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Design Is Mine + Jenna Rose

Summer Allen-Gibson sent over an announcement about her new blog, Design is Mine. Summer is a Jill-of-all-trades from Portland, Oregon that loves her creative city and enjoys sharing what inspires her through blogging, much like the rest of us, yet with her own unique voice and spin on things. As I looked it over, I discovered Jenna Rose, a Canadian accessories designer that makes some pretty neat things – I really like the ottomans, very fresh!


Thank you Summer for writing in, nice to know you’re out there and welcome to our great, big blogging community! :)

(images from jenna rose)

Posted in blogs, textiles on June 07, 2007

What Inspires You?

What are you into lately? Care to share? Here are some of the things that has inspired my work lately and I’m seeing a theme… Exotic far east locations, macro shots of flowers, birds, anything with wires (art, cages, eames chairs), Indian textiles, carnival rides, children’s illustration, mixed media paintings, Moroccan tiles, vintage cars in pale pastels, geometric prints, and the ocean (always a recurring love). For colors, definitely blues, greens, pure white, tulip yellow, pale pink, and fuchsia.

If you’d like to see the full versions of each of these mini tiles, click on my flickr faves page and click on them. With every click, you’ll be transported into the world of the photographer who took them and you can view more of their photos.


Warning: This exercise can burn your entire lunch hour today! But it’s fun! If you have a flickr account, why not share your link of faves in the comment section below so we can see them?

(images from flickr)

Posted in inspiration on June 07, 2007

Horchow *New* Lighting

You have to check out some of the new lighting over at Horchow. The black pendant below is only $149! Of course, the others are a bit higher in price, but I had to share — the ship is craaaazy! But the creamy lamp with the stylized cane is quite nice, especially with those peacock blue walls.


TIP: If you’re crushing on certain things you find at Horchow that are a little out of your price range, sign up for their newsletter because that’s how I find out about their “secret” sales for subscribing customers only. Just recently, everything was 20% off. This comes in extra handy when you’re shopping for their Orla Kiely luggage, let me tell ya…

(images from horchow)

Posted in lighting on June 07, 2007

Rose and Radish: Time for a Tea Party!

Jill at Rose and Radish sent an email out today sharing their latest exhibition called Tea Time. It looks so sweet in the most beautiful pinks and blues ever! I love that this store takes so much time to make shopping a genuine experience, it’s so impressive that they’ve transformed their San Francisco showroom to inspire and share such beauty with their customers in a unique way. Rose and Radish describes this show as, “A fanciful mix of sophisticated tabletop design, sweet home accessories, and modern floral displays with a summer garden feel.”


Doesn’t this look wonderful? The show features the work of illustrator Miki Amano who created a limited-edition piece called Tea Time (shown above, top row, center). In addition to this illustration on display, you can also enjoy the works of other talents such as Nicolette Brunklaus, Lisa Stickley, Jacqueline Dufresne, Esther Derkx, Gesine Hackenberg, Third Drawer Down, Pakhuis Oost, Vautrin & Delvigne, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, and Paper Together to name just a few.



This exhibition makes me think about our Shop Girl/small business posts and some of the things we talked about, like clever ways in which store owners can drive more business to their showroom by offering customers something that sets them apart. Rose and Radish certainly does this and as a result, others will blog about this event and they’ll soon have more great customers from both web traffic and those who will attend the show in person. I think this is such a great way to give to the community as well as get back in return, it’s a full circle, and a smart way to do business. I really like all of the creative ideas they have for keeping their gorgeous store alive and well. These events also help more than just Rose and Radish put bread on their table and support their families, but also the many designers and artists that they support through their beautiful store. Yeah to Jill and the Rose and Radish girls!

If you can’t visit Tea Time in person, don’t worry, you can shop for these beautiful wares via their website. So charming!

(images from rose and radish)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kitchen, shopping, travel on June 07, 2007

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