Friday, December 15, 2006

Since it's that time of year...

when a good cup of hot tea is warming to the mind, body and soul, I thought I would share these finds from Todd & Holland Tea Merchants. Not only do they sell flavorful teas, but they also have these wonderful accessory pieces: the Spinn Mugs from Design House Stockholm; the Sollenberg Teabowls with the cute little birds created by Lisa Sollenberg; the block printed Sardine Tea Towel; and last, but not least, this handcrafted Goyer Bonneau Teapot.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of hot tea.

Can You Keep a Secret?

One of my favorite sources for vintage wallpaper is the ebay store U Turn. Check it out, but's a secret.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Wis Design of Sweden...Girl Power

From the minds of three women, Anna Irinarchos, Lisa Widen and Johanna Strand, comes Wis Design. Not only are their designs clever and functional, but also attractive.

First up is a silicone rubber tablecloth able to withstand heats of up to 200 C.

Next up is a graphic design prepared for Volvo.

Third is a fashionable waste bag holder for your little dog's droppings. It easily clasps on to your pants or purse, making it easy to carry and inconspicuous all at the same time.

Fourth up is the crown, a contemporary serving dish.

And last, but not least, is the Magnet. A magnetic pendant that allows you to attach whatever you wish, as long as it's metal.

These ladies are fantastic. I can't wait to see what they come up with next. To see more of their works please click on the links provided. Enjoy!

The Cat's Out of the Bag

A great source for true vintage fabric, even rare and hard to find fabric is an Ebay Store known as Atomic Textiles. They always have a great selection, a few of which can be viewed above. So, if you're in the market for some great vintage/retro fabric check it out!

Wallpaper Wacky

I love these wallpapers by the design duo Astrid Nieuwenburg and Claudia Drübe of Onszelf. It is not currently stocked in the U.S., but hopefully will be soon.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's Tea Time

The Scandinavians have done it again! Check out these tea towels at $22.00 from Maxwell-Silver New York.

Cool Lampshades by Santa & Cole

Villeroy & Boch New Wave Caffe Chocolate Drops Mugs & Plates

I love these creative mugs and snack plates from Villeroy & Boch. Check them out here.


These bin bin trash cans by John Brauer for Essey of Denmark make taking out the trash a pleasure. You can check them out here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Owl Pillow Beyond Cute

Owl Pillow
Originally uploaded by Snaggs.

Little Nephew Ollie
Originally uploaded by Snaggs.

Okay, I have now used the word "cute" twice in one day. I'm not sure what's happening to me. ;) But that's not the point. The point is this adorable Owl pillow handcrafted by Snaggs. It is made out of vinyl and felt and looks perfectly at home in Little Ollie's nursery. The pillow makes such a bold statement combined with the trees painted on the wall, allowing for the baby's bedding to be simple, which for me is a plus. Baby bedding is expensive and outgrown quickly. Here, the focal point is not the bedding, but the owl and the trees. This pillow and this room gets an A+ from me. I hope you enjoy these photos and are inspired to create something of your own!

DIY Crazy

dishtowel pillow2
Originally uploaded by ask anke.

dishtowel pillow1
Originally uploaded by ask anke.

As you might have deduced by now, I'm a DIY nut. I came across these fabulous photos while browsing flickr. Ask Anke had the clever idea of taking these too cute Atelier LZC tea towels and making them into pillows. I love a pretty dish towel but I never bother buying them because I can't bear the thought of using them in the kitchen. Ask Anke has solved this dilemma for me. I love this idea!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Wallpaper of the Future

Do you ever tire of the boring repeat that is wallpaper? Well, Design Wall of the Netherlands has a solution for you. Design Wall has created a collection of digitally printed paper that can be customized to your own personal specifications to any size or color, making each piece unique. They currently offer two different Ed Annink designs, which I think are awesome, with plans to expand the collection rapidly. To learn more about this idea you can check it out here, Design Wall. ENJOY!


This wallpaper is from Eijffinger, a Dutch wallpaper company with some great products. I'm trying to find out if they're sold in the US, but am still waiting for an answer. In the meantime, I wanted to share this photo-frame wallpaper. I'm pretty much a sucker for anything black and white and this I love. It's different, it's graphic, it's modern, but to me, at least, it's timeless. This would make an unbelievable focus wall. This is also a project that one could DIY. I've searched the web and will continue searching, but it would be easy to create with wall stencils. I'm hoping, and asking, if our friends over at Stencil 1 might be interested in creating a set of photo frame stencils for exactly this purpose. I'll let you know if I hear anything back and in the meantime, if any of you out there know a resource for stencils of this nature PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Thanks.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Decorating With Nature

Assorted Land Snails

One of the tips Nate Berkus gives for accessorizing a room is to bring the outdoors in. He, as well as I, especially prefer a touch of the sea. It's cathartic. I recently came across a website while doing some research. The Conch King not only sells these beautiful land snails, which I ordered, but a wide array of seashells as well. All of their shells are cleaned and polished and gorgeous. They have almost every color you can think of with some of the most eye catching details. Below is just a sample of their inventory.

If you prefer buying in person, Z Gallerie has a limited selection online and in stores.

Banded Jade Turbos

Turbo Semanticus

Tiger Nautilus

Strawberry Tops

Pacific Tonna Tessalata

Assorted Cones

Spindle Shells

Lions Paws

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