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Story: New Online Shop

Monique Germon is the proprietor and creative director of Story, a sweet little shop that recently opened its online doors and features curated handmade goods from homewares to fashion and accessories. Story prides itself in, “Exhibiting the work of individuals who make a significant contribution through the production of exceptional art & design… [Story] reveres authenticity above all & pays homage to this as a style unto itself.” I love that thought, that authenticity is a style of its own that deserves as much respect as the creation itself. SO TRUE!


Fantastic stool made from paper

Gorgeous pillows

A dozen tiny ceramic mushrooms


More pretty things, including one-of-a-kind art and Australian magazine SOHI, one that I recently discovered and have formed quite a curiosity for because it looks quite fabulous and unique.

Story offers complimentary postage for all items shipped within Australia, but they also ship to locations worldwide so contact them directly for pricing and more information.

Thank you Monique for writing in and telling me about your new and delightful online shop!

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Posted in Shopping + Products on February 03, 2011

NEW: Boston Prop Rental House, Mad Props

Calling all stylists, set designers and anyone else in need of props in Boston! Lauren Niles, Prop Stylist, wrote in today about Mad Props and I couldn’t resist sharing this new Boston-based business with you. Mad Props (great name!) is a full service prop rental house catering to stylists, photographers and of course the film and event industries who shoot in Boston and greater New England. They have an extensive collection housed in a 3,000 square foot space that is open weekdays along with their online space where you can browse what’s available.

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props carries everything from table settings to home decor, surfaces and furniture ranging from antique to vintage and modern pieces. Founded by owners Lauren Niles and Elizabeth Pond, they launched their business to fill a void and, “To make the propping experience more pleasant, convenient and efficient, and offer hard-to-find items for local clientele and out of town productions coordinating photo shoots in Boston.” Curated with care, Lauren and Elizabeth source items selected for their aesthetic photographic qualities and usefulness as props in general.

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Sounds (and looks) like a fun space to visit — and a valuable resource for those looking for a great prop house in Boston. Way to go, ladies!

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Posted in Decorating Tips on February 03, 2011

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

I was at the London Anthropologie shopping drooling on Monday and spotted pieces from their Spring collection trickling in, they have a rather modern African theme in housewares currently… I felt both inspired and mesmerized by the patterns and saturated colors with all the ethnic influence though I’m more about small doses and definitely not into overdoing things… I love dots of color splashed against a neutral background, but some of you love a bright, saturated background with more color layered on top and lucky for all this line satisfies all. This season at Anthro African prints and patterns are all the rage along with  animal motifs but in addition to their pieces with African influence, they also have some industrial pieces and lots of flea market-inspired finds as they are best known (and loved) for. Here is a glimpse of a few of my favorite things.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Animal wall hooks in white ceramic

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Block Begonia Wallpaper– I am dying to order 4 rolls of this for a wall in my dining room… I guess I should just go for it but I need samples first before I take the leap!

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Safari Study Pillow, Gazelle

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Flights and fancy salad plate, On-a-whim dinner plate, Wanderlust Journal – Chevron, Recipe bookmarks.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Decker bookshelf

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Ethnic rugs – love that magenta one, perfect with a gorgeous black leather sofa or a sumptuous linen one.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Coralie bed, Lunet chair and stackable animal pots.

Spot anything that speaks to you? What? Why? Do you like their modern safari style, industrial inspired finds and the overall eclectic, well-traveled look?

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Posted in Decorating Tips on February 02, 2011

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ready for Etsy Take Five Tuesday for this week? Posing pup, old cups, curious characters, cheeky beaks and edgy seats… my quirky round up this week should satisfy you and make you smile. Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love photos of dogs (and cats), you’ll adore the animal portraits by Sibling Rivalrie. These are so cute, oh my goodness I want a pet again soooo bad. I have a pug crush (they are called “mops” in Germany) at the moment. Any pet crushes you’d like to share?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I’ve talked about the Mincing Mockingbird before, but I have to remind you to visit this great shop again in case you’ve not stopped by in awhile. I love these serene blue and green hues and sweet little birds — though the shop still stocks plenty of cheeky beaks, too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The vintage goods (not to mention the pretty product shots) in the 5 Gardenias shop may catch your fancy (and possibly be worth a bookmark). If you love old-fashioned charm that includes old cups, lovely glassware, vintage sheers and colorful spools then this shop is one to frequent for new, errr old, finds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The whimsical illustrations by illustrator Tracey Long in London, also known as Chasing The Crayon on Etsy, has a fantastic imagination and a great eye for color — I adore her whimsical characters as well.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

German etsy shop ShowRaum (showroom) has several fantastic designers who combine vintage materials to create edgy and new products from furniture to lighting and beyond. If in Berlin, you can visit this cool new shop in Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg district at Schönleinstrasse 3 or visit their website for more information.

Hope you liked my round up, see you tomorrow with more bloggy finds for you to enjoy!

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Posted in Etsy Faves on February 02, 2011

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