Dec 30, 2008

Love it! - Wood chest

When I saw this chest, I literally jumped out of my seat. It was that knee-jerk reaction when you see something so special and you connect with it on all levels. I don't even know where to start - the antique metal pulls and key holes, ball feet, gorgeous wood and molding creating shapes that hark back to Asian-Chippendale, American-Indian, South American - the list goes on. I can't stop looking at it!

www.RoomServiceHome.com - Saratoga Chest $1599

Dec 29, 2008

Love it! - Reversible tote bag

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday thus far! In honor of going Green and refusing plastic bags, we'll be needing a whole lot of tote options, won't we?! Well this one by Thomas Paul sold through BurkeDecor.com is classic - literally! It's reversible so you can either show off Apollo or Artmetis. And for only $36, you can live like a God (or Goddess!)


Love it! - Elephant napkins (set of 4)

Almost too pretty to use as a napkin, also try framing it for an easy DIY art project. No different than a tapestry hung on a wall, framed fabric will create a beautiful folk-art effect. A generous 20"x20" and available in three colors - just pick your fave!

www.BurkeDecor.com (Set of 4) $40

Dec 19, 2008

Love it! - Ornaments

Don't try to bite into these savory treats - you might cut your mouth! These glass ornaments from Sur La Table will make your tree the yummiest on the block :)


Dec 18, 2008

Style Story - Eiffel Tower

It seems everywhere I look, I keep seeing the iconic tower. I love having a soiree every now and then, but with these chic products my guests will know I'm not kidding! Add some "Light" from this magical city to your home (wink)

Light Pink Pillow 18"(also in hot-pink) $50 - www.PillowPagoda.com
Francophile Dinner Plate $24 each - www.Anthropologie.com
Wandering Paris by Jill Butler $14.95 - www.BarnesAndNoble.com
Eiffel Tower Tea Set $26 - www.SurLaTable.com
Eiffel Tower Placecard Holder $8.95 each - www.SurLaTable.com
Tour Eiffel Tablecloth $160 - www.QuelObjet.com
Eiffel Tower Napkin Rings (set of 4) $24 - www.BallardDesigns.com
Paris Tea Towel $26 - www.QuelObjet.com
Eiffel Tower Breakfast Mug (set of 4) $47.50 - www.SurLaTable.com
Eiffel Tower Ornament $11.99 - www.SurLaTable.com
Bon Voyage Dessert Plates (set of four cities) $45 - www.RosannaInc.com

Dec 17, 2008

Love it! - Chain link frame

I love love love anything chain link. I've seen many antique Victorian frames with a single thick chain link border, so when I saw this one on MichaelCFina.com with multiple rows, I jumped out of my seat! Three words - classic, timeless, stylish. This design will pass the test of time, just like the memory it'll frame!

www.MichaelCFina.com by Kenneth Jay Lane $125

Love it! - Salt Crystal tealight holders

No, these aren't rose quartz - they're crystallized-salt tealight holders mined in the Himalayas. I have five of them - three in my bedroom and two in the living room! Hundreds of years ago, Mount Everest used to be under water. When that part of the ocean receded, all the salt remained and crystallized. These chunks of pure ocean salt do not dissolve when warmed by fire, only if placed in hot water. They work on two levels. When lit they create the most beautiful glow in natural shades of pink, orange and white. At the same time, when warmed by the fire, they emit negative-ions which neutralize the positive-ions that electronics and other forms of radiation emit into the air. Good for your health and for creating a mood - two birds with one "stone" or should I say crystal!

www.vivaterra.com $34 (set of 3)

Dec 16, 2008

Love it! - Buenos Aires Leather Co.

So my new favorite find is Buenos Aires Leather Co. located in NYC. They import gorgeous leather goods with an ethnic flair from Argentina. I really flipped for their unisex belts - I purchased two and also a wallet as holiday gifts. The craftsmanship is top notch (no pun intended) and the graphic patterns are totally high-style. You definitely won't be finding Greek Key and Chain link woven into leather with waxed twine at The Gap! Plus they ship nationwide - can you ask for anything more?!

Belts are 1-3/8" thick: $45 each (or 2 belts for $80)
Wallet closed: 4.25"W x 3.25"H (in Black or Red) $20 each

(shipping not incuded)
Order by phone and ask for Maria: 646.546.8753
or Email: lic_dipaola@yahoo.com

Dec 15, 2008

Love it! - Restoration Hardware throw

Like most of you, I shopped my little heart out this past weekend. One of my stops was Restoration Hardware where I saw this throw blanket that felt so soft and smooth against my skin I had to buy it in 3 different colors no less! The light blue, chocolate brown and light tan. At only $39 each, I could have bought all 11 colors. Can I just say again - Like butter!


Love it! - Medallion Rug

When I saw this gorgeous medallion rug from Neiman Marcus, I wondered which one of my existing rugs I could get rid of! Considering all of mine are new, I couldn't justify throwing them out. Instead, I thought just blog about it for all of you looking for a new rug. Putting salt in my wound, it's on sale - a 5'x8' is only $446!

Neiman Marcus - Elizabeth Medallion Rug

Dec 12, 2008

Market Profile - PillowPagoda.com

If you're like me, it's always a struggle finding the right throw pillows - ones with personality yet classic at the same time. Either they're generically boring or overly busy, right? Well I found my new favorite pillow source, PillowPagoda.com. You know those showroom fabrics that are "trade only" and transformed into custom pillows that us mere mortals cannot afford? Well they've figured out a way to take those high-end fabrics and turn them into a gorgeous collection of limited-edition designs. The best part is that their prices rival mainstream retailers - now that's a Christmas miracle!

www.PillowPagoda.com - starting at $20

Dec 11, 2008

Love it! - Cylindrical wine glasses

So last night I was watching the latest episode of Gossip Girl on my Tivo (we all have guilty pleasures) and there was a scene where Blair was having breakfast and drinking orange juice from a cylindrical wine glass. It looked so chic that I knew I had to blog about it and I remember seeing them at Crate & Barrel. So here ya go, live like an upper-eastsider! xoxo

CrateAndBarrel.com $11.95 each

Love it! - Yoga bag

How cute is this yoga bag by J.Crew - unsightly gym bags no more! With an interior mesh pocket for sweaty clothes and exterior straps to secure your rolled mat, getting to and from yoga class never looked so easy!

J.Crew.com - $65

Love it! - Orchids

I once worked at an office where there was a pot of orchids at the reception desk. Every morning I would come off the elevator and be greeted by the beautiful plant. Months went by and it never seemed to wilt. I remember thinking, gosh those are some high-quality orchids - that is until the day the receptionist told me they were fake! Well no doubt they were by Diane James. And if you are not familiar with her collection of faux plants and bouquets, you should definitely visit her website DianeJamesHome.com


Love it! - Turquoise lamp

OK, I couldn't wait to tell you the price, but can you believe this lamp is only $250?! - that's a lot of color for your buck. On sale at Horchow.com, this turquoise table lamp will bring a jolt light to your room without even turning it on! Complimented by a dark brown shade keeps the look balanced. Considering the cost of lamps these days, this one is a steal.


Dec 10, 2008

Market Profile - Source Perrier

To say that SourcePerrier.com has noteworthy products would be a huge understatement. From colorful ice cream bowls and Gustavian desks to charming lattice dressers and Chippendale pedestal stands, your wish is their command! And what I love most, are their Swedish-inspired chairs with a needlepoint fern back and garden-maze seat. OMG -I nearly died when I saw them!


Love it! - Faux-lead planters

For all of you who have full size topiaries flanking your front door, or in my case two trees flanking my my patio table - why not skip the standard terracota pots for one of these faux-lead planters. High-end looks with low-end weight!

www.BurkeDecor.com - Enjoy free shipping!

Dec 9, 2008

Love it! - Pagoda napkin ring

If you go through the trouble of using napkin rings, then go all the way and make a bold statement with it! Forget folded swans - a formal table adorned with these glamorous pagodas not only shows your attention to detail, but takes using a napkin from mundane to fabulous!

www.Horchow.com - by L'Objet (Set of 2 for $135)

Love it! - Fish Lips recycled wrapping paper

Wrap your presents with a clean conscience! Fish Lips' environmentally friendly wrapping papers are printed in the USA on 100% Post-Consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. These high quality, designer papers are a gift in themselves!

$4/per sheet 22" x 33.75"
($20 minimum, any combination of papers)