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The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

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

The Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market

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)

Posted in events + markets on December 18, 2010

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

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! :)

Markets Online + Off

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

Markets Online + Off

Papernstitch – So many lovely finds!

Markets Online + Off

Poppytalk Handmade Market online.

Markets Online + Off

Blue Caravan ethical design market.

Markets Online + Off

Indie Handmade, also online and lovely.

Markets Online + Off

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.

Markets Online + Off

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.

Markets Online + Off

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney this weekend…

Markets Online + Off

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)

Posted in events + markets on December 04, 2010

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

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!

!2 Faves From West Elm

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!).

!2 Faves From West Elm

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.

Boston West Elm 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)

Posted in events + markets, round-up, shopping on September 16, 2010

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Hello friends and happy Friday to you! I have some exciting news to share with you today! I will be leading a workshop in Morocco from October 16-23, 2010 for an intimate, private group of 10 at the brand new and ultra exclusive Peacock Pavilions owned by Maryam Montague who authors the My Marrakesh blog and who is a professional shopper and soon-to-be book author.

Join me in Morocco!

Here is a tiny glimpse of one of the ensuite guest rooms where you may want to rest your head after a dip in the pool, a henna party, rooftop dinner at sunset, drinks on the terrace, creative workshops focused on decorating and also blogging and creativity, or a shopping adventure in the souks of Marrakesh with Maryam and I (Maryam will take us to hidden gems, where she sources her finds).

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

“There are 5 ensuite bedrooms at Peacock Pavilions. Each has an entirely different personality. This one is called The Room of the Golden Gazelles. Although you see it with a double bed here, all the rooms can have 2 single beds, too.”

“The inspiration for the room was a screen that was in Lanvin’s apartment in Paris.  I saw it in an auction catalogue my parents sent me (they are auction addicts) and I sent it to Melanie Royals at Modello Designs as inspiration for the wall that she would be painting with a group of painters. She then redesigned it — adapting it to Peacock Pavilions, swapping out the tree for an olive tree, adding a dado at the bottom to act as the headboard backdrop, adding stars and flowers that she designed herself.”

“My goal was to create a room with a glamorous feel and as you can see I have decorated it all in shades of gold/brass, black and white.  The room is filled with some antique and vintage treasures from Morocco and further afield.”

Now would you like a peek in on one of the bathrooms?

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

Join me in Morocco!

“This sunny yellow bathroom is all about yellow and white with a splash of pink. It’s a bathroom that is designed to lift your spirits and was designed on a budget. We made the vanity ourselves using a Moroccan yellow tile I found locally with a modern floral pattern. I found a little porcelain sink with a flower shape and a faucet that looked like a flower stem. I then put together a small Norman Copenhagen flower pendant lamp. The floor tile is from Popham House Design. I picked up the pattern from the tile, enlarged it with a stencil and had it sandblasted on the glass shower door. Besides the yellow walls, the rest of the walls are done in a glossy, burnished ivory tadelakt (like Venetian plaster) that makes the whole room glow and bounces the light around. ”

And this is just a glimpse of the magical pavilions where we will be staying… It will be a most enchanting + lovely time… I hope that you will enroll and join us on this exciting adventure. I can’t wait to join Maryam — we’ve been friends since I started this blog as she was one of my first readers so to meet her will wonderful for me.

Her is the full schedule and trip details, cost, etc. There is a special offer to those who can pay with a check for a discount until June 30. They will receive $147.00 off the total price.

Registration is extremely limited — only 10 can enroll — I wish I could enroll all of you though, imagine that!!

Let’s meet in Marrakesh!

(photos: maryam montague)

Posted in events + markets, travel on June 25, 2010

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