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Publique Living

I can see it in your eyes. You like your paper lantern hanging light. It hung out with you during college and now, six apartments later, he’s still hanging around illuminating your way, hardly noticed. He’s your old faithful. The many battle marks he wears from being folded and unfolded, moving with you from house to house, aren’t that obvious. It doesn’t really matter anyway, it’s only a light.

Dear Lord what did I just say? Ahem. Ahhhhhem.

Note: Clearing ones’ throat is a sure sign of lying.

If though, you would consider another light fixture (major hint), why don’t you give Publique Living a go. You can still keep Mr. Twinkle, just relocate him to your storage closet. Publique Living’s, “Woven Veneer Lampshades” are made from strips of wood (walnut or maple) woven together to form an attractive shade. They are stylish without being so supertrendy that your space will look dated in 6 months. For the locals (Bahstun), I heard that Abodean in Cambridge carries some of the Publique Living line, so give them a call. It’s also good to note that Publique Living creates other great design objects for your home, so their website is worth checking out.

Hey, did you know that a stylish new lamp will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex and give you some major clout in your social circle?

Ahem. Ahhhhemmm.
(Photo:RIGHT: Woven Veneer Lampshades from Public Living.)

Posted in lighting, shopping, travel on January 19, 2006


pi?qu? n.- A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.

Pique selected a worthy name for themselves; their business is tightly woven together by talented artists that make very strong statements in outstanding design. You absolutely have to request a catalog, the folks at Pique have such exceptional taste that I’m willing to bet you’ll want one of everything.

Kelli Gierz, the creative mind behind Pique, attracts those who value fine craftsmanship and beautiful design. Their site is also quite unique; they feature artists bios so you can learn about them and their processes, and an excellent print catalog that you can either download or request be sent to your home (no fee). You can view prices online and call them directly to place an order, too.


(Photos: Right: DoZo Brand lamps. BOTTOM: Esperanto Textiles, David Barthold Pottery, Melina Raissnia Sunspiral Felt Rug. All photos from Pique.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 19, 2006

John Derian

What’s not to love about designer John Derian’s handmade decoupage collection? I have a 12×20 tray with birds in varied shades of green, teal, and chocolate on a shelf leaning over my desk. I’ll never part with it. His stunning eye for color and eccentric style inspires me. Whether it’s a paperweight or a tray, you’ll find that owning one decoupage item is never enough. To meet the needs of a collector, John Derian also carries paperweights, coasters, lamps, imports, antiques, quilts, table linens, and a unique line of stationery, to name just a few. With images of red coral, blue birds, fancy insects, vintage botancials, and other designs inspired by days gone by, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you and fits the mood of your space. Prices start at $20 for a decoupage coaster, with plates around $105, and trays starting around $50-60 . (Photos: assorted product shots, complements of John Derian and the New York Gift Show.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 19, 2006


If you saw the new King Kong, you won’t soon forget the freaky insect scene. Seeing spiders and cockroaches the size of mini cooper’s wasn’t my cup of tea. I left the theatre swearing I had something crawling down my shirt. Stray popcorn. But still.

Admit it, bugs get a bad rap. How would you feel if you were always featured in freaky movie scenes, sprayed down with repellant upon entering a room, crushed under the heel of some chick screaming, “OOOOHHH MMMYYYY GAAWWWDDD LARRRYY hand meeee a shoooeee!” Other than a decent portrayal in Disney’s, “A Bug’s Life”, most of these little critters are shunned and stomped.

Good news for the winged and multi-legged ones. Things are about to change. LA based IGE (pronounced long E-gay), is showing bugs a little respect by showcasing gilded silver insects on wool pillows cut from men’s suiting material. Available in brown or grey pin striped fabric, these pillows are cruelty-free for bugs and won’t leave you with the creepy crawlies. In fact, Helene Ige, Parson’s grad and the designer behind IGE, carries distinctive furniture featuring unique laminate insects on furnishings such as tables, too. Her organic pop art approach gives a modern flair to old-school design. When in LA, you can visit her store, or you can dial her up for retail locations in your state.

(Photo courtesy of IGE. Note: Wouldn’t you love to paint that chair lime green, painting the scroll work white inside?)

Posted in uncategorized on January 19, 2006


Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.


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