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coffee + cre8tive {july 19 ’06}

July 19, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {july 19 '06}
I thought I’d share some more photos from our MoMA visit on Sunday. Not to gush, but I really loved it there. What a breathe of fresh air to relax and observe these works. It made me happy to see so many young people, unaccompanied by parents, freely roaming the galleries gazing intently at their favorite painting or drawing. I recall as a young girl, art museums were mostly for the bon ton set. Not anymore. All you need is a ticket to enter and you can leave your attitude at the door, for arriving at a museum isn’t about what you can bring, it’s about what it will bring you. Enter with an open mind, and you’ll leave with an open heart.

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy

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2Modern – New Eco-Friendly Section + Products!

July 18, 2006

2Modern - New Eco-Friendly Section + Products!2Modern is a San Francisco based company (and decor8 sponsor) specializing in only the best design for home + office from some of the most talented and innovative international designers of contemporary furniture, art, lighting and personal accessories. If that weren’t already enough, they’ve now devoted an entire section exclusively to eco-friendly products. With this new section on the 2Modern website, it’s easy to support the world of sustainable design because everything you need is at your fingertips – no more endless searching for eco-conscious design. After taking time to walk myself through this section, I decided on a few personal favorites that you may not have heard of yet – I think you’ll like:

Balanced Design – fresh squeezed home accessories – everything is happy and bright!

2Modern - New Eco-Friendly Section + Products!
Hightower – Contemporary stools and tables with clever bases.

2Modern - New Eco-Friendly Section + Products!
Iannone : Sanderson – Furniture design that sends shivers up my spine. Their green mod storage cabinet and the signature 2.0 console are both stunning and sure, they’re not budget friendly, but for around $1500 you can get something you really like, that is well-built, and will last you for many years.

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Steelogic – Sculptural functional design for the home with extra shine and lots of style.

2Modern - New Eco-Friendly Section + Products!
Know of any other great eco-designers that you’d like to tell us about?

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Henry Road: New Table Runners!

July 18, 2006

Henry Road: New Table Runners!
I’ve written about Henry Road before, but I just love textiles designer Paula Smail and her pretty prints. Yesterday, she sent out an email to her contacts announcing perky new table runners in super pretty prints, and of course I couldn’t stop at the new table runners, I had to go back to visit everything from the darling dish + tea towels to the bags, pillows, and festive tablecloths… My favorite print is the gloria in crimson/white since I’m really attracted to two tone bold prints right now, and because it looks very Scandinavian. What do you think?

After you’ve had a chance to visit Henry Road, won’t you please share with me what your favorite print and color is and why?

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CB2 Fall Collection

July 18, 2006

CB2 has quite a strong collection (and budget friendly!) for Fall that just released, combining their current items with a few fresh ones for the new season. Have you checked out their latest catalog? Here are a few items that I find attractive, functional and affordable.

CB2 Fall Collection
The exotic flair of the lovely Satula bed linens by Marimekko are a great solution for couples that are walking that fine line between masculine and feminine bedding – this is a very crisp look with an organic feel that he’ll love, with the swirls and charm that she’ll love. For the bathroom, the bricks rugs in chocolate or white are perfect for adding understated charm (if you want a larger more posh version, check out their fulton rug, drool!). For furniture, I’m liking the two tone hideout low cabinet to act as a mini credenza, and for lighting, the parfait pendant (only $30!) makes a great statement – suspend three in a row over your long dining room table. Elegant and cheap! If you love large graphics in black and white with moorish flavor, you’ll really like the hand tufted 100% bikaner wool morocco rug. Their union dining table is great, too – the zigzag base is striking. (I wish they’d make a coffee table with this base).

CB2 Fall Collection
Speaking of dining, if it’s more space you crave, it’s time to do double duty, or in this case triple, using on piece of furniture. Try the speakeasy high dining table. It seats two for dinner or acts as a cocktail bar as well as a storage cabinet with tons of storage space (the kyoto 4-part server would look nice on top).

There’s a lot to see for Fall at CB2, so take a moment to browse their 67+ page catalog online.

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Creative Reception Favors on a Dime – Any Ideas?

July 18, 2006

Creative Reception Favors on a Dime - Any Ideas?
Freshly Blended blogger and decor8 reader Nicole, asked me to spread the word about her latest blog post, Do You Have What I Need? Seems Nicole is assisting in her brother and his fiancee’s wedding (they’re getting married NEXT month!), so she could use a little help coming up with a homemade reception favor. Do you have any crafty tips up your sleeve?

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coffee + cre8tive {july 18 ’06}

July 18, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {july 18 '06}We just returned from our anniversary mini break in NYC – it was excellent and now we’re back home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next eight weeks before we head off to Germany for a few months.

I snapped the above photo at the MoMA on Sunday, a great break from the heat and most importantly, a terrific way to refresh myself in a creative sense… The Dada exhibit was excellent – I was excited to see the hometown of my husband (Hannover) represented (you can visit part of the exhibit here) and enjoyed how the exhibition was organized by city and the works arranged salon style. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take photos in this exhibit or else I’d show you some of my favorites, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself if you’re in the city this summer – in my opinion, it’s a must see. Also, if you love books, add the Dada book to your collection.

Our anniversary was lovely… I felt like I’ve been away for a few weeks vs. a few days. I have to get caught up on some client work today, but I’ll be back shortly to post, so stay tuned! :)

coffee + cre8tive {july 18 '06}
(images: top – copyright decor8 2006. bottom – via moma.org)






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