Sunday, December 23, 2007


These recycled aluminum birch bark vases have an authentic texture and intentionally placed holes, high on the sides, to insert cut leaves or branches. They are available in two sizes at Vivaterra. While you are on their site, check out their recylced aluminum bark candlesticks. I love them both.

A Bit of Humor

DearNic creates custom stationery and invitations but you can buy these funny Holiday cards at the DearNic Etsy shop.

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Mimobots are USB Flash Drives available in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities. Each character comes pre-loaded with games, animations, and Mimozine (a digital magazine). They also have an optional keychain accessory. I have my eye on the Gigglebyte Mimobot...Santa take note...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I Can See Right Through You

White Webb makes a 'Clearly Classic' series of acrylic side tables inspired by Indian architecture.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Scaling New Heights

Oki Sato has designed a climbing wall for Illoiha gym in Tokyo. It is made of baroque picture frames, flower vases, bird cages, deer antlers, etc. and is a quirky take on a country house. Very Cool!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

JA ornaments

Check out these matte white ceramic ornaments (also available in a shiny silver finish) from Jonathan Adler .

Friday, December 7, 2007

Got Milk?

There's something about the moo-moo's that were at auction today at Sotheby's that I found interesting. There were quite alot of them on the block and they previously belonged to Maria Callas.

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Buro North, an Australian company made up of graphic designers, has come out with an "environmentally friendly" Christmas tree. Available in three sizes, it is flat-packed and can be used year after year.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Holiday Craftacular

Etsy is sponsoring a craft fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC this weekend. It will have 200 vendors, DJs, food, drinks and a special appearance from Amy Sedaris. She will be signing her book, 'I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence'.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ink Drop Design

Ink Drop Design sells products made from original hand drawings, photography, or digital illustrations. To purchase these cards, visit their shop on Etsy.

Wine Racks

Check out these modern wine racks.

Looped wine holder of merging metal spheres at

Stackable wine rack made of injection-moulded polypropylene is available in a variety of colors at

Sporadic wall panel is made of walnut or bamboo and can be found at

Clear acrylic floating wine rack at

Magnum in the middle at

Monday, December 3, 2007

Ten Gifts for Under $10 (some for under $5)

The holiday season is here and through talking with friends, there seems to be a pressure to come up with gifts for under $10 for the office Christmas party or their family/friend Yankee I've come up with ten gift ideas for under $10 that can be bought on-line.

Garden in a Bag Herbs available at Branch Home.

Fred's Key shirts are color coded T-shirts that keep the keys on your keychain organized. Available at Merlin's Box.

Colored Pencil Travel Set from Northwest Nature Shop.

Vaugondy Globe available at the Conran Shop.

Stonewall Kitchen Christmas Traditions Holiday Jam.

Handmade, Solid Bamboo Salad Servers available at Branch Home.

Democrat or Republican Porcelain Mug available at Gracious Home.

Mini silver-Plated Frame with Red or Green Grosgrain Mat available at Pottery Barn.

Perfect Potfuls Tin with three different types of coffee. It can be customized with your own label and is available at Designer Gifts.

McKenna Luggage Tags at Pottery Barn.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Eric Feng's illustrations are imaginative, whimsical and mechanical. Signed, limited edition prints of Feric's work are available on his online store. Check them out at:

Holiday Windows

I had the pleasure this week of checking out all of the department store, Christmas windows. My favorite by far, was Bergdorf Goodman's elements theme (earth, air, fire, water, light). They pay homage to designer Tony Duquette who passed away in 1999. Pictures seen above depict Fire and Air.

Friday, November 30, 2007


The December issue of House & Garden will be its last one published for this interior design magazine.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Being Bold

Jamie Beattie Accessories, makes quirky, bold printed accessories such as purses, bags and hair bands. All products are made in Australia and available at:

Friday, November 23, 2007

Project Runway

Project Runway is back on the air and I saw a fantasy league on line for it the other day....yes, a fantasy league. Each person picks three designers and you win points each episode if one of your designers wins a challenge (4 pts), cries (3 pts), gets Tim Gunn to say "make it work" (2 pts), etc. I just wish I thought of it or read about it before the season started. Is there still time to start one? Let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Free Holiday Cards

"Funnel Incorporated is an information design firm that makes the complex clear through the creation of infographics, icons, maps and instructions." If you visit FUNNELINC.COM/HOLIDAY and register, you'll receive a free holiday infographic card set.
Pretty cool, huh?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I see you

New rule: Every shoe manufacturer must do this.
The Clear Sneaker Box by Nao is an excellent idea to help keep your ever expanding show collection neat.

Foxy & Winston

I recently came across these handmade cards in a boutique shop near my home in Brooklyn. Created by illustrator Jane Buck, they are hand screened and part of a collection of goods she makes for her company 'foxy & winston' .

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's a wrap

'Blueprint' magazine has developed 5 wrapping paper patterns that you can print out from your computer (up to 11"x17") and use to dress your holiday packages in a sophisticated palette of black and white.
To see and print all of them, go to website:

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Color Palettes

You designers out there know that we are always looking for the perfect image to convey a mood and a color palette for a collection. Actually to me, this is one of the fun parts about being a designer. Anyway, I came across a blog from a fellow fashion designer/artist, called 'Kris's color stripes'. On the site there are inspiring images matched with created color palettes.