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Lighting From 157 + 173 Designers

I recently came across Greek design firm 157 +173 Designers founded by Babis Papanikolaou and Christina Tsiragelou who both studied architecture and set up their studio in Thessaloniki. Their goal is to, “Design and manufacture products of unique aesthetic value and quality. All ideas are meticulously tested and redrawn before they are finally converted into full scale objects, destined both for extensive production and/or for limited edition release, but always with the care of a handmade object.” I really like their wood lighting, it’s quirky and I appreciate that their design has a sense of humor.

157 + 173 Designers

You can purchase a few of their pieces at French shop Serendipity in case you are interested.

(images: 157 + 173 Designers)

Posted in Objects on August 02, 2011

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello everyone! I’ve been a bit behind on Etsy Take Five Tuesday, I guess you can call it a Summer Pause because I’ve been very busy and unable to do them as regularly as before but in the Fall they will resume again on the regular weekly schedule each and every Tuesday but until October they’ll be a bit hit or miss as I have a lot of travel coming up and lectures to give. How are you doing today everyone? Are you good? I hope so. I have some lovely things to share with you from Etsy today, I hope that you enjoy my finds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

First up, my friends Berit and Kerstin from Snug Studio in Hannover, Germany recently opened their shop doors on Etsy and I couldn’t be happier! I love visiting their little shop around the corner from me and enjoy their work so much. I think you’ll really love them, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Next is Yael Fran down in Argentina who has a billion things in her shop from Keds to stickers, coloring books, prints, iPhone holders… This lady has her designs being printed on everything and it’s so inspiring to see!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Now let’s peek in on the work of illustrator/designer Kaye Blegvad who was born in London but now based in New York. Her feather illustrations-as-garlands really caught my attention today. Aren’t these garlands so unique and pretty?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

You simply can’t miss Villarreal Ceramics in Arizona – in fact, if I didn’t live so far away I’d place an order this second for some of her feather plates and cups. Beautiful things, I really enjoy this shop…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

And finally let’s visit the work studio of Kelsey Oseid in Minneapolis, also known as Kelzuki, who draws the patterns found on state birds and turns them into state-themed prints. The colors are chosen based on the color of each bird. Very clever and a lovely housewarming gift, don’t you think?

Other great Etsy goodies that I found this week:

I hope that my Etsy picks for the week put a smile on your face. :) I’ll be back later with more to enjoy and a special interview and studio tour of a London-based surface pattern designer along with a special Parisian shop tour will come up soon too – perhaps later in the week, I’m still working on them for you. Prepare to be inspired!

(images linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Etsy Faves on August 02, 2011

Mohh Designs

I love all of the abstract watercolors out there in the design world currently in both fashion and home accessories so when Trupti Bane from Mohh Designs contacted me to share her pillows, my eye immediately fell upon this lovely pair below.

Mohh Design

Mohh is a Sanskrit word meaning desire and for Trupti, you feels a strong desire to be around beautiful things in the home and to share them with others. She designs all of her cushions and digitally prints them onto raw silk. The colorful, contemporary designs are inspired by Trupti’s travels and Asia design and she is looking for both wholesale and retail opportunities so that she can reach more people with her designs.

(image: mohh designs)

Posted in Objects on August 02, 2011

Big News: Decorate Book Tour Details!

UPDATE 8/1: All Mood Board demos are full but the meet and greet/signing event with special guests is still open and you can RSVP to [email protected] for your preferred location below. The second invitation below is for you!

UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board Events are booked but please attend the meet and greet/book signing in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to [email protected] but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :)

Hello everyone! It’s August 1st and I’ve been dying to share this amazing news with you for months now ever since I first found out that Anthropologie (insert squeals of delight here) would be hosting the official Decorate Book Tour in the U.S. this month! Yes, this month! PLEASE READ the bullet points below the invitation and mark your calendars because it’s time to meet up!

It's official!

I’ll soon be on the road visiting 6 stores that both Anthropologie and Chronicle Books selected for me and I’m very excited to hang out with all of you and have some fun. I’m flying over alone from Germany and staying in the states for two weeks, which is quite exciting and seems very glamorous – I still can’t believe it – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event so I’m going to just jump in head first and go for it despite the butterflies that I feel! I’m ready to meet you all and share lots of inspirational ideas and the special people that I have lined up to attend as special guests alongside of me as I hop around. I also must add that I can’t wait to be back home in America, even though I love being abroad there is nothing like being home in the USA!

Here’s the plan… I’ll be kicking things off in Boston on Saturday morning, August 20th, so it’s a special spot to begin the tour for me. From there, I’ll visit Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. In August, I’ll even be at the London Anthropologie store on Kings Road for a special brunch event…that will be on September 25th, more on that in a few weeks but mark your calendars!

PLEASE READ:

* To attend a mood board + book signing event, please email [email protected] with your name and the store where you plan to attend.

* Mood board events have extremely limited space so there is a chance that lots of you may not be able to attend my 30 minute demonstration but that’s okay… UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board demos are booked but you can still attend the meet and greet/book signing portion of the event in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to [email protected] but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :) You should still plan on attending right after the demo wraps up. In fact, if Anthropologie cannot accommodate your request for the mood board event don’t worry, they will add your name to the actual book signing/meet and greet event immediately following which will be a larger crowd, more mingling and when you’ll get to meet me and have your book signed.

* If you are confirmed to attend the mood board event, please bring some items to pin on the board that we plan to use for the demonstration. Bring things that can be pinned (nothing heavy or too large) such as tear sheets from magazines, ribbons, fabric swatches, etc. showing the types of spaces and things that inspire you…. you can put together a little envelope of bits to bring along and together we’ll pin them to the Decorate Mood Board at Anthropologie.

*If a mood board demonstration sells out, I will update this blog post with the cities where it has sold out — BUT you will be put on the official guest list to attend the meet and greet/book signing during the same time frame, immediately following the mood board demo, because then I’ll be able to talk to you, sign your book, introduce you to others, etc.

* Each location I visit will have special surprise guests who contributed to Decorate. I’ll introduce them to everyone during the event so you can meet them – from top interior designers to your favorite bloggers and magazine editors. Bring your business cards, it will be a great networking event, too!

If the mood board events sell out, this invitation below is for you so please print it out and hang on to it – also make sure to RSVP as well!

Book Signing Event Only

I’m so honored that Anthropologie will host my first ever book tour, I’m so flattered and happy about it but beyond the excitement I have to sign books in their gorgeous stores, I’m so happy that I can finally get a chance to meet all of you in person. I also must thank my publisher, Chronicle Books, for working so hard to plan these events for me and for sponsoring this big book tour for me. I still can’t believe that this is all happening and I’m thrilled. I just found out that Decorate will be re-printed in both the US and UK for the THIRD time and all of this happened because of you, my readers and friends, so please attend one of my events so I can thank you personally for being such a big part of this dream come true in my life.

Remember, please RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so you can attend: [email protected]

UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board Events are booked but please attend the meet and greet/book signing in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to [email protected] but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :)

(images: anthropologie)

 

Posted in Books + Magazines, Events + Markets on August 01, 2011

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