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Craig Anczelowitz (Stationery & Accessories)

Craig Anczelowitz is a decor8 reader living and working in Bangkok busily working on his gift and home accessories line. As a former buyer for ABC Carpet & Home and Urban Outfitters, he has an eye for emerging trends and a thirst to design fresh products that are not only remarkable to look at, but skillfully made. He recently worked on a line of ceramics and stationery, and will soon release textiles and wood accessories made in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.


Although I’m not sure where Craig has any of these items for sale (he didn’t state that in his email), I still saw value in posting about this because it’s interesting to see what others are doing outside of the states and to see interesting new designs. I noticed that some of his journals were crafted from felt, and that white and gold isn’t going out of style anytime soon (see below). Craig mentioned that some work is available in select shops and others are available for wholesale, so I imagine if you contact him directly, he’ll be able to connect you to his goods (his email is williewonkabar AT hotmail DOT com). Thank you Craig for writing in!


To view more of his designs, click here to link out to his Flickr photos.

(images from craig anczelowitz)

Posted in stationery on July 23, 2007
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Lucie Summers (UK)

It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley’; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers

If you’d like to learn more about Lucie and her art, visit her blog called Blu Shed or see some of her works for sale over at Not on the High Street.

(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)

(images from lucie summers)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on July 23, 2007

Lorena Siminovich at Anthropologie!

Okay one tiny post before I scoot, but seriously this couldn’t wait until Monday because I am so very excited for Lorena Siminovich (aka Petit Collage), the amazing way life works (so often the best comes by chance!), and the fact that she has such a killer gig going on with Anthropologie right now. I mean, this is the best story ever, especially encouraging to all the amazing indie artists out there.


See this picture? It’s a display inside of an Anthropologie store. Notice the collage works to the right of the mirror, you may recall them from this post, they are exclusive works by Lorena for Anthropologie. Can you stand it? They are reproduced on canvas, available in stores for a limited time only, $108 each.

Whenever I hear about indie artists getting exposure on this level, I always ask them how it all happened. I mean, do amazing things still fall into laps or does everything have to be via blood, sweat, and tears? You decide — Here’s what Lorena said when I asked her, “Basically I was hanging a piece in a local store (not Anthropologie), and the Anthro buyer walks in since she was in San Francisco on vacation, and asked me about the collages. Crazy lucky coincidence!”. Now how COOL is THAT people? Restores your faith, doesn’t it? Go, Lore!

Psst: This is the same artist who asked me to post this request to connect with stores and galleries. I guess that when you put your voice out there and admit that you need help, the universe hears you somehow, somewhere…

See you Monday!

(image from Lorena Siminovich)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, small business on July 20, 2007

Just Checking In…

I miss you! There, I’ve said it. I can’t stray very far from blogging without feeling the shakes coming on. Perhaps I’m slightly addicted? Whatever it is, I know I can’t wait to get back to blogging regularly again because I feel like there’s so much to talk about and share. I’m still on vacation, but I’ll be back full speed ahead on Monday…

This photo is from Atwater Market in Montreal, where I spent a lot of time with friends grabbing yummy eats to carry around as we explored such a lovely city. Aren’t these colors so pretty? Can you get over how inspired you can feel by something as mundane as a produce stand? But these colors are so perfect together, the blue and the red, that I just had to capture it while I ran through looking for my lunch.

Until we meet back here on Monday, I’ve left you with a new blog of the week, new as in never featured on decor8 before, but not new in general as Delicious Days has been blogging for quite a while now and are hugely popular. Based in Munich, Germany (my all time favorite food blog and hands-down, the most gorgeous layout ever), this blog is delightful, and when Nicky posts some of her travel shots, my knees weaken… Oh, and I’ve posted a book of the week that I own and really love called Scandinavian Modern. There’s also a few new finds in my etsy ticker in the left column, so click around over there and see if there’s anything that interests you. I’ll see you on Monday!

Psst: If you’re in the mood for a little trip to southern France via d:d, click here. I fell in love with this post back when Nicky wrote it in April…

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in travel on July 20, 2007

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