Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Usually unsolicited catalogs are quickly dispatched to the recycling bin, but this one caught my eye. At West End is full of cute recycled and rustic decorative accessories. This fun take on "See No Evil" is charming and so on trend!
"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" owls from at west end
This weenie dog made me smile and think of my friend Jane and her little Jack:
recycled weenie dog from at west end
This really could live on my patio!
head stool from at west end
The catalog is beautifully photographed, but everything is on the website too. Be sure to stop by if recycled and rustic works for you!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Now you know I love Brimfield, and enjoyed sharing with you all my lovely and weird finds last year. This year, this Friday actually, I will experience Brimfield in a new and different way. The wonderful ladies from The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubuchon Design are hosting a Tweetup at Brimfield! For non-Twitterers, a TweetUp is when Twitter friends and mutual followers meet each other IRL — in real life. It feels like a meeting of friends who've been apart too long — even though they may be meeting for the first time. It's the usually joyous collision of social media and the "real" world. Hard to explain if you haven't experienced it for yourself.
brimfield may 2010
And the most exciting part: there are (so far) 82 designers, design bloggers and industry insiders from across the country joining this TweetUp! Look at this list! It is over-flowing with talented, creative people, all coming together to treasure hunt, meet their Tweeps and experience Brimfield in an undeniably new way. If you follow the Twitter hashtag #Brimfield on Friday and Saturday, you will surely see a steady stream of amazing finds as this group explores the market. Don't expect too many tweets from me, as tweeting and walking at the same time is not a skill I have mastered!
We can (and will) thank the wonderful sponsors Benjamin Moore and Aubuchon Hardware and the amazing organizers Cynthia Bogart and Gretchen Aubuchon. They have arranged for participants a centrally-located tent, food, charging stations and myriad other comforts. I expect this will be an event to remember.
If you are looking for anything special from Brimfield, let me know. There will be plenty of eyes scouting the treasures!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
It was my very great pleasure to visit Susan Serra (@SusanSerraCKD), President of Bornholm Kitchen, at what was essentially the débutante party of her new line. Showcased for the first time at the AD HomeShow, Bornholm Kitchen's story is multi-faceted. Inspired by classic Scandinavian style, this line of cabinetry and vanities is at once smooth and modern, warm and elegant. With chameleon-like ease, these pieces blend into their surroundings, from European country to Shaker simplicity, while still making a design statement.
bornholm kitchen with inset cooktop
The Bornholm line is the perfect choice for a fitted-furniture kitchen. A departure from the look of traditional American kitchen cabinetry, Bornholm can be configured to offer all the storage you need.
bornholm kitchen pantry
Another terrific feature of Bornholm Kitchen is their sustainability story. U.S. made, the cabinet bodies use soy-based resins instead of urea formaldehyde. The durable oil finish is 100% VOC-FREE and contains no toxic chemicals. Additionally, the Bornholm Kitchen factory has been awarded the ESP (Environmental Stewardship Program) certification by the Kitchen Cabinetry Manufacturers Association (KCMA). Beautiful for you, beautiful for the environment.
bornholm vanity fitted with vessel sink
Intrigued? Can you see yourself with a fitted kitchen? To see more, visit the Bornholm Kitchen.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Here is another example of sustainable design in the world of fabrics! From Australian company Mokum, the Australian Botanicals Outdoor collection is constructed entirely from post-industrial waste fibers using an environmentally friendly production process. These fabrics are themselves fully recyclable and Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Certified.
Just a few samples shown here, but other exciting colors are available. The collection, including graphic patterns, stripes and coördinating solids, is for indoor and outdoor use. What a fun chance to extend your green decorating philosophy to your outdoor space!
"firewheel" outdoor fabric from mokum
"acacia stripe" from mokum
"mimosa" from mokum
"hakea" from mokum
As clients become more open to embracing sustainable design alternatives, it helps when those alternatives are aesthetically appealing even without their green story. Bravo to Mokum for this lovely collection!