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Cool Designer: Michaela Schleypen

Michaela Schleypen is a textile and interior designer who focuses on flooring and explores her own
unique language for all kinds of surfaces - mostly with a stunning three dimensional character. Here are a few of her amazingly detailed and textured rugs...and yes, that's a rug that looks like wood!


Cool Site: Design Spotter

What a great idea. The e-zine Design Spotter allows up-and-coming designers from around the world to post their ideas & products in an open forum for all to see. In many cases, the products are only available in small runs, are patent-pending, or the designer is trying to gauge interest before investing even more. But, you'll also see work of designers whose names you've already heard of, postings about design stores and events, and tons of other cool things. Some of the ideas are really amazing...a great site to check daily!


{Work shown...bird feeder, flower hooks, photo from Table Manners}

a gorgeous image for weekend gloom...

Especially for those of you in the States and on the East Coast, here's a colorful image to perk up the rainy weekend!


{Photo from the Japanese shopping site Mode A and features jewelry from Danish company Pilgrim.}

all dolled up in gilded metallics...

B Jewelry recently launched a line of specialty hair pieces and jewelry for weddings. Based on her gilded prayer collection, Cynthia Kagoshima created a stunning array of pieces for the special day (or any day!).

I had the chance to meet Cynthia recently and try on some of her pieces and they are truly gorgeous! The headband with mini gold leaves has a wonderful Grecian feel to it. The ethereal quality of the gild fabric and the way it flutters leaves small trails of light and fanciness all about. Check out B Jewelry for a variety of jewelry for every day.


colors & patterns to jump start the weekend

Here are some fun new fabrics from Repro Depot that make me really happy today...


TOP TO BOTTOM: Brady Blossoms, Charm Scales, Full Bloom, Baking Tools

Daily Candy Comes to Philly!

Seriously...thank goodness! Get the scoop here...

1940's glam made modern & everyday

...all from the Diesel Spring/Summer 2006 Collection. You know I'm lovin' the feather & hat hair pieces!


Tea Cup Swap!

Yay for the third installment of the Tea Cup Swap! I received this cool Japanese, stoneware cup from Heidi yesterday for this round's swap. And some fun extra goodies. Check out the tea packaging...lovely. Thanks Heidi!


here comes the barefoot bride...

I have one month to find shoes before my first fitting. Yay! Sounds like fun, right? It would be other than the fact that all of the shoes I like are way too high for me to walk in. As graceful as I try to be, I'm just not coordinated enough to balance on 3" heels on a day when I'll be on my feet for hours.

So, I'd love any suggestions from those of you out there who may have seen some heels that might work for me. I love peep toe, strappy heels...in gold, champagne, etc...a neutral that is not white or ivory as I'm not looking to match my dress. 2" or 2-1/2" heels would be perfect! Under $100. If you have any links or thoughts, send them my way! Thanks all you fashion-friendly folks!


TOP ROW: Bouquets Dionne in pink, Nina Camille in Powder
SECOND ROW: Vera Wang Kitten Heels, Bouquets Dessa in Nude
THIRD ROW: J. Renee Duet in Sandstone, Kate Spade Lover Heels in Gold
BOTTOM ROW: Enzo Angiolini Rydell in Light Natural, Nina Flo-GS in Gold

Inspirations this week...

This week...strong, vibrant blues accented (and made even more lively) by a touch of another color...


{image credit: clockwise...blue lady painting from Elle Decoration April 06, glass detail & blue bottles from Martha Stewart Living May 06, shredded flag photo from W Magazine May 06, and mix & match outfit from Teen Vogue May 06}