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February 2008

Etsy Faves

Something’s Hiding In Here

February 14, 2008

I stumbled upon etsy shop Something’s Hiding In Here via Rena on Flickr recently, I’d not heard of them before so it was fun to find them — super creative, love the color palette, sweet packaging, their designs rock. The package design in particular is so very clever — notice the wooden acorn charms on a paint swatch. Hello! {two snaps} Cuteness squared.

Something's Hiding In HereSomething's Hiding In Here A photo of their workspace, so neat and lovely! Those little animals are by Fern and the drawers look just like mine, the ALEX drawers from IKEA, I own a set of 3 in my art/craft room and I love them.

Something’s Hiding In Here has a blog, too. Here’s the link. I’ve been searching around trying to find out their names and background but I’ve been a bit unsuccessful because my time on the web today is very limited — I need to sign off for awhile. I think it’s a couple from Philly but I can’t be sure. Do you know? Whoever they are, they are ultra crafty for sure so please give me a hand here because I’d love to name the creators behind so much greatness. :)

I’m on my way out now, but I’ll be back later on…

(images from something’s hiding in here)


Dress Forms As Decor

February 14, 2008

I spotted Malinki Design in the February issue of LivingEtc and had to learn more. Seems they are in the business of creating elegant mannequins out of funky florals and feminine silks, including custom designs (bespoke). I like the idea of owning a lovely French mannequin and though the intention I assume is to use it for tailoring, they also make a great accent in the home because you can drape them with accessories (handbags, brooches, a scarf, etc.) so that they’re functional. You can even use them as an inspiration spot for pinning fabric swatches, magazine clippings, etc.

Dress Forms As Decor If you’d like to learn more, you can contact owners Fiona and
Lucy though LivingEtc tells us that these start at around $1,300 USD.

Dress Forms As Decor On a budget? If you’re feeling creative you can buy a dress form with a wooden base for only $60 from vendors like Only Mannequins and customize it yourself. Try a patchwork technique or decoupage if you cannot sew. Paint the base in a fun color or hand paint it with a motif you love. You can also find vintage dress forms on sites like Craigslist and eBay. Search: mannequin, vintage dress form, dress form, it’s super easy to find these things on the web.

Dress Forms As Decor Here’s a dress form that I love from the wardrobe
queen herself, Tricia Royal aka BitsandBobbins on Flickr.

Dress Forms As Decor An Anthropologie store window photographed by Skitzo Leezra. By the way, when is Anthropologie going to give us a book? I mean seriously. I think about this all the time, why don’t they have a book compiling images of their store displays with how-to’s on exactly the materials used to make each display? They pull together some of the best DIY projects and then, a few weeks later, they disappear forever. They need a book. I digress…

Dress Forms As DecorI took this photograph through the window of boutique
in Hannover, Germany back in 2006.

Dress Forms As Decor Here’s a pretty form from Impressionen.

Dress Forms As Decor Display your vintage brooches like Lannon787 does.

Dress Forms As Decor A 1950’s dress form found on Craigslist by Jessica in Portland, Oregon also known on Flickr as ThriftCraft. Wow. This is a great piece, I especially like how the breasts are so worn — those have seen a lot of action in their day I guess! :)

Dress Forms As Decor Or if you prefer the look of a wire dress form, try Ballard Designs.

Click here for some more dress form inspiration. Do you decorate using a mannequin? Do you sew or just use it to display things? Care to send in any photos? :)

(images linked to sources above)


mydeco {beta}

February 14, 2008

Want to play virtual designer today? Reader Graham wrote in about mydeco, a new UK website that recently launched (beta version) all about decorating with features that include searching retailers, plan a room, buy the look, even some informative articles on topics like the physiological effects of color (does my living room make me look fat?) and floral arranging.

mydeco {beta}
The site is a little clunky because it’s soooo new but I can see where they’re going with it and the potential is huge. Check it out! And thank you Graham for the tip. :)

(images from mydeco)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

February 14, 2008

I rarely hear friends in my circle or other bloggers talk about so either it’s not trendy to shop there or people are shopping them and just keeping it on the down low, but hey I’m willing to try ’em out. And though I may instantly disqualify myself from the cool kids club by admitting it, I actually like some of the prints over on At least the stuff I unearthed below. These are gems. I haven’t browsed their site for at least as long as I’ve been blogging so I wasn’t aware that they’ve expanded and now do custom framing and everything for amazingly low prices compared to the common frame shop.
The more I browsed the site, the more I found that while it’s loaded with your typical The Kiss and Starry Night prints, there’s a lot of really nice work there including some of the fabulous work of Egon Schiele (Seated Nude with Violet Stockings is a favorite of mine), Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso (I’ve always wanted the owl serigraph or war and peace), the beautiful work of Norman Parkinson, Yuko Lau (great for kids), Lauren Hamilton (also a good one for the children), and Yoshitomo Nara to name a few.
And they’re having a 20% off sale for three days only in case you are interested…

(images from


Poppies For Grace {paper goods}

February 14, 2008

The paper goods from Poppies For Grace in Australia are so feminine and lovely, I can’t think of a better gift to give a friend than a box filled with tea, homemade cookies, and a pretty writing set from these ladies. And I like how they use tape on the corners of their product shots, very nice touch.

Poppies For Grace {paper goods}Poppies For Grace {paper goods}

I need a stationery fix lately, my current paper goods drawer (I refer to it when I need to send a note) is starting to really bore me. Zzzz. Time to refresh and bring in some new designs!

(images from poppies for grace)

Objects, Rooms


February 14, 2008

Yay! DwellStudio has a new bedding collection out for Spring and in addition to that, a modern nursery collection created exclusively for Target. I visited my local store yesterday and only found placemats, runners, and napkins (very nice patterns and quality) which surprised me because I was told their nursery line would hit stores before everything else, and I didn’t realize that everything else included table linens — good news for us! If the goods for baby are as nice as the patterns for the dining room table, I think it’s safe to say that lots of happy parents will be running around out there because from what I’m seeing on the Target website, the collection looks strong — stylish, fun patterns, even coordinating pillows and wall decals and furniture. The prices are ridiculously affordable ($9 for a pillow), something every expecting parent wants to hear – affordable and chic. Has a good ring to it! Okay so first for mommy and daddy. Here’s a glimpse of the Spring collection (not Target) — the grown up bedding, for the couple. :) It can be found over at Design Public.

And here’s a glimpse of the DwellStudio for Target collection exclusively for your soon to be baby girl or boy. You know, the bouncing drooling cuties. :) These items are available at Target online and soon to be in stores nationwide. I heard they’re already being spotted in-store throughout California and in parts of the east coast.

Can’t wait to see what else they pull out of those creative DwellStudio hats for Target. Let’s hear it for good design for all!

(images from design public and target)

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