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Mud Australia

Do you come from the land down under? Where women glow…err make pottery?

Mud Australia, founded by Shelley Simpson in 1994, transforms coveted French limoges clay into stylish modern tableware and accessories. All Mud pieces are designed by Shelley with an emphasis on strength, simplicity and functionality, hand-made from natural and non-toxic products. Their porcelin line is available in yummy colors that attract me, like the watermelon, ocean, tangerine, and pistachio. These photos show their more classic line with a natural element in subdued earth tones. The interiors are glazed, while the exteriors have a soft, unfinished surface, which I find very appealing. Both dishwasher and microwave safe, Mud is great for everyday use. Very sleek and sophisticated, timeless and stylish. All design and production takes place in their studio in lovely Sydney.

Available at Bliss Home online or in thier charming Boston boutique at 121 Newbury Street. Free shipping $100+

(photo credits: all photos are from mud australia)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Velocity

Lights on! Zia Priven wallpaper pendants and table lamps are available at Velocity and oh la la, so chic! The blue gerber daises pendant makes a subtle, yet powerful, statement without being a focal point. If you want something with more pizzazz, the very chic dauphine or red mimosa (love the silver feather) pendants may be a better choice for your superstar taste.

If you’re in the market for a Zia Priven table lamp, I personally prefer the pottery base over the polished nickel stems, but that’s just me. On a work desk, I’d go with the nickel stem on a thick lucite base. To warm it up, perhaps a walnut base, depending on the colors used in the room. In the living room or bedroom, I’d opt for something fuller, so the ivory pottery base attracts my attention. Zia Priven lamps are handmade and the pottery base lamps are hand-signed by the artisan.
Not craving these? Visit Velocity for other goodies from Jonathan Adler ornaments and figurines to Tim Groen artwork! Make sure you visit their whats new page, and on sale goodies (dwell bedding sale going on now!).
In Seattle? Visit the Velocity showroom at 2118 2nd Avenue and let me know how it is…Seattle is a long way from Boston!

(photos: velocity and zia priven)

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Posted in lighting, shopping, travel on March 09, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 9 ’06]


This photo collage is stunning, especially for days when you wish you could close your eyes and awake to a farm with rows of apple trees and horses. Gentle fields. Rolling hills. Breathe in the aroma of the earth… My inspiration for today.

Remember the little things. Enjoy and embrace nature. Live every moment.

These photos came from Sun Horse Jewelry. Feathers and creek stones mixed with rusty bottle caps inspire Jes MaHarry. She has such a beautiful line, it will inspire you too.

(photos from Sun Horse Jewelry)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2006

Reality TV-a-thon


You know, this is the one part of American pop culture that I always miss when I’m in Germany, our obsession with reality TV. I know, some of you think it’s disgusting and a total waste of time, but really, how fun has Project Runway been? Tonight is it, the finale, who will win from the final three. I’m sooo excited.

I was reading Kate’s blog and saw her post about the premiere of America’s Next Top Model, also on tonight, where we get to watch the skinny girls battle it out. Heard they are going to shave their heads (maybe they’re going for the Vendetta look ala Natalie Portman?)… Poor poor beautiful young models. I just hope Tyra doesn’t talk about how hard it is to be a model again. Sheesh. I’m also tired of hearing about how big her forehead is. I think that’s covered on every episode. No matter what, it’s still fun to watch these girls hiss at eachother and cry to Miss Tyra over how they’ve wanted to be a model their entire life of what, 18 years?

Between PR, ANTM, Apprentice (love it), and I’ll admit, The Biggest Loser…reality TV is pretty interesting lately. This is coming from a girl who formerly hated it. As cliche as it sounds, these reality shows are somewhat educational. For instance, I now understand that five pounds overweight is considered fat, that size 10 is plus size, I know what ‘chicken cutlets’ really are, I can spot a bad Project Manager a mile away, and I’m a better vocalist since my friend and I sat around the other evening, wine in hand, singing the Dan Franco song…

Next post will be design related, back on topic, promise! However, this is a blog, I have no boss nor editor, so why not get a little nuts now and then…

Signing off until tomorrow. Must go to the gym before sinking into the sofa for the rest of the night. Eases the guilt, you know?

(Photo credits: top – from project runway website. bottom – from american’s next top model)
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Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

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