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Shelterrific + Laura Zindel + CraftBoston

I first heard about Shelterrific over at media bistro and started reading it daily ever since. Angela Matusik is such a sweet person, and her blog is just, well, terrific. (You may remember her as Budget Living’s editor-in-chief.) When Budget Living folded, she launched Shelterrific, a shelter and design blog featuring lots of interesting finds for ultra domestic types everywhere… I dig the surfing feature (a post dedicated to objects that they spot on various other sites during the week with mini reviews), all the yummy food pics, and some of their totally neat home accessories posts, like this one about Vermont designer and ceramicist Laura Zindel. Laura says this about her work,

“Currently our work is inspired by the Victorian Cabinets of Curiosity. The art of collecting and displaying ones’ passions. I believe that some objects can carry a personal history through a family from year to year. I hope that I can make art that a family member can buy to be handed down the line. Something bought on a whim that becomes the platter for the turkey, or sits on the mantel. “Crazy old Uncle Larry bought that peculiar spider platter, and we just can’t seem to part with it”, I would like to be apart of that.”

If you’re in Boston this weekend (3/31-4/2), you can see Laura’s collection at Booth # 505 at CraftBoston over at the World Trade Center. It’s an excellent exhibition of 175 artists of contemporary craft, however unlike many trade shows, you can actually purchase items at the show and leave with them same day (cash ‘n carry). Hours are Friday 3/31 from 10-7, Saturday 4/1 from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. Hope to see you there!

(photo + quote from CraftBoston. Mad props to Shelterrific, too.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 28, 2006

Rebecka Boyd – 10% off for decor8 readers

Like a bee to honey, Rebecka Boyd jewelry captivates me by its beauty, luring me in for more of her sweet creations. Since you can use pins to decorate, especially as accents on throw pillows and to embellish curtain tie backs, I figure there’s no harm in featuring Rebecka Boyd for a moment. Besides, I totally fancy her necklaces because she works with a lot of my favorite stones like jade, coral and turquoise, along with sterling silver. Let’s take a break from the norm and peek in on her delightful collection for a moment, shall we?

Special for decor8 readers — take 10% off of your order! Just mention ‘decor8′ in the shopping cart notes.

psst: Don’t miss her sale items or you’ll miss out on some lovely accents for your spring + summer wardrobe!
(photos from Rebecka Boyd)

Posted in uncategorized on March 28, 2006

Susan Bradley Design

Susan Bradley creates this super innovative Outdoor Wallpaper that is so original that I had to post about it. She takes an original concept and steps it up a notch to something that’s very cutting edge and innovative.
Susan says, “It can be used as a unique garden trellis, screening or simply as a decorative feature or installation to create an immediate impact in any space. Its fixings locate it a distance from the wall, allowing plants to grow up it and adding depth and shadow to the piece.” I really love these, especially the one shown in the silver against the brick wall. Stunning.

If you like her style, you may really love her Creep collection of shelves and tables. Nothing creepy about these, in fact, they are quite playful, functional, different… available in many colors (shown below in black). You can also purchase a few of her items online here.

(photos from Susan Bradley Design)

Posted in outdoors, Rooms on March 28, 2006

Flaunt Creative – Michelle Mason

Don’t you just adore these sweet tea towels and throw pillows? They’re from designer Michelle Mason over at Flaunt Creative. I’m drawn towards bold colors and simple shapes lately, especially ones that have a very fresh modern appeal. You can purchase them online at the Hidden Art Shop. Seeing patterns like this inspire me to grab a pencil and start sketching again. I think that is the real beauty in design — that it inspires us to create. What are you in the process of creating? Do you have a project that you’re working on, inspired by something you saw that gave you the gusto to try it for yourself?


(Photos from the Hidden Art Shop)

Posted in uncategorized on March 28, 2006

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