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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

Fresh Finds on Etsy!

I’ll be regularly spotlighting my favorite etsy sellers since I’m such a huge fan of etsy and because I have friends that are selling there now. What do you think? If you know of any etsy stores that you love, shamelessly plug away by clicking ‘comments’ below! Here are some fresh finds from etsy that I just *had* to share.

Windshine offers pillows, art, jewelry and more!

Naughty magnets from luster bunny, serving up provacative porcelin that totally makes me blush! Not my thing, but some of you may fancy it! I do love their their pretty victorian themed wall tiles, though. So sweet!

Pretty bottle cap magnets from Born Lippy.

Wine bottle holders from Prince Street Woodcrafters.

Adorable art by Carla Sonheim, perfect for kids spaces and great colors!

Pollyfusia’s fused glass adds a unique touch to your home! Pins and pendants, too.

Mid century etsy seller, 20thcenturydesignsny, has some groovy finds like these stackable cubes and this great slat coffee table from the Henry Miller era.

Lovely patterned tealight holders cast from translucent bone china from Karin Eriksson.
To read a recent decor8 feature on Karin, click here.
and finally, I must tell you about my favorite collage girl in the whole wide world, Michelle. She is an amazing collage artist that I just adore, over on the west coast in LA. She is so talented, and she did this beautiful commission piece for me, it was a gift I gave to my husband last month, it’s his grandparents and his mother in the middle. Isn’t it sweet? She added some funky orange and lime retro bursts on the side of the thick canvas, it’s beautiful. decor8 featured Michelle in January, if you missed it click here. You can purchase her art via etsy or her website. There was nothing so special to me than seeing the light in the eyes of my sweetie when he unwrapped his very special present. She can do a commission piece for you, too.
Non-decor related but a most worthy mention: For couture vintage-inspired handbags, don’t miss etsy seller oona coco.

Have fun on etsy, and remember, if you know of any great etsy sellers, send them our way!

(photo credits from top to bottom: windshine (pillow), luster bunny (tile), born lippy (magnents), prince street woodcrafters (wine bottle holder), carla sonheim (art), pollyfusia (fused glass tray), 20th century designs ny (stacked cubes + slat table), karin erikson (tealight) and finally, the bottom photo was taken by me in my home – artist, michelle caplan.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 6 ’06]

My inspiration of the day, a solvent transfer and fabric collage on paper from artist Robert Rauschenberg from the permanent collection at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

Like? Dislike? Your thoughts?

By the way….happy Monday!!! :)

(photo: artwork by Robert Rauschenberg, photo from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art)


Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006

Bill Zendel Art

Spotted some fun retro artwork by Bill Zindel via the Mateo Ilasco blog. Meg has such great taste; I’m sure you’ll love her new blog. Enjoy!

(photos from bill zendel. post idea from miss meg ;) who has a great blog.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006


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