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Urban Outfitters Goodies

May 6, 2010

I’ll confess, I don’t recall purchasing a single item for the home recently from Urban Outfitters but how many times I’ve wanted to! I bet the UO people will wonder why I’m telling you this but it’s not you UO, it’s me. The core reason has to do with crowds. Whenever I visited their stores in Boston they were so jam-packed that I couldn’t even think, which I’m told is a sign of old age as everything seems louder to me lately anyway, but I prefer shopping in environments sans mobs that are a bit more laid back. Their big sister, Anthropologie usually fits the bill. I guess thirtysomething geezers who despise shopping fast and furious can always hit the UO online shop for a little shopping zen which is exactly what I’ve done this morning. And here’s what I found…

Urban Outfitters Goodies

one. quilt :: two. magnetic photo frames :: 3. apple bowls :: 4. shells + stars bowl.

Urban Outfitters Goodies

a. wooden bulb :: b. bird feeder.

I found so many great things in their shiny “new” section – from wooden waffled bulbs made by the fabulous design collaborative Suck UK to a wooden cat bird feeder (cheeky, eh?). I also liked this reversible quilt that I found. One side is a bit graphic and edgy while the other is a little romantic romp in country fields.

Wouldn’t those wooden bulbs look great over sleek white lacquered dining table with rustic wooden chairs and white wooden floors with a large seagrass rug beneath? Oh yes… Maybe a black and white geometric patterned runner on the table that mimics the lines in the waffled bulb? Maybe three zinc black pots down the center of the table with succulents inside and some wooden plate chargers with crisp white plates on top and Belgium linen napkins tied with black and white baker’s twine and a yellow stem of something pretty – like button flowers? And a black feature wall with lots of lovely art? Just sayin’.

(images: urban outffiters)






Books + Magazines, Shopping + Products

Anita Kaushal

May 3, 2010

Author/stylist Anita Kaushal would like to offer decor8 readers a very exclusive discount as she is currently making room for a few new things in her online shop and would like to offer her current wares at a very special discount of 50% off for decor8 readers (click here and enter the password: decor8). Just a few exquisite things for us…

Anita Kaushal

And in case you don’t know Anita and her book… here’s a visual introduction to her glamorous yet livable personal style… Please examine all of the fine details as you peruse these photographs. Which rooms appeal to you the most? Do you see any ideas that you’d like to use in your own living or work space?

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Would you not love to own a dining room or work room like this with such beautifully tiled floors? This looks like the most beautiful home, doesn’t it? I love the architectural details, the light, those windows! Eek!

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

Anita Kaushal

If you aren’t familiar with Anita’s work, she is the author of the beautiful FamilyLifeStyle Home book published by Thames & Hudson and she was a regular contributor at Cookie magazine before they (sadly) folded. Above, you can see some glimpses from the book. It’s simply gorgeous… I have a copy and could flip through it a hundred times over. I think the silver bathtub is amazing with the Moroccan wedding quilt laid out on the floor before it. I also love seeing the bubbles… it really calls out to the viewer doesn’t it?

(images: anita kaushal)






Shopping + Products

Graham and Green

May 3, 2010

The Graham and Green spring collection is now on their website and I sat here this morning looking through so many images of things that I would love to own! I also admire their styling as many online shops exist out there but those that make an effort to present their merchandise well are the shops that catch my eye the most. I think shopping for home items online is enhanced when you can view things in-situ, don’t you? Here are some pieces that I imagine would look beautiful in most of our homes. Do you spot any instant favorites? See anything that you can imagine owning and if so, where would you put it?

Graham and Green

Graham and Green

Graham and Green

Graham and Green

In the above photographs I find the bursts of color very refreshing and modern, don’t you?I also love seeing black with all of the white, that never grows old does it?

(images: Graham and Green)






Round-ups, Shopping + Products

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

April 1, 2010

Whenever I’m in need of a little retail therapy, I turn to Cox & Cox. Well, to look anyway… I’ve not actually purchased a single thing from them ever and am not sure as to whether they’d ship outside of the UK or not but it’s their product photos that inspire me so much. Though after rounding up my 12 favorite things for this post, I found a few that I’m definitely inquiring about. Cox & Cox has many new and lovely offerings for spring and I’d like to share a few of my favorites, the first being this super fab three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle tree. I really, really adore this!

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

1::: 3D Jigsaw Tree

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

2::: Bird Hooks

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

3::: Lotus Tea Lights

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

4::: Music for a Spring Morning CD

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

5::: Number Candle Vases

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

6::: Velvet Drawstring Bag

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

7::: Round Platter

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

8::: Velvet Ribbon

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

9::: Birdsong CD

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

10::: Kiss Tapestry Kit

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

11::: Cookie Cutter Sets

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

12::: Velvet Pencil Case

If you do not plan to order from them then do what lots of us do — take inspiration from their arrangements, color combos and consider whether you have anything similar at home that you could arrange Cox & Cox style. That is how you can turn your inspirations into something real and original for your own home.

(images: cox & cox)






Shopping + Products

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)






Shopping + Products

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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