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June 2007

Shopping + Products, Travel

Figments Online!

June 22, 2007

Figments in Providence is a favorite store of mine, and now that their online shop expanded to include lots of great finds, it can become your new fave, too. Peggy, the super creative and supportive shop owner (we met via this blog and have been in contact for well over a year now), is a lady you’ll want to know the moment you step into her delightful boutique because every nook is styled to perfection and the things she carries are just splendid. Stationery, home goods, handmade items, art, ceramics, handbags… You’ll want to linger. Forever.

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If you can’t make it to Providence, Figments is having a fab online sale right now on some of the items shown in these photos, and she just started carrying the fabulous new stationery line by blogger/stationery designer Oh Joy! so don’t miss out on that. :) Aren’t those deer heads so cute? And I have Hable totes and swear by them, you can tote around a ton of bricks and they’re so super sturdy, worth every penny. Figments marked them down for summer, scoop up a few before they sell out. Great for storing craft projects, magazines, towels in the bathroom, or you can use them for the kitchen. I store bottles of sparkling water in mine. FYI: They each hold 6 glass pellegrino bottles. Isn’t that pink mum pattern the best? And how cute are these sukie pillows?

(images from figments)

Objects, Shopping + Products

Horsing Around at Urban Outfitters

June 21, 2007

This is totally cute, a little Swedish Horse lamp at Urban Outfitters for only $36. It really reminds of the Jonathan Adler horse lamp, only a budget version. Maybe they’ll do a giraffe next?

Horsing Around at Urban Outfitters
(images from urban outfitters)

Etsy Faves

TreeFall Design

June 21, 2007

TreeFall Design, an etsy seller from Leeds, has beautiful handmade items in her store, the works of a talented lady for sure. The yellow pillow and pear artwork are some of my favorites. The patterns and colors that she uses are so pretty against natural linen, which appears to be a theme in her work – using linen as somewhat of her canvas. Her work has a certain charm to it, lazy days spent on your grandmother’s farm, playing cards on the porch, eating peach pie, sipping iced tea, and feeling the summer breeze tossing your hair…

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Psst: TreeFall is a blogger, too. How about that?! I love discovering new blogs. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Peeking in on the life of someone else. See what they’re creating. No longer do we have to wonder about the life of an artist!

(images from treefall design)

Reader Questions

Reader Q: IKEA Help

June 21, 2007

This question is from decor8 reader, and well, um okay… It’s from me, Holly (blushing). This time I need your help, readers. There’s this great IKEA cabinet, it’s called ALEX, and it’s just lovely for my workspace, but I cannot locate it on the IKEA website except in the images shown below. I consulted with she-bot Anna, their online whatever the heck she is, and that didn’t help at all. I landed in a children’s room looking at really tiny desks.

Reader Q: IKEA Help
I’ll confess, I’m not an IKEA regular. ALEX may not be new at all, perhaps he’s old and retired. When I click on workspace from the US homepage, I see ALEX beneath a window and I envision how charming he’d look storing all my junk in his drawers. And I smile and think of how cheap he is ($199), which makes his charm only increase. Sure, I thought to phone IKEA directly, but last time I did, the call sucked up most of my day and after connecting me to three stores, I got no where.

Reader Q: IKEA Help
Chances are, you guys are ten times faster than IKEA customer service. So what do you say about ALEX? Any clues as to his whereabouts? Am I missing something here?

(images from IKEA)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!

June 21, 2007

I just blogged about Christine Mason Miller on Tuesday, but since she just added original paintings to her Etsy store that I really, really like, I’m highlighting her work again. Sure, I love the colors and composition, but it’s their upbuilding messages of hope that impress me the most because life isn’t always smooth sailing. But you want to know a not so secret secret? Hope and inspiration are actually easy to find, we don’t have to go that far anymore thanks to the internet.

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“My work now is to sink deep into all of the joy, the blessings and the good fortune. It is so easy for me to be wary of it, and put myself on high alert for something to go wrong. I am all too aware of how quickly everything can change, but I cannot let this get in the way of all that is good right now. That is my challenge.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“We all need cheerleaders. We all need supporters who look at us and exclaim, “Yeah, YOU!”, going crazy when we score a victory, whatever that victory may be. Supporters who feel deep in their hearts that when you win, they win, and if you lose, they’ll keep on cheering, because the most fundamental truth is that you’re worth your own cheering squad simply by being yourself.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“When you are standing at the bottom of a mountain that you have no choice but to climb, taking one day at a time is the only thing that matters. It is the only way you will reach the top of that mountain, the only way you will find your way through the darkness. It is solid. It is reliable. It is like the rising of the sun everyday – it is something you might not take much time to notice, but it is always there, a reminder that each new day holds endless possibility.” -CMM

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!“There are strange connections everywhere and messages waiting for us if only we take the time to pay attention and listen quietly. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take the peaceful road and approach whatever task is before us – pleasant, unpleasant or otherwise – with gentle steps. To be vulnerable like a fawn, trusting there is someone watching over us, trusting it is OK to lie still.” -CMM

Think about this: Most of us ultimately have a choice when it comes to our own actions and feelings. (If you are diagnosed with depression or something related to that, your choices are often very limited though.) But for most, we have a choice. We know our own buttons, both good and bad. Do we press the right ones? If we’re feeling bad, thinking about something that only triggers further negativity is a definite no-no. Sometimes we have to step out of our own heads for a moment and identify the feeling and take action to feel better. Sometimes simple things lift the mood. Toast with jam. Going for a run. Calling our best friend. Popping in our favorite CD. I like to create lists. Others paint or pick up a pencil and sketch. What about you? Isn’t it empowering to know that we can each choose to feel better? And isn’t it great that gifted artists are out there sending us heartfelt messages of hope and healing through their works? I’m grateful that technology has brought us all a little closer together.

If any of the paintings shown above interest you, please visit Christine’s etsy store to enjoy more, or browse through her wildly creative website. :)

(images from christine mason miller)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Art by Arkaybea

June 21, 2007

Did you spot the Brooklyn-based etsy artist, Arkaybea, featured on page 30 of the latest issue of Blueprint? The top left and bottom right paintings are part of the feature, so if you’d like them, grab ’em while you can right here for $200 each. I especially love the oval still life of the juicy peach against that lovely green. Yum.

Art by Arkaybea

(images from arkaybea)

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