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Slow but Steady + NY Int’l Gift Show

I know, I know… I was a little quiet today. Truth is, I spent the day writing a press release for a client and sending it to all of my media contacts. What a chore! I didn’t realize how extensive my list had grown; but it seems everyone at Domino, Lucky, etc. are still employed because the emails haven’t bounced yet. :) Then again, if I worked at Domino or Lucky, I’d never quit my job either. I have to call them all tomorrow to make sure they read it. Fun!

In addition to the press stuff, I had to edit content and upload new pages for a website I’m working on. While working on that, my contract arrived from my editor which alerted me to the fact that I have a 1,000 word article due ASAP. That will be on the plate for tomorrow, January 25th. I quit corporate america last October, spent a month in Germany and Zurich, and when I got back, I haven’t stopped running.

With all that said, I’ll see you again tomorrow (1/25) with a few fresh finds and then I’ll be signing off again to sink into developing my article. Also have to paint the addition to our home tomorrow afternoon into the evening after the contractors leave. What a mess my space is in! But, not to worry, I’ll still be posting everyday, but I doubt I’ll be posting more than 2-4x a day, at least this week.

Next Sunday and Monday is the NY International Gift Show, I can’t wait as it’s my first year to attend, so I’ll have all kinds of goodies to post about next week…. I can’t wait to see the new Lotta Jansdotter and Hable Construction goodies at the show. Have you ever been to the NY Int’l gift show? Any comments?

Cheers, all! :)
~Holly

Posted in uncategorized on January 25, 2006

Patina

In the animal world, antler size ensures the strongest male buck has the greatest opportunity to mate in autumn, especially since size is generally matched by the toughest temperament. Big antlers, big attitude. Large antlers may get you a girl in the animal kingdom, but the only thing they can do for us is swank up our space. Well, if used correctly and in moderation.

Honestly, I’m just not feelin’ some of this new wave of Ski Lodge chic I’m seeing out there, but this deer mirror for $54 from Patina combines contemporary style with nature, so I think it deserves our consideration. Patina also carries fun things for your desk and kitschy kitchen items, too. If deer mirrors aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like the wooden blocks salt + pepper set priced at $7.95, an adorable 7×11″ shiny silver cuckoo clock for $12, or the Echo Wall Clock for $78.

Clearly, the buck stops here.

(Photos TOP: Banner from Patina BOTTOM: Deer Mirror, S/P Block Set, Echo Clock, Cuckoo Clock. All photos from Patina online.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 24, 2006

Confessions of a Paper Addict

We all have addictions. Shopping. Ben + Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. Vino. That fine specimen we sit near at work. Paper Products.

Yup, pure unadulterated paper products. I’m guilty.

You can decoupage them. Frame them. Transfer their images to fabric and make cool things for your home (pillows, shades, window treatments, art). Heck, you can even write one out and mail it to a friend. Imagine that.

Here’s some of my favorite paper resources. All are available online and some are available right here in Boston area locations (indicated below).

Perfect for the times when you care to send the very best. (har har)

Boy Girl Party available at in Somerville at Magpie.
Paper Source (4 Boston locations!)
etui
foxy & winston
Tracey Johnson
Sugar Lily
Bird in a Skirt
Three Dog Party

(Photos: TOP: Assorted product shots of paper products from card companies listed above. Photos from associated companies.)

Posted in stationery on January 24, 2006

Music + Design

I‘m curious about what you guys are listening to. Music is such a massive part of my life. My husband composes techno and plays the piano and keyboard (hobby). I’ve written music for a few Boston bands and have a very musical family, but the only instrument I can play is my iPod. :) Okay, doesn’t count.

Music creates a definite mood in a space. It’s tightly woven in the fabric I call, “ultimate design”. After I’ve fluffed the pillows, washed the floor, straightened the art, adjusted the lighting… I carefully select CDs for the evening and load them into the stereo. That’s the final touch that a room with great design needs. Great tunes.

Music is moving, touching, it lingers… When I walk into a space and the dweller has on their favorite tunes, I can’t help but enjoy their little world even more. What do you play in your world?

Here’s what I’m listening to… (in no particular order.)

SASHA – Two CDs – Involver (I can’t stop listening to this) and Fundacion
ANGGUN – Luminescence – Import/French Pop
MADONNA – Confessions on a Dance Floor (one song rolls into another, great vibe.)
AMELIE SOUNDTRACK – Soundtrack by Yann Tiersen
ANNETT LOUISAN – Boheme – Import/German (sounds like a German Norah Jones)
FRANK SINATRA – The Very Good Years
TOP SHELF DANCE: VOLUME 1 (Electronica)
NEK – Le Cose Da Difendere – Import/Italian Pop
SADE – Lover’s Rock
MICHAEL BUBLE’ – Caught in the Act (Live CD)
THE SMITHS – The Best of the Smiths, Vol. 1

Here’s to good design + good music!
(Photo: Various artists, all linked above for your listening pleasure!)

Posted in uncategorized on January 23, 2006

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