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Butterfield [Providence]

Over the weekend, we visited historical downtown Providence, RI and bumped into “Butterfield, a beautiful design store blending vintage reproductions with modern furnishings. It’s an eclectic, tasteful arrangement of all things beautiful.

Snobs? Not here. Two bright + friendly associates assisted us, sharing the story of Butterfield, raving over their products, showing us the John Derian collection, talking about Mitchell Gold furnishings with such enthusiasm that you felt inclined to purchase a sofa whether you needed one or not. It was great meeting a sales team that didn’t display attitude – but a friendly energy with an eagerness to please instead. What a refreshing change from the usual snobs you meet in upscale retail stores.

Butterfield is a design haven; it boasts lovely home decor items and furnishings amidst soaring ceilings, wood floors, brick exposure, and great music. The Burgess building, where they’re located, is the oldest surviving building on Westminster Street and was constructed in 1870, designed by architect George Waterman Cady. Butterfield is newly hatched, it opened in December ’05, so you can’t shop on their website yet, but if you plan to visit Providence, visit them — you won’t be able to restrain yourself from purchasing something lovely. My husband picked up a product from their men’s line, “Anthony Logistics “, and I grabbed some pretty matches with red coral on them from Homart ($3.50) and a package of file folders from Cavallini + Co ($13.50).

From now until 2/14, they’re having a delightful sale. Take 20% off all in-stock Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture. Assorted gifts are also 10-20% off, like their John Derien collection (-10%). If you like the Cavallini + Co. folders, I’m sure you can contact the store directly to purchase. If not, check out Cavallini + Co. online for retail locations in your area.

Great store, exceptionally nice staff, and beautiful items. Shopping is like Butter….at Butterfields.

(Photos: TOP: Butterfield logo. Below: Cavallini + Co. birds with blue background (the folders I purchased.) + the Butterfield retail store interior.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 31, 2006

Hable Construction [More Sales Alerts!]

Here’s some more goodies on sale – this time, directly from Hable Construction. Pillows, photo albums, totes… all the Hable goodies you love at prices that are more affordable. Looks like their cleaning house for Spring ’06! Check out their tag sale online.

(Photo: 16×16″ Lily pad Canvas Pillow, sale $57 was $98)

Posted in uncategorized on January 31, 2006


I love this Node bowl from Cake, it’s so pretty. Useful and elegant to display, available in white or chrome. You can purchase this at Joy in Newton (for the locals) or contact Cake directly for information on ordering.
The insula cup is another favorite of mine. It comes in snow white, kiwi green, sea blue, and salmon orange. I think having a cup of tea, without a handle, is a nice change. I also like that you can’t burn your little paws because it’s insulated with a double interior wall making it cool to the touch. Clever.
Cake. Would you like a piece?

(Photos: TOP: Insula cup. BELOW: Node bowl. Photos from Cake.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 31, 2006


Sale alert! Surfing bluefly last night, I spotted a pillow from Hable Construction for under $50. I clicked on it, and it was rather ugly so I didn’t think it was blogworthy enough to share with decor8 readers. However, a new day brought new hope.

My blogmate Brent (as I’m starting to call him a blogmate since he’s amazing), just sent me an email about bluefly adding 3 fab pillows to their site, and I had to post them asap because they’re quite cute. I’m not into pink or lilac, but you may adore them. I think the orange one is sweet.

The Hable Construction bright orange felted wool stripe 14×14 pillow is $59.99, marked down from $170, the pink felted wool stripe 14×14 pillow is $67.99 (was $170), and the lilac and ivory felted wool appliqu? 20 X 20 pillow is $79.99 (was $240). Killer deals. These will sell out fast, so if you like them, activate those links asap and grab your plastic pronto! I tell you one thing for certain, if bluefly adds any Hable pillows in blue or green, I’m all over it!

Finally, a Hable pillow you can afford!

(Photos: TOP: Lilac + Ivory pillow. BELOW: Pink Stripe + Orange Stripe pillows. All from Hable Construction. Photos from

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2006


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