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Patch NYC at West Elm

March 29, 2010

I’ve been meaning to ask your opinion on the recent collaboration between West Elm and Patch NYC. What do you think about them teaming up with design duo John Ross and Don Carney? I personally think it was a good move on the part of West Elm and I hope that they continue to go in this direction by bringing more small firms under their wing to not only diversify their range but to spotlight the work of talented designers out there who may be interested in taking that next step to become more of a household name. John and Don are so talented, they got started in 1997 and have been producing hats, scarves, handbags and jewelry ever since. Their new home collection for West Elm is quite nice I think… Here are their designs as prints, pillows and plates.

Patch NYC at West Elm

I imagine bringing on Patch NYC for a limited time was a big move for their brand but it’s a smart choice and I think it’s fun to see a collection that merges the talent of Patch NYC with the clean, modern aesthetic of the West Elm brand. I hope that this is the start of more collaborations in the years ahead; I’d like to see them work with other small to mid-size names.

From the Patch Blog about this collection John says, “After many months of design and development, we are very excited to introduce our first collection of home accessories created exclusively for West Elm!  We worked from Don’s ink drawings to create a cohesive group of new designs: small rectangular dishes and serving platters, metallic silkscreen on linen pillows and letterpress prints in lacquered frames.”

What do you think about this collaboration?

(images: patch nyc & west elm)

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Gretel Home

March 24, 2010

I read about the best new online shop today on Daily Candy called Gretel. Have you seen it? For those of you who haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. The website design and product photography is gorgeous, very sophisticated, fresh and young but beyond that, they have some of the most beautiful selections in a single shop, it’s lovingly curated and just fantastic. Gretel was founded last year by British interior stylist Abby Kellett who clearly had an eye for modern design.

Gretel Home

Gretel Home

Gretel Home

I love the smokehouse — a very modern take on a classic German design for incense that you can frequently find here in the winter during Christmas markets. And the Helgo candle holders — yes, please!

I also like their store windows,”Just as a store changes its window displays, every season we will present our products in a new light. Welcome to Gretel’s Windows.”

(Photography: Claudia Uribe Touri)

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Design Finds

March 15, 2010

I recently wrote about some of my favorite design finds from Z Gallerie and Oomph over at Real Simple but in case you missed them I’ll share just a glimpse of the good stuff here because you really don’t want to miss out on these goodies.

Design Finds

Don’t you love that great red table or how about the umbrella stand or the turquoise coffee table? Very nice pieces for Spring!

(images: z gallerie and oomph)

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Present & Correct

March 15, 2010

Present & Correct always has something to love with all their retro fabulousness. I love the idea of using vintage lunch trays as desk organizers — I remember those things so clearly and how we had pink ones at our school. What color were your school lunch trays?

Present & Correct

I also remember how insane my classmates were about pizza day. And it’s funny because years later I had this déjà vu moment at work when a colleague came over to my desk and said, “Hey Hols, it’s buffalo chicken wrap day, we’ve gotta get over to the caf before they sell out”. I remember feeling like I was 10 years old again on pizza day. Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same, isn’t it?

(photos: present & correct)

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Ferm Living: New!

March 8, 2010

You’re going to love these beautiful things for the home, I just know it! It’s been awhile since I wrote about Ferm Living but I was reminded of them today when a reader wrote in looking for some help with her bedroom walls. I sent her over to Ferm Living with some wallpaper suggestions and it was then that I noticed they’d added a bunch of new products to both of their websites in the US and in Europe. From wallpaper to poufs and candle holders… some of these things shown below are not available yet in the US online shop but you’ll need to check the website to know for sure. All things below are available in their European store though.

Ferm Living: New!

I really love mushroom soup wallpaper shown above — fun for the kitchen or to line cabinets. Here’s a decorating idea: It would also be nice to paint your kitchen a gorgeous chalky gray or even a warm, soft sand with crisp white trim and if you have a pantry for food, to wallpaper only the pantry with this mushroom paper. You could then use some of the mushroom tea towels in the kitchen area to bring it all together. How pretty!

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

How cute is this doll house and these bird pillows and soft mobile for baby?

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

Ferm Living: New!

I’m also liking the wall stickers called Sewing Room — and how they’ve artfully placed them in the kitchen around trash bins! See any favorites that you can imagine in your home?

(images: ferm living)

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Snug is Online!

March 3, 2010

Remember the sweet little shop tour we took last week when I introduced you to snug in my neighborhood? Well shop girls Berit and Kerstin just let me know that their little snug shop is open for business and that they will ship worldwide so if you see anything you like, show them a little love. :)

Snug is Online!

I plan to buy some of the candle holders shown above — they are so cute, you should see them in person! I want to line some up on my dining room table. :)

(image: snug)

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