Friday, November 28, 2008
My hat goes off to whoever does the photo styling for the Pottery Barn catalogs. While other catalogs are fated for the recycle bin almost before they're through my door, P.B.s tend to stick around my office long after the items in them are sold out--simply because they're chock full of creative ideas. This photo, which is a detail of a larger photo that appeared on page 15 of the November 2008 catalog, includes a great example (I added the arrow and text). I'm always a sucker for old black and white photographs, and displaying them in large apothecary jars gives them a sculptural quality. Love it!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This 3 piece queen or king duvet and sham set from Home Decorator's Collection Online Outlet is a steal at $59.99. The banded border mimics the look of higher end hotel-inspired sets. The euro shams and decorative pillows are also available through the outlet. For this price, I wouldn't expect the buttery softness of high thread count bedding, but this would be a fun way to dress your guest room for the holidays. You can always splurge on luxurious sheets...assuming that you want your guests to stay awhile!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Did you know that to complete the knots for a single hand-knotted 9 x 12 Persian rug, 4-5 artisans will work side by side for 6 hours a day for 14 months? And did you know that it takes a full 7-10 days to complete the washing process for a rug after it has been knotted? For a fascinating and educational look at the elaborate process of creating these very special rugs, I encourage you to view this brief Introduction to Oriental Rugs video. The video was produced by Ten Thousand Villages, a store offering fair trade goods (including rugs) made by artisans from around the world.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I'm always looking for interesting ways to personalize homes with paint, so when I spotted this clever idea on HGTV's Rate My Space, I had to pass it along. What a fun alternative to standard door numbers! This photo was part of a virtual home tour posted on HGTV's site by mysweetsavannah. The rest of the tour is equally charming.
I'm often asked to help creative clients with craft room organizing, and a number of my clients have confessed to swooning over Pottery Barn's Bedford Project Table ($1,099.00, pictured on the left). If you harbor a secret longing for a craft table...you may need to get out more! Just kidding. If you're in the market for a craft table and would like a more affordable alternative--and one that bears a striking resemblance to Pottery Barn's--have a look at Grandin Road's Workroom Project Table ($799.00, pictured on the right). Now, how many bottles of chartreuse glitter can you buy with the $300.00 that you save?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Given that many of my clients share their homes with cats and dogs, I wanted to pass along this clever--and earth-friendly--pet bed idea from Kirsten Schueler, winner of Design Sponge's 2008 DIY contest. This is a great way to re-purpose a vintage suitcase. If you're a fan of the Ballard Designs look, consider creating one of these in a black, white, and pear green color scheme.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Looking for some incentive to get organized? M By Staples offers a line of unique office supplies to make your organizing projects more fun...and attractive! The above, for example, come in packs of 12 for $6.99 and are available in 15 different designs ranging from pastels to earthy hues.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My family shares our home with three dogs. Nina and Bella are pictured here in a rare moment of camaraderie. Like all dogs, our dogs love to play fetch, chase squirrels, and gnaw on bones...but their favorite pastime by far is shedding profusely on our furniture. No, we don't actually allow them on the furniture, but it's tough to stop them from using the side of our sofa as a giant backscratcher. Enter the FURemover, which can be purchased from Amazon for a mere $6.99. It's a simple rubber brush (the rubber feels like rubber bands) that you can use to remove pet hair from your furniture. Or, more accurately, to move pet hair from your furniture to your floor, where it can then be easily vaccumed up. Why use this instead of just vacuuming the furniture? Because it's faster, it's lighter, and it picks up hair that the vacuum misses. It's also completely washable and sanitizable. Incidentally, it can also be used to clean your car, scrub your dog, squeegee your windows, and wipe crumbs off of your table. Neato!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Is there anyone who hasn't at one time or another had their wall-to-wall carpeting in one room ruined by one of the three "P"s: Pets, Playdough, or the Previous owner's Poor taste (why, oh why did they choose Kermit green carpeting?) If you like a cottage look and you are working with a tight budget, check out this DIY article on the Home Envy website by Tool Girl Mag Ruffman. You will learn how to turn your plywood subfloor--yes, subfloor--into a really pretty faux plank floor. This photo, which shows Mag sitting on a bold red faux plank floor, is from the Home Envy site.