Summer may not seem the time for thoughts of hot tea, but any time is a good time for funky items like these tea pots by Esther Derkx. This innovative designer screenprints retro photos of flirty gymnasts, dancers and divers onto vintage crockery, taking your great-grandmother’s fine china to a whole funkier (and fabulous) level. (-Allie)
Esther Derkx Improved Crockery Teapot, $120 (assorted styles) at ReForm School.
Aren’t these the perfect little tea party napkins? They’re sweet, classic and have just the right right amount of whimsy. (-Moe)
Butterfly Napkins, $39 for set of four, at Wisteria.
Country Living magazine always features inspirational homes and ideas—and I was immediately smitten with this bungalow, by designer Ann Nicholson, decorated in all black, white and yellow. The front porch is especially chic with its black chandelier, ribbon-lined drapery (outdoor fabric, of course) and that punchy vibrant yellow door. Love it! The bright hue takes the small white craftsman to a whole new level. Opt for a boldly bright exterior paint in a hue like Benjamin Moore’s Sunshine yellow and make your neighbors jealous with your style. (-Allie)
Photo by Keith Scott Morton; Image from Country Living magazine.
First impressions truly are the most important—so make a statement before guests even make it through the front door. Door mats are a great way to set the tone for a home’s personality, and I’ve force-fed you thirteen stylish options so you have no choice but to throw one down. (-Allie)
[Left to right, from top:] Paris Sewer Cover Rug, $23.99 at Perpetual Kid. Hessum, $3.99 at Ikea. Delightful Doormats, Crown, $34 at Wisteria. Estrella Doormat, $16.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Garden Juniper Doormat, $25.99 on sale at Wrapables. Floral Doormat, $26.99 on sale at Smith & Hawken. Tree Study Doormat, $28 at Anthropologie. Bird on a Branch Coir Doormat, $39 at Smith & Hawken. Peacock Doormat, $14.99 at World Market. Delightful Doormats, Seashells, $34 at Wisteria. Trampa, $12.99 at Ikea. Paisley Doormat, $16.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Bicycle Doormat, 18×30, $28 at Garnet Hill.
[You know how when you spend a lot of time with someone you eventually start thinking alike, or dressing alike? Well…both things have happened with Moe and me. And this post is a great example of that. I had today’s post all picked out and ready to go long before I spotted her Daily Ob yesterday. I guess great minds do think alike…and apparently they love flamingos…]
In February I bought two pink plastic flamingos to spruce up my tiny Upper East Side backyard. At first, many scoffed at my kitsch decor idea. It’s been a few months, but those retro babies have grown on my initial naysayers. And I have no doubt that these little lovelies by Bailey Doesn’t Bark—white porcelain cups donned with burnt-sienna flamingos and 23k gold detailing—will capture the hearts of those anti-flamingoites in an instant. (-Allie)
Flamingos and Trees cup set, $57 for set of 2 by Bailey Doesn’t Bark.
Recognizing that not all of our readers are women, I thought it time for me to put together a more “masculine” space. Of course I (a woman) would feel absolutely at home in this richly hued “au naturel” room, as I think many women would—a compromise, perhaps, for the newlyweds fighting between shabby-chic and bachelor-pad black leather?… A cognac-colored wall sets a bold tone but then is subdued by more neutral accents. I love a single pop of orange for some extra interest. Men, what do you think? And ladies, is it livable? (-Allie)
[Clockwise from top:] Paint: Chair Spice by Behr, Alexandria Beige, Kona and Seedling by Ben by Benjamin Moore. Wine Barrel Wall Clock (25” diam.) by Ty Pennington, $249 at Grandin Road. Marcello Umbrella Holder (used as dry vase), $79.95 at Z Gallerie. Bresson Rocker, $1,798 at Anthropologie. Venetian Bamboo-Leg Table, $399 at Wisteria. Round Sardonyx Box, $19.95 at Patina. Barnard Lamp, $575 at Jayson Home & Garden. Classic Herringbone Synthetic Rug, 5×8’, $199 at Pottery Barn.
Okay, I have a bit of a thing for flamingos (see here). But I sure do love this streched canvas art – it’s perky and bold, and if you don’t like lavender, it comes in eight other colors! (-Moe)
Flamingo in Purple from Animals Collection, $59 for 12×12 inch, at Avalisa.