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Cathy Nichols (Thanks, Creative Thursday!)

May 23, 2007

I’ve been blogging a lot about artists lately. I think I could devote an entire blog to it and never run out. My current obsession has to do with my own need to start painting again, not to sell but as a hobby. It’s also fueled by my friendship with Marisa of Creative Thursday. I respect, admire, and above all, cherish Marisa for her wisdom and how genuine she is. These are all very important things to me, especially since some do not place a value on doing the right thing and being fair and Marisa does. When I need to pull myself back to center because the world feels really big (you know that feeling right?), I visit her blog because it’s her diary and I like reading about her connections with others in LA, the fun places she visits, and most of all, her podcasts. It’s refreshing to press “play” and be instantly connected to a voice that is speaking your language, and I don’t mean English.

On Marisa’s blog today, I read about a reunion she had with some of her artist pals, one being Cathy Nichols, whom I’d not heard of before. It reminded me of the value of positive female friendships, and by positive, I don’t mean *kiss* *kiss* “How’s the job?” as they half listen to your answer while thinking about what they’ll say next, I mean friends that listen, support, advise. Women that care. Friends that clean your house when you are too sick to do it yourself, or surprise you with cards and calories you don’t need – like homemade cupcakes.

Cathy Nichols (Thanks, Creative Thursday!)
After peeking at Cathy’s online portfolio, I thought about all of you and how you may like her aesthetic. I also thought about how much I love seeing so many nice friends on the blog, commenting daily, sending me really nice emails. My inbox is a little wacky, so if things bounce back or I don’t reply right away, please understand that I’m in a lot of places right now with work, life, and soon to go on vacation, so bear with me. Anyway, visit with Cathy and view her work, you can purchase originals or prints directly from her website using paypal. Let me know what you think.

And thanks Marisa, for all that you are, all that you do, and everything you share with your growing base of fans.

(image from cathy nicols)

Inspiration, Rooms, Shopping + Products

Urban Outfitters Offices in Philadelphia

May 17, 2007

You never know who is reading your blog… The other day, I wrote about A Stitch in Time, an informative image packed article in the May issue of Metropolis magazine featuring the Urban Outfitters corporate campus. To my delight, the architect and design team on that project, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd, contacted me offering images to show decor8 readers. Located in Philadelphia’s navy yard in 5 historic industrial buildings, this office space is exquisite. With that being said, enjoy the tour below. For more images, click here to view a mini slide show I’ve created.

Urban Outfitters Offices in Philadelphia Haven’t we all had dreams of working amidst larger than life balls of yarn, sitting in beautiful chairs, and passing by a wall loaded with buttons?

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This is a super creative environment where I think anyone could blossom, look at this place! You’ll have to excuse me, it’s just that I get excited about office space, as it was a huge part of my former life managing facilities and working on space redesigns and I often think about it in my sleep, still. But wow, look at this space, not only are the buildings spectacular, but I love the overall flow and how spacious it feels, it’s like a city within a city. I also like how they’ve carved out all of these creative spaces where groups can congregate to chat and that the work areas are clustered together with low wall cubicles or no wall at all. It gives one a sense of belonging to a group, a team, vs. being stuffed into high wall cubicles and isolated from those you’re working with.

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For me, the greatest lure is that an old, abandoned property was transformed and reused for a new purpose instead of either sitting there and slowly falling apart or worse, bulldozed. Urban Outfitters brought new life into an otherwise dead navy yard. It’s so important to reinvent a space intended for a different purpose in a new, creative way. Firehouses and old schools are now condos in many neighborhoods as are houses of worship. It’s such a smart way to go. And, as these pictures show, no one had to sacrifice because it’s much more impressive because of its bones and history.

Thank you Ligeia for the images! For more views of this space, click here to view a mini slide show.

(images from MS&R. photography by lara swimmer.)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

The Ribbon Jar

May 17, 2007

Have you heard of The Ribbon Jar? I discovered it while browsing the wonderful world of the amazing Matthew Mead. The Ribbon Jar is an excellent source for super cool ribbon.

The Ribbon Jar
I love the nordic style of these waves, and the preppy pink and green ribbon. Some of these would be terrific on clothes, but also to trim a lamp shade, sheets, pillowcases, and even the hem of curtains. Do you sew or are you the glue gun queen of the world? I am mixed, depending on time, but I do have a rule that I follow. I go the glue gun route if I never plan on washing the item. But since I sew, I usually sew things on. If you don’t sew and you cringe at the sight of a glue gun, try the amazing velcro tape that my crafty mother introduced me to eons ago. It is actually great stuff. Anyway, check out The Ribbon Jar and see if you spot anything for your next project.

The Ribbon Jar
Psst: If you’re not familiar with Matthew Mead, I wrote about him in March here on decor8. Here’s a glimpse of his work above. He’s amazing, I bow to this man. You have to visit his website and watch his style cast videos from his studio in New Hampshire. He is so creative, I refer to him as the male Martha.

(images from the ribbon jar and matthew mead)

Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market

May 17, 2007

This weekend officially kicks off Spring here in Boston with the SoWa Art Walk on Saturday and Sunday May 19-20, 2007 from 11-6. Yeah!

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
And while you’re in the South End checking out all that fabulous art in the mill buildings, head over to Chris’ gem, The South End Open Market, to mingle and shop all the artists, craftsmen, farmstands and other cool vendors as they open for the season, kicking things off on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. Free parking and admission is yours at this open air feast for the eyes (and tummy!).

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
A few places on my list for the SoWa Art Walk:

Boxx Furniture: Custom designed furniture by Pablo and John, check out their furniture and let them help you create something you’ll love. You can find them all weekend long in their SoWa showroom located at 46 Waltham St., Studio #210.

Garage Sale: Gorgeous high-end furniture, art and jewelry that may not be marked at garage sale prices, but you can expect to score some things that you love for at least half of their original cost. This store is located at 55 Waltham Street.

Polly Becker’s illustration studio. Because a Holly Becker must meet a Polly Becker, right? Located at 258 Shawmut ave #5.

Design Salon Group Show “Five Females”, featuring Jennifer Hill from JHill Design, Ann Karash of mittenmitten, Kelly Smith of etcetera media, Jill Rosenwald of Rosenwald Ceramics, and Erica Von Sc of Vonica Designs. Total girl power at 46 Waltham St, Studio 305-A.

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market
Simplemente Blanco – A must stop on my list. I can’t wait to visit with Fernanda and see what she’s been up to. I love her home accessories and soaps. Beautiful things. Don’t miss this studio. 46 Waltham St., Studio #203

Julie Shaw Lutts – Fantastic artist, can’t wait to visit her studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 412-A.

Jennifer Hughes – Another amazing artist that I want to visit. I love the idea of walking around the South End all day from studio to studio, checking out all this beautiful work on display. We did it last year and had such a great time. 460 Harrison Ave.

Linda Cordner – Her encaustic work is beautiful, you have to check it out in person. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 316-B.

And Yuko Adachi. I don’t know much about her work, but her website is so intriguing, I have to visit. Plus, anyone born in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Paris, London and the USA has to have a lot of cool energy. 450 Harrison Ave., Studio #228.

Locals: SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market

(images from jhill design (thanks jen!), south end open market, and sowa art walk)

Shopping + Products

J Schatz New Egg Planters

May 9, 2007

How cute and sweet for Spring are these new planters from J Schatz? I think, outside of their hanging bird “egg” feeders, this is my other fave product from J Schatz. Jim sent these over today and I just had to blog them because I want one in every color to hang at different lengths on my tiny patio.

J Schatz New Egg Planters
I love the yellow and blue best, but would prefer using them indoors so I can enjoy them more often. They’d be so pretty with ivy, don’t you think? No two are alike, these are available in 8 hand-carved ceramic earthenware “eggs” in glossy color combinations. $85.- USD each.

J Schatz New Egg Planters

Thanks for the tip, Jim!

(images from j schatz)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!

May 4, 2007

I love spending time in Portsmouth, New Hampshire because there’s always a little shop to explore, a gallery to visit, and a good sandwich to be gobbled up over at the Rusty Hammer. One stop that’s always on my list is Nahcotta, which is why I was so excited when Deb wrote in this week to tell me about an upcoming art show they’re having — and if you’re an artist — how YOU can get involved!

Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!
Nahcotta features the artwork of both established and emerging artists in a gorgeous, two-level gallery located in the heart of Portsmouth along the waterfront. With an eye for modern design, they’re well known for their contemporary art exhibitions and home decor, and given their location, they have a steady flow of foot traffic all year round — especially in the warmer months and in Autumn, when the port city is bustling.

Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!
Their upcoming show, Enormous Tiny Art Show II, will feature only work that is 10″ x 10″ or smaller and will take place from September 12th – October 7th. This show will be in conjunction with Three Graces Gallery, whom I wrote about here on decor8 recently (another great gallery in the city). The Three Graces show will be called “Teenie Tiny Art Show.”

If you’re an artist that is interested in contacting Nahcotta and perhaps entering your work, please email Deb at gallery AT nahcotta DOT com with “tiny art” in the subject line, and she’ll send you the official application.

Have fun and thanks Deb for contacting me!

(images from nahcotta)

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