I don’t know about you, but I could fill my home with chairs because to me, they’re like my shoe collection — I can never get enough. This is one lovely chair that I spotted today over at Cookie magazine online and all I could think when I laid eyes on it was: SIGN ME UP. I want one though I have no clue where I’d put it or even why I want it so badly… But then again, cravings are usually like that aren’t they?
Does anyone know where this chair is from – who makes it? I found one here but it seems to be something you have to buy in bulk…
(image: cookie mag, link to article here)
I’ve blogged about this idea before but had no idea someone started doing this — love it! A home decorating workshop! No, not some cheesy kind where everyone sits around in a circle admiring gadgets that they’ll most likely purchase and never use (electric apple peeler anyone?) but a hip kind where a blogger/decorator invites you into her home to dish about decorating and helps you to tap into your aesthetic.
The blogger is Jamie Meares of the I Suwannee blog and owner of Furbish Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. She designed the room shown above for under $500 so you can learn about decorating on a budget from this creative blogger for only $40 (what a deal!). Her most recent class was last week but I’m sure she’ll host more so email her if you are in N.C. and interested in taking part. I read about this class today over at Mint and had to post it — lovely idea!
I’m considering doing another one later this year (a blogger meet and greet) so I’ll keep you posted on the details as soon as I know more. But my event won’t be at home, I’m thinking of a something in a central location in a popular European city — a store or function hall similar to the Amsterdam and Berlin decor8 events I helped organize last Autumn. We’ll see…
What do you think of blogger sponsored events? Are you a blogger, and if so, would you do something like this for a fee? Would you like to teach about styling/decorating/photography in your local community? Are you currently teaching and care to tell me about it (link and comment below please!).
(images: jamie meares)
In preparation for my move, I decided to pick up a laptop because the thought of my desktop being on a boat for two months suddenly made me realize that perhaps I should have an updated laptop on hand so I can work, duh right?! ha! So I ordered a new MacBook Pro (and I love it but I want to be clear – I’m both a PC and Mac – I like them equally and refuse to take sides) and as I sit here tapping away on the keys I’m considering a good bag to carry it in since I’ll be toting it around airports and in London next month.
It’s always such a pain to find a nice laptop bag, isn’t it? I mean, they’re always black nylon whenever I shop local stores. I want one that rocks, like these handbags from Orla Kiely above. And while I have nothing against black, I do have a problem with being at airport security where everyone has a black bag on the conveyor belt. This is the same reason why I have Orla Kiely luggage — it certainly doesn’t blend! I’m waiting for the day when Kate Spade designs something in pink or turquoise leather with a fun interior…
Where do I go when I need group help? Twitter! With the aid of my dear Twitter friends I’ve compiled a list of places where you can find some nice laptop bags online in case you’re also looking for one. I’m not sure what I’ll end up with… If you have additional suggestions please comment below and I’ll revise this post to include your link too. Thank you!
Orla Kiely |Kate Spade | Acme Made | Marka | Kolobags (the Jane Marvel line is great!) | Violet May (England) | Rad Tech | Janine King (etsy) | Melissa Beth Designs | Red Maloo (Germany) | Knomo Bags | Vera Bradley | Built NY | Track and Field (etsy) | Bobarra | Cool Computer Bags | Abbi |Nanda | Target | Dorothee Lehnen (Germany) | Etcetera Media | Queen Bee Creations
Any other suggestions?
(images: orla kiely)
This morning over at Real Simple I highlighted a new-to-me fabric designer over on Etsy called Swanky Swell based out of San Francisco. Here’s a glimpse showing some of her designs.
Visit this link for details…
(images: swanky swell)
Happy Friday to you! I’m heading out early today to attend Sail Boston and Art Fridays with my friends so I’m signing off until Monday. I hope that you have a great weekend and that you’re able to fit in something fun + creative along the way. There are so many festivals going on all over the country this weekend, it’s amazing!
If you’re in Boston definitely visit Sail Boston because the weather will be nice and there are lots of fun things to do around the city, like the Boston Handmade Marketplace on Saturday in Somerville.
See you on Monday!
P.S. Are you on twitter? Connect with me here.
(image: Carrousel by Irene Suchocki)
Nancy Lam is an 18-year-old budding collage artist and photographer from southern California that I find quite interesting and thought you may too. I found her via Andrea Yu from the Sweet & Dainty blog who wrote to me recently (thanks, Andrea!). Aren’t these photos dreamy and imaginative? The soft colors and sunlight make me want to lay on a blanket outside and dream the afternoon away…
On Flickr Nancy goes under the name Slumbering Heart so add her as your contact if you’d like – click here. You can also read her inspiring blog for more inspiration, it’s called Hunny cake: My wandering days. I’m still blown away by her age – 18 – how wonderful that she’s already found her calling and aesthetic at such an early age. I think it took me much longer!
(images: nancy lam)