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coffee + cre8tive [mar 13 06]

It’s Monday, and you know what that means… A week full of fresh finds, sales, interviews, and whatever else I can drum up over here! How was your weekend? What did you do? Care to share? (email or comment below.)

Saturday was so beautiful here, in the low 50s, sunny, a teaser for Spring! It was exciting to be outdoors without acquiring frostbite for once, enjoying the warm sun, walking with a gelato in hand, listening to the birds sing, bicycles zooming, inline skaters darting through crowds, and even some daring enough to wear shorts! Sunday, on the other hand, was rain rain rain! But not the cats ‘n dogs kind, more like light refreshing showers combined with a gentle sea breeze. We took refuge at the local Boston Billiards where my husband proceeded to kick my…well you get the picture. For three hours we giggled ourselves to tears enjoying erotic themed fruity drinks (i.e. ‘sex on the pool table’, who names these things?), making up new rules as we went along, enjoying every last drop of our relaxing weekend together. And now….it’s Monday. I noticed some buds peeking out on the trees this morning, so I guess the warmth of Saturday combined with Sunday showers seemed to excite the flora!

Over tea this morning, I flipped through the April ’06 Elle Decor and spotted the works of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, with paintings saturated with vibrant colors and layered with designs that are loosely derived from flora and fauna motifs. Her inspiration? Brazilian pop culture and the baroque religious art of the Americas combined with geometric abstraction and Op Art. Quite an exhilarating mix! Milhazes uses a technique similar to monotype or collage; she builds up elements gradually to form her masterpiece. If you’re interested in learning about Milhazes, Bomb magazine interviewed her, so check it out if you care to explore the mind (and more works!) of this fascinating artist.

(photo from the James Cohan Gallery.)


Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006

2Modern Design Talk Blog

Did you know that 2Modern has a design blog? If not, consider yourself informed! They have a talented team of writers based all over the country, covering a broad range of design related topics throughout the week. Have you heard of Cookie magazine? I recently grabbed an issue and reviewed it on the 2Modern Design Talk blog, if you’re interested in reading my review well…clicky clicky! I’m so happy that 2Modern contacted me, they are truly a nice bunch.

Have a *great* weekend everyone – I’m signing off for the day. See you on Monday with more fresh finds!

(photo from cookie magazine)

Posted in uncategorized on March 10, 2006


Livin’ La Vivre Loca! Ahhh to live the lush life, if only for a moment. Flip through the mouth-watering home section of Vivre for your daily dose of haute home accessories. Oh la la! Some affordable, some not. The vivre raffia frames are a lovely way to introduce spring into your space with the natural woven raffia and suede trim. Another natural element for the home, set your table with the soleil francais bamboo inspired place setting. A touch of whimsy for the kitchen, the lollipop bottle opener is a gentle reminder for guests that you’re definitely not all work. A favorite of mine, the james young fish plates, are made of acacia wood inset with mother-of-pearl inlays in the shape of tiny fish. Honestly, aren’t these so fresh and cheery for spring?

If you want your home to resemble the pages of Elle Decor, you may really love the dragon 88 mongolian stool. It’s pleasingly plump, and certainly warms up your space with white Tibetan lamb and honey-stained wood legs (my apologies if you’re not into animal fur). From bronze bowls to stag horn mugs and aldik ceramic vase (love this!), you’re bound to discover the perfect accent for your private retreat.

Into fashion? Visit the Vivre fashion site for women!

(top photo ekobo bamboo round trays)

(all photos from

Posted in uncategorized on March 10, 2006

Conran Shop

The Conran Design Group was founded in 1956 by London style and food guru, furniture designer, entrepreneur, and property developer (many hats!) Sir Terence Conran. Since, he has developed an international chain of Habitat and Conran stores, which led him to millionaire status. Since the 1970s, he has been a successful part of so many new ventures that no one can say his name and not connect it to design or food. (You can learn more about his career here.)
I really like the Conran shop because there is a great assortment of over 400 products for home, office, or for gift giving. Here are some fresh finds from the Conran shop:

I’m feeling the love for a cute paris tokyo pillow in blue and a little retro smash talk alarm clock in white with the best display ever! The ghost lamps couldn’t be more fitting for a modern space, and for a very cheeky gift, give the one who complains about feeling like your maid (aka sig other) the very clever roxy the maid robot.

(all photos from the conran website)

Posted in uncategorized on March 10, 2006


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