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Elsewares + Happy Weekend

Well, we made it through another week.  It’s amazing how fast time goes by and how much we accomplish (even though sometimes we may think it wasn’t enough).  Before I sign off for the holiday weekend, I want to leave you with these wonderful containers from Elsewares.

Folds flat for storage and then unfurls to hold coins, keys, fruit, and other small treasures“.  Eggflat

Chopstick Bowl

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next week Tuesday!

Images:  Elsewares

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May 28, 2010   1 Comment

Anna French

Anna French has a marvelous collection of fabrics and wallpaper.  She uses classic designs with bold and vibrant colors to achieve a modern feel.  Take a look…

Regal – Ritz Collection.  I love the turquoise color and how it gives this fabric dimension.

Cocktail Fabric – Ritz Collection and Regal Wallpaper from Glamour

Damask Wallpaper from Wild Flora Collection

Velvet Jacquard Wallpaper from Wild Flora Collection

Images:  Anna French


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May 27, 2010   1 Comment

Magazines

I mentioned last week that I wanted to talked about an online trend that seems to be growing.  As you may have noticed over the last few years, numerous magazine publications have ceased.  In fact, over the last 2 years nearly 1,000 magazines folded including ones with high volume subscribers.  So what’s happening?  One possible reason may be the large drop in advertisers.  Some magazines reported as high as 40%  loss in advertising revenue.  Home, fashion and lifestyle magazines were not exempt from this trend.  The departed include Country Home, Domino, Home, Cottage Living, Cookie, Southern Accents, Gourmet, Metropolitan Home, Hallmark Magazine, (deep breath) Teen Girl, CosmoGirl, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Quick & Simple, Martha Stewart’s Blueprint, InStyle Home, O at Home, and House & Garden just to name a few.  It’s kind of sickening when you start to realize how many great magazines are now gone.

But with bad news always comes good.  Many have started up some really wonderful online magazines.  With costs to run an online magazine drastically lower than its newstand counterpart, people who otherwise may have never had a financial chance in the “paper” world are now able to share their creativity with the world!

I understand that you may be thinking “but its not the same as a paper magazine”.  I too had reservations about online magazines because I enjoy curling up with a magazine and my laptop just isn’t as comfy.  However, not giving it a chance, you may be missing out on some amazing magazines (and if you really need to have it on paper, most online magazines can be printed).  That’s why I will be dedicating all of next weeks posts to online magazines.  I will feature a different one each day in the hopes of drawing you in to the world of online magazines.

Images:  House of Many Hues

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May 26, 2010   1 Comment

Lavish

Loving lots of color (hence “House of Many Hues”) and I love what Lavish has to offer!  Take a look at their furniture

Pop Louis Side Chairs – the “Pop” says it all!

This photo is actually geared at selling the mirrored side table.  However, I love the fabric on the left.  Great color and pattern combo!

Images:  Lavish

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May 25, 2010   No Comments

Weekend Happenings + Novelty Buttons

The weather this weekend was split – Saturday it rained all day and Sunday was warm and sunny.  If the rain had any thoughts about keeping me indoors on Saturday, it was wrong.  In my car I always keep a set of emergency poncho’s (you never know when you might need one).  I took one out, put it on, and began planting in the rain!  However, I’m not sure I would recommend this practice because even though the poncho was very thin, I became really hot quickly.  It’s amazing what an insulator plastic can be.

On Sunday, we met up with friends and  family to celebrate our daughters 2nd birthday.  I made arrangements at a popular restaurant chain that caters to children’s birthdays.  While I think she had a wonderful time, I will never make plans to eat there again as the food was borderline unpalatable.  We ordered pizza’s and breadsticks and I can honestly say that the cheapest frozen grocery store pizza and breadsticks outshine what this place could make any day.  I am so glad that I brought a cake – at least we had that to eat.

I’ve been working on a few different projects when I came across these really fun fabric novelty buttons from M&J.  I wish that I could incorporate one of these little buttons into one of my current projects but I will have to reserve it for a future idea.  They have a bunch of different fabric buttons ranging from fish to frogs and cats to circus animals.

Images:  M&J Trimming

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May 24, 2010   No Comments

Birthday Notes + Happy Weekend

As I mentioned yesterday, it was my oldest daughters 2nd birthday.  While she did not quite understand the meaning of birthday, she definitely understood balloons and cake and that it was all for her.

This is a photo of my dining room.  I tried to keep everything very simple for her birthday celebration at home.  I made the paper flower blooms hanging on the chandelier.  They added a little whimsy color to the table and were really fun and easy to make.  I’m thinking about making these paper blooms a birthday tradition.

As for the weekend, I’m hoping to get a chance to work on the non-existent landscape around our house.  Shortly after moving in to our home, my oldest daughter was born and so that summer we just did not have much opportunity to plant and organize our landscape (nor did we really care!).  Last summer, I was pregnant and too tired to think about it.  But we will have to wait and see what the weekend brings.

Next week I have some interesting finds I will be discussing and a new online trend to share.  As always, have a great weekend and take care!

Images:  House of Many Hues


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May 21, 2010   No Comments

L’Affiche Moderne

Two years ago today, I woke up at 6am feeling a bit strange.   I woke my husband up to let  him know my symptoms.  It was time.  I had gone into labor and was expecting our first child.  After two years of trying, a surgery, and hearts filled with lots of hope, we finally had a baby.  I am still amazed and in awe that we now have two beautiful little girls.

We plan to spend the early part of today celebrating our two year old’s birthday who I’m not sure quite understands the concept yet.  But that’s ok because we do.

With kids on the mind, I wanted to post something related to children’s decor and so I decided to share  L’Affiche Moderne.  They are a French limited edition poster shop specializing in children’s illustrators.  Typically each print/poster is limited to 300 editions.  If you get a moment, take a look at their wonderful selection of prints and posters – so very cute!

De la A à la Z!

Transports

Images:  L’Affiche Moderne


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May 20, 2010   No Comments

Xenia Taler

The wall behind our stove top in the kitchen really needs to have a tile backsplash installed.  When we were building our house, I didn’t feel that is was an immediate necessity – not to mention any change or addition to the building spec seemed to create an absurd bill.  But I knew for future longevity of the wall, it would eventually need better protection from all of the cooking elements that the stove top would see.  The latest trend in kitchen backsplashes is glass tile.  While glass tile is absolutely gorgeous, I feel it may be better suited in a bathroom rather than a kitchen.  Not to mention that tile isn’t always an easy design change.   So my concern then is what if in a few years it starts to look dated in the kitchen?  I’m not sure the direction I will take with the tile and so I am keeping an open mind.

The wall space that needs the backsplash isn’t really a lot of square footage so handmade tile is an option.  During my quest of tiles, I encountered Xenia Taler and her beautiful handmade tiles.  I think it would be fun to incorporate some of these tiles into a backsplash!

Her designs are simply adorable and eye-catching!

Images:  Xenia Taler

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May 19, 2010   No Comments