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Nicolette Brunklaus

Zurich. September ’05. Me, foggy streets, 6am, jet lagged, retaining water. Just stepped off a 9 hour flight. Slowly walked by a most impressive home decor store with swollen feet stuffed into very tight heels. Saw things that stopped me dead in my tracks. Me and my little rolling suitcase stood there unable to speak. The suitcase for obvious reasons, me because the store wasn’t open, and wouldn’t be for 3 more hours. Yawning, I peered in, hands pressed against glass, wondering why it was that one single window prevented me from retail paradise. I imagined getting cozy with all that Birch furniture. The fluffy beds. The lush rugs. I imagined having breakfast beneath that cute lamp. Ahhh, the lamp with the chandelier face. My little suitcase and I rolled on. I never saw that flickering lamp again.

Well, not really. I did see the lamp again, right in the hip South End. Designer Nicolette Brunklaus from Amsterdam has an entire collection of exquisitely unique lamps at Lekker. Sure, they’re around $400 so they’re not budget friendly, but they’re dreamy. Here are two of my favorites. Available online at Lekker or in thier retail location in the South End. If only I could justify the expense.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino

(Photos: TOP RIGHT: Chandelier ceiling lamp $450. BELOW: Shady Tree ceiling lamp $450 from Lekker.)

Posted in lighting on January 28, 2006

Koo de Kir

Koo de Kir. Wallpaper and Travel + Leisure voted them “World’s Best” for home accessories. “Improper Bostonian” honored them as “Boston’s Best” home boutique three years in row. Doug Wilson from Trading Spaces even shopped there for his $50,000 room. Now it’s your turn to check them out and cast your vote.

Koo de Kir is a stylish retail haven offering modern fresh homewares in chic Beacon Hill. For those of you that aren’t in Boston, you can visit their online store to shop their impressive selection (not as ahhh-inspiring as the real thing since their online selection is limited). This stylish retail environment also offers interior design services, and a gift registry. You’ll find merchandise that you’ve seen in Elle Decor, Shop etc., Breathe, Lucky, Domino, and all the other big glossies, so they’re right in step with the latest trends.

I like Koo de Kir because they carry items to suit every budget, the location is excellent, and you’ll always find something new to add to your favorites list. Plus, strolling along Charles Street with a latte in hand, stopping at The King + I for Thai, then hopping over to Koo de Kir for some retail therapy… it’s far too perfect of a day to pass by.

Koo de Kir (Coup de Coeur), “?a strike to the heart?”

(Photos: TOP LEFT: Midsummer Light $74, Koo de Kir. All photos below also from Koo de Kir.)

Table Stories platter 15″ in red or blue $60
Flor carpet tiles always 10% off
Large Dot Lamps available in maple, cherry, or white. $400

Posted in shopping, travel on January 28, 2006

Thanks, Curbed!

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Curbed gave decor8 love!
Here’s what they mentioned today on thier site with my link:

Decor8, new design blog from design hotspot Boston []

Thank you Curbed!

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Posted in uncategorized on January 27, 2006


Eye candy is a lot more fun when it’s within reach. inmod isn’t about wiping the drool off your face and having to walk away. No need to sell your firstborn. Don’t have to go in debt. You just have to shop savvy. Sort the items on inmod by price so you can view them according to your budget. I scrubbed their entire site (I’ve got no life, dude!) and found some great items that are both affordable and sexy.
The Meringue lights (above) are sweet finds at $84.99 for the hanging lamp (there’s also a table lamp model), and $134.99 for the floor model. The Modular room divider, on the other hand, is the big exception here. It has a hefty pricetag, but it sure is built to please with it’s towering illuminated self. It’s the Heidi Klum of room dividers. Don’t you think it has this whole Sci-fi Fifth Element thing goin’ on? I totally dig it although I have no clue what I’d do with it in my so-not-a-swank-loft space.

Modular room divider $1,499.99 (drool, drool)

Would you like some more candy, little design addicts?

Nebula $184.99 Great Balls of Fire!
Lars Chair $169.99 - Bulging at the seams!

Sophisticate Chair $114.99 (In White or Black) – Great legs, darling!

Perf Boxes, $299 set of 2 (Part of the permanent collect at the San Fran MoMA)
PERFect for me!

Posted in furniture, lighting on January 27, 2006


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