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April 2007

Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Abodeon in Cambridge, MA

April 20, 2007

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.

Abodeon in Cambridge, MA
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.

Abodeon in Cambridge, MA
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)

Reader Questions, Rooms

Reader Q: Stylish Rolodex?

April 20, 2007

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

Reader Q: Stylish Rolodex?
“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)

Arts + Crafts, Inspiration

Artsy Walls: Marta Inspires!

April 19, 2007

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.

Artsy Walls: Marta Inspires!Artsy Walls: Marta Inspires!Artsy Walls: Marta Inspires!
“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! :)

Arts + Crafts, Inspiration

Artsy Walls: Kristin’s Collection

April 19, 2007

Reader Kristin wrote in with a few images that really caught my eye, especially her cork cabinets. Take it away, Kristin!

Artsy Walls: Kristin's Collection “I’m a renter and can’t paint my kitchen cabinets so I recently covered them in cork to get rid of the 70’s vibe and to get the most out of the small space. It’s the perfect place to hang clippings and small pieces of art work although the cork is so new this is all that I’ve put up so far. Also, a grouping of prints and posters in the living room — the smaller two are from Etsy and the flock print is from Good Shape Design.” – Kristin.

Thanks Kristin for sharing. I wish I had a link for Kristin so readers could track her down on the web, but she didn’t include any with her submission so for now, we’ll only know her as Kristen with the cool cork cabinets. :)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration

Artsy Walls: Emily from Orange Beautiful

April 19, 2007

More clever displays to share, this time it’s the space of the OTHER half of the Orange Beautiful blog, Laura’s partner in crime, Emily. I blogged about Laura’s walls yesterday, so it’s Emily’s turn today — and it’s only fair because Orange Beautiful is a collaborative blog. Isn’t this a great arrangement? (click to enlarge)

Artsy Walls: Emily from Orange Beautiful“This art wall includes, among other things, screen-printed band posters (purchased at last year’s Intonation Festival); pen&ink drawings and digital prints by Jw; a beautiful Polaroid transfer piece by my lovely friend, B; a watercolor of a crane that I did when I was 15; woodblock prints by Lys(Beth) of hundredsofsparrows fame; and a colored pencil drawing I did in high school, based off of the stained glass window in the front door of Mr. Belvidere’s house… That’s right: the TV show.” – Emily

(image from orange beautiful)

Inspiration, Interviews, Small Business

Creative Thursday + decor8 Podcast

April 19, 2007

Marisa from Creative Thursday interviewed me in her podcast today, which quickly became more of a relaxed, very informal discussion than a Q & A session. I wanted to say hello to all of you, talk about blogging in general and why putting your voice out there is so important, tips on jumping from your day job into the world of freelance, or at least, how to enjoy your current day job a little more.

Creative Thursday + decor8 Podcast
This was a lot of fun for me because it’s my first podcast and I wasn’t sure of the questions she’d ask, but Marisa asked great ones and before we got started, she encouraged me to ramble and just roll with it, so despite how casual it is and my frequent sniffles, I really hope you enjoy it and take away something positive for yourself. Here’s the podcast

psst: Remember the post, How do you feel about your blog? Well, Marisa and I will discuss this topic at length by addressing reader questions and pulling in the comments of other bloggers (maybe you’d like to get involved?) on the topic of blogging, taking yours to the next level, building a better blog, etc. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but I think that our combined experience, along with the participation of other bloggers out there, we’ll be able to give you something that will work for you. I can’t wait — we’re targeting May, stay tuned!

Thank you, Marisa!

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