This is highly dangerous news. I never thought the day would come when I could announce this on decor8… But I’ve been wishing for it for years now… The availability of Orla Kiely in the states, online, with reasonable shipping rates. They’ve just launched a brand new site for both International and US shoppers and I couldn’t be happier. They have everything available. Stationery, bags, clothing, it’s all there and waiting for us to pounce. They are currently adding their home collection so stay tuned for that.
I placed a bag in my shopping cart to double check shipping costs before writing this to make sure that what I’m stating is true (pinch me, it is!) and to FedEx a bag to New Hampshire was only $15. When I tried to shop them before a single bag was over 50,- pounds (nearly $100 USD!) to ship. Also, all of the prices are listed in USD. This is huge news people. I can’t wait to see what they stock in their home section. I’m hoping for throws and pillows…
(images from orla kiely)
I have to share with you a few discounts, one is exclusively for decor8 readers. I hope you can take advantage of some of these great offers…
Cotton Idea Studio – 25% off until July 31st. Enter makeawish at checkout. This little company has the most beautiful paper products ever. I love their old school cursive thank you notes.
(images from cotton idea studio and rag and bone bindery)
I am so happy that Bleu Nature has their site up in English in addition to French. I first wrote about them a few years ago but many readers (including myself) walked away feeling a bit frustrated because it was then only in French. Things have changed!
The Bleu Nature collection includes furniture and home accessories that are created primarily from driftwood giving them a bit of an untamed natural feel. I think these spaces look so peaceful and warm, I love the pairing of wood, white, and gray. The texture and organic shapes of everything really draws me in. Located near Lille in northern France, Bleu Nature also incorporates pebbles, lacquered wood and metal, leather, and petrified wood into their designs. The look is clean, modern, simple and definitely in touch with nature.
It may sound selfish to say this, and I certainly don’t want to come across as some almighty American, but I hope that more and more companies go bilingual with their websites, especially in Europe and Japan. I know that it’s not necessarily a must, but with America being such a huge consumer nation if other countries want to reach shoppers here or get their products into American stores, having English as an option is really important. I’m going to speak at an event in Berlin this September (more information to follow in August) and this is a key point that I want to make during my presentation on blogging and building a small business online — add English to your website, even if in small doses. You can really reach out to a broader range of customers not only in the states, but all over the world.
With all that being said (so sorry to ramble), I encourage you to visit Bleu Nature. To locate a store nearest to you that carries their line, please click here.
Psst: I can totally see these living comfortably in a Beachy Keen room.
(images from bleu nature)
DwellStudio, a favorite bedding company of mine, has teamed up with Tiny Prints to create a line of stationery. These are such darling designs and though they are meant for the little ones, I can’t help but think how I could work that blue and green bird card below into my current batch of grown-up stationery. :) These new high quality paper products include birth announcements and thank you notes, invitations to baby showers, birthdays, baptisms, and bar/bat mitzvahs. They also do custom work to include different fonts, colors, even images of your child. Darling!
DwellStudio just partnered with The Shade Store and launched a collection of window treatments using some of their popular patterns. Here’s an example below…
I don’t know… DwellStudio seems to be going for world domination lately. They are in Target, have a line of stationery, window treatments… What’s next? Gift wrap? Scrapbook supplies? Handbags? We will just have to wait and see.
I do want to comment on this but I’m mostly interested in your opinion – when is enough really enough? Is there a point when you will no longer be interested in companies like DwellStudio once they are all over the place?
(images from tiny prints and the shade store)