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Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)

Another beautiful stop I hit whilst in Portland was Edith & Edna, a new store that stocks only items that are handcrafted by artists, but not just the locals, but from talented designers across the globe, from Morocco to Sweden. Joanna Mendicino, Zid Zid Kids, BlaBla, Alena Hennessy, Curious Bird, Karin Eriksson, and dozens more, they’re all there waiting for you to buy, cherish, love forever. Corny I know, but I feel a sense of excitement when I buy handmade.

I was instantly charmed the moment I approached the store, as the window display was really sweet and stood out amongst the other windows along busy Market Street. I actually purchased a few items directly from the window, I couldn’t resist. When I stepped into the store and browsed the wares, I was happy to see so many things I’d written about on decor8 before, so of course I highly suggest shopping Edith & Edna when you’re in Portland.

This is Julie George-Carlson, one of the owners that I had a chance to chat with (her business partner, Brandie Mayes, wasn’t available). She was packaging my new goodies when I snapped this picture. What a sweet lady she is!

The location is prime, the store is so fresh and inspiring, and after you finish shopping, you can hop across the street to Starbucks to chill out. After Market Street and topping things off with an Edith & Edna experience, my brain started to spark and sizzle a little bit (sensory overload), so I grabbed my fave mocha light frappuccino and looked through my bag of goodies. :) If you aren’t a Starbucks fan, head down to the waterfront for cold bubble tea (love!). I actually did both, because bubble tea is a rare find in New England, it’s more of a west coast thing, I highly suggest it.

I love their business cards, or shall I say, business blooms. Clever idea. Julie gave me this one, it’s crafted from magazine pages. Oh, and thanks Julie for your exceptional service and for allowing me to photograph your beautiful store!

By the way, here’s a glimpse of the general area for the non-locals. It’s so pretty there, great architecture, yummy seafood places, you can truly make a day of it in Portland. And don’t miss the Portland Museum of Art. (Psst: If you are a Currier member like me, you can get in free right now.)


(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, small business, travel on April 25, 2007

Dallas Shaw at Miami’s Art Fusion Gallery

I have to share these images from artist, Dallas Shaw, taken on opening night of her exhibit at Miami’s Art Fusion Gallery in the design district. Click here to link to the Miami design district website, it’s the best to refer to when you travel there. Also bookmark The Hotel because it’s amazing and Todd Oldham redesigned it. Okay, back to Ms. Shaw…


Largely influenced by fashion and music, her acrylic paintings span from works on canvas to works on vintage wallpaper (so cool), cards, t-shirts, and prints. Some of the work shown here has already been sold, but you can contact Dallas directly to inquire about her work. Thanks for sending in these photos, Dallas – we love it all!

(images from dallas shaw)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, fashion + accessories on April 24, 2007

Hello Springtime from Jennifer Causey

Jennifer Causey (Simply Photo) is one seriously talented lady. I can’t gush enough about her work, and I know I always do, but I can’t help it (partly because I don’t want to!). I’m such a huge fan; I stalk her etsy store constantly for new photos. It’s borderline sickness, I know. She just launched her latest series called “Hello Springtime” – full on gorgeousness for sure. These postcards below are available in sets of 5 or 10. Enjoy!

(image from jennifer causey)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on April 24, 2007

Artsy Walls: Will It Look Good Over The Sofa

Andrea Sperling is a talented photographer and writer who lives in New York, and owner of the new photography website, Will It Look Good Over The Sofa. She wanted to share a wall with us that I absolutely love and think you will, too. This is a stunning display, thanks for sharing Andrea!

(image from andrea sperling)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on April 21, 2007

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