Another fun online boutique that I enjoy is Viga Massi. Not only do orders over $75 ship for free (love that) but it’s quite obvious that they guys have exceptional taste.
I know John Derian has been around for ages, but I still think his plates are hot and want a wall full of them. I know we are trained to jump on what’s “so right now” but I don’t buy things because of that, I often purchase the best items after their wow factor has long faded. That way, I’ve had plenty of time to make a good decision, not one based on impulse followed by regret, but on whether or not I truly love the item, if it’s worth the investment, and if it’s something I plan on keeping for awhile.
This doesn’t apply to everything I shop for, especially at flea markets and chain stores like Target where you have zero time to make a decision because if you snooze, you lose. But in the case of a $120 John Derian plate, my rule is this: If I want something that I do not really need, and it’s not a bargain, I’ll wait 30 days and if I still have the same (or increased) yearning for it, I’ll give in. I’d say 75% of the time, the craving passes. I think it’s important to set rules because our home can quickly fill up, especially when scouring the web all day long as most of us spend tons of time online for work and/or recreation.
I’ve been thinking of John Derian plates for over a year though, so I’ve long exceeded my 30 day limit. I think it’s time to fire up the debit card, don’t you?
(images from viga massi)
Have you heard of Maries Butik? It’s a small online boutique based in Copenhagen with a few unique finds that I thought I’d point you over to, like their assorted paper goods, Malene Helbak porcelain, and their gorgeous porcelain jewelry that I would love to own. Oh, and happy Friday everyone. TGIF!
(images from maries butik)
Ambrosia Porcelain, the mother/daughter team of Miriam and Linda Aubry, really surprised me last week with a gorgeous plate that I had to share here on decor8. It’s a porcelain piece I asked them to customize since I wanted something with birds, faux bois, and that I could hang on the wall. Isn’t this perfect?
I really love it and can’t wait to find a spot in my home to display it. You have to check these ladies out, they are so talented and their pieces make for a great display piece either in your home or to gift a friend. They’re all one of a kind, so whatever you purchase from Ambrosia, you can be sure it’s their one and only. They’re also bloggers, if you enjoy reading about their business, click on over to their blog. If you are interested in seeing their porcelain and you’re a local, drop by Magpie in Somerville because they always have some of their wares on display. For everyone else, here’s a link to their other blog where you can purchase things. And don’t miss their soap dishes, they’re so cute…
(top image snapped by holly becker for decor8, bottom image from ambrosia porcelain)
When I was in Germany last year, I discovered Bodo Sperlein and blogged about them here. Smitten by their work, I was encouraged by an email I received today from Maguelone, a blogger in France, to check out their latest collections. Thanks, Maguelone! I instantly fell for this porcelain ring, designed by Bodo Sperlein for Lladro. Isn’t it absolute perfection? I love seeing something so fresh like this, I’d never seen anything quite like it before. And the lighting. Porcelain delicately formed into gorgeous blooms and placed on glass…. One word. Wow.