Friday, May 30, 2008

Afternoon In The City

Anthropologie's Bugs Windows

Lucky for me we work 1/2 days on Fridays in the summer. Since it seems not everyone get this special privilege I usually spend my afternoons just walking around and enjoying the weather. Today I was searching for a birthday present for my niece. I had this grand idea of going to Toy R' Us. I was frightened by all the strange plastic toys and bizarre dolls that were way to sexy for my taste. So I headed down to Flatiron where I took a few shots of Anthropologie's fun bug windows and then to Union Square's Greenmarket to pick up a few last minute items for dinner tonight. Have a great weekend!

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Anthropologie Bugs
Pearl Succelents
Sweet Peas at Union Square Farmer's Market
Sweet William at Union Square Farmer's Market

Egg Press

Egg Press is another one of my favorite letterpress companies I saw at the Stationery Show. Each piece is so sweet and delicate. All the cute motifs have expanded into a huge line of wedding stationery (above), kids tees and even diy sewing projects (raccoon below). I literally spent over an hour last night drooling over the galleries of invitations featured on Prices range from about $700-$1000 for personalized wedding packages. Check out more of egg press's everyday stationery and diy projects here and their huge collection of wedding invitations here.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Outdoor Space Ideas for Weddings

I have always imagine getting married outside in the springtime. I've hoped that someday the event would be in my backyard filled with close friends and family. Domino just launched a huge new gallery of outdoor rooms that would be great inspiration for a backyard wedding or party. I've had the above photo tacked to my bulletin board next to my desk forever. A great mexican fiesta would be so fun and it would give me an excuse to buy tons of gorgeous oaxan textiles and paper flowers. A close second would be an event that felt like a casual afternoon lunch in an englist garden (below). All the looks have a mismatched bohemian quality that I totally love. Check out more outdoor rooms for tons of inspiration:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Amanda Peet's Guest Room

I keep coming back to this bedroom from Amanda Peet's home pictured in Domino magazine. I love the muted greens layered with various patterned florals and touches of yellow and ruby red accents. I wonder if I could paint something on the walls similar to the motif using a block print and small detailing with a brush. The space just looks so comfortable and lived in. Love! Check out more of Amanda Peet's house:

J.Crew Goes to Morocco

It seems even mass-market preppy brand J.Crew has jumped on the trendy Moroccan bandwagon. No matter how much I see the trend done this Spring I honestly can't get enough. I love the color and patterning that so apparent in the architecture and culture of Morocco. I snatched up the orange dress below because truly I couldn't live without it. I told I friend,"I don't know if the dress looks so amazing on me but I am so in love with the fabric I will wear it anyway." Check out more from the catalog now in mailboxes everywhere:

"Casbah-print Mia" dress, $150

J.crew kids looking cute on Moroccan Poufs

"Aldonia" sandals, $125

"Galapagos-print" linen tab short, $68

New Ethnic Pieces at Wisteria

Woven rattan leaf chair, $349

Wisteria has some great new ethnic pieces now available online. I love this colorful rattan number above. I can imagine it equally looking cool on my porch or in my living room. I really love the idea of the chair and headboard (below) mixing in with my John Robshaw textiles...maybe in my guest room? An instant transport to a exotic local—no plane ticket required. Check out more:

"Raj" chair, $289

Balcony Railing Headboards, $850

Michelle Rago Events

I am absolutely in love with this Vermont wedding created by Michelle Rago. Every detail is perfect but not overdone. I love how the white birch and pine cones are extended through every detail. Using natural elements not only infuses the outdoors into your event but it also makes the style that is a smart idea for those on a budget. Use natural elements prominent in your region to recreate a similar. How cute are those canoes? Check out more from Michelle Rago amazing portfolio:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hello! Lucky Letterpress Stationery

Groovy Birthday, $4.50

One of favorite booths at the 2008 Stationery Show was Hello! Lucky. The booth was filled with fun and color. I had such a great time talking with sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle about my new online shop. Here are some of favorites that I spotted at the show. Check out more:

Birthday Cars, $4.50

Octo Sailors, $4.50

Woodland Friends, Set of 6 for $14

Folk Angel, $4.50

Graham & Brown Wallpaper at Target

Who knew Graham & Brown sold affordable wallpapers at Target? This high end UK brand is well know for funky patterned papers as well as gorgeous modern granny prints. I can't believe you can pick up this look for just $49/roll. Check out more:

Decorative Gift Tags

Here's some decorative eye candy to soothe you through the afternoon. Work is always so hard after you get back from a nice long break. These tags are fun and inspiring and available for $8 for a set of 12. Check out more:

Monday, May 26, 2008

Affordable Antique Shell Prints

This weekend felt more like 4th of July then Memorial day. The weather was so warm and beachy I forgot it's only May. I thought I would revisit one my favorite sources for antique prints. These shell prints would be great in a beach house or any room that's need a little kick of laid-back sandy style. The prints range in price from $190. Check out more:

Outdoor Decor at West Elm

Beanbag coffee table, $179

The long Memorial day weekend is winding down. Here on the east coast we had beyond exceptional weather. I spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying all the great weather. This weekend was definitely the best for chilling in the back yard and inviting friends over for a backyard barbecue get together. I was cruising the web tonight and I found these great affordable outdoor pieces available at West Elm. All of the accessories invite the party outdoors in casual easy to clean textiles and fun summery colors. Check out more:

"Paisley" outdoor mat $12-$39

"ikat" outdoor pillow, $24

"Cabana Print" outdoor pillow, $24


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