Store review: Yafe – it’s the things that make a house a home

Store review:Yafe

Yafe is in Gedera. The gift shop is located in one of the restored Biluim buildings that I visited a few weeks ago. There are many buildings that have been converted into dress and gift shops, bars, restaurants and even a hairstylist. I think what drew me in were the windows.

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Ceramic Artist: Hadas Ella – innovative serving design

What would you say to a cake platter that was already precut into triangular servings?

Triangolo

Triangolo

Terrific! Aesthetically pleasing! White (it goes with any place setting) and efficient – more room on the table and less to wash up! I thought this was such a clever piece designed by ceramic artist: Hadas Ella. Continue reading

Gedera – HaBiluim Street

Beit Mintz – which now houses the Gedera Museum

Beit Mintz – which now houses the Gedera Museum

I think it is very important to preserve the historical character of our cities. The city of Gedera, founded in 1884, is a good example of how it can be done. It is located between Rehovot to the north and Ashdod to the west. HaBiluim (named after the BILU agricultural settlement movement) was the first street in Gedera and is now the main street. Continue reading

Store Review: Montreal – Country Living

I met Judy Weiss at a Digital Eve Israel event. She is an architect who until recently was busy working in hi-tech and raising four kids, and is now looking to get back into architecture. I told her about Tchochkes, she sent Patti and me a sample of her work – and we were sold. Judy has an amazing eye (as you’ll see in the post below) and I hope all Tchochkes readers give her a warm welcome (in other words – write a comment!).

A couple of months back I was in Montreal, when I stumbled upon an American country-style store in this big city.

country_living_storefront

It looked so inviting (especially since it was -6 C outside!) that I just had to step inside.

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