Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Choshiho Photography

I am going to spend Thanksgiving in Michigan with my boyfriend and his family.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

I'm leaving you with these great photos from Choshiho photography.
His picnic series really speak to me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

INTERVIEW: Montmarte's Sketchbook

8 more days before my trip....

I am so excited to share with you this little interview I had with this stylish lady. Renee's famous blog is an amazing space that stores an extensive collection of fashion, prints and patterns and photography that catch her eyes. I love her ethnic style and color choices and have been a long-time fan of her blog. When I found out that she just went to Japan recently, I knew I needed to snatch her for a little interview. So here I bring you a brief Tokyo city guide in Renee's very own version.

10 things about Tokyo with Montmarte's Sketchbook

What triggered you to go to Tokyo?
Lately, I've been admiring japanese style, presentation, and food so I thought it would be an interesting place to visit. I hope I can go back one day.

Which book(s) were you reading on that plane to Tokyo?
The Audacity of Hope, The Kite Runner

Favorite place to shop for clothes
Muji, Sally Scott, Mina Perhonen, Tsumori Chisato, Journal Standard.

Favorite place to shop for arts & crafts
Asakusa neighborhood for traditional crafts and sweets

Favorite place to shop for books
+ Kinokuniya (it's six stories high!)
Cow books

Mori Art Museum

Favorite restaurants or caf├ęs
+ En-Ya
+ Bar Ricardo
+ The food market located in the basement of Takashimaya.
+ Bento boxes from the train station

The one dessert that you will never forget from this trip
Black sesame ice-cream

Favorite place to take photos

this might sound a little generic--but there is so much beauty just about anywhere you go.

MOST favorite photograph from the whole trip (if you only have to choose one)
this photograph of my friend kelly. (Editor's Note: Renee picked the top photo as her favorite, but the other two are too pretty not to share)

Any other fun random thoughts or suggestions about visiting Tokyo?

Other places to check out:

The Messengers exhibit at the Mori Art Museum.

Claska Hotel at Naka-Meguro (hotel/bookstore/gallery)

Daikenyama neighborhood (boutiques)

Yoyogi Park for a picnic and nap
+ Tsukiji fish market

Thanks so much for sharing with us Renee!

P/S Renee has lots of great photos on flickr too. And she has some new hand-printed designs available over here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tres Bien Shop

Ahhh I just checked out the new arrival section of this Swedish shop.
Too many lovely goodies!

Cocca and an upcoming interview

You probably could tell from my previous posts that I am quite a fabric addict.
I am on a constant hunt for great patterns and fabrics and this store has just been added to my current faves. Check out their furniture section too!

P/S Talking about pattern and fabric, Renee from Montmarte's Sketchbook has been one of the talented bloggers who inspired me to start this blog. She definitely has an eye for great pattern and design. I have a fun interview with her about her recent visit to Japan coming up tomorrow!

{From Cocca}

Friday, November 21, 2008

Yossi Milo Gallery

I wish I had a window sill like this.
Happy friday to you.
Photo by Kelli Connell.


Jodii is a shop run by Sophie, the lovely lady from Germany. 
I had a hard time picking my favorites, but here are the top three :)

{from Jodii}

Eden and Eden

Hello winter. I am ready for you.
These cuties are made in England, but I found them from this shop.
They have los of cute goodies, including ceramic works from the amazing Karin Eriksson too.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Permanent Vacation

I'm loving these dresses and skirts in the A/W 2008 collection of Permanent Vacation .
They have an online shop over here
{from Permanent Vacation}

Farmer's Table

It's getting so cold outside (already!) So I am yearning for something warm and fluffy.

I cannot read Japanese so I am not quite sure what these cute fur balls are used for. But I love them anyways.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Today I'm loving the Artek textile sold at this japanese store.
More goodies here.
I can't seem to find the website of Artek textile in Finland. If you can find it, please let me know. I'd love to see more of their lovely fabric!

Yoyo Ceramics

Have you seen these fun ceramic notepads from Yoyo Ceramics?
What a smart eco-friendly idea!

Monday, November 17, 2008

AO Daikanyama

This shop is definitely on my "must-go" list when I'm in Japan.
It's so full of lovely items, stylish display and photography.
Check out their website to see more. Their photography style is just so calming and gorgeous.

The photographic dictionary

The lovely Alana posted about her contribution to this fun project and I spent quite a lot of time browsing their amazing collection. My two favorites are "desk" by Alana K Davis (the one on top) and "feminine" by Silvino Mendoca (the one below).

{via Alana}

{SX-70} space envy

I love going the drawing room and the screen printing room at this studio.
They have such an inspiring atmosphere, great light and a great little cafe called "first slice cafe".

Friday, November 14, 2008


Some more eye candies from
I especially love these two but there are so much more in their collection.

{visit polkadot}

Peikko Peikko

I hope you are having a calming friday.
I love the sweet details and muted colors of these accessories from here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yellow really is the new black

Yay to yellow!
I found this article from this cool scandinavian blog

{via Jenny}


Still on the topic of baby shopping. If I have kids one day, I will get this from here
(see 3 feet high online shop)

Baby Skye Boutique


Good morning everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's so encouraging to see that you are reading my posts although I have just started. 

I really wish I could eat from that little plate and drink tea from that little cup this morning.
{from defyra, a lovely shop from Sweden}

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Justin Visnesky

Sometimes you just know that you love it.
This is a project of Justin Visnesky.I love his concept, mood and tone, basically everything about these photos. Be sure to check out his website.

And big thanks to the wonderful Abby for a lovely mention of my little blog.
I'm a proud owner of her print. Here's her shop.