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Hoarding Light Bulbs

The other day I was relaxing with one of my magazines (not sure which one) when I came across an article on Bunny Williams.  If you don’t know who Bunny is, the easiest way to explain it is that she is to interior design what Martha Stewart is to food.  Anyway, the article was discussing her habit of buying and stashing away light bulbs – like hundreds of them.  I was intrigued.  She wasn’t alone in this movement of what appeared be a mad dash at buying up what seemed to be not so unusual looking light bulbs.  Were these light bulbs being discontinued?  There were two particular bulbs that were discussed.  One was a crown bulb – these are the light bulbs you sometimes see at restaurants.  They look like a regular light bulb dipped in silver.  The second was a soft pink light bulb made by Sylvania which apparently gives off a beautiful and warm light.

I dug a little deeper and found out something some of you may be interested in – especially since lighting is important in design.  Apparently there is a newer Federal Energy standard that plans to phase out certain incandescent light bulbs (such as clear, soft and frosted ones just to name a few) over a period of a couple years. OMG.  The time period for this phase out was suppose to begin January 1, 2012 (that’s like now) through January 1, 2014.  So why not just make energy improvements to these bulbs?  Reason is that these bulbs would never be able to meet the new standards.  Gosh, I hope the movement isn’t going toward compact florescent (I hate the lighting from those bulbs!).  Anyway, these energy efficient standards are nothing new (except to me) and are sweeping across the world.  One guy from France complained that the soft pink light bulbs were no longer on the shelf and difficult to find.

The mention of a pink light bulb sounded so charming that I did a quick search and found some of the Sylvania ones on Amazon (here).  I placed my order and now wait for my magical bulbs.  Who knows, if they are as fantastic as they sound, I too may horde a few.  Hee, hee!

If you’re interested in learning more about this energy standard and how it may affect you, I found a good overview here.

Images:  Budget Wise Home

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May 3, 2012   No Comments

Castle

After being sick for a few weeks, tonight I will need to endure a root canal on a very throbbing tooth.  A few years ago, I had what I believed to be an unnecessary root canal performed by a very green dentist.  Two weeks after the procedure, I felt pain in what was supposedly a dead tooth but was told it was ‘phantom’ pain.  Off and on this pain continued for nearly 4 years all along believing it was just in my head.  Tonight I will finally be addressing my ‘phantom’ pain by removing one of the nerves missed by the dentist. Sorry to be going off topic, but this has been a long time coming and am looking forward to it all being over.

One of my coping mechanisms when in pain is to seek out beautiful and inspiring things.  It works so well sometimes that I can actually forget about any aches and pains.  So I must thank Rachel Castle who kept me from thinking about my poor tooth today.  Rachel founded Australian based Castle in 2008 and sells products for the home.  According to her site, “The brand represents a love of beautiful, often handcrafted or hand printed, pieces for the home”.

Images:  Castle

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February 28, 2012   No Comments

Bright and Bold

Today I am feeling a bit on the citrus side.  I’ve been craving something with a hint of lemon or lime…

1.  Gemini Citron Pillow 2.   Chevron Rug 3.   Doily Print Dress 4.  Upcycled Frames 5.   When Life Hands You Lemons Print

Maybe I’m craving a mojito…

Images:  See Individual Links

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February 23, 2012   1 Comment

Valentine Love

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast!  You may remember me mentioning (here) that my husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day as many people do.  However, I’ve always loved the pink hues and chic/glam products that come out around this time of year.  Here are a few I came across:

1.  The Love Balloon’s Print – Judy Kaufmann 2.  Knit Hot Water Bottle Cover – LoftLines 3.  Felt Heart Garland -  BluBeau 4.  Vintage Typewriter – joevintage

There is nothing like receiving a typed letter.  I know that there are computer fonts that simulate this vintage machinery’s output, but it just can’t be replaced.  The imperfection of a typewriter is one of its appeals.  This reminds me, when is the last time you wrote a love letter to your significant other?  What a charming surprise that would be.  I haven’t written one in ages – I think I’ll get started on one to my husband and each of my daughters!

P.S.  I did think of something that I don’t like for Valentine’s Day – Sweetheart candy.  I know, I know.  But it’s always tasted like dried up dusty toothpaste to me.  Yuck!

Images:  See Links Above

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February 6, 2012   No Comments

Madeline Weinrib

Good Tuesday morning to you my blogland friends!  I hope your weekend was restful and you had time to enjoy the things you love most.  What is it that you love most?   For me it’s spending time with my family and then indulging in something creative that has no timeline.  I hate feeling any sort of rush when doing something I enjoy – I just want to be lost in the moment.  And that’s exactly how I felt looking at rugs by Madeline Weinrib over the weekend.  Madeline is an artist and designer who resides in New York City.  She launched her first rug collection in 1998 and continues to offer designs and colors that are simply gorgeous and keep me interested.

While looking at her rugs for the first time, I had a strange suspicion that I had met her before – not literally, but through magazines, books, or online (although I would love to meet her – call me anytime Madeline!).  I decided to dig into this a bit further and check my notes and files, but nothing came up.  Then through sheer luck I happen to read that she is the granddaughter of ABC Carpet & Home founder Max Weinrib and then all was clear for me.  I’ve mentioned ABC Carpet & Home a few times and can’t get enough of their rugs and products.  Both offer the richness I look for and love in rugs!

Images:  Elle Decor

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November 15, 2011   1 Comment

Design Public – Pillows

First word that comes to mind when I look at these pillows is ‘organic’.

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Three Sheets to the Wind Flower Pillow

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k Studio Rain Pillow

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Thomas Paul Matryoska Silk Twill Pillow

Images:  Design Public

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November 4, 2011   No Comments

Delicious Beads

If I had these string of beads as a child, you would have caught me sucking on them and dreaming that they tasted like bits of candy.

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RiverSongBeads

Images:  ebeadstore (Etsy), RiverSongBeads (Etsy)

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November 1, 2011   No Comments

Next Years Pumpkins

Every year I struggle with what to carve on my pumpkin.  I usually end up with what I love best – a geometric pattern.  However, this year I came across Meg Duerksen’s Whatever blog and I’m thinking this is what I’d like to do next year… hope I remember this.

Images:  Meg Duerksen, Whatever

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October 30, 2011   No Comments