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Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!

Jill at Rose and Radish sent an email out today sharing their latest exhibition called Tea Time. It looks so sweet in the most beautiful pinks and blues ever! I love that this store takes so much time to make shopping a genuine experience, it’s so impressive that they’ve transformed their San Francisco showroom to inspire and share such beauty with their customers in a unique way. Rose and Radish describes this show as, “A fanciful mix of sophisticated tabletop design, sweet home accessories, and modern floral displays with a summer garden feel.”


Doesn’t this look wonderful? The show features the work of illustrator Miki Amano who created a limited-edition piece called Tea Time (shown above, top row, center). In addition to this illustration on display, you can also enjoy the works of other talents such as Nicolette Brunklaus, Lisa Stickley, Jacqueline Dufresne, Esther Derkx, Gesine Hackenberg, Third Drawer Down, Pakhuis Oost, Vautrin & Delvigne, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, and Paper Together to name just a few.



This exhibition makes me think about our Shop Girl/small business posts and some of the things we talked about, like clever ways in which store owners can drive more business to their showroom by offering customers something that sets them apart. Rose and Radish certainly does this and as a result, others will blog about this event and they’ll soon have more great customers from both web traffic and those who will attend the show in person. I think this is such a great way to give to the community as well as get back in return, it’s a full circle, and a smart way to do business. I really like all of the creative ideas they have for keeping their gorgeous store alive and well. These events also help more than just Rose and Radish put bread on their table and support their families, but also the many designers and artists that they support through their beautiful store. Yeah to Jill and the Rose and Radish girls!

If you can’t visit Tea Time in person, don’t worry, you can shop for these beautiful wares via their website. So charming!

(images from rose and radish)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kitchen, shopping, travel on June 07, 2007

Tara Larkin, Interior Stylist

I’d like to highlight the work of Tara Larkin, a London-based Interior Stylist. With over ten years of experience styling for magazines such as House Beautiful (UK) and Real Homes (UK), along with companies and private clients, her portfolio contains a few images that I’m fond of, especially since I’m big on pinks and greens lately, so I’m soaking up everything that inspires me and putting them here on decor8. I hope you don’t mind.

Building a room is all about layering in one element at a time, careful arrangement, and as you live in the space and time goes on, editing it from time to time to ensure that things remain somewhat neat. Of course, I couldn’t live in any of these rooms, I need some of my magazines scattered about, lots of art on the walls, and piles of pillows everywhere (just ask my husband, I never tire of pillows). Although this simple, scaled down look is comforting to look at and gives me ideas — I can see where I’d love to add or remove this or that to infuse my own style.

In the following rooms, how would you edit them to show your style? I’d love to know!

I’d replace the wood coffee table with a round glass top or a white or marble top saarinen low table. I’d also pull the side table closer in so that it’s closer the sofa.

In this room, I’d add a drum pendant over the table, perhaps a geometric or leaf motif. Of course, fresh flowers in the table center, and a huge graphical plush rug to ground the space, I’m thinking 8 x 10 would work. I’d hate to cover those beautiful floors, though. I’d like to see a little more color on the bookcase, too. I love the arrangement of everything on it left alone, it’s perfect.

I’d change the bedding and turn this room into an Indian escape. I love the wall as is, perfect. The tea set would be replaced by a napping kitty. The lamp would have a more substantial base, and in a color like yellow or turquoise to play off those I’d introduce through my new bedding. Lots of pillows, too! I may make a slipcover with a padded insert to conceal the headboard, unless this is a room for a little girl, then I may leave it be. I’d shop for everything at Layla, John Robshaw, Kerry Cassill, and Nomad. Remember Pink Shrink that SFGirlByBay Victoria blogged about? Something like that.

I’d love the see the wall behind the entertainment center in either tulip yellow or green (kelly or lime) OR with a big, bold wallpaper pattern in yellow and white or green and white — geometric or a floral print. And a cozy rug of course, I love rugs against hardwood. I also think that the end table either needs to be higher, or needs a stack of books with brightly colored spines, topped with a succulent in a pretty pot.

I don’t know about this room. She did a great job pulling together these two strong hues, but I’m a bit scared of them used together in a single room, both almost fighting for the spotlight. I know, I know, it’s the American in me. If given the choice over a beige/cream space or a purple/red space, most of us would take the former, admit it. I’d settle somewhere in the middle with pink. :)

So, what do you think? How would you add your personal style to these rooms? Of course, Tara’s work is invigorating and inspiring as is, but it’s fun to play. The more you take rooms apart with you look at them, the more you are training your eye and peering a little deeper into all the beautiful images you love – there’s great benefit in careful inspection! I hope you’ll check out Tara’s website and view all the images she has in her portfolio. Enjoy!

(images from tara larkin)

Posted in designers, shopping, travel on June 06, 2007

Stonewall Kitchen

Whenever I’m in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I always stop by Stonewall Kitchen to stock up on sauces and dips, and my favorite, the Barefoot Contessa butterscotch caramel – it’s simply to die(t) for. Great when heated and drizzled over vanilla ice cream on homemade apple pie. Aside from delicious specialty foods, Stonewall Kitchen also carries everything for the home and garden, too. Check out their website, there’s so much to browse through. Best part, you can order the yummy butterscotch caramel online, which I’m thinking can be quite dangerous. I don’t know why, but I never thought to order it online until today. Duh.

I have these jars (top right) and use mine to store ribbon, buttons, and mini toys that I collect from candy machines and all the chocolate eggs, Kinder Ueberaschung, that I buy (just for the toy inside) when in Germany.

Numbers are always in style, but I’m seeing lots of them popping up again on bowls, cups, wine glasses, pillows, and especially in mixed media art.

I love all of the Stonewall Kitchen garden supplies too. I recently planted a mini flower bed near my front door using flowers and plants from the nearby garden shop and seed packets that my husband so sweetly gave me with hopes that it would encourage me to garden again. His hopes turned into a reality because I planted everything last month and now that the seeds have sprouted, I’m constantly peeking in on them to see what happened from the last time I checked (ten minutes before that). In addition to a flower bed, I planted some pots in various sizes and colors, and a kitchen window box, too. It’s so rewarding to have a few little plants or flowers to call your own. If you haven’t planted lately, please do.


If you live in the city, there are plenty of options to grow things indoors, and if you have a patio or balcony, you can plant there too. No excuses, okay? :) And with all these pretty things from Stonewall Kitchen, you can even cultivate little egglings beneath a glass dome on your coffee table. Easy! This Pedestal Green House is on sale for under $20 – pretty, affordable, and simple. If you have a black thumb, plant succulents indoors. They are nearly impossible to kill, and you can plant them in almost anything, even inside of a shell.

(images from stonewall kitchen)

Posted in kitchen on June 06, 2007

The Shade Store

I’m not sure if you caught this recently over on Apartment Therapy, but when I read about The Shade Store on AT, I immediately ordered a catalog and I’ve been drooling, and trying to decide what I want, ever since. Love. It. I usually head straight over to American Blinds and Wallpaper or Smith & Noble when I need customized blinds and shades, but I’m open to trying new things, especially when they look this hot. Too bad they don’t sell the entire room because I think this sofa is darling.

Click on images for a larger view.

With gorgeous window shades, blinds, drapery, accessories, and designer hardware, they also have these really sleek, modern panel systems that caught my eye because they glide smoothly on a track system and are perfect for large windows and doors. I’m not a fan of the standard glass sliding doors with vinyl frames, but since they’re still everywhere in homes across America, I meet a lot of homeowners looking for modern solutions for dressing them up without sacrificing daylight or style. I think these panel systems are perfect because you can select from an extensive array of fabrics or woven wood materials, and since they lay flush against the wall when closed, they almost resemble wallpaper, don’t you think?

Aren’t their product shots the best? Nothing sells a product better than images like these… The power of a terrific wall color combined with the right window treatment. Ah.

(images from the shade store)

Posted in textiles on June 06, 2007

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