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I have two dogs and thus can tell you, with some authority, that a truly fabulous dog bed (and by that I mean one that isn’t varying shades of neutral or plain ol’ preppy striped) is tough to find.  Needless to say, I was super excited to discover Felix & Milou, a brand new dog bed line by Tove Jakobsson -huzzah!  Finally, something with a little style!

Her cushions are all made by hand from lovely graphic Swedish fabrics. They’re sized for a cat or small dog, hopefully soon, a bigger size to come! I fear poor Indy is getting the shaft, being more in the medium to large range. But wouldn’t they make great floor cushions around a low table as well?

This is the one I purchased – a fabric by Cecilia Hall Åhlens that has a lovely Josef Frank vibe – beautifully made and adorable in person!

All the cushion covers are removable and washable.  Check out the rest of her products here.




Letterpress lovers take note! Recently, one of our intrepid employees took a trip to Hammerpress in Kansas City, Missouri and came back with some great photos of their lovely studio!
Check out their very organized shelves of metal and wood type, as well as the impeccably well kept presses.
In their impressive brick and mortar storefront, they sell greeting cards, posters and lots of one-of-a-kind goods.
A closeup view of their beautiful wooden wall and display.

Thank you to Brady, Matt, Eric and Jenn for the tour around the studio!
You can purchase their awesome posters here.

We’re mighty proud of Donna for winning 7 x 7′s award for her adorable housewares shop, Pot + Pantry in Noe Valley/Mission in SF! It was less than a year ago that she left us to start it all up, so we toast her honor.

And we had to share these hilarious cookies with you, perhaps as inspiration for Father’s Day gifts, or just as a clever treat for the carnivores in your life:


Of course, the presentation is key.  It was all part of a “Meat Market” show she did a week or so ago.



Check out the Pot + Pantry Blog for more fun.

It all made us think of our BBQ Parade Father’s Day Card.


Happy hunting!

Design Sponge just featured one of our all time fave designers, Julia Rothman, and her fab new fabrics!



Cloud9 is producing these rich, ornate and fun designs—all printed on organic cotton.


Be sure to check Design Sponge for more pics and for a link to more of Julia’s work .

Did you know Hello!Lucky carries a line of Julia Rothman cards and gift-wrap as well as many gorgeous and whimsical wedding invitations?


SFMade is one of our very favorite non-profits, and we are super honored  and excited to be one of ten local businesses selected to participate in their annual fundraiser party, Ramp it Up! What’s Old is New Again.

SFMade supports businesses that imagine, design and manufacture products right here in the Bay Area. May 21st-27th is SFMade week.  Food, factories and fun abound!

Here’s the flier for Ramp it Up:


Check out the SFMade website for details on the week’s activities and an info  page with a link to purchase tickets for Ramp It Up! And be sure to stop by and say hey to the Hello!Lucky folks at the event!

See you there!

Adore Lynette Andreasen’s work!  She incorporates embroidery into a lot of her metal sculpture and jewelry. Love the contrast of textures.


Embroidered flowers on a pewter plate. Gorgeous and utterly fascinating! Want it!


That would be quite a piece to wear out on Valentine’s Day, no?


Love the shadow, the silhouette and the softness of the fibers.


This one reminds us a touch of Joel Dewberry’s Ironwork and Architecture designs.  Love, love!

Check out Lynettte’s blog and site for more beautiful work.

A good friend of Hello!Lucky, Donna Wageman,  just got a write-up in the SF Chronicle on her charming new shop, Pot + Pantry,  in Noe Valley.

Such a cute little store— we had to share!




So if you’re in SF, wandering in the Castro/Noe/Mission area, check it out. Or make it a destination!

Or check out her website.  Pot + Pantry also sells Sightglass coffee (a new Hello!Lucky favorite!) and is sure to have all manner of unique gifts for the vintage-minded among you.

Via SF Chronicle. Photos by Michael Macor.

Just had to share these with you!


Aside from writing letters, we’d say having folks over for coffee or tea is one of the best ways to keep in touch.

And how better to host a little get-together than with these beautiful handmade cups and saucers by Meredith Host? She gets some of her inspiration for design from paper patterns.

Just lovely!

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We’ve had our eyes open for gifts, since it’s getting on toward that season.  We ran into Meredith’s work on the Clay Studio website. The Clay Studio is a fab non-profit organization, studio, and artist residency for ceramic artists in Philadelphia. Had to give them a shout-out because they do great work, and have gorgeous handmade goodies.

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Isn’t this serving dish delish?

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And this mug to match, found on Etsy. Thanks, Meredith!

One of our favorite local bakeries, Tartine, is coming out with a new book – Tartine Bread. Check out this cute video from the baker!


How gorgeous are these petit flags and other sweet handmade things from Herriott Grace?




Even more charming is the fact that it’s a father daughter venture that began with Lance Herriott sending his daughter hand carved wooden spoons in the mail…


All their products are hand-made (you know how we love thingshand-made!)



How lovely is this wooden cake pedestal?




Nikole and Lance Herriott – we are big fans!

Via Ritzy Bee…

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