coffee + cre8tive {aug 8 '06}

I'm so eager to post today... I had a chance to interview a hot new Chicago-based Interior Stylist who has lots of juicy tips on how to better design your space -- I know that you'll totally enjoy meeting her, afterall, who couldn't use a little design inspiration?

I'll get started with some fresh finds that perked me up this morning from Fred Flare, the boys that always make us smile with their great eye for selecting colorful happy products. Sure, most of Fred's stuff is 'tweeny and maybe a bit childish even, but I think that's the appeal... Goofy and oddball is sometimes exactly what we need because let's face it, we all tend to take ourselves and our life a little too seriously sometimes. Fred helps us lighten up a bit. I found the ($8), ($5), and from ($10), to be most adorable... And of course, nothing beats a good laugh, so grab a copy of , a coloring book where you can paint Kris Kross, the Titanic, Vanilla Ice, Barney, the Olsen twins, and other big hits from the 90s. For those who don't want to go there, well, go there there anyway because it's quite funny to look back (wasn't that long ago) and catch of glimpse of what was once called the next big thing. Scary.

By the way, has a limited edition of 50 prints of , a digital collage by Katey Nicosia ($25). Have your poked around their lately?

(images from fred flare and one good bumblebee)