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Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

Freddy & Ma are loved by the ladies for their fabulous custom handbags, but did you know that they’ve now launched custom pillows and melamine plates? Oh yes. It’s true. And I’m over the moon because seeing the talented Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! fame as part of the designers involved in this is super exciting. Her patterns look terrific as plates and pillows, don’t you think?


And there are other artists part of the Freddy & Ma crew with delicious patterns too, so browse the site and see what you can pull together. Here’s a selection of plates that I’d love to own along with some of Joy’s things, all would make the best gifts. I can’t resist the idea of owning a stack of melamine plates that coordinate, all in different patterns by various designers, and using them for lunch at home or on the patio in the warmer months. Hanging a collection on the wall is another idea, especially great for adding dimension and pattern to an otherwise boring wall – perhaps a long narrow hallway or as a border across the middle of the wall only.

For as little as $12 for a plate and $60 USD for a 17″ square pillow, you can’t go wrong with going custom!

(images from freddy & ma)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen, textiles on October 29, 2007

Domino: Animals Prints on Etsy

Here’s the next slideshow in the series that I pulled together for Domino magazine. This one focuses on the wild kingdom featuring a few of my favorite Etsian animal lovers.


A special thank you to the artists that I worked with to pull this together and to Domino magazine for bringing independent art into the spotlight, something that we bloggers are so very passionate about.

(images from domino)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on October 29, 2007

Judit Gueth {new} Wallpaper Designs + Rugs

Judit Gueth is a Canadian graphic designer that I discovered while browsing Walnut Wallpaper. Her peacock and koi patterns are strong and depending on the colorway that you select, you can turn them up or down a notch (i.e. the silver koi is more understated than the green). But this talented lady doesn’t stop at wallpaper, she has an entire collection of hand-tufted rugs and she’ll soon roll out decorative pillows to coordinate with her current collections. A girl on the go!


This must be every graphic designers dream, to see their work on walls and floors, to walk into a home and boom! there’s the pattern that took months to develop. What a feeling.

Silver Koi wallpaper.

And for the rest of us, these patterns are exciting because they are labor of love created by a person with passion for what they do. I’m thrilled that the world of design has evolved, expanding from buying paper at the local hardware/paint store to the internet. I remember my mother taking me along on her decorating adventures, especially when I was a little girl in the late 70′s. All those trips to hole-in-the-wall shops with those buzzing fluorescent lights overhead and the friendly handyman that knew every tool in the house, but didn’t know much about wallpaper outside of the application process. He thought wallpaper was mostly about covering uneven surfaces so those 20 patterns with mostly raised designs was, what he thought, the best selection in the state. If you wanted more than those bumpy lumpy or extremely shiny papers (he said to steer clear of the the shiny ones though, they show everything), you’d either hire a designer or go to the big city. This is why, after about 200 visits to every store in the state, my mother hired a designer and together, they papered our home into something that looked like Hollywood Regency hooked up with the Solid Gold dancers.


Today, we tap a few keys and order gorgeous paper on the web for our homes, like these papers from Judit Gueth via Walnut Wallpaper. The silver Koi is my favorite print.


Psst: She’s a blogger, too.

(images via judit gueth)

Posted in flooring, walls on October 29, 2007

Jack Cards {new}

This is so cool, spotted via Daily Candy Boston. Jack Cards is a new online company that has a huge collection of indie greeting cards that you can order and have sent to you on the dates you specify so that you never forget an important date again. This is a brilliant “why didn’t I think of that” idea, isn’t it?

With cards from designers that you’ve read about on some of your favorite blogs like OplusD, Binth, Bald Guy, Bob’s Your Uncle, Amy Smyth, Papaya, Bella Muse and Night Owl Paper Goods (to name a few), you are certain to have a vast collection of styles and greetings to choose from. Now you will know Jack!

(images from jack cards)

Posted in stationery on October 29, 2007

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