I thoroughly enjoy reading Netherlands-based blog Yvestown, written by the creative Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Her wit is refreshing and her blog is informative and altogether beautiful. I appreciate the care that she puts into her posts, especially these that spotlight some of her favorite books. I read through all of them last night and ordered several of her picks from Amazon, including Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers (my idol from Caravan Style in London, also author of one of my top ten decorating books of all time, Flea Market Style.), and In Bloom by Alice Whately.
But there is beauty in having patience and combing through the archives of your favorite blogs. It was during this treasure hunt that I discovered a small Japanese book publisher that comes highly recommended by Yvonne for having the best design books called Jeu de Paume, also known as Paumes for short. “Jeu de Paume explores the environments of those who stimulate the creative industries, and in doing so has produced a set of creative bibles that overflow with inspiration,” says Paumes. Browsing their books online, I’m sold!
After their first visit to Paris, Paumes was so inspired by what they saw that they went on to visit other European design meccas like Stockholm and London. This began their series of books documenting their favorite stores, creative workspaces, and homes. If you’d like to order any of their books, contact them directly via email: info AT paumes.com. You can also order them directly from Amazon Japan. But seeing a website that looks like this (below) can be a bit intimidating if you don’t understand the language, right? Wrong.
No worries friends. We have Yvestown to thank for this amazingly simple tutorial on how to order from Amazon.jp. I just walked through it to order a few of the Paumes books myself and it was a breeze using her guide (great job, Yvonne!). Just think: You can go broke shopping in websites that are not only in your native language, but also on websites that you don’t even understand! Yay! The beauty of the internet and pretty pictures! :)
I first shopped with Yukiko from Seabreeze Studio around the same time that etsy launched, and I still have the little bag that I ordered from her and really like it. The fabrics that she uses are totally cute, you can tell that she is from Japan (she lives in the UK now) because the prints, well look at them below, are they not adorable and totally Japanese? And while I am not one to blog about fashion accessories, I came across Yukiko again while surfing Etsy a moment ago and wanted to share since I told her over a year ago that I would and I don’t think I ever did. My bad. Since a promise is a promise, this blog is for you, Yukiko. Even if it’s really late in coming…
Sorry I didn’t get to posting much yesterday, I spent a little over 3 hours with Marisa and Rachel working on a podcast about color, so once Marisa has it ready to go, I will share it here on decor8 so you can listen in. :)
(images from seabreeze studio)
When Boston-based reader Syrene wrote to me asking whether I’d blog about the dining room (table, 6 chairs, leaf insert, and china cabinet on server) that she *just* listed yesterday on Craigslist Boston, I took one look at the photos and agreed – this Heywood Wakefield Dining Room is in perfect condition. And who knows, perhaps someone out there reading has dreamt of owning a set like this? If that person is you, this is your lucky day because this set has been in her family since it was made in 1949 so it’s quite a special find.
Here’s the Craigslist ad so you can read more about it and contact her directly.
Thanks Syrene for the tip!
(images from syrene)
Boston’s own Jennifer Hill of JHill Designs sent me the nicest email today announcing the release of her Fall collection of “Places I Have Never Been” (Thank you Jennifer!). You can pick up her colorful travel-inspired notebooks and things right here.
And if you happen to be in Boston tomorrow night (August 2), visit her and her friends between 6pm-8pm at the Etsy Boston show in Jamaica Plain at the Corner of South + Carolina. For more show information, click here.
(images from jhill design)