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The Bear Necessities

The economy might be in a bear market, but let’s look on the bright side: 

1. The Tiniest Cave Bear Necklace in Solid Bronze by Moon Raven Designs – Etsy. This tiny 3D cave bear necklace is a mere 7/8″ tall from head to toe. This little bruin is cast in solid jewelers bronze with remarkable detail for such a small specimen, he displays excellent hair detail and you can even see his little bear behind. He hangs in a natural standing position from a 24″ black gunmetal curb chain, ready to protect you with tooth and nail. The cave bear was a species of bear that only lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the last ice age about 27,500 years ago.

2. Can’t Bear to Leave Sweater – Modcloth. Imagine yourself sipping hot cocoa, in a log cabin, warming yourself near the cedar fireplace. Vermont maple syrup included.

3. Teddy Bear Pillow Aqua – Thomaspaul.  What could be more decorative than a circus bear on skateboard wheels in whimsical illustrative prints? Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY in the mid-nineties after, graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Design. Paul’s pillow collection utilized silk printing mill’s capabilities!

4. California Bear iPhone Case – Tilly’s.  The Bear Flag is the official flag of the state of California. The precursor of the flag was first flown during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt and was also known as the Bear Flag. The Bear Flag represents the period of revolt against Mexico initially proclaimed by a handful of American settlers in the Mexican territory of Alta California on June 14, 1846, in Sonoma. History alert: The original Bear Flag of the California Republics was destroyed in the fires following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

5. Animale Bear Liqueur Glass- ArteltalicaSophisticated whimsy is perfectly portrayed in this Animale glass, which was inspired by pewter cups used to celebrate the hunt in ages passed. The base features an animal which stands proudly while not in use and sits securely to hold a favorite cocktail. Italian glass and pewter. Handmade in Italy.

6.  Polar Bear Box by Karl Zahn – Aha Life. This Beech wood polar bear-shaped box is made with sustainably harvested, new growth wood. Karl Zahn is a freelance product designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. The founder of Boiler Design Office, Zahn’s designs feature delightful touches for the curious modernist, honest materials and construction, and unfussy yet thoughtful conceptual execution. Celebrate the smooth natural shapes of animals and plants by coexisting peacefully with this totem.

If you prefer your animals edible but cannot BEAR to eat a real bear, try this recipe instead. All you need to make this sweet teddy bear toast breakfast is bread, bananas, raisins, butter, cinnamon and sugar. If you’re alone and the window’s curtains are drawn, I give you full permission to eat this delicious Sunday morning snack while completely BARE.

 

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Meet & Greet – Annabelle

Meet Annabelle of the decor website Stylish Furniture & Decor. Annabelle worked for 10 years as a residential Interior Designer in Washington, DC and New York City, NY. She was inspired to start her new online furniture business because of her love of sourcing and helping to supervise a client’s design process. She believes that a new purchase as simple as one chair can help a home to feel “completely furnished”. She explains, “There is no purchase or project too small – as every piece is an important component.” She describes her website’s offerings as “sleek, “trendy”, and “fashionable”. Her favorite decorative time period is the present (even though I would love to live in Versailles or the Greco-Roman Era, her answer makes much more sense…I do love indoor plumbing)! She explains that, her version of “modern design” means mixing pieces from different periods and having fun with unexpected design.

Annabelle is a fellow New Yorker who lives in the West Village (one of my personal favorite neighborhoods in the city). As part of the EAT/SEE/SHOP/DO series, I asked her to come up with a short list of her favorites –

EAT: Mole, a Mexican restaurant on 57 Jane St, at the corner of Hudson St. New York, NY 10014. The mole enchiladas are actually to die for.

Image courtesy of Mole, West Village, HERE.

SEE: The Hudson River Park is one her favorite things about living in the West Village, she adores being able to access the river walk. The area is the largest park to be built in Manhattan since the completion of Central Park. It is right along the water and boasts amazing skylines and sunsets. The park also includes tennis courts and skateparks!

Image found HERE.

SHOP: Chelsea Market, especially the produce market, The Lobster Place (fresh lobster, fishmongers, and shellfish on ice!), and Buon Italia. If you plan on picking up ingredients for a gourmet dinner, this is your one-stop shop.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

DO: Sunday afternoon cocktails at any restaurant in the West Village or Chelsea! It’s always lively and fun! Bonus points for finding seats outside on a nice day for people watching.

Although Annabelle describes her home as simple and tailored meets cozy bachelor pad (her husband’s stuff), her website has a decidedly art deco, midcentury, anthropomorphic, and retro vibe. Here are my favorite finds from her site:

Shop by the Numbers: : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

If you love these items, Annabelle has agreed to give The Walkup readers a whopping 10% off all items from today until 5/31/2012, with the code WALKUP. Enjoy perusing!

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