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coffee + cre8tive [mar 7 ’06]

Not that this inspired me, but it gave me a morning jolt as I flipped through the contents of the Academy Awards gift bags on a slide show. A jolt worth sharing! From a BlackBerry 8700c and a Krups XP4050 Premium Pump Espresso Machine to a complimentary two-night stay at The Carlyle Hotel (rooms start at $500), the gift bag has ramped up quite a bit over the years.

Love these! Presenters and performers received the Pistoletto Foundation collection from illy: four saucers and cups priced between $80-110. Each cup is the work of a student at Michelangelo Pistoletto’s University of Ideas. The four artists, Alfredo Luis Vasquez (Colombia), Natasha Jankovic (Serbia), Tatiana Goloviznina (Russia) and Fratelli Fortuna (a group of artists from Italy) address a range of social issues in their cup design?from making those who live on the streets visible to society to describing conditions of the environment. Michelangelo Pistoletto, a leader of the Arte Povera movement, has collaborated with illy caffe on various projects over the last five years. Own yours by clicking here.

(part of the text above from the illy site.)

P.S. Aren’t you so happy for Reese Witherspoon?

(photo from illy usa)

Posted in uncategorized on March 07, 2006

Hable Construction

The girls at hable are at it again with some fresh patterns for spring! Love their leaf jonquil pattern and the pretty navy shells. Fancy the caladium wool felt pillow?

Mary, dear Mary…how does your garden grow? Go gardening in style with these adorable garden gloves and chic garden belt. My favorites are the hable doormats, what a welcome for guests!

Is paper what you crave? Yummy grommetted gift tags may be your next new obsession.

A mitt for the chef with style? You’ll be grabbing your next batch of cookies with your very own sky bead oven mitt that will have the guests begging for more (mitts, not cookies!)

Don’t you just love the freshness of Spring?

psst… on a budget but love hable? Don’t get the blues, hit their online tag sale for deep discounts on hable goodies that never go out of style. Here’s a great hable chopsticks pillow on ebay too – hurry, ends March 11th!

(all photos from hable construction)

Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006

Blogging Project Runway

Since it’s the final week – the Project Runway winner will be determined on Wednesday night before our very eyes… I had to post about this blog that you have to check out. A great blog for PR addicts to gather, filled with pages of interviews and all things PR. Did anyone watch the marathon yesterday? My friend and I watched part of it – what fun! I’m so excited for Wednesday night to come!

In the meantime, enjoy Blogging Project Runway…yeah!

So….who you think will win and why?

(cool illustration from the project runway website. not sure who did it. anyone know so I can give credit where credit is due?)

Posted in fashion + accessories, reality tv on March 06, 2006

Store Spotlight: Tabletop, Washington D.C.

By Christine M. Liu, Contributor, decor8

My parents live in Maryland, and during a chilly February last year my boyfriend and I went down for a visit and spent one afternoon shopping in Washington, DC. There are plenty of lovely stores (and sushi restaurants, not to mention embassies) around dupont circle, one of which is Tabletop.
We stumbled in by accident, this utter gem of a boutique stocking everything from Angela Adams leather handbags to Lotta Jansdotter ceramics to Alan Stuart pu-felt pouches (which I happily bought three). The store is just luminous, a split-level space with a resident fluffy dog and a cozy atmosphere. Tabletop features a healthy mix of American, European, and Asian styles, as well as projects by collaborative design teams. The pieces are clean, colorful, and distinctive. Shopping is pure pleasure. If you’re in DC, it’s a must-go!

However, lucky for the rest of the population, they have an online store, where you can find strikingly unique pieces such as Salvor animal pillows (a menagerie!), Klein Reid vases, jewelry from designer Daphne Olive, Ply Design bags, coffee sets by Panek Tobin, Mibo lighting, ASA Selection ceramics, and books on modern design.

When I was there, I got the afore-mentioned Alan Stuart bags as well as a wallet by J.Fold (which still turns heads when I take it out), and my boyfriend secretly got a silver lasercut Tord Boontje card which ended up becoming my valentine!

(all photos from the tabletop website)

Posted in guest bloggers, Shop Tours on March 06, 2006


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