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A Little Hut *New* Wall Art + Cards

Patricia from A Little Hut wrote in about her new limited edition artwork and I’m so glad she did. When artists write to me asking for their work to be featured, I give them so much credit because I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there before a crowd. It’s scary. You don’t always know how you’ll be received, who will come (if any) once the announcement has been made. I am absolutely flattered whenever someone takes the time to write in to show me what they do, so thank you Patricia.

Patricia’s artwork is completely handmade using an original block print, printed on 100% linen with delicate embroidered details. There are three designs to choose from, all of which you can see on her website. Her company, A Little Hut, also has a small card collection for Spring, shown in the image above.

Don’t you love this, handmade goodness from those that follow their dreams by launching a little business doing something they love? Raise a glass to Patricia everyone :clink: :clink: cheers to your lovely work!

(images from a little hut)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery on March 13, 2007

Brocade Home *New* Shopping Online!

Brocade Home has a new online store, click on over and by all means, let me know what you think. Will you shop BH? Here’s a few of my favorites…

For furniture, I like the white metal veranda headboard (above, prices start at $399). Imagine it against a wall with terrific wallpaper peeking through, or against a gorgeous peacock blue wall to really show off its graceful curves? I wish Brocade had a matching coffee table. I’ve always wanted an iron table, in white, with a bit of rust peeking through, in a pattern much like this headboard. On top, a sheet of glass.

For storage options, I think the silhouette bookcase is great, I love the look of this. It almost reminds me of something out of The Netherlands ($599). This Lace cut media storage ($599) is also a great find, I would love to get my hands on and paint a gorgeous color, and the smaller white storage cabinet would be fun to use bedside ($299).

The silhouette pedestal side table ($169) is another darling find, along with a tufted cube that is large enough for the foot of your bed ($399). Another tufted beauty is the bucket chair in pear ($599). And for accessories, did you see their etched glass accessories, very feminine and so lady like.
If you want something a bit less curvy and baroque-n-roll, I think these pieces will appeal to your more modern sensibilities. I love the arms on this flax sofa ($1699), which just so happens to have a matching chair ($999). I these peices because they’re timeless and fit in a variety of settings. They’d worked alongside antiques, repro peices, and modern furnishings. A wise investment.

I adore this curvy table ($699) which I’d use as a desk. It has great lines, slightly understated, it really appeals to me. It’s clean with curves!

And one last mention, the glass pendant with lace sleeve ($99) is a bit fun, unusal, quirky… I really like it and I don’t even like lace. It works somehow. I can picture this in a contemporary dining setting, three in a row above a white parsons table. In the above photo, it’s shown over a little table in the bedroom. If you look hard enough (click on the image), you’ll see it!

In April, Brocade will launch their outdoor furniture – so stay tuned for that.

(images from brocade home)

Posted in Objects on March 12, 2007

Freckle Wonder

I *heart* Freckle Wonder. You know that one girl from grade school that you thought was the coolest chick alive? Well, she’s back and she has a website.
Freckle Wonder is a girl that we’d all love to have as a friend. Jenny has style, she’s a woman doing it for herself (small business owner along with her life partner Matt, their fur kids, and their son, Henry), with a gorgeous mid-century retroish home, and she’s so pretty – like a grown up doll. Jenny sells everything from home accessories to shoes and clothes on her website, so it’s a fun browse and worth a bookmark so you can keep an eye on things – she’s constantly updating the site with new stuff.

I think it’s great that she models everything and that Matt is the resident photographer, styling to perfection. I don’t know whether he does this already or not, but I’d love to see Matt sell some of his product shots, I think many of them would be great framed or as greeting cards. Anyway, I’m lovin’ Freckle Wonder and I hope you do too. Great girl, great site.

Psst: She’s a blogger, hurray!

(images from freckle wonder)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on March 12, 2007

Martha Stewart *New* Website

Martha Stewart has outdone herself yet again with a fabulous new look and feel to her website.

It’s so fresh, much easier to navigate, packed with great articles and images, and my favorite, the decorating and craft tips. I just love Martha and remember when her website had an entire retail section where you could purchase gadgets and paper goods galore (bring it back, please!). I relied heavily on her website as I planned my wedding in 2001, purchasing lots of things she had there at that time.

My favorites were the Mexican paper wedding flags (they looked like this), with these gorgeous cut out patterns, in pure white.

I strung them together with twinkle lights to display inside of our reception tent along the top. It was gorgeous to dine beneath them, the lights showing off all the intricate patterns, sparkling through the lacey paper to create the most beautiful shadows. It doesn’t appear as though the site has the retail side anymore, except for her fabulously arranged fresh flowers, but it does have tons of great articles to give you ideas and help you along with your projects, so click on over and see for yourself – it’s Martha Stewart perfection!

(images from mslo)

Posted in inspiration on March 12, 2007


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