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Coco Ribbon – Sweet Gifts from London!

August 24, 2006

Coco Ribbon - Sweet Gifts from London!
decor8 reader Abigail wrote in about one of her favorite stores in London. Her email was so cute and packed with information that I’ll just let her tell you about it:

I love your blog and read it every day, thanks for all the great tips! Anyhoo, wanted to tell you about this store I found in London last month. It’s called Coco Ribbon, and is absolutely beautiful! It is decorated like a boudoir with that pastel Parisian apartment style, and carries all sorts of girlie things. In between the lingerie and toiletries, they do have some decorative things for the house, including antique furniture, chandeliers, and pillows. Oh yes, they also have their own very cute stationery. One very cool thing, though, is that Coco Ribbon has its own in-house interior designer, Madame Sera, so you can recreate the look of the store in your house if you want! There are two locations: Notting Hill and Chelsea, and of course, their website. A good part of their merchandise is online. Next time you’re in London, you must go there! Bye for now! -Abby

Thanks for the tip, Abby! Looks lovely, a must add to our London shopping list for sure. I love thier butterfly garlands (so different!) and the mannequin soaps along with the sweet little mermaid soap box, both very cute, too!

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Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from Berlin

August 23, 2006

Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from BerlinUsing traditional felting methods, Hut Up in Berlin creates one-of-a-kind hand-crafted creations that will keep you warm and cozy in the months to come. In fact, they’ll not only keep you cozy, but they carry items to give your home a feeling of warmth, too. Clothing, baby items, jewelry, key tags, mittens, bags, hats, cell phone holders, frames, table accessories, rugs, pillows, and so much more… You simply have to spend time on their website and see for yourself. I really enjoyed seeing felt used in so many creative and colorful ways. Beautiful! I love the idea of putting felt veggies in the kitchen (maybe in a glass jar on a shelf), or using cut out felt rugs for the floor or placemats for dining. While in Berlin this Fall, I think I’ll wander into Hut Up so I can see these items up close and personal – seeing their collection online makes me want to touch everything!

If you’d like to purchase anything that you see on their website (it’s in English), click on Contact and send them an email regarding the products in which you are interested in. I’m sure someone will respond to your email.

Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from Berlin
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Room + Board Under $50

August 23, 2006

Room + Board Under $50
Okay, so you’re thinking that Room + Board is this big serious furniture store with items that surely will send your credit card (and you) over a financial cliff… Well, think again. They actually have lots of cute finds for under $50, items that you can use in your home or gift to someone else. I found these cool cats and slick lamps in the children’s accessories page, which proves, don’t knock the kiddie section of any store. You can easily incorporate these Oscar lamps (available in white, grass or carrot) into your very grown up home. The cats… Well let’s just say I wouldn’t rule out putting one on a wooden chair in a lonely hallway, adding an instant smile to the faces of your guests. If you have kids, I can only imagine how Bart and Bubbles would light up their eyes.

If you’re trying to get organized, or just need a colorful trash bin, the confetti bins are a nice buy for under $35. Also great for storing pototos in the kitchen, or lids for pots and pans. You could easily mix these bins in on white shelves for that punch of happy color in your cooking space. Great for storing slippers (or socks) near your front door, or for umbrella storage, too!

Room + Board Under $50
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coffee + cre8tive {aug 23 ’06}

August 23, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 23 '06}
I’m so excited that readers are sending in photos of their space. Thanks, guys! When I mentioned that I’d like to start showing off reader spaces as well as posting space issues (with the goal of obtaining YOUR advice, along with offering some of mine), I didn’t realize how many of you would be interested! I’m very pleased that readers are stepping up, so as long as emails are arriving, I guess I’ll have to start posting reader spaces! I actually think that this feature will sharpen all of us and create a more interactive blog, a space we can all share ideas, especially since I know that so many of you are loaded with talent.

So to recap, from time to time, I’ll post photos of reader spaces for those that A) are proud of their space and simply want to tour us of a room (or entire house!) OR B) photos of problem areas from readers that are seeking tactful constructive advice with hopes of helping them out of a design jam. Many of us love to decorate, and spend so much time finding solutions in our own homes, so why not pool this wisdom, sharing your passion with others?

First up today, we’ll tour a reader space in the Netherlands, it’s a serene city oasis, you’re going to love it. I also have a space challenge to post, along with a bunch of fresh finds, so stay tuned, I’ll be back soon!

(images from lilla rogers studio, a local studio that I’ve talked about them here before, you must check out online!)






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