Thursday, November 24, 2011

Kai Lin Shop

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! It's that time of year, and with looming deadlines that have me a bit panic stricken, I am happy to say I have most of my Christmas Shopping done. For those of you that don't, tomorrow marks the official countdown--but let me remind you that it's not all about Black Friday or Cyber Monday, there is now SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, which personally I feel is much more important. That being said, let me introduce you to Kai Lin Shop! The brainchild of my darling friend Yu Kai Lin of Kai Lin Gallery, Kai Lin Shop has a fabulous assortment of great, handmade items by talented artists, everything from toys and jewelry and of course beautiful pieces of art.

I asked Yu Kai what inspired him to open up Kai Lin Shop, here is is response:

I opened KAI LIN SHOP because I saw a need for us to expand our brand and gallery to include local artisans that worked in a medium beyond 2D. There are so many talented local artists that need a space to show their unique work and a sell their hand-crafted products.

I selected the items in the shop much like we select items in the gallery. We curate the space thoughtfully so that each designer and artisan has a dedicated space to exhibit their product.

Here are some of my favorites:

Jarno Kettunen, a chic fashion illustrator from Finland who creates art using make up and has illustrated many fashion shows from the top designers from Dior to Chanel. Personally I have the one on the far right, it is an illustration of a Comme des Garcons piece, and I call her my cotton candy drag queen (not the hair.)

Mr Soggs Creatures made by an artist named Joelle Medici from Tennessee. Her fun whimsical plush dolls are adorable! I am thinking of these little guys for a friend who just had a baby and one who is preggo--super cute shower gift!

Alex Leopold, a Nashville artist who creates beautiful resin pieces of illustrated and animal imagery. I love these.

Mike Lowery who is a professor at SCAD of Illustration and his pieces are quirky, light-hearted, and child-like.

Viva Greetings which is a local greeting card, wrapping paper, t-shirts and toymaker who makes really great products. So you can walk out of there with a card and wrap it all up too! He has thought of everything...besides, who doesn't love a greeting card in Spanish. I know I do!

The gallery and shop have items that range in price from $2-$250 so you can really find something for everyone. The shop hours are the same as the gallery hours, Tuesday through Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 11-6pm. They are also open by appointment.

The gallery and shop is located in the heart of Buckhead Atlanta at 3096 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta GA 30305 - 404-408-4248. There is free parking behind the gallery off Early Street across from Pearson's Wine. So drive past the mall and when you finish up at Yu Kai's hit up some of my other favorite places to shop, all while avoiding the mall madness!

Ready for more after you hit up Kai Lin? Try these other favorite places for more Holiday Happiness (all within walking distance of the shop, btw):

Lush Life: Beautiful store for great flower arrangements, fab books and gifts. Great Mother/Sister-In-Law or Hostess Gifts--or Niki gifts.

Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams: Great home accessories, art, books, candles, pillows, frames, throw pillows, perfect for anyone who has a new home/condo/apartment and needs a little style. Ask for Hayley, she's amazing.

Sage: Fab woman's boutique with great clothes, jewelry, bags, all around awesome for any female you need to shop for.

Pieces: A.m.a.z.i.n.g. home boutique, Lee is a doll and you will just want to lick everything in there.

And when you are all done, go get yourself a cupcake from Piece of Cake, because you deserve it.

The moral of the story is shop local, shop smart and shop small businesses! They need our support and the stuff you'll get from them is going to be way cooler then anything you find at the mall.

Monday, November 21, 2011

5 Things I Heart - Capella Kincheloe

I first met Capella last year when she was participating as a designer at the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas House. She is quite a busy chick with running CKID, her blog A Curated Lifestyle, getting hitched in Hawaii, an Etsy shop where she makes killer Ombre pillows (one of my favorite things) and she is also the co-founder of Design Collective (the other co-founder is Hillary Linthicum, Y.S. 5 Things Alum and rock star at Peace Design.) She is a busy girl with great style and very intriguing quality about her, you just want to talk to her. Something about her makes me think of Winona Ryder+Drew Barrymore, I don't know what that has to do with anything but trust me she's great and she's blowing up all over the place. Her work has been featured in AH&L, her pillows all over the place including Better Homes and Gardens and Design Collective just had a great write up in Luxe Crush. Seriously, I don't think I have had so many links in one post before! Here are her 5 things, 1 of which I am also obsessed with (gold star if you can guess what it is!)

Natural Stone Platters from Rablabs

The chicest thing to put on your table or way to serve cheese. I think every space needs a natural element and this takes it to the next level by adding sterling silver or 24K gold. And it will never go out of style.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Over the top, unlike anything else on earth, and with a British accent. Like an adult “Toddlers & Tiaras” without the nausea and alarm and with bigger dresses and crowns. An hour of blissful captivation and entertainment.


I love cooking and composing a great meal. The process of it is very relaxing. I usually don’t follow recipes to a T, but use them as guidelines. I love food and eating, but I also love pulling a stack of cookbooks and just reading through the recipes. Cookbooks are a lasting memory of a vacation or a restaurant you visited. I like to pick up cookbooks when I go on vacation and the “favors” at my wedding reception are wine country cookbooks (for California’s Central Coast).

Jean de Merry Ibero Round Dining Table

A perfect combination of French and California – an exquisitely made table that looks like its been in your family for centuries.

Longchamp Tote

The perfect bag. It is lightweight and can go from carrying your fabric swatches and paint books to a beach towel and sunscreen. It is chic enough to carry to dinner, but the nylon is so light you can use it all day.