The window shopper gave me a tip to check out Alena Hennessy’s new bird creations, Birds in Flight. Available in silver, pale sky blue, soft pearl, and bright white, these birds boast a 17″ wingspan and can be adjusted to suspend from any ceiling height. Alena created them using a hydrostone mold and then sands and handpaints them to perfection. I love the shadows that they create on the walls, don’t you? Alena also produces prints, paintings, scarfs, tees, onesies, and tiles as art, too. She’s quite a busy girl! The winter tree in sky blue is my absolute fave (shown below in white), along with the birds in flight, of course. Oh and there’s free shipping on orders over $65.
We love your latest creations, Alena!
A huge thanks to Jessica who wrote in yesterday about Rabbit Toes – her fun and contemporary new line of personalized dinnerware. A new limited-production design is available each month! From her lovely 1884 carriage house in Minneapolis, Jessica creates designs to commemorate weddings, anniversaries and other events that you feel the need to highlight in your life. Each plate is made in Italy, but the custom design and application are her own creations. I’m in love with the silhouette plate – perfect for wall or shelf display, don’t you think?
Thanks for the tip Jessica!
(images from rabbit toes)
Did you spot the new book and blog of the week? If not, it’s time to introduce you to a few of my new faves. First up, Danielle’s design blog – The Style Files – where she blogs from the Netherlands about (mostly) Dutch design, but of course, a girl can’t stop there – so she blogs about design that she finds inspiring from all over the globe. We met up and spent a day together in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, so I’m extra excited to have her featured as blog of the week – what a great lady she is! Her blog is so insightful, she posts daily, and she features many great designers and products that are so knock-your-socks off good that I suggest making the Style Files your daily read. (psst: Here’s a photo I snapped of her in Eindhoven. She’s quite lovely, isn’t she?)
Next, a book I’m really nuts about lately, Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything*: (*and if you can’t, look again). I spotted this book for the first time in Hamburg a few weeks ago and wondered why I’d not heard of it before – it’s been out for a few years already. There is so much in life that can stimulate creativity, but because we are exposed to these things on a daily basis (i.e. product packaging) we start ignoring it. Brit designer and global icon Paul Smith teaches us how to look at things in a different way – to really SEE what you are touching and using and watching – that’s the real key to creative and inspired living. This book examines this topic further with loads of pictures that will stimulate your brain and put you on a much more creative track. It’s a great coffee table book since it’s bound to strike up conversations with guests, and a good resource for you to refer to when you find yourself stuck in a bit of a creative rut. If you don’t already own a copy, I highly suggest changing that el pronto ! (Learn more about Paul Smith here.)
I’d also like to welcome an additional sponsor here on decor8, Imooi, who has the most gorgeous jewelry for men and women, along with ladies handbags (love the jewelry for men). Imooi is offering FREE SHIPPING to decor8 readers for a limited time, so if you’d like to gift a friend, there’s no time like the present. Here’s a link to their store on Amazon. Please use code: decor806 at checkout. Welcome Imooi!
Oh, almost forgot… Look at what Danielle found (below) from Tord Boontje for Moroso. Read more here. Sweet find, Danielle!
Wowie Zowie! Okay this is a bit too much overload for my brain today. Rockett St George just wrote in to tell me about their online store. Oh. My. God. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. They specialize in British based design, design that they’ve scoured their country for, looking for the UK’s freshest talent. Job well done, because this site flat out rocks.
There’s nothing I wouldn’t own (major damage can be done to my bank account), way too much temptation. From their Hand stitched fish wallpaper panels to this giant chrysanthemum wall tattoo, I’m mesmerized. Adorable flying duck wall hooks, lighting to die for, concrete lace floor tiles (yes, really!) and so much more… Ah. Heaven on a website.
I’m heading off now to work for awhile on my template (sigh), then to share a meal at the home of some friends, and finally out for cocktails with my girlfriends visiting from Italy (for the locals, you must check out BlattGold Cafe + Bar, In der Steinriede 9 off the Lister Meile , Hannover map here, it’s a super cool new bar with a Scandinavian lodge vibe with a touch of mid century modern.), so I won’t be back online until tomorrow. See you then!