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coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 ’06}

September 6, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}From prehistoric cave drawings to cleverly designed Starbucks cards, graphic artists are some of the world’s greatest story tellers. Whether it’s through contemporary methods (enhancing their drawings via the computer, or using a graphics program from start to finish), or traditional methods (pen and ink, oil painting, pastels, wood-engraving, etc.), these artists touch our lives and stir in us our own creativity. So often we find ourselves relating to works without the ability to pinpoint why, we’re just deeply inspired without explanation. Books, greeting cards, posters, original drawings, there are so many ways to bring illustration into the home. You can even explore drawing for yourself. Have you heard of Illustration Friday by Penelope Dullaghan? Penelope runs the site for artists of all skill levels, the goal is to stretch your mind, challenge yourself, and grow as a visual storyteller (Penelope has a blog and her own website, too). Wouldn’t you enjoy creating your own stories to display in your space? You can start small, and build from there. The goal is to start and from there, to be consistent and press forward. The more you give, the more you’re going to grow and develop your skills. Your self esteem will begin to soar. Being able to point to something that you fully devoted yourself to is an amazing experience. If you haven’t progressed beyond stick figures, that’s okay, everyone has a starting point. Maybe Illustration Friday can be yours.

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}Have you visited Lilla Rogers lately for creative fuel? Browsing the works of so many talents on their website is bound to spark some ideas – maybe you will find yourself drawn towards a particular artist. Consider why, what is it that you like, what feelings do you have when you look at it, etc. Start taking inventory, either online via a site like StyleFeeder or StyleHive, or via a handwritten journal. Everytime you see an illustration that you like, save it online in your feeder or hive, or print it out in color and paste it into a journal. Give the illustration words, your thoughts about it, why you love it. Over time, you’ll start to see a trend, you’ll discover your own style. Once you have defined your own style, you can start drawing and exploring things for yourself.

Are you a graphic artist? Any tips on how to get started that you’d like to share?

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}

(images top: penelope dullaghan middle/bottom: lilla rogers)






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Orla Kiely Fall 2006

September 5, 2006

Orla Kiely Fall 2006
Psst: Orla Alert!

This isn’t a fashion or bag blog, I’ll leave that up to the pros, but since we all love the designs of Orla Kiely, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that her Fall ’06 handbags + accessories are now up and available for purchase on her website. Love these patterns, subtle yet striking, a nice touch draping over the shoulder of your favorite Fall leather or wool jacket.

(photos from orla kiely)






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Angela Adams Fall 2006

September 5, 2006

Angela Adams Fall 2006
An email just popped in from Design Public informing me that they now have Angela Adam’s latest designs for Fall 2006! Take a peek at her gorgeous rugs here. I really like the Palm (shown above), although I don’t see it as a typical Fall pattern, at least not here in the northeast. I would have enjoyed seeing a pine cone or needles, perhaps a maple tree or leaf pattern, except abstract and bold, something that hints more at Autumn. But that’s just me… Did you spot the Fern below? Something about it reminds me of Orla Keily (her stem pattern from last season).

The Fern and Palm are only a few patterns from the Fall collection, you can browse her website for more goodies, like the Angela Adams handbags + wallets. The Rebecca wallets are pretty and, for such a popular brand, a decent price for $87.

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(images from design public + angela adams)






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Flickr Favorites

September 5, 2006

Flickr Favorites
As most of you know, I’m a flickr addict – it’s my favorite site right now and I can’t get enough of the “add to faves” feature since I love to bookmark all the photos that I love this way. Do you have a flickr favorites view to share? Any flickr groups or people that you really love, that you’d like to share with us? Please post in the comments section below! To view my faves, click here.

We *Heart* Stationery, Art In Your Home, and Fresh New Spaces are three groups that I administer (with the help of Becky and Michelle). Art In Your Home (created by Michelle) and Fresh New Spaces (created by Becky at Design Public) are especially fun for those of us that love to peek in on real homes – lots of interior eye candy from members who love to show off their homes. You are more than welcome to join these groups, so get involved!

Flickr Favorites
(photo from sfgirlbybay – love her and her blog, too! She’s a member of the Fresh New Spaces group.)






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Open Thread!

September 4, 2006

Here in the states, today is a holiday we call Labor Day, which is what many of us refer to as the last weekend of wearing white, going to the beach, and enduring moving vans double (and triple!) parked all over Boston. Kids are back in town for school and Fall officially arrives on September 23rd. Since my husband has the day off, we plan to spend it together, no blogging for me… But, I’ll be back tomorrow!

How was your Labor Day weekend? What did you do?

We went to an amazing wedding this past Saturday in a beautiful old train station called Union Station in Worcester, MA – it was just like a mini Grand Central Station (NYC), our friend played the violin during the wedding, so romantic. It was like something out of Martha Stewart Weddings… I must confess, it was fun to get all girly and wear heels after being laid up in bed for nearly a month – finally I’m out and about walking again! Yeah! Today, we enjoyed dinner in a quaint English tavern in Bedford, NH. My husband announced this morning that he wanted to get dressed up and take me on date (maybe the wedding sparked this?). It’s around 62 here, very foggy, rainy… A romantic day for a tavern. He looked so cute, in a vest and tie, trousers, even a cute newsboy cap. We had a great date. Today, he wants to continue the romance, so we’ll most likely head to the North End for lunch (locals: did you read this? they are trying to close hanover street to create a piazza for walking/dining only. love this idea) and then, to a few museums (the new ica was due to open 9/17, but has been postponed.) I can’t wait for it to open, I’ve read so much about the new building, it promises to be quite spectacular.

By the way, and yes this is a bit of a spoiler I know, but I just read this online regarding a Project Runway model (Vincent’s model?) and had to share it… Can you believe it?

Okay, enough about me… Let’s talk about YOU. Anything to share?






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Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA

September 1, 2006

Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA
Jill from Rose + Radish in San Francisco wrote to me today, she noticed that I recently featured Hut Up of Berlin here on decor8 and wanted to let us know that she carries their felty goodness in her San Francisco based store and online. Sweet! Jill wanted to share with us a few photos of the store (located at 460 Gough Street), which made my heart race because they carry most of the lines that I myself would stock if I had my own storefront in some trendy part of town. Sigh. (maybe someday, as a brick ‘n mortar store in the city is my dream. Writing all day (between customers and ordering of course), something small but classy with big windows and high ceilings, great music on at all times (amelie soundtrack is my favorite for shopping to), stationery, homewares, fresh flowers, great music, decorating workshops (hosted by me as well as other creative types), fresh brewed tea and mandelhoernchen on Saturdays… Okay back to reality Holly!)

Just look at this place, doesn’t it rock your socks!?

Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA
Some of these hot lines include Growing Veip (Netherlands), Daff (Germany) Atelier Lzc (France), Produzione Privata (Italy), Nama Rococo (Massachusetts USA), Saturate (California USA), Wetter Indochine (Vietnam), Esther Derkx (Netherlands), Nussha (Japan), Lisa Stickley (UK), K Studio (Michigan USA), Nymphenburg Porzellan (Germany), Hut Up (Germany), Pakhuis Oost (Netherlands), and many more lines from around the world. I tested out the search feature on thier website, if you plug in any of the above brands, you can pull up everything that Rose + Radish carries from that particular company. That’s the fastest route to take for total retail therapy!

Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA
Some of my personal favorites include the deer coat hanger (or for jewelry!) from Pakhuis Oost, the Nymphenburg bird’s wing dish, Esther Derkx’s plates, and this Atelier Lzc placemat.

Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA
Oh! And I can’t forget my favorite item from this yummy store, the stunning green glass acquatinta pendant from Produzione Privata in Italy. Those Italians and their glass… Swoon! Thank you so much Jill for writing in – we love your store! Next time I’m the bay area, I know where I’ll be shopping…

Rose + Radish [Online + Storefront] San Francisco, CA
(images from rose + radish)






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