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Amy Smyth Made It

A big thanks to the talented Amy Smyth for writing in about her new line of greeting cards. Based on her illustrations, her cards are whimsical and fun while maintaining a sense of ‘grown up’ so you can take them seriously – and I love her sense of color and style,with my favorites being (of course) the trees, fruits, and flowers. Great combinations.

psst: Her moving announcements are the best I’ve seen because they aren’t geared towards those who have an actual home – yeah urban dwellers!

Thanks for the tip, Amy!

(image from amy smyth)

Posted in stationery on January 04, 2007

Fresh Finds from Lotta Jansdotter

Did you see some of the lovely new things from Lotta Jansdotter? Oh they are really pretty… Try to control yourself. Or not. :) I love her new coasters, potholders, and the little owl bag.

Speaking of bags, I really like her collection of them, in all shapes and sizes. I own several and they not only look great, but they last forever and seem to go with my usual spring/summer attire, which is mostly casual – skirts, flats, jeans, tees, and lots of natural fibers like cotton and linen. The muted colors, soft patterns, and great big handles on her shoulder bags really appeal to me. Then, there’s the mini ones that she creates. Isn’t that little elephant above so adorable? The little bags are perfect for tucking in some gorgeous letterpress stationery and a box of chocolates or tea for gifting a dear friend. They’re also handy to stash things in around the house, from clothespins to makeup, extra silverware (keep them inside on a peg in your pantry), etc. I can’t wait to see if she adds more to her collection this year – fingers crossed, she’ll expand her ceramics line. I’d love to see mugs, plates, and serving dishes!

(images from lotta jansdotter)

Posted in fashion + accessories, kitchen on January 04, 2007

DIY: IKEA ALANG Table Lamp Transformation

Eric wrote in today to tell me about his IKEA hack DIY project, well at least he called it a hack, I call it genius. Great budget DIY job, Eric. Click here to see how Eric transformed the IKEA ALANG Table Lamp into a perky pendant (or two!).

Thanks for the tip, Eric. Great blog!

psst: If you like the pendants, but LOVE the wall in the background (I did!), then you’ll love what I discovered after digging around Eric’s blog. Check THIS out. It’s another DIY.

(image from modern self)

Posted in diy, lighting on January 03, 2007

Lotus Bleu – Punchy Fun!

With unseasonably warm weather here in New England (it’s in the 50’s today and Saturday may bring us up to 60), I’m already in high gear for Spring. We’ve had zero snow, and given that we usually start seeing it in November, we’re having quite THE dreamy winter weather. It’s January and there’s not a flake to be found (at least for snow, that is). Call me optimistic, but I’m already planning my wardrobe, thinking about peep toes without tights, and finalizing vacation plans. I’m ready people! It’s a new year, and with all this sunshine and warmth, it’s hard not to think about springtime in March. In fact, when I think of Spring, I think of playful patterns and punchy colors, lots of lime and yellow, plenty of fuschia, and bold, bold, bold! That is why I’m drawn towards the lovely Lotus Bleu of San Francisco, a store that oozes with vibrant colors, layered patterns upon patterns, mountains of gorgeous textiles to create an environment that is part Asian chic, other part French lady. They even cover vintage furniture (mostly mid century modern) with the textiles they sell, making this a true San Francisco treat.

Dreaming of Springtime, anyone?

Psst: They also offer art collected from around the globe, and interior design services. This is one to bookmark!

(photos from lotus bleu)

Posted in shopping, textiles, travel on January 03, 2007


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