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Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms, Small Business

Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)

May 22, 2007

Jasna Janekovic is a very talented lady that lives in K?ln, Germany and has some of the most gorgeous images on Flickr that I’ve seen in awhile. Very relaxed, uncomplicated, simple. I love the lighting, softness, there’s just this vintage beauty about her photos that makes me want to spend a weekend on my grandparents farm drinking peach iced tea and collecting wildflowers in a basket. Jasna has her own little store online selling beautiful homemade delights created by her own hands. Everything in her store is completely Jasna, step inside, you’ll see. Completely charming.

Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)
(images by jasna janekovic)

Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Adorn magazine: Summer ’07

May 21, 2007

Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.

(images from adorn magazine)

Etsy Faves, Small Business

Shop Girl: Etsy, Anyone?

May 10, 2007

To keep our Shop Girl series rolling, I had to post this letter from Alicia today because I think opening an Etsy shop is on the minds of many lately. I receive a steady stream of emails on this very topic each week, so let’s open it up as a discussion to see what your experiences with Etsy have been, as either a shop owner or buyer, and hopefully, answer some of Alicia’s questions below.

Shop Girl: Etsy, Anyone?
“You write about different Etsy shops a lot, which I love, and I was thinking eventually I would open one. I wondered if you knew anything about having a shop in general. I’m concerned that perhaps a lot of sellers make stuff that just doesn’t sell, probably due to lack of buyers or publicity, or, how do you even know if your product is interesting to others? Anyway, do you know how well the average seller does? Is there a website that discusses this? I think Etsy is so amazing because there is so much inspiring stuff to buy and I can’t resist being so inspired as to do it myself.” -Alicia

Okay gang, we need to help Alicia out. Anyone have some advice to share? (If you’re a freelance writer, take this as a cue to write your next “How To” guide, there’s certainly enough books about eBay out there – someone write an Etsy book – quick! Even if you self publish on Lulu.)

Psst: If you’d like to read more small biz related posts, click on the words “shop girl” or “small biz” below.

Thanks for writing in Alicia!

(image from etsy store owner munieca)

Inspiration, Reader Questions, Small Business, Travel

Reader Q: Mexico City Shopping Help?

May 9, 2007

decor8 reader Wyoming Q. is headed to Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende in July and needs our help. I’ve not yet visited that part of Mexico, but I figure with so many globe trotters out there, someone may have some light to shed on the subject of SHOPPING. :) If you have any tips or ideas please comment below. (Geninne, are you out there?)

Reader Q: Mexico City Shopping Help?
Wyoming: Off the top of my head, I can direct you to Jane magazine, they pulled together a mini guide, and you can also check out Lucky magazine because they covered Mexico City too. Maybe that will get you started…

(image from michale)

Inspiration, Reader Questions, Small Business, Travel

Reader Q: Cool Spots in Raleigh/Durham?

May 2, 2007

decor8 reader Zin R. is soon to relocate from Minneapolis to Raleigh and would love to hear about your favorite stops in the Raleigh/Durham area. I’m working on creating a list of design stores in the right column for these two cities because I think they deserve a place on this blog, so if you have any suggestions please comment below with your links.

Reader Q: Cool Spots in Raleigh/Durham?

In the meantime, I asked a few friends of decor8, Michelle Smith and Alena Hennessy, to give me a hand and as a result, the list below was created to get Zin through the first few months of her relocation. But I’m sure we’ve missed some suggestions, so if you have more to add, please comment!

In Raleigh, Michelle and Alena suggest: Firefly (great shoes), Stitch (design studio and retail showroom of Holly Aiken Bags), Bickett Gallery (a progressive, multimedia space), Ornamentea (a little bit of everything from beads to vintage wallpaper), Father & Son?s Antiques (mid century modern furniture), Red Pin (furniture and accessories), Rebus Works (gallery and storefront), State Flea Market (antiques, jewelry and furniture), Design Box (gallery), Zely + Ritz (fresh and local organic tapas and an extensive collection of wine), and the Morning Times Coffee House.

In Chapel Hill, shop at Nested (home + gift gallery), and for stationery, try Salutations.

For Durham, there’s Daisy Notes & Paper (stationery). Just outside in Cary, you can find good furniture at Beyond Blue Interiors.

Reader Q: Cool Spots in Raleigh/Durham?

Psst: This weekend, on Saturday, May 5th, The Handmade Market is back and ready for action, so head over there if you’re a lover of indie craft fairs. One day only. And best wishes on your relocation Zin, and a special thanks to Michelle and Alena for the tips.

Anyone else have some cool shops to add?

Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, Small Business, Travel

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)

April 25, 2007

Another beautiful stop I hit whilst in Portland was Edith & Edna, a new store that stocks only items that are handcrafted by artists, but not just the locals, but from talented designers across the globe, from Morocco to Sweden. Joanna Mendicino, Zid Zid Kids, BlaBla, Alena Hennessy, Curious Bird, Karin Eriksson, and dozens more, they’re all there waiting for you to buy, cherish, love forever. Corny I know, but I feel a sense of excitement when I buy handmade.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)I was instantly charmed the moment I approached the store, as the window display was really sweet and stood out amongst the other windows along busy Market Street. I actually purchased a few items directly from the window, I couldn’t resist. When I stepped into the store and browsed the wares, I was happy to see so many things I’d written about on decor8 before, so of course I highly suggest shopping Edith & Edna when you’re in Portland.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) This is Julie George-Carlson, one of the owners that I had a chance to chat with (her business partner, Brandie Mayes, wasn’t available). She was packaging my new goodies when I snapped this picture. What a sweet lady she is!

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)The location is prime, the store is so fresh and inspiring, and after you finish shopping, you can hop across the street to Starbucks to chill out. After Market Street and topping things off with an Edith & Edna experience, my brain started to spark and sizzle a little bit (sensory overload), so I grabbed my fave mocha light frappuccino and looked through my bag of goodies. :) If you aren’t a Starbucks fan, head down to the waterfront for cold bubble tea (love!). I actually did both, because bubble tea is a rare find in New England, it’s more of a west coast thing, I highly suggest it.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) I love their business cards, or shall I say, business blooms. Clever idea. Julie gave me this one, it’s crafted from magazine pages. Oh, and thanks Julie for your exceptional service and for allowing me to photograph your beautiful store!

By the way, here’s a glimpse of the general area for the non-locals. It’s so pretty there, great architecture, yummy seafood places, you can truly make a day of it in Portland. And don’t miss the Portland Museum of Art. (Psst: If you are a Currier member like me, you can get in free right now.)

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)
(images by holly becker for decor8)

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