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Velocity Art + Design *New* Site & Showroom

It seems October is all about new beginnings since there’s a slew of newly launched websites being rolled out as I type. I’m so proud of everyone for their accomplishments (you know who you are!). One site that looks absolutely amazing is also one of my favorite online stores, Velocity Art + Design. Check it out below, it doesn’t even look like the same website. Sexy!

I have to congratulate Ali and the rest of the Velocity crew, it’s quite an impressive change, great job! The best part, outside of the sleek presentation, it’s so much easier to navigate than before. For instance, I didn’t even know they carried Hella Jongerius until today when I spotted their new drop down list.

For Seattle locals: Did you know that Velocity will extend themselves from the web to the street, with a brand new retail store in Seattle to open on Friday, October 5th?It’s true. And I think that’s so cool, they’ve been so successful with their online business that this was the next natural step for them. So if you live in Seattle, here’s another great store to add to your shopping list. They’re located at 251 Yale Ave N.

Hooray for Velocity!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on October 01, 2007


Enna is a Hannover-based crafter and local retail store owner who is also on etsy offering her cute crafty things, check her out… Oh and she has a website too if you’d like to learn more about her.

Enna has a darling DaWanda shop too. I heart DaWanda – they’re this really cool Berlin-based site that’s a little bit like Etsy as it promotes indie artists here in Europe and beyond. And I’ve talked to the owner via email and she’s a doll, I hope to meet up with her when I visit Berlin in October. Yay!

For the locals, Enna just opened a brand new store in Hannover Linden called Enna Shop located at Deisterstra?e 68 – and she’s a Zakka fan, so you know I’ll be visiting her little storefront soon. If she lets me snap a few photos, I’ll certainly share my visit with you. :)

(images from enna)

Posted in etsy, shopping, travel on September 27, 2007

Stockholm Bound + You’re Invited Oct. 5th

Danielle and I spent several months nailing down the perfect destination for two friends to meet up for a girly weekend. Last year we met in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week (photos here), so this time around we’ve decided to hit another design show in a city we’ve been longing to see: Stockholm. That’s where we’ll be from October 5-8. Just two weeks away!

While there, we’re meeting up with web-famous Swedish blogger Emma and we’d like to extend the invitation to you if you’re interested in having dinner and drinks with us on Friday, October 5th. Please email me at decor8blog at yahoo dot com and I’ll give you the specifics.

On a side note, any globetrotters out there with some Stockholm tips for us? Whether it’s shopping, must-see attractions, bakeries, yummy places to eat, indie/second hand vintage shops for clothes and home accessories, great fabric stores, etc. please comment below. I’ll add some of your suggestions to the Stockholm links I’ve already pulled together in the right column.

A special thanks to the reader that sent me over to this article in the NYTimes, it’s printed and in my bag already.

(Image: Rob Schoenbaum for the NYTimes)

Posted in travel on September 21, 2007

Volksfaden: Online Fabric Store

Have you heard of the online fabric shop called Volksfaden based out of Berlin? Volksfaden, translated as the “people’s threads”, have such an exciting array of fabrics imported from Japan and the United States. I’m tickled to learn about Volksfaden because when I’m in Germany I never know where to find such fabrics and now I do, I can order from a local online fabric store in case I require some additional yardage for a project. Shipping will be a breeze.

With names like Amy Butler, Kyo Yasai and My Folklore by Lecien, Free Spirit, Erin Michael, and Joel Dewberry, you can be certain that there’s something for you. And check out how they collage fabrics with vintage photos on their website. The more I look at them, the more I think of mixed media collages and what a great idea this would be for creating mini DIY art.

Thank you Linda for writing to me today about your shop. It’s great.

(images from volkfaden)

Posted in shopping, textiles, travel on September 20, 2007


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