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Happy Friday + {Philly} Friday Favorites...


I recently had one of those perfect leisurely Saturdays of walking around the city, checking out shops, and get some tasty bites to eat. Here are some of my new Philly favorites. For a tasty snack...the apple lemonade (with apple slices) from Naked Chocolate Cafe and the chocolate peanut butter cupcake from Grocery are delicious. Top it off with a 1-hour student massage from the Massage Arts Center. It's not a fancy spa, but for $35, you can't beat it. Finally, check out the new issue of Philadelphia Home magazine...you may see a familiar face on the cover ;) Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

lunch bunch

I rarely post here about design for kids, but wanted to share these ADORABLE BYO Munchlers by Built NY which are featured in today's LifeStyle column. The team at Built NY collaborated with the award-winning children’s book illustrator, Stephen Savage, to create zoo animals for the design of the lunchboxes. If I packed my lunch for a job everyday, I would seriously use one for myself. Available for pre-order at Built NY and in Philly at Hello World mid-September.


color combos + a new bathroom...

We're repainting our bathroom due to recent water damage so I've been checking Domino's photo galleries for some inspiration on the new color. While I haven't yet found what's right for our space, the gallery continues to have such a great selection of images...here are a couple of my favorites...as well as some great overall color combos. I especially love the patterned tile in the first image and contrast ceiling in the second!


orla kiely for fall

I love this time of year when fall look books and campaigns start coming out...setting the mood for a designer's upcoming collection. One of my favorite lifestyle designers, Orla Kiely, has a new fall/winter collection with rich primary colors mixed with earthy neutrals...a fall version of her usual cheery colors...


{amy eldon} currently loving...

WHO: Philadelphia designer Amy Eldon: of the Seamsters blog, Moonblood tee shirt line, and Printfresh textile studio.

CURRENTLY LOVING...my new husband wearing one of our new Moonblood shirts...inspired by my love of all beautiful things in nature, ponies, ferns, and spider webs...


{please note: the "currently loving..." series are images submitted by designers and artists I have asked to participate. the artist whose image is shown is listed in the header and also in the text above each image. the only time an image or objects are mine are when no other artist name or info is listed...}

nantaka joy shop update

For those of you who have emailed asking about availability of my Nantaka Joy line, the website is still in the works with plans to be ready in time for the holidays! However, I do regularly update my list of shops on the current site. There are also a couple shops {marked with an asterik} who sell my products online...


{photo by karen wise}


Love these table linens from Re-found Objects...and yes, that's printed vintage French cutlery on those linens to the left!


erie basin

A gorgeous selection of antique-style pieces at Erie Basin....


cutie pie cookie co.

I recently designed some patterns for the newly launched Cutie Pie Cookie Co. The couture collection is adorned with their signature floral patterns on delicious sugar cookies...


{jenny vorwaller} currently loving...

WHO: Jenny Vorwaller, jewelry designer of Queen Things

CURRENTLY LOVING... travel momentos and memories.  this past year i've been traveling in south america, along the way i've been collecting artisan made items, photographing and journaling my experiences.


{pony hair tote handmade in uruguay, jane iredale moonglow which is multipurpose & so perfect for travel, designing (and wearing) delicate gold jewelry inspired by nature, taking polaroids with 779 film binoculars for the view out my apartment here in buenos aires, filling up my take me too book by lovely design, two wooden hands from an antique shop in rio de janeiro, brasil.}