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West Elm Heyward Sofa – Review

Here’s a quick review of a great sofa I spotted at West Elm over the weekend. It’s called the Heyward and I’m keen on the textured tweed oatmeal ($799.-), back cushions, and the clean lines — what a great piece. It’s not only extremely comfortable, but gorgeous and very sturdy to boot.

It’s also available in leather ($999.-), which was beautiful in person, but I’m not a leather sofa person so I don’t have an opinion either way about it. I want to order the oatmeal Heyward for my office/guest room because it would be great for my pals who crash here. Since most of them are single (and the ones that are married usually don’t sleep over), this would be great because the size of the Heyward would accomodate one person. It doesn’t flip out into a bed, but honestly, I don’t care because I seldom have two people sleeping over at once. So, if you’re considering the Heyward sofa, then you have my 4 star vote because I think it’s sweet. :)

(image from west elm)

Posted in Objects on January 31, 2007

Furniture Galleries at Domino

Have you visited the Domino galleries lately? Be sure to catch their latest guide to chests of drawers. I just love the image below, seeing a dresser in an entryway, decked out in a pretty color (like teal), adorned with beautiful things… Well it sort of makes me weak. Having all of those deep drawers is also very handy for storage. You can neatly tuck away slippers, mittens, and outdoor gear, to office supplies, tools, wrapping paper, and sheets of tissue paper.

You see, I’ve always wanted to have an entryway since becoming a bonafide adult, an entry like the ones in my family home as a child. Ever since abandoning the nest at 19, I’ve had either long narrow hallways to welcome me, or doors that opened directly into the living space. Never a halfway point between the outside world and the living space – never a neat little entryway to call my own. That welcoming space (only complete with fresh cut flowers, a little chair, and a dresser) is where greetings are exchanged and kisses on the cheeks are given to welcome or bid adieu. It’s the one space that I miss, and desire, the most.

After examining their chest of drawers gallery (and feeling the pang of nostalgia), I hopped on on over to the Dining Tables and Chairs gallery, another worthy feature to visit. I’m so pleased to see the mix up in chairs and tables becoming more mainstream, no longer do we need conform to ‘matchy matchy’ sets that are too imposing for a modern, relaxed lifestyle. We can mix wood tables with acrylic chairs, not because we cannot afford a matching set, but because we prefer the casual look. Isn’t it exciting to see decor taking a turn from the overly done to a bit haphazard?

(images from domino)

Posted in Inspiration, Objects on January 30, 2007

Jen Renninger Illustrator + Designer

Jen Renninger wrote in about her illustrative work and I was aglow. What talent! As a freelance editorial illustrator and long time closet designer, Jen has been working on her own collection of pillows, prints, and home accessories to compliment her illustration business. I can’t wait to see her home collection because I love her style and color palette already. Her website will be up and running in a week or so (bookmark it), but here’s a sneak peak of some of her illustrative work, to whet your appetite for what is to come. This lady is one to watch.

(images from jen renninger)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 30, 2007

MIT OCW (OpenCourseWare)

I’ve wanted to write about this for awhile, but couldn’t figure out how to merge the topic with decorating and design… So I’ve decided to just post about it anyway because I think it’s a great resource to tap into. Especially with so many of you either working in the business world or owning your own business, I’m sure you can find topics that interest you. Anyway, Boston’s own MIT set up MIT OCW, a free and open educational resource for people all over the world who want to pull up a seat and learn. After extensive research on it (including conversations with those who have taken a few OCW courses), I can’t say enough to promote this avenue of learning. It’s great.

Sure, you won’t earn a degree from your studies via OCW, but you will learn about fascinating subjects from some of the best educators on this planet, which is never a bad thing. Whether it’s Anthropology you fancy, Linguistics and Philosophy, or Writing and Humanistic Studies, there is something that appeals to the curiousity of everyone. Some of their writing courses interest me, and Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self through Visual Arts and Writing looks interesting, too.

There are lots of great business courses, and courses on Architecture (including urban planning), and even special programs that may prove helpful to those of you interested in product development, like Prototypes to Products, a course that covers topics from prototyping techniques to materials selection, design-for-manufacturing, field-testing, and project management. There’s even a course on Pricing, a subject on the minds of so many business owners these days.

Visit MIT OCW for more information. But beware: There are lots of details to digest, so give yourself time to browse the site.

(image from mit ocw)

Posted in Shopping + Products, Travel on January 30, 2007


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