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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

Angela Adams Store Tour (Portland, Maine)

This past weekend, I met Carrie at the one and only Angela Adams retail location and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Located in downtown Portland, Maine at 273 Congress Street, it’s a must see for any Portland visitor, especially Angela fans!

What a pleasure for me to see the space for the first time, and since I know so many of you love her work, I have to share the photos that my husband and I took. You can click on any image below for a larger view, or view them all of them (and more!) in my flickr set. Ready to check it out? Here you go…


Thanks to Nan and Carrie for everything!

(most images above taken by thorsten becker, see flickr set for specifics)

Posted in flooring, Shop Tours, travel on April 25, 2007

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

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