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100 Layer Cake: New Website + Market!

I first told you about the 100 Layer Cake blog nearly two years ago and I’ve been waiting for them to roll out their website ever since… and voila! Today is our lucky day! It’s live, baby! I love their marketplace, it’s great for connecting brides with vendors and vice versa. In the market, you can buy and sell pieces for your wedding and also bid and post on vendor requests.

NEW: 100 Layer Cake website

“Vendor requests are posted by brides (say, floral arrangements for 12 tables), and bid on by vendors. Vendors have their own portfolios on our site that brides can review before accepting a bid. We think it’s an awesome way for brides and vendors who might not normally connect, to get together and create something beautiful!” Great concept!

NEW: 100 Layer Cake website

NEW: 100 Layer Cake website

NEW: 100 Layer Cake website

I found some great things on 100 Layer Cake shown throughout this post but perhaps you feel like clicking over for some products + inspiration of your own? Also pay special attention to their directory of DIY projects and don’t forget to look over their directory of online resources for crafting your own wedding.

And congrats 100 Layer Cake… Great new site!

(images: 100 Layer Cake)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 29, 2010
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Photographer Penny Wincer

Do you recall my review of The Homemade Home by stylist Sania Pell? If so, you may have noticed that her book was shot by the talented Penny Wincer in London, who is represented by ERA Artist Management. (If you don’t remember my review, you may click here to read it.)

Photographer Penny Wincer

Some of the photos from Sania’s extraordinary book are shown in this post… and I just love Sania’s styling work combined with Penny’s amazing eye so the combination of these two talents is quite an inspiration to me. I thought I’d show you some glimpses into Penny’s portfolio today. If you want to see more amazing eye candy, you have to check out this link

Photographer Penny Wincer

Photographer Penny Wincer

Penny has long been one of my top ten favorite photographers in the world of interiors — I love her angles and how she finds beauty in the mundane and even how she makes the extraordinary feel within reach somehow. She has a very strong eye, her composition and lighting is inspiring, and overall Penny has enormous talent. I hope you’ll check out her work for some inspiration of your own today!

(images: era artist management/penny wincer)

Posted in inspiration on November 29, 2010

Cocodot: Online Greetings

Have you heard of Cocodot, a hot new online greetings company based in Los Angeles? Cocodot is a lovely group of very talented people who are passionate about photography, graphic design and online communication that reaches the heart — and I think for online greetings Cocodot has the best (so fresh!) look/feel out there currently. I love how they collaborate with both emerging and established “names” from small companies like event planner Amy Atlas to massive brands like DKNY and David Stark — fantastic! Here are a few of the online greetings that I like from their current seasonal collection — violet, green and silver is my palette for the winter this year so I particularly love these hues together and of course, the whole handmade look is always a favorite of mine.

Cocodot

Cocodot

With Cocodot, you can send ad-free greetings and invitations online but you can also send them via Facebook (I love this since I’m a huge fan of Facebook). You can also add your own music, track and manage your guest list, upload your own logo, include your own photography AND now you can even have your cards professionally printed and tucked inside of beautiful vellum envelopes after you’ve finished designing them on the Cocodot site. Fab!

(images: cocodot)

Posted in stationery on November 29, 2010

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

What do you think of pop-up shops and pop-up exhibitions? From stores like Target to small boutiques that bring in a limited line, what do you think of the overall concept? I love it and predict that it’s going to be awhile for some time — it’s been growing all over the world for some time now and personally I think it’s a great way for people to explore new revenue streams, get in front of a new customer, explore a different city, and in general it’s a great experimental thing to try without investing enormous amounts of money. Have you heard of Once & Again, a pop-up exhibition that is being held simultaneously at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and online at Gretal Home? I *love* the things in this shop… I sat here this morning going through the photos positively drooling! Want to see?

Once & Again

Bear Face Mirror: By All Lovely Stuff. “By referencing childhood nostalgia with their Bear Face mirror All Lovely Stuff have created a comforting yet fresh and modern piece.”Pillows: Cien Años de Soledad embroidered pillows by Ana Gonzalez (Series of six pillows, each one unique, exclusive to Gretel). “The beautiful embroidery of artist Ana Gonzalez is inspired by symbolism from classic Colombian literature. The story of revival in these pillows is completed by the vintage English fabric which Gonzalez has used as her canvas.” Bowl: Gold-plated Flawed bowl by Studiomake.

Once & Again

Once & Again

Splash bowls by Tim Parsons for AR Wentworth. “Pewter, an old fashioned material, has been rejuvenated by Tim Parsons and the craftspeople that hand-make the unique Splash bowls. Because the form of each bowl is determined by the ‘splash’ of the molten material, each and every piece is different.”

Once & Again

Left/Center: Giant yarn rubber crocheted bowls by Rosanna Contadini for Neo. “By combining the traditional craft of crocheting with a thoroughly modern material (neoprene rubber) Contadini has created a collection that is innovative and intriguing. The giant yarn bowl (21 inches wide) uses rubber yarn that is one inch thick and is a new addition to her incredibly popular series of rubber crocheted bowls.” Right: Hand-carved wood cake pedestals by Iacoli & McAllister (special edition, exclusive to Gretel). “Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister are well known for giving new significance to ordinary vintage candlesticks. Now, in this extension of their Mini Pedestal series, and also inspired by flea-market finds, I&M has created delicately carved wood pedestals (stained with tea and coffee) topped with Corian plates.”

Once & Again

Spica Light by Iacoli & McAllister. “Like many of the designers featured in Once & Again, Iacoli & McAllister proudly produce all of their work by hand. Thanks to the industrial processes they incorporate however, I&M’s designs are far from rustic. Their brand new Spica light features a sleek powder-coated steel frame wrapped with soft embroidery floss. One of the designers, Jamie Iacoli, recently inherited her mother’s collection of hundreds of skeins of thread and the incorporation of them into this modern piece is a contemporary interpretation of the needlework she did as a child.”

Once & Again

Gold-plated Flawed cups and bowls by Studiomake (special edition, exclusive to Gretel).”The gold-plated drips of Studiomake’s Flawed cups and bowls are gilded by artists in Thailand. The process not only refers to traditional Thai craft but also to the craftsmen’s refusal to follow popular ceramic-ware trends of other culture.”

Once & Again

Wonderland candlesticks by Stephen Johnson for Artecnica (Series of 24, including three designs; Bird, Lady and Rabbit, exclusive to Gretel). “Johnson refers to the familiar forms of ceramic figurines in the design of his whimsical Wonderland candlesticks. They have been produced in a striking matte black finish especially for Once & Again.”

What do you fancy from these lovely items above? I love the bear face mirror for a kid’s room, the Spica light for an office, the gold-plated flawed bowls for my china cabinet and the Ana Gonzalez embroidered pillows for my sofa!

Psst: This collection is only available until December 5th so if you see something you like, act fast!

(images: once & again)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events on November 29, 2010

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