Mar 30, 2009

Love it! - Greek Key dinnerware set

If you're a loyal DOD reader, you know my love for anything Greek Key! Take this hand painted porcelain dinnerware set to the outdoors for a fabulous patio soiree. Bold pattern and graphic appeal will keep your table top lively and conversation about your choice of decor even livelier!

www.ZGallerie.com - Mykonos Dinnerware Set

Mar 26, 2009

Love it! - Old fashioned timer

Who said a kitchen timer couldn't be stylish? Bored with the standard plastic models we all know from the 80's? Well bring a touch of classic design to your kitchen with this metal and zinc throwback. Like I always say, design is in the details!

www.GrdnBklyn.com - Victorian Timer $24

Love it! - Goat hair brushes

Though I'm fortunate to have a furnished patio with potted plants throughout, my outdoor rug and decor is constantly covered in debris and soil. So when I saw these rustic goat hair brushes made in Germany, I thought how perfect they would work as stylish dusters!

www.GrdnBklyn.com - $22 each

Mar 24, 2009

Love it! - Woven seagrass baskets

Love the versatility and texture of these woven seagrass baskets. Bring your spring flowers or potted pants indoors, or just use as a catchall for magazines and newspapers. Better yet, think further outside of the box and sit them in your mud room to store summer beach toys or flip flops!

www.BallardDesigns.com - Malu Seagrass Baskets $49(Set of 2)

Mar 23, 2009

Love it! - Adirondack chairs

Few things scream Spring and Summer like a good'ol Adirondack chair. Whether sitting on your porch, or in your backyard watching a game of boccie ball, horse-shoes or just toasting marshmallows around a bonfire - don't they just evoke fun outdoor memories! If you prefer vibrant colors or just classic wood, NetShops.com has every type of Adirondack chair under the Summer sun!


Mar 20, 2009

Contest - Diane James Giveaway

When top Designer Mario Buatta and the new designer for the Obama White House, Michael Smith look to the best in faux-fauna, they go to Diane James. Featured in March's Architectural Digest and April's House Beautiful, Diane's flowers are more than accoutrement, they are woven into the design of the space - breathing life into it through their color, form and texture.

So in honor of Spring, Diane has generously donated a classic white Phalaenopsis seen above for a Dose of Design GIVEAWAY! It is 14"x20" tall with a retail value of $250. The rules are simple. Email me a photo of a floral arrangement you've created to, doseofdesign@gmail.com

-Use any number of species
-You can use real or fake flowers
-Any size
-For any occasion
-In any type of vessel of any size or shape
-Entry deadline is March 30th.
At the end I will choose 1 winning arrangement, so have fun!

Photo credits:
First three photos: Designer, Mario Buatta; Architectural Digest, March.
Last photo: Designer, Michael Smith; House Beautiful, April.

To see all of Diane's wonderful creations and online store visit: www.DianeJamesHome.com

Mar 19, 2009

Love it! - Parisian bistro furniture

There are many things I love about France, but their cafe culture definitely resonates with me. Strolling Paris and seeing quaint cafes on every street - friends conversing or single parties facing outward and people watching - it is a real art. So if you're lucky enough to have a patio or backyard, consider these authentic French-made bistro table and chairs from Williams-Sonoma Home. They're truly inspired!

(Chair and table sold separately)

Mar 18, 2009

Love it! - Pagoda sconce

Flank your bed, sofa or dining table with these charming pagoda sconces. Just a touch of exotic flair will carry your space a long way. Add Asian influence in neutral black or white from ModernDose.com

Mar 12, 2009

Love it! - Chandeliers

I've recently been seeing this chandelier silhouette in wood, which is why I loved it when I saw it in brass. On sale at Pottery Barn, its wooden counterpart is much pricier at Jayson Home and Garden.

www.PotteryBarn.com - Gardner Chandelier $349
www.JaysonHomeAndGarden - Isa Chandelier $2,995

Mar 9, 2009

Love it! - Bentwood chairs

Love the simplicity of these classic bentwood chairs. For a more casual cafe feel, these are quintessential and will look great in any contemporary or traditional home.

www.SundanceCatalog.com - $450(set of 4)

Mar 6, 2009

Love it! - Graphic rugs

Adverse to traditional rugs? Well Ballard Designs' new selection of graphic rugs will no doubt fill the void! Make a statement with your floor and keep the rest simple and classic - and at their prices, once you get bored it won't break the bank to switch them out!


Mar 4, 2009

Love it! - Leather digital frame

I'm still trying to catch up to technologies now available to the everyday person. Long gone are the days where expensive electronics were only for the rich. Accessibility to the masses has become a way of life - though I don't think I'll ever embrace the "Blackberry" - a plain cell phone suffices! However, digital frames have caught my attention, but they always look too obvious and futuristic - lacking the warmth of a good'ol fashioned picture frame. So when I saw this leather digital frame, I actually felt it had the warmth to balance its technological features. Give it to Pottery Barn to take something current and make it traditional in the best of ways!

www.PotteryBarn.com Colby Digital Frame (on sale for $199)

Love it! - Zig Zag throw blanket

I remember last Fall seeing this hearty throw at West Elm. Who doesn't like getting cozied up in a womb like wrap watching a DVD or reading a good book? Well I'm delighted to report it's now on sale for only 39.99!

www.WestElm.com - Zig Zag throw 44"x56" $39.99

Mar 3, 2009

Love it! - Jonathan Adler GIVEAWAY

The good people at Jonathan Adler just emailed me about their own GIVEAWAY! ... so I just wanted to pass along the info to my readers - if you want to take part, see their rules below ...

$3,000 dollars in prizes with a Grand prize gift card of $2,000!

When you sign up to for their mailing list between March 3, 2009 and March 31, 2009 you will be automatically entered to win a Jonathan Adler GIFT CARD for use in any of their retail stores or on their website.

Once you join their mailing list you will receive updates, product previews, special offers, and discounts exclusive to mailing list members.

Prize winners will be notified via email of their win.
Schedule of prize announcements:

March 10 winner will receive a $100 gift card
March 17 winner will receive a $200 gift card
March 24 winner will receive a $300 gift card
March 31 winner will receive a $400 gift card
April 7 winner will receive a $2,000 gift card

Note: this is NOT a Dose of Design sponsored giveaway. Winners will be chosen by the folks at Jonathan Adler and all questions or comments should be directed to them.

Love it! - Lacquer spindle chair

Another great piece combining the past with the present. This spindle chair, by CB2, also reminiscent of a traditional Windsor chair has been updated with a glossy white lacquer finish. There's a familiarity and homey feeling about it, but revamped for the 21st century. What a fun statement it does make!

www.cb2.com - On Sale $99.95 each

Mar 2, 2009

Love it! - Sawhorse Table

I love saw horse tables. Their an unconventional silhouette when you want an alternative to a standard four leg table. Harking back to early wooden versions, we now see them in metal and glass - offering historical reference, but given a contemporary makeover. Love these black nickel bases - a departure from the silver we often see. Currently on sale at West Elm for $499, so act fast!

www.WestElm.com - SawHorese Work Table $499