Saturday, November 29, 2008

By Design

Wanted to share pics of this fabulous chair I recently helped a client customize...we added a new coat of lacquer and a fantastic textural fabric from one of my favorite fabric houses, F. Schumacher, to transform a sweet vintage French side chair into a sassy, fresh focal point of her guest bedroom.

I was so pleased with how it turned out that I briefly contemplated keeping it for myself and telling her the upholsterer lost it...but in the end, she got her chair.

If you want to breathe new life into your furnishings, let us know; we would love to help!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stop the Madness

I just learned (courtesy of my source for all breaking decor news, Decorno) that Cottage Living has gotten the axe as well! On the plus side, my monthly magazine-reading time has now been substantially reduced. Guess I will have to start paying attention to my children again. (I kid.)

Image from Cottage Living

As seen in December's "Domino"

We have been working like mad for many a moon now to get our Web site up and going, but it looks like we are still a week or two away (maybe sooner...keep your fingers crossed!).

With Thanksgiving approaching, we are ever so thankful that the items shown above appear in the December issue of our beloved Domino magazine, crediting our humble shop for ordering purposes. Naturally we were hoping people could simply hop on over to our Web site and buy them, but now it seems it won't be quite that simple.

If you saw the items and are interested in purchasing one (or, better yet, more), here's the skinny:

1. The resin stag head is featured in the medium size, measuring 16"H. He sells for $55, and he has two friends: a smaller version, measuring 7 1/2" for $25, and a larger version, measuring 20" for $120.

2. The gold and coral costume necklace is from Kenneth Jay Lane and retails for $100.00.

If you're interested in purchasing either, drop us a line at or ring us at 206.763.3886. We will be happy to help you!

With any luck our site will up by the time the issue drops and all of this will be moot, but we are not betting on it.... Murphy's Law and all. Damn that Murphy.

When Black Friday Falls

Turns out it's more than a classic Steely Dan song, it's also the morose-sounding name for the shopping day after Thanksgiving. (We think Black Friday should fire their branding consultant, BTW...)

With the day quickly approaching, we thought we'd update you on our holiday hours. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, we will be open from 11-7, Wednesday through Saturday; Sundays we remain open from 12-5. We'll keep up these extended shopping hours through the end of the year, in the hope that it will help to make the season bright.

To further ease your holiday pain, we are also happy to offer free holiday gift wrap for all purchases...except for perhaps the Porter's Chair.

Additionally, you, gentle reader, are cordially invited to our first-ever (yes, we weren't open last year but just go with it) after-hours holiday shopping extravaganza! Saturday, December 6, from 6 - 9 p.m., we are hosting an invitation-only shopping event featuring warm cocktails, festive treats, and an even more festive 10% discount on all purchases. Consider yourself invited!

Stop by to snatch up a big batch of just-arrived gift items for all those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list....and maybe pick up a little something for yourself, too. (You deserve it. You work hard.)

Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Did anyone see this post on Apartment Therapy last week?

I read it and thought it was jumping to conclusions a bit prematurely...what do you think?

First Blueprint, then House & Garden, now.... (gasp) Domino? What does that leave us--Veranda? Egads.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Clothes-ing for Business

We are simultaneously sad and excited to be partnering with our friends at to carry items from their amazing Northwest clothing lines at the shop--sad because is closing its doors so that owner Alison can focus on her full-time stint as shopping editor for, but excited because we get to look at her beautiful clothes all day...and help you discover them, too!

Come check out items from such high-style lines as Prairie Underground, Alula, Elroy & Reif. Get them while they last (i.e., before I end up taking them all home!)

Mean Melamine

One of our fave items at the store, Thomas Paul melamine plates in assorted colors and patterns, was featured front and center in Kelley Moore's latest King5 entertaining segment. This time around, Kelley uses the various designs to customize Thanksgiving place settings around guests' personalities. Great idea! And no broken plates this year...even better.

Watch the video clip here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Celerie Stalker

Firstly, how good is that headline? (I hate to toot my own horn, but it had to be said.)

Normally I tend to single out more substantive items like chairs or vintage patio sets or the like to create an entire blog post around, but after spending some time hunkered down with a new book we just welcomed to the shop, I couldn't resist.
The book in question? Fab decorator Celerie Kemble's new book, To Your Taste. Many of you may be familiar with Celerie's work from her numerous projects featured in top mags like Domino, House Beautiful, Home & Garden, etc., or with her line of furniture for LaneVenture (which we sell, incidentally), or with her new line of fabrics for F. Schumacher (which we also sell, incidentally!)

I, too, had long admired her work, but seeing it all together in a compilation, along with her surprisingly helpful design tips and insight into her design process, has transformed me into a huge fan. There are so many fabulous rooms in this book, and (in a rare happening for design books) the text is alone worth the purchase price. There is much to enrich those of you (including me!) preparing to tackle a design project, or perhaps in the midst of one.

Come by and pick one up, or at the very least, sit a spell on our fancy MetroSofa settee and take it all in. We think you'll be stalking Celerie soon, too.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just Hatched

As a born-and-raised Nashvillian and longtime Hatch Show Print owner, I have always been a supporter of this amazing and storied print shop in Country Music USA.... In fact, it runs in the blood: my dad used to work there as a teenager and make posters for his band on the sly. Hmmm.... maybe he was the original maverick.

But I digress. Many of you graphic design afficionados are familiar with Hatch's incredible woodblock prints they've been crafting for decades, and we in Seattle have a wonderful opportunity to view many specimens up close at the Experience Music Project until July 16, 2009.

Read more about it here.

At the shop we have several of our favorite restrikes on sale in custom Plexiglass frames. Come take one home and create a permanent exhibit of your very own.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hole-y Lantern, Batman

Thanks to our pal and event & lifestyle guru Kelley L. Moore for the shout-out on her recent King 5 news segment. (If you are in a hurry, fast-forward to the very end of the segment for her mention of the store and our cool Morroccan lanterns.)

The lanterns really are lovely, by the way, and serve as a wonderful graphic pop when unlit, too! We have them in two sizes (medium and large), should you find yourself strangely craving one or more after watching that segment.

Find out more about Kelley here, and watch for her on shows like "Rachael Ray" and "The View." She is quickly becoming a global brand!
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