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MOS MyOwnSpace: Summer Sale

July 31, 2006

MOS MyOwnSpace: Summer Sale
While in La Jolla last summer, I couldn’t peel myself away from MOS MyOwnSpace located at 7840 Girard Ave. It was such a great retail experience, from the customer service to the overall design and flow of space and of course, the vast array of modern furniture and accessories for the home in all price ranges. Really something for everyone. I loved the colors, the store seemed to burst with orange, red, lime, blue…

Unfortunately, some stores leave me feeling very uninspired. I walk away discussing the bittersweet experience and what I would like to change about it with my shopping pals. Do you do this too? I have to admit, I am quite critical of interiors, not in a mean spirited way, but in a constructive sense, and I find myself picking apart commerical spaces more and more these days, especially since I’m writing more about design and find myself constantly in stores to view the products I write about. I’d like to spread my wings a bit in the future and actually work on a few commerical design projects. I think I’d enjoy the mix between residential and commerical, especially since I miss my corporate background where everything is clean cut and always very professional. It’s not easier by any means, but because you’re not in someones home, you tend to not absorb their personal life and issues as much, especially when confined to a commercial environment, like a day spa, design store, gift shop, etc. I’d also like to offer consultations to already operating stores and work with the owners to improve the shopping experience, from the floor plan to addressing flow issues and assisting with displays and overall product placement, lighting, and even the smell and the music. I’d also like to work with them to suggest new products that may improve their sales and draw in more customers. I only have a day spa under my belt so far, and that doesn’t really count since it was family. I certainly need a lot more experience on the commerical front, although I think my years as a professional shopper (wink) have to come into play here, too. (smile).

Do you find that some stores seem to have a void (poor visual displays, music that is too loud or doesn’t fit the experience, or worse, a “total design explosion” – everything just dropped and landed there.)? What do you think works and what doesn’t? I’d love to hear more, if you’d like to comment…

Back to MOS MyOwnSpace. Point is, this is one store that I walked away thinking, “Wow, now there’s a store that really works. There’s nothing about it that I would change.” Even their business cards left an impression. If you are ever in La Jolla, drop by and see for yourself.

You can also shop them online, and there’s no time like the present because Jennifer from MOS told me about their summer sale starting tomorrow, August 1st. The sale will feature select items both in store and online (the in store items include floor models, too.) Visit them first thing in the morning to jump on those sale items before they’re gone – either in person or right here online.

MOS – If you’re reading, we’d love a store tour if you have the time – snap some photos and send them in!

MOS MyOwnSpace: Summer Sale
(images from mos myownspace)

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Figments – Little Sukie Sale!

July 31, 2006

Figments - Little Sukie Sale!
I’ve met so many people through this blog, one being a wonderful shop owner in Providence, Peggy from Figments. She’s not only extraordinarily talented, but one of the sweetest people to talk to – filled with information and ideas, and very open about her small business ownership. Anyway, Peggy is having a sale on Sukie Indian Exercise Books, books inspired by those found in markets across India. Each book is handmade and if you’re a Sukie lover like me, you’ll want to grab yourself a few of these books since they are marked down to only $7 each! And if you ever find yourself in Providence, visit her store located at 717 Westminster Street.

Psst: Look what’s in Peggy’s bag!

(images from figments)

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Rare Device – New!

July 31, 2006

Rare Device - New!
New adds to Rena’s adorable Brooklyn store, Rare Device. I spotted the Alice card set from Stolen Chicken in Seattle and couldn’t resist. The dreamy pastels and hand-silkscreened images on creamy cardstock are so pretty. Frame them, use them as baby shower invitations or thank you notes, or send one to your best girlfriends inviting them over for afternoon tea. The coral branch necklace, although you can’t decorate your home with it, you can certainly decorate yourself – what a nice touch to add this to a simple v neck shirt or cardigan. You can also display it on the wall on a pretty hook near your dresser. Because it resembles a branch, I see no problem wearing this coral into the Fall months as well… So pretty!

(images from rare device)

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TAKBOARD – New from TAK!

July 31, 2006

TAKBOARD - New from TAK!
Scott Kochlefl from TAK sent over news of the new TAKBOARD bulletin boards yesterday, he knew that last time I was into his clever pushpins, so I was happy he thought about me again. His latest and greatest is the TAKBOARD available in several styles (including a hand printed board in 3 designs that I love), lightweight, tactile, tackable, and can be installed horizontally or vertically. The boards are under $40 each, so they’re also somewhat affordable. Please visit TAK online for more information (although I didn’t see anything about these boards on thier site yet, so you can also email them to inquire at ideation{at}ideationdesigns[dot}com.)

Thanks Scott for the tip, or shall I say, tak!

TAKBOARD - New from TAK!(images from tak brand)

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coffee + cre8tive {july 31 ’06}

July 31, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {july 31 '06}
One more day and August will be here. I could feel it in the air last night as I walked, the temps dropped from 92 to 68 as day turned into night. I imagined my favorite funnelneck cardigan with jeans and boots, horseback riding. Sipping hot apple cider around a wooden table, enjoying a harvest meal. The scent of burning wood, pine, and pumpkin in the air, rust and mustard-colored leaves tumbling in the breeze. Autumn is my favorite season, and after spending the past few days under the brutal summer sun, I welcome it as it arrives on September 23rd (also Joy’s wedding day!). Although I enjoyed this past weekend – the beach, attending art fests, and my favorite, opening day of Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport, Autumn in New England will always be my favorite time of year.

Speaking of Fall, have you checked out Pantone’s color report for Fall fashion? I’ve talked about this before on decor8, how fashion influences interior design trends… So it’s good to check out the palette designers are working from for the coming season, the textures they’re introducing, metals, etc. I found an article/slideshow online this morning, From Fashion Week to Living Room Chic, that I thought you may enjoy from About.

“It should come as no surprise that trends in the apparel industry have a big impact on interior design. In fact, some designers create complete lines of clothes, furniture, and home accessories around new trends and themes.” Continue article

(image from about)

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Design Star – Did you tune in?

July 31, 2006

Design Start episode #2 just ended and I am shocked Joseph went home. Your thoughts? Mine are in the comments section below (to save space on the blog).

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