Tag Archives: design

A2 Designers Collect Cabinet


Remember how I loved those splashes of hot pink in that fab gray room?  I’ll take this splash of hot pink any day.  The Pink Ranch is allllll about this kind of pink.  Say pink one more time.  Pink.

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Flor DIY Faux Hide Rug


Now that IKEA and West Elm both offer affordable “Cow” Hide rugs, I fear the look is becoming super trendy, which is a bummer because I’ve wanted one for our front room for quite a while now, but have refrained for fear my dogs would eat it.

Anyway, I do love FLOR’S take on the trend.  A DIYer you cut out yourself and can fashion in any color you’d like.  One part functional & practical, one part kitchy, one part awesome looking, right?

Accessorizing


During a previous rant about designer collaborations on water bottles I admitted I don’t have a lot of decor accessories around the house.  For one thing we don’t have a ton of surfaces (because I also don’t like clutter or crowded spaces) also I think I’d rather spend my money on art for our walls.

This morning I discovered the utterly delightful blog, Bright.Bazaar and have been devouring all of Mr. Bazaar’s delicious old posts; he even featured on of our best-selling items on Delight.com and GentSupplyCo.com…the Indiana Leather Adventure Duffle which I purchased in honor of my Dad and Husband who both love and totally rock this classy bag.

Anyway I just read this post covering three gorgeous living rooms and was struck by how each one is packed with interesting objects.  Oddly, I’m particularly drawn to the darker, more macabre slate gray room…I like the Steamer Punk motif mixed with splashes of bright pink and all the interesting textures.  My clutter phobia may never bring me to a room as layered as this, but I will refer back to all three of these living rooms for decorating inspiration.

What are your decorating phobias?

Urban Front Opening Letterbox


For a girl who loves her 1963 Ranch home and anything mid-century modern, this is just about the sexiest free-standing mailbox I’ve ever seen.  And frankly, at $225, it’s kind of a steal. [via Outblush]

San Pellegrino Goes Glam, and I’m not sure why

First my favorite fizzy water teamed up earlier with Missoni for a fashionable makeover of their bottle, and now San Pellegrino is going seriously glam with a jeweled label designed by Bulgari.

Generally speaking I like designer collaborations with every-day brands. It’s a good way to boost sales by offering a fresh look at a common item. The question is, do I buy these limited edition bottles and if so, are they to be put on display? If put on display, where? In the kitchen? The dining room? On a nik-nak shelf?

I’m not one for decorative objects as a rule, but I’m trying to get better at accessorizing the house. I suppose if we redid the kitchen (running theme here) and I had glass door shelves a few of these stylish bottles would look pretty sassy in a row. But then by putting something on display in your kitchen that has no intention of being used, you’re just taking up valuable usable space. And why buy bottle water if you’re not going to drink it? And if you are going to drink it and toss it, what’s the point of a designer label?

More importantly, what is this gravitation towards designer everything saying about us really? That this is all the Missoni I could ever afford, or that I think so highly of myself that I need Missoni styled labels on my imported Italian sparkling water? Or, is it a simpler theme, as alluded to above: take a ho-hum everyday item and give it some va-va-va-voom if for no other reason than you can.  I suppose I like that concept the best, in which case I say buy a case and drink it all with wild abandon, then toss those bottles in the recycle bin and don’t think about it again.  It is after all, just water.