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[CHICAGO] Tour P.O.S.H.

To follow up on an earlier feature about P.O.S.H., Carrie was nice enough to send photos of their space so decor8 readers could take a peek inside of their Chicago store. They’ added some fun new wares to their site this afternoon too, so clicky clicky to get your shop on!


My goal is to continue featuring a few fun store tours each week for those obsessed with shopping in beautiful places, or at least, cruising them and shopping online later (what I do a lot of lately). I’ll work really hard to dig up stores that also have online shopping enabled, too. If you want to help me unearth beautiful stores, please send your suggestions to me. Many of you have been sending great suggestions, and you know who you are, so thank you!

Enter P.O.S.H.


(photos from Carrie at P.O.S.H.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on March 17, 2006

Store Spotlight: Tabletop, Washington D.C.


By Christine M. Liu, Contributor, decor8

My parents live in Maryland, and during a chilly February last year my boyfriend and I went down for a visit and spent one afternoon shopping in Washington, DC. There are plenty of lovely stores (and sushi restaurants, not to mention embassies) around dupont circle, one of which is Tabletop.
We stumbled in by accident, this utter gem of a boutique stocking everything from Angela Adams leather handbags to Lotta Jansdotter ceramics to Alan Stuart pu-felt pouches (which I happily bought three). The store is just luminous, a split-level space with a resident fluffy dog and a cozy atmosphere. Tabletop features a healthy mix of American, European, and Asian styles, as well as projects by collaborative design teams. The pieces are clean, colorful, and distinctive. Shopping is pure pleasure. If you’re in DC, it’s a must-go!

However, lucky for the rest of the population, they have an online store, where you can find strikingly unique pieces such as Salvor animal pillows (a menagerie!), Klein Reid vases, jewelry from designer Daphne Olive, Ply Design bags, coffee sets by Panek Tobin, Mibo lighting, ASA Selection ceramics, and books on modern design.

When I was there, I got the afore-mentioned Alan Stuart bags as well as a wallet by J.Fold (which still turns heads when I take it out), and my boyfriend secretly got a silver lasercut Tord Boontje card which ended up becoming my valentine!

(all photos from the tabletop website)

Posted in guest bloggers, Shop Tours on March 06, 2006

[BOSTON] Tour Vessel

Step inside Vessel…

Pairing up technical ingenuity and appealing modern design almost flows too easily for the folks over at Vessel. I’m sure you’ve spotted their cord-free candela lights before, these are great candle alternatives for people with allergies (there are truck loads of smelly candles out there), or for those with curious pets who want to avoid cat-on-fire. I also think they’d come in handy if you party hard and would like to avoid cool-new-rug-on-fire, too. Wouldn’t they be useful at summer beach parties, or on your outdoor patio? No more running for the matches whenever the wind blows! I love all the pretty colors…

Vessel carries more than candela lights, though. They feature the squat series of furniture that decor8 featured in the past, along with hip tableware like the workplace dish set:

… and the fusionware dishes that I appreciate because I like to separate the dips from the chips without using two separate bowls. Plus, it’s good portion control. Dumping a bowl of dip into one bowl and grabbing a bag of chips and running off to the sofa isn’t an option, people. :)

Have I whet your appetite for a store tour? Here’s a glimpse of their space in Boston at 125 Kingston Street. I don’t know about you, but I’m completely in love with beautiful stores. I can’t shop at stores that I find unappealing. They can carry the *best* merchandise, but if the store is ugly, I’m not buying. Vessel rocks it out, as I’m sure you’ll agree…enjoy!

(Thanks Stefane for the great photos! All photos from Stefane at Vessel.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on February 27, 2006

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