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Get Real: Where Did You Shop?

We sometimes like to think we are wayyy cooler than we actually are. :) It’s good to pause for a second and recall our roots because it helps us to appreciate where we are today and what we have at our fingertips. It’s not like we always shopped for Eames chairs and Cole & Son wallpaper, and most of us certainly didn’t have a Target or IKEA handy when growing up, am I right? Maybe you were in-the-know but frankly an Eames chair meant nothing to me until I was twentysomething. I’d seen them before but had no clue that those waiting room chairs from the ’70s were Eames and were actually considered cool. I had no idea they were destined to become a design classic and that people would go nuts bidding for originals on eBay in modern times.

I started thinking about my shopping habits, where I go, and where I’ve shopped in the past. I dug pretty deep and went as far as childhood. We shopped at Sherwin Williams for paint and wallpaper, and lived at the weekly flea market for anything and everything, Kmart for home basics, and Waccamaw Pottery for linens and dishware and everything else under the sun. My mother made a ton of stuff from clothes to soft furnishings in the home, and she loved to paint and wallpaper, so I remember her hitting the local hardware store often. But we didn’t have a Home Depot or a Lowe’s back in the day…We also loved some of the little gift shops in Litchfield and Pawley’s Island and I had a favorite stationery store that I hit on Friday when my parents gave me my weekly allowance money. That’s where I shopped for all of the Sanrio papers I craved, including smelly stickers, puffy stickers, and anything else I could get my hands on from My Melody to Little Twin Stars and Hello Kitty. As for clothing, my mother made lots of my stuff until I became aware of trends and brands, then I had to have the latest from Chic, Jordache, and Gasoline Jeans of course. When I was little, I was content with Kmart and Sears. As a young teen, I was more into Belk or the very few outlet stores we had around. I was also obsessed with OP (Ocean Pacific) and all of the other surfing brands so I lived in surf shops buying shorts and brightly colored, graphic t-shirts. I couldn’t get enough.

When I was in my late teens and we relocated from South Carolina to New England the 90s had begun. Being in a more metropolitan area just north of Boston we had more choices, minus my beloved surf shops, and Target, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, DWR, those were not even around here back then. We also didn’t have blogs or online shops (or email for that matter). Most decorating magazines and design books were quite dull. It’s funny to look back and think about how much we have today that even just 10 years ago did not exist. I think this is also why interior designers back in the day really stood out as being quite unique and amazing. Today anyone can access design and find amazing things. Back then you really had to work for it. Ideas didn’t come easy. You had to be innovative if you wanted to infuse your home with a style all your own.

So for fun, I want to know — where did you shop with your parents as a kid? For clothes or the home, it doesn’t matter. Dig deep and think about it, I’m dying to know… And on the flipside, where do you shop today?

Care to share?

Posted in get real thursdays, inspiration on July 10, 2008

Inspired by Bodie and Fou

I want to congratulate Karine at Bodie and Fou, her home appeared in Grand Designs magazine and the spread is absolutely gorgeous. I love the charm and simplicity of her French flat. You can view the article here. I hope to meet Karine and her sister Elodie in Amsterdam in September for a blogger meet-up I’ve planned on September 5th. Non-bloggers are also invited, more to follow here on decor8 in August but for now – mark those calendars and come to Amsterdam!

Black walls are a growing trend at the moment and I think this one behind the bed is gorgeous. You may not want to awake to a black wall, so placing it behind your bed is the perfect solution to that while still giving your bedroom a gorgeous focal point upon entering.

Congratulations, Karine!

(images from grand designs magazine)

Posted in inspiration on July 10, 2008

Les Indiennes {ethnic eco-friendly}

Les Indiennes is such an inspiring portal to worlds beyond, ethic prints and patterns continue to inspire and amaze me and Les Indiennes makes some of the loveliest I’ve seen. I’ve known about them for awhile, but after reading their personal story today in the Washington Post I felt inclined to blog about this online jewel.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Les Indiennes is American designer Mary Bergtold-Mulcahy and Indian designer Srinivas Pitchuka. Together, they design and produce eco-friendly fabrics from organically grown cotton and natural dyes. Made entirely by hand using India’s traditional Kalamkari method. You can shop them online for bedding, tabletop, pillows, wallpaper and books, fabric by the yard, and felt pillows and slippers — They have it all! It appears as though they only ship within the U.S. currently but you can email them to inquire further (info AT They have retail showrooms in America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia if you’d like to view them in a shop nearest to you click here.

Their online flipbook is a brilliant way to present their collection. It’s so easy to quickly view their gorgeous homewares styled to perfection in magnificent spaces. I love how they’ve merged eastern and western design into a modern eco-friendly collection, I find it all very sophisticated, calming, and cozy.

(images from les indiennes)

Posted in bathroom, kitchen, textiles on July 10, 2008

International Bloggers at Domino {yay!}

Today is a really great day! A piece that I wrote for Domino just went live on their website featuring 16 international design bloggers. I pulled it together last month so I’ve been anticipating it to go live every since… I hope that you enjoy it — it’s so thrilling to see these great blogs with their name up in lights. They totally deserve it.

The Style Files, one of the 16 blogs featured.

It was fun to step away from my etsy column for a moment to explore a different topic and I thank Domino for being so open to the idea of spotlighting bloggers for their very own slideshow. I wish I could have chosen more because so many exist out there but I was limited to only 15-16 slides. Perhaps we can do a Part 2 in the future. :)

Thanks, Domino!

…And a special thanks to all of the lovely bloggers who assisted me in my research.

By the way, Domino has a new Search function on their website, go check it out. Makes life so much easier.

(image from domino online)

Posted in blogs on July 10, 2008


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