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alphab?tique [chicago + online]

alphab?tique, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, was created in 2000 as an idea studio meant to inspire and add beauty; a place of “ah” for those obsessed with paper products (like me). Since many paper designers started to print their designs onto pillows, wall hangings, and ceramics, alphab?tique soon started carrying items for the home. They carry Neisha Crosland’s wallcoverings and silk pillows, items from Designers Guild, Pancake + Franks cards, Hable Construction’s pillows and tote bags, and Lotta Jansdotter’s wall hangings, ceramics and textiles. alphab?tique offers online shopping, too. However, their retail space offers a much more extensive array of products, so the next time you’re in the windy city, allow the breeze to carry you over to all that is beautiful in alphab?tique.

Now I know my alphab?tique, this time won’t you shop with me…

(PHOTOS: Various product shots from alphab?tique.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2006


Visiting Germany, I always wondered where my relatives kept their shoes since their entryways were always uber clean. No shoes scattered about or arranged on shelves along the floor. In fact, no shoes anywhere. Ah….but I was wrong. They were hiding.

IKEA offers a clever storage solution for shoes that want to play hide and seek. Before, we could never purchase these in the states, but I guess word broke out that Americans aren’t total slobs and also enjoy clutter-free spaces. I checked out IKEA yesterday in the Stoughton, MA store and I have to admit that these storage units were flying out of there to nest little shoes all over.

They had three styles in stock, my two favorites being the SANDES (available in beech or birch veneer, two sizes offered, $129.99) and the TRONES, a 3 pack plastic bin storage system for $39.99 (for budget conscious shoppers). The TRONES holds 6 pairs of shoes and the SANDES holds 12 pairs. SANDES was very sturdy and well made, and I liked how it looked – very sleek. The TRONES was also fine, but not really my style for an entryway, I’d be more inclined to put it in my walk-in closet. SANDES was also slimmer (depth) so it seemed to lay almost flush against the wall. The TRONES was a bit thicker.

Good news for America. No more stinky shoes thrown all over your entry floor. Clutter problem solved. Big high five.

(Photos: BOTTOM: TRONES + SANDES. Photos from IKEA.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2006

Target – Global Bazaar

Before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to show you some fresh finds from Target. I spotted them yesterday in my local store, so I was able to touch them, look them over, and vote for my favorites. The Target Global Bazaar section is totally impressing me, great finds! Some of these are silk with feather filling, too. The Black and White Floral Pillow, shown top right, is a beautiful example. It’s 18×18″ and has little sequins sewn on the tips of the flowers. Best of all, it’s silk with goose down filling for only $24.99. Look at these prices gang – yowser! Very affordable. Here are my picks:

Brown + Pink Pillow, Silk, Duck feather filled.

Purple Floral Pillow, $19.99, Silk

Brown + Pink Wook Look Pillow, $24.99, Wool-like texture,
leaves sewn all over the front and look like pretty felt.

Tropical Pillow, $19.99, Silk organza, feather fill.

See you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

(PHOTOS: All photos from Target.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 28, 2006

Pier 1 Imports

Listen up. Pier 1 Imports wants a piece of the mid century modern action. Yup. They’re selling wicker orbit chairs (in Linden Green or Dream Blue) for $89, and I have to say, they’re most excellent. I always hated the feeling of sitting on wicker, but if the chair surface is smooth, I’d consider owning one since they’re so fresh and cute. I’ve included some other fresh finds that would blend in nicely with modern living. What do you think? Would you own wicker? Does anything here appeal to your taste?

Reversible Flower Stripe pillows, $18
Bamboo Ranong Matchstick Panel, $53.
Unique, affordable, and adds texture to your room.

Turquoise Glaze Table Lamp with a lush chocolate brown shade. Lovely. Dramatic.
On sale for only $55 with shade!

Palms Wall Hanging, $20, visually appealing + would look lovely painted in your favorite color. Lime against a white wall, perhaps? Robin’s egg blue? Bamboo green?

(All photos from Pier 1 Imports.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 28, 2006


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