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June 2007

Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

June 4, 2007

I had such a great weekend, I can’t remember when I had so much fun crammed into only a few days. I kicked things off with a ‘girls night out’ on Friday with my amazing mother, hung out with my bff who was up visiting me from Miami, then spent time in Cambridge shopping at Paper Source, browsing Nomad (great ethnic textiles here) and Abodeon (awesome vintage mid century finds), then hit Greenward, a brand spankin’ new must-see store for products with a conscience.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
When you’re in need of beautiful planet-friendly homewares, books, magazines, jewelry, baby gear, bike accessories, and stationery, shop Greenward because this place has a great selection and is in a great little hood. I mean, with Starbucks and other random cafes sprinkled around, tons of great ethnic eateries, Paper Source, Nomad, Abodeon, and other boutiques all within a few blocks, you can easily take the T over to Porter Square and do a little Mass Ave. shopping for a few hours. Greenward is located at 1776 Mass Ave., so it’s only a 5 minute walk.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
I was impressed to find Greenward for several reasons, the first of course being the cause, shopping eco when I can is important to me. But also the selection is great. It’s not crunchy and boring, which is sometimes what you think of when you picture eco-friendly finds. With Jill Bliss, Little Otsu, Good on Paper, Josh Jakus, Pear Tree Studio, K Studio, and Pangea Organics on the list (to name a few), this shop carries the best of modern green goods that are currently on the market. They even have those great bike baskets in green and white that have been all over the blogosphere lately (Joy wrote about her basket here).

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
In addition to the great products, the location can’t be beat. Don’t let the below street level location fool you, it’s not dark, depressing, or hard to find. Quite the opposite. Owners Scott Walker and Simone Alpen (soon to be husband + wife, if her name sounds familiar, she’s the brains behind The Bazaar Bizarre) did a fantastic job with their bright signage and in the overall design of the space. With tons of natural light flooding in and cheery colors dotted all around the store, you can only guess that a lot of planning went into this store. The moment you find out that the displays are all hand built using eco-responsible woods, the flooring is cork, overhead lighting is energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, and the walls were painted using low-VOC paint, your suspicions are confirmed.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
The energy in this store is just great, almost like you’ve left Boston for a few moments and entered sunny California. When you walk in, you’re not only greeted with great products, but also with a friendly smile, the smell of a delicious soy-based candle burning, and great tunes (music is a huge plus for me) piped through “green” speakers constructed of oak reclaimed from whiskey barrels. Take a complete tour of their space here (lots of product shots). Or if you’re local, go check out the store and see this great green store for yourself.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)

Etsy Faves, Rooms

Paintings by Lisilu

June 4, 2007

Put on your dancin’ shoes! These paintings from French etsy store, lisilu are the best, I love all her pretty shoes. I found them via a blog I’d not heard of before, but am really loving, called rion. These black leather beauties make me want to dab perfume behind my ear and slip on something beautiful for a night of dancing in the city.

Paintings by Lisilu
(image from lisilu)

Rooms

Pioneer Linens + Lulu de Kwiatkowski Video

June 1, 2007

If you’re been following Lulu de Kwiatkowski (aka Lulu DK) and her work lately like I have (how can you not, the girl is everywhere!), you’ll really enjoy this video shot recently at Pioneer Linens in West Palm Beach, Florida where she recently had a trunk show. Although the audio/video quality isn’t the best, I really think you’ll like watching it. I certainly did. Click here for that.

Pioneer Linens + Lulu de Kwiatkowski Video
Pioneer Linens offers her line of bedding (beautiful), so make sure to browse their site because it’s filled with linens that will make you have the sweetest dreams ever. My favorites include the red poppy and the oasis in red or navy from her custom line. So crisp and stylish. I also love the cane motif, bold geometric patterns are a huge trend, so of course the diamond-patterned cane scores big in my book.

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A special thanks to Jotham at Pioneer Linens for writing in!

(images from pioneer linens)

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