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Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called j.roaman and the moment I opened the photos, I thought of decor8 readers and how much you’d love seeing this place. It’s an eclectic blend of patterns from all over the world, all merged together to usher in a fresh, new look – a little different from the norm. Lots of bright colors and pattern, lively, fun! I’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!).

Scheduled 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!


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.

From 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)

Posted in Shop Tours on August 06, 2007

Red Chair Antiques (New Hampshire)

When we leave New Hampshire someday, I’ll definitely need to locate a new Red Chair Antiques to visit for inspiration because I think every girl needs one shop nearby where she can linger, explore, touch everything (sorry shop owners!), and draw inspiration from the various displays and products offered there. A place where you can enter feeling a bit uninspired and leave with more ideas than you’ll ever know what to do with. That is the Joy of Shop, friends. :)


Even my husband likes this store because it brings out the explorer in him. He especially enjoys looking through the vintage law books written in old German, he purchased several there that he read and now displays on a shelf in our home.


I blogged about Red Chair last summer so you may recall the name, it’s owned by Jocie Sinauer, but back then she didn’t have a website so I had no place to point you online. I’ve been shopping at this store for 6 years and highly suggest a visit if you love Swedish and French antiques and flea market finds and you find yourself in historic Peterborough, NH.


We visit Red Chair at least one Sunday each month, so while the website is great, nothing tops the smell of fresh picked lavender as you enter this large store painted in muted gray and blue tones, filled with Swedish antiques (think curvy chairs covered in natural linen + iron beds), vintage linens from France, thousands of bits like buttons, shells, vintage postcards & photos, textile remnants, and lovely displays scattered throughout this little slice of antique heaven. Directly across from Red Chair is another store called Cross Road (blogged 3/06) that is a huge garden shop/interiors store (succulents in rusty urns, paintings of the New Hampshire countryside, and mercury glass birds) and near to that are a few galleries for art and a delicious restaurant with a kitchenwares/gourmet food store inside. If you visit Peterborough in the future, here’s a link to shopping in their little town center (more like a quaint village, highly suggest visiting in October, hands down the best month in New Hampshire!).

I hope you enjoyed looking at my favorite little shop. Do you have a local shop that you’d consider your favorite? I’m always looking to add to the decor8 shopping links and fill them with stores you love, so please comment below no matter where you live. Thank you. :)

(images from red chair, 2nd image taken by me 6/2006 with permission.)

Posted in events + markets, Shop Tours, shopping, travel, vintage on July 25, 2007

SeaCloth

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?!?

Partners 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!


(images from seacloth)

Posted in Shop Tours, textiles on July 23, 2007

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on June 04, 2007

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