Joy reminds us that when it comes to decorating, sometimes we need to go to the little people — the kids! She pointed out some of her PBteen Spring finds, so I linked over to their site and stumbled upon this mighty marlin. I can just hear the animal rights activist’s now. But it’s completely faux, so no worries. I simply want to know, would you add the catch ‘o the day to your adult space, or tuck him in with the kids (he is also available as a she, in pink). Hot or not? Should we throw him back in?
When I spotted this thing, I had flashbacks of That 70’s Show, but for some reason, my thoughts weren’t entirely negative because I felt as though I’d viewed our finned friend in a very chic living space before. Then it came to me — I have an image tucked away in one of my inspiration books. Domino. Jan/Feb ’06 issue. Got it! Although homeowners Genifer Goodman and Benjamin Sohr sport a sailfish (you can own a fishy fiberglass replica just like it for $699), this kitschy $79 Marlin may work for you.
But wait! I know I spotted this living room elsewhere shot at a different angle. Ah, yes… Meg blogged about it over on Designer’s Library, she found it in BH+G magazine, May ’06. This image is from Ms. Meg, looks like she took a moment to scan it for a full view (Nice job, Meg!).
Here’s some more goodies from PBteen that may work for you if the fish doesn’t. Love the silver, pink, and blue vintage-style fans and these bubble glass lights, too. I double checked the measurements of the etagere (shown below) and it’s proper height for an adult space at 69″ h (I thought it may be kiddie size, but it’s not).
You can’t deny the appeal of these $15 (on sale) task lights. Aren’t these cute? I’d love one on a teak credenza. I think it would look so cute on a wood surface in a mid-century style space.
(images from pbteen, designer’s library, and domino)
Mark your calendars! April 22nd is the big day for budget shoppers with an eye for good design because that’s when designers for Target debut their new collections for Spring/Summer. And, fingers crossed, I’m hoping the O’Brien and Hagan lines are made as well as they look. (You can pre-order lots of items on the Target website, although I will make a trip to the store so I can test drive things for myself).
Judging from a recent magazine spread, I’m thinking Victoria Hagan will grab and hold my attention for the next few months with her strong, yet soft, pastel color palette, geometric prints (love the trellis she’s using), and the octagonal mirror she’ll soon launch to hungry design-savvy shoppers everywhere. I hope these pillows feel as good as they look, because for $29, I’d snap ‘em up for sure.
If you don’t know that much about Ms. Hagan, Style at Home out of Canada interviewed her a few years back and it’s quite a good read. Here’s a glimpse of some of her interior spaces. She’s been in the biz for 20+ years, so the lady has quite a portfolio as you can imagine. Classic, chic, stylish, and yet very casual and cozy.
The Spring 2007 issue of InStyle Home just hit newsstands and it really delivers with stunning home tours, trend reports, and even a DIY section on how to use wallpaper in far less traditional ways – on headboards, screens, as wall art, etc.
The cover shows American actress Alicia Silverstone, 30, who really surprised me with her eco-conscious home and lifestyle (she is a vegan and actively involved in animal rights). It’s rare to see a young actress, and her musician husband, so tuned in to the environment. From her Mod Green Pod butterfly pillows, to energy-saving appliances, roof with solar panels, her obsessive need to unplug everything, and their recycled bowling alley floor turned tabletop, their home tour is quite impressive. I purchased the issue just to see that. But there’s more…
One of my favorite decorating articles, Off the Wall, was especially helpful because it not only gives you alternative ways to use wallpaper in your home, but a complete how to section so you can DIY what they show. I love the DIY headboad (below), made from foam-core panels cut to size and wallpaper. Swanky! A few online resources highlighted for wallpaper that I found blogworthy: Rare Chic and a very funny name (and store) called Naked and Angry.
Additional highlights from their Spring issue: All of the Zebra rugs, Chinese ceramic stools, a peacock trend alert (looks like they’re back again in ’07!), and tons of yellow. Of course, we’ve covered these trends here on decor8, but seeing their take was interesting to check out.
(images from instyle, mod green pod, naked and angry, and rare chic)
I was quite impressed with a feature I read the other day on the HGTV website and thought I’d share it with you, it’s called Home Chic Home. See what you think…