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Moooi Amsterdam

Would you like to tour the fabulous Moooi in Amsterdam with me today? I was recently there and asked permission to shoot some photos for decor8 and they were happy to welcome me and so I did my thing — snap, snap, snap!

Moooi Amsterdam

I have always had this great love affair with the white paper chandelier ever since first spotting it five years ago and I’m still absolutely lusting for it after all of this time. I saw an XXL version as I walked into Moooi and laughed as I imagined a scenario where my husband would come home one afternoon and see it hanging in our entryway — I can picture his face! I can’t imagine owning a space large enough to fit the massive version of the paper chandelier, but I can definitely see using the “normal” size chandy over my dining room table or in the entry of my new home so I will contact their German agent soon to see if the price tag is even close to something that I can afford. I don’t know though… Here it is in the entry of the store as I walked in. Isn’t it lovely?

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

I also love the lolita table lamps, you can see a white one in the photo directly above — it reminds me of a little hat with delicate trimwork… it is such a precious light and I like that it also comes in gray as a pendant because I think that would look lovely in a kitchen, don’t you? I currently have the Clusterlamp in my kitchen but I’m thinking of moving it to the guest bathroom once I move… When I look at Moooi lighting I think I could fill my entire home only with their lighting and live happily ever after! I was counting over the weekend, in my new home I need to buy 13 pendants. Can you imagine? THIRTEEN. This is because we have 6 rooms plus a kitchen, 2 baths a hall and an entry room plus two enclosed winter gardens (they are like 3 season glass enclosed porches). I hope that I win the lottery soon.

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Did you enjoy this little Moooi visit with me today? I hope that you did. I shot this store on a very rainy Wednesday when no one was around so I had the place to myself. I wanted to photograph more close ups of products but I felt I would have overstayed my welcome so I took these snaps above and got going… I ended up in a charming little corner cafe eating apple cake and sipping tea as the rain poured — it was quite a romantic little afternoon!

Visiting London? Moooi is set to open the doors of its first permanent showroom & UK headquarters in London on September 16th over at Portobello Dock!

(images: Holly Becker for decor8)

Posted in Shop Tours, travel on August 16, 2010

Brass Razoo: Shop Tour

Good morning peeps and a big TGIF to ya! It’s nearly the weekend so let’s enjoy a few inspiring posts before I sign off, sound like a plan? First up… Are you ready for a little retail therapy? Kirsten Grove wrote in today to share her brand new business adventure with her pal Elise at Brass Razoo. Try not to drool.

Brass Razoo

Kirsten just joined forces with an existing boutique in Nampa, Idaho (near Boise) called Brass Razoo and launched a vintage and repurposed furniture and home decor line. Her partner-in-crime is an established fashion and jewelry designer,Elise Vaughn, who is from Australia but now calls Idaho her home. She specializes in vintage clothing and accessories at her shop Brass Razoo — both designer clothing and repurposed. Then a new shop concept came back in January over a simple cup of coffee between friends Kirsten and Elise. They were hanging out discussing shop ideas — what could be, what they wanted to offer, bringing in a more green approach to home decor and furniture locally for a good price without sacrificing style, adding home decor and furniture to Elise’s existing clothing and jewelry lines — stuff like that. And that coffee talk grew, in a just a few months, to all this gorgeousness below.

Brass Razoo

Brass Razoo

Brass Razoo

Brass Razoo

Kirsten (left) and Elise (right).

The original Brass Razoo whop was a tad too small for Kirsten’s work so when they heard about a nearby boutique that wanted to downsize to a smaller building they swapped and took the larger space for themselves. They opened their doors last Saturday and above is just a glimpse of it – but a nice glimpse it is! What an inspirational story – women collaborating and sharing a business rock, don’t they? I am so inspired by women who collaborate in order to bring forth their dreams. You don’t have to do everything by yourself — in fact, often it’s best to partner up on certain business ventures because of finances but also it makes something like shop ownership more enjoyable as you have someone else to mind it while you are off doing the books or at a trade show and vice versa. I’m all for collaborating and hope to someday own my own shop and work with a partner or two myself. Gooooo team! Rah!

A warm congrats Kirsten and Elise and I wish you all the luck in the world.

(photos: amber fischer)

Posted in Shop Tours on May 07, 2010

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Ah, Moomah. The dream shop/cafe in my mind that actually exists and where else but in New York. Have you visited? Please say yes and please tell me more! From what I read on their site, Moomah is a creative arts cafe where parents and children can eat, create (with do-it-yourself tables) and shop. They even have classes for kids and for adults too. I had heard about this creative and cozy space awhile back as it traveled around blogland but was reminded of it again as I was reading Anita Kaushal’s blog because she likes Moomah, too. Here are some views of their retail space. When I’m in New York this summer I’m definitely hitting this place even if for a few moments just to see my dream in the flesh.

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

Moomah: Creative Arts Cafe

What an amazing retail space, it’s creative and packed with visual eye candy in addition to the good things there to eat and drink. Talk about sensory overload… Heaven.

(images: moomah and kim cornelison)

Posted in Shop Tours on April 27, 2010

Shop Tour: Beuteltiere in Berlin!

Today I’d like to share a lovely shop called Beuteltiere that’s so cute and is owned by business partners Barbara Mueller and Katrin Hufer who have knack for curating handbags and accessories – their boutique is like a gallery or gorgeous bags! Beuteltiere is located in Berlin’s trendy Prenzlauer Berg district at Raumerstrasse 19 and just so happens to be where many of my friends shop which is why I decided to write about them today — they are definitely the “it” bag shop in Berlin — especially for girls and guys who love good design.

Beuteltiere in Berlin

Shop girls Katrin (left) and Barbara (right)

I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara a few years ago and we’ve kept in touch since — she’s a great lady and terrific business woman. In fact, the blogging event where I spoke at in 2008 is what helped motivate these ladies to get started with a blog, shop and web shop (you can watch their video in German about it here. It’s great!). This really pleases me — it’s nice to know that so many ladies are being inspired and started a business — and living their dreams. I’m heading to Berlin soon to visit them, the high speed train gets me there in an hour and 25 minutes (not bad!) and I really need to buy a bag for myself for Spring/Summer… and they have some great ones as you can see in these photos!

Beuteltiere in Berlin

Beuteltiere in Berlin

Beuteltiere in Berlin

Beuteltiere in Berlin

I want to mention that recently Nicole from Nicoletter visited Beuteltiere and picked up this gorgeous 100% recycled Matt & Nat bag… it’s a great one, isn’t it? I’ve become obsessed lately with leather bags, sunglasses and umbrellas so you’ll have to excuse me!

If you are a decor8 reader (which you are if you’re reading this, right?!?) you can tell these shop girls when you visit and they’ll give you a 10% discount off of your purchase to celebrate their one year anniversary. If you buy a bag online you can use your discount until the end of April by entering code “BGdecor8″ at checkout.

Thank you ladies for sharing your shop with us today! I feel like I went on vacation without leaving the house. :)

(photography: tim adler)

Posted in fashion + accessories, Shop Tours, travel on April 09, 2010

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