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» housewares Upstate Fancy
[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.

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Nov
30
housewares
WINE GLASS CHARMS are so 2008

I hope everyone had a safe ad happy holiday. Perhaps while you with family and friends this weekend you used some of those whine glass charms around the base of your glass, so as not to accidentally pick up someone else’s drink. I’ve always loved the idea of drink markers but never really been a fan of having to add more jewelry to a wine glass then I wear on my own neck. Which of course is why i love these little suction markers from Vacu Vin. They come in a variety of designs, but because Christmas is right around the corner, I find myself drawn to these Christmas Markers most of all. Check them out all available through amazon.

wine_glass_stickers

Nov
23
housewares
PEPPERSPROUTS site launch

If you read the blog often you know that I also have a line of homegoods and other fun things called Peppersprouts. The last year I have been selling my wares on Etsy while dreaming of a site of my own. I’m so happy to share with you the brand new peppersprouts website. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. So stop by, sign-up for our mailing list, and maybe pick up a few things for someone on your shopping list!

peppersprouts

Oct
28
housewares
WOOD-NT you love to have some of these

I love raw wood. So I’m pretty jealous of those of you in the UK because you wood (bad pun) be a fool to not order these blonde wood decorative logs from The Log Basket. Made from douglas FIr these wood logs would look amazing lining an unused fireplace, or sitting inside an unused shelf. Alas they are to heavy to make it over here to the states, but a girl can dream, or at least order one of their candle holders which are equally as beautiful.

blonde_wood_decor

Oct
26
housewares
THE HOMEPORT LAMP lights up a room

Lighting is such an easy way to change a space. You don’t need a gallon of paint to turn a room into someplace new, sometimes a simple lamp spruce up a space and make it feel like new. The Roshni Light from the Homeport Collection is actually 3 lamps in one. You can hang it, use it as a table lamp, or even a floor lamp. This makes the Roshini lamp such a versatile piece of lighting, that if you get tired of it one space, there is sure to be someone where else in your home you can place it. I really like the rustic feel of the lamp design, it feels very raw but well designed, and I love the long edison lightbulb this lamp takes. The best part about this beautiful piece is it’s price point ($150). It’s nice to see a designer lamp without the designer price tag.

homeport_lamp

Oct
20
housewares
CHIRP CHIRP can someone get the door

Check out this concept for a very modern doorbell by designer Lee Weilang. It feel like such a natural fit, it makes you wonder why no one thought of this before. The tail of the bird sits outside and works as the doorbell buzzer while the front if the bird hangs inside your home and provides a beautiful chirping sound instead of those awful doorbell sounds. While it’s just a concept for now, I would love to see this put into production.

bird_bell

Oct
12
housewares
200th Post!!!!

I just realized this is my 200th post on this blog. We may not be the biggest blog in the world, but we kind of like it that way. As many of you know I also have a small line of fun-tastic things  for your home and yourself called peppersprouts. This week the good folks over at the brightside project are hosting a giveaway for a set of my Classic Silhouette Coasters, So I suggest hopping over there and get yourself in the contest to make your home a little more upstate-fancy. And in honor of my 200th post here I am offering a 20% discount through Friday (10/16/09) for almost everything in my etsy shop (the typographic wall hanging is not included in the sale sorry guys). Just put the code “FANCY200” in the notes to seller an I will refund you the difference after purchase.

sillo_coasters

Oct
07
housewares
ROCK OUT while stirring pasta sauce?

Remember those rainy days when you were little and you would gather all the pots and pans around the kitchen floor and rock out with a set of wooden spoons? Well why should kids have all the fun? These awesome hybrid spoon-drumsticks will have you playing a full set for (insert you favorite rock band here) in between stirring the Ragu and checking on the garlic bread. You can pre-order now at Amazon.

mix_stix

Sep
30
housewares
UP-CYCLING done right

A graphic designers up-cycling dreams have come true. I used to work in a photolab and we had these huge printers that took extra large ink cartridges. Im talking HUGE like 7 feet wide at least. I used to love printing giant posters and banners and the occasional sticker on it, but the fact that we didn’t recycle the cartridges always made me a little annoyed. But have no fear, boxlightbox is here. They have found the perfect use for used large format ink cartridges, LAMPS! I think these would be an awesome gift for the designer or even print production manager in your life.

epson_lamp

Sep
28
housewares
I’M DREAMING of a white christmas

Yes I’m already thinking about the holidays. Christmas is my all time favorite holiday. I love wrapping. I love shopping for other people. I love decorating the tree, last year was actually the first year i have had a tree in quite sometime and I have to say it was so nice to come home to the smell of pine. This year however we will remember to take it out before we go away for a week so it doesn’t become all brittle and poke us in the arms on it’s descent down the 2 flights of carpeted stairs to its place on the curb for recycling. Long story short, I have been designing some ornaments for the holidays and I have the first ones in my hands. They will be up in the shop very shortly, but I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek at them before I get around to taking better photos of them. Bundle up!

acrylic_snowflakes

Sep
08
housewares
CERAMIC TYPOGRAPHY from a silver garden

As you probably know already I really love good typography! Which is probably why these ceramic letters from a silver garden caught my eye this weekend, not to mention their photographs are fantastic. They are currently available with a few different sayings, but I’m positive that they are going to grow very quickly. The best thing about these little letters is you can space them however you want, DIY kerning, and they can be used indoors and out. How cute would these be as your next housewarming gift.

ceramic_letters

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