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coffee + cre8tive [wed feb 08 06]

visual inspiration to stimulate your senses.

feel: calm. like i’m standing in a modern kitchen on a sunny day drinking fresh squeezed oj in a t-shirt, jeans, barefoot, barefaced. uncomplicated. anything by Moby filling the air.

see: flowers and butterflies. no butterflies are in this pattern, but upon first glance, i almost see them fluttering across the bottom.

use: i’d use the pattern as potholders and dish towels in a modern kitchen with orange walls and everything else in pure white – very issac mizrahi shiny white lacquer cabinets. A few tall ceramic canisters on the counter in shades of green, yellow, and pink to match the pattern.

fave color: the fresh pink. i see grapefruit sliced, one half laying on a white cutting board, the other half laying belly side up on the counter, the sparkly fruit smell filling the air.

you’re up!

*how do you feel when you see this pattern?

*what do you see?

*how would you use this in your space? wallpaper? pillows? art? other?

*what color do you like the most in this pattern?

answer one or more below by clicking on the comments link.

Posted in inspiration on February 08, 2006

Nigella Lawson

Look at her. How can anyone not fall in love with a woman who is sexy, successful, and can actually whip up handmade treats without batting a pretty little eyelash?

No, sassy pants, we’re not talking about you. We’re talking Nigella.

I’m sure you’ve spotted Nigella’s Living Kitchen line before, but I found a few items that I’d like to purchase, so I thought to share them with you. You see, my cooking lately consists of making the same thai dish over and over again, or grabbing sushi take-out, so I’m hoping some fancy new kitchen stuff will inspire me to actually make homemade cookies vs. slicing them from the roll. There’s a Nigella in me, I just know it.

I seriously need cute products to help me become a better wife. (My husband rolled his eyes, too.)

Note: Some of these items aren’t yet available in the states, but you can always email them and request they ping you when they are. I love the pretty colors, especially all the light robin’s egg blue.

measuring jug.
holds flowers when not in use. numbers on the inside for measuring – smart!
serving hands.
okay, i’m starting to want lunch.
parmesan grater.
fits right into the palm of your hand.
hug mug.
everyone needs a hug!
over-size mug and saucer for comfort food!
blue piglets.
you’ll want to hog these little s+p holders for yourself!

(photos from

Posted in uncategorized on February 07, 2006

Domino Shop at H.D. Buttercup

Okay, this is going to sound really braggy, but I did some cool stuff last summer in LA that I just totally fell upon. Well sorta. My husband and I attended the red carpet premiere of Batman Begins (Katie Holmes is stunning!) and I even met designer, Rachel Ashwell and had a chat with her, complete with photo and autograph thanks to my husband who nudged me to JUST ASK. I went up to the Getty and drooled for hours at the stunning architecture. I stayed on the beach in Santa Monica watching the designer wheels cruise by. Shopped Montana Ave, too. Then, as I flew home, I had one major regret. I didn’t go to H.D. Buttercup. I totally forgot. What a moron. All the hollywood bling blinded the holly, I guess.

H.D. Buttercup is a hot bed for home accessories and furnishings in LA. (I guess it’s like a Fred Segal for interior design freaks, maybe?) Now, they just added more coals to the fire making them hotter than ever. They’ve added a Domino Shop, a new space to debut brands, products, and events, complements of Domino magazine.

Yup. I won’t miss Buttercup on my next LA adventure. Not a chance.

Are any of you in LA? Have you been? Share!

Posted in uncategorized on February 07, 2006

Cookie mag

While we’re on the topic of hip parenting…have you heard of the new Cookie magazine? It’s a modern inspirational lifestyle magazine that celebrates parenthood, showcasing the hottest trends in fashion, FURNISHINGS, toys, books, travel, etc. Published by Conde Nast (Domino, for instance), I’m sure it will be a good read. Parents SO needed a magazine like this. This was long overdue.

To learn more and to subscribe, click here.

C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me!

Posted in uncategorized on February 07, 2006


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