Small Business, Stationery

Erin Ruth Gift Wrap

August 30, 2007

I’m excited to share the launch of reader Erin Ruth’s new collection of couture gift wrap, available October 1, 2007 (bookmark alert!). Each paper is available as oversized 24″ x 36″sheets (great for gifts or craft projects) or rolls (2 sheets per roll) and printed on 80# text paper with a silk finish for an ultra-luxurious feel.

Erin Ruth Gift Wrap
The paper is high quality, in fact it doesn’t even crack when creased. If NYC had a signature gift wrap, I think it would be any of the papers by Erin Ruth. It just has that New York attitude, sophisticated, stylish, timeless. I can see tastemaker Kate Spade wrapping her presents in these patterns, especially Hannah, a darling black and white houndstooth.

Erin Ruth Gift Wrap
I’m blogging this a month in advance of her store launch because a lot of shop owners read decor8 and Erin is looking for wholesale vendors nationwide as well as online retailers. She’s looking for any help we can give her for this budding business.

And for readers, if you’d like to order something you see now, Erin will gladly take your order via email: contact AT erinruth.com, just tell her you saw her on decor8. Thanks Erin for telling us about your new gift wrap company – best wishes for a happy launch!

(images from erin ruth)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

One Girl

August 30, 2007

This aussie crafter creates some of the prettiest things in limited batches, making them even more special. One Girl is so talented, I’m always watching her store for new things because I think some of these would make the best gifts.

One Girl
Random acts of kindness are so appreciated, I remember how happy cards and flowers made me when I found them left on my desk at work. I often miss these times when I’m working from a home office now, although my husband brings me tea each day and I do appreciate that. But cards and flowers from colleagues was always such an unexpected treat.

One Girl
Sadly, flowers fade and die, and with the slew of crafters online now offering their wares, why not treat a friend at work with something soft – like a totem doll – and a pretty card, wrapped in natural linen tied in red and white baker’s string? I certainly would appreciate a kind gesture like that! And it’s not childish, as most of the ladies I worked with would have cherished such gifts.

(image from one girl)






Etsy Faves, Events + Markets

Blue Bell Bazaar

August 29, 2007

Blue Bell Bazaar has lots of funky finds for entertaining in her shop, Gosia just sent along some of her recent goodies and I couldn’t resist posting them. I love this vintage tray so much, I may have to break down and buy it because it’s just darling and the color is perfection.

Blue Bell Bazaar

Thank you Gosia for the updates!

(image from blue bell bazaar)






Objects

notNeutral *New* Pillows

August 29, 2007

notNeutral is so L.A. with their bright colors and modern graphics, which is why I think they appeal to us no matter where we live – just owning one gives us a crack at having a little California sunshine in our own home.

notNeutral *New* Pillows
And we’re in luck because when most companies are rolling out deep, rich colors in their collections for Fall, notNeutral is in eternal summer mode launching bright, hot colors and hand screened graphics in their latest designs on 14 x 18 pillows with down inserts. Aren’t these the best?

(images from notNeutral)






Shopping + Products

Urban Outfitters *New* Fall ’07

August 29, 2007

Urban Outfitters just added a ton of cute things for Fall over on their newly redesigned website (so much easier to navigate now), you have to check it out.

Urban Outfitters *New* Fall '07
Lots of great deals and sure, most of it is geared towards the college crowd, but there’s nothing wrong with scoring a few things to mix in with your more grown up decor. And gifts, let me tell you that some of these things would be darling as gifts, especially the iGrowbot. Did you see the new clocks (owley, koala, and pengy) designed by Eleanor Grosch? This lady is all over the place!

Urban Outfitters *New* Fall '07Urban Outfitters *New* Fall '07

Does anyone own any of their furniture and care to comment? I’m looking for a few reviews, as I’d love to see how well it holds up.

(images from uo)






Inspiration, Small Business

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

August 29, 2007

More etsy art walls from readers! This is fun! Next up is reader Nike from Rotterdam. “I live in Rotterdam and I’ve been reading your blog for sometime and I enjoy my visit. Thanks for all your effort, it’s really nice to see beautiful things everyday. In one hand, your post are sometime so inspiring, but the other hand, I’m addicted to prints and fabrics nowadays. *thanks ;)* Anyway, I’m sending you some picture of prints that I purchased from Etsy. There are more pics on my website of our apartment if you feel like checking it. (Tour entire apartment here).” -Nike.

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

I love that it’s all on a shelf, you can totally rotate this collection as your preferences change. Perfect!

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

Psst: You HAVE to view the DIY project in her craft folder online, it’s a magnetic wall of Europe. It’s THE BEST.

Great space, Nike!

(images from nike)






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