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terrain...amazing! {part 1}


Marissa and I took a trip over to Terrain at Styer's today (the 4th brand from Urban Outfitters previewed last week here)...and wow...all I can say is we were totally blown away. The fact that we spent almost four hours there says it alone. The new home & garden lifestyle concept turned out to be even more amazing than we could have imagined. The setting is airy, lush, and peaceful with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces.


The greenery, retail space, and selection of products are incredibly well done. A mix of modern, handmade, organic, sustainable, imported, and simply beautiful items fill the indoor and outdoor spaces. Integrated into displays are pieces from Thailand, India, and Africa as well as locally found objects. The details are impeccable as is the merging of plants into the lifestyle space. The space was a true reflection of the amazing mix of talents that developed the concept and created this space.


A favorite of mine...beautiful packaging with photographic florals on kraft bags and faux bois gift boxes.


We also had a chance to have lunch in the café which happened to open today. Fresh, local food inspired by the current seasons were served in an airy and bright greenhouse style space.


Terrain does have plans to expand to other locations across the country...but for the time being, those of you outside Pennsylvania may just have to schedule a little weekend trip over to the Philadelphia area. You could seriously spend a whole day here alone. Although I took a TON of photos...Terrain at Styer's is even better in person. These are a few overview shots of the 11 acre retail space...stay tuned for {Part Two} tomorrow with more details and photos from this amazing new retail space.

{marissa likes}: art school girl


...especially this perpetual datebook...

karin + camilla...


= match made in design heaven! Check out the new collaborative pieces by ceramicist Karin Eriksson and illustrator Camilla Engman available at Manos. See more photos of the collboration here and here.

beautiful pops of color on neutral ground...


...in Osborne & Little's new Spring 08 collection...

lacy and lovely, gathered and pleated...


...in Jovovich-Hawk Spring 08...

quirky on paper


Printed on heavyweight 100% cotton, tree-free paper with soy-based inks, love these quirky new pieces by Chewing the Cud.

my task lamp obsession


You know how sometimes you get obsessed with one type of something that you just want really badly. For me, right now, it's all about an articulated desk task lamp. It all started with a Thomas O'Brien for Target lamp made a few years ago that was featured in a recent issue of Domino Magazine. The lamp has been discontinued, and I can't seem to find one anywhere. Ever since, my search for a long-armed task lamp continues...industrial, modern but not too modern...like it was used by architects in the 1950's. Anyway, posting about things seems to soothe my current infatuation, so I share with you some of my favorites right now.

{left to right, top to bottom: the original discontinued Thomas O'Brien for Target lamp from Lili Diallo's home in March of Domino, Roost Articulated Nickle Lamp, Thomas O'Brien Selecta Lamp, and the new Ilse Crawford Studio Ilse Lamp due out this Fall from May Domino.}

pale washes of pattern...


...by Japanese fabric company Nani Iro...

in the mood for vintage...


...inspired by a trip to my friend Brigitte's apartment last night {the best collection of vintage furniture & finds ever}...some smaller items from Etsy vintage shops...

{left to right, top to bottom: brass owl book ends from Domestikate, chenille bedspread from Catnap Cottage, creamery tags from Bluebell, 3 keys from My Sunshine, mid-century cutting board from Domestikate, and horse matchboxes from Abigail Vintage.

{marissa likes}: the precision & details...


...in the work of UK furniture designer Gareth Neal....