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Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.)


(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, small business, travel on April 25, 2007

Fieryeyed Studio (25% off Blog Banners in May!)

I must share a gem that you’ll love, especially with so many seeking that special someone to create a box ad or banner for your blog without charging a fortune and who is willing to take on small jobs. Let me tell you about Fieryeyed Studio.

A decor8 reader, sponsor, blog pal, and talented designer, Jenifer Altman launched her design studio less than a year ago alongside her collection of jewelry and paper. Jenifer designs branding/logos for indie businesses and banners for the modern blogger, “My design aesthetic plays strongly into the graphics I create, however, my primary goal is to create something that not only my client?s customers will connect to, but something that reflects the heart and soul of the woman behind the indie business.”

As a small business owner herself, Jenifer instantly connects with her customers and knows what it takes to help them get off the ground. Jenifer keeps her prices affordable too, “I want woman to have the opportunity to have their business successfully and smartly branded while being able to still afford all the start-up costs of running a small business.” You can contact Jenifer via her website or email her at custom AT fieryeyed DOT com

SPECIAL FOR MAY: Take 25% off blog banners for new customers. Please mention decor8 when you write to Jenifer. Thanks!

Psst: She’s a blogger, too. Click here.

(images from fieryeyed studio)

Posted in blogs, small business on April 24, 2007

Creative Thursday + decor8 Podcast

Marisa from Creative Thursday interviewed me in her podcast today, which quickly became more of a relaxed, very informal discussion than a Q & A session. I wanted to say hello to all of you, talk about blogging in general and why putting your voice out there is so important, tips on jumping from your day job into the world of freelance, or at least, how to enjoy your current day job a little more.


This was a lot of fun for me because it’s my first podcast and I wasn’t sure of the questions she’d ask, but Marisa asked great ones and before we got started, she encouraged me to ramble and just roll with it, so despite how casual it is and my frequent sniffles, I really hope you enjoy it and take away something positive for yourself. Here’s the podcast

psst: Remember the post, How do you feel about your blog? Well, Marisa and I will discuss this topic at length by addressing reader questions and pulling in the comments of other bloggers (maybe you’d like to get involved?) on the topic of blogging, taking yours to the next level, building a better blog, etc. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but I think that our combined experience, along with the participation of other bloggers out there, we’ll be able to give you something that will work for you. I can’t wait — we’re targeting May, stay tuned!

Thank you, Marisa!

Posted in inspiration, interviews, small business on April 19, 2007

PBteen: Marlin – Hit or Diss?

Joy reminds us that when it comes to decorating, sometimes we need to go to the little people — the kids! She pointed out some of her PBteen Spring finds, so I linked over to their site and stumbled upon this mighty marlin. I can just hear the animal rights activist’s now. But it’s completely faux, so no worries. I simply want to know, would you add the catch ‘o the day to your adult space, or tuck him in with the kids (he is also available as a she, in pink). Hot or not? Should we throw him back in?


When I spotted this thing, I had flashbacks of That 70’s Show, but for some reason, my thoughts weren’t entirely negative because I felt as though I’d viewed our finned friend in a very chic living space before. Then it came to me — I have an image tucked away in one of my inspiration books. Domino. Jan/Feb ’06 issue. Got it! Although homeowners Genifer Goodman and Benjamin Sohr sport a sailfish (you can own a fishy fiberglass replica just like it for $699), this kitschy $79 Marlin may work for you.

But wait! I know I spotted this living room elsewhere shot at a different angle. Ah, yes… Meg blogged about it over on Designer’s Library, she found it in BH+G magazine, May ’06. This image is from Ms. Meg, looks like she took a moment to scan it for a full view (Nice job, Meg!).


What do you think of old Mr. Marlin now? Fin or foe? Are you seeing this as the big catch or do you feel opposed to seafood on the wall (or if shown on the wall, is it Seefood)? :)

Here’s some more goodies from PBteen that may work for you if the fish doesn’t. Love the silver, pink, and blue vintage-style fans and these bubble glass lights, too. I double checked the measurements of the etagere (shown below) and it’s proper height for an adult space at 69″ h (I thought it may be kiddie size, but it’s not).

You can’t deny the appeal of these $15 (on sale) task lights. Aren’t these cute? I’d love one on a teak credenza. I think it would look so cute on a wood surface in a mid-century style space.

(images from pbteen, designer’s library, and domino)

Posted in inspiration, small business, trends on April 18, 2007

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