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Nabefabric Blog

This week I’m inspired by the blog and flickr photos of nabefabric, a graphic designer in France. I like the pretty things she creates for her home, including frame pieces of some of her favorite pieces of Farrow & Ball wallpaper. I also think her kitchen is so sweet looking, very minimal but there’s still lots of character in there and it feels so warm and inviting.


I also like lots of the pretty things she blogs about under the same name Nabefabric, also the decor8 blog of the week. You should visit it, it’s so pretty… And filled with wonderful links to things that inspire her work that you may enjoy as well like:

The paintings of Toronto-based fine artist Holly Farrell
who I just noticed is represented by the Chase Gallery in Boston.

 

 

Ceramic pins to adorn your clothing from Dutch designers
Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler.

British product designer Christine Misiak who designs tea sets she finds and rejuvenates into elegant one-of-a-kind pieces to celebrate the old and new, the past and present. Lighting and things from Malin Lundmark.

UK artist and designer Magie Hollingworth.

French artist Lyndie Dourthe, a person with work I’d love to see live with my own eyes. Wow.

If you like some of these things above, you’ll adore Nabefabric. Visit her blog and enjoy all the new finds you’ll discover. Have fun!

(images from nabefabric, others linked above to their source.)

Posted in Bloggers on April 09, 2008

Bon Bon Atelier

Bon Bon Atelier is a darling little business owned by creative sisters Betsy Blodgett and Emily Blodgett-Panos in Kansas City, MO with both a retail storefront and a web shop for the rest of us. Their store looks so charming, doesn’t it? Nice store, ladies. I love seeing young women in business for themselves like this, it inspires me all the more to someday open a shop of my own.


Bon Bon Atelier carries a varied mix of everything from Andrea Yates ceramics to Sheila Blodgett decoupage furniture and doors, wallets by Loop, and Japanese Decole and those iBride trays that are slowly taking over the world right now. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen them on!


And Bon Bon Atelier isn’t just a shop ‘n go establishment, these ladies genuinely care about their community of creatives. If you live in Kansas City, they host a monthly get together on the 2nd Wednesday called the Bon Bon Sewing Circle. They set up sewing machines and also stations with glue guns and such for those who do not sew. The goal is to get together and share ideas, gain inspiration, and hopefully finish a project. I love this idea and hope to see mini events like these spread to other cities because we all need a little support and motivation without having to drop a ton of cash on formal classes. Classes are great, but not so much if you’re on a budget and not really in need of learning anything, you just want to be around other creative types for an evening to sew and tell. Ha! Sew and Tell. That would be a cute name for a sewing group wouldn’t it?

Are there are stores in your local area that have small business events, networking events, or free (or really cheap) classes that you’ve attended? How did they benefit you (or not)?

(images from bon bon atelier)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Shopping + Products, Travel on April 09, 2008

Modern Economy Sale in San Francisco

Up for a great sale? If you happen to be in or around San Francisco this weekend you won’t want to miss the annual Modern Economy sale, perfect for design addicts on a budget! Event founder and host Meg Mateo Ilasco, designer and author of “Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business“, will share with the public items from your favorite designers marked down from 25% – 75% off retail.

A few participating designers include: Xenia Taler,
Mateo Ilasco, Sharon Spain, and Dermond Peterson.

Details: Saturday, April 12, 2008 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A Conference Center from 10:30AM – 3PM. Details here.

{psst} Meg was spotlighted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal in the article Crafty Hobbyists Create New Careers Using the Web. It’s a quick bite featuring 4 basics that every craftster should know before setting up shop: sticking to your vision, locating your core audience, using alternative publicity (like blogs!), and charging a fair price. You may want to check that out. Article written by WSJ writer Amy Palanjian.

Thanks Meg for writing in, have a fun weekend and lots of success to you!

(images from modern economy)

Posted in Events + Markets on April 09, 2008

Am I Crazy?

Here’s a thought to consider and if you can, please share your views. I can decorate and even style a bookcase better when I photograph it and work from there. Sure, I can stand in a room and give ideas, but once I execute my vision, I use a camera to pull together the space and add the finishing touches. For some reason I see the flaws through my camera lens that I don’t notice by standing in the space. Does anyone out there do better work after viewing a room through the lens of a camera?


My digital camera and I are besties. Heather Moore mentioned something on this topic over at Elle Decoration in South Africa (blog) a few days ago that made me feel less crazy for doing this. What do you think? Nuts or normal?

(photo by holly becker taken in a montreal b&b, 2006)

Posted in Inspiration on April 09, 2008

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