Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Garden ornaments galore! Pennoyer and Newman make lightweight fiberglass molded urns, planters and garden objects. Made of marble dust and resin stone, they greatly resemble the lead originals. Seen here at the Architectural Digest Home Show, their items are easy to move around a garden large or small, and have tremendous style. They do custom pieces as well. Check out their selection at Pennoyer Newman

The talented gals behind Pennoyer and Newman with their latest designs.

Pots of all shapes and sizes, these wonderful examples have bas relief and look weighty and old, two good things in this case! It is such a treat to see people doing what they love as this team does! Cecily Pennoyer founded the company in 1989, and each season they introduce unique shapes and styles, often based on historic originals.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Photo Courtesy of William Sonoma Home

Large enough to seat your guests and long enough to lie across, this classic wicker William Sonoma Home Chatham sofa is nice for a covered outdoor area or sunroom. It is currently marked down. Super!

Photo Courtesy of Calypso Cristianne Celle

GREAT FIND: These French striped Les Toiles du Soleil fabric sling chairs are on sale!!! Scoop yours up from Calypso for $99 each. They come in a fantastic assortment of bright stripe combos. Great for beach or pool.

Photo Courtesy of Pier 1

You will have it made in the shade with the Pagoda umbrella. The curve at the edge and sharp point at the top add exotic flair. You can always find something global at a great price at Pier 1.

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

This Oscilating Energy Chair and Ottoman of bamboo and rope reminds me of the classic peacock chair. The bright colors and nice size mean you can have more seating for your guests. Yes, they can put their feet on your furniture. Get yours at Anthropologie.

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Why not add an outdoor rug to create a comfortable outdoor room? This rug is all-weather, resist water, fading, stains, and abrasions with a nice border making it look elegant and more permanent. Check out the colorful choices at Grandin Road.

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Always worth checking out, Pier 1 tends to have good seasonal items that won't break the bank. What a great bistro table this is. WIth it's clean lines it would be perfect for a small terrace.
From Pier 1

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

The Clouded Tumbler from Anthropologie looks like cut crystal, but is plastic. Chic poolside tabletop in yellow or green can be yours from Anthropologie

Photo Courtesy of Target
Cynthia Rowley's Whim Rattan Dinnerware Collection of melamine plates and plastic tumblers are preppy and fun. Buy a bunch at

Photo Courtesy of Pier 1

Illumination for the outdoors can be so much more than some plain votives scattered on a table. Small votive holders such as these from Pier 1 are a cheap and cheerful way to add candlelight in volume. Pick a color and purchase many for greatest effect.

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Lovely lightweight lanterns are airy and clean looking. These goodies also from Pier 1 are perfect to hang from a trusty tree branch.

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Love the color!

Photo Courtesy of Grandin Road

No, aliens did not land in this pool. These LED orbs of solar lighting would look drop dead chic in a flagstone bordered pool. Their soft glow is a nice alternative to candles that can tip over poolside. They come with their own stand for when they not in use and use eco-friendly rechargeable NiMh batteries. The price is right, so stock up, at Grandin Road.

Photo Courtesy of William Sonoma Home

William Sonoma Home has these beautiful Boathouse teak lanterns. They are refined, made of a material that will weather nicely, and have a heft that make them worth the splurge as they will be around for years to come.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Photos Courtesy of Vivre

Decorati, the high end to the trade interior design website, will add VIVRE to its offerings. The editorially- based luxury catalog and website of VIVRE has been built by the ever chic Eva JeanbartLorenzotti, showcasing a stunning selection of glamorous, elegant and well edited decorative accessories that complements the Decorati ethos.

Offering 400 trade-only manufacturers and showrooms in one place, Decorati is a shopping site platform offering a vast selection of new and antique furniture and decorative arts, and the private collections of interior designers. Designers can email their clients folders of pieces they have preselected. Consumers can browse, find an interior designer, and send their designer pieces they like. In addition, designers can add their rooms and featured Decorati pieces will be listed.
They have attracted a strong list of design building resources. Tucker Robbins, Helene Aumont, Vaughan, Clarence House and Chelsea Textiles to name a few. Get a quote, or obtain tear sheets from local trade resources, a great function of the site. The search engine provides pointed and specific results.
I can only hope that every showroom signs up--- shopping the D and D Building from your desk is a great time saver.
Vivre is a great pairing with this shopping resource.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Set the scene with this terrific large scale Painted Flag work of art from Pottery Barn, internet or catalog only.

Photo Courtesy of Caspari
The great geometric pattern of the Kiku, or chrysanthemum paper plates from Caspari are a chic way to bring red and white onto the table without being too stars and stripes.

Photo Courtesy of Plum Party
Flag Bunting with grommets for easy hanging are great for a railing or roof edge. See this and other great party stuff Plum Party.

Photo Courtesy of Caspari
Fireworks Cocktail napkins create a big bang. All Caspari from Caspari.