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.
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!
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?
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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)
I was thinking recently about gratitude. My friend Laurie, who is also an expat from the states (originally from San Francisco) and lives around the corner from me in Hannover, Germany, gave me the idea for this post so I owe the whole gratitude idea to her. You see recently, she held an event for ladies who live in Hannover (but are from another country) to get together for dinner and networking – I even met a few decor8 readers which was a lovely surprise! It was such a special evening to be with ladies from all parts of the globe — Brazil, America, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands… but in addition to having friendly chats and exchanging information about our new culture, language, lifestyle — Laurie gave us each a piece of paper and spoke for a moment about gratitude. What was the paper for? Well I’ll get to that.
Laurie (who is a change management consultant who works for high profile companies) told us that when people normally relocate it is easy for them, especially when grouped together with others who have relocated as well, to start complaining and conversations can quickly become quite negative as a result. This is one reason why I’ve not yet joined a local expat group — I’ve heard that people in these groups can be big whiners and that’s just not my style. I believe that the more you complain, the more negativity you invite into your life and the more your complaints turn into reality. I also believe that complainers receive less help – people usually want to help those whom they like and complainers tend to have fewer friends. What do you think?
Now back to this inspiring dinner party with Laurie…
She tactfully explained to our group that it’s best to concentrate on what we have in our new culture, versus the things we may miss, and then she asked us to write down what we are thankful for… what do we have currently in our life that we love? Specifically, she asked us what we love about living in our new city. My list covered both sides of my index card and I quickly filled it, which told me something instantly — that I found a great spot to live and work!
The other ladies didn’t realize it (I was discreet), but I took notice of who had to really sit there and think about things to list vs. those who quickly listed their favorite things. I wondered if the ones who quickly wrote their list vs. those who had to really think about what they were thankful have a happier expat experience because they are naturally seeing the good things? Or? It also made think that perhaps by making regular mental notes (and from time to time making them on paper, too) that we all should remind ourselves what we are currently thankful for, what we love about our life, our personality, our home, our city, our job, those close to us… I think being thankful makes us less prone to negative thinking and gives life more meaning. We shouldn’t have to suffer an extreme hardship before we start to appreciate what we have, right?
And so, since yesterday was Turkey Day in America and many of you still have bellies full of pumpkin pie, perhaps it is a nice time to reflect on what you have currently that makes you feel grateful. What Are You Thankful For? I’d love to see some of your lists, would you mind sharing with me in the comments section below? I think writing a list publicly reinforces our feelings and also encourages others to look on the bright side and be more thankful too. Care to participate? I will join you with my list in the comments section below… You may also answer this question publicly on your blog and then leave a link to your blog post in the comments below – it’s up to you.
I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts! :)
(image: Sunday Suppers, a supper club I’m dying to attend someday in Brooklyn that also has a new blog!)
Would you like to see a lovely Norwegian home today? I was so excited when fellow design blogger, Siw Haveland of Design Shimmer in Norway, wrote in to ask if she could share 12 corners of her home with decor8 readers today. Of course! Of course!
My favorite corner – this is so charming! Everything about it speaks to me…
I’m always keen on sharing inspirational, cozy spaces that ooze with charm and creativity — so let’s see what Siw’s gorgeous home looks like. This was shot by Oslo-based photographer Sandra Aslaksen and some of these images recently appeared in Norwegian design magazine, Bonytt but other than that, they’re pretty new to the web so we’re all pretty lucky to have this pretty place to check out today. Thank you Siw for sharing your home with us…
Her floors look a lot like mine, I have these amazing chevron-patterned wooden floor myself (called technically, herringbone floors). I like the fresh green accents, unexpected and great in a mostly neutral space.
What a clear, modern entryway. This is such a great welcoming space, don’t you think? The twinkle lights were the perfect addition. I love how everything Siw does is super affordable and creative. With very little, she does so much!
I adore this dressing table, the gorgeous high heels lined up on the floor, the white wooden floors, the mirror, the lamp… okay, ALL OF IT. It’s one of those spaces that makes me feel like it’s just the best thing in the world to be a girly girl.
Her tactile, feminine bed covers have to be the most beautiful ones that I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that. I have a crochet coverlet, a vintage one, in white but it’s no where are detailed and amazing as Siw’s cover. I also love that big creamy beige throw on top. It’s such an inviting spread. The rug is perfect as well, I have 3 of them in my home — I love warm, cozy rugs. I also like her closet-as-headboard. Very different and this works perfectly if you have lots of pretty clothes like she does in many different colors and patterns.
I like her use of linens and the wooden “DS” for the name of her blog, Design Shimmer, on her inspiration board. I also have a board in the same size that I’ve leaned against the wall in my new workspace too, I have to show you it when I finish my workspace. I’m getting there! Soon!
And here is the pretty homeowner and her great glasses. I just love her look, she matches her home I think – don’t you?
If you didn’t catch this arrangement of jewelry above her dressing table a few images above, then you can see a closer view… this is a simple wire hanger transformed into a place to display her necklaces. Now this is absolutely budget-friendly!
Siw is not scared to mix high and low – in this example an IKEA cabinet with a mid century classic chair and a Kartell Bourgie lamp.
And here’s a view of the entire room where that lovely Kartell lamp is on the IKEA cabinet. It seems she used three of those lockers to form a credenza of sorts – what a clever idea!
Here’s a view of her very, very white kitchen. Wow!
Do you spot anything above that you are particularly drawn to? Anything you’d like to try at home?
I’m always looking to share inspirational homes on decor8, so if you have one — send some photos to me (decor8blog at yahoo dot com) and I’ll check them out for sure! :)
(images: sandra aslaksen)
Would you like to experience another fab interiors e-magazine? Of course you would! We can never get enough of all of these fabulous online magazines can we? I love flipping through their digital pages to see what’s on the design radars of people from around the world. This time we’re peeking in on Ivy & Piper, a new online mag from an Australian interior design duo, Melanie and Elizabeth, who met at design school and realized they shared an aesthetic and now years later, decided to launch a magazine together. They also have a line of pillows, lighting and table linens that you can purchase on their website, too. I love that! Want to check out some of their pages? Here’s a glimpse…
(images: ivy & piper)