Friday, September 21, 2007

Fruit and Fire Candle Dish

The Fruit and Fire Candle Dish by Willem Noyons is the only centerpiece you'll ever need. It's a candle holder one day and a fruit bowl the next.

I especially like it as a fruit bowl. It looks very organic and a bit surreal.

Via AT: the Kitchen.

Make Your Own Paint By Number

Another Shade of Grey has discovered a site that lets you create your own paint-by-number using your photos.

I love this idea. What a fun way to revamp your favorite pics.

One catch, it costs $19.95 to activate. Though, there is a free trial available.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Awesome Halloween Crow Runner

I am really frustrated right now.

I just got a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail last night. I fell in love with this Halloween Crow Runner. And this morning, the site says it's no longer available.

I hope there's some sort of mistake here. Halloween is a big favorite at our house and this is one of the few classy Halloween decorations I've seen.

Awesome allegedly sold-out crow runner, $39.

UPDATE: This item is now available at the link above. Weird. Thanks to my friend Krista for the tip.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

20x200 = Affordable Art

Black White Bliss just posted about an amazing online source for cheap art. The site is called 20x200 (very catchy).

The idea behind the project is this: print large editions, price them low, and sell them through the internet. The result: affordable art for all.

New art is posted every Tuesday and Wednesday (one photo and one piece on paper). Each is sold in 3 sizes, an edition of 200 small-sized prints for $20 each, 20 medium-sized prints for $200 each, and 2 large-sized prints for $2000 each.

Every print comes with a certificate of authenticity numbered by the artist.

Shown here, Untitled (Geese, London) by Dana Miller.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

FLOR Gets Dressy for the Holidays

FLOR has two very cool rugs in their Fall catalog. They're billing these frilly versions of their Fedora tiles as holiday tree skirts, but I think they're awesome all on their own.

Both styles are available only in holiday shades, Brick and Chartreuse.

Delftware Goes NYC

This plate from Lovegrove and Repucci is designed to look like traditional Delftware, but depicts scenes from New York (graffiti and all).

See more at Design Hole.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Alice Temperley's Target Line is Kind of Totally Disappointing

First, it looks like these little fashion posts are going to become a part of my regularly scheduled blogging. I just can't stay away.

Second, I've been Target-stalking all weekend in anticipation of their new Go International line by Alice Temperley. I wanted to try everything on before the stuff sold out. But I'd have to guess that sell-outs won't be an issue. It was a total disappointment.

I love Target and I love the idea of democratizing design. But I was really unhappy to find that pretty much the entire A.T. collection was made of synthetic fabrics. I mean the cheapy kind of black polyester you'd expect to find in the costume isle.

Second, the styles just felt so 1990s. Super-short baby-doll dresses made from gauzey poly-crepe in black and navy, bell-sleeved dress coats, unflattering cuts, big metal buttons, a sweater vest that looks like a doily, a blue-jean jump suit, garish prints. I mean the Libertine stuff wasn't my style either, but at least I could see how someone else might look cute in it.

There were a few Temperley designs that might be salvageable when paired with items from outside the collection, including this $140 cropped leather jacket and a Swiss-dot see-through blouse that might look nice under a jacket.

I also thought this cobblestroller might be nice, though they were sold out of my size and I didn't try it on.

So here's hoping that the Erin Featherstone collection will be better.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Embroidered Zebra Stripe Pillows

I really like this embroidered zebra strip pillow Style Court discovered. It's a little pricey ($306), but an interesting take on a print that never goes out of style.