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Russell + Hazel Newbies

Filing and stationery never looked so good with the new Audrey collection at Russell + Hazel. I love the file holder handbags – great for power lunching and nights when you must take your work home with you.


“With details inspired by vintage architecture, classic Hollywood and the textures of contemporary couture, Audrey products are a pleasure to use and a sight to behold.”

Also, don’t miss their new mini accessories, fun rubber bands, and if you live in the Minneapolis area, you can visit their new flagship store located at 4388 France Avenue S. For the rest of us, take an online tour of their new digs here.

(photos and quote from russell + hazel)

Posted in Rooms, stationery on March 29, 2006

Ivana Helsinki

A great article arrived today via email about designer Paola Suhonenon and her collection, Ivana Helsinki, from at Refinery 29.

“Beginning mid-century, Scandinavia set the stage for modern minimalist design marked by functionality. While Sweden and Denmark cornered industrial design, Finland found a fit with textiles and has provided decades of invigorating solutions to the medium. Today, a modest outfit called Ivana Helsinki carries on the tradition, turning out a spectrum of offerings (from womenswear to bedding), which echoes the country?s long love affair with brilliant textiles…”

…to continue reading the article, click here.

(quote from Emily Virgil’s Storytelling at Refinery 29. Photo from Ivana Helsinki.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 29, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 29 06]


I can’t believe that April is just around the corner. Today should hit 60 degrees, so after I meet a few deadlines, I’m going for a long walk in the orchards behind my house to enjoy the day. This is one of many things that I love about the freelance lifestyle. I can come and go as I please. When I was tied to a corporate job, I could only break away for lunch and even then, I felt guilty leaving because I knew that once I returned to my desk, I’d have twice as much work, a penalty I’d pay for taking lunch. When you work for yourself, you can lunch anytime, go for a walk whenever you see fit, enjoy the simple pleasure of being in control of your schedule. It still feels like such a luxury to me to not go to the office everyday.

Today is about being grateful. Grateful for things I had to change in my life that were hard to walk away from, like a corporate job with a steady income. My check arrived every single Friday. There was safety in that. Safety can also be dangerous. It keeps you in a situation for the wrong reasons. You’re doing it because it feels safe. But what really is safe? It’s a feeling of comfort, that you’ve been there before and know it well enough to feel safe doing it again. Safe is not risk taking. Safe is not living your life in a way that gives you a chance to amaze yourself. Safe is just safe. I’m not knocking how important stability is in life. We need solid friendships and a good strong family. We need to come home at night to a safe loving environment. I propose that if you are reading this, think of a way that you can do something today that doesn’t feel safe. I don’t advocate running into traffic. Something less extreme. Buy a new lipstick, a color you’ve avoided in the past. Get a fresh new hair cut, you know you’ve had that style for years. Splurge on one really great pair of shoes and throw away the receipt. Paint your walls bright yellow.

Whenever I think about April, I picture daffodils, tulips, and baby animals. A time of growth. A time of change. Think about ways that you can grow and change. Break the comfort zone. Live. There is power in change. Look at the landscape around you, grass and buds are emerging. Let’s all be a part of that growth.

(‘Flower Power’ from Christy Kinard, image from the wonderful Jules Place, an exquisite gallery located in the South End, Boston, MA. Many of Kinard’s paintings can be viewed at Jules Place. Contact them for details if you’re interested in purchasing.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 29, 2006

Blog Watch


Here’s a few blogs that I’m loving right now… thought I’d share them with you. A real international feast for the eyes, so enjoy!

SPAIN: If you love felt, Fieltromania is THE blog for you. It’s dedicated 100% to FELT. Yup. Totally drool-worthy. :) Felt blogger Anabel posts her finds fresh from Sevilla, Spain. I love all the links and photos that she features.

SINGAPORE: A home + lifestyle design blog by imedaGoze. She was on vacation for awhile, but I just poked my head in today and found that she’s back in action. Welcome back to blogging, imedaGoze! She posts super great finds. You have to check out her post about studio ditte. Those garden carpets put our indoor/outdoor grass versions in the US to shame!

MUNICH: Delicious Days is the most beautiful blog ever. It reads like a magazine, stunning layout and photos. The yummy posts are completely tantalizing. It’s easy to navigate, and there are some excellent bits on Munich in there. My sister-in-law lived in Munich until recently and our friend just left to study there, so it’s a nice glimpse into a city that I’ve not yet explored in person. All the cooking features make me want to turn the music up really loud, open all the windows and whip something up in my kitchen.

CALIFORNIA: I have to give love to my friend Michelle. For one, she is the sweetest person ever and next, she’s a super talented artist. I like Michelle for many reasons, but I think what really won me over is how honest and caring she is. She isn’t out to ‘be’ somebody in this world, she is happy with who she is. I think this is the recipe for her success, she is natural and kind. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her new blog. She writes about art and things that are going on in her life. Today she posted all about a wedding that she attended this past weekend at the Hans Fahden Vineyards in Napa Valley located in Calistoga, California. The photos are dreamy…

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Posted in uncategorized on March 28, 2006

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