growing up i was obsessed with legos and all i ever built were houses. if only i had dreamed bigger, i would have made myself a full-sized lego tree house... i see no problem settling for this one within a wine estate, however.
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her new cd "everybody" came out today and i have to admit i've had this day marked in my calender for months. and i might have been counting down the days for at least the past two weeks. but the day has come!!! and after listening through for the first time i can confidently say that it is just as amazing as i had dreamed. so run out to your local target store, newbury comics, etc etc, or get it on itunes (deluxe version is only $7.99! that might be a mistake, especially since the song only version is $9.99... get your hands on that deal ASAP), and then you can join in on my ingrid happy dance.
it's probably the fact that i was at work at 5am this morning doing section redo's that has gotten furniture and merchandising on my mind, but unico's furniture and displays are fabulous. their website is in japanese, so exploring around it was made possible by the little icons on the right and altavista babelfish translator. what i could dig up about this company included that their furniture is made of teak, yay eco-friendly! they also have a restaurant as part of their store, reminding me much of IKEA (there is no where else you can get a hotdog, cinnabun, and a drink for $2. amazing.) they also like succulents, which i have been meaning to get my hands on... and hopefully not kill, of course. and their philosophy is that you should enjoy everyday life, and do so by providing yourself with a space to relax and feel at home.
their pieces are low to the ground, have a definite horizontal feeling (raising them off of the floor helps), this elevation also makes them feel lighter, but they remain simple with great form... and absolutely beautiful! and their merchandising is very homey. if only i knew japanese, and could convince them to ship to my apartment, the only problem i would then have would be finding a place to put it all.
i'm sitting here with my little desk fan throwing warm air back on my face... leaving me with a great longing for pretty, breezy, cool landscapes - especially those designed by andrea cochran, my current favorite! a nice glass of lemonade, sundress, some twinkly lights, flowers, and a big blanket laid over any of these green beauties would be perfect right now.
and the perfect outfit to lounge and explore :)
dress: modcloth, shoes: dolce vita, headband: anthropologie, ring: sundance catalog
another one of my all time favorites. sabrina's work is vibrant, playful, and i just can't get enough. i wish the things i created could look even half as careless and free as hers. the other day i ran into a new blog, PAPAYA! that she is a part of? or maybe they're just friends and post her work? i was under the impression they all worked together. either way, she has a bunch of new stuff for sale here that is pretty gorgeous. and according to the blog there will eventually be SWH totes! yay! if you're into her style of work definitely check out PAPAYA! blog. it'd be right up your alley.
some of my favorite things from the SWH shop!
* make sure to run over to sabrina ward harrison's site for the rest of her amazing work.
dezeen magazine just posted this today and i found it interesting. and while i wouldn't really consider myself to be an earthy crunchy person, i do my part for the environment. i recycle. i cut those tabs on 6-packs so little duckies don't get stuck. i don't litter. i bring reusable bags for groceries. but the green movement is getting bigger, and more popular (luckily), and rightfully so. it's only a matter of time until this fad becomes a reality we all must live with. and knowing it can be done as attractive as the following examples i just don't see how anyone could resist!
flow2 kitchen by studio gorm
the ethical kitchen by alexandra sten jørgensen
both are designed to use waste products to grow plants! who wouldn't want a cute little garden in their kitchen anyway? plants always make me very happy, i'm just not good at keeping them alive...
a great quote by jørgensen: "the intention is to make ethical living functional and more attractive whilst providing an understanding of how nature and consumption are connected." true true.
* for more pictures and information see articles here and here!