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Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

March 9, 2011

I’ve known about this for awhile now but wasn’t able to reveal it until today… but my source at Anthropologie has confirmed that I can announce this lovely news today… But this month they will launch a new decorator concept which will help customers carefully select products to fit their needs along with expert advice and assistance. These workshop-style decorator shops will roll out in twelve existing Anthropologie locations in the U.S. and U.K. (listed at the end of this post) and their website will mirror their offerings.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

The decorator concept will share Anthropologie’s aesthetic but it will be completely dedicated to, “delivering a unique experience that helps generate design ideas and support decision making,” and the decorator shops in stores will have wallpaper swatches, rugs, curtains, printed information about products, and it will host regular workshops with design experts. Main categories such as curtains, furniture, hardware, lighting, rugs and wallpaper, will be helpful to decorators and the in-store shop will look a little different in each location and will serve as both reference and to spark creativity.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

They will also have design books and magazines (a first for Anthro to stock magazines!) that will also be presented and I’m happy to say that my upcoming book, Decorate, will be part of the line-up of inspirational books so I’m very excited. I have to fly over to the states just to see it with my own eyes. :)

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Online customers will benefit from the new “For the Decorator” section listed under Features, which will debut on March 17th. The section will be home to tips and tool, such as a wallpaper calculator, upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatch requests, and glossary.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

The Anthropologie store locations that will launch the decorator concept on March 24th are: London, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Corte Madera, CA, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, NYC, Wayne, PA and Westport, CT.

NOTE: In London, at their King’s Rd location, two workshops are slated for March 27th: Meet Emily Chalmers, author of Modern Vintage Style and owner of hip Shoreditch boutique Caravan who will be offering one-on-one personal design consultations with customers. You can also meet Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, founders of Custhom, will be screen printing individual postcards demonstrating their techniques which customers will be able to take home.

(images: anthropologie)






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Blogging Your Way e-Course: Registration Open!

February 14, 2011

I have to shout it to the world — Leslie and I will soon teach the Blogging Your Way e-Course and registration JUST started today! I can’t wait to dig in again and hang out with students in an intimate, private space online where we can connect! Leslie and I can’t wait to run this course because we won’t be running this particular one again until next year — so if you want to take Blogging Your Way, this is THE opportunity to do it! We have lots to share in this class, including a video from Leslie who will tell you about herself a bit more in detail and I’ll do a video as well (along with 4 podcasts so you can download them) and much more so you are guaranteed a good time!

REGISTER HERE – Class space is limited!

Blogging Your Way: Outline

Friday, February 25th – You will receive your login by email so that you can get set up before class kicks off the following Monday. On this day, you’ll listen to two introductory podcasts from Leslie and I, watch a webcast explaining how to use the site and forum, and you’ll receive a course outline that you can download and print out along with a printable download for taking notes week by week.

Monday, February 28th – Class officially begins. Ideally, it’s great if you can log in once daily during the week but if you can only log in a few times a week that is also fine. You will need to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to this class if you want to get the most out of it. Some really dig in, network, and spend more time and some only hop on 30 minutes 3x a week. However, I suggest logging in 3-5x per week and spending quality time reading the materials and completing the fun and easy weekly homework assignment for best results.

Monday, March 28th – Class officially ends. You will, however, have access to the class materials and forum until April 11th. At that time, the site will be taken offline.

To learn more about Blogging Your Way and to register, click here.

Hope to see you in class!






Events + Markets

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

December 18, 2010

Want to see what a craft market looks like in Sydney? Well, for one the guests look really chill and super summery which is hard to imagine as I sit here watching the snow fall outside. This market looks like a giant Anthropologie — I love the worn industrial building and the super high ceilings and all of that natural light! I also loved seeing the gorgeous handmade crafts. I just looked through over 180 photos that Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff sent in, she was commissioned by The Finders Keepers Market to shoot the event and then she was nice enough to get permission to see if she could share her impressions with all of you today.

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

Seeing events like The Finders Keepers Market is super inspiring to me but I imagine even more so to those of you who don’t have craft markets in your city… seeing handmade artists, meeting them, chillin’ out with others in your community and bumping into friends, just being exposed to so much beauty and positivity in a single day — it’s an honor really. I’ll be attending two handmade markets in my city this weekend and I can’t wait to see some of my friends and check out what they’ve prepared to present on their tables. I like to poke through their new products, see how they’re displaying things, there is so much to absorb and enjoy at independent craft markets.

A big thank you to Jillian Leiboff for her beautiful photography and to Sarah Thornton from The Finders Keepers for giving us permission to share them on decor8.

(images: jillian leiboff)






Events + Markets

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

December 4, 2010

I’ve been hearing about so many amazing fairs and events all over the world and while it’s impossible to round them all up, I want to highlight some lovely ones both online and off that you may be interested in checking out. So without further ado, here is where I am shopping… or at least in spirit… what about you? See any you love? Going to any this weekend or in the weeks to come? Share! Share! Share! But me first! :)

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Ammiki – A curated art and design site for independent artists – like a blog only gallery style.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Papernstitch – So many lovely finds!

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Poppytalk Handmade Market online.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Blue Caravan ethical design market.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Indie Handmade, also online and lovely.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

DaWanda based in Berlin with artists and designers from all over Europe and beyond, Made It online handmade market based in Australia, Indie Fixx Galleria, Etsy (of course!), Georgie Love out of Australia, Bonanza (formerly called 1000 Markets), Leeloo, Indie, Coriandr, Folksy, Felt in New Zealand, Folksy in the UK, Breslo in Romania, Signerat in Sweden, Artfire.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Renegade Handmade online shop AND in person craft markets in Chicago this weekend, in LA December 11 + 12 and in San Francisco on December 18 + 19.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney this weekend…

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

In Sydney, Mathilda’s Market for kid’s on December 5th. In Hamburg, Germany this weekend is the Holy Shit Shopping event, then it hits Berlin December 11 and 12 and finally Stuttgart on December 18 and 19. Now until December 24th in Boston you can check out the Boston Handmade Downtown Holiday Gallery. Also in Boston on December 11 and 12 is the annual SOWA Holiday Market.

In my city, Hannover, the lovely Sandra is hosting Designachten on December 18 + 19 – I’ll be there for sure! I’m so happy to see a handmade market like Sandra’s here in Hannover. Woot woot!

Do you know of any other online markets or local events that you’d like to promote as a shopping source for all things handmade this month? Please do so in the comments section below. Thank you!

(images linked to their sources above)






Events + Markets

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

November 29, 2010

What do you think of pop-up shops and pop-up exhibitions? From stores like Target to small boutiques that bring in a limited line, what do you think of the overall concept? I love it and predict that it’s going to be awhile for some time — it’s been growing all over the world for some time now and personally I think it’s a great way for people to explore new revenue streams, get in front of a new customer, explore a different city, and in general it’s a great experimental thing to try without investing enormous amounts of money. Have you heard of Once & Again, a pop-up exhibition that is being held simultaneously at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and online at Gretal Home? I *love* the things in this shop… I sat here this morning going through the photos positively drooling! Want to see?

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Bear Face Mirror: By All Lovely Stuff. “By referencing childhood nostalgia with their Bear Face mirror All Lovely Stuff have created a comforting yet fresh and modern piece.”Pillows: Cien Años de Soledad embroidered pillows by Ana Gonzalez (Series of six pillows, each one unique, exclusive to Gretel). “The beautiful embroidery of artist Ana Gonzalez is inspired by symbolism from classic Colombian literature. The story of revival in these pillows is completed by the vintage English fabric which Gonzalez has used as her canvas.” Bowl: Gold-plated Flawed bowl by Studiomake.

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Splash bowls by Tim Parsons for AR Wentworth. “Pewter, an old fashioned material, has been rejuvenated by Tim Parsons and the craftspeople that hand-make the unique Splash bowls. Because the form of each bowl is determined by the ‘splash’ of the molten material, each and every piece is different.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Left/Center: Giant yarn rubber crocheted bowls by Rosanna Contadini for Neo. “By combining the traditional craft of crocheting with a thoroughly modern material (neoprene rubber) Contadini has created a collection that is innovative and intriguing. The giant yarn bowl (21 inches wide) uses rubber yarn that is one inch thick and is a new addition to her incredibly popular series of rubber crocheted bowls.” Right: Hand-carved wood cake pedestals by Iacoli & McAllister (special edition, exclusive to Gretel). “Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister are well known for giving new significance to ordinary vintage candlesticks. Now, in this extension of their Mini Pedestal series, and also inspired by flea-market finds, I&M has created delicately carved wood pedestals (stained with tea and coffee) topped with Corian plates.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Spica Light by Iacoli & McAllister. “Like many of the designers featured in Once & Again, Iacoli & McAllister proudly produce all of their work by hand. Thanks to the industrial processes they incorporate however, I&M’s designs are far from rustic. Their brand new Spica light features a sleek powder-coated steel frame wrapped with soft embroidery floss. One of the designers, Jamie Iacoli, recently inherited her mother’s collection of hundreds of skeins of thread and the incorporation of them into this modern piece is a contemporary interpretation of the needlework she did as a child.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Gold-plated Flawed cups and bowls by Studiomake (special edition, exclusive to Gretel).”The gold-plated drips of Studiomake’s Flawed cups and bowls are gilded by artists in Thailand. The process not only refers to traditional Thai craft but also to the craftsmen’s refusal to follow popular ceramic-ware trends of other culture.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Wonderland candlesticks by Stephen Johnson for Artecnica (Series of 24, including three designs; Bird, Lady and Rabbit, exclusive to Gretel). “Johnson refers to the familiar forms of ceramic figurines in the design of his whimsical Wonderland candlesticks. They have been produced in a striking matte black finish especially for Once & Again.”

What do you fancy from these lovely items above? I love the bear face mirror for a kid’s room, the Spica light for an office, the gold-plated flawed bowls for my china cabinet and the Ana Gonzalez embroidered pillows for my sofa!

Psst: This collection is only available until December 5th so if you see something you like, act fast!

(images: once & again)






Events + Markets, Round-ups, Shopping + Products

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

September 16, 2010

A couple of readers asked if I’d point them to some of my favorite things over at West Elm so I’m going to play a game of virtual shopping guide! Fun! In this post I’ve taken 12 of my current favorites from West Elm to share with not only those readers but with the rest of you who may also be looking for a few news things to spruce your roost. Enjoy!

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

1. Diamond tufted headboard, 2. Nailhead upholstered headboard, 3. Blake sofa, 4. Tripod table in white, 5. Martini side table in white or silver and 6. the Wrap dining chairs (love all colors!).

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

7. The Pratt desk in all white (also available in two tone) has to be my current favorite West Elm piece. 8. I also like the Pebble Stripe rug. In fact, the whole room is nice… especially that coffee table. 8. The Sphere lamps are great, too. 10. Could this Chunky tassel throw get any yummier? 11. This simple Cloche is nice to display something that you cherish. 12. And finally, the Organic Shaped dinnerware. Everyone needs at least one white set of dinnerware because white shows off food the best (I am throwing out my blue dinnerware, it makes most food look so unappetizing!) and with white, you can lay the table anyway you’d like — dress it up, go casual, change your colors, experiment with a variety of themes — anything and everything goes with white dinnerware.

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

BOSTON: West Elm has partnered with PATCH NYC and Etsy to invite some of Boston’s most talented artisans and crafters in to our store for a special pop-up hand made art market event on October 14th.  If you can attend, go, go, go! It sounds fun. You can RSVP here. I’ll be there in spirit. xo

(images: west elm)






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