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Norwalk Furniture {Candice Olsen}

I have to begin this post by stating that I know very little about Candice Olsen and though her style feels a bit more traditional than what most of us seem to gravitate towards, I must point you over to her furniture collection at Norwalk because some of the pieces are quite affordable, lovely, and can be used in a range of decors.

Take this Maxine sofa for example, first spotted in Country Living magazine. The girly pleats, tailored welting, and decorative nailheads are great accents that give this piece a very expensive look without the price tag (it’s priced at around $1,750). It’s available in tons of different fabric choices, but I’m a fan of it in pearlized gray or pure white. The Bette, a double-hump camelback sofa with a tight back and exposed legs is another favorite of mine, I like the apple green velvet because it looks like it would only become prettier over the years with a little wear and tear. I have to highlight Lola, another look I love because it’s so sleek and feminine, and this surf blue is fantastic. My favorite sofa, which surprises me because it is so traditional and English, is the Naomi high-back in white. I’d love to order this in a white linen because it has lots in common with the gorgeous Kirin from Oly Studio (saw it in person this past weekend at Hudson) and I’m willing to bet that it’s at least half the price (The Oly one is around $5,500 but you can be certain that if I had the cash, I’d go with the Kirin for sure).

Tip: The Norwalk website has lots of tools for playing around so if you have time to burn it’s a lot of fun to view these sofas and all of the chairs and ottomans in the Candice Olsen collection in like 2,000 different colors. ;)

(images from norwalk furniture)

Posted in Objects on January 10, 2008

Mothology {vintage inspired goods}

From the Science geek to the nature lover and flea market fan, Mothology carries wares that feel 100 years old with that good old gorgeous vintage appeal that so many of us adore. French linen, mercury glass, metal chairs, canvas bucket’s, it’s all vintage-inspired and available online at Mothology.

Shops like this one are especially good for those of us tucked away in the freezing snow without a flea market in sight for at least another four months. It kind of helps us cope. I can’t wait until it’s time to head back to Brimfield in May (13-18). I’m so happy to learn that it doesn’t fall on the same weekend as the ICFF and the National Stationery Show because this year I may be able to finally attend both (I usually pick Brimfield over the New York shows). Now I can attend both events. May will be a busy month, yay!

(images from mothology)

Posted in vintage on January 10, 2008

Interview with Alicia Bock {Indie Fixx}

Indie Fixx met up with photographer Alicia Bock, one of my personal favorites, and the interview came out just great. I’d now like to refer you over to Indie Fixx to read it, so please click to learn more

(image from alicia bock)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on January 10, 2008

La Merceria {Toronto}

Ready to see some dreams put into action? This inspiring email just arrived so I had to share it, especially powerful for those of you dreaming of the day when you’ll hold a set of keys to a brick and mortar store of your very own. Sandra Rojas-Chinni had visions of starting her own store and turned them into reality with the recent opening of home design store (complete with espresso bar!) La Merceria located in Toronto, Canada.

Sandra had this to say, “Thank you Holly for being such a great source of inspiration. I actually wrote to you last year asking for career advice because I wanted to make a change in my life and your blog has inspired me so much and in many ways it helped me and my husband in creating our own business. We combined his passion for coffee and food with my love and experience in the product and design fields. It’s been a lot of work and sacrifice but seeing our dream come to reality is so rewarding and the response has been incredible. Many of the lines that we carry (such as Simplemente Blanco) I discovered by reading decor8, Thank-you again!”

How is that for inspiring? A couple going in on a shop together combining their talents to form a shop with beautiful things for the home and yummy treats for the tummy. If La Merceria had a Boston location, I doubt I’d ever leave. All this white space, warm wood tones, and subtle texture really clears the mind of stress and causes lots of creative ideas to take shape. I imagine having coffee here with a good friend, picking up some bath salts and a bar of lavender soap, then heading home for a relaxing soak while listening to a little Bebel Gilberto by candlelight. See what a good home store can do to a girl?

Congratulations Sandra, your shop is beautiful – thank you for the virtual store tour. :) For those of you based in Toronto or planning to visit there soon, La Merceria is located at 506 Adelaide Street west.

(images from la merceria)

Posted in Shop Tours on January 09, 2008


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