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November 2007

Shopping + Products, Travel

Huset Shop {New Scandinavian Design Shop}

November 27, 2007

Your suggestions mean a lot to me, and despite how far behind I am lately on responding to email – I do read them and enjoy hearing from you, especially when you send me great links to places you shop or to things that inspire you. Reader Gilly recently wrote in from eka and her suggestion ended up here as a post because she shared with me a brand new store (never been blogged!) and certainly stocks great things. Check it out.

Huset Shop {New Scandinavian Design Shop}
Gilly wrote, “I have a little gem of a shop to tell you about. It’s a Scandinavian webshop situated in Malibu. I was contacted by the owner, Holly, when she told me she wanted to buy a few of my accessories for her shop in Malibu, I was pretty surprised as I am a small UK designer situated in Sweden.”

Huset Shop {New Scandinavian Design Shop}
She continues, “The shop has just opened to the world and I have been reading your lovely blog for a while now and when I saw that she had home furnishings as well as textiles (this will be a massive hit I think) lighting and all I just knew you would need to know about it! Have a look at Huset Shop when you have a moment, I know you won’t be disappointed. Have a little look at the hats and bags by eka if you have time to browse (they’re mine : ) If you want to contact the store owner, she is a lovely Swedish girl called Holly Hallberg. Enjoy!” -Gilly

Huset Shop {New Scandinavian Design Shop}
What a pleasure to receive such a nice email and of course, a fantastic link because this store is not only based in California but accessible online for placing orders – both really great for those of us in the US because it’s so crazy expensive to order these things and have them shipped over. Huset stocks those fab teak table stands from Design House Stockholm (they are fantastic and affordable), I’ve had my eye on them since seeing them in Living Etc. magazine last year. I was recently very tempted (design devil on my left shoulder) when I was in Sweden to purchase one, but unable to cart it home on the plane, I was able to avoid the little voice. But, now a new temptation has arrived – I can have one shipped to me at home. Sigh.

Huset Shop {New Scandinavian Design Shop}
Huset also carries the 3 and the 2 tier dessert stands from Bengt & Lotta (also a stool for the kitchen in this pattern) and tea towels by Hau Hauz and defyra. She stocks a few Barbapappa things (they’re French, I know). My favorite item in her store though is the yellow Bird On A Wire coat rack. Tres peep, um chic! But seriously, they look like yellow peeps, and though I won’t be licking the walls if I install them, I’ll smile whenever I walk by. Such cuteness.

Psst: The Designers’ Bios page is not to be missed, it really helps you put a face to a name and also learn a quick bit about their background all in one handy guide.

Love Scandinavian fashion? Huset carries some clothing by Ivana Helsinki and Odd Molly, both collections are stunning. This tunic is my favorite.

Thank you Gilly for telling us about this great shop!

(images from huset shop)


Amsterdam Design Guide

November 27, 2007

No need to travel alone! Danielle over at Amsterdam Design Guide
I can’t wait to return to the Netherlands with her guide in hand next year – beautiful work Danielle! It’s an 8 page PDF file, divided by section (sleep, shop, eat + drink, etc.) so you’ll have to download it, but it’s so well organized it will put any Time Out guide to shame (sorry Time Out). Plus being a PDF file makes it so easy to print and take along with you on your journey. Of course I am a bit partial to anything Danielle does because I really like her style, she is one classy lady.

Psst: And if you like her blog, you’ll love her new store Le Souk. But more on Le Souk later…

(image from the style files)


Doily Love!

November 26, 2007

Do not fear the loyal doily! Listen to your grandmother, your lacey round friends can be quite practical and, with thanks to designers giving them a fresh creative spin, even trendy. And because they resemble snowflakes, I’m thinking this is another reason for their increased popularity in the cooler months. If you prefer to take the doily into your own hands (a little DIY’er are you?), perhaps this post will offer you a few affordable ideas where you have an ah-ha moment, “I can do that myself!”. Because in some cases, you certainly can!

Doily Love! {via Inhabitat}

Doily Love!These look pretty simply pinned to a linen board as a decorative touch. This is the work area of Holly Waterfield’s office space in the West Village at her boutique, Camp. Notice the many doilies framed above her desk…

Doily Love!Another modern use for a traditional piece – shape one into
something pretty just like blogger Sweet Paul did here.
Artsy! {via Emma}

While in Europe, I spotted the darling doily on linens and plates, even clothing, and now back in the states, I’m seeing them around town trying to win your favor and love despite how most tend to view them as, well old-fashioned and boring. Ah, c’mon… Show a little doily love. After this post, you may just start rummaging through the attic or hitting the local flea to find a few that you can bring forward into 2007. That’s my goal.

Tips: I think it would be fun to hand sew a few to the bottom edge of a linen curtain (tone on tone is best for this look to stay modern vs. kitschy) or apply a few in random areas on a throw pillow. You can even use the paper ones and with a little spray glue, affix them to the exterior of a glass lantern or candle holder. Candles look so pretty glowing behind their intricate patterns.

Doily Love!Hannover-based German artist Evelyn Hahn incorporates doilies
into her mixed media art, on display here at Gross Stadt Rekorder.

Doily Love!Wrapping paper from Eieio at Rose + Radish, a doily chair by
the uber talented Tara Murray, the many ceramic bowls and plates
from Country Creek Pottery, the gorgeous work of
London artist Mhari McMullan. Are you a believer yet?

Doily Love!Unblossom salt crystal bowl vis Inhabitat.

Doily Love!Of course, you can always count on the craft queen Martha Stewart
for a few good ideas. I like the Lacy Luminarias, the
Lovely Lace DIY idea, doily envelopes, and
the doily-edges shelves – this is a nice idea for a kid’s room.

Doily Love!Thomas Paul is in on this motif, he has some
dinner plates offered over at Velocity Art + Design with
a goth vibe.

Doily Love! Floating vintage doilies framed from Dima Designs,
Small Stump “Tea For Me” Silkscreen print
(she churns out the cutest stuff), and
sweet retro pillows from Dottie Angel.

Doily Love! Or you can be all fancy pants with these 22K gold plates
by notNeutral, also at Velocity.

Doily Love! Modern doily gift tags and cards created by May Third.

Doily Love!

Ink Jet’s badge set in black and white, or a damsels
and doilies key fob from Mary Mo. A black and white
tote made with love by Oh Honey, or how about
a cute wristlet from Generi Online?

Doily Love!

There’s also these black rubber coasters or a set of 8 pink vinyl
doilies – both from Rockett St George, Silver
Elissa Frankino contemporary jewelry with
doily impressions (lovely), and Amy Butler lace work fabric.

Doily Love!Crocheted doily jewelry, and another darling creation from
Dottie Angel: dish towels. Tea towels “Tree House” from
new Scandinavian design store (in the USA – yeah!), Huset.
Love this store. You will too. Contrary uses a doily in her
dyptych painting, “When I Was Happy”.

Doily Love!

Anthropologie is one we can always count on to be in on the
trends with a mug in blue and white, the porcelain doily cake stand
(perfect for cupcakes – make sure you view the up close details,
it’s very sweet), and the bone doily mirrors (these are such a good
example of bringing a traditional design into 2007 in a very grown-up way).

Doily Love! Doilies influence New Hampshire-based artist Gina Adams.

Doily Love! This is perhaps my favorite of the bunch based on the story alone. How cute is this?

“The doily will be handmade by my mother who has been crocheting for over 50 years! She has made nearly 2000 of these doilies and therefore I guarantee the quality. The cost is $15 for up to 8 letters. Each additional letter would be $2.00.”

Available in white, ecru, and cream. I’d like one with my name on it in
pure white to center in an all white frame and mat. Modern yet
extremely old-fashioned at the same time. I’m ordering! I have
a friend with an all-white home, this would be perfect for her
since she relies to much on texture to add warmth to her space.

Doily Love!The Suspect Shop seems to be inspired by our little lace friends too.

Doily Love!First Snow patterned dinnerware just released by Rosanna at Kekk2.

Doily Love! Crate and Barrel has some dessert plates, felt placemats
(I picked one up for my coffee table over the weekend),
and some very dainty glasses with a doily motif.
Perfect for something a little boozey. :)

Psst: Free crochet doily pattern links {via Inhabitat}.

And for all the fashion victims out there, this doily tee from Urbans is a great piece to throw on beneath a cardigan or black velvet blazer.

So now I ask, do you or don’t you desire a doily?

(images: All from those cited in this entry, with the exception of the intro image via Inhabitat.)

Etsy Faves

Domino: Femme Fatales Gallery is Live!

November 26, 2007

This is an exciting slide show, one of my favorites, because I tend to lean towards nature, animals, and imagery of women in nearly all of the artwork I buy for myself and friends. Organic circles are another fascination of mine. It’s funny to look around the home after your collection of art really starts to come together — you see such a definite pattern in what turns you on or not.

Domino: Femme Fatales Gallery is Live!
In case you’re shopping around for some lovely gifts, or just on the prowl for a few new (to you) etsy artists to discover, I invite you to explore the latest etsy slide show that I pulled together for Domino magazine online. It’s so colorful and if you click around the artists’ individual stores, you’re certain to unearth many of your own faves.

Domino: Femme Fatales Gallery is Live!

I own work by most of these artists, in fact all of the slide shows that I pull together for Domino highlight my personal favorites, many based on my own personal experience with the artist or that of decor8 readers who have suggested them to me. Viewing art up close and personal and/or hearing your personal opinions about the work of others greatly assists me when I write, so thank you for that. You can trust that I’m confident on both the quality of the work and how these ladies conduct business and they’re all class acts. You can count on it.

View the slide show here.

Warning: These are some very pretty ladies, you may want to take all of them home.

(images from individual etsy sellers mentioned in the domino piece cited above.)


See you on Monday!

November 21, 2007

I’m so embarrassed. Having just returned from two months abroad, I completely forgot that Thanksgiving is this week. People keep calling to wish me a happy t-day and I’m thinking they are rushing things because Thanksgiving is on Sunday. But no, I’m wrong. It’s like tomorrow.

See you on Monday!With that being said, I’ll resume posting on Monday, November 26th with more discounts from our sponsors, a few home tours and interviews, and other goodies so stay tuned. Enjoy your family time and remember, egg nog isn’t half as good without rum.

2 oz light rum (or more, you little devil, you.)
6 oz milk
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 whole egg

Shake all ingredients (except nutmeg) with ice and strain into a pretty glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve. Need I say more?

(image from holly becker)


Stephanie DeArmond {ceramics}

November 21, 2007

I read about American ceramicist Stephanie DeArmond over at Happy Cavalier recently and had to introduce you to her work. It’s obviously a play on giving traditional objects a cheeky new lease on life. Almost how the Dutch design things.

Stephanie DeArmond {ceramics}

I like the cursive fonts, the colorful motifs, funny words, and that although everything is a precious ceramic, nothing looks too precious – in fact, it’s a bit edgy. You can view more of DeArmond’s work on her website. Definitely not a trend follower, this lady is a trend setter – it’s so unique. I can see this showing in some hip San Francisco-based store like Rare Device or Rose + Radish, and not to leave Boston out, Koo de Kir or Pod.

(images from stephanie dearmond)

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