Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cool Buy: Jonsbo Egby Table Lamp @ Ikea

My mom was looking for a small lamp for a very small and ladylike secretary she has in her living room. Mom lives in Florida and was hoping to make her living room feel a bit more airy and beach-inspired. She was thinking high end. I was thinking bargain-palooza. At Ikea I found this adorable little guy:

For $19.99 this is a whole lotta lamp. And she loves it. The pale green is reminiscent of beach glass, and the lamp is also available in a pale pink, clear and solid white. The solid white and clear bases aren't as good looking as the colored glass - to be frank, they look a little cheap while the green and pink bases look like they could be a little more expensive. (I just call 'em like I see 'em, folks)

But the lamp is the perfect pop of light and airy color for what was a slightly stodgy and formal looking corner in my mom's otherwise lovely and welcoming home.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wanna buy a town?

For just $799k you can own your own town. It's true! Change the name of Scenic, South Dakota to something that suits you. Like Deniseville. Just a suggestion. Learn more here!

Trailer chic? I kid you not.

In this month's issue of American Way, the American Airlines inflight magazine and one of my favorite reads, they featured a series of seriously cool - ready for it? - trailer hotels. These totally affordable, totally fun hotel rooms on wheels are fantastic examples of good use of space AND kitschy design.

Take the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, CA, for example. (great name, no?)  This fabulous spot features nine themed trailers with names like The Pony, The Integratrailor, and The Sweet. My personal favorite? The Fifi which features, among other things, sparkly gold vinyl banquets in the dining area, and a mini wig shop. Of course.

Rates start at just $75 a night. A bargain AND a good story to share with your friends!

The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa is just a cool urban hotel....with a trailer park on the roof. If I were to stay here I would pick the Afro-Funk trailer. When in Rome, and all that. How chic is this?

Rates start at $150 a night.

Here's a trailer suite at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas:

So gorgeous. I need that chair.

There are plenty more where that came from, including the BelRepayre Airstream & Retro Trailer Park in Mirepoix, France and The Shady Dell in Brisbee, Arizona.

Makes me want to hit the road. You?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cool Buy: Carved Wood Coffee Table @ West Elm

Has anyone seen the newest West Elm catalog? I want everything in it. Starting with this gorgeous carved wooden coffee table:


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cool Find: Carved Metal Side Table

Guess what I found? The perfect little side table to accompany my newly upholstered chair in the basement. I got this little cocktail table (aptly named because I plan on resting many a cocktail on it) at an adorable little vintage home accessories boutique here in Omaha. $35. So cute, yes?

As my friend The Retail Bitch said, it's very Syrian/Damascus chic. So true. So very true.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cool Buy: Boulevard Armchair @ Lily Pulitzer

Greetings from Florida! Today's post is inspired by my hometown of Miami and what I strongly feel should be our official city bird, the flamingo:

$859 from Lily Pulitzer and available on

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Design Blog Inspiration @ DesignSponge

Design Sponge is one of my favorite blogs. They have an amazing Before & After section that I could surf for hours on end. (by the way, my super internet-savvy husband says no one says "surf" anymore when talking about the internet. whatevs...guess I'm old school like that.)

Please PLEASE go look at the after picture on this renovation.

I'll give you a involves old exhaust fans and it is FABULOUS.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cool Buy: Pocket Dining Table @ CB2

Love to entertain but have a small living space? CB2 has created yet another brilliant solution for you. Behold the Pocket Table. In this configuration you can seat two to four people comfortably:

But let's say you're way more popular than that. (of COURSE you are) Boom! Slide out the sides and you can seat a few more:

The best part? No pesky table leaves to hide away.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stately Playhouses @

I loved this article in today's New York Times Home section about super deluxe playhouses. We have an adorable playhouse in our yard that arrived on the back of a truck, from Virginia, courtesy of my fab in-laws. Ceci loves it. So does every other child who comes over to play. And as much as I love our playhouse and think it is all kinds of adorable, these houses take things to a whole other level.

Take this one for example:

Photo courtesy of
It's a two-story, 170-square foot Cape Cod that features a 32-inch flat screen in the upstairs living room (complete with mini couches and chairs), stainless steel working sink and fridge/freezer combo in the kitchen (stocked with juiceboxes and popsicles, naturally) and vaulted ceilings. In Manhattan this place would rent for $1700/month, not including utilities. (No joke, when I lived in Manhattan I had a friend who rented a 100 square foot studio with a tiny window that looked out at a dingy brick wall. The place could've easily doubled as crack den set in an episode of Law & Order. She paid $1100/month. Location, location, location. Or something.)

I think it's nicer than my house. Click here to see more!

Cool Buy: Oversized Wine Bottles @ Pottery Barn

When I think of Pottery Barn I think of classic, basic pieces. I don't necessarily associate the brand with ground-breaking design or super unique finds. I think of them as a bit cookie cutter, but GOOD cookie cutter. (no judgement here)

Today my perceptions were changed a bit when I discovered PB Found, Pottery Barn's online vintage section. Look at these beautiful bottles:

Ranging in price from $99-$279, the web site claims these bottles were "purchased from a collector who carefully selected them from restaurants throughout Central Europe...these vintage glass bottles were once used to store wine or sunflower oil."

Check out the whole PB Vintage section from some lovely decorative accessories here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Reconsidering The Ranch" @ ApartmentTherapy

Loved this post on Apartment Therapy about reconsidering the ranch house. (thanks to Vanessa Y. for sharing!) I, for one, didn't want a ranch when we moved to Omaha. Having grown up in Florida - ranch house central - I wanted something totally adorable with stairs and a warren of rooms and possibly some shutters. I was not looking for a sprawling rectangle which is what I ended up buying:

The landscaping has grown out since this photo was taken and we painted the front door a punchy ocean blue color. I love my house. We have put a lot of work into this place and I love every square inch of it. (except my kitchen which suffers from a hormone-induced bad paint job and is our next project)

Point is, ranch houses are fantastic for my reasons and Apartment Therapy has provided said reasons in this brilliant post. Enjoy!

Cool Buy: Hoxton Wire Basket @ Adeline Adeline

I recently discovered this online shop thanks to Martha Stewart Living magazine. If you ride your bicycle and are of the farmer's market variety, you MUST check out their incredible selection of super chic bicycle baskets. Here's my favorite, reminiscent of an egg basket:

$160. Sure you COULD attach it to your bike, but you can also fill it with luxurious salt scrubs and natural sponges and crisp white towels and put it in your bathroom. Mmmm, I'm feeling zen already.

(Bargain shoppers: check out this vintage find for significantly less!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cool Buy: Nixon Bedding @ Jonathan Adler

The light blue Nixon bedding by Jonathan Adler makes me want to crawl into bed for a minimum of 36 hours.

It's also available in brown and yellow:

But the blue....oh, the blue. Zzzzzzzz.....

$45-$265 at

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cool Buy: Teak Stool @ Design Within Reach

Oh how I long to be able to have a simple nightstand like this one from Design Within Reach:


This doesn't work for me because I require lots of stuff on my nightstand. My book du jour, a good reading lamp, Mary Kay Mint Bliss Foot Lotion (seriously...amazing), Vicks Vaporub (to which I have a strange addiction...admitting it is the first step), and flashlight (I'm prepared to make a break for the basement).

Also I kind of just want someone to cut a slab of tree for me so I don't have to shell out $400 for this (admittedly beautiful) piece of teak. Anyone? Anyone?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Before & After: Upholstered Chair!

Remember the chair I scored for $65 at an antique mall?

Well look at it now!

Amazing what a change of fabric can do, no?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cool Buy: X-Ray Seagrass Prints @ ZGallerie

I love collecting original art. There's no right way or wrong way to start a collection - you just buy what you like and display it proudly. Bare walls stress me out. I see them as a place to hang a painting. Or a print. Or a poster. Whatever you like, I'm not picky.

Z.Gallerie has some great and funky wall art that is priced pretty well. Check out these two super cool x-rays of seagrass:

Clean and contemporary. $249.99 each at Z.Gallerie.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cool Buy: Applause Lamp @ PBTeen

I know I said I wouldn't post stuff from Pottery Barn Teen anymore. I lied.

Sometimes I think I could use one of these:

I could turn it on after I've made a particularly delicious dinner, or ironed a week's worth of shirts, or scrubbed the bathroom, or changed several poopie diapers. And then maybe they'd get the hint. Subtlety has never been my strong suit.

$39 at

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cool Buy: Senegalese Storage Baskets @ Serena & Lily

Ain't storage grand? Especially when it looks as pretty as this:

These are handmade storage baskets all the way from Senegal and available to you, dear reader, from our pals at Serena & Lily. $290 for the set of three, or individually ranging from $68-$148, depending on size. They are available in various sizes and perfect for toy storage, extra towels and toilet paper in a bathroom, or even for use as a beautiful hamper. Or shoot, don't put anything in them and just gaze upon their beauty.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cool Buy: Utopia Williamsburg Reversible Vase @

Let it be known, I hate Macy's. I find the stores cluttered, messy, and difficult to navigate. But I do love Jonathan Adler's home collection and for that reason I will visit Macy's web site...and ONLY their web site!

How great is this vase? One side: cool hipster guy. Other side: cool hipster chick. I am neither. But I love it anyway:

$28, Jonathan Adler Vase, Utopia Williamsburg Reversible.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cool Buy: Vintage Inspired Hotel Key Rack @ Mothology

Oooh pretty.

$62, Vintage Inspired Hotel Key Rack from Mothology.

Sure you could hang actual keys on this thing, but what about doing something a little different? You could hang necklaces and other pretty accessories in a bedroom? Or you could wrap wires around a few small glass jars and hang office supplies - paper clips, thumb tacks, rubber bands - above your desk? Any other genius ideas?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cool Buy: Terai Folding Chair @ Anthropologie

My obsession with ikat continues. I have no place to put this chair....I don't THINK. There may be a corner in the basement but I suppose I should wait and see where the chips fall. (Or is it cards? Cards fall? Cookies? No, cookies crumble. Whatevs. You get my drift.) But LOOK:

$198, Terai Folding Chair in Red Ikat. It comes in six other prints and colors and they're all amazing. See?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cool Buy: TPS File Cabinet @ CB2

I am about two weeks away from having a fully finished basement. I can't even believe it. It seemed like the impossible dream. I found a sofabed that is being delivered next week. I pray it fits down the stairs. I've been slowly acquiring accessories and furniture. A lovely little side table from a vintage shop, a blown-up and framed photo my husband took while surfing in Costa Rica, my fabulous antique mall chair I'm having's been pretty fun.

Still TBD? My desk. I have a very large space available and I intend to use every inch of it. This weekend my contractor was headed to his father's farm for the July 4th holiday and I asked him to see if he could dig up some old wood. Barn wood, giant felled tree limbs, etc. My hope is that he'll find something I can build a large top with, and now I'm on the hunt from some great legs.

One option people keep suggesting is putting the top on file cabinets. Functional? Very. Cute? I didn't think so. Until I saw these TPS file cabinets from CB2:

$159 and available in four delicious colors.

Friday, July 1, 2011