John Derian…shoes…

I’m not really a fan of the shoes…but I love all other things by John Derian.

from Refinery 29

Here are a few of my favorite trays and paperweights….all from John Derian’s website.

10×16 Whale Tray

Blue butterfly paperweight

Snakes tray…

AND…also, check out his Cape Code home from Shelter Pop.

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Desk Accessories

I think it’s time I replace my coffee mug pencil holder and cardboard box storage system with some grown up desk accessories….


The design of the Pop-Up Pencil Cup is a solution to a basic problem with standard pencil cups – when filled with writing utensils the ones in the center cannot be easily accessed. Inspired by the classic drinking straw dispenser, designer Paul Koh created this useful desk accessory. When the red ball at the center of the holder is pulled up, the writing utensils held within neatly fan out, making each one accessible. Made of borosilicate glass, resin, and stainless steel.  Moma Store


The Grassy Organizer…found here.


Crumpled paper cup…from Essey.


Putting the “speak” in speaker…cute desktop speakers!  from The Future Perfect.


a super simple desk set…from Deskology.


i don’t know what i like more…the simple trace paper holder or the styling of the photo!  Merchant No. 4


Staple-less staplers…  from Uncommon  Goods



Cocktail Hour: Bars and Bar Carts

Ahh…cocktail hour…another trend that we can thank Mad Men for…there’s something grown-up and “cool” about the resurgence of cocktail hour…

and, what would a cocktail hour be without a well appointed bar or better yet a bar cart.  I mean really, how cool is it to have cocktails on call and on a cart the you could theoretically wheel from room to room?


I’d be perfectly happy with a bar stocked only with Hendricks and Champagne…Just saying.  Duncan Barware from DWR


iitalia modern decanter designed by Antonio Citterio

or…the more traditional and very pretty Fern Decanters from William Yeoward…approximately $900 from Bloomingdales.


Cocktail Shaker designed by Ron Arad – available at Hive Modern


Vintage Modern Bar Set – 1stopretroshop


Modern Bar Tools from All Modern, this doesn’t “roll from room to room” but still has a sophisticated and classic modern look.  The Line Bar from DWR


The Swig Mini Bar from CB2




Smoke Barware and Marta Barware from CB2

So Charming!  Dimpled Tumblers from West Elm


Two Tier Brass Bar Cart from Blackman Cruz



For the real cocktail emergency…cuz, it happens…


Simple…charming….(photo credit unkown)


The Raymond Polished Nickel Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Old Hollywood Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Wow…this is the home bar of Zsa Zsa Gabor…not kidding.  From Diy Life.



from Martha Stewart



And of course, what would a bar be without the Booze?!

Essential Liquors for a Home Bar (according to Martha Stewart)

For sidecars, brandy milk punches, crustas, daisies, and smashes.

White Rum
For daiquiris and mojitos.

For martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc.

For Manhattans, old fashioneds, and whiskey sours.

Vodka is the workhorse of the liquor cabinet, used in basic drinks such as vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini.

For margaritas, sunrises, and palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label.

Read more at Cocktail Essentials

And of course, the most expensive bottle of Whiskey…Sotheby’s recently auctioned a Lalique decanter with a blended Macallan scotch whiskey ….for $460,000.


I’m Obsessed: Military Blankets

Military Blankets:  When it comes to Utilitarian Chic, you can’t beat a vintage military blanket…they are earthy, graphic, warm , and rich with history.

Woolrich Civil War Blankets:  Civil War blankets were made by Woolrich and supplied to troops from 1861–1865. Today, historical groups and movie studios purchase bolts of Woolrich fabric to create authentic uniforms and blankets for re-enactments of this important period of American history.

Pillows made from Military Blankets…Elizabeth Anne Designs


This blanket is the real deal…70% wool blanket , olive green with the US logo.  Buy on ebay for about $25!


Italian Wool Military Blanket


Vintage Military Blanket from Etsy

Swiss Army Blanket from Etsy

Swiss Army Blanket from Sundance


Vintage Swiss Military Blankets – recycled into Pillows….from Daisy Janie and available on Etsy


Mid-century Office Chair w/ Swiss Army Blanket Upholstery from Red Barn Mercantile on 1St Dibs


Ace Hotel Portland – So chic with the grey wool military blanket.


Vintage WWII US Navy Wool Blanket – from Etsy


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Learning the Ropes: Designing with Rope

Typically, rope in interior design suggests a nautical style or a cottage in Nantucket…but…rope is now emerging as one of the chicest materials in interior design.

Of course, the master of transforming rope and jute into the most amazing works of art is Christian Astuguevieille.  Here are a few of his wonderful pieces…

Rope Commode – available at Holly Hunt



Astuguevieille Mirror for Couture Lab


Rope Room Divider – originally posted in Remodelista

Wood ceiling beams at Zengo New York  are suspended with heavy rope.

Zengo NYC


Mirror with Black Rope – Peter Marigold


Rope Mirror from Restoration Hardware


Rope Chandelier from Anthropologie


Rope Bannister – originally posted by Remodelista


Avido Restaurant – originally posted at Simon Food Favourites


Pendant light fixture from Ikea

Drapery tie back from Restoration Hardware


This is actually a DIY shelf idea…




I’m Obsessed: Quilts

Haptic Lab makes these custom quilts for any city…Cartography meets textile! 

Soft-Maps (c) are quilted maps of cities and neighborhoods that represent someone’s unique place in the world. Wrap your children in them, have a picnic, pull them close during the next Nor’easter. As a keepsake, a Soft-Map serves as an intimate reminder of home: where you’re from and where you belong. In a world that is increasingly digitized and remote, a quilted Soft-Map provides an expressive way to reconnect with your surroundings.

Not only beautiful, these blankets can be used as a mnemonic tool. As your child grows up with a Soft Map, they learn to read their neighborhood and its landmarks in a tactile, easily remembered way.

Soft-Maps are the 2x winner of the 2009 Apartment Therapy Design Showcase and have been featured in Coolhunting, PSFK, Brooklyn Based, L.A. Times and the Cooper Hewitt’s 2009 Reader’s Choice National Design Awards. The quilts are now offered in three different varieties: knotted baby quilts, readymade machine-stitched maps, and custom handmade maps.

Washington DC




I’m Obsessed: Wool Felt

I’m obsessed with wool felt…maybe it’s the heavy saturation of color or the natural heathered neutrals.  Whatever it is…I love all things FELT!

From Material Evidence Shop on Etsy


Felt Shade Lamp by Tom Dixon for ABC Home

















Felted Soap


Wool Felt Wall Panel from Submaterial


Simple, classic 100% wool felt pillows from Fitz Felt

These key fobs are so cute and simple – and only $6 from Fitz Felt



Felt Log Carrier from Crate and Barrel – Currently on Sale for only $6.95!


Felt Living Collection from Missoni Home – available at Unica Home


The Felt Chair from Keilhauer


Felt Rug with intricate laser cut pattern…from 2 Form

Designer Profile: Ode to Eva…

Celebrated designer Eva Zeisel:

Eva Zeisel’s designs are made for use. The inspiration for her sensuous forms often comes from the natural organic curves of the body, taking advantage of the softness of clay. Zeisel’s more organic approach to modernism most likely comes as a reaction to the Bauhaus aesthetics that were popular at the time of her early training.

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Photos of Eva’s apartment in NY – from NY Magazine 2007

Two Singing Birds - available at Indiana Museum of Art

Eva Zeisel Coffee Table -DWR

Bronze Candlesticks - DWR

Glass Goblets - from Eva Zeisel Originals

Crate and Barrel


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Hip Hides…

Striped Rug from Kyle Bunting

Jiun Ho for Kyle Bunting

Wildebeest Hide Pillow - $165 fro Pfeifer

Wegner Wishbone chairs with Sheepskins

Louboutin Python Platforms

Dransfield & Ross - Nailhead Snakeskin Side Table

Must haves…

Home Accessories – the idea is to buy what you love, mix and match, and not be so serious!

Glass Cloche from West Elm

Agate Bookends - I love these!

White/Green Guinea Hen Heidi Caillard, a potter in Provence, was fascinated by the guinea hen’s almost abstract shape and began to create it in clay. Today the Caillard guineas are quite famous. Heidi’s son, now a well known potter, continues to create the fanciful birds. Made in Lussan, France.

a pretty collection of glass bottles

Whimsical wool felt from Crate and Barrel

Classic Missoni Zig Zag


Roost - Antler candlesticks

Teardrop Vase

Mercury Glass Votives from Roost


Leather captain's mirror from BDDW

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