Aug 29, 2008

Project - DIY Hermes Art

Are original paintings too expensive for you? Are you perplexed when trying to pick out art? Well think outside the box and try something different. Just remember, art is anything you want it to be - any medium, any price point. So I love horses and was looking for an eye-catching art piece. I searched for paintings and prints of horses, but none that made the statement I was looking for, or afford for that matter. Then it hit me - HERMES! Originally an equestrian equipment store decades ago, it is now a luxury accessories brand, but still remain true to their equestrian roots. Often using horse motifs and patterns, especially on their signature silk scarfs. I knew I couldn't afford a new one, so I searched eBay until I found the perfect vintage Hermes scarf and won it for $100. I then bought a simple 30"x30" painter's canvas and wrapped the 35"x35" scarf around it, using packing tape to secure it in the back. I went to a custom frame shop and chose a Jonathan Adler, green faux-bamboo lacquered sample. A week later I had the custom sized frame to slip over my canvas, no glass. For a total cost under $300, I now have the art piece I dreamed of!

Aug 28, 2008

Love it! - ModernDose.com SALE

ModernDose.com, a great online retailer just sent me news of their new pieces for fall, plus 10% off to anyone that uses code "AUTUMN" during checkout ... just thought I would pass it along!

Aug 26, 2008

Love it! - Blue & White bath accessories

Inspired by Asian Ming design, I haven't seen bath accessories this stylish in a long time. Made of porcelain, Williams Sonoma Home is synonymous with hi-end style and reasonable prices for the masses. But why limit this collection to just the bath - the tissue holder would be perfect on my bedroom end table and the toothbrush holder would make such a statement as a pencil cup on my desk!


Aug 25, 2008

Love it! - Greentea Design

For the perfect piece to add a little ethnic flair to your home, GreenteaDesign.com is the online destination of choice. You don't need to turn your entire space into an Asian temple, but even adding one or two pieces can add huge design interest - and your guests will be thinking you're quite the world traveler! Greentea Design is currently having a Summer Sale and free shipping on select pieces - so act fast!


Aug 14, 2008

Love it - Aged leather club chair

When it comes to leather club chairs, I've noticed wherever you're shopping, they all start to look the same. The purpose of "design" is to not only be functional and create relatability for the buyer, but it should also push boundaries and present a unique vision of the classics. Crate & Barrel accomplishes this with one of the most beautiful yet unexpected leather chairs I've seen in a long time. Inspired by a 1930's Parisian Club chair, they aged and recreated a look that is classic yet dynamic. With large nail head detailing, leather aged to perfection and a contrasting mohair upholstered seat with leather welting, this chair gives you a multitude of textures, materials and historical throw backs. For me, that's what design is all about!

Metropole Chair $1,999 - Crate & Barrel

Aug 12, 2008

Love it! - Burke Decor

If you didn't need a screen before, doesn't this Greek Key room divider from BurkeDecor.com make you want to find a need for it?! With a diverse selection of chic furniture and accessories, you'll be a kid in a candy store going through their website!


Aug 11, 2008

Love it! - Tonic Home

TonicHome.com is one of my favorite online retailers. Just take a look at the mix of styles and silhouettes you can find there. Apparently you don't need to have style, when you can just buy it!


Aug 8, 2008

Love it! - Side tables

What I love about ModernDose.com is their variety of styles. A side table is one of the most versatile pieces you can add or subtract from a space. Unlike a larger piece of furniture, you can move it around to different areas of any room to fit your needs. They're decorative yet purposeful and they come in every style imaginable - rustic, modern, traditional and traditional with a twist. Bring them out for dinner parties so guests have extra places to sit their drinks, but they're still small enough to store in a closet. Check out these diverse styles, I dare you to pick your favorite!


Aug 5, 2008

Love it! - Faux Bois Wing Chair

This coming season, faux bois is going to be everywhere. This Wing Chair by Williams Sonoma Home is an ideal example of how chic wood grain can be incorporated into your space - and I don't mean your wood floors!

Williams Sonoma Home - www.WShome.com
Chelsea Wing Chair