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Happy Saturday with Treasures from Room Service Home

Have you heard of Room Service Home? They started out quite small, offering a few gifts and then, in time, a postcard size catalog arrived. Time passed, customers came, and founders Ann Fox and Donna Spafford King discovered that customers obviously share their vision, that a home should reflect the person living there, it should show how you love to live. Both Ann and Donna feel that home is a place to play, entertain, sleep in comfort, read a good book and dare to dream; in other words, it should help you enjoy the simple pleasures of life. They’ve made it easy to create a space that is comfortable, functional and reflects the owners’ personal style with Room Service Home. In fact, so many customers are shopping with them that they’ve expanded their merchandise and now offer a thicker catalog packed with beautiful wares, handpicked just for you by Ann and Donna. (You can request your free copy here.) Oh, and if you live in the Dallas area, be sure to stop by their retail store located at 4354 Lovers Lane in Dallas, Texas. For the rest of us, online we go!

Here are some of my top picks from Room Service Home. See what you think…

I’ve found a little something for our pal Jonathan at It’s (K)not Wood. Faux bois dinnerware crafted from thousand year old pottery. Designed to look like limbs and twigs, these hand-glazed ceramic stoneware beauties add charm to any table. $10-79.

Send your pal a pretty note on these bird and nest post cards, sold as a set of 18 in a darling reusable tin. Perfect for framing, too! $15.

Worker bee? If you’re a busy lady on the go, you can stay organized with these feminine durable totes, sold as a set of two (includes a letter- and a legal-sized tote). Perfect for toting a laptop or binders, too. Available in pink suede, blue leather, green leather or chocolate leather or Black leather. $175 set.

Love French reproductions? These attractive French garden vases in white glazed ceramic serve as perfect centerpieces or as gifts. Would be lovely for a wedding, too! $42.

Upgrade your manila folders for something pretty, instead. Work doesn’t have to be boring! Aren’t these designer desk sets the sweetest? $11-21.

Spend time preparing something sweet with this attractive antique white storage box. Recipe cards are included for storing in the two boxes below, and on top, flip up the stand to display your cook book. Clever! $74.

Love the idea of a cottage garden? For those of us that can only dream of cherry trees and blue birds, you can enjoy a bit of a cottage garden at home with this stunning dinnerware. $185 for the 20 piece set.

If you are fortunate enough to have a little garden to grow, the greenleaf garden tote is stylish and practical, giving you a place to tote your tools. $32.

Scotland in the yard, anyone? These floral garden boots have quite a story to tell! They were created in Scotland for the Royal Horticultural Society and come complete with a silky cotton lining, padded footbed and for the serious gardener, a steel arch shank for spade stepping. $69.

On a budget? Don’t miss their sale section!

(top image: Perfect for the nature lover, the nest key keeper will add a bit of the outdoors to your space; great for those that love combining a vintage modern style or who enjoy cottage decor. $14. All images from room service home)

Posted in uncategorized on May 13, 2006

Jonathan Adler: Signed Books + Fancy Furniture!


Jonathan Adler is my boy! Although most of us can’t afford everything Jonathan that we see, the right to dream is ours! Is it me, or is this guy everywhere lately? As a practicing design consultant, I’m a member of the Ben Moore designers program since I enjoy offering colors from their collection to my clients. Through that program, I recieve their seasonal magazine, Ensemble. Thier current issue features (who else?) an interview with Jonathan Adler. Jonathan talks a bit about his love for Ben Moore, “I use the Benjamin Moore fan deck more than I use the Pantone book! I think it’s the lingua franca of the design community”. He also dishes about the color mauve, “The minute I dislike a color, it means I’m about the re-embrace it. On that note, I used to hate teal, and now I love it. But, I think I’ll never love mauve”. I’m with him on that one! If you’re an architect or designer, subscribe to Ensemble for your quarterly dose of color inspiration.

Okay, back to Jonathan’s designs. I’m sure you’ll agree, everything just bursts with color and energy, which make his happy chic style contagious. We all want a little happy in the home. Have you looked at his furniture? I’m in love with some of his new sofas + chairs. Very Hollywood glam, almost from the Bergman and Bogart days. I am willing to bet classic movie sets inspired his furniture, what do you think?

Even if you can’t afford to run out and buy an Adler marcello sofa or a bergman her chair (love!), you can at least add some spice to your space with a few of his accent pieces. From pillows to pottery, you can find something to suit your space and your budget. If you’re designing on pennies, why not zip on over to Bed, Bath + Beyond to purchase his wallet friendly finds.

Oh, and for die-hard Jonathan fans, I just ordered a signed copy of his book, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living. I flipped through it recently at Barnes + Noble, it’s a good find so yes, I’m suggesting it. For $34.95, you get the book, free shipping, and best of all, his “Jon” handcock! He has a special batch available directly at his website. How great is that?

(images from jonathan adler)

Posted in uncategorized on May 12, 2006

SoWa Art Walk + South End Open Market: Boston May 20-21


Designer Fernanda Bourlot, from the fabulous Boston design studio simplemente blanco, wrote to me about the SoWa Art Walk. Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss it! This year, it will occur on Saturday and Sunday May 20-21 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Stores, cafes, boutiques and some of the city?s finest restaurants take part in the SoWa Art Walk by opening their doors all weekend, hosting artists who display on their walls and offering special event discounts. You have to visit Fernanda’s studio, you may have read about her in Daily Candy recently. Her studio creates textiles and objects for the home and offers interior design services.

If you’re a movie buff, the SoWa Art Walk will also feature their very first film festival, running all weekend, featuring the work of local and international cinema artists. Click here for more information.

While you’re in the South End on May 20-21, make sure you head over to the grand opening weekend of the South End Open Market. I recently did some work for them surrounding this event, and all I can say is, it’s going to be a blast! Mingle with the locals, grab some yummy bites, browse 180 booths from local indie designers… Between the SoWa Art Walk and the South End Open Market, Boston will keep you hoppin’ next weekend. Bring your wallet, some good walking shoes, and lots of sunshine and clear skies!

Related posts:
Simplemente Blanco, 2.15.06
South End Open Market, 4.24.06

Thank you so much, Fernanda!

(image from sowa art walk)

Posted in uncategorized on May 12, 2006

Design My World: Shed Hooks!

Design My World keeps me very busy! They’re constantly adding new things to their site, it’s hard to keep up. These shed hooks are the cutest though, they’re straight from London design house Domesticity. Get this, the shed hook holds your keys and coat in one place. You tuck your keys inside and hang your coat or handbag on the hook. These have charm, especially if you live in a small apartment and need items that perform double duty. Functional and aesthically pleasing, these modern hooks are available in blue, orange and white only at Design My World.

(image from design my world)

Posted in uncategorized on May 12, 2006

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