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Psst: It’s official. Anthropologie has officially taken over eastern Massachusetts. Their next store will open at the Burlington mall on December 14th — this is now their 4th store in the greater Boston area!

Posted in uncategorized on December 05, 2007

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays

Did you think for a moment that I’d forgotten about Take Five Tuesdays? Oh no, not one bit. In fact, I look forward to writing this each week, having a dedicated column has helped give me a little structure and though I love the wild world of blogging on a whim, it is fun to play magazine editor a little and be responsible for a weekly feature. I’ve been finding so many amazing artists on Etsy lately that I’m having a hard time selecting only 5 to showcase on Tuesdays. I could easily feature more, which is exciting because the well is hardly close to running dry. Here are my picks for this week, I hope you find something pretty that calls out to you! :)

Looking for fabric? Have I found a gem for you. Meet Jezze from
South Africa and her delicious blockprinted designs. I’ll take the
Pink Stamens and the Floating Flowers please.

Chicago creator of coolness, Up In The Air Somewhere, creates subtle
objects with attention to detail and craftsmanship. Simple, clean, modern.
So many perfect little things to look through in her shop.

I’m surprised that this work appeals to me, but Sarah Blank’s somewhat
surreal artwork is quite intriguing. It’s as if you can hear tales being whispered
by candlelight to New England children many years ago as they await father
to return home from sea. They’re quite interesting to look at, telling a bit of
a story the more you examine the details. Learn more about artist Sarah
and her inspirations on her blog.

I fancy the way Draw Flowers from Italy recycles vintage materials,
like these original 1960’s and ?70’s wallpapers, transforming them into lights,
boxes, wallets, and more. Flower Power done right.

Who doesn’t love a few natural wood critters around the house?
Get your little woodland friends, a few houses, and some fruit
right here at Woodmouse in LA.

Please click on the Take Five Tuesdays link below for my previous Etsy finds.

(images from etsy artists linked in this post)

Posted in Etsy Faves on December 04, 2007

Never In My Wildest Dreams…

Thank you Maryam. Thank you beyond words really. You see readers, Ms. Marrakesh fulfilled a dream of mine today, one that I’ve had for eons, to own a genuine vintage Moroccan wedding quilt. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now that I stopped searching because everywhere I looked, I couldn’t find one that spoke to me or my wallet. Over the past few years, I’ve been scouting for them, but those I found exceeded my budget and reached up into the thousand dollar range, and that my friends is a bit over the top, even for a dream item. It’s hardly a need, it’s not that practical – like say a car or a vespa. It’s a blanket. But not just any blanket.

A very happy guest bedroom.

And though the last thing I need is another textile in my home, the very one I’ve wanted was the very blanket I couldn’t have. Until today.

I owe Maryam a huge hug for bringing this with her on a recent trip to Boston, she was here and I was in Germany so sadly, I couldn’t meet her. But she left something very special behind with her family (they live outside of the city) and they kindly shipped it to me. Here’s a glimpse of it freshly unpacked and resting on the bed above. It looks exhausted, it must have traveled many miles to meet me. So while it relaxes there in our guest bedroom, I’m pondering next steps. Where will I display this beauty, the blanket that makes beautiful music when you shake it just a little as it sparkles in the sun? I must treat something like this with such care. If I ever have children or pets, all will know to respect the holy sparkle blanket from Marrakesh.

Thank you again Maryam. So, so much. If anyone is interested in a owning a blanket like this one, she may carry them in her future shop. Until then, if you know of a resource, kindly comment below. Maybe you’ll fulfill the dream of another reader.

UPDATE: If you would like one, Maryam said that she has 10 in stock. You can email her to place your order at maryam AT

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Rooms on December 04, 2007

decor8 Discount: Elsewares Save 20%!

We have a few more discounts for you this week, next up to bat is Elsewares, one of my favorite web shops for gifts. The range of products offered on this site is fantastic, they even have a gift guide section to make things easier, gifts under $25, under $50, gifts for him, gifts for her, it’s all fun and easy at Elsewares.

Diver cutting board (or the scooter), the cluster ring (I’m ordering this one), Mid-Century Piggy Bank, Spring Fed Plate Set, and the adorable Hello Elephant card.

Here’s a sampling of a few things that I like and with a generous 20% off discount for decor8 readers until 12.11.07, there’s no time like the present to scoop up some very nice finds. Enter code decor8 upon checkout.

(images from elsewares)

Posted in discounts on December 04, 2007


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