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coffee + cre8tive [mar 20 06]

Happy Spring!

This year, Spring actually falls on the 20th of March (today), although here in the northeast we’re experiencing a bit of a frosty welcome.

Over the weekend, we spent time in the new Barneys in Boston, which I affectionately refer to as the new fashion museum, it’s simply exquisite! Browsing through the designer collections, envisioning myself dining in this blouse, wearing those shoes… it was a real magical escape. You must know the feeling, when clothes call your name and visions of evening gowns dance in your head. Afterwards, we popped over to Prudential Center, and finally, Newbury Street with hopes of catching some more Spring fever, and we certainly did — stores were stocked with springy new merchandise. We wrapped up our day with a glass of California 2002 cabernet sauvignon and fine north african cuisine at The Jewel of Newbury. Mouldi, the owner, treated us to a special private tour of his 5 star boutique hotel with 18th and 19th century antiques, just upstairs from the restaurant. You can tour it online here. However, the experience simply isn’t the same as in person, it put me in awe. If you’re ever in Boston, you should consider either dining or resting your head at this very fine establishment. The food, the wine, the ambiance – tres chic!

Today I’m inspired by the beautiful paper goods at Dewey Howard Designs. You simply must visit their website. So many pretty things, including the website itself. Do you need to send a sweet note to someone you love?

Spring has sprung!

(Both photos from Dewey Howard Designs)

Posted in uncategorized on March 20, 2006

Daisy Dog Studio

I recently discovered Emily McCoy’s playful porcelin tableware at Daisy Dog Studio, her company named after her pit bull Daisy. Items all have sweet little Daisy on the bottom, a once abused and abandoned pit bull that Emily rescued and simply adores. Emily, a New Hampshire native, was trained in textile design but turned to pottery when she was pregnant. She got her start at paint-your-own ceramics studios, purchasing items and letting her creative imagination run wild. Fond of the craft, she invested in a kiln and progressed from there. Now, she has her own business in New York’s Tribeca, complete with a retail space and online shopping available via her website. I love the colors, the country charm and the energy of the pieces. Do you?

I’m signing off for the weekend, still awaiting some photos of the Houston “mystery” retail space so we can all tour it together next week… I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll see you on Monday with more Fresh Finds – including a surprise!

(photos credit of Daisy Dog Studio)

Posted in uncategorized on March 17, 2006

Wishing Fish

A tad bit childish of me, I know, but you’re talking to a girl here who loves Hello Kitty toasters and childrens books (they have some of the best illustrations ever!). I spotted these playful animal rubber bands and thought I’d zip them your way. You can purchase a box for $7.95 at wishing fish. I actually remember flicking rubber bands over cubicle walls not so long ago when I worked in the corporate world. I can’t have nearly as much fun working from home, but you can. Flick them in the office, go ahead. It’s Friday.

(photos credit of wishing fish)

Posted in uncategorized on March 17, 2006


To follow up on an earlier feature about P.O.S.H., Carrie was nice enough to send photos of their space so decor8 readers could take a peek inside of their Chicago store. They’ added some fun new wares to their site this afternoon too, so clicky clicky to get your shop on!

My goal is to continue featuring a few fun store tours each week for those obsessed with shopping in beautiful places, or at least, cruising them and shopping online later (what I do a lot of lately). I’ll work really hard to dig up stores that also have online shopping enabled, too. If you want to help me unearth beautiful stores, please send your suggestions to me. Many of you have been sending great suggestions, and you know who you are, so thank you!

Enter P.O.S.H.

(photos from Carrie at P.O.S.H.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on March 17, 2006


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