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Soft Surroundings

Gorgeously fluffy flokati rugs from Greece. Exotic gold fulani earrings. Afternoon cat naps in a lush repos? chaise. Decadent soie de lyons silk dupioni window treatments. Sink into your bed wrapped in dreamy bedding.
Soft Surroundings may not be modern or contemporary (except maybe that stunning flokai rug – yum!), yet the old world charm seems to call to me. This cozy online store is a peaceful feminine retreat. Soul-satisfying! You can shop their online store, of if you are in the St. Louis area, you can visit them at The Boulevard shops. View there storefront here. A special thank you to Sondi in Maine for suggesting Soft Surroundings. :)

(photos: photos from soft surroundings)

Posted in flooring, textiles, vintage on March 21, 2006


Freshen up your nest for Spring with new items from Chiasso! A chaise is a great item to revamp your space, and is all the rage right now in home decor. I like the curves of the Lola chaise, and the price at $598 is just right.
The wavy entry bench, is great for storing toys, shoes, and other clutter that you want to hide. I also like the wavy contoured seats, it looks like a comfortable spot to tie shoes. $448

Get chic with this agave lamp. It sets the scene, a real show and tell object for the home. I picture something like this on a buffet table or bookcase, don’t you? Would also be really snazzy in an entry way on a table. $148

If you like to add your creative touch to things, the contemporary image mirror is perfect for you. It features 8 slots for 4×6 images, perfect for your illustrations, mini paintings, photography, whatever inspires you. I like it because it reminds me of those postcard holders that you see in urban restaurants and bars. I always love grabbing postcards from them. $78

My favorite new pendant lamp for the money is the wavy lamp, with its artistic folds and twisted oval-shape. $118

A rainbow of colored chairs makes running late a pleasure with this contemporary metro wall clock. So cheery! Great for those of us who have a slight chair addiction. $58

Just when you thought the bird trend was over…it’s not! I can never tire of birds, especially when used as a soft home accent like this sparrow sculpture. A few of these, with some fresh flowers, lovely plates, imported cheese, crackers, and pastries makes for a lovely spring housewarming party. Invite over the ones you love to enjoy your festive spring presentation. $28

psst…don’t miss the tropical bali pillow. It’s got a real hable construction vibe to it, don’t you think?

Off topic: Did you spot the new pear blossom necklace?


Posted in furniture on March 21, 2006


Between Essen and Dortmund sits the city of Bochum, Germany – home to felt artist Felicitas Weitkamper, the talent behind Filzware (filz is felt in German). She shapes felt into lovely rings, shawls, 40s inspired hats, scarfs, handbags, and my favorite, sweet wedding gloves called nuno-stulpen, along with many other felt items that you are sure to enjoy. All of her items are crafted by hand, using Australian marino wool, each item one-of-a-kind. She can duplicate items, but she mentions on her site that duplicate items will still have some variations in color. Since we’re a blog about home design, let’s explore her felt lighting a bit here. What do you think? I really like the concept behind them, the fresh pastels, how pretty they are when illuminated, and especially appreciate all the work involved in the felt making process. I think we’ll be seeing more and more felt lighting emerge over the next year, especially since it’s become quite popular here in the US and we seem to be demanding more of it all the time.

The Filzware website is in German, but with the aid of photos, I’m sure you’ll be able to navigate just fine. At the home page, click on schaufenster to view Felicitas beautiful designs. If you are interested in purchasing something, perhaps you can email her for assistance? She doesn’t have e-commerce, and her wares appear to only be sold in Germany, however she may be interested in your business if you like something that you see.

(all photos from filzware)

Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2006

Plush Living

Fresh Finds! Mod stylish shower curtains for $36 each at Plush Living. They’ve just added 3 new styles, links (my favorite), blocks and monogram. My all-time PL favorite will always be the kaleidoscope, black and white with an orange band, it looks so rich, like one of those dark chocolate oranges that you hit on the table to break apart, opening the shimmery foil to reveal the perfect treat. Enjoying each creamy rich slice… oops! back to showering!

Shop online for Plush Living shower curtains, pillows, wall art, message stickers and journals. Everything on this website pops, so if you’re currently afraid of color but really want to introduce some to your home without painting your walls fuschia, then experiment slowly with some wall art or a few pillows. Once you start adding color to your space, you’ll be surprised at how soon your eye starts to adjust to it and soon, you’ll be color whipped. :)

(photo credit: links shower curtain from plush living.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2006


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