Shopping + Products, Stationery, Travel

Albertine Press

September 11, 2007

Albertine Press is Boston-based and proud of it, some of their stationery pays homage to the city they love with cards flaunting local landmarks, and I think that’s just great – go Boston! I hope area gift stores pick up these letterpress lovelies because it’s the perfect alternative to a postcard, especially when you have more to say than Wish You Were Here.

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Albertine Press has a website and an etsy shop, in case you’d like some of these great cards for yourself. My heart did little flip flops when I saw the swan boats, so I know I’ll be buying some of them for myself and my relatives, who recently came up from the south to visit us. We took them to the public garden, America’s first public park, and they loved it. I think these would be a nice way to send them our greetings from time to time while reminding them of their vacation here.

Albertine Press
Great work, Albertine!

(images from albertine press)






Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston: South End Open Studios September 15-16

September 11, 2007

If you find yourself in lovely Boston this weekend, you absolutely must head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market. Both are held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district, a neighborhood that has been home to artists? studios for over 50 years, most in loft spaces inside of old factory buildings. Lots to see.

Boston: South End Open Studios September 15-16
At the South End Open Studios, in their 21st year by the way, there are so many artists to visit that it can be a bit overwhelming, but you have a few days to enjoy touring the many studios since the hours are from 11-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16. Textile artists, ceramicists, painters, furniture designers, jewelery designers, photographers, and beyond.

Since everything is all together in one district, it’s very easy to navigate on foot (although they do provide a shuttle service if you’d prefer to hop on/hop off). If you’re driving in, there are two free parking lots on Malden and Thayer Streets, off of Harrison Ave. That’s where we usually park. You can also take the T (Orange Line to Back Bay station), exit the Clarendon Street side crossing over Columbus where you’ll spot a shuttle bus on the corner, running every 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Once you’re in the South End, grab a map! It’s the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a trick. The map is part of a compact orange booklet listing all of the artists involved, where you can find them, and what they do (wearable art, mixed media, ceramics, etc). There’s an information booth at 551 Tremont (Boston Center for the Arts), 540 Harrison Ave. (at the Open Market), and 535 Albany Street where they can be found free of charge. And don’t miss some of the stores in the South End, especially Devi and Lekker, two of my Boston faves.

Have fun locals!

{update: “The South End Open Market runs in conjunction with the Open Studios, this year we have over 120 artists outside for both Saturday and Sunday! This is our biggest weekend of the season at the Market, expecting 10,000 plus customers.” – Chris Masci, Market Director, NE Open Markets LLC.}

(image from se open studios)






Arts + Crafts

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

September 11, 2007

Don’t forget to tune in to the Martha Stewart show tomorrow, Wednesday September 12, to watch Claudine Hellmuth teach Ms. Martha a thing or two about mixed media collage art. I’m so excited that she got on the show and can’t wait to watch one of my favorite artists in action. YES! I can only imagine what national exposure will do to her career.

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

Yeah, Claudine! A huge congratulations to you.

(image from holly becker for decor8)






Rooms

EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture

September 11, 2007

Affordable and stylish? Can this be real? I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about EQ3 sooner. I first found out about them 6 months ago while at Jordan’s in Reading, MA. They have an entire section devoted to EQ3 and I was blown away by the styles and prices of this very posh looking collection of furniture. All the sofas are priced around $800 and some of their coffee tables are under $150. Beds with headboards only $350. They also carry bedding, accessories, and lighting.

EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture The Matrioshka dolls for $15 are extremely cute for those of you who collect nesting dolls.

And the best part, none of it looked cheap or throw away. The sofas were comfy and I like all the color choices and clean European lines with lots of lacquered pieces and chrome. I walked away from EQ3 thinking that the line was exclusive to Jordan’s furniture, but a reader recently told me that they have a website, and it was there that I noticed they have stores popping up all over America, in fact they’ve just opened two in Phoenix, AZ and Norfolk, VA. Other locations can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Richmond, Charlotte and are also available in over 300 in-store galleries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

EQ3: Super Affordable FurnitureEQ3: Super Affordable Furniture I love this floor lamp in white, called the Sprocket – and it’s only $45! Yes, really.
Very Anglepoise on a budget.
EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture All of their bedding is priced around $85.

In the MA/NH area, you can find them at Jordan’s Furniture. Anyone have experience with EQ3? I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below.

(images from eq3)






Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France

September 11, 2007

Catherine Gallicere of KaT wrote in to show me her mixed media paintings using textiles and acrylics to create quirky characters and landscapes with a Japanese feel. Darling!

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
If you happen to be in Paris anytime until October 13th (lucky you!), the 3 Owls Bookshop located in the basement of le Bon March? features some of her paintings as part of their Love Tokyo exhibit. In addition to her paintings, Catherine produces pillows, lampshades, and other home accessories. She also collaborates with others on projects in the fashion world.

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
KaT: Art + Home Accessories from FranceKaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
Her website is only in French (it’s so cute, you have to look at it), so if you would like to inquire about her products further, please email Catherine directly at: c.katATfree.fr

Thank you KaT for sharing with us your creative works!

{Sorry I was away yesterday, grandmother Ilse passed away Monday morning so we’ve been planning the funeral remotely to take place in Germany. Posting will be light this week.}

(images from kat)






Inspiration, Travel

Danish Interiors – Swoon!

September 7, 2007

Susan Serra (the kitchen design expert) told me several months ago about a trip she had planned to Denmark, as she knows I was considering visiting Copenhagen myself this Fall. Well, plans have changed…

Danish Interiors - Swoon!
Instead I’ll be flying to Stockholm for an extended girl’s weekend in October and a design show, so when Ms. Susan returned from Denmark sharing with me images of home interiors and furnishings (many from her own family), I instantly felt transported there – like I’m not missing out anymore. In fact, none of us are – we can all sit right here and enjoy Danish living.

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And these two photos (below) show where Susan and her family stayed while there. They sublet this apartment in downtown Copenhagen because it’s spacious and provides them with a private space that serves as their home away from home. When traveling for extending periods, Susan says, “Sublet!” as it’s the most affordable, and fun, way to travel and explore a new culture. I couldn’t agree more.

Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon! Don’t you love these chairs and that head on the wall?? Great!

To see more of Susan’s shots of interiors while in Denmark, click here.

Now for some home furnishings… Most of these she shot in various stores around the city.

Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon! How much is that doggy in the window???

To view more photos of furnishings, click here for Susan’s complete album along with websites linking to these fabulous stores.

Thank you Susan for contacting me and so nicely offering these images for us to enjoy. xo!

Happy Friday everyone, I’m heading off to Brimfield — See you on Monday!

(images from susan serra)






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