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Attention Cooks: Jamie Magazine

The launch issue of Jamie Oliver’s food and lifestyle magazine, Jamie, is here and it’s gorgeous. If you love to cook, or simply to be inspired by beautifully designed restaurants, well set tables, and gorgeous travel destinations, head to your nearest bookseller to see if you can get your hands on a copy. Filled with amazing photography, you’ll love it, it’s like no foodie mag I’ve ever seen before. It’s beautiful right down to the thick pages and the Monte Carlo Script font featured throughout.

You can click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see a sneak peek of the issue. Though the images do it very little justice, in person it is much better.

I should add that this magazine is printed in England and at Barnes & Noble I paid $9.99 for it.

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Books + Magazines, kitchen on February 05, 2009

Letterpress Recipe Box Love

How many of you read the Daily Candy? I was once a fanatic but these days I only read their Weekend edition and the Daily Candy Deals. Today the deals email rolled in and I spotted Charles Fradin and a 25% off discount… Out of curiosity, and okay the word letterpress caught my eye, I clicked over and found this beauty of a recipe box. Delicious. See for yourself.

Isn’t this a great recipe box? I would consider it, but I use a recipe organizer that’s a bit of a folder/binder and it is by Cath Kidston. I’d love a wood and letterpress rolodex similar to the box shown above… how pretty would that be? Something like this one from Margaret and Walter on Etsy only with letterpressed tabs. Someone go make that and list it in your shop! Quick! And use a variety of found papers inside, from wallpaper scraps to graph paper.

(image from charles fradin)

Posted in kitchen on February 03, 2009

Petite Press {letterpress recipe cards}

Cooks will love this… I cannot take my eyes off these new personalized recipe cards from Petite Press. Letterpress, oh my!

Swoon! What a thoughtful gift for a friend or better yet, a great house warming gift! I think the only thing I would do is after writing on a card, I’d laminate it or place inside of a plastic photograph sleeve to protect the paper. I’d hate to have chocolate stains ruin these beauties.

(images from petite press)

Posted in kitchen, stationery on January 26, 2009

Bongenre: Fancy Melamine Tableware

I recently heard from Jill at Bongenre and thought her work was something lots of us may really enjoy, especially for guests and for setting the “children’s table” that so many use during dinner parties when the family gets together. Bongenre is melamine tableware (bowls, plates) with a twist – it’s actually quite elegant! Brooklyn-based founder/designer Jill Fenichell spent 15 years as an antique porcelain and pottery dealer specializing in English blue and white porcelain made in the 18th century.

About her designs Jill says, “I get to think about patterns I love, and work out interesting color relationships and rhythms between shape and pattern and color,” she adds, “The real question is: how to connect the old to the new…that’s what I want to do with my tableware.”

Don’t miss the Winchester Mandala pattern, available in several gorgeous colorways. I’m really into mandalas right now so these totally speak to me, especially in purple, lime, and winter (oooh) which is PERFECT for an indoor party this winter for January/February when everyone is tired of red and blue and white seems to coordinate so nicely with the snowfall. Perfect for gift giving too!

What do you think of Melamine tableware? Yes, no, maybe? Under what circumstances do you use it currently? Outdoor only? Indoor? Do you use it mainly for food or for decorating (on the walls or on plate racks)? Do you think it’s a good option for dinner parties when breaking out the china isn’t something you feel up for and paper plates are definitely not on your menu? Is Melamine the happy ‘in-between’ option for you or…?

(images from bongenre)

Posted in Decorating Tips, kitchen, shopping, walls on December 04, 2008

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