Friday, October 19, 2007


Since fall is now upon us, add some style elements to update your home for the new season. Earthy hues, natural materials and items that have a worn patina of age will add warmth and texture to your cozy home.

Photo Courtesy of Unica Home
This is the best doormat since Target did their Happy Inside mat. Designed by Ed Annink in 2002 for Droog Design, it is finally available stateside. Pick up yours at Unica Home

Acorn Bird feeder from Plow and Hearth adds some rustic charm to your garden. There is a retro homey feeling to this feeder. Find it at Plow and Hearth

Photo Courtesy of Boussac
Falling leaves everywhere! Boussac's Scandale in this rich red color would make a great throw pillow. Look at their other fabrics you can get through your decorator at Boussac

Photo Courtesy of Peter Dunham
Fig Leaf, a Peter Dunham Design is used here in one of his projects to great effect. The two-tone leaves bring the outside in, with a graphic sensibility. I have also seen it used on outdoor furniture on a loggia--such fun!
Check out the other fabrics, some of which are ethnic chic, at Peter Dunham Stay tuned for Peter's latest design venture Hollywood at Home, a shop that will carry antiques, lighting, furniture and fabrics on 636 North Almont Drive in Los Angeles!! Grand opening November 1st, 2007.

Adding fall tip towels to the powder room welcome guests with whimsy. The classic L.L. Bean boots on a hand towel, perfect! From Lady Clare

Charlotte Moss launched her china pattern this year with American company Pickard, capturing garden elements in her seasonless lattice pattern. Check it out at her shop along with other decorating and entertaining goodies, Charlotte Moss

Photos Courtesy of Gien
Rambouillet, the charming Faience woodland hand painted pattern from Gien, is a seasonal favorite for those who love game and the wild. The chocolate patterned background looks great with wood handled flatware and other creamware pieces. Available at Table Ideas

Photo Courtesy of Kim Seybert
Hobnail glasses hark back to early Americana. This chic updated version from napkin ring and placemat trendsetter Kim Seybert looks fabulous on a traditional table. The teal blue is a great, rich shade that looks great with other jewel tones. See Kim's fashionable table accessories at Kim Seybert, her materials, patterns and shapes are inspired by the runway and are always innovative.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Aram
Twigware Forest Leaf Collection flatware is a fall favorite among editors, it looks great with so many china patterns. The delicate branch handles and handmade detailing add to the patterns uniqueness. See all of Michael's artistic pieces at Michael Aram

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The Laura Kirar Collection Lattice Throw plays on a geo pattern, in rich fall colors. Get yours at Kohler, and while you are there look at the lush materials she has used for her Baker line

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This yummy throw with lattice weave is sumptuous with the suede border. Better to wrap yourself in, from Ankasa

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Strike up a fire with these sophisticated wallpaper patterned matches. They will look great on the mantle, from Aero Home

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Provencal bedding from Williams Sonoma's new bedding collection will have you jumping out of bed this saturday morning to spend the day making ratatouille and coq au vin! So authentique! Make your bedroom tres francais and purchase it at Williams Sonoma Home

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


So what does it take to stay organized, have a nice workspace and keep the creative ideas flowing? The designers and stylemakers shown below will leave you inspired.

Photo Courtesy of Joe Nye
Elegant, cozy and refined workspace cum library make work seem lighter and more enjoyable. LA decorator Joe Nye is a master at this and his projects bring old and new together to create a fresh vibrant look. He always injects the personalities of his clients in his interiors. This room was created for the House Beautiful Showhouse in LA last year. Aren't showhouses the ideal client! Look at the full selection of eye candy at Joe Nye Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Alessandra Branca
Alessandra Branca of Chicago and NYC know the power of picking a punchy palette. Red, black and white here mean crisp and strong. Her signature power red (which I owe to her Roman heritage!) is energized by selected ebony and ivory antique pieces to accentuate the colors chosen.

Photo Courtesy of Jane Leider
Haute Home bedding and linens company is designed and run by a former magazine editor. With that experience she has learned how to get things done! As she works from her home office on her current collection, her samples are within arms reach for easy reference. Her workspace is clean and uncluttered, allowing for her clean, elegant designs to stand out. Classic traditional with a pop of great color, her linen patterns, hand towels and gifts are worth ordering now, from Haute Home

The results of all this organization:
Photo Courtesy of Haute Home

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
Iomoi paper and accessory designer Irene Chen's desk is brought to life with a few of her favorite things. Her fresh papergoods are classics with a modern take including paperweights, holiday package stickers and other adorableness through Iomoi

Photo Courtesy of West Elm
By now this lacquer Parson's Desk from West Elm is already a classic. Thank goodness they carry it over from season to season, West Elm

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If bamboo with red accents is your style, this desk has good storage and works well in trad interiors. From Kohler

Photo Courtesy of Bernhardt
Perhaps campaign style is more your thing. The Trestle Desk from the British Passages collection has the brass reinforced corners that I love, and plenty of surface area to work on. Find your local dealer at Bernhardt

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Pair the Parsons Desk with the Sarah Side Chair from Oly and create a clean work space. Admire the endless great options for your home at Oly Studio

Make your arrangement pretty with these key pieces:

A desk caddy, is a way to keep it all together and take it with you when you want to have a portable piece to take around with you. Marie Papier caddy from Motel Deluxe

A cup full of bamboo pens makes note taking easy. If you love bamboo, this is the site for you Bamboo 54

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Lest we forget the ladylike wastebasket. This piece, also from Bamboo 54 will also add some elegance to the powder room.

Leave this journal on your nightstand to jot notes and stick it in your bag to take with you.

Photos above courtesy of Carrot and Stick
A color and pattern to match every fabric scheme in your home, at Carrot and Stick Press

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Yet another sweet bird! This world weary traveller is taking a moment to soak it all in. From Cavallini. They also make great wrapping for gifts in the same pattern.

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Scribe with a Moroccan vibe. Cutesy Empire journal covered in printed fabric will have you thinking globally acting locally. FInd matching stationery at Elum Designs

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Delphine made this journal that is carried at Cotton Idea Studio, Mindy Gayer's charming Laguna Beach paper store and custom studio. This journal has a handmade touch and an elastic closure to keep business cards and small papers put. Adorable site design and product at Cotton Idea Studio

If you are a phone person and want a written reminder to do something important, call it in to a special phone number, leave a massage and get an email reminder. Pretty clever from Jott. This is being beta tested so give it a whirl

Photo Courtesy of Russell + Hazel
Staying organized should be a pleasant experience. Russell + Hazel is here to help. They entered the organizational category, um, defined it, with their brightly colored fabric-bound ring binders and notebooks. Then we started seeing their magazine storage boxes everywhere, because they were and still are the best. On trend colors (think chocolate with a pastel) make light work of desk work. Find a treasure trove of get it together goods at Russell + Hazel BTW, their materials start out as 100% post-consumer recycled content.

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Avoid stacks of papers by sticking everything in a marked box.

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Keep track of it all without loosing your head. A reminder never hurts.

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Classic yellow post it notes are not as fun as this bright Self-Adhesive Notes Set. Use them to tab magazine tears, mark catalog pages and on your laptop. No more boring.

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If you are not feeling the mix and match Jelly Belly look, perhaps monochromatic moments are more your thing. Fashion and home collide yet again. Be amazed at Russel + Hazel

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


At this time of year, you get the nagging feeling that the thank you notes you need to send out for the summer fun, showers and parties may be a bit overdue. If that is the case, I will make your life easier by guiding you to some new stationery that sends a message.

Photo Courtesy of Elum
Swank. A stylish box sits neatly awaiting you. Contents are influenced by vintage wallpaper patterns and their very presence in the mailbox makes the US postal service look better. Find it at Elum Designs

Jonathan Wright and Company of Los Angeles has been a big part of the momentum for classic revivals. His cursive, scroll work and botanicals in the English tradition are a welcome addition to the paper realm. Deemed Extravagant Postage, this Ready-to-Mail series has affixed stamps with American historical objects on them. For those who embrace the charms of the past, these are perfect for antiquarians. To order call 888-931-1710.

Photo Courtesy of Boatman Geller
Photo Courtesy of Boatman Geller
Classic basics in punchy colors are nice to have on hand when jotting a thank you. The calling cards and stickers are also worth a look at Boatman Geller

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Letterpress note cards from Blue Ribbon Design take inspiration from classic Victorian flourishes. The soft pastels and charming detail are girly and sweet. See the range at Blue Ribbon Design

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The Chinoiserie Folio comes with 8 letterpress cards and envelopes in a pretty pale blue. The geometric pattern against the soft overall floral is what really makes this special.

Photo Courtesy of Apiary
Photo Courtesy of Apiary
Photo Courtesy of Apiary
Flocking, outsize damask pattern and modern font make this option new. The stellar combination and contrast colors will not get lost in the mail!

Photos Courtesy of Sharp and Sally
Former editor Sarah Sharp has a graphic eye. Pretty color combinations like celadon
and chocolate are evergreen. Embrace your Preppy Handbook side, at Sharp and Sally

Photo Courtesy of Albertine Press
If you went to visit friends that live near a national park send them this cute take on their cities favorite public space. This letterpress woodblock style can be found at Albertine Press

Photos Courtesy of Charles Fradin Home
Furniture designer Charles Fradin has always found inspiration from growing up in New England. The comfortable luxury he designs is now imparted in writing paper. The wood boxes with sliding lids conceal a beautiful array of designs and small insignias. A classic weather vane, old typewriter and lighthouse evoke a genteel era where writing was an essential part of staying in touch. Make a swell statement with these, found at Charles Fradin Home