rennes

4.15.2015

silver








At some point about 3-4 years ago I stopped wearing jewelry.  I still wear my wedding band and occasionally a few other rings with it, but that's it.  Somehow I could see myself potentially getting back into it if I found the right thing.  I love these new pieces from Sophie Buhai's new collection, especially the long Egg pendant and silver barrette. 

4.13.2015

re-stock / sylvain le hen

SLH SLH SLH
Re-stock of all Sylvain Le Hen - in the shop now. I know we were out of almost all of them for quite some time, so it's nice to get them back in. Plus, two new colors in the 047 size (silver and red) and a new 021xs in pink.  Good for a spring day :)

4.09.2015

nasa re-direct asteroid mission



In the fall we took part in a citizen's forum with MOS Boston and Nasa about Nasa's asteroid re-direct mission.  The program is a stepping stone for further deep space exploration, and more specifically, Mars exploration.  We spent time talking about ways to best study how asteroids behave and  helped choose between two options for further asteroid research.  It was decided at the end of March that option B was selected: a spacecraft will land on a larger asteroid and pick up a smaller "mini asteroid / boulder" and attempt to place it in orbit.  It's really neat to have been part of something like this.

4.08.2015

lauren manoogian - spring arrivals

lauren manoogian ss15 .  pla  .  / rennes

New arrivals from Lauren Manoogian, available here.  Personally, I'm very excited about the Peg Lounger and Peg Pants!

4.06.2015

Islington - Grapefruit Linen / Black Silk Noil







In the shop now:





Thank you to Linda who has done such a wonderful job on these! :)  Don't know how I could be sewing all these myself :)

4.05.2015

table / bench






We have never had a dining room table set up.  In fact, all furniture we have we have either made or finagled out of already existing components, or found second hand.  Except our ikea couch....which I regret because now it has the soggy french toast effect.  In short, it felt with 30 approaching shortly, it might be time to invest in better furniture. 

We look at Muji's furniture everytime we go to New York, but sadly they don't deliver out of the NYC area.  I enjoy how basic it is, well made, no frills and solid wood.  ( Our coffee table we made was based off the one above).  We were able to finagle UPS picking up the table bench and two of the little benches  from the NYC store (yay having a UPS account) and they arrived last week.  Now, here's where it got tricky.  Muji in the US only carries the 140cm table, however, they have a 180cm version for sale on the Japanese site.  140 cm didn't feel long enough and 180 cm sounded perfect.  I haven't used tenso before, but I have been wanting to try it.  After some back and forth with customer service, they can ship the larger table to us.  We also ordered two of these chairs.  In some ways I feel guilty spending almost as much on the table as on shipping, but for a well made oak table, I think it's worth it to get the size you want.  The total for the table and two chairs ended up be around $1k, shipping will be around $450. I feel like we could have easily spent more than that for a similar set up bought here.  Whenever we look at Ikea, West Elm, Potterybarn, Crate and Barrel, etc - the items just didn't seem as well made as Muji.

We also considered building a table, but it was difficult to find oak with a thicker width than one inch.  We did find one lumber yard that had it but the total cost of wood would have been close to the cost of the table, so considering we don't have a full woodshop set up, this seemed like the better bet.