Monthly Archives: April 2009

My Cup of Tea

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I’m loving the Alice-in-Wonderland chic that this pendant emits. It’s probably The Most Perfect option to hang above a breakfast nook. It would also be fab over a kitchen sink or in a group of three lined along a large island. (-Allie)

Teacup Pendant by Laura Ashley (8”W x 6.5”H), on sale for $63 through Enlighten Living.

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Permanent Ink

Jessica Rust Designs Tattoo plate

Maybe it’s the perfect wedding gift for the couple that doesn’t ‘do’ china – a set of tattoo-patterned plates with their names inscribed on them. Or Mother’s Day is right around the corner – she’d definitely appreciate the ‘I Love You Mom’ more if it’s not spanning your biceps. Or just be selfish and get them for yourself – I see no reason why a flaming heart shouldn’t be your adopted family crest. (-Moe)

Tattoo Dessert Plates, $98 for set of four, Jessica Rust Designs.

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Have a Cow

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Mooooooove over ordinary throw pillows (I’ve been dying to say that), this pillow from VivaTerra is anything but. Not only will its unique style grab guests’ attention and add a punch of personality to your space—but it’s also made from repurposed authentic Guatemalan feed bags (on the front) and recycled coffee sacks (for the back), so it’s great for Mother Earth as well. (-Allie)

Vaca Pillow (18” square), $95 at VivaTerra.

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It’s Greek to Me

QUESTION: Love the site, I am looking for some Mediterranean decor ideas for my office. The problem is, if I wanted it to look like the convention and visitors center for Greece, I would go to my church’s bookstore. (-Jimmy, Fresno)

ANSWER: Although the words “Greek decor” can conjure up images of furniture upholstered in the Greek flag, overscaled white columns and a strict navy-and-white palette, there’s actually many facets to the Mediterranean-sea-inspired style. For your color palette, find inspiration in the surrounding landscape—a palette of bright white and vivid aqua with pops of cobalt and russet, for example. For an office setting, artwork and accessories are the best way to bring in some color. If you have a dimly-lit space, envelope the room in light with some corner floor lamps. Now…as far as an answer specific to Jimmy’s question–I have a slight upperhand, being that I’ve known him for the better of six years now. And because every interior should be specific to the individual, I put together a room that I believe fits him to a T (I can picture him now, leaning back in his chair, sipping a fine glass of Port and smoking a cigar from his humidor…)

THE LOOK: Keep walls bright white–if you can, paint one accent wall a deep-sea blue. I’d go with one big statement art piece, like this portrait of King Paul of Greece (trust me, it captures Jimmy’s personality well); I love its Rat-Pack vibe. (For other artwork options, see below.) This desk from Restoration Hardware subtly mimics Grecian columns without being ostentatious. And, it has the same solid, commanding presence as Jimmy himself. Add a couple airy-white guest chairs for a light contrast (get a set of two in Natural). Underfoot, this Greek Key rug by Jonathan Adler offers a more literal nod to Jimmy’s heritage and is so au courant with the trends. (If this is too literal for your liking, opt instead for this Flax jute rug). Top it off by adding some greenery to these olive jars to bring a little life into the room—not that Jimmy’s boisterous personality won’t be enough… (-Allie)

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King Paul of Greece Laughing print, 30”x40” (also in other sizes), $199.99 at Art.com. Greek Key rug, 4×6, $720 at Jonathan Adler. Guest Chairs in Natural, set of 2, $329 at West Elm. Palladian Desk, on sale for $1,730 at Restoration Hardware. Olive Jars, $129 (small, 18”H), $159 (medium, 24”H), $189 (large, 31”H), at Crate and Barrel.

Here are a few more Greek-inspired options for art:

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[From left to right:] Merovigli art print by F. Dot, 20”x20”, $31.99. Fishing Boats print by Eitan Simanor, 40”x30”, $69.99. Reflets bleus artwork by Pierre Doutreleau, 31”x24”, $36.99; all available at Art.com.

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Soft Lighting

India Rose cloth lanterns

These fabric lanterns are a little bit country, a little bit boho. I’d hang them above a rustic kitchen table or on the porch for a gentle glow in summer evenings (you have to add a lighting kit – check your local craft store). They’d also be a cool alternative to paper lanterns for decorating  a space for a party. (-Moe)

Fabric Lanterns,$35-43, at India Rose.

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The Early Bird

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Morning coffee seems sooo winter ’09, but with this sweet faux-bois bird cream and sugar set, your a.m. café au lait suddenly becomes the drink of spring! (-Allie)

Bird Cream + Sugar Set (by Jeremie), $32 at Show

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Chaise the clouds away

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Warm weather has slowly (and I mean SLOOOOOWLY) made its way into the season. For the last couple months I’ve been sitting out on my patio sipping margaritas in my puffy coat and rain boots in hopes of evoking the 80-degree Gods out of hiding. Finally my hard work has paid off. And now that it’s here, I wish I had a space like this to enjoy it from. Inspired by a photo from the now-defunct Domino (sigh), here’s how you can make this stylish chaise scene your own—on a budget! (-Allie)

Chaise, $226 at Walmart. Stool/Side Table, $65 at Chiasso. Umbrella, on sale now for $119.99 at Patioumbrellas.com. Yellow Outdoor Fabric (make pillows!), $36.95/yard at OutdoorFabrics.com. Brown Fabric (cover the chaise cushions!), on sale now for $9.99/yard at Jo-Ann Fabric. Lantern, $14.95 at Z Gallerie.  Tan Pillow, $44, Yellow Stripe Pillow, $29, both at Pottery Barn.

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