Rooms

Ankasa: Bedding

June 18, 2007

I’m doing a lot of research around ethnic prints and patterns right now, so decor8 will reflect a lot of that this week. I love the work of Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia of Ankasa and just found out via blink decor that they’re soon to open their own store in NYC.

Ankasa: BeddingAnkasa: BeddingAnkasa: BeddingI like their modern take on traditional patterns, especially all of the embroidered work, and the strong colors against crisp white. Makes me appreciate why so many love to keep the foundation pieces in their space neutral, a great canvas for layering in colors and patterns, swapping them with each season, or as your design mood changes. For me, that’s monthly. :)

(images from ankasa)






Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

The Creative Bazaar – Get Involved!

June 18, 2007

Melba wrote to me about a craft fair that she is hosting on Cape Cod in October, The Creative Bazaar. She’s looking for vendors, so if you’re interested, applications are now being accepted through July 15th. The fair takes place on October 13th in Hyannis, further details can be found right here. Get involved!

The Creative Bazaar - Get Involved! This is Melba with her paintings, available on etsy.

(images from the creative bazaar)






Inspiration, Objects, Rooms

Shim + Sons

June 18, 2007

Lena got me thinking about linen today, and then I came across these linen covered organizers with deep pockets from Shim and Sons.

Shim + SonsShim + SonsShim + SonsI think these would look so pretty on the wall in a work space to showcase all the things that inspire you at the moment. I love the simplicity here. Lena is so right, things really do look lovely against linen. Have you ever tried selecting a surface and with your camera, styling objects against it to see what you can come up with like Lena did? Mini studies like this can be a lot of fun, why not try it sometime?

(images from shim + sons)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects, Rooms

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration

June 18, 2007

With so many gorgeous ethnic fabrics out there, why limit yourself to bedding and curtains when you can bring color and beauty to your walls with works from Hadley Hutton?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + IllustrationHadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
Her prints and paintings are a gorgeous complement to the dreamy textiles we are all so crazy about now, Robshaw, Cassill, Ireland, Guild… And after visiting Layla over the weekend, then spotting Hadley Hutton’s work on the etsy homepage last night, I can’t help but think how beautiful the two would be merged together. Hadley’s art would complement a space filled with ethnic prints in apple green, hot pink, lemon yellow, turquoise… Maybe a charcoal or white sofa with pillows from Designer’s Guild (US) and a few Hadley paintings nearby?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration A gorgeous room from Domino magazine, the perfect space for a Hadley print, don’t you think?

Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
Hadley Hutton: Fine Art + Illustration
I love seeing all these pretty things living together, great energy and nearly impossible to feel sad in a home decorated in such happy hues!

Happy Monday everyone!

(images from hadley hutton and pillows from designer’s guild)






Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

June 17, 2007

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.} This is by no means coverage of my visit to Renegade today because I didn’t go to write about my experience, but to just kick back, enjoy the weather, and have fun shopping. But I do have to highlight a few booths because I had a better time that I anticipated and found some really neat things that I hadn’t seen before, also something I didn’t expect. It was a total treat to be there with so many talented people in one place, and the weather was positively sublime (I went early before the crowds and crazy heat that came after lunch). I have to give a tiny mention of a few booths that I had fun shopping at, especially since so many of you live no where near Brooklyn and won’t be attending tomorrow. In addition to some of my favorites below, you can visit the Renegade website and under vendors, click on all the banners to link out to myriads of great crafty websites. Here’s a few booths that caught my eye:

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

The Small Object
– I wanted to walk away with the entire booth. Her short flat folk drawings caught my eye. Smitten Kitten – Great wallpaper journals and goodies made from vintage papers, all the way from Toronto, Canada. Then there’s Pillow, Pillow, Pillow – Fun animal pillows, mostly dogs and kitties from what I could see. Really well made. And art! We must have wall art! Mandy Gerth – Dreamy collages on paper with fabric. Another booth that I could easily have blown a paycheck. I hope she adds them to her etsy store soon.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Wren Handmade – I grabbed a yellow and white giraffe from Laura Normandin. Really cute elephants, too. I’ll show him to you when I’m back on Monday. Really cute things at this booth. Then there is Fernanimals, some of the sweetest mini lions in the world by Ashley Anna Brown from Beverly, MA. I spotted mostly lions, maybe she has other animals as well, but these little guys were adorable. Some had detached hoods. Really sweet. Sian Keegan – Adorable soft toys and things. Her daschunds were my favorite.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn) Serigraphie Cinquenquatre – Alice Jary from Montreal came down with her prints, don’t miss this booth, if you can secure a place around her table to look at them, that is. Her booth was packed with shoppers galore. From what I could tell, Alice is a big hit!

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Lucy’s Vintage – This booth was a vintage lovers dream. I could have lingered much longer! Her dolly pillows reminded me of the ones that my mother and auntie made for me as a child. Everything in this booth felt like it had a story to tell. So pretty. Lots of things available in her etsy store, too.

Then there was Love Forever by Kayte Terry. Her lavender sachets and brand new art is really great. I heart Kayte. :) And Marilyn Patrizio rocks as usual. Until today, I’d only viewed her softies online. In person, they are even more adorable. This girl is so talented, she is into so many things, from painting to graphics and sewing. Here’s a link to her cutie blog, too. Oh and a new girl I discovered, Kim Design – Totally great knit and crochet goodies. Check out her website.

And of course my usual favorites: Strawberry Luna, Fred Flare, Adorn, Magpie, Jen Corace, Jezebel, My Paper Crane, Figs + Ginger, If’n Books, Etsy, and Repro Depot (fabrics by the pound – weeeee!), and 200+ more. All in all, this was the best craft fair of ’07 for me. I’m so glad I attended my first Renegade!

Psst: If you do attend tomorrow (Sunday), bring cash because most vendors do not accept plastic. And brings lots of cash because you’ll want to buy everything at this fair, trust me. It’s delicious!

See you on Monday!

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.}

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)






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