Kat Nouri recently wrote to me about her new business, Modern-twist, a collaboration between Kat and independent designers (mostly from the west coast) like Amy Ruppel, Le Vu from Paper*Ink Studio, Sheila Metcalf Tobin, and Simone Rubi. If you plan on attending the NYIGF this month, they’ll be in Hand-made booth #5532.
My favorites are the VTB tabs (right column above) because they arrive in this great holder that snaps onto a wine bottle (fun and clever gift), and each holder contains six ‘ID’ rings for a glass stem where you can write on, and wipe off. They also double as napkin rings. (I bet the HWTM is drooling over these right now. They are *so* her.)
Another product I can see myself using is a Modern-twist table runner. I am very pleased to see these in polyurethane – no washing or ironing, and no stressing if a splash of wine or olive oil lands on them. Just wipe and move on with the party. Very Lo-Mai (Low maintenance). Cute coasters are also available, although I prefer mine with more of a ‘grip’ to them (like cork or at least with cork or rubber feet) because they hold the glass better for times when someone bumps the table, but that’s just my opinion.
The runners and placemats, along with the VTB tabs, are my picks. These aren’t available online yet, and so far it doesn’t look like they are in stores, so tell all your friends with a storefront to check out Modern-twist. I’m already thinking about Lekker in Boston (perfect fit) and Figments in Providence… Spread the news to modern home stores in your city, and thanks for writing in, Kat!
Psst: Be sure to check out these prints over at Paper*Ink while you’re surfing the links above. Inspired by the San Francisco Botanical Garden, her prints are hand silk screened in bold red and blue.
(images from modern-twist)
So, I’m reading Dooce today over a hot cup of chicken noodle, and I spot a mini tour of her space. Instantly, I felt my smile widen, along with my eyes. Dooce on design? Cool. I may not have her adorable haircut, the sweet face daughter, a husband who wears rubber clogs, or one single mormon in my family, but I just knew that the Heather Armstrong and I shared something in common… The desire to declutter in ’07. Click here for more.
There is so much beauty in winter. As I look out of my window at delicate glass trees, iced branches sparkling in the sunlight, I sense that only I am bothered by a cold day. The trees seem to be basking in the sun, tiny droplets flowing down ridged bark, birds bouncing from branch to branch, seemingly happy. The pond in my backyard sits frozen, but the large blue heron perched on a nearby stump doesn’t seem to mind as he cleans his feathers (and after watching him skate across the pond unable to make a proper landing, you’d think he’d be blushing). Nature is happy, things are still ‘business as usual’ outdoors, yet so many of us are wishing for Spring, complaining, booking early vacations to the islands.
Seeing the Hanami print from Sharon Elphick today gave me a gentle nudge, “Spring is coming, hang in there”. A glimmer of hope that come March, feelings of being trapped and frozen to the bone will dissipate in the warm sunshine. All will be introduced to budding trees, longer days, and pudgy bumblebees collection pollen. Until then… We wait and try not to notice, just as the heron. Just as the trees. Just as nature.