Marimekko Brings Me Happiness!

It’s Coming!! *Drumroll Please* Marimekko is officially coming stateside.

Marimekko is a Finnish company known for their unique prints and fabrics. Popularized by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential race, Marimekko started out in dresses and has since expanded to accessories and home decor (pairing with Crate&Barrel, also in the 1960s).

While I love their fabric prints when being used for clothes, I think using Marimekko in the home is a great, easy way to incorporate bold colors and patterns into your home in a fun and cheery way.


WWD reports:

Marimekko’s online shop will go live this summer. The Finnish firm is working in partnership with Method in New York to develop the site. In addition, by the end of 2013, Crate & Barrel plans to open 22 Marimekko shop-in-shops in its stores. This spring, shops will open in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The first Marimekko shop opened in the SoHo Crate & Barrel in October. A Marimekko shop will also be added to the Crate & Barrel e-commerce site.”

Images from here and here and here


Salt n’ Pepa: Shake it Reaaal Good

I once heard that Henry Ford always took his job interviewees on a final dinner before he hired them. If they salted their food before they had tasted it, he wouldn’t hire them. (You probably won’t read that on “How to Not Ruin Your Job Interview”!)

What does this possibly have to do with anything? My collection of salt and pepper shakers. Obviously.

These are my grinder friends. He’s pepper. She’s salt. I picked these up in the Marshall’s clearance aisle (one of my favorite places!) and thought they belonged together. My husband doesn’t like Mr. Pepper. He thinks he looks like a slimeball. (How can that be when Mr. Pepper is holding flowers behind his back!!).

I won these bad boys at a family White Elephant gift swap:

And these were a shower gift from my good friend:

I’m a firm believer that form follows function. You could have plain old white salt and pepper shakers (which I do have. My husband is a patient man, but I have to throw him a bone every once in a while.) But why not add a little fun to the table!

So, of course I went searching Etsy for some cute shakers:

Too cute: Saltron and Pepperbot

Now these are some of the oddest shakers I’ve come across. To each their own?

And these are just beautiful!

Robot Shakers:
Pope Shakers:
Egg Shakers: