I recently came across a new local shop called Cabin Fever and talked to owner Roberta O?Connor who sells mid-century modern furniture and accessories just north of Boston in her historic Salem, MA. She sent over a mini store tour for us since her website is still under construction (it currently only lists general information).
What makes Cabin Fever so unique? All of their vintage furniture is imported from Brazil! Now there’s a twist for ya! Why Brazil? O?Connor loves the Jacaranda Rosewood and Honey Caviuna woods and hand selects each piece for Cabin Fever. As a native of Brazil, her appreciation for rich, tropical wood runs deep and she thinks that it only enhances the beauty of mid-century lines and that because Americans are just starting to discover the wealth of Brazilian furniture and architecture from the 50?s and 60?s that Cabin Fever is the perfect place to showcase some of it.
Brazilian designers like Sergio Rodrigues, Giuseppe Scapinelli, Novo Rumo and Branco e Preto are all represented in the collection. “These designers are starting to gain renown in the United States, just as Eames, Saarinen and Jacobsen have represented mid-century modern design,? O?Connor says.
In addition to Brazilian finds, Cabin Fever also carries DwellStudio, Jonathan Adler, Perch, Thomaspaul, and Publique Living to name a few. Local artists will also have a chance to sell their wares as handmade prints and accessories will soon be offered.
Congratulations on your new store, Roberta! And Boston locals — Why not take a trip up to Salem this weekend?
(images from cabin fever)
I’ve been writing a lot over at Haus Maus today and I wrote a piece over at Real Simple that you may be interested in. Topics include kitchen design, cute ceramics, and a few good shops that ship globally. I’ll be back here to blog this afternoon so stay tuned!
Looking for some of your favorite wallpaper online at huge discounts? My rolls of Cole & Son Cow Parsley gorgeousness just arrived and I paid $15 for shipping and $105 per roll (each roll is a double). I know that’s not cheap, but usually you can expect to pay over $50 for shipping and $180+ per roll.
How did I save so much money? I didn’t even have to show cleavage or bat an eyelash! More here on my other blog.
(image from holly becker for decor8)
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?
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.
(images from grand designs magazine)
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 lesindiennes.com). 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)