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Thomas Paul

Silhouettes are everywhere. Target has silhouette folders in the $1 section. Craft stores sell “make it yourself” silhouette kits. Designers seem to have at least one silhouette hanging somewhere in thier home or office (at least according to Domino). But c’mon, is this silhouette thing really worth jumping on the trend wagon for? You tell me. I personally like it, but in very small doses. I wouldn’t have it all over my space, but I think the Thomas Paul silhouette luxe reversible silk + wool pillow could work for me. One of these on my sofa, would give just the right touch of trend without sending guests into the kitchen saying, “Did you see all those weird pillows, has Holly lost her mind?”. I think it would be safe to sprinkle one of these pillows in a room. They’re just sugar + spice + everything nice, without being annoying + bold + over-the-top. It measures 18×18″ and is available in red, black, cream, orange, aqua, and green color combinations. I found this one on the Velocity Art + Design website for $80, but you may find something like it for less elsewhere, and if you do, let us know!

Posted in uncategorized on January 14, 2006

Red Egg

This chair is like a girl on the cover of MAXIM or that hunk on GQ. Sexy, gets you worked up, but in the end, totally useless because you know you can’t have it. But, if you’re a design freak like me, you’ll appreciate the eye candy for what it’s worth, and look hopefully to the future when knockoffs of it hit Pier One and West Elm. The chair is from Red Egg’s Indochine collection, their newest line of cane and rattan furnishings inspired by 20s and 30s French and Vietnamese design. I’m sure I could contact Red Egg directly for pricing, but since their collection is sold at Neiman Marcus and Smith & Hawken, it’s a good enough stop sign for me to simply step away from the merchandise because it must be well over a grand. But it’s still fun to look at. When I see it, it actually inspires me to look at cane and rattan differently, in a more modern light. Maybe you already did and I’m just a bit behind. Seeing it perched atop a shag rug in a contemporary space makes me see the style in a bit more glamourous light, too. I wouldn’t mix the rattan magazine holder with it though (shown in photo). I’d simply have ONE cane/rattan piece in the room since I don’t like outstanding “focal point” pieces dotted all over the space trying to compete for attention. That’s just me. I would love to see this chair in black lacquer, high gloss white, or cherry red. I suspect UK Designer, Kelly Hoppen, using it in her rooms with a creamy moroccan wedding blanket on the arm. So, what do you think of it, do you like it?

Posted in uncategorized on January 14, 2006

Apartment Therapy, Scha-wing!



I‘m not worthy! I’m not worthy!” – decor8
I bow and express major thankage to Alec, the Editor of Apartment Therapy LA for featuring decor8 on their amazing design website. When I first saw the write-up (Jan 11), I was a bit taken back since my blog just got off the ground a few days prior. “Ex-squeeze me?”, I thought. I had no idea anyone even read it yet, much less the Apartment Therapy guys. I was blown away by such a wonderful welcome, and Alec’s shout out to the Apartment Therapy community about decor8 drove a ton of traffic and emails my way, so again, many thanks to them for helping put me on the blog map. I’ve added them to my links in the left column under, “blog your brains out”.

Here’s what they said:

We just got news of a new design blog out of Boston called decor8 and wanted to say, ?Go pahk ya cah in Havahd yahd!? which is our hometown way of saying, ?welcome to the community!?

The blog is run by decor8Holly who has a good eye for brightly colored and super usable furnishings. Each post comes with it?s own little essay, which allows the viewer to understand not only Holly?s taste, but her views and opinions as well. We are sure we will be slinking our New England blog sister often!

Good luck!

- alec

Posted in uncategorized on January 13, 2006

The Container Store


Did you watch Will & Grace live tonight? At Karen’s wacky birthday party, Will fussed over how much he loves to pickle food yet no one appreciates all the work he suffers to do it (a guest spit his pickled shrimp out behind the fireplace screen, ut oh). He mentioned having to locate a barrel for the pickling process, and how amazingly hard it is to buy a barrel these days. Along these lines, he then added, “I’d go to Crate & Barrel to buy a barrel, but of course, they don’t carry those, and they certainly don’t carry crates either. Remind me to tell them the next time they decide to open a store, they should just name it ottomans + wicker crap!”. It was quite funny, especially since he is such a drama queen. But, the whole thing got me thinking, why would you name a store after items you don’t even sell? (Maybe because everything comes from China in either a crate or a barrel, perhaps?)

Then, enter The Container Store. They actually sell containers (who’d have thunk it?) of all shapes and sizes, colors and errr….languages! Check out this fresh buy. It’s called, “Translations” , a bright wastebasket covered with genuine Japanese newspapers – each one is truly one-of-a-kind. For $24.99, can you pass it by? There’s also a magnent board, to boot. Wait, do you hear that? A song coming on… “I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!”

The Container Store seems to stock every possible container that you’ll ever need in life, outside of a casket. Heck, I bet they even have crates and barrels for our poor friend, Will. Gosh, he was in such a pickle. (Photos: TOP: translation wastebasket, BELOW: translation magnent board)

Posted in uncategorized on January 13, 2006

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