Skip to content

DIY: IKEA ALANG Table Lamp Transformation

Eric wrote in today to tell me about his IKEA hack DIY project, well at least he called it a hack, I call it genius. Great budget DIY job, Eric. Click here to see how Eric transformed the IKEA ALANG Table Lamp into a perky pendant (or two!).

Thanks for the tip, Eric. Great blog!

psst: If you like the pendants, but LOVE the wall in the background (I did!), then you’ll love what I discovered after digging around Eric’s blog. Check THIS out. It’s another DIY.

(image from modern self)

Posted in DIY, Objects on January 03, 2007

Lotus Bleu – Punchy Fun!

With unseasonably warm weather here in New England (it’s in the 50’s today and Saturday may bring us up to 60), I’m already in high gear for Spring. We’ve had zero snow, and given that we usually start seeing it in November, we’re having quite THE dreamy winter weather. It’s January and there’s not a flake to be found (at least for snow, that is). Call me optimistic, but I’m already planning my wardrobe, thinking about peep toes without tights, and finalizing vacation plans. I’m ready people! It’s a new year, and with all this sunshine and warmth, it’s hard not to think about springtime in March. In fact, when I think of Spring, I think of playful patterns and punchy colors, lots of lime and yellow, plenty of fuschia, and bold, bold, bold! That is why I’m drawn towards the lovely Lotus Bleu of San Francisco, a store that oozes with vibrant colors, layered patterns upon patterns, mountains of gorgeous textiles to create an environment that is part Asian chic, other part French lady. They even cover vintage furniture (mostly mid century modern) with the textiles they sell, making this a true San Francisco treat.

Dreaming of Springtime, anyone?

Psst: They also offer art collected from around the globe, and interior design services. This is one to bookmark!

(photos from lotus bleu)

Posted in Objects, shopping, travel on January 03, 2007

What Do You Think?

I love the bones of this space, and relish the thought of actually having a bedroom with such a dramatic ‘headboard’ such as the one shown here. I do think though that this arch isn’t being used in the best manner – there’s so much more that could be done to really enhance it. Add wallpaper or stencils or decals perhaps, or install impressive lighting, or simply add paint. What would you do to give this arch the respect and attention that it deserves? Or do you prefer it ‘as is’?

(image from marie claire maison)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, Rooms, small business on January 03, 2007

Kim Family Benefit Art + Craft Auction – Starts Now!

Today begins an auction of fine art + craft to benefit the family of James Kim. 100% of the auction proceeds will go to the The James Kim Memorial Fund. Click here to view each of the beautiful items that are listed on eBay, just waiting for your bid!

For view details on each item listed, visit the Kim family blog.

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 03, 2007


Some of my books

Co-editions are also available in many languages, learn more


Next dates

Blogging Your Way
e-courses, 2015
Visit our e-course website to learn more about our inspirational e-courses by bloggers, for bloggers.