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coffee + cre8tive [thurs feb 09 06]

here’s some visual candy for the day. I left some white space around this image so you can really focus on the colors.
*out of these postcards, which one appeals to you most, and why?

*how would you use this in your space? wallpaper? pillows? art? other?

*other random thoughts?

answer below by clicking on the comments link.

(photo from Finn Style.)

Posted in inspiration on February 09, 2006


Pop ink dinnerware. Silkscreened linen pillows. Artist-made panels. They’re all crafted by independant artists and sold at Elsewares. I love seeing all these talented people gain exposure (and business!) through websites like Elsewares. Take a glance on some favorites of mine. Maybe they’ll soon be favorites of yours!

12″ handmade art by three sheets, $45 available in several modern color choices.
star coasters, $25. set of 4
the alcohol won’t be the only thing causing you to see stars.
fashion plates, set of 2, $40. chocolate plate shown, other plate is in pear
cocoa meets coco chanel
wallpaper plate set, $40. blue shown, other plate is red
cupid rocks this design
lumen oil lamp, $48
see the forest through the little tree
by night
or by day…

(photos: top photo flower outline pillow from three sheets, $65. all photos from elsewares)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen, textiles on February 09, 2006

Kate Spade – Home

Kate Spade, beloved New York handbag designer best known for simple silhouettes, combined with her innovative use of fabrics, decided to cast her net into other seas, lauching a new line of paper goods debuting on her website this month. She also has some fresh new dinnerware that deserves mentioning, especially the dogwood point collection with its bold black and white floral pattern. You can have a kate swinging from your shoulder, a cute tea mug in hand, and some dainty stationary tucked away in that sweet avalon bag. Here are some fresh finds from her spring collection – so pretty!

dogwood point soup or cereal bowl, $24
budget idea: if you’re not in the market for several, purchase just one to catch your keys on your entryway table.
pop love cup and saucer set, $60
gift idea: purchase a set for a friend, fill cup with heart shaped chocolates and include a box of your favorite tea. keep the plate for yourself to rest soap on in your bathroom.
floral coupe accent plate, $22
available in red, green or yellow.
budget idea: purchase one in each of the three available colors and using a wire plate holder, display them on your wall in semi circle fashion
rutherford circle floral accent mugs, $22
available in red, green or yellow.
budget idea: one is all you’ll need to hold your pens. use felt feet for the bottom of the mug. cut a circular piece of felt to place in the interior bottom of your mug to avoid that sharp sound of pen hitting china.

other fresh finds: kate’s paper goods

pop love collection

(photos from kate spade)

Posted in uncategorized on February 08, 2006

Isamu Noguchi – Designer Spotlight

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), a Japanese American artist known for expanding the traditional notion of sculpture to include furniture along with monuments and memorials, dance sets, gardens, playgrounds and fountains. Embracing traditional Japanese forms for design, Noguchi expressed his heritage in his works bringing modern design to the home with an organic feel. Take for example, his Akari light “sculptures”. In the 1940s, Noguchi started to develop these seemingly weightless illuminated sculptures in abstract shapes, fusing together the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with contemporary design.

Have you ever visited the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York?

His original lamps, in production now for over fifty years, are as timeless as your blue jeans, they’ll forever fit your modern space. His furniture is beautiful, too. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of items on the Noguchi store website that appeal to you. If you’re on a budget, allow the shapes to inspire you – maybe you can find something in the Noguchi style at more affordable prices elsewhere. Enjoy!

some of his beautiful lighting

my favorite, his prismatic table in white (also in black) $325

Posted in uncategorized on February 08, 2006


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