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Textile Arts

Textile Arts offers some of the best fabric and wall hanging kits I’ve seen, by far. If you love fabric that pops, crave something unique, and fancy the idea of owning art that you won’t see in everyone else’s pad, look no more. “If you can’t sew…our kit is the answer. You supply a staple gun and iron and in under an hour you can have a framed piece of marimekko on your walls”, so claims this nifty online shop. Click on the Marimekko page to view fabrics categorized by style; large panels, abstracts, oilcloth, uphostery, whimsy, stripes/checks, retro, botancials, and don’t forget the kiddies with their own line of fabric for children. You can also browse the Ljungbergs Fabric for stunning prints by some of Sweden’s premiere textile designers. Don’t forget to view their wall hanging kits along with their extensive line of bedding, handbags, pillows… I could go on and on. Their line is extensive, beautiful, affordable, and so unique that you’ll be forced to make a purchase. When you do, please let me know what you found. Oh, and one last note before I sign off… don’t forget to view their Kitchen line. The 12.5″ x 17″ laminated tray by Maija Louekari is a must-have! (photo: Hetkia Moments print.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 11, 2006

Cristobal Tea Pot by Raynaud Porcelain

Trimmed in real gold, strutting it’s stuff in coral, you know the feeling when you see something and you just connect to it somehow, like it was always meant to be yours? Maybe this dates back to my mother singing me the “I’m a little tea pot” song, but when I recently came across this tea pot in Domino magazine, I felt that pull, that inner longing, the feeling that soon I’d be throwing down the plastic and charging at full speed. “It can’t be over $100″, I thought typing in the URL faster than my husband can say, “Honey, no! no!”. My little tea pot appeared before me, in full color. Gulp. $346.00 plus s+h. Being the frugal fuddy-dud that I am, I googled it and discovered that an eBay store,”Heritage House Tableware” has 5 left for $276.80 each; quite a savings! Will I be tempted? Nah. I keep telling myself, if I can find it for under $200, I’ll buy it. Stop laughing, I’m serious. You know, the more I think about it, this little tea pot does need a home, and I do consume tea on a daily basis so it’s perfectly justifiable when my husband sees the charge on our statement. Should I do it?

Posted in uncategorized on January 10, 2006

Kiln Enamel: Bloom Wall Plaques

You may recall the name, as Kiln’s snakeskin plates were featured in this month’s issue of Domino magazine. This small Brooklyn based company, owned by an amazingly talented husband + wife team, create beautiful sculptures, jewelry, mobiles, tableware, and home decorative objects like the “Bloom” wall placques (shown in photo). Four in the collection, each measuring 3″ x 6″, they would look gorgeous arranged over a teak buffet or mounted in your entry way. Made with enamel mounted on wood with hangers, each placque is $60 and in my opinion, well worth it for something handmade by an artist.

Posted in uncategorized on January 10, 2006

Mademoiselle Armchair: Phillipe Starck

The Mademoiselle chair, designed by Phillipe Starck, is the perfect blend of clever + chic. It’s body, sturdy polyurethane. The seat, a soft thick fabric for a comfortable sit and a happy booty. I love how fashionable it is, yet how very practical. The linear design, fun pattern, and that it comes in three patterns (Blue Chinese pattern, Red Chinese pattern, and green Damask) are also strong selling points for me. Retail at Retro Modern is $717, although I recently saw it on eBay for $569 with Free Shipping from Germany (who also sells Ghost Chairs for only $249) by seller: smartdiscount

Posted in uncategorized on January 09, 2006

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