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Abodeon in Cambridge, MA

I couldn’t help but post a glimpse into a local favorite store of mine, Abodeon located in Cambridge, MA (just over the river from Boston for non-locals), owned by Terri and Dale Anderson.


Dale was a master furniture and cabinet maker with a studio in the North End and Terri spent 13 years as the Retail Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Abodeon (combination of the words Abode and Beyond) opened in ’98 and has become quite well known in Boston for their mid century finds. After shopping there last weekend, I felt inclined to share this pearl with the locals so you can check it out, too. Owner Terri assured me that you can also trust what you buy at Abodeon to be the real deal, as every vintage item sold is thoroughly researched before hitting the sales floor, with informational signage on every item.


I love this little gem of a store, packed with vintage and new finds, mostly mid century modern, lots of teak and Scandinavian pieces, and tons of great chairs, tables, and lighting. It’s a fun shop, and the location is great because you can walk over to Nomad (great place!) or to Paper Source (another fave of mine). There’s also tons of places to grab coffee or eat in this area, so you can park at a meter outside and spend a few hours in this hood alone. If you’re taking the T, hop on the redline to Porter Square and when exiting the station turn left and look for 1731 Massachusetts Avenue. (store contact: 617.497.0137, abodeon{at}mac{dot}com)

(images from abodeon)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on April 20, 2007

Jonathan Adler *New* Store: West Village, NYC

When Allison announced that Jonathan Adler’s latest retail space was soon to open at 37 Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, I had to request a virtual tour for decor8 readers. They just opened their doors this past Friday, and Allison was kind enough to send in some snapshots – Amazing! If this place doesn’t make you want to shop yourself into a coma, nothing will. Thank you so much Allison, the store is gorgeous – I know where I’m heading when I visit in May.
(psst: click on photos for larger views.)

Check out these $ tiles that Jonathan designed exclusively for the space to wrap the cashier desk… Cha-ching for sure!

A closer view…

(images from jonathan adler)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on March 07, 2007

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity

I was tickled when decor8 reader, Maria Palatini, asked if she could write about one of her favorite Seattle stores. I figured that it may be helpful to those of you who plan to visit Seattle (or who live in the Pacific NW already). I also figure that even if you never plan to visit Seattle, it’s still fun to see what’s going on in different parts of the world. Take it away, Maria!


Space Oddity, in Seattle’s uber-pretty Ballard neighborhood
By: Maria Palatini for decor8

Todd Werny’s funky little shop Space Oddity is located on a small side-street connected to the main artery of the style-savvy and sophisticated Ballard Avenue in Seattle?s sparkly, creative and hip Ballard neighborhood.

We’re talking destination-shopping here, rivaling LA’s Beverly Hills adjacent and surrounds. Except instead of Doughboys Bakery on W. 3rd Street in LA, you get Verite Coffee and Cupcake Royale on bordering Market Street.

I visited Space Oddity on a recent afternoon which was so typically Seattle, it was nearly cinema-worthy. Grey drizzly rain came down from the sky in a soft and dreary haze, and my companion and I (who was nice enough to lend me a very cute and bright printed umbrella for the afternoon to match her own) felt like we’d just stepped off of the Singles movie set, (or perhaps our shopping excursion could have been part of the movie!) as we traipsed around Ballard into this cool, cave-like spot.

Nestled in a relatively small space and warm and cozy with good music playing, there were vintage treasures galore to be found inside.

A ten year veteran of dealing in both vintage clothes and furniture in Seattle and its surrounds, Werny prides himself on the non-textbook approach of focusing on the soul and feel of each piece, rather than on its brand-name pedigree (although some pieces are pure certifiable brand-name vintage.) The main focus of the shop is mid-century, but other eras are represented as well. Affordability and accessibility, as well as an unpretentious hipness, make Space Oddity unique.


The vibe, comfort, and old-time quality of the materials of an item are the most important things to Werny when choosing pieces for his customers to discover and likewise treasure. This is no museum, these pieces are meant to be used and loved in his client’s homes. The atmosphere of the shop is likewise mellow, allowing for the joy of exploration and creative brainstorming about design choices.

Standouts on my recent visit were some truly fab oversized Pucci-flavored 60′s stereo speakers and an as-fab painting, which was part graphic design, part painting, and all style. It featured a 70′s-esque snowy landscape, complete with a sun and moon and some groovy trees, a sleepy, cozy scene in white, tan and browns.

Other pieces of note were some sweetly stackable woven Aalto dining chairs and some great, solid and hip urban metal tables which were on rollers for easy mobility and flexibility in a given space.

Werny has new pieces come in all the time, so each visit is apt to bring about a new discovery, and since the shop is about to double in size due to a sizeable expansion currently in the process of being made, expect even more eye-popping vintage treasures on your next visit!

TIP: Blink and you’ll miss it, so be sure to look for the large rectangular sign outside, which is lit all-around and all-year-round in large, xmas-sy like bright white lights.

Space Oddity Hours: Tues-Fri 2-6 pm, Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun 12-4 pm. They are closed on Mondays. Location: 5318 22nd Ave NW, Seattle. spaceodditymodern AT hotmail DOT com

Map and directions here

This is my first post for the decor8 blog, and I look forward to helping you up to heaping servings of Seattle’s amazing, multifaceted and let’s face it, just beautiful design scene in the future. Over and out until next time! – Maria Palatini.

Thanks, Maria! Great finds.

(images from todd w. at space oddity)

Posted in Shop Tours, travel on January 10, 2007

Heath Ceramics – Factory Tour (Sausalito, California)

By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 west coast contributor


I have long been a fan of Heath Ceramics and was joyful beyond words when I realized that they have a factory store in the Bay Area. And, even better, they offer free factory tours.

For those not familiar with the company, here?s a little background info: In 1948, Edith Heath ? an industrial designer and potter ? founded her own ceramics studio. She specialized in tableware and tiles, eventually making her way into museums and stores across the country.

Even after half a century in business, all of the pottery is still made by skilled artisans in Sausalito, Calif., using the methods that Edith herself developed (she passed away in December). About three years ago, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased the company. The husband-and-wife team brought some of Edith?s old designs out of retirement and have managed to maintain her high level of quality as well as her wonderfully simple aesthetic. (We?re talking about pieces that you can pass down from generation to generation.)

The factory tour takes about 30-45 minutes ? depending on how many questions you ask ? and covers the entire building. Since tours are only given on the weekends, you don?t actually get to see any of the work being done, but you get detailed descriptions of how everything works. And you can get up close and personal here; there are no red lines that you aren?t allowed to cross.

It is amazing to me, in this day and age of outsourcing and mass production, that there is still this successful ceramics studio churning out beautiful products that require very skilled hands. Heath actually makes its own clay! And their own glazes! And all of the glazes are sprayed on by hand! That takes a pretty steady hand.

Any pieces that aren?t quite up to snuff are considered ?seconds,? and you can purchase them at the factory. The tour ends in the overstock tile room ? which is filled with firsts and seconds. Heath tiles are only available for purchase at the factory and in Ann Sacks showrooms.

The factory store also offers plenty of tableware, as well as books and textiles (like Lotta Jansdotter aprons). The table pieces can be deeply discounted, and there?s even a clearance section where saucers were marked 10 for $1. Yes, you read right ? 10 for $1!

Since the tours take place at 11am, you may arrive in Sausalito a little hungry. No problem. The staff puts out some tea and light snacks (I think it was a coffeecake when I went). Go ahead and test out that tea cup before you decide to purchase it!

Throughout the entire factory, Heath tiles are all over the place ? as a backsplash, as a decorative work of art ? providing plenty of inspiration for visitors. If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend stopping in and seeing it all for yourself. (In case you can?t, I took plenty of pictures!)


Heath Factory
400 Gate Five Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-3732
For store and general inquiries, please call x13
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Tours, Sat-Sun, 11am
(Call ahead for tour reservations)


(images from anh-minh le)

Posted in ceramics, guest bloggers, Shop Tours, shopping, travel on October 03, 2006

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