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Terrain: My Wish List

September 24, 2009

The season is starting to change from Summer to Autumn and Oktoberfest will kick off next week. This is my favorite time of the year, the time for new beginnings, leather jackets and layering clothes, pretty bags and boots, and patterned tights. It’s also a great time to layer the home, decorate, and enjoy candles and warm meals with your family.

Terrain: My Wish List

The leaves are starting to change (we have the same beautiful Fall as in New England, thankfully, so I’m not missing out), acorns and chestnuts are all over the walkways and streets, the red squirrels are busy collecting (here’s what squirrels look like here), the air is changing to crisp and slightly cool, and at night I can smell the stoves burning — that lovely smell of wood combined with the smell or plants and earth from the nearby largest urban forest in Europe just two blocks away (side note: it has a ancient nine-ring turf labyrinth that my husband played in as a child, it has existed since 1642, isn’t that cool?).

Terrain: My Wish List

So, on with the point of presenting Terrain! I was so happy to learn that Terrain at Styer’s in Pennsylvania, a garden shop, greenhouse and cafe, now has an online store. Has anyone been to their PA location? It really reminds me of some of the garden centers that I see over here… I love the organic feel and how cozy everything is — plus their attention to detail and their design eye is absolute perfection. It’s great that their shop is now online for those who don’t live anywhere near Pennsylvania but who would enjoy some of their product offerings. Here are some views of their store in case you’d like to travel there today… And below, are some views of products that I love – my wish list. :) Please click images to enlarge.


Terrain: My Wish List

a. Open weave teak sofa (for the patio), b. rust wire edging for the garden, c. romantic mood lighting for the patio, d. a unique metal & rope pendant, e. Hadley Hutton prints (just because), f. Tretorn boots for planting, g. ruled vase (love!) and h. nesting bowls (double love!).


Terrain: My Wish List

1. natural nail brush (we have these everywhere here, Germans are big on natural brushes of all shapes and sizes!), 2 + 3. yummy candles from: Le Conte in pear or fresh mown grass from Mark and Sally Bailey, 4. carrot hand cream, 5. alaska mud mask and brush (after a long day in the garden), 6. homemade pie fillings, 7. glass and rope terrarium (wow, imagine several grouped on a buffet?), 8. bird trivet, 9. culinary lavender (great for breads and chocolates!), 10. and a jute log basket because it’s important to keep that firing burning and 11. a good book: natural garden style to relax with.

What are some of your favorites from Terrain? What does Fall look like in your part of the world? Isn’t it Spring in South Africa and warming up in Australia too?

(images: terrain)







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Russel Wright Dinnerware

August 13, 2009

Greetings decor8 readers! I’m Heather Spriggs Thompson and Holly has graciously asked me to present Hunting and Gathering, my weekly post over on Gathering Spriggs, which features vintage collectibles in modern spaces. It is such an honor to share some of my finds with you today. Without further ado, allow me to introduce the fabulous Modern era designer, Russel Wright.

Although I adore his warm pastel color palette and sculptural lines, what I love the most about Wright, is his concept of bringing vogue design into everyday living of the 1940’s-60’s. Although some of his melmac (melamine resin) pieces are quite affordable he also created high-end designs for the serious collector. You may not have much luck finding Russel Wright wares at thrift stores anymore, but you can purchase recreations of his famed American Modern collection at Bauer Pottery.

Here are some pieces that I found online that I adore…

Russel Wright Dinnerware

left top: Modern Nest, top right: Karapegg, bottom left: Back Home Again Vintage, bottom right: Artnet.

Russel Wright Dinnerware

Bauer Pottery.

Russel Wright Dinnerware


Back Home Again Vintage

Russel Wright Dinnerware

More Ways to Waste Time

Russel Wright Dinnerware

Ooh Food

Russel Wright Dinnerware

Foom23

Russel Wright Dinnerware

Antique Helper

I’m craving one of his curvilinear pink pitchers or teal tea pots!  They are retro cool yet still refined and sophisticated. I think I will design my new kitchen around his American Modern collection.

How about you? What are your favorite RW pieces? Do you collect RW? Heather

(images linked to their source above)






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CB2: Fresh Finds For Summer

July 9, 2009

I was reading through some tweets today (I’m on twitter, click here if you’d like to be my twitter friend) and came across one from Michelle who writes Design Evolution. Her tweet had to do with some sofa she loved over at CB2 which landed me on their site clicking around… One click, two click, three click, four! I landed on these affordable finds that I love and think you just may adore too!

CB2: Fresh Finds For Summer

1. swoop desk $299, 2. pressed vinyl dot runners $24, 3. pebble mat $45 (they show 3 together here to form a runner), and 4. oliver appetizer plates $3.That little man eating the massive olive makes me laugh…

CB2: Fresh Finds For Summer

5. beale lounge chair $249, 6. houses gallery tote $15 and 7. scan lounge chair $499 (I want to reupholster it in something fun!). I really love these two chairs as I’ve been hunting for a low lounge chair for my new living room and think either the Beale or the Scan would work perfectly… Hmmm…

(images: cb2)






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Plümo

June 30, 2009

I came across Plümo a few weeks ago but was unsure as to whether I should blog them or not since it appears they don’t ship outside of the UK… but now I’m thinking why not? We don’t have to purchase every single thing we see, right? I mean window shopping is absolutely allowed for those of us not living within their shipping zone so let’s drool and browse. No harm in looking plus I find their selection inspiring as everything seems to be inspired by the exotic vacations of a lady with exquisite taste, don’t you think?

Plümo

Plümo

I’ll be in London in August — just for a day, we have a reallyyyy long layover so we’re making the best of it and taking the train from Heathrow to Paddington Station and now I’m wishing Plümo had a storefront as their prices are pretty affordable even after the dollar exchange… most of what’s in London I fear I cannot stomach paying for after I run the conversion through my brain. But I must go to Liberty. And Caravan. And. And. And. Always And. :)

I really adore the style of all of these pretty things, don’t you? That flower garland would be lovely at a party, don’t you think?

(images: plümo)






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Natural Beauty of Simrin

June 24, 2009

I’m so inspired by natural beauty found on simple paths, flower beds, or while strolling on the beach. A pebble, a fallen leaf, a pinecone… everything so beautifully designed and special that you can’t help but appreciate these free gifts all around us. Often when I need to collect my thoughts or just draw inspiration, I go into the woods on a short hike near my house or I venture to the coast and just walk the beach where the world seems to go on forever as you look over choppy waters as far as your eyes can take you. When I was little I thought that if I looked hard enough, maybe I’d see France!

Natural Beauty of Simrin

I’ve been thinking about nature a lot this week because it’s been raining for so many days now, and cold, that there seems to be no end and I can’t get outside as much and I’m starting to feel it in my bones. Like I need to get out and just be with nature! My town does not have sidewalks and I live on a very busy road so I can’t just go do a few laps around town with an umbrella in hand so I’m thinking of just grabbing my raincoat in a moment and head into the apple orchards or the forest to breathe in that fragrant scent of apple, wet wood and brush combined with pine.

Natural Beauty of Simrin

Natural Beauty of Simrin

Natural Beauty of Simrin

Because nature has such a healing power over those who let it work it’s magic and who make time to really enjoy it, I reason that this explains my attraction to bringing the outside in through patterns that mimic nature. I’m a lover of florals and leaf prints, so the moment I saw Simron towels over at the Le Souk Shop I felt an instant attraction to them.

Natural Beauty of Simrin

I love their simplicity and beauty, rooms that feel very connected to the outdoors give me a sense of calm but also my mind becomes more centered when I’m around simple beauty and small luxuries. It’s confirmation of the truth that less is more, don’t you think?

What do you like about bringing natural fibers, textures and patterns indoor – what connections to do make, feel, remember from the past that causes you deep appreciation for the natural world?

UPDATE: Daneille from Le Souk just informed me that she’d love to give decor8 readers a discount on the Simrin products that she carries in her shop. She’s giving you a 20% discount, just place your order via email: info AT soukshop.com and she will reply with the total after discount and shipping costs.

(images: simrin and le souk shop)







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shopSCAD: New Website & Goods

May 4, 2009

I heard from Jessica at shopSCAD last week and I’m finally getting around to posting this as I’ve fallen a bit behind from my accident. I have so much to catch up on so I’ll be posting as much as I can this week! :) You may have read about this already elsewhere so my apologies if this is a repeat episode for you but I really like what shopSCAD has done to redesign their online store and thought you may too.

shopSCAD: New Website & Goods

Lots of pretty things for Spring! I especially like their new Re-Gift collapsible fabric bags to use for gift giving or as a tote. Each one is made of durable natural cotton and features a reinforced bottom and available in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes. The patterns were designed by the SCAD professor of fashion, Ben Morris. And talk about affordable, they’re only $5 each!

(images: shopscad)






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