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We Heart Egg Cozies

How adorable are these things? I swear you don’t need them, but everytime I come across cozies, I try to convince myself that I really do. UK company The Black Rabbit, handcrafts some of the cutest ones ever. Look at that spider. Those chicks. That silly rabbit with the ditzy look on its face. They’re knitted in lambswool with cotton lining and come in several different designs, all of which I love.


Peek Keep, here in the U.S., has some gorgeous felted bunnies and hen egg cozies, too. Such cuteness.


Papa Stour of Scotland has a few irresistible cozies. So does Rose + Radish via Hut Up (German felt design studio). Imagine how these would look on your breakfast table…

Of course, egg cozies are not simply a fun way to present food to your guests, but they keep the eggs warm for serving. Are you sold yet? Desire a little cozy for yourself?

(images from the black rabbit, peek keep, papa stour, and rose + radish)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 02, 2007

Machine Age Grand Opening: March 3rd (Boston)

If you’re in the city tomorrow, there’s a great event that you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re a mid-century modern fan. The grand opening celebration of Machine Age over at 645 Summer Street (South Boston harbor district) from 6-9 p.m. will showcase the photography of Michael Flomen from the “Higher Ground” series, and you can view the new Machine Age 9,000 sq ft. showroom, filled with mid-century modern finds, not repros, but high quality originals at great prices. Check out some of the showroom images – don’t they make your mouth water? Look at this Danish buffet… YUM.


Best wishes and happy grand opening, Normand!

(images from machine age)

Posted in furniture, inspiration, shopping, travel on March 02, 2007

Berlin Artist: Tina Berning – Brings "100 Girls" to Gallery Hanahou in NYC

Have you heard of Berlin-based artist Tina Berning? I love her illustrations of women, and was excited to learn that she’s bringing “100 Girls on Cheap Paper” to Gallery Hanahou in New York. I may just have to go down to check that out, it looks absolutely mesmerizing.


The opening reception is on March 29th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., but the exhibit will run until May 11th. “100 Girls” has traveled from Berlin to Tokyo, garnering praise and much interest along the way, so if you’re in New York, you have to visit Gallery Hanahou to see Tina’s works for yourself.

More about the show from a recent press release, “Artist Tina Berning counters the glossiness of the ideal image by stripping it down to cheap and yellowed paper, eliminating mask, pose, and fashion, giving the girls she draws back an expression beyond beauty and surface, so that they endanger the collective standard.”

(images from tina berning)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 02, 2007

Apple Pie Design – Wall Decals

I can’t believe how huge wall decals are right now. Each week I’m coming across more companies that specialize in these vinyl works of art, and I’m constantly amazed by how some really look like actual hand-painted wall murals. I found Apple Pie Design for the first time last night, and had to share. No dorm room decor here – these are sophisticated and grown up.

Apple Pie is a decal company out of Rhode-St-Gen?se Belgium, but with a website in English, French, and Dutch (covers most of us), it’s easy to navigate. They also ship worldwide, yeah! I find that their designs suit many tastes, from traditional to contemporary, whimsical, or even a little French country.


It’s hard to find decals that appeal to so many decor styles from a single company, but Apple Pie seems to cover everyone. Just like apple pie, a dessert that all seem to agree on. Aren’t these great? You can even dress up a child’s bedroom with silhouettes, or add understated elegance to the top corner of a room (below).

(images from apple pie design)

Posted in walls on March 02, 2007

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