Friday, February 25, 2011

Product of the Week: Suzani Ceramic!!

Just when you think things couldn’t get any cooler, Boston-based ceramicist Jill Rosenwald created this ultra-cool suzani-inspired ceramic bowl.

The piece measures 10"wide by 10.25" high and it is dishwasher safe and meant to be used all the time.

Jill has many other very cool ceramic designs at her etsy site here.

 Lg Bee Bowl in Prout's Poppy

There are more products of the week in store.  Stay tuned!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NKBA 2011: Design Finalists for Bathrooms

Have you checked out the National Kitchen and Baths design finalists in the bathroom category?  If not, swing on over to this link now and check them out!
There are a couple of really inspiring bathroom designs like these;

Designer Holly Rickert got it right on the money with this bathroom.  River rock surrounds the free-standing tub giving this bathroom a relaxing spa feel.  Coupled with the dark cabinetry and flooring, this space feels modern and timeless.

Designer Christine Salas also had a hit with this tiny, but uber-chic bathroom.  Cool bathtub + cool fireplace right next to it is a winning combination for me!  The color of the tile works in the room, the sconces are unassuming and perfect and the artwork right on.
But there are also a few that I just don’t get!

Designer Ellie Baker can put a bathroom together, but I am not so fond of the color scheme in here (the white tile is too stark for those warm cabinets), the bowl glass sink (are they even still in style anymore?) and that hardware on the cabinets!    Sorry… this one misses the mark in my book.
 Jon Mancuso Photography
Designer Lori Carroll did some things right here.  The oil-rubbed bronze faucet is trendy and in style right now and the pendant lighting adds a cool vibe to the space as well, but overall, it feels very 80’s to me for some reason?   I think it is the color of the floating cast stone sink as well as the corrugation tiles on the wall.  She tried something unique and different with marble slabs embedded with fossils behind the sink, but again, this one misses for me as well.  What’s your opinion?
It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, it’s the size of the heart…

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Cute Homegoods

Soft Surroundings, which is mainly a clothing catalog, has their Spring line out.  And, with it, they have featured a couple really cute home goods that I have to show you! 


Fountainbleu Quilt.

From $189 to $269, this super romantic, fluffy quilt is so dreamy, I just want to plop down in it and sleep in!


The Fountainbleu Euro Shams.

dreamy.lovely.renoir-ish…..  $59.00.


Marrakesh Express Quilt

From $139 to $199, this Indian-inspired quilt is very zen-like.  The blues and greens are calming and the pattern is beautiful.



Haiku Garden Stool

$251.00.  This garden stool/side table is so unique.  I love to put different pieces into rooms.  What I don’t like is cookie-cutter décor.  So, when something like this comes along and screams “original!”, “beautiful!” and “unique!”… I’m all over it!




Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

~ Aristotle

Monday, January 24, 2011

Extraordinary Lighting


We’re almost at the end of January.  It’s the new year!   Have you made changes for the better?  Have you made your New Year’s resolutions?   Have you lit up your life yet?   No?  Well, let me give you some inspiration.  Let me flood your life with beauty and light!

Here are some beautiful, extraordinary lighting fixtures that are so gorgeous, so inspiring, that songs should be written about them… poems should be penned and definitely… rooms should have to be designed around them!



From Hudson Furniture Inc. 

Design by Baran Baylar
Gloss Nickel Plated Laser Cut Rings and Chains
How gorgeous is this lighting fixture?   It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”.  So elegant and regal.   This chandelier screams dinner party!



From Hudson Furniture Inc.

love you love you not
chandelier, conical
steel, swarovski crystals
This fixtur, on the other hand, reminds me of Edward Scissorhands and War of the Roses.   It’s beautiful, but in a very dark, ominous way.   I would love to see this chandelier lit.  The tiny crystals interspersed between those gorgeous black roses probably reflect beautifully.  I can see designing this fixture into a very modern-styled home, or even a retro-inspired décor.  It would be fun to place it in an unexpected place as well, like a front foyer or large master bath.



From Hudson Furniture Inc.

iron, clear crystals
gloss nickel finish
This wall sconce was so unusual, I had to feature it.  It’s so organic and beautiful.  I love the little candle holder within the wirey tangled mess of iron… all topped off with beautiful crystals of course.


From Hudson Furniture Inc.

floor lamp, iron
gloss nickel
These floor lamps are so fun and so unusual!  I love them!  But, I do want to turn them upside down and start sweeping!



From Hudson Furniture Inc.

ludwig & larsen
Solid Walnut, Blackened Steel, Linen Shade (Brown shown, white also available)
I love this swing arm lamp!  What a great mix of retro and modern, with the drum shade.



QUIN.MGX Chandelier

Part of the Within4Walls Collection since 2006

From Bathsheba Grossman for MGX by Materialise.

These extraordinary starfish shaped balls would be perfect party lighting.  Group a bunch of these on your patio, throughout your pergola or strung across your lawn for a fun summer party. 


Cibola Bone China Pendant Light by Dominic Bromley for Scabetti

Part of the Within4Walls Collection since 2007…..  Part seashell, part planet, part teardrop.  Gorgeous how the light infuses from behind the inner ball.  Made of bone china.



Linz Wall Light

Part of the Within4Walls Collection since 2009

Sometimes simplicity is the best option.  I love the travertine embedded in this chromed steel.  Perfect for hallways, breezeways or covered porches.



Have a wonderful week everyone!


In the beginning there was nothing.  God said, "Let there be light!"  And there was light.  There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.  ~Ellen DeGeneres

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.  ~Joseph Joubert