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Kartell continues in the tradition of their iconic Louis Ghost and with a new polycarbonate chair based on an archetypal style. This time the inspiration comes from vintage wicker chairs, but takes the look in a different direction with a veined detail on the surface reminiscent of the leaves of a papyrus plant (hence the name). Plastic chairs don't offer much comfort in our opinion, but the look of these transparent pieces can be helpful in maintaining a sense of openness in a small space, making them a fitting addition in any city apartment.
If the slow-coming warm weather has you dreaming of Palm Springs sun, a dose of color via Trina Turk's fabric might work just as well as a plane ticket. The designer's new line of indoor/outdoor prints from Schumacher evoke modern Southern California with each bright, crisp pattern. We say a chair or some pillows in Turk's fabric would certainly help banish any lingering chills in the air.
It would seem that Spring has sprung, or at the very least its trying really hard! The Cherry Blossoms came out bright and early this year and color is everywhere I look. So this week's Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven is all about color and lots of it!
1. It's time for a Spring fling! Dust off the patio furniture, invite some friends over and get your best apron out. In need of a new one? Check out the vintage-inspired aprons from Red Velvet Art - a new online shop created by three very crafty girls, filled with homemade and stylish goodness.
Do you know about living hygge? It's Danish for something sort of like coziness, comfort and contentment all rolled up in one. Sound good? Christiana and Aimee of Hygge & West think so, and they've filled their online boutique with all sorts of items that have that "hygge"-like quality to them. In an effort to do a little spring cleaning and streamline the shop, all items outside of the Hygge & West brand are now 50% off through the end of the month. 50! Anyone know the Danish word for deal?
This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.
Warehouse sales make us smile with our heart. Really, what's better than the ultimate find on something you know usually sells for two or three times the amount you paid? If you're of the same mind, then you'll love this: Restoration Hardware is having a big warehouse sale this Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 7PM. The bad news is it's in Tracy (eep!) and our guess is if you want the good stuff you've got to get there early. However, if you're of the true bargain-hunter spirit we're sure you've got it in you to make the trek. Address is 1830 N. MacArthur Drive (zip is 95376), off of the 205. For more information call (209) 830.0015.
In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.
More locally designed treats from artists participating at Handmade Nation! Today we're looking at Sharon Spain, who creates delicate, nature-inspired screen-prints on items from pillows to purses and cards. We're most taken with the pillows, which are available in hemp linen and silk dupioni and come in a variety of sizes. The neutral color of the fabric is the perfect background for Spain's colorful, intricate prints, each pulled by hand for a completely one-of-a-kind result.
First in our look at vendors participating in the upcoming Handmade Nation event is Bay Area native Diana Fayt. Each piece of Fayt's handmade ceramic art requires 13 steps to complete, and takes as much as seven hours from start to finish (and that's not including kiln time). You can see the attention to detail in every aspect of her work, from the freehand illustrations that adorn many of the pieces, to the lead-free glazes in rich, deep hues. If you're not able to make it to the Handmade Nation screening and sale at Mezzanine next week, not to worry.
Local design blogger Victoria Smith (you may know her best by her SFGirlByBay handle) begins her once-weekly exclusives, aptly titled, the Seven for 7x7, today. Correct us if we're wrong, but we suspect that her first post was inspired in part by the recent influx of rain-heavy clouds over our fair city. If being rained-in means getting to wrap up in her recommended vintage wool cape, then may the deluge continue.