I was talking to Emma Henderson over at Showpony earlier this week who just announced the launch of her new website and online shop. She designs and creates screen printed accessories for mostly the home that includes totes, pillows and tea towels. Emma is also dedicated to using organic and fair trade materials and only ink that is water based.
I love me some Rice. What a great Danish company, I own a bunch of things from them – I particularly like their kitchen items and ceramic bowls because everything is well made and happy looking! They’ve just rolled out a new website with photos in full on saturated color and oh boy, oh boy! You practically need sunglasses it’s so bright.
Notice who is shown in the picture frame on the shelf? Cute, isn’t it?
Did you know that Rice is now in America? Oh yes. I joke you not. I started writing about them three years ago and always wondered if someday they’d end up at some local Anthro store and sure enough… I bet a store could curate 100% of their merchandise these days from reading blogs because let’s face it, bloggers report on trends and talk about what consumers want. Reading blogs keeps their finger on the pulse of consumer buzz and that is a hot little pulse to monitor because it means potential profit. Look at Orla Kiely for instance, unknown in America a few years ago and now she’s practically a household name. Not a coincidence. If you want something bad enough just blog about it a couple thousand times. People are out there watching. They’re listening. To us. The bloggers and the blog readers. Kind of cool, don’t you think?
You can buy lovely Rice products in America — click here (type in USA) to view where they’re available.
(images: rice, denmark)
I was reading Jen’s blog, Made By Girl, last night and found a link to a Scandi magazine called Hus & Hem (you must check it out!) which I recall seeing during my travels. Have you heard of it? Jen shows some of her favorite rooms here, so I don’t want to steal her thunder by reposting her picks so I’ve included some bait to get you over to her blog to check out the rest… these photos are some of my favorites. Is this alluring enough for you?
What a nice way to kick off the weekend, yes? Make sure you visit the Hus & Hem website to click around — it’s quite a lovely spot!
(images: hus & hem)
Remember when Domino magazine had that spot on their site where you could upload photos of your room and create somewhat of a style file? I heard from a company today based out of Sweden that has something similar and they’ve expanded it to the English speaking market. The UK crowd seems to be taking to it — it’s called StyleRoom and it’s a community for home decoration aimed at those who enjoy decorating (duh) and sharing their projects and ideas with other kindred spirits. Here’s a peek at some of the homes in their community…
To play along you simply create a free account and then upload images of your rad pad and interact with others from there. I haven’t joined but I did have fun browsing their site for a bit today. I didn’t spend a lot of time on StyleRoom thought since I can finally walk (yay!) so I got out of the house this afternoon for a bit and stumbled around with my little brace on (he he) looking for some organizing bins for a home project I’m about to get to work on. But anyway, StyleRoom looks promising so give it a whirl. They just launched this UK site so there’s not a ton of involvement yet so perhaps you may be interested in getting involved? I’ll leave that up to you, but at least check it out and let me know what you think.
And don’t miss the Swedish site where they have a lot more users in their community and man, some of the homes are sweet.