05/31/13

A General Store That’s So Much More…

IMG_2441I happened upon the East Boothbay General Store this week and found myself wanting to snap up so many of the decorative elements owner Elizabeth Evans has gathered under one roof. Knobby throw pillows, seaside-inspired ceramics, hammered metal accents, curvy lamps made from the thick rope that calls dockside living to mind, and some of the best crafts from Maine only scratch the surface of her wares. If you happen to be in the mid-coastal region of the state, make it a destination stop, as the pizza and sweets will make you want to kick back for a bit before continuing along on this spiky coastline where water views are around nearly every corner! I highly recommend that you like the general store on Facebook to stay current with what’s doing, such as a call to action for one of their vendors who is currently in dire need of license plates to make his adorable dust pans. He’s an eighty-year-old gentleman from Old Towne and he’s run out of sources for them. You can see them to the far right in the photo above. Don’t you think he should be able to continue his art?

If you’re planning to create or freshen up a coastal cottage, she has some excellent finds here. Her throw pillows alone are enough to add luminous dashes of color to any room.

05/28/13

On My Radar: The Bathboat

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This post will cause my friends to smile because I have quite a reputation as an advocate of warm luxurious baths in the great outdoors. There’s simply nothing like feeling balmy breezes waft across the skin while bathing, whether it’s showering or soaking in a tub. When I came across this bathtub designed in the form of a beautifully crafted boat, I couldn’t resist sharing it. It’s called “Bathboat” and it was designed by Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg of Studio Wieki Somers, a Rotterdam-based design firm that has works in a number of impressive collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Bathboat-by-Wieki-Somers-4

It isn’t an accident I came across this lovely bathing vessel just after I moved to a beautiful spot in Coastal Maine that happens to still be a hotbed of the boat-building trade, an industry that deserves recognition, I believe. Doesn’t the first image make you want to dive right into this amazing tub? I can imagine it in an all white bathroom with a sky-blue ceiling. This design-scheme would make taking an indoor bath feel like a nature-infused experience, don’t you think? In my book, it’s all about the experiential whether the subject is design, entertaining or sitting down to a delicious meal. Why should spending time rejuvenating ourselves in water be any different?