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Marimekko New Line Autumn/Winter -’06/’07

August 26, 2006

Marimekko New Line Autumn/Winter -'06/'07
Marimekko Saaa-woon! Browse some new beauties from your Finnish friends, with four color themes in their Autumn collection that reflect the diversity of nature, created by talented young designers Erja Hirvi, Maija Louekari and Teresa Moorhouse, Maija Isola, Fujiwo Ishimoto and Marjaana Virta. Isn’t the Kassiopeia fabric amazing? Not to mention (okay I’ll mention!) their fashion, handbags and accessories for Autumn, totally hot hot hot! Umbrellas, coin purses, handbags, and a must-have b/w striped shirt with Marimekko across the chest in red. I have to find out who carries that shirt online, does anyone know?

Marimekko New Line Autumn/Winter -'06/'07Marimekko New Line Autumn/Winter -'06/'07
For Marimekko home stuff (and accessories), locals can head on over to Bliss on Newbury Street in Boston.

So… What are your favorites for the season?

[UPDATE: FYI: I found a source for Marimekko fashion, called Kiitos in New York.)

Marimekko New Line Autumn/Winter -'06/'07(images from marimekko)


Fred Flare – Spot a Trend? Mushrooms Are In!

August 25, 2006

Fred Flare - Spot a Trend? Mushrooms Are In!
It’s no secret, slowly mushrooms are popping up all over in the United States, and your friends at Fred Flare have mushrooms galore to fill your home with happy. Check out all of their new items right here online. Smiles for everyone!

If you’re reading outside of the U.S., what are some big trends in your part of the world? We’re seeing lots more of the baroque modern style, everything eco-friendly, owls + birds, mushrooms, neutral spaces with lots of bright accents, acrylic furniture (still!), and of course, the always present mid-century modern explosion!

(images from fred flare)


Viva Terra – Organic Beauty for the Home

August 25, 2006

Viva Terra is a serene haven on the web for selecting the most beautiful, tactile, organic wares collected from all over the world. Products that are so completely captivating that it’s hard to narrow down your list from what you want, to what your budget actually allows for you to have. Since I love to shop online, and particularly find Viva Terra to be an exquisite experience all around, I’ve collected a few of my favorites to share with you.

Viva Terra - Organic Beauty for the Home
I’m so attracted to succulents, aren’t you? My grandparents have them clustered in rock gardens all over their farm in Rhode Island, and I even have a few here in my backyard. We didn’t have them when I was growing up in South Carolina, the closest we had were the towering spiny aloe vera plants, hardly a cute little succulent. I enjoy looking at succulents up close, their distinctive patterns, colors, and textures – some smooth, some with peach fuzz, and all pleasingly plump. Viva Terra now stocks a succulent wreath that is hand-assembled into five groups succulents in shades of green-gray, burgundy and silver. I’ve not seen anything like this before, I really love it! This living wreath is not only eco-friendly, but enchanting. Just add water every six to eight weeks and viola! a wreath that will love you long time, $89. Next, a relaxing lamp caught my eye, the light in the forest lamp with tall reeds that dance delicate light throughout your space, $298. Also, did you see these whimsical twig letters for $89? A bit pricey, but certainly a nice addition to warm up a room.

Viva Terra - Organic Beauty for the Home
As a pottery lover, I’m always looking for interesting wares that are more modern and clean than the ones I find at the folksy craft fairs here in New England. That’s why I’m really drawn towards the hand-formed dipping set with it’s soft sensual curves, in clean white, for $65. For the bathroom, why not gift a friend with the root bowl & organic soaps set, with 100% organic soaps displayed in a small bowl carved from the roots of a discarded Chinese fir tree, $49. Who can resist a handbag? Although this isn’t an item for the home, I can’t turn away from this cozy red tufted alpaca handbag, a hand-crocheted beauty with seasonally shed horn carved handles, in red or chocolate. $259. With jeans and a charcoal ribbed turtleneck, this red bag would add a relaxed elegance to your ensemble, and hipify it a bit, too. If it’s entertaining you love, the slate tray + petal servers will serve you right. Petal-shaped ceramic bowls mix with smooth slabs of natural slate, sold in a set of four, with chalk, $49-69

Viva Terra - Organic Beauty for the HomeFinally, two more considerations for your Viva Terra shopping list. The driftwood trivet from natural sculptor Josh Harris, who combs the coasts of Northern California to collect driftwood to assemble into primitive art trivet (how cool is that?), $45. I’m seeing these ladders everywhere lately, and for the price, I think it’s a worthwhile object to use in your home. This bamboo towel ladder can display your towels, or you can use it to air dry them. Take it out of the bathroom and use the rungs to drape your favorite magazines in your living room or home office. $129

Do you have any favorites? Can you incorporate more of the outdoors into your indoor space? How do you do it currently (plants, driftwood, flowers, shells, stones, etc.)?

(images from viva terra)


coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 ’06}

August 25, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 '06}
It’s the weeeekend! Happy Friday everyone, hope you have lots of fun plans on the agenda and that, if you have time, you’ll pop in over the weekend to see what new things I’ve posted here on the blog. We have our first ever contest scheduled to premiere here next week, so stay tuned for that because it’s always fun to win free stuff!

Here are some pretty images from Cath Kidston today. Back in 2001, I was a Kidston addict, I had everything from lampshades to oilcloth chair covers and pretty homemade cafe curtains in my butter yellow kitchen. I’ve changed my decor since then, moved into a new abode, but I always remember my crush on Cath. In fact, I still love to sip tea from her mugs or use them to collect pencils on my desk.

Do you have any designers or particular styles that you tend to stick with? Or that, like me, you were really into and then, you started to form a new love for a different look altogether? Care to share your story?

coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 '06}
(images from cath kidston)


Purl – Store + Blog for DIY Sew Queens

August 24, 2006

Purl - Store + Blog for DIY Sew Queens
Fabric addicts + knit queens unite! Since 2002, Purl has brought smiles to enthusiastic crafters everywhere. They’re not only a fantastic find in person at their New York City Soho location (137 Sullivan), but also online, where you can find a website that is as beautiful as it is cleverly laid out – so easy to navigate. From fabric to pattern books, magazines, yarn, accessories + notions, whatever you fancy can be yours for creating all the things you love.

In 2006, the Purl girls, Joelle and Jennifer Hoverson, opened an additional Soho location at 147 Sullivan, Purl Patchwork, dedicated to fabric, just a few doors down from their other Purl location at 137 Sullivan (Purl is primarily a yarn shop, Purl Patchwork is mostly fabric). Here you’ll find an array of contemporary prints, historical reproductions, elegant imports, and a rainbow of solid colors, all hand picked just for you by these two sew-passionate business owners.

Whether you are embarking on a project from scratch or merely looking to personalize something you own, both Purls have it all. In addition to their brick ‘n mortar locations and their online shop, guess what else these ladies have up their handmade sleeves?

A blog, Purl Bee, and it’s not only adorable, but a fun and informative read, as any good crafty blog should be.

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Spotted via: Cake + Pie Creative.

(images from purl)

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