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Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Prints

Designer Dora Drimalas just released these limited edition silk screened prints that really pack some modern punch for $40 each. A quad of four over a bench in an entryway would make quite a statement, don’t you think?

Of course, you have to casually leave a matching handbag (maybe in green?) on the bench at all times. Gives it that effortless look that convince guests things just happened that way, yet you spent hours finding a bag and then positioning it perfectly in place. :) Decorating can be so nutty, can’t it? But we’re all obsessed and loving every minute of it…

Pick up your Hybrid-Home prints from Dora over at Design Public right here.

(images from design public)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on April 27, 2007

Hammocks & High Tea

A huge thanks to Karen Young of Hammocks & High Tea for her email this morning announcing the launch of her new collection. Inspired by her South American background, her stationery of contemporary, tropical imagery is illustrated and screen printed by Miss Karen herself. Exotic florals are so hot right now, so I think her line launched at the perfect time.

The hibiscus and hammock cards are my faves, the hammock reminds me of all the times my parents took me to dinner at Litchfield Plantation in Pawleys Island growing up and how I’d linger over at the hammock and gift shop nearby, swinging on them when the sales lady wasn’t around. I always will love a huge hammock! When I went back to Litchfield Plantation in 1997 to see my childhood friend, Jake, get married, I wanted so badly to buy a hammock and when I return this summer, maybe I will this time. I hardly ever see them here in the northeast, at least not in Boston/New Hampshire where I spend most of my time. Nothing is more comfortable!

Anyway, thank you Karen for sharing your stationery with all of us! And for bringing back sweet, southern memories for me. :)

(images from hammocks & high tea)

Posted in stationery, trends on April 26, 2007

Company C Rugs: My Picks

Company C is another rug company that I’ve had my eye on since ’05 and they continue to impress me with their selection. I’d love it if they ventured into two-tone bamboo motifs or goyard-esque prints, some chevons, a bit more crisp and modern. Although they do have the happy houndstooth in 5 colors, which would give your room some pop for sure. They also carry excellent color combos in stripes, too. So we’re good. Company C takes care of us.

I spent time recently at their retail store located at 123 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine and found a few rugs that, in person, looked far better than the images on their website, so I have to share my picks with you. Rugs are funny like that, they so often miss the mark in print, but when you actually see them in a showroom, you can’t believe it’s the same rug. Take their faux bois rug, the Knotty. The woodgrain pattern is gorgeous, and in person, a thousand times better than what you see in print. It’s available in gold too, but I fell in love with the blue. In my opinion, Company C needs to show their rugs in actual rooms on their website, rugs floating on my screen does nothing for me.

The Carnaby Swirl is another gorgeous rug. Again, not impressed online, but in person, it’s stunning. Available in sunflower, sea grass, poppy, or cilantro, my favorites are the sunflower and sea grass. The Sloane Square pattern also struck me as a winner. It’s great if you want to introduce color into the space but you’re still hung up on neutrals. It’s okay, it’s hard to crossover from neutral safety to bold color and you know what, no one is saying that you need to because it’s your home and you have final say. But if you want to sneak in some color, I think the rugs shown here, from the woodgrain to the carnaby swirl, allow you a chance to experiment a little. :)

If you want to turn up the heat a little bit more (go girl, go!), opt for a flame stitch pattern like the Lehar rug (tippy top photo, header pic). Another BEAUTY in person, it’s really plush and the colors are fantastic. The Sonoma rose caught my eye, which surprised me, because online I wasn’t impressed by it at all.

Psst: If you’re ever in New Hampshire, visit their flagship store in Concord, where they also happen to hold an annual tent sale in September.

(images from company c)

Posted in Objects, travel on April 26, 2007

Random Buys: Bowling Alley Chic

Will someone please buy this thing? It bothers me that it’s still sitting in Blue Bell Bazaar’s etsy store looking for a home. It’s been nearly a month already. I don’t get it.

I found one just like it on a recent trip to Vermont and it was $80 and in quite bad shape. This pin is only $20 and would be great in that unexpected place. On a bookcase. Outside in a flower garden. As a doorstop. Please buy it and show me a picture once you’ve added it to your home, I want to see how you use it.

Better yet, if you buy it and send me a picture showing how you mixed it into your space, I’ll paypal you $20 just to see it go to a good home. Deal?

(image from bbb)

Posted in Etsy Faves on April 26, 2007


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