Want to come along with me for a moment and play pretend? Imagine we just had the most delicious tea and cake and now we’re heading off to shop at Lapin & Me, this sweet little space is located in giddy London where we will spend some time ooooing and ahhhhing over everything. There are lots of charming French things here. With full tummy’s and some extra cash from the money fairy (we’re playing pretend, remember?), we race down the lane in our super cute skirts and cardigans, you with your gray scarf and me with my purple handbag, all aglow from excitement combined with to much caffeine and sugar… Oh goody, there’s the shop — we’re here. Let’s step inside of Lapin & Me, shall we? Yes we shall.
Do you see the handmade Fatina Doll brooches by Chocolate Rain? Lovely, aren’t they? All that French stationery, now what do you think about that? And yes, I know I’m all grown up but um… do I really need to resist this sticky sweet cuteness just because I’m over thirty? I don’t think so.
Now it’s time to go, I’m afraid. But don’t worry… you and I have lots more to see and places to visit and of course with Lapin & Me online, they are only a mouse click away.
(images from lapin & me)
Ready to drool like a fool? Barb Blair was nice enough to contact me and the result ended up being so nice — a tour of her gorgeous store, Knack Studios, located in Greenville, South Carolina which happens to be my home state (go SC!).
It’s great to see how she incorporates wallpaper into so many of her pieces — she’s fearless which is such an inspiration to me. I want to own one of everything I see. Barb offered to give us a little shop tour today along with some additional great shots of her merchandise, would you like a little more eye candy to kick off the week? Good. :)
Where Barb sits down for a little inspiration.
I know what your next question is, when can you move in — right? That was going through my mind as I looked through these images. Sigh. So lovely. Barb thanks for taking us on a trip fantastic to your storefront. Next time I’m down your way I’m stopping in for a visit now that I know your store exists. Thanks again!
(images from knack studios)
What do two former Def Jam records employees, Jessica Jenkins and Andy West, do after living in hectic New York City? Relocate to Kennebunkport, Maine to open a design shop called Daytrip Society of course. Duh! (grin.) This is seriously such a cool story especially because they are originally from Maine and it’s a story of returning to ones roots. Jessica and Andy want their store to be the go-to destination for design lovers who are also inspired by nature and travel. They carry everything from home accessories to organic products and handcrafted treasures.
This is an inspiring example of those who completely change direction and dive into something new — it takes a lot of courage but I believe that those who are risk takers and who believe in their vision will survive this economy. I also see the need for people to get back in touch with their home turf, support their local communities or return home to where they have established roots and build something special within that community. I’m all for that. We all have the ability to shape shift from what we are today to what we want to become tomorrow, but lots of times fear holds us back — not actual ability.
Yay to Jessica and Andy for not only opening a great shop but for taking the leap and being such an inspiration to other small business owners out there.
(images from daytrip society)
Speaking of Megan over at Beach Bungalow 8, after reading her blog this morning I’m wishing I could be in California in breezy white linen pants, a sleeveless silk blouse, and some pretty silver sandals shopping by the sea at Gum Tree, located in Hermosa Beach, CA. Wow. Megan blogged it awhile back and describes the interior as, “beachy, sophisticated, laid back” and I’m smitten. California dreaming…. This is totally my style. Love all the white, the stripes, the trunk as a coffee table, so very charming, bright, and energetic.
(images from gum tree, taken by simon harsent)