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Woonbeurs, Anyone?

Is anyone out there attending Woonbeurs this weekend in Amsterdam? I’m dying to see how it goes…


I was going to take the train over, but oma’s funeral is tomorrow and we’re having a big family dinner on Sunday so I’m staying here for the weekend. I’d love to hear about it, so if you blog it or have photos in flickr, please let me know! It looks like a lot of fun, with hands-on workshops, lectures, and lots of good displays for home decorating and design.

(image from woonbeurs)

Posted in events + markets on September 28, 2007
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Three Potato Four

A thirst for vintage? Love a little old mixed in with the new? I was so excited to hear from Three Potato Four, I really appreciate that they took the time to write in about their online store. Especially since they offer fabulous vintage and new finds for (mostly) the home. Can that vintage pear jar be any sweeter?


Their selection is out of this world, the Zakka-esque products that have are so pretty, and the vintage finds, like the large vintage pulldown map (below), is simply the best. What a great way to add loads of color and interest to a wall if you rent and you’re limited by what you’re allowed to do in your space. Forget wallpaper and paint, this map stands alone. And it’s a fun conversation piece, guests like to look at maps and talk about where they’ve been. I love stories like that.

I recall seeing an image in a past issue of Domino magazine, a homeowner/designer had a map on an entire wall in her kitchen. I can still see her lovely face and the outfit she was wearing, and I know exactly what her place looked like (her bedroom was very green), but I can’t recall the issue or her name. Can anyone help me here? I’d love to show you because it’s a great example of how maps as a decorative touch really work! I had a massive world map on my wall when I had my own place (before getting married), I’d marked all the places visited in my lifetime and I also marked the top 5 destinations that I hoped to travel to someday. I think having a map around is a great reminder that we really are tiny specks on this planet and there is so much more out there – it’s quite humbling. I love globes as well, but you already know that about me from this post.


Aren’t these vintage circus mugs from Ireland so charming? Perfect for those with a mug collection. I wish Three Potato Four much success in their new shop, and thank you again for writing in!

Psst: They also carry plates by Snowden Flood.

(images from three potato four)

Posted in events + markets on September 20, 2007

Boston: SoWa Open Studios + Open Market – September 15-16

Psst: Don’t forget to head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market this weekend. Both are running on Saturday and Sunday, held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district. Lots to see. Learn more about the event here and have fun, Boston!


(image from se open studios)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on September 14, 2007

Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II – Reception Tonight!

If you’re in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area this evening, you won’t want to miss the Enormous Tiny Art Show II currently underway at the beautiful Portsmouth-based gallery, Nahcotta. Tonight just so happens to be the opening reception, so stop by to see some amazing art, most priced between $100-300.
The show features work that is 10″ x 10″ or smaller and runs from September 12th – October 7th in conjunction with Three Graces Gallery and their Teenie Tiny Art Show. Amy Ruppel, Tara Hogan (Ink & Wit), Marisa Haedike (Creative Thursday), Dan-ah Kim, Cathy Nichols, Matte Stephens, Burcu Okay, Sam Faix, Ann Kirchner, Jennifer Judd-McGee (Swallowfield), Kate O’Leary, Lucie Summers, Sofia Barao, and Susie Ghahremani (Boy Girl Party), are a few of my picks, of course many other terrific artists are taking part in this amazing show so if you attend, you may find a few favorites of your own. Some of these artists will be attending in person, like Jennifer Judd-McGee and Tara Hogan, and it’s rumored that Amy Ruppel may attend as well, so if you’d like to meet them, stop by!

Carefully mapping out everything for installation.

That’s a lot of art!

The work of Kelly Moore on display.

If you aren’t in the Portsmouth area don’t worry, you can view everything in the show online, and if you see something you like, write to Deb at Nahcotta for more information and how to purchase. email: Deb at gallery AT nahcotta DOT com.

(images from nahcotta)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on September 14, 2007

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