Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reading Nooks and Books

These daybeds featured in House and Home this month make me want to stop everything I'm doing, curl up and read for an entire afternoon. Rustic and cozy this is the perfect place to stretch out for long hours buried in the pages.

Not helped by the fact that I'm completely engrossed in my current book club selection. I'm in deep for this one. Cancel plans, put off responsibilities, don't answer my phone because I'm reading--kind of deep. Yesterday, I referenced one of the characters to the woman at the Deli as if I actually knew her.

Reading nooks have few basic requirements and the rest guilty design pleasure. Required: cozy seating, pillows for book propping, lighting, and of course...a place to set your drink.

Some reading inspired nooks:

Reading Nook Chic
If you're not in a book club, you should join one. Or better yet, start one and invite your friends and their friends. I have some good tips for getting one off the ground if you need them.

I'm in a book club with some of most hilarious, talented, interesting women I know and it brings ridiculous amounts of happiness to my life. Yoga relaxation x 5 in one evening. We're currently reading One Day by David Nicholls. Go pick up your copy, and then clear the next 3 days out of your schedule.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dollars or Pennies: Moraccan Rug

I love Moroccan diamond pattern rugs like a fat kid loves cake. Pattern, texture, warmth. Perfection. But this cake is $4k-$6k per slice. No way, no how. No cake for me.

Yesterday I was catching up in blogland and spotted the spruce up that Jenny from Little Green Notebook did for fellow blogger Joanna Goddard's NYC living room. There is an endless list of coolness to list off in this room. Go read her 2-part post detailing the super affordable, DIY updates. (Part 1 here and Part 2 here) But that rug....it's so similar to my Moroccan dreamboat. Where is it from?

Jenny to the rescue. Pottery Barn on Ebay!
The very elusive (not available directly through PB anymore) Tangiers Rug has a few listings for just $400 for an 8x10 size.

Yes, I'll have that second piece of cake now please.

Fall Weekend Heaven

It finally feels like fall here on the east coast and I am making it a mission to relish in every minute of it this season. I'm the person who gets sick of summer on July 5, and looks forward all year to the first day I can pull out a pair of boots and drink hot cider.

Last weekend, in an ode to fall, I packed into a car with some friends and headed up to Fallingwater, the legendary Frank Llyod Wright designed home tucked into the hills of Pennsylvania. Peaceful and breathtaking, the entire area seems to glow this time of year.

Fall has to be cooking season, no? I always get the urge to spend more time in the kitchen this time of year. Yesterday I made Butternut Squash Risotto. Some things are worth the work, and this is one of them. Creamy and delicious, the squash blends perfectly with the zest of some Parmesan cheese grated on top. I didn't use a recipe, but if I had it would be similar to this one from the Barefoot Contessa (without the saffron, because its' not something usually stocked in my pantry).

Welcome Fall!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Blogger Road Trip: New York City

I was very excited to take a trip up to NYC this week for the much anticipated, long awaited conclusion of the #NateDay revolution from earlier this summer. And with all things in life that are much anticipated and long awaited...it was flatter than cheap champagne on New Year's (you know- where your dress is too tight and your feet hurt..mmm,hmm).

Don't get me wrong, It was still a great experience to meet dozens of other bloggers from all around the country and the excitement in the greenroom was buzzing so loudly the building must have shook. But we were all under the impression the show was going to be somehow about design bloggers, or about design blogs....or at least mention the words Design and Blog in the same sentence when filming. No such luck. Shoulda, woulda, coulda on that one.

Nate, my friend, your adorable good looks don't get you everything.

(Waiting outside before the show. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day in NYC)

I thought the most interesting part of the show was the Q&A session after the taping finished where Nate took some time to chat with his army of free PR darlings. We asked what his favorite blogs are and where he gets design inspiration, but I expected any answer like that to be scripted right off the bat. His show may be new, but this is not his first time round-the-interview-block.

I thought the most fascinating questions were from bloggers who asked about living in a design based career and being successful. How did your firm start? How do I get my product line noticed? What do you do when you loose inspiration? Nate's answer's were on point and extremely encouraging. Blundering #NateDay or not, there is a reason we all clamored to be there with him.

There were many people that traveling many, many miles across the country with considerable expense to participate. Had I been one of those people, I may have felt very differently about my experience. But overall it was a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon, doing something out of the ordinary and taking in a little bit of the city afterward. Nate, a yummy dinner with friends and a Broadway show left me a little more inspired at the end of the day. And that's what it's really all about anyway, right?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Nate Day!

This lucky blogger is up bright and early this morning and headed off to the Big Apple for a very exciting day. NateDay has finally arrived and I'm thrilled to be participating. Bloggers will converge on The Nate Berkus Show studios this afternoon to pay homage to our favorite adorably cute designer, turned Oprah prodigy, turned show host.

Follow all the updates today on Twitter: #NateDay

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Handy or Creepy?

I've always thought this image from the long lost Domino was on the right side of cool for entry way hooks that are as stylish empty as they are full.
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Recently I was in an equally awesome little housewares and gift shop there next to the door, ready to take my keys and bag was this handy version. Which is when I promptly decided that said store had surpassed me in coolness, because all I could think was "Creepy!" I scoured the web, but couldn't find and example of them used in a room, maybe there's a reason for that.
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