Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Shim + Sons

July 9, 2007

Pretty new things from Shim + Sons that I thought you’d enjoy seeing today. I have to make a pencil cup now, these look like a fun project for the abundance of scrap fabrics and papers I have laying around. There are lots of new products just added today, including button magnets, and patchwork tea towels. Beautiful, as always! (I love these faux bois magnets, so sweet.)

Shim + Sons

(images from shim + sons)

Inspiration, Small Business, Travel

Tips for Quebec City & Montreal?

July 9, 2007

Help a girl out. For our upcoming anniversary, we’ll be in Quebec City and Montreal. Any cool tips to share? Tips for Quebec City & Montreal?
I’ve been to Montreal about 20 times since it’s only a 4 hour drive, but we’re always there visiting friends, not really as tourists. I’ve never ventured far out of their neighborhood (near Atwater market), Old Montreal, or the downtown area, but since we are spending the first two days alone, we’re going to explore a little so I’d love some help.

I’m looking for vintage and modern home stores, good eats, clothing consignment shops, Japanese shops (for zakka, magazines, books, CD’s), bakeries, sew shops, and fun little districts where there’s a heavy concentration of coffee houses, eclectic shopping and galleries to cruise. (I have a few city links for Montreal in my right column, but I’m willing to beef it up to benefit all if you care to leave links.)

Anyway, thank you in advance for any fun tips you may have. Oh, and we leave on Thursday and will be in Montreal for the first 5 days, then it’s up to QC until the following weekend. I’ve never been to QC, so I’m completely lost when it comes to what’s what up there. Of course, there are a slew of travel sites, but I’d rather hear it from my friends, so please share! :)

(image from Flickr user IreneS. You have to check out her Montreal folder.)

Etsy Faves

3P-3 Studio

July 9, 2007

Giselle + Pablo over at 3P-3 studio wrote in on Saturday announcing their gocco screen prints available in their newly launched etsy store. San Francisco transplants from Bolivia, I think this design duo has a lot of good things in store, I just love their designs!

3P-3 Studio
Thanks for the tip and congratulations, Giselle!

(images from 3p-3)


I Dream of Cake

July 6, 2007

A vision came to mind right before I fell asleep last night: write a post combining two delicious favorites, wedding cake and interiors. So I hopped out of bed this morning determined to pair tall, delicious, multiple layered, highly decorative, wedding cakes with some of my favorite interiors. All of these wedding cakes are from the delightful San Francisco bakery, I Dream of Cake, and the rooms are from House Beautiful, Domino, House & Garden, Blueprint, and Coastal Living magazine. One is from West Elm, too. So let’s play Turn this cake into a room, shall we?

I Dream of Cake Cherry Blossoms, a touch of black, a pop of pink, delicate china, altogether gorgeousness.

I Dream of Cake Whimsical, colorful, a bit Palm Beach socialite in splashes of lime and mango. Or opt for faraway exotics with orchids in full bloom and an Indian room fully saturated in pink.

I Dream of Cake Red against neutrals, delicate embellishments, understated patterns, somewhat refined elegance with a bit of a playful touch.

I Dream of Cake What’s black and white with intricate patterns all over? This cake may appear as a dainty little treat, but if you translate the patterns of this confection perfection into life size prints for a room, the impact is amazing.

I Dream of Cake Serene, simple, soft blue tones are your trusty best friend when the others are too busy to hold your hand through hard times. When white is added, you have a most heavenly palette.

I Dream of Cake A bit of clutter is comfortable for some. A cake with lots of patterns deserves to be paired with rooms also sporting multiple personalities and color. The end result? We all love it. I call the cake, and these rooms, refined chaos. Which is exactly why they work.

I Dream of Cake This bird’s nest cake is charming, I tried to find its pattern and texture in these spaces and think it all works together nicely. Each room is almost inspired by nature, even the more traditional space with the crewel upholstered chairs.

So what do you feel like doing now? Decorating or eating? :)

Color Inspiration

PANTONE Fashion Color Report ’07

July 6, 2007

Do you like to keep up with current color trends? Visit PANTONE to download their color reports for fall fashion ’07. It’s an exciting preview of the colors we’re likely to see hit stores in the months ahead. Let’s see how many of them spill over into interiors… Here’s what the big guns are predicting next season, ?Complex and exotic describe the intriguingly unusual and inviting color palette for fall ?07. The traditional neutral shades expected for autumn have been replaced this season with rich, nuanced hues, offering more opportunity for creativity with interesting and unexpected color combinations.”

PANTONE Fashion Color Report '07 “Spicy Chili Pepper and exotic Lemon Curry stimulate the taste buds, entice the senses and enliven any wardrobe.”

PANTONE Fashion Color Report '07 “Purple Wine, the ultimate expression of creativity, marries purple and wine, broadening the appeal of purple for fashion. The violet undertones of Dusk give gray a whole new dimension, making this fall?s neutral much more desirable.”

PANTONE Fashion Color Report '07 “Carafe, a deep, espresso brown, adds contrast to the palette, providing a rich alternative to the usual black or charcoal. Sumptuous Cashmere Rose is not only the perfect complement to any of fall?s colors, but also flatters any complexion.”

PANTONE Fashion Color Report '07 “Many seasons have paid homage to nature, and fall ?07 is no exception. Shale Green takes the shade in a murky, blue/gray direction, while foliage-inspired Green Moss goes to the yellow side.”

PANTONE Fashion Color Report '07 “Earthy Burnt Ochre is this autumn?s orange and sophisticated Stargazer continues the trend of turquoise, but with a deeper intensity.?

(images from pantone)

Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration on

July 5, 2007

Whether you are planning your wedding color scheme, your next dinner party, or a room in your home (yes, really!) I found the color studio tool on the Brides website to be quite handy for those that have a difficult time envisioning certain hues together. Even for those not color challenged, it’s helpful because we often get stuck in using our signature colors so this tool may help us think outside of the box. You know, a little exercise that may encourage us to try a new color combination, one that we may not naturally gravitate towards, I’m all for it. Change is good, my friends!

Color Inspiration on
There’s also a create-a-cake tool that teeters on being more of a toy, but it’s still fun to play around with it. I love browsing their flower galleries because flowers always give me courage. I think seeing them in their many colors makes me realize that no color is wrong and to continue exploring because it’s very easy to find yourself stuck in color ruts (wardrobe, home, even hair and makeup!).

Color Inspiration on I also enjoy looking through the many ideas they have for favors – it’s just the best! I like seeing how they combine colors, paying special attention to which ones play a more dominant role, which are more of the accents, etc. I find this a very helpful exercise.

Color Inspiration on I think inspiration can be found in so many places nowadays that I look at everything for potential ideas, and of course, not everything has to lead to an idea, it can also just be a fun thing to look at and may give you some peace or repair you a bit on the inside so that when you are back at your work desk, ideas flow a little more easily.

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