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I always love to peek in on one of my favorite shopgirls, Peggy Lo, to see what she’s up to over at Figments. I was thrilled to see that she has my favorite roost vases on her site, I purchased one in her Providence location last year and keep it over my sink on the windowsill, it’s so delicate and beautiful, I really love it. I have the one shown on the bottom left and keep a single bloom in it always. Currently, I have a yellow tulip, see? If you’d like one for yourself, click here to purchase from Miss Peggy for only $18.50.

She’s also offering some gorgeous journals ($17 available here) and my favorite, colorful sarongs (on sale for $48). I don’t think I’ve worn one in years, but my husband gave me one in turquoise and white when we were dating, and it usually ends up on the sofa as a throw in the summer when the wool ones are stored away for the season. I just love the patterns that Peggy has below. And because they’re so lightweight, I think they are perfect for when you want something light and cool to cover with during those breezy summer nights. You can even use them as a summer tablecloth, remember — when it comes right down to it, it’s fabric. You don’t always have to use something for its intended purpose.

(images from figments)

Posted in shopping, travel on March 29, 2007

Modern Art Everyday

Modern Art Everyday does just that – a giclee print a day (either paper or canvas) is produced and posted in this Etsy shop, designed at a home-based studio by a New Jersey based husband and wife team. Outside of the usual suspects, birds and trees, Modern Art Everyday gives you dozens of other designs to choose from, dogs to cats, deer to dahlias. If your walls look a little drab, add splashes of color and bold graphics with some affordable art while showing support to a small business owner. Good for you, good for them, good for us all. I love using art like this in an entry space. A bright green pear above a wooden bench or table, with a cute pair of green rubber boots on the floor for those April showers, a fun rug, and a few wall hooks like these, and you’ve just created a happy little welcoming spot on a budget.

(images from modern art everyday)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on March 29, 2007

Anne Bruno Floral + Event Design (NYC)

[This is a little shout out to a friend whom I admire… She doesn’t even know I’m posting this, but I am so proud of her that I just have to.]

We’re almost in the month of April and you know what that means… Beautiful weather and a mailbox full of invitations (hopefully letterpressed) to some of the best parties, weddings, and patio cocktail hours that include lots of sashaying around the dessert bar eyeing the chocolate truffles and champagne… And whether you are attending, or playing hostess, there will be flowers, because at the best events, gorgeous flowers are always on display.

Recently, my friend Tammy stopped by while she was in town, leaving behind a note with her business card in my door. Sad to see that I’d missed her, I glanced at her card and felt an immediate smile on my face because she’s the Manager of Anne Bruno Floral + Event Design in NYC.

Tammy is a big apple success story and I’m proud of her. She left behind her home and large family, with whom she is extremely close to, all in the name of floral design in Manhattan. Something a girl in her early 20’s would only dare to do all alone. I remember when she left, I was both sad and proud, sad to see a friend leave, but happy she was on a mission – not as another hopeful girl jumping to see where she lands, but heading out with a game plan and a passion, and from what I can see, she’s making it in old New York.

Tammy has real talent, she’s been obsessed with flowers as far back as her early teen years. I’ve seen her work numerous times at events, and most recently at a large wedding and reception where her gorgeous blooms nearly took our breathe away. Only the bride was more revered.

Here’s some of her recent press.

You can contact her at tammy{at}annebruno{dot}com or directly at 212.766.5660.

Posted in inspiration on March 29, 2007

Boston Interiors Giselle Sofa + Chair

I was just having the nicest chat with reader Andy who is relocating to Boston and needs help designing his condo. He let me know about a terrific sofa he’s nuts about called the Giselle from Boston Interiors. The Giselle is such a fabulous price (on sale for $799-), great design, love the tufting detail and exposed legs, and it’s available in many additional fabrics and colors at the same price as stock. Totally worth checking out, Boston locals!

Psst: There’s also a chair, loveseat, and ottoman to match. The chair is only $499, another steal.

Personal notes: I’ve shopped Boston Interiors before, once back in 1994 when I purchased a sofa for my apartment, and then again in ’05 for a client I was working with at the time. Both transactions were painless and I found the staff extremely helpful and delivery a breeze.

(images from boston interiors)

Posted in Objects, shopping, travel on March 29, 2007


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