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MUT Museum of Useful Things

It’s time to give some lovin’ to the locals. I don’t think I’ve featured anything uniquely Boston on here yet. I guess I’m still not, since these folks are across the river in Cambridge. (ha ha local joke). It’s called MUT, or Museum of Useful Things, and it’s located in the smartest zip code in the United States, none other than Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Not MIT… M-U-T

MIT= Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MUT = Museum of Useful Things

Both located in Cambridge, MA
Both contain things that are wicked smaht

Take, for instance, this Aluminum Pencil/Pen holder. Made right here in the USA. Once intended for laboratory use as a test tub holder, well surprise! You hated chem 01 anyway. For $28, this can sit on that fancy-schmancy desk of yours and raise your degree of coolness. (Photo from MUT) Check out MUT online, or visit their store at 49 Brattle Street in Cambridge.

Posted in uncategorized on January 17, 2006

Trend Watch 2006

It’s January 16th. By now, you’ve already started and stopped 5 diets and 16 gym attempts. Don’t worry, I have something you can do right now that will make you feel better of the non-caloric kind. You can add some color to your life. In the design world, the trendy colors for 2006 have already been selected. Designers and Marketing guru’s are in the know. Are you?

Top 5 colors of ’06

Warm Grey (a.k.a. “greige” because it looks like grey and beige mixed together)
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball “Elephants Breath” #229
Fuchsia
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams “Exuberant Pink” #6840
Lime Green
Paint suggestion: Para Paints “Lime Sorbet” #P1070-1
Tobacco Orange

Paint Suggestion: Sico “Elephanta” #6120-74
Peacock Blue
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Mosaic CC-874

The above colors are everywhere – but I can’t take any credit at all for the color suggestions. We need to give the good people at Canadian House + Home mad props for the help. Amazing magazine, by the way. I’ve been an avid reader for ages because I’m in Montreal 3-4 times a year scoping out Interior Design trends up there and spotted it at a kiosk way back when. If you are anywhere within driving distance to Montreal, you’ve got to get up there. I’ll be covering design trends from Montreal in April, so stay tuned.

By the way….thanks for the many supportive emails out there – you guys are amazing. It’s refreshing to see so many that are interested in fresh design. Thank God. I was beginning to think this was the land of the homogenized Pottery Barn generation. (Not knockin’ PB, but I can’t afford/deal with everything in my home being from one catalog…)

Peace, Love and Good Design! See you tomorrow….

Posted in trends on January 17, 2006

J Schatz Egg Bird Feeders

If only every bird this spring could be so lucky… These handcrafted ceramic earthenware egg bird feeders are available in ten fab colors, measuring 8 1/2″H x 6″W, with a custom spun aluminum base and four drainage holes. Perfect for the city balcony, roof deck, or your home in suburbia, these little eggs are sure to catch the eye of wild birds, and I suspect, your neighbors too. What about the squirrels? Oh, no worries there. If hung from a branch away from a tree trunk, the squirrels simply cannot hold on to the surface of the egg and won’t be supported by the base. Poor little fellas. What about your neighbors? Good question. You may have to install an alarm system. Available online for $125. (Photo: Olive Egg Birder Feeder)

Posted in uncategorized on January 16, 2006

Angela Adams

Angela Adams rugs are, simply put, 2DIE4. Using hand tufted 100% New Zealand wool, sheared into undulating patterns, each design is a masterfully crafted work of art. Due to her talent with color and use of dynamic patterns, Angela Adams quickly became a leader in contemporary design. The result, love affairs formed by design affectionados everywhere, craving her beautiful rugs. Contact Weego Home for more information on ordering and prices. (Photos: Islands Moonstone and Sally Fiddlehead, both by Angela Adams, complements of Weego Home.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 16, 2006

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