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.
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. :)
…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)
I nearly missed posting Etsy Take Five Tuesdays today. Oopsy Daisy! Thankfully I remembered just before the stroke of midnight because I have some lovely sellers to share with you with some very special finds ranging from custom fabric to puffy brooches, floral coasters, neon brights, and a man playing his accordion – oh my!
First up is June Craft in Chicago who is relatively new to Etsy. The scalloped edges on this gocco print are so refreshing to see, I don’t think I’ve spotted anything like it before. I just may have to order one… I also like the custom fabric that she designed and printed using Spoonflower (printing details here). It’s great to see people experimenting with Spoonflower.
Roadside is amazing. I randomly found Jayme McGowan while searching for something else totally unrelated on Etsy last night and sat here in shock that I hadn’t heard of her before. She and Roadside deserve major blog coverage because seriously, this work is unique and gorgeous. Wow.
I get so excited when I find quirky unique handmade things, like everything in the Toast Clothing store. These puffy pins are fantastic, don’t you think? How cute to add to your handbag or even a throw pillow.
I take my eyes off of the neon treasures at Raeburn Ink. It’s electric (boogie woogie)! I’m usually not big on neon hues but this stuff is fab, seems the designer really knows how to bring neon from the 1980’s into modern times in the most beautiful way ever. Seems to key to making neon work is to pair it with pastels or neutrals. So grand.
Alison Tauber in Brooklyn has a lot of very nice things. It all looks so comfortable and down-to-earth, and the subdued colors are grand. A few of her design motifs are somewhat retro so there’s this vintage charm about her wares that I really like. The hostess set is perfect, it comes with recipe cards and a tea towel. Great to gift a friend who has invited you over to dinner, especially if you just don’t feel like bringing another bottle of vino. Mix things up!
If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out. See you tomorrow!
(images linked to sources above)
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 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)
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