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Deyrolle (Paris)

Deyrolle in Paris is another source if you’re on the prowl for charts, and I owe a huge thank you to decor8 reader Muse for pointing them out to me. Insects, botanicals, anatomy, they have charts on everything you can imagine and they’re priced between 18- 150,- euros, available for purchase at their store in Paris or right here online.

Here’s a glimpse of their store, have you ever seen so many stuffed animals in your life? And we’re not talking plushies here people…

This place has total taxidermy fever. I don’t know if these animals are completely recreated from man-made materials, or if they’re formed using actual animal parts, but Deyrolle gives me the creeps. I do love the wall color though, and would definitely visit them just for the whole scare factor (plus I love the vibe, it’s cool I think). For me though, I’m sticking with the charts only (wink).
Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this post. As for Deyrolle, no clue what’s going on there. See no evil, hear no evil… (fingers in ears – la la la la la.)

(images from deyrolle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 13, 2007

A Little Hut *New* Wall Art + Cards

Patricia from A Little Hut wrote in about her new limited edition artwork and I’m so glad she did. When artists write to me asking for their work to be featured, I give them so much credit because I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there before a crowd. It’s scary. You don’t always know how you’ll be received, who will come (if any) once the announcement has been made. I am absolutely flattered whenever someone takes the time to write in to show me what they do, so thank you Patricia.

Patricia’s artwork is completely handmade using an original block print, printed on 100% linen with delicate embroidered details. There are three designs to choose from, all of which you can see on her website. Her company, A Little Hut, also has a small card collection for Spring, shown in the image above.


Don’t you love this, handmade goodness from those that follow their dreams by launching a little business doing something they love? Raise a glass to Patricia everyone :clink: :clink: cheers to your lovely work!

(images from a little hut)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery on March 13, 2007

Freckle Wonder

I *heart* Freckle Wonder. You know that one girl from grade school that you thought was the coolest chick alive? Well, she’s back and she has a website.
Freckle Wonder is a girl that we’d all love to have as a friend. Jenny has style, she’s a woman doing it for herself (small business owner along with her life partner Matt, their fur kids, and their son, Henry), with a gorgeous mid-century retroish home, and she’s so pretty – like a grown up doll. Jenny sells everything from home accessories to shoes and clothes on her website, so it’s a fun browse and worth a bookmark so you can keep an eye on things – she’s constantly updating the site with new stuff.

I think it’s great that she models everything and that Matt is the resident photographer, styling to perfection. I don’t know whether he does this already or not, but I’d love to see Matt sell some of his product shots, I think many of them would be great framed or as greeting cards. Anyway, I’m lovin’ Freckle Wonder and I hope you do too. Great girl, great site.

Psst: She’s a blogger, hurray!

(images from freckle wonder)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on March 12, 2007

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart Love

A funny thing just happened. After writing about botanical prints yesterday, I couldn’t seem to get my mind off of them. Then while I was in Newburyport today, I stumbled upon an amazing chart by Jung-Koch-Quentell at a home design store there. Immediately when my husband saw them, he explained that they’re from Germany, used since the 1960’s as a teaching aid in school. The one I fell in love with was $179- USD so I walked away because he convinced me that we could find these online in Germany for much less. Love that man.

I came home and googled them (in English) and found these at Ballard Designs for $199- USD each. I know, they’re pricey. But they’re made extremely well, printed on canvas, and the top and bottom comes with black wooden dowels to keep it from rolling up, and a ribbon for hanging. They’re large, full-color, gorgeous. Much prettier than online in fact.

But get this. While I was off googling in English, my husband googled in German and found the same ones at Hagemann for under $50,- Euro with free shipping within Germany. If you live elsewhere, contact Hagemann directly. Here’s an online catalog showing their charts. For those of you that cannot read German, they come with the same black wooden dowels, printed on canvas, just as what you see above from the Ballard Designs catalog. What a deal! What a husband!

I’m ordering the one below, top left, showing a metamorphosis. I love the colors, it would be perfect in my living room, so I think that’s where it will go. I also love the one showing the human body. That’s a fun conversation starter, agree?

To get an idea of how these look installed, I pulled these two images eons ago from an AT tour I found, but unfortunately I cannot recall who lives in this great space or where the tour was located on the site. Do you know? Anyway, it helps you visualize how fabulous these charts look in the home.

[update: reader Courtney pointed me to this post, she’s been on the prowl for the print shown over the sofa (below) from the March 2006 Martha Stewart Living magazine. That’s over a year of looking! Anyway, she clicked on the above link to Hagemann and struck gold! Yeah!]

(images from ballard designs, hagemann, at:ny, and martha stewart living)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 11, 2007

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