Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Mantel

Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it involves lots of sweets and things made with squash. Yum. I'm making a few fall leaf wreathes for the house and the front door this afternoon. Eeek! I have to run over and pick up some pumpkins too before the trick or treaters come! Here are a few shots of my mantle I decorated with squashes, bittersweet, and a leaf wreath. I found the leaves around my house. I have to make one more for my front I have to run! Have a great weekend!

Leaf Wreath
Halloween Mantel

Grey Striped Wool Blanket

I just spotted this grey striped blanket on 100% wool and guaranteed itch-free. Would be pretty in a simple bedroom. Lands' End "Stripe Washable Wool Blanket" $169 queen,

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Maissa Toulet

It's absolutely freezing in our house! Greg refuses to turn up the heat to 65 degrees. The only warm spot in the house is my office and bedroom. I might be glued to computer for the next 5 months. Good news for all of you because I'm on the internet searching for cool stuff! If I wasn't stuck to my computer today I would have never found these gorgeous art boxes by french artist Maissa Toulet (via Each box is a collage of what looks like a thought or memory. I really can't tell you anything more about them because I don't speak French. Check them out:

Blue Front Doors

The above door is featured in the November issue of domino. The door belongs to interior designer Miles Redd. The blue is a perfect shade and I love the silver hardware against the cool blue. I found a similar door via sosylvie.typepad which she found via designersblock.blogspot. Both are great blogs full of inspiration. The blue door below is from a home in the SW of London. I love the door knob in the center of the door! The blue stripe ban up the entryway stairs really ties the space together.

More Green Wall Inspiration

Image from November 2008 issue of Domino

I still haven't decided on a green wall color for the den. None of the colors I've chosen seem right. I want a darker green but something with a little turquoise to make the color sparkle a little bit instead of just lying flat? I guess I am being such a pain about picking a color being I'm a painter. I might just have to mix my own. Here are some more dark green walls for inspiration.

"A Smoky Green Library" found via

Metropolitian Building from

Pineapple Fabrics and Wallpaper

Rubie Green "Megan" $90/yard,

I admit I've not always been a fan of pineapples. They have always felt so 1980's Waverly. But for some reason (maybe because I turn 30 in 2 months) I am suddenly seduced by the iconic pineapple. Must be pineapple voodoo! House Beautiful has a great little slideshow of some pineapple accessories and fabrics that caught my eye. The black and white fabric from Rubie Green would be sweet on covered bench or small chair. Below are wallpapers I have been gathering that I imagine in an entryway. The green and yellow pineapple wallpaper from Adelphi Paper Hangings is so saturated and fun. A more subdued palette from Studio Printworks rounds out my picks below.

Jenny Lind Beds

I've slowly been looking for a bed for our guest room. The room is really small and can barely hold a double bed. A twin would be better but I rarely have just one guest stay over. Right now, the bed is on the floor because we couldn't fit the box spring up the stairs. At first, I thought I wanted a bed that was bit more Shaker. Then, I discovered a few more modern versions on Room & Board. I like the large wood headboards and low footboards but they just feel too perfect. What about a Jenny Lind style bed like the one above. They feel rustic and just right for the space. But I'm afraid the footboard would be too high and strange. Maybe it will look more like a day bed?

I was searching ebay last night and found one for just $250. Most old beds are half beds so our modern mattresses never quite fit. I have to measure to see if it could work. My inspiration for the room is below and way below is our sad small guest room complete with heating vents. We'll talk about the plans for those vents being eliminated later.

Second Floor: Small Room On Right/Guest Room

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Georgia Russell

I am suppose to be outside collecting leaves for my wreathes. I just can't...its just too cold outside. I'm being a baby and sitting inside all bundled up. But if I wasn't inside I wouldn't have come across these gorgeous paper cut books (via sfgirlbybay). Created by Georgia Russell "who uses a scalpel instead of a brush or a pen, creating constructions that transform found ephemera, such as books, music scores, maps, newspapers, currency and photographs". They kinda remind me of hair that has been electrocuted. Check out more of Russell's work:

Good Shape Design

I'm off to the craft store to buy some supplies to make some leaf wreaths. Before I go I wanted to share a great affordable art link. Good Shape Design has a great selection of colorful and graphic prints. All the images are silkscreen and range in size from 16 x 20 to 18x 24. Right now, I am checking out "Urns" above. I don't know what I love more the pink or the urns. Maybe it's the combo. A great piece for just $30. Check out more:

J.Crew Collection Store: Striped Bathroom

J.Crew Collection Store Bathroom

Last week I attended a party to celebrate domino's November cover girl at J.Crew's new Collection Store. To get the inside scoop on the celebrities and some shots of the store check out: For a look inside the store's awesome striped bathroom you can stick with me. I have to admit my sister was the first to spot the bathroom. I don't know what that really says about her...but honestly it was one our favorite parts of the new store.

The bathroom was pretty small but the vertical black and white stripes really enlarged the space. The walls were covered with animated line drawing by Hugo Guinness (available at John Derian). We were enamored with the brass faucets and pipes on the sink and toilet. Does that seem strange? The brass really made the utilitarian objects feel sophisticated. The topping on the cake was the dressy flushmount light above.

What makes the bathroom so great is that it doesn't feel like a bathroom. The room is decorated and warm. Incorporating elements that don't normally belong in a bathroom—aka small curated art gallery—really change the space and make it inviting. Seriously, I ban white bathrooms covered with subway tiles. Well at least in the guest bathrooms...

J.Crew Collection Store

1035 Madison Avenue at 79th Street

New York, NY


J.Crew Collection Store Bathroom
J.Crew Collection Store Bathroom

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Russell Orchards

Russell Orchards Ipswitch, Ma

I took these photos a few weeks ago at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA. Since then I've been back twice. Once because I thought I lost my wallet and then again once they found my wallet. I am sure that "Pig that bites" got a hold of it. Or maybe it was the duck I was taunting with my apple cider donut? Luckily, everything was returned in tack—no significant bite marks.

Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road

Ipswich, Ma


Pumkins and Gourds

Apple Cider Donut

Russel Orchards

Pig Bites Sign
Pig That Bites

Mini Race Car

Mini Race Car

Greg and I spotted this Mini race car down the street from our house.Awesome. I love the leather straps that hold down the hood. Can you imagine this little guy racing down the track? Mini Blue would smoke the competition with a huge cloud of dust rolling behind it. I so want one!


I love these flowers by Brooklyn based shop Saipia. Great textures and colors. Saipia has a great blog that chronicles the real life of being floral designers. A really fun read. Above and below are some of my favorite arrangements from their recent events. Check out more:

Crewel Duvet at WS Home

How about this gorgeous crewel duvet from William-Sonoma Home? Really gorgeous and elegant. Way too pricey for my budget. A full/queen duvet runs you $598. The duvet would never stay clean in my house. I admit I'm not the best at making the bed every morning. Oh well. Pillows I can do. Reminds me of the gorgeous crewel I spotted a few weeks ago. I need to investigate that fabric a little more....

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Leaf Garland

I was thinking about attempting making this leaf garland to around our front door. I checked out the leaves around the house this afternoon and they all seemed pretty dried out. Maybe I could collect enough to make a wreath? The above image is from Martha Stewart November 2007. Click on the image above for full instructions on how to make your own falling leaves garland.


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