Monthly Archives: July 2009

Fresh Greens

swatchThis week’s Swatchbook was inspired by this pretty fabric from Thibaut that I’ve had sitting in my apartment waiting for me to make pillows out of it. I love that yellow-green can be a great his-and-her color – it’s pretty, but not feminine, and not too trendy or weird to turn off style-averse dudes. I like the idea of layering it with creamy neutrals and wood for a nice, soothing room. (-Moe)

Fresh GreensCycloid wallpaper in Artichoke, at Walnut Wallpaper. Seguro Mirror, $799, at Crate & Barrel. Brooks sofa in Cameo, $799, at Room & Board. Graphic Crewel Pillow Covers, $49 each, at Pottery Barn. Garden Seat in Lime, $139 each, at Ballard Designs. Hampen Rug in Green, $50 for 4’4”x6’5”, at Ikea.


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Light ‘Em Up

Ikea lamps

So these desk lamps are adorable. And they’re super-cheap. AND they help impoverished children in developing countries! They’re like the Superman of task lights. SuperLights. You get it. So they’re solar-powered – snap out the panel and set it in the sun to recharge – and for every lamp that we, here in the US of A, buy, they will donate one to UNICEF – which then distributes them to children with no electricity. Pretty awesome, right? (-Moe)

Sunnan lamp, $20, at Ikea.

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Reuse, Recycle, Have Nuts


Every time you toss an empty wine bottle into the recycling (and if you’re like me, it’s often) you can breathe easier knowing it has a shot at a new, stylish life. This recycled Champagne Dish by the ever-creative Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden would make a unique jewelry holder (as shown) on a dresser, or a pretty dish for serving nuts at a cocktail party. (-Allie)

Artecnica’s Transglass Champagne Dish (by Tord Boontje & Emma Woffenden), $50 at Greener Grass Design.

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Picnic Time

WishingFish Condiment set

There’s nothing better than dining alfresco in the summer – whether it’s burgers from the grill or lobster rolls on a dock – and here’s the perfect accessory to capture that feeling. (-Moe)

Picnic Table Condiment Set, $18, at WishingFish.

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Fashion Statement


These pretty fashion prints remind me of childhood days flipping through Vogue and daydreaming of one day becoming a model or fashion designer. My dreams obviously took a different turn later in life (though I still have the lifetime goal of attending Paris fashion week and pretending I’m Parisian for seven days…) but these illustrations make me want to pack up my colored pencils and head off to fashion design school. Hang a grouping in a boudoir or bathroom for a subtle, stylish impact. (-Allie)

Laura Su Fashion Illustrations, 5×7 prints are $20; 11×14 prints are $46 at Prismera Design.

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Berry Cute

Strawberry Picnic Oven Mitts

Here’s the perfect accessory for someone whose taste for sweets outmatches their talent for baking. The  strawberry print fabric will brighten any kitchen, and who cares if your pie isn’t made from scratch when you pull it out of the oven looking this cute? (-Moe)

Strawberry Picnic Pot Holder, $7, and Oven Mitt, $11, Hatley.


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Peacock Blues



I came across the baby peacock photo above and became lost in the colors. It’s not a new image—but for some reason I was suddenly struck by its pattern and hues. The rich colors would make such a sophisticated, modern living room. Keep the walls neutral (like a soothing mushroom gray) to let the colors pop. Take the look to a literal level and add a bold peacock canvas or a quirky paper mache accent—and, of course, a grandiose chandelier to puff up your own proverbial peacock feathers. (-Allie)

Arlington Sofa, in Harbor Blue, $1,799 at Pottery Barn. Grayson Chair, in Aviary Toile, $1,500 at Williams Sonoma Home. Carmen Pillow (chartreuse and teal), $49.95 at Crate & Barrel. Paperie Petting Zoo Peacock, $99.95 at Anthropologie. Par Shag Rug, $299 (5×8) at CB2. Pasha Coffee Table, $489 at High Fashion Home. Martha Stewart Veneto Collection 8-Light Chandelier, $1,499 at Macys. Dwell Cubist Throw, $190 at Design Public. Peacock acrylic on canvas, 23 x 47”, Contact the artist for purchasing info.  Paint: Symphony Blue, Cool Aqua and Stem Green, Ben by Benjamin Moore.

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