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HildaHilda {Stockholm}

October 17, 2007

Here’s another little shop I liked in Stockholm called HildaHilda located in the SoFo district. The playful prints are joyous and energetic and for some reason, reminded me of textiles I’d been exposed to during my early years spent in England. I really liked the weight of them, so thick and tightly woven, making them perfect for upholstery and throw cushions because they’ll last forever. I loved the dogs and window patterns the best.

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HildaHilda {Stockholm}(images from hildahilda)






Shop Tours

j.roaman

August 6, 2007

Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called j.roamanI’ve seen this look in Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, but I can’t say it’s a huge trend here in the states yet as the average American household isn’t bold enough to go with patchwork bespoke sofas. Why be average?! Mix things up and have a little fun. j.roaman offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture, quilts from Milan, tableware, art, soft toys, even Moroccan pouffes in unexpected prints (very unexpected!).

j.roamanScheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Oprah Magazine, Gabriella wants to give decor8 readers a sneak peek of their enticing selection. I don’t know friends, looks like Fall ’07 right into 2008 just may be the most colorful and pattern-filled that I’ve seen in a very long time!

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They don’t have an online store, so I need to highlight the point of this post is more to inspire than to shop. Of course, if you find yourself in Hampton, New York you have to visit this place, but for the rest of us, look at these items as inspiration. What can you recycle in your own home with some bold patchwork? These images may motivate you to do something interesting to an old chair, mirror frame, or foot stool, you never know… Recycle whenever possible, there are so many cool things you can do with a can of brightly colored paint and fabric scraps.

j.roamanFrom a recent trip to the Brimfield flea market, I found lots of vintage suzanis, some in not-so-good condition (a hole, some fading in spots, etc). This is a great alternative for vintage textiles that you love that you can’t use as a cover – cut out the best pieces and use to cover furniture or to create bolster or throw pillows. Despite what some Interior Designer from Watch Hill, RI told me at Brimfield this past May, suzanis are hardly pass?. She was so against them, and I told her that nothing is pass? if you love it. She wasn’t a big fan of my personal feelings about interior style, but I still shared them with her. And the more I see suzanis in magazines and stores, the more I’m thinking that they aren’t pass? at all.

Thanks Gabriella for the tip and the great store images!

(images from j.roaman)






Objects, Shop Tours

SeaCloth

July 23, 2007

I’m seeing SeaCloth fabric everywhere lately, especially in some of my favorite magazines, so I thought I’d email the designers to see if they’d send us some images of their fabric and a few shots from their Greenwich, CT store. We all like to see products in action, am I right?!?

SeaClothPartners Susan Harris, an accomplished fine artist, and Deirdre Halper, a former marketing exec, teamed up to create a line of textiles, home furnishings and decorative accessories known for their durability, gorgeous colors and nature-inspired patterns. Harvest Hue and Splash On are my two favorite collections (shown below), especially the lattice pattern. SeaCloth is available to the trade, so you’ll need a designer to assist you on your purchase, but if you’re around CT anytime soon, you can shop their store – no designer needed!

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(images from seacloth)






Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

June 4, 2007

I had such a great weekend, I can’t remember when I had so much fun crammed into only a few days. I kicked things off with a ‘girls night out’ on Friday with my amazing mother, hung out with my bff who was up visiting me from Miami, then spent time in Cambridge shopping at Paper Source, browsing Nomad (great ethnic textiles here) and Abodeon (awesome vintage mid century finds), then hit Greenward, a brand spankin’ new must-see store for products with a conscience.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
When you’re in need of beautiful planet-friendly homewares, books, magazines, jewelry, baby gear, bike accessories, and stationery, shop Greenward because this place has a great selection and is in a great little hood. I mean, with Starbucks and other random cafes sprinkled around, tons of great ethnic eateries, Paper Source, Nomad, Abodeon, and other boutiques all within a few blocks, you can easily take the T over to Porter Square and do a little Mass Ave. shopping for a few hours. Greenward is located at 1776 Mass Ave., so it’s only a 5 minute walk.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
I was impressed to find Greenward for several reasons, the first of course being the cause, shopping eco when I can is important to me. But also the selection is great. It’s not crunchy and boring, which is sometimes what you think of when you picture eco-friendly finds. With Jill Bliss, Little Otsu, Good on Paper, Josh Jakus, Pear Tree Studio, K Studio, and Pangea Organics on the list (to name a few), this shop carries the best of modern green goods that are currently on the market. They even have those great bike baskets in green and white that have been all over the blogosphere lately (Joy wrote about her basket here).

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
In addition to the great products, the location can’t be beat. Don’t let the below street level location fool you, it’s not dark, depressing, or hard to find. Quite the opposite. Owners Scott Walker and Simone Alpen (soon to be husband + wife, if her name sounds familiar, she’s the brains behind The Bazaar Bizarre) did a fantastic job with their bright signage and in the overall design of the space. With tons of natural light flooding in and cheery colors dotted all around the store, you can only guess that a lot of planning went into this store. The moment you find out that the displays are all hand built using eco-responsible woods, the flooring is cork, overhead lighting is energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, and the walls were painted using low-VOC paint, your suspicions are confirmed.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
The energy in this store is just great, almost like you’ve left Boston for a few moments and entered sunny California. When you walk in, you’re not only greeted with great products, but also with a friendly smile, the smell of a delicious soy-based candle burning, and great tunes (music is a huge plus for me) piped through “green” speakers constructed of oak reclaimed from whiskey barrels. Take a complete tour of their space here (lots of product shots). Or if you’re local, go check out the store and see this great green store for yourself.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)






Shop Tours, Travel

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)

April 27, 2007

Have I been living beneath a rock, because I missed this place along my travels, and not to sound snobby, but as any shopaholic knows, we cover our territory (regional). Layla is amazing, and I discovered it today thanks to Domino online.

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)
I did a little research and found out that owner, Alayne Patrick, plays curator in this vibrant Indian boutique and from these images, she blends both modern and traditional Indian patterns and prints that dazzle. In addition to bedding and clothing, she also carries a selection of both new and antique jewelry. Has anyone shopped Layla? What’s it like (price, quality, selection)? Where in Brooklyn is it? And lastly, is there a website because I’m not finding a link anywhere…

Aren’t these colors inspiring though?

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)

(images from domino)






Shop Tours, Stationery, Travel

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)

April 27, 2007

Another gem of a store in Portland, Maine that I visited last Saturday was Ferdinand, co-owned by designer Diane Toepfer. The moment I walked in and spotted tons of cram cream tape and Japanese goodies, I knew I’d thoroughly enjoy the experience, but wait, it gets better.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)I had a chance to meet with Diane, watched her do a little screenprinting (she gave me one of the zebra designs she was busy working on), and spent some time making small talk with her. I guess I’m a nerd, but I cherish these intimate exchanges with shop owners, it means a lot to me when they take a moment to explain a process or give a tour. It was really relaxing and nice hangin’ with Diane. She’s totally chill and so is her store. I wasn’t surprised to find out she and her hubby relocated to Maine a few years ago from the west coast.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)Here she is working on her zebra cards. It was cool when she told me that her husband reads decor8, as I’m always excited when I go to random stores and someone there has heard of my blog. I’m sure other bloggers can relate, it’s really exciting! Blogging is amazing, it links so many of us together, it’s truly inspiring, don’t you think? Anyway, Ferdinand is a large store, packed with everything from cram cream tape to pins and jewelry, tees, cards, pillows, pottery, and lots of adorable owls made of natural materials, like bark. I highly suggest visiting and spending some time with Diane yourself.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)I could have easily purchased every single one. I love how she arranged them on a bright aqua wall. Check out the baby bibs on the second shelf below from Japan. Can you stand it?!? Cute!

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Sorry, no close up product shots. I need to work on my photography skills, I know. But I’m trying and hopefully, you’ll see me improve over time. :)

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)Here’s a few of Diane’s latest designs above. You can buy these online. Do you like my zebra below? I put him in the living room for the time being. I love that Diane signed it, and adore the raw edges. I have to get him in a frame…

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine) When you’re in Portland, mark down Ferndinand as a must-see shop. They are open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-6, and are located at 243 Congress Street, not far from Angela Adams, so you can hit both stores.

And there’s good news for those not heading into Maine anytime soon… You can shop some of Ferdinand’s wares online.

Thanks Diane for taking time with me, it was so nice to meet you.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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