8.31.2010

The Green Scene...100% Wool Rugs...

Pradeep Woven Runner

One of my favorite stores is the World Market and after looking at this beautiful kilim rug, I still can't believe the price. Better yet, it is flat woven by hand in a remote village by weavers and has all natural fibers and dyes.  It is easy to clean and looks expensive.  Guess how much? Would you believe it is on sale for less than $120?? wow! Go here for more information.

(image by Decor Freak)

(image by The Great Rug Hunter)

This rug is made using 'traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations.'  I love that materials are still made this way and have not been replaced by a machine don't you? Is this a rug you would put in your kitchen? or would you consider it too 'dressy?'  Would you prefer it in a hallway? I think that is where I would put it, either upstairs or downstairs. What do you think?

(images courtesy worldmarket.com)

The white shirt...


The cool white shirt...This classic never goes out of style...it is a bright alternative to black and looks good on everyone. I like wearing silver or turquoise with it. Do you own a white shirt? Do you dress it up or down with jeans? If you don't own this classic, why not add it to your wardrobe for a new look?  Have a great Tuesday!

(image gap.com)

8.30.2010

More classic design...

The Klismos chair has been around for centuries, literally. Designed by the ancient Greeks in the 5th century BC, we are still resting our behinds on this beauty. The style reappeared in France in the 1700's, then in England and eventually in America. It will simply never go out of style. This particular chair is the 'Watersnake' Klismos by Paul Marra Design and is natural lizard watersnake.

Do you own a Klismos chair? Would you like to?

(image courtesy decorati.com)

8.29.2010

Best bathroom...

I thought these soothing blues would be nice on a Sunday morning to look at...the cool blue of the walls and the black and white checkered floor.  The Kohler Bancroft pedestal and fixtures make this bath gorgeous...I love the pedestal! Do you prefer pedestal sinks or furniture? chrome (for shine) fixtures or brushed nickel? or even oil rubbed bronze??

House Beautiful editor Newell Turner's bath...

(original image House Beautiful)

8.28.2010

Saturday in the kitchen...

This kitchen looks like it belongs in a cool mid-century modern ranch house...the warm wood, the beams and the stone floor look so cool. The counter tops are poured concrete, love that. The yellow of the wood adds even more sunshine warmth don't you think? Do you like this style? Would you consider poured concrete for your counters??

Design by Form Architecture + Interiors

(original image by Pieter Estersohn)

8.26.2010

Fabulous Fabric Fridays...Ballard Designs...

Dear readers you all know Ballard Designs so this will be brief! I featured some of Suzanne Kasler's new collection on my other blog and thought it would be fun to feature some of their fabrics here.  I love the Ballard look and just got another catalog today. All the fabrics and patterns are so versatile and I was able to use a Sunbrella fabric for a client's family room that she loved.  Enjoy and have a GREAT weekend!! :))

An assortment of fabrics...

Beautiful cushions...

More cushions in pastels...

Leopard again...use it anywhere!!

Black + white...again!

A cool zebra print cushion...


Suzanne Kasler's Linen Blush...


Suzanne Kasler's Linen Mineral...


Camille Toile Trellis Decorative Pillow

Camille Toile Square Decorative Pillow

This is just a smattering of what this fabulous company offers - for more beauty go here - beware, you WILL want to purchase something!!

(images courtesy ballarddesigns.com)

8.25.2010

Interiors + black + white...

I have been obsessed with black and white for quite some time now and it is reflected in my wardrobe...my living room should be black and white too.

Are you obsessed with any particular colors now too? Some designers will look at a client's wardrobe to assess what they like and what colors they are drawn too. I find this a very interesting exercise - so, besides the black and white I also love, love animal prints...how about you? do you feel you could live with what you wear? not literally of course, but, have a look in your closet and see if any pattern or color jumps out at you that you might not have previously thought of.

More black and white...

Cool graphic pattern...

Gray zebra print...hot right now...

Leopard, leopard, leopard...


Tell me, what colors and patterns do you see in your closet? would they make a great statement in your house somewhere? perhaps a pillow or colored lampshade...:)

For any of these fabulous outfits go here for prices and more clothes -

(images courtesy of chicos.com)

8.24.2010

The Fish Condo...!

Can you believe it? I saw this in 'O' magazine and couldn't believe...what a great idea - instead of a fishbowl, a fish condo!! puts a new spin on the term 'fish tank' huh??

Would you like one of these for your fish? I think it would look very chic in the home and would be a great conversation piece...go here to see more genius!!

(image courtesy umbra.com)

8.23.2010

The Green Scene...Eco-Friendly Clothing...

Bamboo dress...

Following on my fabric Fridays, I thought it would be fun to research organic clothes. Aventura Clothing is dedicated to making beautiful clothes with zero impact on the environment. Not only do they offer organic cotton, but you can also find recycled poly, bamboo and hemp clothes! Looking through their user-friendly website here, you will find items that are well priced too. I had fun researching this, and I hope you enjoy having a look...!

Bamboo sundress...

Bamboo tee...

Organic tee...

Bamboo printed burnout tee...

Organic tee...

Couldn't resist showing a bag...organic cotton bag...love :))


There are lots of different colors and styles to choose from and they also have bathing suits, bottoms, bags, skirts and skorts plus a clearance section...some of the clothes great for the yoga or pilates enthusiast...anything here catch your eye??

8.19.2010

Fabulous Fabric Fridays...NEW Cath Kidston...

Bath Flowers Holiday Bag

Welcome to the new Cath Kidston Autumn Collection! I have loved her fabrics for years and I know she was recently featured in Lonny magazine, so I thought this was timely. These bags are all cotton fabric and some are PVC-coated so they look shiny.  I thought these wonderful bags would get some of you in the mood for fall...all of these patterns are also available in wallets, phone cases and passport holders...so enjoy!! Which is your favorite? Do you see one you would like to buy?

Briar Rose Mini Saddle Bag


Bunch Flowers Handbag


Button rose Carry All Bag


Mini Dot Mini Tote


Spot Carry All


Spray Flowers Book Bag



Winter Meadow Weekend Bag

Winter Rose Zip Up Handbag


What girl can resist handbags or bags of any kind?? I can't! I'm eyeing the dot totes - I love dots! Go to Cath Kidston for more information. I hope you all have a fantastic Friday!! see you next time and thank you for visiting me, I love having you!

8.17.2010

The Green Scene...The Body Shop...

Its no secret that The Body Shop uses natural products sourced from all over the world -I thought it would be fun to feature some green products I have used and can recommend. I am curious if anyone uses a particular product that you can't live without...one I didn't feature is their White Musk perfume which I have loved for over 15 years.

This shampoo smells great and volumizes...

This is a light mousse that combined with the shampoo will give you big hair!

When I lived in England, I was obsessed with this body cream, it is truly luscious...

I haven't tried this, but I love bananas so it will be a must!

I love the idea of tea tree oil and would like to try this product...

This is a great product and its even better refrigerated - very soothing while getting rid of the dreaded puffy eyes...

Fun facts: The Body Shop is against animal testing, supports community trade, it supports protecting the planet, defends human rights and is for activating self esteem. Visit http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ for more information.

Do you frequent The Body Shop? What are some of your favorite products and what would you recommend? Thanks for visiting with me! Have a great rest of the week!

(images courtesy The Body Shop)

8.16.2010

Modern love...

Are you interested in modern furniture? or are you a traditional person? or perhaps antiques? french country? I have to admit, it is hard to choose just one style to live with. The ideal would be to live in different homes that you could decorate in different styles. I would love to live in a really modern house with lots of glass and no knick-knacks! So I thought I would post some pictures from 'CB2' - I just got the catalog today and it got me thinking how these styles are so very 'Mad Men' and very '70's...orange chairs and shag rugs make me think of 'The Brady Bunch' but it has become so much more now. It is an aesthetic that many continue to embrace. So, enjoy! Above is the 'Parlour Chair' in Fresh Tangerine...

I love these acrylic tables...Peekaboo Clear Nesting Tables

Odyssey White Dining Table...looks like a Saarinen...


Latitude Low Dresser...mid-century modern influence...

Parlour Sofa...the lines of this sofa are gorgeous...

Marimekko Wall Hanging...

Firefly Pendant Lamp...

Double Decker Bed...

Lounge Natural Shag Rug...


This is only a little bit of what CB2 offers...its fun to look at all the retro cool stuff...hope you all have a great week! see you here next time!

For more retro, visit http://www.cb2.com/ -

(images courtesy cb2)
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