Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Tabletop: ModCloth Cool

ModCloth is a must visit when you don't want to show up on the morning train wearing the same Banana dress as the rest of the city. Unique pieces in affordable prices with flat rate shipping and free returns and exchanges. It's the Southwest Airlines of online shopping. All that coolness extends into their Apartment section with tableware and kitchen accessories:

Yesterday's leftovers look tastier when you tote them to the office in these bright containers.
Other items I'm loving: Garden of Variety plates are a modern take on spring floral. And tea for one never looked so chic as this Eiffel Tea-wer Set.

Coolest birthday treats on the block come in the form of cupcake decorating kits. Just add Betty Crocker and let others be envious. Shown: Will Tweet for Treats and City of Delights.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Anthro does Tabletops

Anthropologie is one of my go to spots for great tableware. I'm always surprised by the affordability of the homewares. I can't get a skirt for less than $200, but the bowls sell for $12. I've decided it would mess with karma to start asking questions. The patterns and colors are perfect for creating a more mixed than matched aesthetic. Yesterday, they launched Tabletop Design to indulge your inner tablescaper. A polyvore-esque interface filled with all their wares.

I love the option to add background texture and the interface is easy enough to use. I do wish the resize tool was more of a drag and drop and the saving options didn't work every time for me. But I was able to add items to my cart straight from my boards and liked that I could pull items from different lines. Online shopping and inspiration boards all in one are the next generation for e-commerce.

Monday, March 28, 2011

West Elm: Pullin' the Rug Out

West Elm steps up the rug game with new additions in patterns and brights so cool the rest of your goods will have to step up around them:

A bold rug can stand up to other patterns and colors with a few neutrals thrown in to balance it out.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Be Back Soon

Sorry in advance for the intermitent posting this week. You can all pretend that I'm packing my LV luggage trunks and jetting off on a fabulus adventure. In reality, I'm away for the week coordinating a big event I've spent many many hours planning in the last few months.
Photo: Spotted at Nuits-St.-George antique market. Photographed by Nathalie.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Day at the Dog Park

What's been going on around here lately? A whole lot of late nights working on an upcoming event and a little bit of this...a day at the dog park with a friend and her daughter.

Murphy the Dog-Park-Newbie
Teaching the ever important, writing your name in the dirt life skill

Photos by Nathalie

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Emerson Made: Spring Uniform Wants

With glimpses of spring and the return of some spare time after working day and night on an upcoming event next week, I can't wait to transition into my spring uniform and spend afternoons strolling around the city. To me spring means - dresses, dresses and more dresses. Right now I want every single piece from EmersonMade:

The new linens from EmersonMade make me think I could chuck city life out the window and buy a chicken farm and a big rustic table. Monogrammed ultra cool linens anyone?

This has future family heirloom written all over it. Perfect to use every Thanksgiving.

And just because I love this one:

Friday, March 11, 2011

A final word on color coded bookcases

Thanks to a lovely reader who sent this over to me after reading about the great bookshelf debate of 2011. There are too many things I love about this video to list. But one of them is when all the books get turned pages out for an all white look. Which I've also done, much to the dismay of anyone trying to find a book on my shelf. But did it ever look awesome for that 1 day before I had to change it back.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Tabletop: Nesting Bowls

When it comes to dishware, three is always better than one (and sets of 12 are better than 3). Nesting bowls feed my urge to both stack things up in neat piles and have pretty places to put all the random bits of life. Nothing else looks quite as good both in use and when empty. Here a roundup of some of my favorites from Etsy:

Top Row: 1, 2, 3
Center Row: 4, 5, 6
Bottom Row: 7, 8, 9

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Defining Me

Recently for a couple of projects, I made a few personal inspiration boards. Culling down thousands of images into those few inspirational clips that add up to you is harder than it seems. Like staring at 37 shades of grey paint and wondering which one will be perfect on your wall. So, I took the opposite approach. If I wanted it to feel like me, it had to be instinctual. No over-thinking required. And every time I look at them, I wouldn't change a thing. After a couple of requests, I decided to share:

A note on sources: my no-thinking, instinctual plan did not make for good source saving, my apologies. If you are looking for a source for one of the images, please contact me and I'll try to track it down.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lusting after H&M Online

For all the times you've stood in the dressing room at H&M and cursed them for not having an online outlet that you could order different sizes/colors for you $2.99 tank top, they may have just paid you back 10 fold. H&M has launched their online site in the European market including a fantastic home line. And rumors have been flying that the US version of the website will launch at the end of 2011. Pillows for $6.99, yes please!

Some of the other awesome home goods include throws, doormats, teatowels and napkins and canvas totes.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday Tabletop: Sweet Set-up

After attending an Oscar's gala this weekend that featured a full size candy "bar" and passed hor'derves of chicken nuggets and tater tots (in honor of Toy Story), I loved the tablescape of the month in House Beautiful by Dylan's Candy Bar.

What did I learn?: Grown adults dressed in black tie swarm around plates of rice crispy treats like it's the last morsel of food left on earth.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Matchbook Love

I'm still loving what's coming out of the Matchbook camp with their 2nd issue and especially their Tumblr: Strikes our Fancy. These girls are rockin' it and doing their own thing in the digital universe. Some of the pieces I loved in this month's issue:

I think we all watch to matchbook girls when this is the creed:
Last month they did 50 eternal pieces for your closet, this month for the home! These are the 10 pieces that I thought were essential must haves (now to find a flea market that carries Hermes blankets).

I also loved the gadet girl, which is always one of my favorite columns in Lucky too. This month featured the 26 year old creative director at GM. And this piece about Sara Kate Huff's style collective which might just be my spring shopping inspiration:

Don't forget to check out Strikes Our Fancy daily for crazy, insane image inspirations