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Kate Spade Ad Campaign

I’m totally loving the new ad campaign from Kate Spade, click here to see it for yourself. They totally seem to be reaching out to the younger crowd and I love the bright colors and graphics. This totally excites me for Spring! I can’t wait to go down to Newbury Street to check out the new stationary debut too. For the locals, Kate Spade Boston is at 117 Newbury and they’re open from 10-6 Monday – Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday.

Posted in uncategorized on February 21, 2006

Denyse Schmidt: Quilts, Books + Stationary, Oh My!

By Christine M. Liu, Guest Writer, decor8

As one of the millions dabbling in the vast creative depths of DIY culture, I have seen things like knitting, crocheting, and felt appliques shed their old-fashioned status and become the next new hip. iPod cozies are the new tea cozies, and grandmothers meet glampunkers at modern craft fairs.

One craft that has shied from the limelight a bit is quilting.

At least for me, quilting seems still relatively entrenched in the German Dutch tradition and midwestern generational home-making. Yesterday, my roommate (in true presidential holiday spirit) was cruising daytime TV and became engrossed in a very old-skool ‘America Sews‘ crafting show on PBS. Though it was an interesting (if not somewhat unpalatable) fragment of American culture, it completely reinforced the traditional, old-fashioned quilting scene.

That’s why I’m spectacularly impressed by Denyse Schmidt’s quilts, which are fresh, modern, and a long way from the tacky, fussy quilts that might come to mind. Quilting meets couture: the bright colors and geometric lines are paired with soft textiles and comforting construction. Denyse is a RISD alum and does a fabulous job of tradition reinterpretation.

I cant get enough of the deep colors and playful stitching!

Denyse has books published by Chronicle that teach basics and offer patterns for many quilting projects. More images here on Amazon.

She was commissioned to create a chain link coverlet for Crate and Barrel:
Also find some of her delightfully cute photo books and stationery in the dots + jots and what a bunch of squares series…

She’s such a talented designer, I can’t wait to try making one of her quilts someday! Her books are high up on my wishlist.

-Christine M. Liu

Posted in Arts + Crafts, guest bloggers, stationery on February 21, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [feb 21 ’06]

This is my inspiration for the day. I hope it gives you joy, too. We took this photo back in October at an apple orchard in New Hampshire. It reminds me of hope and sunshine. What do you think?

(photo copyright of decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on February 21, 2006

Update: Hot Links!

I’ve added so many links today (see right column) that I have to spotlight a few before I sign off for the day.

Finn Style – Select from fabric panels, supermod block lamps, and oh-so-chic white ceramic coffee pots. Located in Minneapolis and also online.

DNA – DNA Gallery, located in the Little Italy section of San Diego, is an exclusive retailer for furniture legends like Arne Jacobson. I visited there store last summer and discovered a good amount of space devoted to tabletop accessories and floor pillows by Lisbet Friis, too. After you visit DNA, make sure you have lunch in Little Italy – great Italian bistros scattered everywhere.

Aunt Sadie’s – Great store located in Boston’s South End, home of Aunt Sadie’s candles along with an eclectic selection of beautiful homewares. Set amidst beautiful brownstones in the picturesque South End.

Clearly First – Forward thinking Scandinavian homewares in New York City. Wallpaper bowls from Hanna Ljungstrom (see photo, love these!), teacups by Anna Kraitz, and teapots by Ditte Fischer. They carry antique toys, fashion, furniture, glass, and home accessories.

See you tomorrow, everyone!

Posted in uncategorized on February 20, 2006


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