Category — Furniture
Wiki defines bohemian as “… people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives”. While I do not believe I live an unconventional life, I do have a tendency to be attracted things that are unusual and artistic – such as this chair from Graham and Green. The first thought that came to mind when I saw the bold pattern was “bohemian” with “modern” quickly following.
Images: Graham and Green
November 8, 2011 No Comments
Here we go starting another brand new week! I apologize for not visiting much last week but it has been very hectic around here (as I’m sure it has been at your place as well). This weekend I did alot of shopping, but mostly for my enjoyment (hehe!). For the last few years, our families have decided to buy gifts for kids only. I think this takes alot of the stress of Christmas shopping off of everyone. Outside of our family, I like to give small gifts to friends and the people who take care of our family in different ways over the course of the year – like our dog groomers. We have 2 dogs that become very shy when it’s time to get groomed. It’s amazing how many rough handling groomers we have come across. About a year and half ago I found the most gentle loving groomers and I just wanted to tell them “thanks for all that you do”. The surprise on their face yesterday was priceless!
While out and about shopping, I stopped at a furniture resale shop and fell in love with an old coffee table. The top was scratched, had crayon marks, and the stain was worn. I just could not get myself to walk away from it. This coffee table could be so chic if refinished – not to mention the price was far less than a fill-up at the gas station. When I brought it home, I saw the look in my husbands eye. He was skeptical. I got to work on it right away and have already sanded and put the first coat of paint on it. It looks awesome! I L-O-V-E it! My husband now sees where I”m going with this. I’ll post a picture of it later this week once it’s finished. The only thing is that I forgot to take a “before” shot of it.
Images: House of Many Hues
December 20, 2010 No Comments
It’s nearly midnight and time to start winding down. I’ve got some cozy chamomile tea brewing and am really wishing I had one of these Le Beanock’s.
I wonder if they are willing to include the bottle of wine? Good night and sweet dreams!
Image: Le Beanock
November 16, 2010 No Comments
Well, sort of. Many of you may remember that back in January 2008 the retail chain, The Bombay Company, closed all of its US doors. It was known for its wonderful selection of home accessories and furniture. I’ve been watching their US website for almost 2 years now because it gave promise that a re-organization of the company was in the works. They now have released information that their products will be offered through QVC and can be found here. The selection is not very large, but I hope that it continues to grow.
There is also a promise of Bombay Kids coming soon!
Images: The Bombay Company, Bombay Kids
October 4, 2010 No Comments
A few weeks ago I went shopping at a strip mall that I have visited on numerous times. They were having a sidewalk sale and so I couldn’t resist and had to stop on by. While shopping, I came across a little shop that I had never seen before. As I walked through the doors of the store, the first display to greet me was a Belle Notte bedding set. Sooo gorgeous! I wanted to throw myself on the bed and wallow in the velvety softness but the sign stating, “Please do not sit on” stopped me. My intent must have been obvious because within seconds the shop owner came over to discuss the beauty of the bedding. “It’s all machine washable too“, she said. This could not get any better!
So what else did this shop have to offer? Beyond the Belle Notte display were other designer fabrics and clothing. How could I have missed this specialty shop before? Unfortunately, the shop lacks any store front appeal and the organization inside is less than desirable. It’s such a shame because the products carried are so beautiful. But it goes to show that no matter how “high end” a product is, without visual merchandising (retail decorating), shoppers may be inclined to leave for something brighter and better organized. I wish to nominate this shop for Style Networks business makeover show Peter Perfect (if they ever bring it back!).
Images: Bella Notte Linens
August 9, 2010 No Comments
I have such admiration for Swedish decor. It’s crisp, clean, and even more fun when it has a splash of color here and there. So when I came across Avolli’s blog, I fell in love! I especially enjoyed her Turquoise posting as many did. Here are a couple of the photos:
The dress worn above looks sooo comfy! I wish I knew where she bought it from.
To view all of the photo’s, please visit Avolli’s blog.
July 13, 2010 1 Comment
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!
May 25, 2010 No Comments
In continuing with yesterday’s topic, the question of what I consider as good hospitality was asked. Many experts have written numerous books on this very subject. So, for me to completely answer this question in one post would be impossible (not to mention I’m not an expert!). However, I do have an opinion on a few simple practices.
1. Personally greet each guest. I don’t care if your having 100 people over at your house, as the host/hostess it is your responsibility to make sure you welcome each person to your home. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy greeting, but acknowledging and welcoming your guests is probably one of the most important practices. These people took time out to come to your party – take time out to say hello and thank them for coming out. And no, just a hand wave across the room is not acceptable.
2. Always have a snack and drink available. I know that the norm for most parties today is to bring your own drink and sometimes snack. However, it may happen that your guest didn’t get the memo. Don’t leave your guest empty handed! Always have at least a small snack sitting out and along with something to drink. It doesn’t have to be an alcoholic beverage – bottles of water are just fine. If you can’t afford a few bags of chips and a couple cases of water, maybe having a party is not the best idea.
3. Make your social rounds. I can’t tell you how many times I have been to a party where the host/hostess sits in the same spot with the same people all night long. It can give a strange “clicky” and uninviting vibe to your guests . Get up and talk to people! With a large party you may not be able to have a full blown conversation with every single individual (this is why practice #1 is so important), but this creates a comfortable atmosphere for guests to come up and say hi.
4. Always have a gift ready. I started this practice years ago and it has served me well on a number of occasions. I always try to keep on hand a few gifts in the event someone decides to bring an unexpected guest during Christmas (this has happened to me) or I’m headed to a party where it just so happens to be someones birthday. The gifts don’t have to be expensive. If I come across a great sale, that’s when I tend think about it and buy what I call “universal” gifts. Universal gifts for chicas can include lotions, soaps, perfumes, decorative notebooks, oil diffusers, cute bags – basically things that the majority of us girls love. Guys are even simpler. Almost every guy I know loves booze. Even if they get a bottle of something they don’t particularly like, they generally don’t care because it was free!
And there you have what I think are a few hospitable practices. Before signing off, I leave you with furniture in shades of blue by Shine by S.H.O. Love the blue velvet couch below…
Images: Shine by S.H.O
May 18, 2010 No Comments