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Inlay furniture from Sang & Serena

Inlay furniture from Sang & Serena

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 4 comments

It’s no secret that I love inlaid furniture. My ideal bedroom would probably be completely white except for a stand-out dresser in intricate inlay. As it is, I have to make do with my beloved mother-of-pearl inlay mirror… Anyway, I’m always looking for new sources for this type of product so was thrilled to hear from a young firm called...

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Is that IKEA?

Is that IKEA?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 5 comments

As you know, I am not afraid to admit that a large amount of our furniture is from IKEA. If you’re smart about how you use each piece, you can’t beat it for affordable style. Well, IKEA has a new site where people share pictures of their IKEA purchases in situ. There are some great examples of stylish homes that use IKEA furnishings...

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New Niki Jones collection

New Niki Jones collection

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

If you appreciate hand-crafted textiles and furniture, then you’re in for a treat at Niki Jones. This British-based web site is a relative newcomer and has just launched its second collection. There are mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinets, Javanese cushions, Moroccan rugs and embroidered headboards in shades of gray, gold and pink. There are butterflies,...

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All-time favorites: ceiling lights

All-time favorites: ceiling lights

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 6 comments

Do you keep mental lists of favorite and iconic design pieces? You know, those items that, one day, you’ll have in your dream home? Maybe you’ve even treated yourself to a few of them. But, if you’re like me, the list seems to grow endlessly. So I’m going to try and keep track of them by posting my all-time favorite lists here. First...

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Desperately seeking Suzani

Desperately seeking Suzani

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 6 comments

When I posted about this lovely ocean-front home, one of the aspects I loved about the place most was the use of interesting textiles. Erin over at Slipcover Your Life asked where the Suzani pillows in the living room were from. While I haven’t been able to track down the exact source of the ones in that house, I have been finding numerous examples of...

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Japanese woodblock prints

Japanese woodblock prints

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

A few years ago, my husband and I were on our way out for dinner when we spotted this stunning woodblock print in the window of a local gallery. It’s of a Japanese dogwood tree and is by Hajime Namiki. The background is gold leaf and the tree itself and all the blossom is the most wonderfully-detailed woodblock print. Needless to say, I was smitten....

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Anna French wallpaper

Anna French wallpaper

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 12 comments

If you’ve read this blog for a while, then you’ll know I have a ‘thing’ about wallpaper. I’m drawn to the idea that, with a few dollars and a couple of hours’ work, I too could have trailing florals, rich chinoiserie, dramatic geometrics or sumptuous metallics on my walls. Trouble is, very little of these tempting...

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Aguayos, Suzanis and Bedspreads, oh my!

Aguayos, Suzanis and Bedspreads, oh my!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 7 comments

I’ve completely fallen for the range of textiles at L’Aviva Home. Representing techniques and crafts from all over the world, each piece seems to tell a story. Indeed, many of the items are vintage. The bedspread above is, of course, a Moroccan wedding blanket. Perfect for sparkly neutral types like me! I’m also hankering for one of these...

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