Put Your Stamp On It

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Charming custom stamps designed, hand lettered and produced by San Diego County’s Paper Pastries. They’re a great bargain for a totally cute way to personalize correspondence. Yes, I know – we all write via email these days. Well, maybe if we had such an adorable stationery accessory we’d start putting pen to paper and actual letters in the mail? (As always, click to shop!)

The Original Home State Personalized Return Address Stamp, $60
The Original Home State Personalized Return Address Stamp, $60

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Custom Hand Lettered Return Address Stamp, $65
Custom Hand Lettered Return Address Stamp, $65
Custom Hand Lettered Return Address Stamp, $65
Custom Hand Lettered Return Address Stamp, $65
Custom Pet Return Address Stamp, $70
Custom Pet Return Address Stamp, $70
Custom Tea Pot Return Address Stamp, $60
Custom Tea Pot Return Address Stamp, $60
Custom Hand lettered Save The Date Stamp, $75-$120
Custom Hand lettered Save The Date Stamp, $75-$120

Today’s Track – Cherry Blossom Girl, Air

This is the week when Maison et Objetarguably the best trade fair for trends and design inspiration – takes place in Paris. And I was not there. Executional obligations at work roadblocked my ability to pursue my passions. And, yes, I’m slightly bitter about it. But, rather than stew (or perhaps “rather than stew in an epic, pathetic fashion”; I prefer to stew with a bit of class), I though I’d pay homage by featuring another of Parisian favorites. Cherry Blossom Girl, the single, by Air, 2003.

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Spring Summer 2015 YC Fashion Trends from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming Women’s young contemporary fashion color trends for the Spring Summer 2015 season. Their outlook includes three distinct trends: Mixed Metals, Green Scene and Graphic Underground.

Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Pilgrim Waters

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I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of decor items are, well, uninspired. It’s like every manufacturer out there has decided to play it safe; resigning themselves to make tasteful things that appeal to the widest possible demographic. I suppose that’s par for the course in a slow economy; there’s a tendency to play it safe, rather than create something fresh. (I sincerely question whether that wisdom actually pays off much, but that’s fodder for another post.) The dearth of spirited products has me craving stuff that makes me look twice and say “OMG – that’s amazing, refreshing, stunning!”. Enter Pilgrim Waters, out of Southie, Boston Massachusetts. Owners Susy Pilgrim and Keith Waters met at art school in London and moved to the US in the early ’80’s. They produce a micro-assortment of everyday functional objects with a modern aesthetic that put a little fun back in decor. Yes, the retails of some items are pretty unattainable, but I can dream & dream & dream of that tray… (As always, click to shop!)

Blue Dot Tray (in use)
Blue Dot Tray (in use)
Dot Tray, $295
Blue Dot Tray, $295
Dot Tray (detail)
Dot Tray (detail)
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Dot Trays (detail)
Black Dot Tray, $295
Black Dot Tray, $295
Petite Pods, $24
Petite Pods, $24
Tea Towel, $22
Tea Towel, $22

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Handwoven Silk Throw, $495
Handwoven Silk Throw, $495

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Something to Munch On

Loving this identity created by Brooklyn-based designer Kellie Anderson. Developed for The Munchery, which offers quick, healthy prepared meals, handcrafted from scratch by top local chefs that’s available for same-day delivery in the San Francisco area. It’s a pretty darn cool and handy idea for those of us who are not fans of cooking, but wilt at the thought of nuking yet another Lean Cuisine. Wish there was one in Minneapolis – I’d be their best customer! Plus, for each meal you order, they donate a meal to a local food bank, which is pretty extraordinary too.

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Today’s Post – The Last Time, Lisa Shaw

Slow down. That’s what I need to hear. Slow down. Relax. Quiet the mind and just be. So, something soft and soothing today. The Last Time by Lisa Shaw from the album Cherry, 2005.

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Two Sides to the Story

“Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be.”

Made by Everynone (the former filmmaking collective) in collaboration with Radiolab | WNYC.

Take A Seat

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All this snow. And gray skies. It can bring on a smidge of the doldrums. So, I’m tapping into my promenade through last May’s ICFF (the International Contemporary Furniture Fair) to find some relief. It comes in the form of totally irreverent, highly colorful, tres-patterned chairs and sofas by Fama Living from Yecla, Murcia, Spain. Ah, yes… that hits the spot.

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Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Trends from Spin Expo

Spin Expo is a tri-annual, yarns, fabrics and knitwear trade fair that takes place in Shanghai and NYC. They’ve also become known for creating very seductive, albeit quite heady, trend forecasts. “Interactions” is their theme unifying the color and fashion trends they’ve identified for the upcoming Autumn Winter 2014-2015 season.

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Oh, My Darlin’

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Darling Clementine was founded by designers Tonje Holand and Ingrid Reithaug in 2006 as a part-time buisness in a tiny apartment in Oslo, Norway. They specialize in both design and illustration (everything from book covers to food packaging and children’s books…), and offer their own collection of modern-nostalgic stationery and homeware. Their playful, boldly sophisticated sensibility totally resonates with the Scandi inside me!  (As always, click to shop!)

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