A Punch of Color

August 31, 2011

Just as the summer comes to an end, I suddenly want it last a little longer. And I want it to be in this beach house. Mona Ross Berman, a Pennsylvania-based interior designer, was recently featured in the latest House Beautiful issue for her “Retro Beach House” project. The colors and patterns used bring a fresh energy to beach house design (no offense Pottery Barn). The painted chevron pattern on the dining table (above) gives a clue to what I’m talking ‘bout here. Click below to see some more of my favorite views:

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New Sanna Annukka

August 29, 2011

Here’s another little gift idea: Sanna Annukka’s new Soul Bird, handcrafted in England from sustainably-sourced oak.

In Karelia there was an ancient belief in the Sielulintu or Soul bird. The Sielulintu was thought to deliver the soul to newborn babies and also to transport the soul to the afterlife at the moment of death.

It was believed the Sielulintu protected a persons soul at it’s most vulnerable; when dreaming, and it was tradition to keep a carved wooden bird by the bedside to keep the soul safe during sleep.

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Haptic Lab’s City Quilts

August 25, 2011

Haptic Labs has finally released a their fabulous hand-stitched City Quilts in a new queen size and is offering a nice discount (only $395 and originally $450) with code “EARLYBIRD.”. But the sale only runs until August 29th, so order up! Think about all those weddings and holiday gifts you’ve got to get. Paris and London are calling…

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Mudpuppy + FAB

August 23, 2011

Mudpuppy is for sale on Fab.com today – just thought you should know. I’d love a little trio for my porch that the husband has been working hard to finish. Soon enough we’ll be drinking and listening to records out there…

PS: Need an invite to Fab to get amazing deals on modern stuff? Email me and I’ll hook YOU up.

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What I Made

August 22, 2011

Two years ago this week I was 60 pounds heavier and the house was clean and quiet. Now I find myself slimmer, but only due to cleaning up and running after a “high energy child,” as my nanny puts it. My Lucy Bear is getting bigger and smarter everyday. So, of course, we need to celebrate her 2nd birthday in grand fashion! I spent the weekend scouring thrift shops for fun decorations and such, as well as finishing up a little project:

After seeing How to Make a Number Pinata on Oh Happy Day! I thought, I could do that! Furthermore, I had just taken down the tissue pouf mobile over her bed that was actually made from decorations from her 1st birthday. Being the resourceful craftsperson that I am, I turned 16 poufs (I’ve made more over the year for other occasions), into a pinata!

I simply disassembled the poufs, cut off the 2-3” edges that were already scalloped, and glued them on with a gluestick. And, yes, it was pretty simple, though quite time consuming.

Lucy approves, which is quite important. You have no idea how long it takes for this kid to dress herself, pick out what to eat, or choose a bedtime book. She takes after her Mama… always wanting the best and never settling. It’s exhausting. I love the Wilco tee, hot pink short-shorts, and Crocs she put together this morning. Style.

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DIY Ombre Utensils

August 17, 2011

A lot of eye-catching cutlery going around the interwebs these days. Here’s another with an easy DIY – grab some old silverware from the local thrift shop (clean it first, of course!), some neon spraypaint, and go to town on the handles! I’m sure there is sanding or something involved. And that ombre effect takes a bit of skill. But if you can score some cutlery for cheap, experiment and see what you can make. Then send me photos, saying, “Look what I made, GM!!”

via Sania Pell at Home via hwentworth

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pixelated sculpture

August 16, 2011

Pixelated sculpture by Shawn Smith, made with balsa wood, ink, and acrylic paint. Awesome, eh?

via Anthology

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Mirror Mirror

August 15, 2011

A mirrored shoot by The Good Mod.

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Donna Wilson

August 12, 2011

I just love Donna Wilson. Her work is so playful, and the colors and patterns in her new collection are lovely. Click here to download her now catalogue, with everything from outerwear to stuffed animals to ceramics. I so want those gloves!

via Poppytalk

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Because closets should be fun (right?)

August 11, 2011

“Galaxy II” Monumental Standing Cabinet by Michael Coffey – contact dealer for price

Still in research mode this week, but looking for casegoods this time around. Here are a few gems:

Armoire by Le Corbusier – $12,000

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