Rug and Pouf Awesomeness

Spotted on DWR and Etsy this week, this spectacular Kalpana Kilim rug and these box poufs. Gorgeousness abounds! I have to apologize to all of my clients because they keep showing up in their room design boards (you know who you are.) They better end up in someone's house and fast!

I mean, look at these colors!

So then, buy this carpet and put this square pouf and voila - instant awesomeness!!

 

And who can resist a perfect square? Come on!!

 


WHITE LEGO TAKES OVER MY COFFEE TABLE

So my husband, Adam, whose client is Lego, has made sure to tell me a dozen times that the correct plural of Lego is NOT "Legos". I just wanted to get that bit out of the way.

Now, onto why the beautiful, white only version of these little building bricks have taken over my coffee table. Well, it all started last year when they had buckets of them on the High Line in NYC as part of their community art project. I am a sucker for anything in all white, and these perfectly shaded, Decorator White Lego were no exception. Here I was thinking I'd have to go and pick out all the white bricks from our giant bag in order to recreate this scheme, but I soon found out that that was totally unnecessary. 

Enter into my world the beautiful Architecture Studio set (completely designed for grown up design whores like myself) and all was perfect. They now comfortably live in a beautiful white, modern tray on our big coffee table in the middle of the living room. Not only do they look great, but they are actually played with quite frequently by our kids and house guests (not to mention Adam and me). We like to have contests to see who can build the coolest modern house. And, what's better than decor that inspires people to design? Nada!

 Atticus's very long, modern house

Atticus's very long, modern house


 The High Line

The High Line

 Lego Architecture Studio Set

Lego Architecture Studio Set

MY FAVORITE THING, RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND!

I will be onto something new pretty soon, I am sure. Earlier this week it was Corian, but now its this most excellent wallpaper by Ellie Cashman. I have seen it around in various projects, including at a friend's office out in LA (shout out to Jaclyn Johnson, founder of No Subject and Create & Cultivate) and I am considering it for an accent wall in the dining room or master bedroom. I love the drama of the dark background with the light flowers - it reminds me of a Rembrandt still life, only HUGE! The best thing is that it goes with so many types of decor. I am thinking of coupling it with a chandelier and some white Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs.

 Courtesy of Bloglovin

Courtesy of Bloglovin

 Courtesy of LA Canvas

Courtesy of LA Canvas

If you love the idea, but can't commit to a whole wall of this, take a look at the beautiful prints for sale over on One Kings Lane by Artist Ashley Woodson Bailey (see below)

 Ashley Woodson Bailey via One Kings Lane

Ashley Woodson Bailey via One Kings Lane



Why Corian Rocks!

A few months ago, we moved into a pretty cool mid-century modern home. It was a big leap, having just redone our colonial style, village home top to bottom in 2011. But, we were presented with the rare chance to live in a very California style house while remaining in New Jersey, and we couldn't pass it up!

One of the most delightful things about this new home, much to my surprise, are the 20+ year old white, Corian countertops. I mean, they still look perfect. I can set down a scalding pan, spill a glass of Merlot and cut a kiwi on this stuff and it still cleans up and looks brand, spanking new. It puts my three-inch thick, Italian Basaltina from the old kitchen to shame. 

With all of the new countertops out there, I hope people who are renovating haven't forgotten about this old time gem of a material (which is still competitively priced at $64-126 per square foot). The best part? It can be molded into any type of continuous shape, which is just gorgeous.

PS. It comes in more than white!

To learn more, visit Dupont.com

 



'Tis the Season of Light

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or the Winter Solstice, for most of us, this time of year is all about light - both inner and outer. We celebrate by lighting candles and by decking the halls with oodles of string lights in white and multiple colors. 

One of the things that I love about string lights in particular (not to mention that nowadays, they come in every shape, size, color and length), is that they look good just about anywhere. Having trouble making your hours feel festive? Not a problem. Just grab some string lights and stuff them in a jar. Line your tables, wrap your mirrors, find your biggest, baddest bowl and wrap them around some pine cones. Tape some on the wall as a holiday card holder (see below). The list is endless. 

I enjoyed wrapping my last strand around our buddha from Thailand, which gave us a little chuckle, because the buddha, too, represents light. 

        

 

 

 

 courtesy of throughthemirror.co.uk

courtesy of throughthemirror.co.uk

 courtesy of renelinjer.com

courtesy of renelinjer.com