Etsy Faves

Two Trees *New* June Gifts

June 5, 2007

The very sweet Shanna is so good about keeping me in the loop when she updates her etsy store, Two Trees. I love how she designs and creates her collection according to a different theme each month, so unique! Last month, the collection was all about shopping at the market.

Two Trees *New* June Gifts
During the month of June, her theme is Pretty Things, in celebration of carefree summer days. “Days when you can hear the soundtrack to your life just about everywhere; I’ve let a song inspire this month’s line.” Shanna says. “My favorite, the one that always seems to make it on a playlist is When Mac was Swimming by The Innocence Mission.” Isn’t it great that a song can inspire one to create such beautiful things? Below, you’ll see friendship bracelets and a very creative way to send a greeting to someone… Visit Two Trees for details.

Two Trees *New* June GiftsTwo Trees *New* June Gifts

(images from shanna murray)






Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

Inspiration & Beauty from Nirali Magazine

June 5, 2007

If you know Priya Patel from the the blog, Pomegranita, then you know that this lady has an amazing eye for color and design. In addition to Pomegranita, she’s also the Creative Director of Nirali Magazine, your complete online source for all things South Asian, including politics, and trends in fashion, the arts, and entertainment in the South Asian community. It’s a wonderful read for people of all backgrounds, but is especially valuable to brides of South Asian heritage that are busy preparing for their wedding right here in North America.

Inspiration & Beauty from Nirali Magazine
Priya mentioned that the current issue will be published in two installments. The first went live yesterday (June 4th) and the next will go live on June 18th. The magazine is covering 7 real weddings — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and mixed religion marriages, and will feature the vendors involved, such as photographers, videographers, tent rental vendors, and South Asian fashion. Very helpful for brides-to-be!

Inspiration & Beauty from Nirali Magazine
Although I usually shy away from posting about weddings and fashion, with ethnic textiles being such a huge trend right now, along with all the bright jewel tones we’re seeing in design, I thought this website may inspire you on many levels – and most importantly, increase awareness when it comes to all the wonderful cultures living right here in America.

Inspiration & Beauty from Nirali MagazineInspiration & Beauty from Nirali MagazineThanks Priya for writing to me and sharing Nirali Magazine with decor8 readers!

(images from nirali magazine)






Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

June 4, 2007

I had such a great weekend, I can’t remember when I had so much fun crammed into only a few days. I kicked things off with a ‘girls night out’ on Friday with my amazing mother, hung out with my bff who was up visiting me from Miami, then spent time in Cambridge shopping at Paper Source, browsing Nomad (great ethnic textiles here) and Abodeon (awesome vintage mid century finds), then hit Greenward, a brand spankin’ new must-see store for products with a conscience.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
When you’re in need of beautiful planet-friendly homewares, books, magazines, jewelry, baby gear, bike accessories, and stationery, shop Greenward because this place has a great selection and is in a great little hood. I mean, with Starbucks and other random cafes sprinkled around, tons of great ethnic eateries, Paper Source, Nomad, Abodeon, and other boutiques all within a few blocks, you can easily take the T over to Porter Square and do a little Mass Ave. shopping for a few hours. Greenward is located at 1776 Mass Ave., so it’s only a 5 minute walk.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
I was impressed to find Greenward for several reasons, the first of course being the cause, shopping eco when I can is important to me. But also the selection is great. It’s not crunchy and boring, which is sometimes what you think of when you picture eco-friendly finds. With Jill Bliss, Little Otsu, Good on Paper, Josh Jakus, Pear Tree Studio, K Studio, and Pangea Organics on the list (to name a few), this shop carries the best of modern green goods that are currently on the market. They even have those great bike baskets in green and white that have been all over the blogosphere lately (Joy wrote about her basket here).

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
In addition to the great products, the location can’t be beat. Don’t let the below street level location fool you, it’s not dark, depressing, or hard to find. Quite the opposite. Owners Scott Walker and Simone Alpen (soon to be husband + wife, if her name sounds familiar, she’s the brains behind The Bazaar Bizarre) did a fantastic job with their bright signage and in the overall design of the space. With tons of natural light flooding in and cheery colors dotted all around the store, you can only guess that a lot of planning went into this store. The moment you find out that the displays are all hand built using eco-responsible woods, the flooring is cork, overhead lighting is energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, and the walls were painted using low-VOC paint, your suspicions are confirmed.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
The energy in this store is just great, almost like you’ve left Boston for a few moments and entered sunny California. When you walk in, you’re not only greeted with great products, but also with a friendly smile, the smell of a delicious soy-based candle burning, and great tunes (music is a huge plus for me) piped through “green” speakers constructed of oak reclaimed from whiskey barrels. Take a complete tour of their space here (lots of product shots). Or if you’re local, go check out the store and see this great green store for yourself.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)






Etsy Faves, Rooms

Paintings by Lisilu

June 4, 2007

Put on your dancin’ shoes! These paintings from French etsy store, lisilu are the best, I love all her pretty shoes. I found them via a blog I’d not heard of before, but am really loving, called rion. These black leather beauties make me want to dab perfume behind my ear and slip on something beautiful for a night of dancing in the city.

Paintings by Lisilu
(image from lisilu)






Rooms

Pioneer Linens + Lulu de Kwiatkowski Video

June 1, 2007

If you’re been following Lulu de Kwiatkowski (aka Lulu DK) and her work lately like I have (how can you not, the girl is everywhere!), you’ll really enjoy this video shot recently at Pioneer Linens in West Palm Beach, Florida where she recently had a trunk show. Although the audio/video quality isn’t the best, I really think you’ll like watching it. I certainly did. Click here for that.

Pioneer Linens + Lulu de Kwiatkowski Video
Pioneer Linens offers her line of bedding (beautiful), so make sure to browse their site because it’s filled with linens that will make you have the sweetest dreams ever. My favorites include the red poppy and the oasis in red or navy from her custom line. So crisp and stylish. I also love the cane motif, bold geometric patterns are a huge trend, so of course the diamond-patterned cane scores big in my book.

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A special thanks to Jotham at Pioneer Linens for writing in!

(images from pioneer linens)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Keith Scott Morton, Photographer

May 31, 2007

So, I’m blogging about Creating a Craft Room and noticed that Country Living used the talent of Keith Scott Morton, whom I’d never heard of until now.

Keith Scott Morton, PhotographerI am forever amazed by the internet for this very reason – instant gratification for nosey —>me< --- people! I can find everything yesterday. Love you, www! Show of hands here, but how many of you paid attention to the photographer behind the images in your favorite magazines? I rarely did (ashamed to say, but true). Going forward, start taking note, because they give us all the visual stuff that magazines are made of, what we can't live without, the drool inducing imagery! I don't know much about Keith Scott Morton, but I did find out that one of my favorite books, The Collector's Eye, was shot by him. Viewing his portfolio online gave me enough ammo to start digging around on his site and so far, I’m beyond impressed with this guy. Gorgeous work!

Keith Scott Morton, PhotographerKeith Scott Morton, PhotographerSide point (I always have to make them!!!): This little bed gets around, doesn’t it? Domino blog king Nick Olsen, aka The Deal Hunter, spotted one like it recently at PBTeen for under a grand, and you can snag it in dark iron or antique white. GO Nick!

Keith Scott Morton, Photographer
(images from keith scott morton)






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