Go With The Flow

I’ve been thinking about intangible material needs. Yes, really. And how much I’d like to just be able to give someone a little courage. Or buy myself some contentedness. I know – it’s not that easy. And then I remembered FlowMarket by Mad Hagstrøm. Part absurd bit of cheek, part scrumptious art piece; these simple packages might not exactly be the answer, but they definitely start a conversation. Most products are available on the FlowMarket web site for $17.89; which seems steep for an empty can, but a bargain for good dose of inner peace. (As always, click to shop!)

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Today’s Track – I Melt With You, Modern English

It’s been too dang hot, for too dang long. The dew points are definitely trying my patience, and according to the meteorologists this oppressive heat wave isn’t gonna let up anytime soon. At least we’re in it together… I Melt With You by Modern English from the album After the Snow, 1982.

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Fall Winter 2014-2015 Textile Trends from MM Trends/Lenzing

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Loving this cerebral look ahead by Austrian fiber manufacturer Lenzing and the brilliant folks at MM Trends. Here’s their take on textile trends for the 2014-2015 fall and winter seasons in both fashion and home.

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Oh, That Little Minx

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Okay, I admit it – I’m a little jaded. I look at products everyday – pinning, scrapping and shopping like some sort of trend-obsessed banshee. It’s super thrilling, albeit rare, when I stumble upon a designer I’m unfamiliar with who’s work is inspiring, livable and totally affordable. Today is that day! Heather Moore is the creative fuel behind Skinny La Minx, a textile company founded in 2007 and based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her story is best told through this lovely, 2 minute video:

And now, some of my favorite products from her Etsy shop: (Yes – she ships worldwide – click to shop!)

Bowls Cushion Covers, $38 each
Bowls Cushion Covers, $38 each
Brancusi Cushion Cover, $38
Brancusi Cushion Cover, $38
Woodpile Table Runner, $43
Woodpile Table Runner, $43
Abacus Napkins, set of 2 $22
Abacus Napkins, set of 2 $22
Flower Dreams Tea Towel, $18
Flower Dreams Tea Towel, $18
Borrowed Spoons Tea Towel, $18
Borrowed Spoons Tea Towel, $18
Pebbles Alexander Sack, $55
Pebbles Alexander Sack, $55
Fower Fields Cute Pouch, $9
Fower Fields Cute Pouch, $9
Woodpile Placemat, set of 2 $25
Woodpile Placemat, set of 2 $25
Fabric by the Metre, $65
Fabric by the Metre, $65

Less is More Letterpress

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12fifteen is a boutique design and letterpress studio located in an old loft building in Stamford, CT. The owner, designer Johanna Anderes, grew up in Germany and trained as an interior designer in South Africa before coming to the States to study at Parsons School of Design. Her love of minimalism comes through in her products which show a level of restraint and simplicity uncommon in the stationery category. (As always, click to shop!)

Oh Hi Notecards set of 4, $12
Oh Hi Note Cards set of 4, $12
Merci Note Cards set of 4, $12
Merci Note Cards set of 4, $12
Flying Birds Note Cards set of 8, $18
Flying Birds Note Cards set of 8, $18
Black Pattern Note Card set of 8, $18
Black Pattern Note Card set of 8, $18
Heart Exclamation Greeting Card, $5
Heart Exclamation Greeting Card, $5
Neaon Hooray Greeting Card, $5
Neon Hooray Greeting Card, $5
Paperclips Greeting Card, $5
Paperclips Greeting Card, $5
Pretty Amazing Greeting Card, $5
Pretty Amazing Greeting Card, $5

Today’s Track – Humiliation, The National

“We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.” – Mother Theresa

I think for today, we’ll just leave it at that. Humiliation by the National from the album Trouble Will Find Me, 2013.

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CB Station logo

Another find from the last round of trade shows I attended. CB Station is a Lawrenceville, GA-based manufacturer of eco-friendly canvas bags that are beautifully constructed and designed, and at a really nice price point. Bummer is, they exclusively sell wholesale, so you’ll need to find a retailer in your area in order to get the goods! (Although I’ve found a number of the designs on Amazon)

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Fall Winter 2014-15 Trends from Patternbank

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Just a teaser, I’m afraid – from the fine folks at Patternbank. Here they provide their insights into the Fall Winter 2014 – 2015 seasons for women’s fashion. Interested in seeing the whole report? A digital download of the entire forecast is only 30 (about $46 bucks). Enjoy!

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Today’s Track – Sweet Child O’Mine, Freedom Dub

Since I’m out road tripping through northern Minnesota, I’ve been getting my fair share of classic rock. (We have a standing “driver gets to pick the music” rule; so my hubby’s in command there.) Which makes it totally irresistible to me to share YET ANOTHER completely cheeky and thoroughly shameless cover. Yes, here Guns N’ Roses gets remade and remixed into a breathy bit of electronica with a soft dancy beat. Oh, this would SO not make the hubby’s in-auto playlist, but… j’adore! Sweet Child O’ Mine by Freedom Dub from the album Nü Chill Out, 2010.

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Cabin Comforts

I’m heading out of town later today, to the shores of Lake Superior for a little respite. Which makes me think of how uninspiring typical cabin decor can be. When it’s actually such an awesome opportunity for moving beyond the cliches and into some totally fun territory! Here are a few of my picks for sprucing (hee hee – get it?) up the cabin with a fresh look that plays homage to the great outdoors. (As always, click to shop!)

Roddy and Ginger - Logpile Tea Towel, $16
Roddy and Ginger – Logpile Tea Towel, $16
Made by Ans - Off White Knitted Pouf, $103
Made by Ans – Off White Knitted Pouf, $103
Mrs Chic Botique - Mason Jar Tumbler (with straw), $8.99
Mrs Chic Botique – Mason Jar Tumbler (with straw), $8.99
Inhabit - Foliage Duvet Cover Set (Queen), $236
Inhabit – Foliage Duvet Cover Set (Queen), $236
Signal Return - Up North Letterpress Print, $35
Signal Return – Up North Letterpress Print, $35
Xavier Pauchard - Vintage Copper Side Chair, £89.00
Xavier Pauchard – Vintage Copper Side Chair, £89.00
Crate & Barrel - Dakota Dining Table, $1499
Crate & Barrel – Dakota Dining Table, $1499
Jonathan Adler - Match Strike Squirrel, $42
Jonathan Adler – Match Strike Squirrel, $42
Hable Construction - Cosmos Storage Box, $98
Hable Construction – Cosmos Storage Box, $98
Mogwaii - Jenny Wren Cushion, $70
Mogwaii – Jenny Wren Cushion, $70
Ceramic Soul - Black and White Tea Cup, $40
Ceramic Soul – Black and White Tea Cup, $40
Restoration Hardware - Reflector Pendant Light, $119
Restoration Hardware – Reflector Pendant Light, $119
DIY Painted Log End Tables
DIY Painted Log End Tables
Tara Hogan - Birch Tree Letterpress Print, $25
Tara Hogan – Birch Tree Letterpress Print, $25
Nyend Designs - Adir Modern Cedar Adirondak Chair, $360
Nyend Designs – Adir Modern Cedar Adirondak Chair, $360
Kaukauwa Australia - Sambucca Coral Cushion Cover, $33
Kaukauwa Australia – Sambucca Coral Cushion Cover, $33
West Elm - Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures, $19 - $199
West Elm – Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures, $19 – $199
Salvage Audio - Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speakers, $349
Salvage Audio – Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speakers, $349
Anthropologie - Glass Globe Oil Lantern, $40
Anthropologie – Glass Globe Oil Lantern, $40

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