Friday, February 16, 2007

DIY Clutter Control

A Very cool use for old crates and a great way to get some of that clutter off of your closet floor and out of your nightstand. Now I wish I had some old wooden crates, a big garage full of tools, and some free time.

Love the lamp. This would actually make a cool headboard.

Via Apartment Therapy Chicago.

Color Trends: Green

I've seen a lot of saturated green in magazines and in stores this month. This is a color that I've avoided for years, feeling it was far too bright and far too brash, but I may be having a change of heart. It's amazing how different it looks paired with darker neutrals like black, gray, and brown. Another color to be on the look out for: green's close cousin, teal.

Decorating in green, black and white from the March House & Garden.

The work of designer Kelly Wearstler via Design*Sponge

Anthropologie's Ditte sofa.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Componibilli Cabinet

Via Design Milk, the Componibilli Cabinet would make a great bedside table as well as a great storage piece for the bathroom. The piece costs £60 at Graham and Green.

Jonathan Adler Sale kicks off its annual sale today. Items are up to 50% off.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Little Valentine's Candy

The Deathcake Royal via Not Martha

Decorating with Red via Decor8

A glitzier, sexier light switch via Silk Felt Soil

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Neon Furniture in New York Magazine

In their "Blogging New York Magazine" post, Apartment Therapy touches on the new trend towards extreme neon colors in clothing, furniture, and home accessories. I hate to keep beating the Mod drum, but all signs are pointing to "yes."

Amazing Mod-Print Sofas from Anthropologie

Here are two very bold, very Mod sofas from Anthropologie's new collection. I love the large-scale pattern and the mix of black, white and green on the ditte sofa. The fabric is a modern take on the naturalist trend by Marimekko.

The black and white milo chesterfield is also upholstered in a Marimekko print. The sofa style is a little Victorian, but the take is definitively modern.

Via Design Sponge.

Inside the Home of Artist Amy Ruppel

This photo of artist Amy Ruppel's from Design*Sponge tugged at my heart strings. Notice the amazing wood paneling on her walls. My grandfather, an ornamental iron smith, used a similar paneling in the retirement home he built from scratch near Austin, Texas. He achieved this look by taking sheets of wood and having them sand-blasted until the grain stood out in relief. He then rubbed the panels with a silvery paint. The look is both rustic and elegant. I have never seen this style outside his retirement cabin. What a beautiful way to bring the warmth of wood into the home.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Magazine Hoarders Rejoice

I love to leave my magazines out. I like to flip through them during commercials, while I'm cooking, before bed, but I don't want to leave them to clutter the table tops. Here is an unusually attractive solution ($595-$695) from In House Furniture via Design Milk.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Table-topped Beasties

I'm checking out new-to-me blogs today. It's been a while since I've had time to read much online (winter is the busy season at my office).

I just found a post about these amazing animal tables from Mobilier de Compagnie on the Home Rejuvenation Blog. I will definitely be checking back regularly. What a great find.

A Few More Cuckoos

Tobias Reishle's sleek take on the cuckoo, $375 at

Pascal Tarabay's Cuckoo Clock Chromium, $350 at

Trends: Cuckoo Clocks

I wouldn't have believed that cuckoo clocks could make a comeback, but over the last few months, they have begun popping up in decorator magazines. Whenever I picture a cuckoo clock, I picture it in a dark living room with wood paneling and chintz sofas, but interior designers are now pairing these over-the-top clocks with sparse modern interiors as centerpieces.

To the left is Fred Flare's oh-so-modern silver take on the cuckoo. $14 at

Below is the "Three Birds" clock from River City Clocks, as featured in the March issue of House and Garden. $410 at

Either would make an amazing center piece in an otherwise minimal room.