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Kids Corner at Huset

If you’ve been looking for savvy and unique decor options for your child’s room, Huset has some great options for all budgets.  Huest, which means “the house” in Swedish, is a Scandinavian shop that offers a “collection of clean, clever, and contemporary items for modern living“.  Just wanted to quickly share some finds I came across…

Kids Plate

Animal Friends Cutlery

Poster 1

isak ABC Poster

Stool Collage

Defyra Speed Wood Ski Stool and Bengt & Lotta Stool – I really like the Ski stool, but its a bit out my price range!

Print V2Brokiga Kalas Print


Brokiga in a Line Pillow

Images:  Huset


April 20, 2010   No Comments

Tricky Funktion Appearl

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit of a girly girl and love all kinds of skirts and dresses.  In fact, you can catch me wearing either almost anytime – including winter.  So, when I came across the below Funktion apparel, I was hooked.  I have always had a special place in my heart for frilly skirts and dresses with sashes.  These were definitely going on my “must have” list.  Then I realized that these were APRONS!  Take a look at how pretty these are…

Aprons Collage 1

Aprons Collage 2One can look stylish in these aprons while making a mess in the kitchen.  I love the top right full apron with pink sash.  I’m so tempted to buy two and sew them together to form a dress!

Images:  Funktion


April 20, 2010   No Comments

French Bull = Colorful Fun!

Good Monday to everyone!  Hope the weekend was filled with lots of inspiration and relaxation.  I spent sometime at a Mom 2 Mom sale shopping for clothes and books.  I also got a tiny chance to read a magazine and watch one of my tv shows.

Maybe because it was cloudy the other day and spring is finally here, I am in the mood for lots of color!   So to get my color fix for the day, I head over to French Bull where they embrace the full color spectrum.  I don’t think they sell anything that doesn’t have at least two colors on it!  Check out the plates, bowl, and servers.

FB Collage 1

FB Collage 2

FB Collage 3

Ok, how about I meet you out back at the patio table for some potato salad?


April 19, 2010   No Comments

Laura Lights

Great lighting is so important in the design of any room.  And when you use beautiful looking fixtures, you have just added icing to the cake.   So when I came across Laura Lights handmade rice paper lamp shades, my heart jumped!  These lamp shades are not only stylish, but their look creates mood.

Just how does Laura make these dreamy shades?  “I start with a white paper called Kinwashi.  I use the “paper mache” method to make my lamp shades, wrap strips of papers around the lamp shade frame and when they dry, it forms a tight drum like structure”, says Laura.

I was also curious as to the amount of time it takes to make one.  Laura says, ” It depends on the complexity of the design, but on average it takes, from start to finish, about 3-4 hours to make one lamp shade.  But you have to consider I can start with as many as 12 and have to work on them in stages.  It’s like pottery, I start with a wet lampshade, have to let it dry and work on it in stages layering it.  While some are drying, I can work on designs for others”. Take a look at the stunning results…

Red Shades

Green Shades

Yellow Pot a Dot


Laura also sells her handmade lamps on Etsy.  Check her shop out under the name lauralights.

Images:  Laura Lights


April 19, 2010   No Comments

Amy Butler’s Spring 2010 LOVE Fabric Collection

Another week gone by and so I begin to plan what needs to be done over the weekend.   I start my list with: 1.  Need to transplant flowers  2.  Wash the outside of the windows  3.   Return library books  4.  Go grocery shopping – and as I furiously whip up my list, the phone rings.  It’s my mom and she wants to take my girls for a day this weekend so that I can have some time just to myself.  As I listen to her offer, I realize that I have not had a full day to myself in nearly 4 months.  What’s even crazier is that I can’t think of what to do!   Should I take a nap?   Go shopping?  Watch a movie?  All of it seemed so….unusual.  That’s the best word I can come up with that describes me doing anything by myself.  With small kids, having a moment alone is almost impossible.  But regardless of how strange or unnatural it may feel,  I’m not going to pass up on this offer!

Before I sign off for the weekend,  I wanted to share with you Amy Butler’s newest fabric collection called Love.  If you haven’t had a chance to meet Amy and you love to sew like I do, check her out.  She has tons of great fabrics and even offers many free patterns to download on her site.  Her fabrics have such a floral feel and are vintage inspired.  Take a look…

Fabric 1

Fabrics 4

Fabrics 2

Fabric 5 and 6Fabrics 3

Her product line includes not only fabrics, but stationary, wrapping paper, and wall art just to name a few.  The photography showcasing her products is so gorgeous and all done by her husband David.

Well, off I go to finish up some errands and then figure out what I’m going to do with “just to myself day”.  See you next week!

Images:  Amy Butler


April 16, 2010   No Comments

Graham and Green

I get so excited when I see beautiful furniture – especially sofas!  I don’t know why, but I almost get giddy like a kid in a toy store.  But unfortunately, I get to only “look” at them.  My husband and I have decided (well, mostly my husband) to hold off from buying a new sofa.  With two kids under two, it most likely would not survive even a year.   However, nothing has been said about any other type of furniture.    And so I ooh and ahhed over at the Graham and Green furniture website.  They are a contemporary furniture store in the UK that sells all sorts of furniture including home accessories.  These are some of the items that I got excited over…


Kitchen Rack – I think they even sell some of the dishes!


Rustic Wooden Table – I want this for my bedroom.


Chatsworth Library Armchair


Ok, so I had to throw in a picture of the sofa I want – just in case my husband is reading this post.  I love its simple and clean lines.  It would go great by the tv…wouldn’t it?  The name of this sofa, and I’m not making this up, is Dream Velvet Sofa.  I guess that’s where it stands right now…just a dream.

Images:  Graham and Green


April 15, 2010   No Comments

Cute Finds!

I’m going to start off our conversation today with something that has nothing to do with home decor.  In fact, it has nothing to do with a home at all.  I went to my hairstylist yesterday and she told me something that I just can’t seem to get out of my mind.  Being that I was short on time, I mentioned to her that it wouldn’t be necessary to blow dry my hair.  She looked at me and said, “But you have long hairWon’t you get mildew“?   WHAT?   Where would I get mildew?  On my hair?  I have seriously never heard such a thing.  She continued to tell me that some of her clients with long hair, if clipped up while wet, will get mildew and can cause an awful smell.  I told her that as far as I knew, that had never happened to me.  In fact, I rarely ever use a blow dryer on my hair and have found the opposite to be true – it smells better.  Of course, as soon as I got home, I asked my husband if my hair had ever smelled unusual.  Thankfully, he said “No”.  Have you ever heard or experienced something like this?

Alright, on to the actual topic of this post – cute finds.  Here are some of my finds for this week…

Small box

I keep both of my daughters socks in a fabric box on top of their dresser because many times we can go through a few pair in a day.  Plus, I hate having to dig in a drawer for them.  However,  their socks have been getting all mixed up especially when I am in a rush.  I needed something to separate the toddler socks from the baby socks.  I found this cute little decorative box at Target and bought a few.  I put all of the baby socks in these boxes and lined them up against my fabric box.  All of my kids socks are still in the same place but now separated.  The use for these little boxes is endless.  The cost – $1 each.

Oven Mit

Our last oven mitt was used so much that a huge hole formed in it.  Despite the hole, we would still use it and burn the tips of our fingers.  Stupid, isn’t it?  Well, finally I found a cute oven mitt at JoAnn Fabrics.  Our fingertips are wiggling “Thank you“.  The cost – $2.50.

Ikea Light

I was in need of a floor lamp and found one I liked at Ikea.  However, the color of the lamp shade was a little too close to the color of the walls and therefore needed some contrast.  So I mixed up some paint, added water to thin it out, and painted the lamp shade.  Time it took to paint – 15 minutes.  The cost – $19.99.

Computer Cart

This was probably my best and most needed buy.  Prior to purchasing this computer cart, I was using a really awful looking food tray.  It was so small that there was only space for the laptop, a mouse, and maybe a small drinking glass.  But all that aside, the worst thing about my food tray was that it would tip over easily sending my poor laptop flying.  I came across this clearance roll around cart at Target.  Now I can easily move my station around the house and have plenty of space for my drink, magazines, phone, and my dinner.  The cost – $27.98.

Images:  House of Many Hues


April 15, 2010   No Comments

Crafty Luna

I know when I like something, I will go back to it.  I know when I love something, I can’t leave.  Meet Crafty Luna and her line of enticing handmade ceramic tile coasters, napkin rings, and cuff bracelets.  She has been making decoupage ceramic coasters since the Spring of 2009 after unable to find a set she liked.

Her daytime career began as a freelance scenic carpentry and prop builder for various local theatre companies in Atlanta, Georgia.  But due to the lack of steady work, moved on to become an after school counselor where she incorporates arts and crafts.  “We’ve gone from  just playing with the kids and doing coloring pages, to having full on lesson plans where the kids really get a chance to direct their own creativity in many different ways.  I do often show the kids work of other Etsians if I need a good example for inspiration for one of our projects“, says Crafty Luna.  However, in recent months, she has put more focus on her Etsy store after school budget cuts have forced her and other after school counselors back to part-time.  But the 265 + Etsy followers who “heart her shop“, must know she’s on to something.  Here is a tiny taste of what she offers…


I adore this set – look how each tile is slightly different!  How handy is that when trying to figure out which drink belongs to you?

Crafty Luna Collage 3

Various decoupage tile coaster designs – so much to choose from…


Set of wood napkin rings.


Just one of many cuff bracelets that she offers.

When I asked her if she had any plans on expanding her craft or product line, she responded with:

“I have some ideas.  I definitely want to do more dioramas, they’re my favorite things to make.  I dabble in lots of different things, like jewelery, sewing, and photography, though I’m not yet confident enough in my skills to sell any of those things.  And decoupaging is pretty limitless – there’s all sorts of stuff you can glue paper to!”

To view more items Crafty Luna offers, take a look at her Etsy store – I know I will  be keeping an eye on her crafts.  But be forewarned, you may find it difficult to leave!

Images:  Crafty Luna

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April 14, 2010   2 Comments