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Vote for the winners!

Earlier this week, I wrote about a little contest to give away 3 copies of the newly released title, “Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle” by Tina Barseghian, published by Harper Collins. In a matter of days, over 100 readers entered with some pretty amazing hobbies. The publisher was thrilled and shipped me 20 additional copies as a thank you, so I am now sending 23 books out, one per winner. My home is beginning to look like a book distribution warehouse! This is where YOU come in. HELP ME select the top 23!

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on May 04, 2007

Can you blog for 2Modern?

Would anyone with blogging interest and/or experience like to take my weekly spot over at 2Modern? They have a blog called Design Talk where I was a guest blogger (unpaid) for the past year, I guess I was their Girl Friday because I posted once every Friday.

Your weekly post need not be elaborate, check out their blog to see how other guest bloggers are doing it already. Just some text and an image or two. You can talk about design in general, from the art museum you visited recently in your city to the cool new trends you’ve spotted or a great print you found on Etsy. The assignment is unpaid, but the good thing is exposure – 2Modern already has an audience and in your post, you can place a link to your own spot on the web, even if that spot happens to be your own blog. Linking is never a bad thing!

If you’re interested..[5/4 update: Thanks to everyone that applied for this, I think we are all set at this point… But thank you again for all your emails of interest. I’ve replied to everyone that contacted me at this point, so I wish you all the best!]

Posted in blogs, inspiration, small business on May 03, 2007

Reader Q: Cool Spots in Raleigh/Durham?

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.

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.

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?

Posted in inspiration, reader questions, small business, travel on May 02, 2007

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


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