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Monday, April 26, 2010

Bus Roll Fabric

Vintage bus rolls have been taking off in the past few years and, to my knowledge, most have been used as wall art as in the first photo, from Apartment Therapy's fabulous Small, Cool 2010 contest. Completely wonderful. Now, brilliantly, British Route Sign Designs is taking the rolls - made of fabric - and using them for pillows, chairs, ottomans, lamp shades, and more. The result is pretty amazing. An 18x18 pillow is $110, a wingback chair is $2,500 and if you simply want the fabric, it's $175/yard in widths of 24"-38". Should I even mention my wish list here? Maybe I should rename my blog...

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Stray Dog Designs has been around for a long time. I discovered them in Domino magazine (yes, I'm still holding out hope that it will rise from the dead) but they seem to be everywhere these days. Take the HGTV Green Home, for example, where they use Stray Dog chandeliers in the master bedroom. Their designs are happy, whimsical conversation pieces and worth every penny. I can't wait to put one of their lights in my daughter's room!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Party Bucket

I have a little confession to make. I love party buckets. I love them in silver, tin, bronze, and copper. If you put ice in it and fill it with tasty beverages, unless it's a plastic cooler with giant black plastic wheels on it, I'm pretty much going to be a sucker for it. And don't even get me started on vintage Coleman coolers. But I digress... This post is all about the new Rhodes Party Bucket from Pottery Barn. In my opinion it's a classic. Made of earthenware covered in white glaze, it would be right at home as a centerpiece on an old teak outdoor dining table, or on the marble topped credenza in your formal dining room (if you actually have one - a formal dining room, that is). At $129, it's both beautiful and affordable!

Monday, April 19, 2010


I just bought these letters today at Anthropologie ($14/ea) - yes, I had a morning to myself...amazing! Now, where to hang them? As soon as they're up I'll post so you can see!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Claire Vivier

You have to love when someone has a desire for something that they can't find in the marketplace, and rather than complaining about it, they decide to fill that need themselves. Claire Vivier is such a person. She was working as a journalist in France and traveled a great deal with her laptop. Unable to find anything cute in which to carry her laptop, she made her own bags and the rest is history.

This bag and bracelet, available on her website, are both going on my ever expanding wish-list. Love, love, love them. Hope you find something there to add to your wish lists!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Celebrity Lamp

I'm not really sure what I think of this lamp. Love it or hate it? Regardless, I had to post it based on sheer creative genius. Here are a few facts about this piece. One, the shade is made with 40 pairs of aviator sunglasses, which makes for 80 images of whatever it happens to be illuminating. Two, it has a temple light switch. Genius! (Did I say that once already?) Where can one one find said lamp? Deeply Madly Living. The cost - $1600. My first car was only $400 more than this lamp, but it wasn't nearly as cool.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Great Bedroom

This bedroom, designed by Stephen Shubel, is one of my favorites. One of the biggest reasons (there are lots, but I'll spare you all of them) is that the curtains are simple ivory velvet. Don't get me wrong, I love the scarlet velvet headboard. I just have a weakness for luscious velvet curtains. And these are simply the perfect accent for this room.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Too Cute for Recycling

Also from Target (the Red Hot Shop to be exact) are these fabulous bags for recycling. They are definitely going on my wish-list for this year!

Cute Shoes!

Although the price is a little more than shocking for a Target find (over $100), if these shoes are even remotely comfortable, they are worth every penny!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Portfolio Piece

This is a dining room I salvaged for some clients after their designer skipped town.