

Regardless, her website is full of gorgeousness, and this week, she is posting all about the Milan Design show. One item she highlights that caught my eye is this Bird lamp by Chen Hung-Ming, a designer from Taiwan currently living in Sweden, who exhibited this light in Milan this year. I can’t take my eyes off of it, it’s so unique and definitely something I would own. It’s so exciting to see innovative, fresh products like these take flight!

(image from chen karlsson)

Posted in Shopping + Products on April 25, 2007

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)

Another beautiful stop I hit whilst in Portland was Edith & Edna, a new store that stocks only items that are handcrafted by artists, but not just the locals, but from talented designers across the globe, from Morocco to Sweden. Joanna Mendicino, Zid Zid Kids, BlaBla, Alena Hennessy, Curious Bird, Karin Eriksson, and dozens more, they’re all there waiting for you to buy, cherish, love forever. Corny I know, but I feel a sense of excitement when I buy handmade.

I was instantly charmed the moment I approached the store, as the window display was really sweet and stood out amongst the other windows along busy Market Street. I actually purchased a few items directly from the window, I couldn’t resist. When I stepped into the store and browsed the wares, I was happy to see so many things I’d written about on decor8 before, so of course I highly suggest shopping Edith & Edna when you’re in Portland.

This is Julie George-Carlson, one of the owners that I had a chance to chat with (her business partner, Brandie Mayes, wasn’t available). She was packaging my new goodies when I snapped this picture. What a sweet lady she is!

The location is prime, the store is so fresh and inspiring, and after you finish shopping, you can hop across the street to Starbucks to chill out. After Market Street and topping things off with an Edith & Edna experience, my brain started to spark and sizzle a little bit (sensory overload), so I grabbed my fave mocha light frappuccino and looked through my bag of goodies. :) If you aren’t a Starbucks fan, head down to the waterfront for cold bubble tea (love!). I actually did both, because bubble tea is a rare find in New England, it’s more of a west coast thing, I highly suggest it.

I love their business cards, or shall I say, business blooms. Clever idea. Julie gave me this one, it’s crafted from magazine pages. Oh, and thanks Julie for your exceptional service and for allowing me to photograph your beautiful store!

By the way, here’s a glimpse of the general area for the non-locals. It’s so pretty there, great architecture, yummy seafood places, you can truly make a day of it in Portland. And don’t miss the Portland Museum of Art. (Psst: If you are a Currier member like me, you can get in free right now.)


(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, Small Business, Travel on April 25, 2007

Angela Adams Store Tour (Portland, Maine)

This past weekend, I met Carrie at the one and only Angela Adams retail location and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Located in downtown Portland, Maine at 273 Congress Street, it’s a must see for any Portland visitor, especially Angela fans!

What a pleasure for me to see the space for the first time, and since I know so many of you love her work, I have to share the photos that my husband and I took. You can click on any image below for a larger view, or view them all of them (and more!) in my flickr set. Ready to check it out? Here you go…


Thanks to Nan and Carrie for everything!

(most images above taken by thorsten becker, see flickr set for specifics)

Posted in Objects, Shop Tours, Travel on April 25, 2007

Fieryeyed Studio Blog

I must share a gem that you’ll love, especially with so many seeking that special someone to create a box ad or banner for your blog without charging a fortune and who is willing to take on small jobs. Let me tell you about Fieryeyed Studio.

A decor8 reader, sponsor, blog pal, and talented designer, Jenifer Altman launched her design studio less than a year ago alongside her collection of jewelry and paper. Jenifer designs branding/logos for indie businesses and banners for the modern blogger, “My design aesthetic plays strongly into the graphics I create, however, my primary goal is to create something that not only my client?s customers will connect to, but something that reflects the heart and soul of the woman behind the indie business.”

As a small business owner herself, Jenifer instantly connects with her customers and knows what it takes to help them get off the ground. Jenifer keeps her prices affordable too, “I want woman to have the opportunity to have their business successfully and smartly branded while being able to still afford all the start-up costs of running a small business.” You can contact Jenifer via her website or email her at custom AT fieryeyed DOT com

SPECIAL FOR MAY: Take 25% off blog banners for new customers. Please mention decor8 when you write to Jenifer. Thanks!

Psst: She’s a blogger, too. Click here.

(images from fieryeyed studio)

Posted in Bloggers on April 24, 2007

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