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Inside Avenue

Sometimes I really surprise myself with how lavish I can lean when it comes to interior design. On one side, I completely adore hardwood floors, exposed brick, clean lines, and open spaces. Then, polar opposite of that, I love floor-to-ceiling windows with vintage bubble glass, chandeliers, french doors opening to a wrought-iron patio, with a bedroom of black, white, tiffany blue, and mirrored furnishings on a dark walnut floor. Do you battle with loving both of these looks equally, too? I guess a lot of us do, since “vintage modern” is all the rage.

Inside Avenue is a great design haven for vintage modern lovers to select luxury and modern home furnishings and accessories. They’re located in beautiful Agoura Hills, California, which is about 20 minutes north of LA, with a stunning showroom and a great website for shopping from home. Some of their items are a bit on the expensive side, but then again, in a society where people consider $800 handbags and $200 pairs of jeans to be the norm, maybe you won’t bat a pretty little eyelash.

I love the circular pattern on this chandelier. I don’t usually go for gold/brass, but this is very lovely…

citrust nesting tables, $345, set of two

jardena bedding, $185-875 for complete set
the detailing at the bottom of the bedskirt is sooo pretty

verve bedding, $325-850
berry restful…

(top photo from inside home.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 16, 2006

Pushing Past your Design Comfort Zone

This is an Oprah moment. Pause for a second and think this over, especially useful if you’re stuck in a design rut due to your lack of risk taking.

Grab a pen. If you type as much as I do in a day, you may have forgotten what one looks like. You can find them in some random cup on your desk in blue and black. Grab one. We all do it at times. Some way more than others. We wake up and do the same things, over and over again. Bagel and coffee. Toast and tea. Same applies to decorating your space. Key here is to push past your comfort zone, break the mold, and challenge yourself.

Write down 5 small things that you may not usually lean towards pulling off in your space. Maybe you’ve wanted to wallpaper ONE wall, but you’re scared. Get crackin’ fraidy cat! Maybe your entire space is too neutral. Blah. Boring. Yawn. You have to change that!

Whatever the case, you can and you will make positive changes in your space if you start your top 5 list. Pick one and commit to doing it THIS WEEK. Once you’ve completed that task, proceed to the next and keep working your way down the list until you’ve shed your design fears and your space is fresh and really reflects who you are and not some template of what it could be if you only would add an amazing orange pendant light or that bright fuschia wall.

You can even write your list here, under the comments link below. Sometimes voicing your design fears in public can motivate you to get started. You’ll find that the more you work your way down your list and break the mold, the more daring you’ll get when it comes to design.

What do you think?

(photo from mushroom girls virus. I just thought it was pretty.)

Posted in inspiration, tips on February 16, 2006


I’ve been slowly working on the new column to your right, building out linkage to favorite stores by city along with design glossies, art + indie sites, other most excellent blogs, sites for kids, sites for dogs…you get the point. Today, I’ve added quite a few links over there, so click around and see if you spot anything that interests you, or give me a quick shout or slap in the head if I need to add or edit anything.

Speaking of links, here’s some from west elm that I’ve been jonesing for lately. Especially this silver lamp with links shade. Sweet!

bubble lamp, $129
not to be confused with bubble butt
chain link pillow cover, $19, mandarin, ocean, expresso or white
minus the whips, please.
links rug, $139-599 expresso or stem
a string of beauty
Posted in uncategorized on February 16, 2006


Sensual? Organic? Floral? Leather trim? Are we talking about Nokia, as in phones, here people?


Seems like the folks at Nokia are catching on that Americans want more out of their gadgets than functionality. We want what the Japanese + Europeans have already enjoyed for ages, slick design. Metal is cold. Plastic is old. Bring on the slim new (in the states, anyway) Nokia 7380 model. For those of us that aren’t interested in the features included in this new phone (yawn), I can tell you one thing for certain, it sure is cute.

Calling home never looked so good.

Posted in uncategorized on February 16, 2006


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