Hello lovely friends and happy Monday to you! And a big Oh la laaaa is in order over the new Kate Spade website as it makes me feel so chipper today and ready for springtime. I’m redesigning decor8 currently and working with a new color palette and graphics and their site inspired to get my own blogging butt in gear so it’s up and running with a new, fancy look soon too. Spring is all about growth and fresh new beginnings, isn’t it?
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday the Kate Spade brand will grow to expand into interiors even more – I’d love to have Kate Spade tea towels, bath towels, a shower curtain, wallpaper, bedding… wouldn’t that be so lovely?! I’m also hopping that they’ll bring the brand over the pond and open a shop in nearby London or here in mainland Europe. A girl can dream but you never know do you!?
(image: kate spade)
I’m so happy to hear about the Selvedge Spring Fair in London on April 2nd but also quite sad as I’ll miss it by only a week since I won’t arrive in London until the 10th for my book launch party on the 13th. This news breaks my heart, especially since I love Selvedge magazine and because their official sponsor is Amy Butler (who is a contributor to my upcoming book). May I just add that I love London. I mean, hello! There always seems to be something super creative and interesting going on there especially when it comes to the arts and craft scene. I feel SO tempted to just fly over for the day to check out this fair and return home but I don’t know… it does look lovely though, doesn’t it? Oh my. Temptation calls.
Those who will exhibit at the fair are listed below, so even if you cannot make this event please visit their lovely links and shops below.
Les Soeurs Anglaises, Milla and Arti, Papa Stour, Parna, Noolibird, Grace Ink Design, Charlotte Macey, Bojo Childrenswear, Holy Smoke, Naomi Avsec, Claire Fletcher, Cath Ball, Catherine Hammerton, Becky Adams, Jam Tart, Rosie’s Armoire, Emma Lamb, Emily Maude, Folk at Home, Ray Stitch, Emily’s Ark, Biba’s Tea Party, Makers Market, The Laundry, Jennifer Collier, The Natural Store, Blodwen, Charlotte Farmer, Beyond France and Cornelia O’Donovan.
The Selvedge Spring Fair will take place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Langdon Park Road, London N6 5QG from 10am – 5pm. Entrance fee £2.50 and the cute little map above shows you where to go to find them. Enjoy!
(images: selvedge and their exhibitors)
I’ve known about this for awhile now but wasn’t able to reveal it until today… but my source at Anthropologie has confirmed that I can announce this lovely news today… But this month they will launch a new decorator concept which will help customers carefully select products to fit their needs along with expert advice and assistance. These workshop-style decorator shops will roll out in twelve existing Anthropologie locations in the U.S. and U.K. (listed at the end of this post) and their website will mirror their offerings.
The decorator concept will share Anthropologie’s aesthetic but it will be completely dedicated to, “delivering a unique experience that helps generate design ideas and support decision making,” and the decorator shops in stores will have wallpaper swatches, rugs, curtains, printed information about products, and it will host regular workshops with design experts. Main categories such as curtains, furniture, hardware, lighting, rugs and wallpaper, will be helpful to decorators and the in-store shop will look a little different in each location and will serve as both reference and to spark creativity.
They will also have design books and magazines (a first for Anthro to stock magazines!) that will also be presented and I’m happy to say that my upcoming book, Decorate, will be part of the line-up of inspirational books so I’m very excited. I have to fly over to the states just to see it with my own eyes. :)
Online customers will benefit from the new “For the Decorator” section listed under Features, which will debut on March 17th. The section will be home to tips and tool, such as a wallpaper calculator, upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatch requests, and glossary.
The Anthropologie store locations that will launch the decorator concept on March 24th are: London, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Corte Madera, CA, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, NYC, Wayne, PA and Westport, CT.
NOTE: In London, at their King’s Rd location, two workshops are slated for March 27th: Meet Emily Chalmers, author of Modern Vintage Style and owner of hip Shoreditch boutique Caravan who will be offering one-on-one personal design consultations with customers. You can also meet Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, founders of Custhom, will be screen printing individual postcards demonstrating their techniques which customers will be able to take home.
Christy Flora is an artist with a degree in Art and Design from the University of Chicago and she is a greeting card and stationery designer. Her greeting cards and stationery have been sold nationwide in small boutiques and in leading department stores such as Barneys NY. As part of her work, she makes hand-drawn, hand-cut and hand-colored paper butterflies and they inspired her new Flutter wall decal collection over at Blik. Christy is known for her whimsical illustrations and has been a long time collaborator for Blik because her clean colorful lines and happy imagery works beautifully when translated into wall decals which is their specialty.
“What I love about Flutter is the sense of movement the butterflies bring to a space,” said Christy. “I rarely see butterflies, but when I do, they bring me an unexpected moment of joy. With Flutter, I’ve brought one of the most beautiful parts of nature indoors and in turn (I hope) a smile to someone’s face.” What a sweet thought. I like how you can apply these decals however you would like on the wall as well so you can be creative with the arrangement of them.
I’m fascinated by the process of how makers translate their ideas into products and then, those products evolve into other ideas and products and well… it’s all quite magical to behold isn’t it?