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Inspirations this week... 31 Oct 2005


After a weekend up in the country, I'm into things with a bit of country-cottage influence. I typically derive inspiration and images from a variety of sources, but I recently came across one of my favorite books Vintage Fabric Style and was instantly inspired for this week's post. So...

~ jewel-tones like plum, raspberry, fig & grape
~ delicate crochet and beading
~ multi-functional ceremics that combine hard and soft textures
~ mini and many a drawer
~ graphic, modern prints mixed with small vintage, liberty prints

The packaging says it all... 31 Oct 2005


Can you really judge a book by its cover? Maybe...or maybe not. But if these packages are any indication of the goods inside, judge away...

1 ~ Red Flower Hammam Bath Soak
2 ~ Tocca Beauty Delicato da Viaggio Gift Set
3 ~ Coquette Tropique Monyette Paris Perfume Oil
4 ~ Nanadebary Pink Eau de Toilette
5 ~ Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Set
6 ~ Olivina Hand Creme & Bath Bar Soap
7 ~ Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
8 ~ L'Amande Savon de Marseille Baby Soap
9 ~ BURN RARE Amber Resin Candle

Weekend Recap 31 Oct 2005


So, it turned out to be much colder up in the Catskills than we had anticipated. There was snow on the ground...so the farmers markets were all closed. Most of the weekend was spent in our toasty, warm chalet, by the fire, sipping on hot rum apple cider. A couple highlights of the weekend include a trip to a local antique barn and trip to the farm. Beth wanted to take one of those sweet piglets home, but the farm lady said no way.

gone fishing... 27 Oct 2005


I'm off to the Catskills for a weekend of R&R with the girls. There may be some apple picking, horse riding...and most importantly some fun flea market adventures...

Cool Designer of the Week 27 Oct 2005


I met Majorie Victor a few months ago at the Young Designer's Market in New York. I LOVE the organic qualities that she applies to metal. She has the amazing ability to make something so strong look so delicate...

If you're in NYC, Marjorie now shows at Emerge NYC located at 65 Bleecker St, between Lafayette and Houston.

Toggle, toggle everywhere... 26 Oct 2005


The other day, Beth and I were chatting about Toggle Coats. Not since the peak of Paddington the Bear, have I seen so many and loved so many a toggle.

1 ~ Toggle appliqué jacket by Free People
2 ~ Ben Sherman toggle coat at Urban Outfitters
3 ~ Cozy knit hooded toggle sweater at J. Crew
4 ~ Paige toggle coat from Delia's
5 ~ Alice + Olivia Chunky Toggle Knit Hoodie
6 ~ Bean's Toggle Coat at L.L.Bean

feeling very wood-sy today 26 Oct 2005


Some might say that wood is the new black. Whatever it's being called...wood is modern, fresh, and has no resemblance to your uncle's hunting cabin in Maine.

1 ~ Wooden i-pod nano cases
2 ~ Back in time alarm clock
3 ~ Ebony necklace by Rena Tom
4 ~ Tapered wood necklace by Maya Brenner
5 ~ Wooden cube lamp by Nate Berkus

The flea market comes home 26 Oct 2005


Check out these great vintage-inspired textiles and home accessories by Funktion. Their line of products include aprons, dish towels, and baby goods - all with a bit of retro, flea market-inspired goodness.

Cool Discovery of the Week (part II) 25 Oct 2005

Sometimes, I really can't limit my weekly discoveries to just ONE. Design Sponge is a fabulous blog I just recently stumbled upon. Already well-established and well-known among design lovers, Design Sponge covers a plethora of visually cool things. Though I feel quite behind in my stumbling, I was very happy to make this discovery!

Also, thanks to d*s for listing some of my postings here and here on her fab site!

Cool Discovery of the Week 24 Oct 2005


To my delight, Design Within Reach now makes furniture and other home accessories for kids.
DWR Jax has mini versions of their famously durable designs...for the youngest of design lovers!

This is my favorite! A Saarinen-esque table set by Nanna Ditzel. I wish they had this in my size.


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