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Black and white wallpaper

Black and white wallpaper

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’ve started to become a fan of black and white patterns in interiors. There’s nothing quite like the drama and contrast of a black and white scheme to energize a room. In particular, I’ve been eyeing up some of the fabulous wallpapers out there in this popular color combination. There are literally thousands to choose from. It’s...

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Chinese cabinet with butterflies

Chinese cabinet with butterflies

Posted by on Jun 17, 2009 in Shopping | 4 comments

Where do you think this little chinoiserie gem is from? Well, it’s not from a dealer of Chinese Antiques. Nor is it from a little Asian furniture boutique in San Francisco. Nor did I pick it up on some exotic travels. It’s from British department store, John Lewis, and it costs $211. We used to buy our school uniforms from John Lewis! Now this...

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Side tables take center stage

Side tables take center stage

Posted by on Jun 7, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

We’ve had a LACK side table from IKEA in our living room for the past seven years. It has served us well but I’m beginning to think about swapping it for something a little more exciting. Looking around, it occurs to me that a side table is a fantastic, low-cost, low-commitment way to make a bold design statement in your room. Just checking out...

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Bud vases and tea glasses

Bud vases and tea glasses

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 2 comments

Living in San Francisco, we’re surrounded by excellent Asian restaurants. And where there are Asian restaurants, there are Asian restaurant supply stores. There’s one in particular that I love foraging in. It’s a veritable treasure trove. There are literally hundreds of diminutive bowls, multi-colored dishes, china tea glasses, lacquered...

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New Flavor Paper Wallpapers

New Flavor Paper Wallpapers

Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

CasaSugar has details of the new line of Flavor Paper wallpapers, debuted at BKLYN Designs this week. There are some real knock-outs: bright, fresh, drawing on tradition but with a definite twist. I like this one, Fruits of Design: Love the gold pineapples too. I’ve seen a few of these around – including a brass one in my local antiques store,...

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Robert Allen at The Shade Store

Robert Allen at The Shade Store

Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

One of my favorite sources for shades and drapes, The Shade Store, has just introduced a new line featuring Robert Allen textiles. If you aren’t familiar with it, The Shade Store allows you to order custom window treatments, in a range of styles, fabrics and colors and have them shipped to your home – for a decent price too. It was an absolute...

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Hummingbird wallpaper at Anthropologie

Hummingbird wallpaper at Anthropologie

Posted by on May 10, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

I have always liked Anthropologie‘s furnishing line, so I was delighted when it introduced a range of wallpaper. I was checking the site out today and found this really pretty wallpaper with birds, butterflies and flowers. It also has a rather enchanting name: Vanuatu Twilight. Here’s a close-up. This is an Anthropologie exclusive but the...

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Personalizing the IKEA home

Personalizing the IKEA home

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping, Tips | 1 comment

I like reading Apartment Therapy‘s ‘how to’ posts. Today AT Chicago has a post that’s particularly close to my heart – ‘how to avoid the catalog look at home’. When we moved to the US seven years ago, we first lived in San Diego. We had visited a couple of months prior to scout out rentals and had managed to line up...

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