Friday, July 31, 2009

I couldn't resist sharing

I saw this picture in Parenting magazine (don't judge me, I get a free subscription) and I had to share because it made me laugh out loud. We all have these days don't we - someone's crying/whining/etc. and you just can't take it anymore. We all know how this kid feels.

The picture was snapped by Ashley Brenner of Fairfax, VA and it was the winner in the Toddler group of Parenting's photo contest. I like pictures like this, real and funny. Go here to see more of the winners and finalists.

Image via Parenting

Hello again, old friend

If you are like me, you may have forgotten about Kate Spade (or at least she's slipped your mind). The brand hasn't been in the spotlight like it was a decade ago. It's sort of gotten lost in the shuffle of all the other brands out there, flying under the radar only popping up every once in a while. But I want to revisit it, I crave that eclectic, preppy chic that it offers. So here are some of my favorite things from the website.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I want this!

Say what you will about Pottery Barn (generic, unimaginative, boring, overpriced, etc), I'm right there with you. I usually flip through the catalog in about 30 seconds, yawn and throw it in the recycling bin. However, this time something caught my eye and has now become an obsession. May I introduce you to the "Daily System":

I love this! You can mix and match components to suit your needs. I love the recharge station for all the gadgets. I'm an organizational junkie, I love organizing and finding new things to help me organize (or at least FEEL organized). This fits the bill. I want one system for the office and another for the kitchen. It's available in white, black and espresso (I'm partial to the white).
Okay, Pottery Barn you have been given a second chance. Do more stuff like this!

Images via Pottery Barn

Dreamy!

Maybe it's because I haven't had a full 8 hours sleep in almost 2 years, or maybe it's because of my off and on insomnia pre-baby, or my fantasies of just taking a day to simply lounge in bed and veg. I'm not sure, but I do really like this master bedroom from an upstate NY house featured in June 2009's Metropolitan Home. Sure there are a ton of windows that could be problematic for sleeping in, but who wouldn't love to wake up to that view? Imagine how great it would be on a rainy day. Ahhhh...

Image scan Metropolitan Home June 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Completely extravagant

This beautiful mirror compact from Kenneth Jay Lane adorned with faux coral, turquoise and rhinestones. Boy, I would love to have this to touch up my makeup...

Image via Zitomer

Another new bedding collection!

Garnet Hill is teaming with designer Nicola Manganello for a bedding collection. It is set to debut online August 5th. It looks like it will be chock full of interesting designs. Stay tuned...

Image via Garnet Hill

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If you haven't already...

Check out the new organic bedding collection from Amy Butler. Here's a description from Amy herself:

"I am so happy to be able to share my new line of bedding with you! I have teamed up with my friends at Welspun to create this stunning, internationally inspired line. I am most excited to announce that my new line is produced in a very eco-friendly way! The bedding has all been created using 100% certified-organic cotton and low-impact dyes. I love how these designs show the world that organic can be fashionable and comfortable as well as earth-friendly. This line includes everything from comforters, duvet covers and sheets to decorative throw pillows and curtains. Everything you need to complete a bedroom!"
The patterns are beautiful and colorful and everything you would expect from Ms. Butler. The line is available at the Welspun bedding shop and Bed, Bath & Beyond . More information is also available at Amy Butler's website.
Image via Amy Butler

Lovely!

I just love this dining room belonging to Chicago art dealer Paul Gray and his wife Dedrea featured in June 2009's Metropolitan Home magazine. Love the light, love the huge "gems" on the table. Equal parts glamour and fun!

Image scan via Metropolitan Home June 2009

I'm back!

Yep, made it back in one piece. Travel was interesting, my child apparently has decided on no more sleeping in the car now. And the only way we got a semi-peaceful flight was to feed her continuously while playing a SpongeBob DVD. Yeah, it was like that. I also made note of the looks on people's faces when they figured out that we were on their flight. Ah, I never knew such contempt. In fact, on one of our train rides to and from downtown Chicago some guy gave us such bad looks, I wanted to smack him (did I mention that he was reading the Bible at the time? Maybe it was a different Bible than the one I read). It was a learning experience for this first time Mom. My hat goes off to those who wrangle more than one little one, my nerves are fried from just the one. So now back to "normal" and my regular postings. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A much needed break!

This weekend I am headed up to Chicago to visit the family for a week. Mercifully getting out of this house for a while. We fly up Sunday, I'm extremely nervous about travelling with the 1 year old and how she's going to behave (or not). She's not the quietest child around, wonder where she gets that from? I'll be a little light on the postings next week so bear with me. I'm going to try and get some in (using my Dad's super new Mac Book Pro - awesome) but forgive me if they are sparse. I'll be back to normal speed Tuesday 7/28. Have a great next week!

Image from my 12/05 visit - looking towards the city from Navy Pier. And yes that's ice in Lake Michigan brrrrr.

I want this!


I just love the trompe l'oeil factor of these pieces of jewelry from Tous (their "Ever" collection). Look really quickly and they look like monster faceted gems. Look closer and find that they are really 2D sterling silver. Love that!
Pendant with chain - $239
Bracelet - $265
Images via Tous

Lovely Color Combo

I love the colors in this L.A.M.B. linen dress - perfect for late Summer/early Fall. I can think of so many ways to wear this little number. Where I live, you could throw a jacket over it and wear it until October (seasonal fabric "rules" be darned). Very nice!

Images via Shopbop

If you haven't already...

Make sure you check out Layers of Meaning Through Her Eyes series. I'm participating this month and this week's post is about our favorite magazines. Such fun and so happy to be a part of this great series!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lovely Color Combo

There's something about this print in these colorways that is really appealing. It really caught my eye and seems so right as late Summer approaches. It's from Tory Burch - natch - I'm nothing if not predictable!

Tory Tunic in Pink Marco - $275

Stephanie Tunic in Coconut Marco - $295

Images via Tory Burch

Lovely home

Wouldn't it just be horrible to have this living room with that view? It's just terrible that people have to put up with such things. I am kidding of course. I would love to be sitting in that room right now just staring at the surrounding gorgeousness. This is a house in Hong Kong located on the South China Sea, Jim Olson is the architect. Featured in Architectural Digest's August 2009 issue - here's a link to the article and more images.

Image scan Architectural Digest August 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Amazing Hotel Renovation! (revisited)

Metropolitan Home's Blog featured a post today about the renovation of the Royal Hawaiian: Interior Design: Waikiki Hotels

Here's my post on the same topic (with more images). Just beautiful. Can't we all just go?

Aloha!

Image via MetHome.com
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Dare to dream

Why doesn't my breakfast room look like this? Oh, well maybe it's because I don't have a breakfast room. This makes me want one! (One without a big mess left over from my 1 year old's meals) This lovely Barbara Barry designed breakfast room is from a LA home featured in Metropolitan Home's June 2009 issue. I just love it!

Image scan Metropolitan Home June 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

If you haven't already...

please check out 100 Abandoned Houses. Freelance photographer Kevin Bauman has been photographing Detroit's abandoned houses for over a decade, here's a quote from his website:

"The abandoned houses project began innocently enough roughly ten years ago. I actually began photographing abandonment in Detroit in the mid 90’s as a creative outlet, and as a way of satisfying my curiosity with the state of my home town. I had always found it to be amazing, depressing, and perplexing that a once great city could find itself in such great distress, all the while surrounded by such affluence.
Brush Park, on the outskirts of Detroit’s entertainment district was always an area of interest to me. For as long as I can remember the area, housing large houses and mansions, sat largely abandoned just a stones throw away from the Fox Theater, and not far from Wayne State University, the Masonic Theater, and even the central business district. How could an area that was obviously once a wealthy enclave in the city become an example of the downfall of American cities?"


His photographs are beautiful and sad (if you are like me and hate seeing once beautiful buildings crumble into ruin). Please check them out, all are available for purchase, he is offering each in a limited edition at a very reasonable price. A portion of the proceeds will benefit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and The Greening of Detroit. Great work Kevin!

Happy Bastille Day!

In honor of this French holiday, I would love to have this Paris je t'aime necklace, by Etsy seller Cocoa Chu Chu. At $22, it's a steal. Very festive, indeed!

Image via Cocoa Chu Chu at Etsy

Monday, July 13, 2009

Amazing Hotel Alert!


Please do enjoy the lovely Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 19-story glass tower, with it's breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby as well as the guestrooms. After seeing these pictures, I'm ready to book a trip!

8th Floor Sky Lobby

Now for the accommodations!

The Presidential Suite


The One-Bedroom Luxury Suite



The Grand Premier Room (how much do you love the TV in the mirror - oh to have that in my own home!)


The Deluxe Room (again with the TV in the mirror!)

Now for some amenities:
Spa

Cielo Restaurant


I love the calm yet warm color palette and the rich textures, designed by San Francisco based design firm BraytonHughes. Fantastic!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I want this!

One look was all it took to fall in love with the Wallace Bib necklace, made of brass with a turquoise drop in the back. Just perfect!

Image via Giles & Brother

If you haven't already...

go check out Angela Adams Furniture and Rug Collections - they are simply stunning. The above rug is called "Forest Floor" and is part of "The Birds and The Bees" Collection. All of her items are really beautiful. I love her design sense and color combinations. Worth checking out!

Image via Interior Design

Cut it out...

I ran across a couple of very interesting items that involve 3D cut outs and thought I might share:

This really fun pouf covered in laser cut wool flowers: Lana Wool Ottoman $395


Then there's Genevieve Bennett's Stucco, which is a wall panel adorned with cut leather pieces for a fab 3D effect. This fascinates me and I can think of so many ways to use something like this.


Images via Modern Dose and Interior Design respectively

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Making of a Chanel Haute Couture Outfit - video!



Completely amazing! My inner textile geek gets all excited over stuff like this!

Via New York Magazine

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Giveaway over at A Townhouselady's Life!

One of my favorite blogs - A Townhouselady's Life - is having a fabulous giveaway of great products from Lipstick Queen! Enter here.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Icky in a cool way or cool in an icky way


Designer Bev Hisey designed these rugs for Radiant Dark 2009 (theme: Elegant Corruptions). Each rug is a sort of representation of giant Petri dishes with magnified bacteria and viruses such as: SARS, Acinobactor, E. Coli, Botulism, Cholera, Influenza, HIV, Streptococcus and Anthrax. Ugh! Appropriately enough all are part of her Dirty Dishes series. All are made of New Zealand wool with the germs rendered with varying pile heights for dimension. They certainly would be conversation pieces - "Hey, how do you like my new Botulism rug? Let's eat!" Ha! See an article about them in Interior Design magazine here.
Image via Interior Design

Layers of Meaning - Through Her Eyes


Check it out - I, along with a bunch of other great bloggers, am participating in the 4th edition of Layers of Meaning's blog series "Through Her Eyes". This week it's a peek inside what us ladies tote around in our bags. Stay tuned for future topics like favorite magazine, what does your workspace look like and favorite local spot. Maria has a great blog and I'm so excited to be a part of this great series. So much fun!

Layers of Meaning

I want this!


Oh, how I love these Coral Skull earrings by Jessica Kagan Cushman. Alas, they are $2,095 so I'll have to admire them from afar. Swoon...
Image via Vivre

Fun FLOR


I think the Find A Face rug by artist Francois Robert from FLOR would be perfect in a kid's room/playroom. A 3' x 5' rug is $179.99. I love FLOR carpet tiles, I have used them in my home, they are super quick and easy to install. I also love the ability to mix and match different styles/patterns/textures, so you can really create a custom floor covering that fits perfectly with your decor and your lifestyle.
Images via FLOR
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