August 31, 2009

Patchwork Kilims

Ok. About three years ago while living in NZ, I came across a Vogue Living Australia with a gorgeous cover. All I could see was the rug staring me in the face. The home featured had this antique kilim patchwork rug from ABC Carpet & Home in New York. Here is another shot inside (showing that same rug which was on the cover):
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Ever since then I've been pretty obsessed with these rugs. I love the color, irregularity, pattern and uniqueness of each piece. Fast forward to yesterday afternoon when I was in Pottery Barn picking up a duvet fill for a client. I sorta wandered over to the rug section just out of curiosity. Low and behold...

I'm totally disappointed. It's not nearly as nice. I actually caught myself thinking well, I could afford that, and I still love the look, maybe one would do for our entry. Then I came back to reality. Really? Nope, it's not even close to being as cool as those original ones are. The colors are off, the patterns are generic. Sometimes I can happily go for a copy. In this case, I'm sorry PB, I think I'd rather walk on my bare wood floors for now!

Next time I'm in NY, you betcha I'm going to head over to ABC & price out one of these bad boys...
August 27, 2009

Come Join the Party!

Oh How I Love You...

...Mokum! Mokum Textiles. Designed in Sydney, born in New Zealand. I had a great introduction to their product and company working closely with them when I lived down under. I love that this Antipodean brand is making its mark in interiors around the globe! These colors are so spot on.

All Business

Image: here
I'm all business right now folks. I just spent about 10 hours today loading Quickbooks 09 on my new computer. My baby business has been operating since March, so I had a little catching up to do. It's a lot of work. Don't let anyone tell you it's easy. A couple of times in computer hell today, I thought, this is why everyone can't have their own business. This is hard hard work. The funny thing is that I think I'm organized. Like I've kept 'good records' since March. Yea. Right. If you saw my desk right now you'd think, "well, that's just how creative types work". Anyway, I'm feeling pretty accomplished even though I'm not 100% caught up. And I'm going to keep on moving ahead...Peace Pals!
August 26, 2009

Missoni Home

Before I could get to OKL fast enough this morning, all the 'to die for' Missoni Home throws were sold out. Shoot. Can't wait for the next one, or I'll be looking on ebay for this one:

The Red Vault

Hey Houstonites. New website, The Red Vault, is about to launch. It's a one stop shop for local high end accessories and home furnishings. It's a place for vendors and designers to meet in the middle. Do you know how much gas this site is going to save me?! There's even a blog too!

Oh Omelle!

Here is some serious yumminess for all shoe lovers out there...

Shoe designers Cherise Angelle & Nicole LaFave's Omelle line is edgy, modern, and for the girl who is not afraid to strut it!

August 24, 2009

Dining Room Table Quest

On Friday I had a few free hours in the afternoon to kill, so I did what any furniture obsessed person would do, hit the junk shops in my new neighborhood. Since it was about 168 degrees and I was thirsty, I didn't last too long. But I couldn't go home without stopping at Installations. Which is literally down my street. That is so dangerous. Everything in Installations is amazing, there is not one thing I don't love. Check out their website, you'll be impressed.

Well, I told the Danish owner Jurg I was looking for a dining table. Which is true, the type of dining table is still up for discussion. I am pretty certain our room calls for a round table, which I think would look great. Tim thinks they are a little too casual and wants a rectangle. Jurg showed me a round one that I knew could be 'the one'.

The top is made of reclaimed azobe wood with a half found metal band all around the edges, the cast iron industrial base is American 1930's-40's. Pretty amazing right? Jurg artfully refinishes or fabricates most of his furniture from unique items found in Europe or the US. I also saw some pretty amazing 1930's American chaise lounges on wheels that he'd lacquered a gray/green. And I drooled over an original George Nelson ball bubble pendant light from the 1950's.

Back to "the one", the part I'm leaving out is the price. It's $9500. Yep. You read correctly. NO, it does not have inlaid diamonds. You think you'd be buying precious jewels for that price. I went from being super stoked that I found something I thought was incredible, to being sad, really sad. But Jurg is so cool and asked me to give him a budget and he'd see what he could make for me within my price range. So we'll see, I think in my budget the only thing Jurg could make me would be a Barbie sized table!

August 21, 2009

Help Wanted!

Anyone in the Houston area interested in spending a weekend scraping white paint off of a 10 foot brick column in my kitchen? Person must enjoy listening to Fat Freddies Drop, inhaling stripper fumes, design talk, and has the ability to laugh at just about anything. Probably no takers, I don't blame you. I've spent about two hours on it already, have only finished the bottom two levels, and they still look pretty white. HELP! My expert-home-builder grandfather, "GrandTex", is coming into town this weekend, I can't wait to pick his brain on what I can do to fix this white mess! In the mean is the inspiration behind stripping this paint off...

Images: here

August 20, 2009

Brazil Jungle House

In my life I've been fortunate to have two good friends from Brazil, they have brought smiles to my face and are always fun to be around. I've learned that Brazilians have a zest for life and are proud of their country and culture. I've always wanted to visit there and to learn Portuguese! Check out this fabulous house in the jungles of Brazil...I'd love to sit on those sofas and drink a caipirinha with my friends Joanna and Felipe!

The photos are small, but those pillows along those sofas are to die for!

Images: here

August 18, 2009


I love everything about this space, Anna Sheffield's showroom/atelier. Her jewelry is even more fab! Those black painted floors, oriental rug and ceiling tin are pretty awesome.

Oh. Before I forget, her line for Target comes out August 31st. Can't wait for that! Between this and Anna Sui's Gossip Girl line, I think all my fall clothes are coming from Tarjay!


I'm excited for my bamboo blinds when I see these photos! Mmmm...

August 17, 2009

Bargain Hunter

Last week I picked up these lamps at Target, at 64.99/each they are a lot less expensive than the Restoration Hardware ones, or the $600 ones at local antique haunt, Fox Glove. I got some pretty rectangular white linen shades for them. They make our bedroom feel warm, cozy and clean! (note, I did have to take them to a lighting shop to have the mechanism for a harp to be put on, since they came with the European style screw on shade and the scale of the shades at Target were all a little off for what I was looking for)Next thing I ordered while I was on a little Tarjay binge was 11 blinds for my living/dining/master bedroom. Our house came with some nice white sunscreens and white shutters in the bedroom, but some of them aren't operating that well. And I love the warmth bamboo brings. And for the $34.99/each price tag...who can pass that up?
We won't be installing them until we have painted, I'm testing some colors out on the walls this week and weekend, hopefully in the coming weeks I'll be able to do some before and after photos!

Giddy Up & H@ck$RS

Last Thursday and Friday I was busy scanning all of the photos of Mark Bagdley and James Mischka's Kentucky farm featured in Elle Decor September 09. I am obsessed with this house. There is not one room I don't like. Love it all, drooled over it all, got excited about every photo. I was scanning the images not only for my little blog, but also for my files. Well I was having major problems getting these photos up, and Tim's parents were coming into town, so I just thought, forget it. Blogging will have to wait this time. Turns out Tim's computer had a mean, scary, nasty virus, and our Facebook & Gmail accounts got hacked into! No wonder we were having such drama with the computer & internet all last week, gee whiz! In the mean time Erin has done a great post on this house, make sure to read it. I couldn't help posting a few more photos, they are so good looking! That ballet pink guest bedroom amongst all the masculinity of the house, fabulous!

Love the Leontine monograms! A lot of the furniture in their farm came from places like Restoration Hardware, of course mixed with Hermes throws.

I'm totally obsessed with their kitchen...the double sinks, brass hardware, mixing of materials. Gorgeous! Oh by the way, thinking of kitchen's I'm obsessed with, also check out more of Jenna Lyons kitchen photos and different angles here...I was excited to see that, love Jenna Lyons. Remember that issue of Domino is the one I just had to have.

In the middle of the night when our friends around the world were calling and texting us that my email had been hacked into, I was telling Tim, "I just hope they haven't gotten into my blog!" Ha!
August 14, 2009

Inhale Exhale

Computer problems + Internet issues + in laws in town this weekend + overall busy-ness = No Blogging. I'll be back soon! I promise! With some quick fix-its to my house to share! Just breathe...and have a fantastic weekend ;) xxx
August 10, 2009

Bohemian Classic

I just took this little quiz, thanks to Jamie, and Deborah Needleman thinks my decor style is 'bohemian classic'. I kinda like that description even though 'boho' has been totally played out.

Here's Me:

, you are a
Bohemian Classic

You have a refined sensibility and bring a sense of history and tradition into your decor. You appreciate how symmetrical arrangements and beautiful, well-crafted pieces create a solid foundation to a room. But you like to shake up this restraint with objects and accessories that express your personality and your love of other cultures. When traveling, you seek out unique objects that reflect what you love, and you use them in a sophisticated way. You want people to feel comfortable in your home, and cozy chairs, ethnic fabrics, unique pieces, and even a little touch of quirk or humor give your house a laid-back, Bohemian flair.

You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.

Putting Your Style to Work!

With your style and needs in mind, here are a few tips that will help you make your home a little happier.

1. Your Design Challenge: UNIFY The good news is, you probably have many things you love and have collected, and no one would ever say your home is boring! You've done the hard part; now you just need to pull it all together. If your furniture seems like a mish-mash, unify it through similar upholsters or slipcovers. When grouping objects, try to find something they have in common. If they share a shape, color or material, they will look like a collection. A tray is every decorator's secret weapon for making groups of small objects look purposeful and sculptural. If your accessories are all over the map, try subduing the upholstery or wall color, so your small items are the stars.

2. Your Happy Place The more serene your bedroom feels, the happier you will be. A pretty coverlet over a big duvet makes the bed look smooth—and not all duvet-lumpy! And, a blanket folded at the foot of the bed breaks up the big expanse of fabric. Euro shams—those big square pillows—are great for reading in bed, and a few decorative pillows can also be a nice touch. Consider adding a basket or a small occasional table near your bedside table for books, papers, lotions, linen spray or whatever you'd like.

3. Be Party-Ready All the Time! Scent: The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.

Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, stock up on some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.

Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you'll be able to set a spread—instantly!

Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

You know your style.

I had fun taking this, I recommend it.

I still need to participate in this little summer challenge, after all, summer is almost over! One photo to describe your style is really hard, especially when your own home is not ready to be photographed! But that I know I'm Boho Classic, I'll start searching my archives for a photo!


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