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Bleu Nature

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)

Posted in Objects on July 08, 2008

New! DwellStudio Stationery + Window Treatments

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)

Posted in Objects, Rooms, Stationery on July 08, 2008

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design

Vanessa from Turquoise in LA wants to tell us about new book she’s loving so I’m handing the mic over to her for a moment… Take it away, V!

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
By: Vanessa De Vargas

I am so happy to blog about Ecologique “The Style of Sustainable Design” a new self-published book by interior designer Kelly LaPlante of Organic Interior Design. Kelly LaPlante is an eco designer located in Venice Beach, CA. Kelly?s retail store and design firm showcases custom eco-friendly furnishings while mixing recycled and vintage pieces. Her new coffee table book is a wonderful display of how green design looks polished and oh so chic! The many pages are filled with impressive images from classic style to tradition to eclectic and is printed on acid-free paper with soy-based ink.

The book is available through Organic Interior Design and 100% of the proceeds go to Global Green the national green resource center and The Blank Theatre Company, a playhouse in Los Angeles – which are both very important causes to Kelly. The book is $50 (or $55 including shipping) and all orders can be placed right here.

Just a couple months ago Kelly designed suites at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and in Washington in partnership with Lexus Hybrid. Her classic design merged perfectly with the style and sophistication of the history of the hotel. In my opinion I have seen a lot of green design and I can fully say that Kelly not only has the eye for interiors but she has the knowledge to showcase exactly how eco design can look timeless and refined. For more design inspiration please check out her website.

And if you’re interested in more sustainable design, be sure you check out upcoming appearances of Kelly on Discovery Home Channel?s Greenovate and Sundance Channels Big Ideas for a Small Planet!

Vanessa De Vargas

Posted in Books + Magazines on July 07, 2008

Rubie Green {eco-friendly fabric}

I recently mentioned Rubie Green when I wrote New Revolution of Decorating on 6/2, but at that time her website wasn’t up and running. Things have changed! Ez recently told me that the site is now live so I thought I’d share the news.

If you recall, Rubie Green is a small fabric company based out of New York owned by former Domino magazine assistant Michelle Adams. When Michelle was working on their green issue, she realized that very few companies made eco-friendly textiles in classic prints at that time. Seeing an opportunity to combine her twin passions of interior design and sustainability, Michelle left Domino in 2007 to launch Rubie Green.

Michelle is also a blogger… I really liked her bicycle post (love this J Crew photo above) and to learn that some of the photographs on her website were taken in Boston. Yay Boston!

(images from rubie green and jcrew)

Posted in Objects on July 07, 2008


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