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Ballard Designs {new for spring}

Call me so yesterday, but I like Ballard Designs and have even shopped them in the past for clients. Ballard Designs sends “to the trade” emails as a way to give us a sneak peek of new collections in advance of their next catalog release to the public. I spotted a few things you may like so of course I have to share….

Okay so there’s this green and white Miranda Bedding that looks pretty nice — it’s all Kate Spade meets John Robshaw. Well that comparison works for me. I like the elegant Elden Cocktail Ottoman with it’s curvy legs and tufted top. Imagine the design book stacking opportunities on this thing! I’m also a fan of the affordable Seagrass Pendant because it has a Scandinavian vibe to it. I imagine a few of these hovering over a long farmer’s table just like the amazing Room Redux that Victoria recently pulled together for one of her blog readers right here. The Madeira Rug is another fave, great pattern — you notice it but it doesn’t dominate or battle with other patterns in a space.

(images from ballard designs)

Posted in bedroom, flooring, furniture, lighting, textiles on February 28, 2008

Bodie and Fou {and a little Provence love too}

I haven’t blogged Bodie and Fou in quite some time and with so many new products on their website, I figured I’d circle back to see what’s new with them. As always, they source only the best and everything works so well together that you can imagine most of their pieces living in the same home without tension. Love that! Decorating made easy.

Birgit ?stergaard lighting and a Bodie and Fou bubble vase.

I particularly like their selection of items from C?t? Bastide, it’s a company that I long to visit someday as they have a showroom in Lourmarin, Provence that is only open during a select period of time each year and with a sweet little sign placed on a path leading to their shop (that appears to be handwritten using chalk on a board), how can any girl resist? Such cuteness. But there’s more. Want to tour the store online? Of course you do!

C?t? Bastide has lovely product shots, and such pretty labels too.

The beautiful blog A Heart in Provence gives us a tour here. Wonderful linen products, soaps and bath gels, and loads of charm set in a beautiful village – sounds like a fantastic vacation. Roaming Provence and popping into bakeries (smell the fresh lavender bread?), quaint stores with gorgeous interiors, and hitting a few farmers’ markets along the way (oh the cheese!). Warm sunshine, your favorite sandals, hair tied up in a stylish chignon…

Kathleen Hills cluster light, linen bag and bed canopy from C?t? Bastide.

Okay, back to reality. Me here in New Hampshire tapping away on my keys, listening to Beirut, looking out over a frozen orchard with tons of snow from the latest storm last night. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

If you’re interested in hitting a great sale today, visit Bodie and Fou’s winter offers where most items are at least 50%.

(images from bodie and fou)

Posted in bathroom, bedroom, blogs, textiles, travel on February 13, 2008

Lush Designs

Dishy and Dirty fun! One of Danielle’s readers (Jessica) over on the Style Files told her about Lush Designs and after viewing their website, I knew that I had to bookmark them over here too. In addition to the darling LOVE pillowcases, they have lampshades to die for and fabulous tea towels and aprons with fun patterns.

Great stuff over at Lush Designs – the pillowcases are very sweet, don’t you think?

(images from lush designs)

Posted in bedroom, kitchen, lighting, textiles on February 08, 2008

Fun Blanket Idea {Ariadne At Home}

Danielle posted this image from a Dutch design magazine Ariadne At Home that I completely fell in love with (and if you love vintage blankets don’t miss her Suzani post). It’s a basic white IKEA Kastanj blanket with wool pom-poms and some decorative trim added to spruce it up. Isn’t this a sweet idea?


You can whip up a fun blanket like this in single afternoon using your favorite trim. And while you’re at it why not try to make your own pom poms, something I learned in school as a kid but I’m still in need of a tutorial because I have no clue how to make them now. I’m totally into customization these days so I’m willing to learn. Anything to be original and beef up a budget find like this blanket, I’m all over it. If you don’t want to commit to a large blanket, why not a throw for the sofa?

Psst: If you can read Dutch Ariadne At Home has lots of great DIY projects right here on their website.

(image from the style files via ariadne at home)

Posted in bedroom, diy, textiles on February 01, 2008

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