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Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale – Chicago

Jealousy is a funny thing. It lasts for about as long as it takes to spot another girl that is even prettier that you are wearing even better shoes.

I’ve turned my jealous attention from the brits to a new city. Chicago. 5 words. Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale. Uh.

Details from the website:
We’re having our first Chicago-area Warehouse Sale. In addition to being a fun, social environment for local design fans, the DWR Warehouse Sale offers you the chance to save up to 75% on hundreds of overstocks and scratch & dents. Choose from merchandise at great savings in all major categories, including bedroom, seating, lounge, workspace, outdoor, lighting, floor coverings, and more. And while there, enter our Warehouse Sale drawing to win a $1,000 DWR gift certificate.

April 21 – 24 and April 28 – May 1 only.

1013 Butterfield Road, Chicago

More details can be found online.

Now THAT is what I call Design Within Reach. Well, not for the rest of us, but at least Chicago can have a go at some really swank goods. If anyone reading this blog attends, please report in with the full scoop, I’m dying over here!

(images from dwr)

Posted in uncategorized on April 21, 2006

Bread and Budder

Barbara, it’s like budder.

Bread and Budder based in Georgia, that is.

If you love clever containers, you’ll adore the ever-so-charming buckets over at Bread and Budder. Founder Stephaine Cartwright and her team of artists transform sturdy galvanized steel buckets into perky containers decorated using their favorite fabrics. Both utilitarian and attractive, they can be used for almost anything. Wouldn’t they be a refreshing change when gifting a friend? Hand her a present in a lovely bucket versus the typical gift bag. Have a gal pal that is just getting started in her garden? You could grab a pretty pail, insert your favorite dish towel for cushion, and fill it with handy garden tools, gloves, seed packets, and some fresh blueberry muffins. What a nice way to inspire her!

Bread and Budder buckets are also nice for stringing along to display on your balcony for a burst of color. Want to get creative, read their 102 great uses for buckets.

Tip: Buy a large bucket and fill it with ice and top with corona – perfect for your spring soiree!

(images from bread and budder)

Posted in uncategorized on April 20, 2006

Junk Market Style

Ki Nassauer and Sue Whitney are the junk masters behind Junk Market Style. These crafty ladies transform trash into treasure for both home and garden. Ki and Sue are also the editors-at-large and monthly columnists for Country Home Magazine. On May 2, you can find their special interest magazine (in the U.S.) at your local newsstand aptly titled Junk Market Style. While reading up about these ladies, I discovered that they design home accessory products for Target, host national events and feature online projects – some including tips on creating a pretty outdoor space using cheap finds and a lot of creativity. What an awesome twosome!

psst: Don’t miss their list of favorite ‘junk’ shops in the midwest.

(images from junk market style)

Posted in uncategorized on April 20, 2006

Gardener’s Dishing the Dirt

Here are some inspiring websites with loads of helpful advice on cultivating a garden that’s all good and no evil:

Homegrown – A great gardening blog from Martha Stewart’s own Andrew Beckman and Margaret Roach. Andrew heads up the garden department at Martha Stewart Living magazine, has degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture, and was the head gardener at Martha’s homes before that (imagine that. a very sweet resume’.) Margaret is an author and garden writer. She was the first garden editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine and currently oversees all of Martha Stewart’s magazines (wow!). Andrew and Margaret are blogging all about gardening on Homegrown, so don’t miss it. While you’re at it, hop on over to the Martha Stewart website to read all her wonderful gardening tips. Martha will always be the queen of all things good in my eyes, especially gardening.

Shelterrific – Not just a blog about home decor. Former Budget Living staffers blog about gardening, too. Great tips. A daily must read.

GardenWeb Forums – Chat with others obsessed about gardening.

You Grow Girl Forums – More green goddesses chatting it up about gardening.

Better Homes + Gardens – Great site all around. I especially enjoyed the garden plans for spaces of all sizes. I found these to be very helpful and I’m sure you will, too.

Cottage Living – Another great source to learn about creating loveliness outdoors (and in). They have a great “Get Galvinized” article up this month. Don’t miss it!

You Grow Girl – With a book and a website, You Grow Girl has attracted a whole slew of garden junkies. Created by Gayla Trail, this acclaimed gardening website is witty and fun with a whole lotta growin’ goin’ on. With articles like, Keeping Kitty Off The Goods and Handy Garden Tips, you’re bound to find something that applies to your own secret garden. Gayla even shows her cheeky side with these ‘garden hoe‘ t-shirts – the perfect gift for your skank friend that only gardens in her bikini (tee-hee). Don’t laugh, growing up, we had a neighbor who gardened in her string bikini in South Carolina. The town had to get involved and force her to start wearing clothes because of all the traffic accidents caused in front of her house. Dead serious. Lesson, don’t be a garden hoe.

(images from you grow girl)

Posted in uncategorized on April 20, 2006


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