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Julia Rothman Bedspread {urban outfitters}

I think this should be called the budget find of the month, the Neighborhood bedspread designed for Urban Outfitters by the talented Julia Rothman. So in addition to her mug, you can have a $32 bedspread with more cheery house imagery on it. It’s cotton, so in case you don’t need a bedspread just view it as a large piece of fabric with limitless options. Maybe a smock for painting? A shower curtain? An ottoman cover? Sofa throw? Cover a headboard in a kid’s room? Cover a cork board?


One of these babies yields fabric sized 108″l x 90″w. It’s great seeing designers we know through blogs getting gigs with such big names like Anthro and Urbans. So congrats Julia – great gig, great work!

(images from julia rothman)

Posted in Rooms on December 18, 2007

Happiness in Giving {domino slides}

This went live weeks ago but I kept forgetting to blog about it. It’s my latest round up of perky prints over at Domino magazine online. It was really fun to pull this together as it focuses on art that I think would make great gifts. I tried to incorporate many different styles to appeal to all while staying true to what I love and would consider owning myself. I’m sure you know many of these great talents, but in case you may not, I invite you to view them online.


I’d like to thank the artists who helped me pull this together and of course, a big thanks to Domino magazine. I’ve been freelancing there since October ’06 and they’ve kept a very open mind when it comes to showcasing work by independent artists – they’re definitely keen on it and enjoy featuring these talents whenever they can, which is wonderful. It’s great to have support on that level.

You can find other artists and their prints here on the Domino website.

(image from domino)

Posted in Etsy Faves on December 17, 2007

Memories Contained {diy}

This is one of those projects that do not require instructions, you just need a jar and a photo. How’s that for simplicity and budget-friendly? Here I’ve used two jars, one vintage and one new, to 1) display my favorite photo and 2) for showing my quote of the month, usually torn from the pages of Real Simple or from a card, along these lines.


I like the idea of a quote jar because I can add new ones as I please and have the vessel for also adding all of the movie tickets and fortune cookie messages that my husband and I have saved since our first date. I can’t take credit for the ‘jar as display’ idea though, I found it via Australian glossy Inside Out, given to me by one of their writers (thank you!). But I can take credit for the quote jar, that’s entirely my own but you are welcome to try it for yourself. :) Simple but cute.

This is my favorite photo from our family collection of vintage shots, although I never say vintage around my mom. :) This photo is from the 1950’s, of my mother (in the front) with her mom and sister behind her. This was snapped on their family farm where she grew up and I think everything about it is just too cute, especially the pom-pom ties on her coat and the little white socks. Even the car in the background. Sweet.

And I love seeing my grandmother this young and happy. Her name is Millie and she relocated to a New England farm in her late 20’s from Wicker Park Chicago. She was always so stylish, must be the city girl in her, I remember her wearing heels around the house, even to the grocery store. Heck, even now at 87 she still gets her hair done up and insists on wearing red lipstick and clip-on earrings. But you see, these little memories contained here in a simple jar mean little to you but so much much to me. Now it’s your turn to find a jar and place something inside that you love. Since I’m really tired of traditional picture frames crowded around on tables, this arrangement works for me. I hope you like it too.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in DIY on December 17, 2007

Bird Textile {eco in australia}

Tweet! Tweet! Welcome to the eco chic world of Australian design house Bird Textile, a young company with designer Rachel Bending taking the lead on creating beautiful products that are ecologically responsible. Here’s to saving the planet without losing your sense of style.


Rachel is also the mind behind green online boutique Slingfinds, where you can purchase from the Bird Textile home collection. Just lovely. Chirp.


And their fashion photos are equally pleasing with all the great layering, messages, and oh the patterns and the color palette. Best part, nearly every gorgeous fabric shown can be ordered by the yard simply through email. Just contact Bird Textile for more information: info AT birdtextile.com

These make me think (okay yearn, dream, lust for, long) of Springtime, but since warm days are months away, perhaps it’s best to simply introduce these colors in my winter wardrobe to perk up all the gray, denim, winter white, and black I’ve been wearing way to much of lately. Time to add a pink shirt under my gray sweater, or a bright handbag. Same goes with the sofa – add a few bright pillows to spice things up. Note to self: Color makes winter feel warmer than it is.

(images from bird textile)

Posted in uncategorized on December 17, 2007

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