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MA SALES TAX HOLIDAY on August 12th

August 4, 2006

Just a little FYI to the locals, Massachusetts plans a SALES TAX HOLIDAY for August 12, 2006. If you’ve been dying to lay down some cash on a big ticket item (that amazing sofa you’ve been jonesin’ for), wait until the 12th…






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Apartment Therapy: Boston – On Its Way!

August 4, 2006

Apartment Therapy: Boston - On Its Way!
Yesterday, Apartment Therapy announced that Boston will be the home of their newest blog. Yup, AT:BOSTON is on it’s way in September, kids! I’m excited about this because the decision was made via polls Maxwell had on the site for weeks, and we were running neck to neck with Washington, DC and of course, the Pacific Northwest crowd had cast their votes, too. Both will have blogs in the future, but Boston is the next one scheduled to launch (257 votes!).

I think this says something about Boston as a whole. Not only are we a design savvy bunch, but we’re quick to jump when it means claiming our space. Boston AT:NY readers were voting their little hearts out and in the end, it won us a spot. It will be great to have AT:BOS in town, this city has so much to offer, and I’m certain that if we all work together to spread the word, the site can grow and become another well behaved AT child.

With more and more transplants relocating here for work, our trendy city with old world charm is attracting notice. We have a beautiful city, amazing coastline, and access to New Hampshire and Maine vacation spots. The potential for improvement and growth is obvious. Boston recently had a major NYC investor purchase several mill buildings in southie over near Summer Street (near the waterfront opposite the Boston post office main branch). He plans to rejuvenate that entire waterfront area with the charm of SoHo. Many other investors are placing their bets on Boston as well, scooping up property to restore it, especially now that the Big Dig is wrapping up. (At least we don’t have to suffer through that another 18 years of that.)

Boston – Apartment Therapy is coming – Are you ready? I sure am!

Read the AT official announcement here.

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Mid Century Modern + Scandinavian Style: NEW RELEASES!

August 4, 2006

Mid Century Modern + Scandinavian Style: NEW RELEASES!
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details by Bradley Quinn (published by Conran), and for some reason, my pre-order on Amazon didn’t go through so I forgot all about this title until today when I was posting our new book of the week (Marimekko – it’s not a new title, but the book rocks – my review and photos coming soon!).

Anyway, I want to order Mid-Century Modern, but I’m thinking that I’ll wait for now since I’m trying so hard to cut my spending between now and Germany (we leave in September). I’d rather carry some cash over there since I know I’ll find plenty of spending opportunities, and with the Euro being so strong, I need to pocket all the change I can get right now. I know it’s only $19, but still…

Mid-Century Modern released on July 28th, and from the cover alone, I’m intriqued. I just love that bold wall hanging over that sweet credenza, don’t you?

Another book I’ve been watching, also a new release as of July 28th, is Scandinavian Style by the same author, Bradley Quinn (also Conran). It calls itself an international sourcebook that traces the design and interior traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. It’s also around $19, so it’s quite a bargain. I can’t wait to crack open this title and draw in the yummy goodness. I’m sure the photos inside are a delight.

Does anyone own either of these? Interested in reviewing them for us?

Mid Century Modern + Scandinavian Style: NEW RELEASES!
(images from amazon)






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Greener Grass Design: P*PHONE Anyone?

August 4, 2006

Greener Grass Design: P*PHONE Anyone?
This find made me laugh so I couldn’t resist posting it. Sheesh, we want to go forward, we long for the “good old days”, we want iPods, we want to hang onto our vinyls, we want cell phones, but we miss old school dial phones. Gosh, we’re a confused generation. This new techno gadget further confirms this. Imagine yourself, parked at a bistro table in a sexy little coffee shop, laptop on the table as you busily type in your blog entry.

Ring! Ring! Oops, gotta take that call, it’s the boss. You pull out your oversized pink P*PHONE.

Huh? Yeah, this thing is for real guys. Not only does it claim to reduce radiation exposure to the head by around 95% (and we all know you already have enough head damage), but it’s different and cute, and well, you can totally imagine all the looks you’ll get (you so love the attention). Who knows, like toting around a yorkie with a little red bow, a phone like this must be a conversation starter in more ways than one. I can totally see cute boys wondering who you think you are with your rad ’76 retro phone.

What do you think about this crazy new/old phone? For $70, it’s all yours at Greener Grass Design. Available in black, pink, red, or white. When used with the SKYPE certified Y*CABLE in combination with your PC, your wired P*PHONE turns into a voice over IP phone. Dude!

I’m dying to know… Would you rock this thing?

(images from greener grass)






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Dollar Store Decor

August 4, 2006

Dollar Store Decor
You may recall a cry for help posted on July 10th for dollar store decorating queens to contact west coast decor8 contributor, Anh-Minh Lee. At the time, she was busily taking notes for an article she was pulling together for the San Francisco Chronicle. Interested in seeing the fruits of her labor?

By the way, Leigh Batnick (Jezebel) is quoted in the article, check this out:

Leigh Batnick’s home in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a testament to how dollar-store purchases can look deceptively rich. “I’ve decorated my teeny-tiny Brooklyn bathroom with gold baroque frames and a black-and-white toile shower curtain — all dollar-store finds,” she says via e-mail. The frames are filled with an assortment of cards from her stationery company, Jezebel.

Go, Leigh (so cool)! Read the full story online.

Congrats Anh-Minh, nice job!

(image from sfgate.com. Showing On, a grad student, in her kitchen)






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coffee + cre8tive {aug 4 ’06}

August 4, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 4 '06}
I’m thinking more about entertaining and beautiful dinnerware today (must be Jenn’s hostess blog!), and when to plan my next dinner party. In the summer, it seems life is one big corona and paper plate, but come Fall and Winter, tables (and people) dress up (at least here in New England) and the magical evenings spent with close friends gathered around a home cooked meal, polishing off a bottle of vino, are the times you want to decorate the table with class and style, yet somehow not crossing over the fine line into stuffy overdone boredom. You don’t want things too formal, because then people can’t relax. You also don’t want it so informal that it downplays your culinary expertise, especially when roasted duck and Cr?me Br?l?e are at stake.

coffee + cre8tive {aug 4 '06}Do you have any dinner party ideas for Fall? Want to gather friends to chat about the summer vacations you took? Planning to gather the family around for a big announcement? (tip: said announcement shouldn’t be about your sexuality, religion, or political leanings – dinner goes south in 2.3 seconds. keep all announcements based on babies, engagements and job promotions. got it?)

However you plan to entertain this Fall, start thinking about how you’d like to pull it all together. Do you have a theme or would you rather use your grandmother’s china in your cabinet and dress the table with white linens and fresh flowers?

How do you like to set your table?

(images from gracious style)






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