Tuesday, May 31, 2011

pretty pendant lights, pillows, and doughnuts

I visited Doughnut Plant in NYC for the first time on Saturday and spied these pretty little pendant lights in the shop:

They reminded me of Jillian's post about exposed bulbs and the silver tip lightbulb. I think these are perfect examples.

The interior design at Doughnut Plant (I went to the Chelsea location) is fantastic. Not only are the doughnuts sweet but the decor is too. Check out these adorable doughnut shaped pillows that line one of the walls: 

All images via The Pink Chalkboard.

I must say that the doughnuts are delicious. I am a huge Krispy Kreme fan and Doughnut Plant may possibly have them beat. Plus, my doughnut (coconut glaze filled with coconut cream) was square. How cool is that?

Hope your weekend was sweet and delicious too!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Enjoy the ride

Whether you are bicycle-riding, eating barbecue, or just taking a quiet moment in the sun, here's hoping that you are having a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoying the ride.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Window Films

Last year, when my husband and I were looking to buy a house, one of the things we were looking for was a home with lots of natural light.  We were quite fortunate to find that, but after we moved in, we realized that lots of natural light = many windows = many window treatments. And covering those windows can be crazy expensive.

While we decided which window treatments we wanted on all of our windows (a major decision), we lived with no window treatments at all for months.  Well hello, new neighbors!  I did enjoy the light but I wanted some privacy, too.  I kept thinking that I could find a film or sticker that I could apply to the window temporarily that would be both functional and pretty but the few things I found were unattractive and quite complicated to install.

That was then.  Today, I just came across these window films at Design Public.

White Orba Adhesive Film

White Pixels Adhesion Film

Moroccan Tile Adhesive Film
They are super subtle but I love the little bit of graphic style that they bring.  Perfect for some privacy while still allowing tons of light into your space.

Most of my windows are covered now (Hunter Douglas' Designer Roller Shades are beautiful) but I am definitely filing these beauties away for some time in the future.  Maybe one day in the 3rd floor office?  Until then, I hope one of you buy these and let me know what you think.  I think they are lovely.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ruffle Goodness

Urban Outfitters has lots of ruffle goodness this season.

rosette ruffle duvet cover 
willow ruffle duvet cover
corner ruffle duvet cover

Look! My bedding (which I have in white) is now available in shades of blue. And by the way, how cute is that little chair beside the bed?

tonal waterfall ruffle duvet cover

Don't you just love all of these ruffles?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stina Persson typography

I'm a sucker for great typography and these hand-done images from Stina Persson take me to my happy place.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Some amazing interior images from architect Andrey Zyomko.

image via flickr
image via flickr
image via flickr
image via flickr

How great is that yellow spoon?

Monday, May 23, 2011


An absolutely amazing store and resource in NYC is M&J Trimming.  They sell everything from buttons and rhinestones to appliques and lace.  My favorite thing there, though, are the ribbons.

1" Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon Style 33103

1/4" Single Stitched Grosgrain Style 02394

7/8" Tonal Stripe Ribbon Style 32080

6mm Reversible Stitched Satin Ribbon Style 33689

15mm Grosgrain Fantasy Ribbon Style 34304

25mm Wired Picot Stripe Ribbon Style 38948

7/8" Grosgrain Polka Dot Ribbon Style 39006

I usually think of ribbon as something to decorate a present with or as a way to add color and uniqueness to a basic pair of curtains.  But check out this idea -- ribbons as room decoration!

Photo by Andrea via Ohdeedoh

So simple and yet elegant and punchy (a rare, yet fabulous combination, I think).  Decorating with ribbons is a fast and easy way to transform a room.  Perfect for homeowners and renters alike since you can connect all of those little ribbons to one single strip of ribbon and have very few holes in the wall.  A big bang for your very little buck.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Little Works of Art

The fabulous ladies of Loveleigh Invitations have truly outdone themselves. Take a look at their new letterpressed business cards.

All images via Loveleigh Invitations.

So incredibly beautiful, right? The details are amazing.

These cards are little works of art and I just love them. Hope you enjoy them too!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Love My City

Looking through Etsy recently, I came across the work of Judy Kaufmann.  This one in particular is my favorite.

It reminds me of NYC and though I don't live there anymore, I still think of it as my city.  Here are some others that caught my eye, too.


All of her work has such a good feeling to it.  They are simple, graphic and happy.  I love them.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I love these images from Tony Clark on flickr. First of all, his furniture is amazing. I love the gorgeous wood paired with metal mirrored legs. But what really gets me is his photo composition...and the zigzags. Placing this furniture on a zigzag floor that is reflected back in the mirrored legs is unbelievable!

Teak Tall Tree Cocktail Table with Polished Metal Mirror Legs
image via flickr
Teak Slab Table
image via flickr

Jillian and I were talking about these images and she reminded me of a great post on Design*Sponge featuring a zigzag wall treatment. Take a look:

image via Design*Sponge, project and photos by Laurie of Improvemental

I think we need more zig zags in life, don't you?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pretty Patterned Luggage

I recently received the Boden Summer 2011 catalog.  Mindy posted about a gorgeous scarf from Boden a few weeks ago but looking at the new catalog today, a different kind of thing caught my eye.  Check out that luggage!

It got me thinking -- couldn't this be a DIY project?  I often see old suitcases for sale at flea markets and yard sales.  Imagine buying one or two of them and then covering them with patterned paper. I think the key to this, though, is finding a suitcase with the right shape.  The suitcases here look especially good since the brown edges of the original suitcase are exposed.  I think it makes it look even more modern that way.

I imagine a stack of pretty patterned luggage beautifying the corner of a living room but also being highly functional as storage space for throws, magazines, etc.

I'm officially adding old suitcases to my mental list of things to look for the next time I pass by a yard sale.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Suburban Girl

I have really fallen in love with the set from the movie Suburban Girl. The main character's apartment is just so cool and eclectic and I wanted to share it with you. 

Here are some screen shots from the film. Sorry if the images are dark. The main character Brett (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) only spends a little time in the apartment, mostly at night.

Here is her living room. Great furniture selection, accessories, color, and mix of patterns:

Here is the dining room. The white palette is such a nice place for your eye to rest among all of the color throughout the rest of the set:

I think the headboard in her bedroom is amazing.

And finally, I wanted to include this last photo because I just love the reference to Judy Blume.
So great!

All images via Suburban Girl. Dir. Marc Klein. Odd Lot Entertainment, 2007. 

Suburban Girl stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin and is based on the book The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rex Ray

A few years ago, I came across the work of Rex Ray.  His artwork, particularly his collages, are so lovely.  I was thinking of him recently and went to his website and was delighted to see this first image.

Graphic, colorful, playful and fun, this is the perfect intro into the website and work of Rex Ray.

Here are some particular favorites:

Untitled #1309

Untitled #3060

Untitled #2725


Love those colors and organic shapes.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stray Dog Designs

Jillian's post Absolution about black and white packaging reminds me of this great interior photo from the home of Bill Pritchard and Jane Gray, creators of the amazing home decor company Stray Dog Designs.

image via country living magazine
You can see a slideshow of their home and whimsical design aesthetic here at Country Living magazine.

Stray Dog Designs is also partnering with West Elm now offering a series of really funky accessories. You can find them here.
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