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Slim Shelving

Love this. Marianne van Ooij wrote to me today to tell me about a product that she introduced this past May at the ICFF in New York called Slim Shelving. She’s a Dutch designer living in Brooklyn who studied design at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She wanted to develop a shelving system that allowed her to keep her favorite books in sight without taking up a lot of space so this wall system made of clear acrylic was the ultimate solution and is somewhat affordable ranging from $175-239 depending on the size that you select.

Slim Shelving

I love this idea and would like to own this — it’s really clever. I have so many pretty books and plan to look into how to order one of these for my office. Great idea, Marianne!

(images: slim shelving)

Posted in walls, workspace on June 15, 2009

Kindred – Summer Edition!

Hello friends! On Friday I mentioned that I had something special to share with you for Summer so here it is… the Kindred Summer edition just went live for the new season and Ez and I are excited to share with you the artists we’ve chosen to be part of the line up this time. Here’s a peek of the 10 free desktop wallpapers created especially for you…


Our participating artists and designers include both Ez and I but also Alicia Bock, Bernadette Sipkes, Blanca Gómez, Caitlin Shearer, Jessica Gonacha, Sarah Ahearn, Susannah Conway and Traci French. Ez thought of a beautiful and creative theme and asked the artists to develop a wallpaper to fit the theme which is: Summertime – the five senses. You’ll find along with each wallpaper the artists own words on what inspired that particular design. In addition to the wallpapers, some of the artists are offering either their orginal artwork or prints of the wallpaper in their shops, so be sure to read each of the artists words to find out if the work is available to own and frame. :)

In addition, we have some fun freebies for you from us along with a special guest designer this season, Tara Hogan from INK + WIT who created some super cute downloadable postcard flats at no charge to you.

We hope that you will support this free deskptop wallpaper project meant to share the work of talented independent artists worldwide with your friends and blog readers and to pretty up and brighten your work space just a little. We also hope that you will enjoy the free wallpapers for your desktop and that you’ll remember to visit Kindred to participate in the active forums there.

Oh and I almost forgot… due to popular demand, we’ve added a new size for larger monitors so you can now download them in the following sizes: 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 and 1920×1200. Yay!

Thanks to all artists involved for your contributions to Kindred, we love you guys!

(images: kindred)

Posted in workspace on June 15, 2009

Pretty Mouse Pads

I first bought a My Favorite Mirror mouse pad at the Renegade craft show a few years ago and I’ve been addicted to them ever since — they’re just so pretty and I love the fact that they’re 7.5? round because it’s a tough size and shape to find at your local office supply store but it’s the shape I love and work best with.

::new mousepad::

My new mouse pad arrived on Friday and I want to share it with you, shown above, this one was $15 and is called Red Hygrophorus Mushrooms and designed by California artist Jill Bliss (whom I adore). I love it because it’s soft and pretty without being too sweet, I guess you can say that it’s “just right” for me. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mouse Pads

a. Typewriter b. Bicyclette c. Redwood sorrell d. California poppy.

Mouse Pads

e. A polkadot owl f. Red hygrophorus mushrooms g. Bicheno bird h. Appledress girl.

Do you have a fun mouse pad source that you’d like to share?

(images: top – holly becker for decor8, two below: my favorite mirror)

Posted in workspace on June 01, 2009

Paper Source Wish List

Have you checked out Paper Source lately? I threw down a chunk ‘o change there last night to satisfy my paper cravings (and to organize my office) but you know, I have no real habits — I don’t smoke, I barely drink, you’ll never find me in a nudie bar with ten dollar bills (what a visual! he he!) and I’ve cut out Starbucks (almost) from my life, I go there maybe once every two weeks vs. daily as before — so I made room in my budget for the occasional paper splurge. Justified. I feel much better. What did I buy? For one, the cat butt pencil sharpener (my word) and some PaPaYa! file folders. Here are a few others that I liked, some went into my shopping cart while others remain on my wish list for pining…

Office Update

In no order, but I assure you all are accounted for in this link list: Curry dots bracket label, the purple comp journal, paper suitcases with striped interiors (I ordered two, one in chartreuse and the other in papaya), white cat pencil sharpener, file folders with pink birds, fish letterpress cards, orange paisley thank you notes, pool cloud dots label and the holy crap eraser.

(images: paper source)

Posted in workspace on May 28, 2009


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