Archive for the ‘amazing find’ Category

Oh, This Old Thing…

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

There are renovations, and then there are renovations. Many of you know how complicated and stressful a normal home renovations is so can you imagine doing one on a 1750′s decrepit French chateau? Such is the tale of the abandoned Chateau de Gudanes.  An Australian couple fought to buy this massive, gorgeous old home with 94 rooms and are in the process of bringing it back to life and cataloging the process on a blog.  It’s pretty fascinating, no?  Can you imagine doing this??? A labor of love indeed.

Check out some of the “before” shots.  The potential is mind-blowing and the details (even those in decay) are so beautiful.
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The Delightful Emily McDowell

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I still love sending people real cards, not just e-mails. It’s kind of a “thing” in my family to try to find each other the funniest cards possible, and I can spend a good hour at a card shop laughing until I cry or trying to pick out the prettiest, most amazing $7 card possible.  So when I run into a source like Emily McDowell I have to share.  She combines humor and beautiful art and her work just makes me smile.  And when it’s snowing for the 4,567,908th time this winter you need to find ways to smile (when not perusing real estate in sunnier climates as a form of self-torture).  Enjoy. And shop her Etsy site too.

This one could not be more true…

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I wish I had found this in time to give to Andrew for Valentine’s Day, because it’s SO true. Especially this year.

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TOO GOOD. Especially the one at right.

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A New Place to Hunt for the Home

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The founders of One Kings Lane have launched a new site for home decor fans called Hunter’s Alley, a site for buying and selling antique or second hand goods for the home.  From a vintage chair to a current Jonathan Adler light fixture from someone’s home for less than retail, it’s going to quickly be a great resource for those trying to decorate their home with unique and interesting pieces or find a good score.  All items listed are reviewed by the staff at Hunter’s Alley so no junk makes it on the site (unlike eBay and Craigslist).  Here are some items I found that were cool, but search the site for something you may have been lusting after for your home or create a profile to sell some stuff you may have on hand!

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What I’m Loving: New Stuff From Ballard Designs

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

I get so stupidly excited when new stuff comes out from vendors I use a lot for design projects. As of late, I have been giddy over all the new stuff coming out from Ballard Designs, a company I use a lot for budget friendly jobs.  Take a peek at some of my favorite new things- so good, right?

This table skirt blew my mind. Know why?

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Because it looks just like this one I’ve coveted forever from designer Tom Scheerer! Having this made would cost at least three times as much as they are charging.

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More favorites- this tufted ottoman with tape trim (many options for the trim!) and this studded long x-bench for the end of the bed!

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DYING over the lacquered faux bamboo barstools.

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Flowers + Fabulousity

Monday, November 18th, 2013

When I tire of the bull that a career in design brings with it (believe me, there’s lots….) I think I’ll open a flower store. After arranging so many flowers for our photo shoots for the book, I found that I kind of have a knack for it.  It’s so peaceful and meditative, and I for one need a bit more of that kind of vibe in my life. So I think when I grow up, I’ll be like Stephanie Schur, the owner of Botany Flowers in California.  Lonny did a great feature on her and I kept thinking (as I virtually flipped the pages)- “Her life looks nice.”

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I romanticize retail all the time, it’s a HARD business, but I can’t help but want a little shop like this!

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The flowers– oh, the flowers!

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And of COURSE she has an incredible home! Naturally!  See more of it and a great interview with her on Jenny Kayne’s blog Rip+Tan:

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Images via: Lonny, Rip + Tan, Botany.