Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cool Buy: Tree of Life Bed @ Viva Terra

Ooooh pretty.

I would put this bed in my guest room and then load it up with pillows. Why? Because I like to read in bed and without a million pillows you couldn't really recline comfortably. But that's neither here nor there. This bed is so pretty and light. It almost looks as though it's made entirely of tree branches. As a teen I would've wrapped Christmas lights around the "branches" on the bed.

Who am I kidding? I love Christmas lights - I'd probably do that today. Fire hazard? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely.

On sale now at Viva Terra, $2,795-$3,795.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cool Buy: Dot Matrix Rug @ Land of Nod

A little late with the posting. Sorry....today was nutters. Doctor's appointments, baby who wouldn't nap, work stuff, etc.

Anyhoodles, here we go:

I love this rug. I can't think of anything witty to say about it other than it looks like a bunch of balled up Peeps sewn together and I think it would feel awfully nice and squishy between my toes.

$349 for a 4X6 rug. (if you need more you could purchase two and stitch them together) Cute, right? Right.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cool Buy: Mistletoe Pendant Lamp @ Mothology

I love the name of this lamp. Raw Metal Mistletoe Pendant Lamp.

They almost look alive. I almost expect some goggle eyes to pop out from under that shag.

These would look great in an already well-lit room as they don't appear to provide a ton of light. But hanging over an island in a kitchen with great overhead lighting? Gorgeous.

$318 for the large (16"x16" and currently out of stock) and $118 for the small (9x9 and ready to come home!) on Mothology.com.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cool Buy: Montauk Coffee Table @ Zinc Door

This coffee table reminds me of summers on the Outer Banks. (not Long Island...though I'm sure Long Island is lovely in the summer)

The base is made of driftwood, the top of distressed steel. It's earthy yet industrial and I love it.

$1,461 at ZincDoor.com.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cool Buy: Slat Rack @ Wallter

We have coat hooks in our mudroom. Four of them. There are three people living in our house, and yet the FOUR coat hooks are constantly overloaded with stuff. And not just coats. Handbags, scarves, umbrellas, bags of drycleaning, bags containing shoes that need to be resoled but have been hanging on aforementioned coat hooks for eight months now....

etc. etc. etc.

Know what we need? Did you say "less junk?" WRONG! The correct answer is: MORE HOOKS!

$145 and available in green, orange, white and chocolate brown on Wallter.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cool Buy: Stick-Up Weekly Calendar @ Poketo


I just ordered these and am tempted to order several more in order to stockpile and ensure I am never without.

Post-It Note-style weekly calendars. I'll put a fresh page on the fridge each week in an effort to keep my family organized.

HOORAY! $10 at Poketo.com.

Cool Buy: Cheap Art @ Poketo

I like art. I think I have mentioned this before. I love art that makes me think and smile and want to stare. I love art with lots of texture and movement. I like that I can afford. Hey! Here's some!

Muswell Hillbilly by Tim Gough
First Thing by Ashkahn
Falling Flowers by Chris Bettig
All of these prints (and more!) are sold on Poketo.com for $40. Each listing also includes the artist's biography so you can learn more about where your super cool piece comes from. Add a $15 frame from Target and BAM! Instant art collector.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cool Buy: Double Walled Glass Tumblers @ Canvas

Things I received from my mother-in-law last week:

1. Two tubs of pimento cheese. I almost ate one before the hubby got home and then lied to him about how many tubs were in the package. But I restrained myself, thank you very much.

2. This amazing book:

3. A subscription to Garden & Gun magazine. Don't let the name scare you, it is awesome. If you live in the South, visit the South, plan on visiting the South, you need this magazine.

She's awesome, huh?

So flipping through G&G I came across these fabulous tumblers.

The green reminds me of beach glass which - FYI - is really hard to find. The violet is so ladylike without being girly. (no easy feat) They're all beautiful at $15 each at CanvasHomeStore.com.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cool Buy: Tripod Floor Lamp @ Target

I saw this lamp in person yesterday and let me tell you, it's a whole lotta lamp for under $50.

$49.99 (plus free shipping if you spend more than $50!) at Target.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cool Buy: Collins Leather Sofa @ Restoration Hardware

This sofa has the perfect blend of casual elegance. Clean lines in a classic design, but slouchy enough that it makes a girl want to sprawl out on it with a slice of pizza and flannel pajama pants.

On sale now: $2795-$4670.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cool Buy: Masala Lacquered Tray @ DwellStudio

We were finally able to get rid of our (cheap) ottoman-style coffee table in the living room now that our daughter is more stable on her feet and we don't have to worry about daily head injuries. We picked up a gorgeous, Mid-Century walnut Lane coffee table for a song at the River Market Antique Mall. Hooray! Furniture that we like!

The table was in perfect condition with not a scratch on it. Until my daughter got to it with her wooden sushi set. That girl can be rough with her wasabi, you know what I mean? And now it has a few small scratches that make me twitch whenever I look at them.

Problem solved: a pretty tray to hide them!

I love this beautiful tray from Dwell Studios. Don't they just make the prettiest things? It's all shiny and clean looking. And the lovely lining is a nice surprise. Perfect for setting down a cocktail, TV remotes, or fake California rolls.

$63 at DwellStudio.com.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cool Buy: God Father Lounge Chair @ Skate Study House

This post comes courtesy of my husband whose love of skateboards is surpassed only by his love of surfing. (you thought I was going to say his love of me, right? Obviously I come WAY before any kind of board, thank you very much.)

This company - Skate Study House - is amazing. Based in California and focused on environmentally-conscious design, these guys use skateboard design as the inspiration behind some pretty cool furniture. Like the God Father Lounge Chair:

See those leather ovals? They're inspired by the shape of a skateboard deck. Cool, eh? Wait, there's more.

This divider is made of the same maple plywood that good skateboards are made of.

Okay, one more:

Skateboard wheels! So cute for a boys room or man cave.

All prices available upon request by emailing info@skatestudyhouse.com.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cool Buy: Dodu Bed @ BluDot

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. And that someone is ME.

Perhaps I'm a little cranky because I only had one cup of coffee when I'm usually a two-a-day type of girl. Or maybe it's because I just had to spend $100 on a Tempur-Pedic pillow because I keep waking up with stabby neck pain. Actually, now that I think about it, it's probably the stabby neck pain making me cranky.

Maybe if I were waking up in this gorgeous bed I would be more chipper?

Probably not, because the stupid Tempur-Pedic pillow (only available in a standard size at Bed, Bath & Beyond) would be throwing off the pillow balance on an otherwise lovely and clean bed. For the record, I will be storing aforementioned pillow in the closet when it's not in use.

Anywho, back to the bed. Nice, right? It's also available in Charcoal, Graphite and Wheat. Or gray, black and beige for us non-artsy types.

$1,699 at BluDot.com.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cool Buy: Darjeeling Console @ Serena & Lily

I need Serena & Lily to stop sending me its catalog. Each issue makes me want to burn everything in my living room and start over. I would probably start with this in my entryway:

Actually, I would order this entire entryway vignette to be shipped to my home, ASAP. Along with a large supreme pizza with side of bread sticks. I get hungry when I shop.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cool Buy: Junior Templeton Chair @ Jonathan Adler

I love getting confirmation of my good taste. On a recent trip to Atlanta I popped into the Jonathan Adler store and was ecstatic to see this chair on the floor:

It's not that I LOVE this chair. It's that I happen to have pillows made of the exact same fabric on my living room sofa. See?

I am a design genius. Know what though? I prefer the chair in this fabric called Venetia Tangerine:

But you know what'd look great on it?

You guessed it!

Oh, and the chair is $1,095 on JonathanAdler.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cool Buy: Teddy Headboard @ Z Gallerie

Things I love:
1. Ikat prints.
2. My nephew, Teddy.

Cute, right?

So it's obvious why I would post the Teddy Headboard from Z Gallerie:
Not as cute as my Teddy, but still pretty great. $449 - $599.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cool Buy: K by Keaton Canape Plates @ Bed Bath & Beyond

Diane Keaton is one of my favorite actresses. She's hilarious and beautiful and reminds me of my mom (who also happens to be hilarious and beautiful).

Here's Diane in the 70s:
Here's Diane today (well, probably not TODAY today...but recently):

Right?? You go, Diane.

Anywho, Diane is adding home accessories designer to her resume with a line of dishware, linens and other fun doo-dads available at Bed Bath & Beyond. How cute are these?

Clean, simple, fun. $4.99 each.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cool Buy: Jacqui Console/Desk @ LaylaGrayce

BAM! Starting the year off with a pop of color. I'll admit, I've got a thing for citrus colored furniture. Perhaps it has something to do with the color reminding me of refreshing beverages. Lemonade, mimosas, mojitos. Whatever the reason, this lime green desk is really calling my name:

This would look adorable in a white kitchen. The perfect spot for paying bills or clipping coupons that you'll never use. (one of my favorite past times) Put it in a bedroom with a pretty gold-leafed mirror and metallic and mirrored tray for a fun, yet lady-like vanity.

$1,547 at LaylaGrayce.com.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cool Buy: Spun Floor Lamp @ DWR


Satin-finished machine smoothed aluminum. It's available in glossy black, glossy white, and polished aluminum.

Oh and it's $1,740 so I proooooooobably won't be buying it any time soon. But I can dream.


Happy new year, dear readers! Sorry I've been M.I.A. but it was hard to break away from my holiday routine of eating carbs and watching bad television (read: Rizzoli & Isles on TNT....really? Awful. Can't stop watching.)

But I'm back! And super motivated to blog my tail off. So I'll start with this from a blog I cannot stop reading lately.

Blogging mama Amber offers readers a "real" house tour, before and after kids.