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Mari Relander and Anna Katriina Tilli are Perhonen, the design company meaning butterfly in Finnish. It’s no wonder, their light fluttery Vuokko Anemome lighting has lacy patterns that whisk you away to a magical world where light dances all around you, almost resembling secret gardens, only revealing themselves at nightfall. In both the pendant and the floor model (shown below), fragments of lace are attached to a hand-blown glass shade, decorated with a frosted lace motif. TDF! (to die for). You can purchase Perhonen lighting here for $1,799-1,999 with free shipping to the US and Canada. Clearly, not budget buys, but who says we can’t enjoy looking at these sexy illuminators anyway!

Mari and Anna Katriina met at the University of Art and Design Helsinki during their studies, collaborating on a range of design projects and competitions which earned them many awards. In 2003, their designs were selected for the annual Sotheby?s London contemporary art and design exhibition. More recently in Tokyo, their work was exhibited in a new Scandinavian design exhibition, curated by designer Harri Koskinen and held at the prestigious Issey Miyake Design Studio Gallery (an honor indeed!). Their Vuokko Anemone table has fragments of lace attached to it, is constructed of sand blasted glass, hand-made lace and powder coated me parts (shown below). This stunner won best in furniture in the 2003 Elle Decoration UK Furniture Awards. You can purchase it here for $1,999 with free shipping to the US and Canada.

(photos from selki station and perhonen)


Posted in uncategorized on March 14, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 14 06]

Isn’t this the sweetest little nest? A friend took this photo and sent it to me; and the best part is that it wasn’t staged at all. I just love it. The birth of Spring…


Posted in uncategorized on March 14, 2006

Sprout Home for Spring

I love these offspring cards from Sprout Home, fresh in time for Spring. The lush floral imagery combined with childlike drawings of characters like Smoky, Pancake and Speech Bubble Guy will put a smile on the face of your dear friend and bring out the child in us all. Sprout has so many beautiful and affordable accessories, view their latest arrivals here.

(photos from Sprout Home)

Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006

notNeutral goodies

Time for a stake out! I spotted these cuties at notNeutral today, which are simply adorable for your indoor or outdoor Spring garden. Bright candy-colored blossoms, ducks, butterflies, and ants makes these garden stakes a little whimsy and a whole lotta mod! Perfect amount of fun for your garden without being pink flamingo cheesy. Mini stakes also available if you’d like something fresh for your indoor plants, too! Enjoy!

(photos from notNeutral)


Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006


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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.


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