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Limited Edition Steven Harrington Print at Tiny Showcase

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I was so excited when Anh-Minh emailed me today about the latest Tiny Showcase print. Tiny Showcase, an online site for art, release a new work of tiny art every Tuesday night in a limited number, usually only a 100 or so. A percentage of the proceeds go to a charity selected by the artist, this week Steven Harrington (the featured artist), selected the Blind Children’s Learning Center.

The usual prints are flat, but sometimes we’re all in luck and a letterpressed artwork is released. Tonight we’re in luck. Not only is the work from Steven Harrington (I already have work from him and l-o-v-e it), but it’s also a little larger than usual, being 11″ x 6″. The print is shown here, it’s $30, and you can order yours right now online. Hurry! There are only 150 and one of them belongs to me. I’m sure they’ll sell out within the next 30 minutes…

But if they do, here’s information about Steven Harrington, where you can purchase other prints by him on his website, or you can check back with Tiny Showcase next week Tuesday to see who the latest artist is. New artists are posted on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. EST.

(image from tiny showcase)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on March 21, 2007

Happy Owl Glassworks

Tracy Bull from Happy Owl Glassworks, also a new decor8 sponsor as of today (welcome, Tracy!), has some new prints up on her site that I really like, especially the owl shown below. It’s almost like he sat for this portrait, but like most owls, was a bit ticked to be bothered with the whole art thing. His expression reads slightly annoyed, which I think is quite cute because it reminds me of little boys when they’re asked to sit still for their school photo. The girls don’t mind being photographed one bit, but the boys hate every moment of it. I’m also very fond of the colors, lots of blue with touches of yellow, perfect for the Spring season.

Tracy has also prepared a collection of watercolor illustrations on various woods, all available at Paper Boat Boutique. You can contact them via email at paperboatboutique{at}gmail{dot}com if you see a piece on the Happy Owl website that you’re interested in. Here are a few below.

Quick story: I gave a Happy Owl classic badge to my favorite Starbucks barista a few weeks ago and she loved it. She always spotted the one I wear on my winter coat and kept telling me how much she liked it, so I gave her one I had at home that I was saving for my Spring coat. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy she was when she unwrapped the little package. Have you badged your favorite cashier or barista lately? These make the best gifts and they’re only $7! It’s such a nice gesture to give pretty little things to those you see on a regular basis – maybe the girl who makes your coffee or that great bookstore cashier that is always happy to see you. In today’s world, these personal touches make life more meaningful, don’t you think?

Thanks Tracy for your work, the heart and soul you put into it, and how much happiness it brings to those that appreciate the natural world around them.

(images from happy owl glassworks)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on March 20, 2007

West Elm: Mirrors!

Yeah! New items posted on the West Elm website today (lots of green!), but I’m especially fond of this faux bois mirror ($249) because it’s large and in charge, but not intimidating or over the top. Doesn’t it look stunning in this room?

I also have a crush on their new round leather mirror ($149), it looks so much like the one I’ve had a crush on for ages from BDDW, only without the leather hanger (which is easy enough to add to the West Elm version).

Even though I like seeing affordable options for those that cannot afford the high end designs, who doesn’t like a deal, I sometimes wonder what all of this really means in a big picture kind of way. I shop sometimes at West Elm, and often see items that seem to be inspired by a more expensive designer item. Meg over at Designer’s Library notices to, and actually spoke to this point on her blog not to long ago, click here to read her thoughts.

West Elm
BDDW

Perhaps this just means that imitation is flattery? Fu (or Foo) dogs are popping up all over, created by various companies, as are Zebra rugs, Chinese ceramic stools, wire chairs… Could it simply be that a single, great design is launched into the world and becomes such a must-have item that it gets recreated in many versions (even nearly duplicated one to one), making it into what becomes a timeless classic?

What do you think? I wonder what the designers, the BDDW’s in the world, think about this. Are they flattered? Does this actually generate more interest, and business, in the end?

(images from west elm and bddw)

Posted in Rooms, round-ups on March 20, 2007

Shop Girl: What Can Shop Owners Do To Attract Loyal Customers?

For the next few months, decor8 will feature a Shop Girl series, posts that randomly pop up from time to time about shop ownership – brick ‘n mortar and online stores – to gather the perspectives of both owner and customer alike. The goal is to collect ideas that will help small business owners stay afloat which will make our shop experience as customers, a richer, more interesting one that fills more than just our bags, but may even help us meet new people in our community, learn about interesting artists, and walk away feeling refreshed and inspired.
The response from Shop Owners How Do You Stay Alive?, blogged on March 13th, resulted in some informative comments that extend beyond the typical ‘great post!’ that you usually see on blogs. If you haven’t already, please read the comments, enlightening to say the least. Shannon, from the blog Make It, brought up an interesting point that I’d like to get your opinion on.

Shannon said, “I love hearing of small businesses that also hold art/craft exhibits. Doe and Rare Device are two stores that do this very well and not only do they get great publicity from it, they support small artisans and give people another reason to visit their shop, even if they don’t feel like shopping. Small businesses need to think of creative ways to get people into their stores (classes, book signings, cocktail hour). Here in Boston, Magpie just reopened in a larger storefront with a temporary art exhibit as well.”

So readers, shoppers, friends of independent boutiques… What do you think? How can shop owners attract a loyal following? If you owned a shop, what creative ideas would you use to attract customers? What would you like to gain from your shopping experience?

(images from doe, dear, and rose + radish)

Posted in small business on March 20, 2007

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