Inspiration: Topography

I am a sucker for Topography…and think it’s because of the seemingly random pattern that is actually NOT random at all.  Plus, it combines the concept of “repetition as beauty” …something I’m also a sucker for…



Brooks Team Saddle with Topo of L'alpe d'huez

I must have this immediately…This bike seat was created by Dan Funderburgh who is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer whose creations are rooted in the world of decorative arts. Click HERE to check out his website.


Topographic Ceramic Tiles

Topographic Ceramic Tiles by Osuma Design.

Handmade Topographic Art – from the Etsy Shop Crafterall



Topoware Table Collection


This is super subtle…Corian wall panels.



Corian - designed by Ross Lovegrove

The Earth Bowl – from Fluid Forms


Art installation by Winn Rea


Just two of the amazing pieces by Noriko Ambe


Topo Rugs by Second Studio from 2bmod


Redeploy Rug from Rauser Design.  The redeploy rug draws on the beauty of 100% wool Russian army blankets.  After the stitched pattern is in place, the blankets are carefully hand-stuffed with wool-blend army surplus blankets and finished with an edge detail that emphasizes the organic lines.


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My Favorite Etsy Shops

My current Etsy E-Shop Obsessions:

Etsy currently has tens of thousands of stores…which can be daunting and time consuming to navigate…so here are a few of my favorites.


Curated collection of vintage finds for the home:

Curated Curiosities by Trampoline

Elegant Touch – Pillows made with Designer Fabrics

I love these simple and delicate necklaces from Maven

Ok…so obviously artwork is mostly subjective…but I think a landscape if done in a serene and whispy way can be calming and another way to add subtle color to a space.

Design Trend: Global Influence

In general, I’d consider myself a modernist…but I have to admit that I love the idea of traditional and global prints as accent pieces to add something unexpected and unique.

It’s no wonder this is a trend for 2011.  The patterns tend to be nostalgic bringing a sense of comfort and a relaxed quality.  The deep colors from natural dyes…the imperfect perfection of hand crafting.. and the fact that you could have something that’s one of a kind…bring it on!

(via Home Shopping Spy)


Anthropologie is featuring global collections in home and fashion.


Ikat mini bowls from Anthropologie




This bedroom scene from Wisteria blends a French Country Headboard,  a Suzani bolster pillow and a Moorish side table.



Above:  Pillows from John Robshaw – an updated spin on the exotic and handmade that’s sophisticated and still authentic.


Robshaw’s Aqua Rali Blanket  – Vintage blankets from around the world.


Nico Sari Bench from Global Home NY.


Beni Ourain Moroccan Rugs (via Elle Decor)



(via Femita)



Roost Kilim Pouf from Velocity  Art and Design


Chinese Console Table from Wisteria


Casamidy – Ixelles Bench



Suzani throw from Jayson Home and Garden



From Apartment Therapy –  what’s old is new…by snatching up old suzani fabric and repurposing it into upholstery.



And…more suzani…

This image from Design Manifest


Roost Kikar Lamp from Velocity Art and Design


Kara Mann…the master of mixing modern and global pieces to create spaces that are inspired and edgy.


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Colorful Classics

Jasper Group – Finish Collection 2010

Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

AJ Floor Lamp from DWR

LC2 from Cassina

What’s old is new again…

Stanley thermos from Urban Outfitters












1960's retro pink phone









Glamorous, vintage-inspired flashless Holga camera, evocative of star-struck photogs in the 1950s















Lady Gaga sporting the classic Carerra Champion glasses


My So Called Life - Grunge is apparently back! Photo from

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

Industrial Chic…I’m almost over it…almost…

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Factory Stool from Sundance

Contact Stool from CB2

Lancaster Chair from Emeco

Tractor Seat Stool

Cassidy Stool from Jayson Home & Garden

Leather and Metal Stool from Empiric Studio



John Derian Butterfly Platter

Jayson Home and Garden - Butterfly Pillows

Butterfly plate from Moss

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 Butterfly Belts

Hudson Bay Blankets


Hudson Bay Blanket

My sister recently gave me an original Hudson Bay Point blanket that was originally my grandmothers.

The Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket might be the oldest and most identifiable Canadian tradition. These blankets were originally created in 1780 for fur trappers, traders and natives to survive outdoors in frigid Canadian winters. The point system is in place to rate the warmth and size of the blanket. These blankets are such high quality and so highly valued that they are often handed down through families and found for hundreds of dollars in thrift stores.

The Hudson Bay website says “Each blanket was graded as to weight and size using a point system. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. A full point measured 4 – 5.5 in.; a half point measured half that length. The standard measurements for a pair of 1 point blankets was: 2 ft. 8 in. wide by 8 ft. in length; with a weight of 3 lb. 1 oz. each. Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket. The number of points represented the overall finished size of the blanket, not its value in terms of beaver pelts as is sometimes believed”

New blankets from The Bay

Point Blanket Ottoman and Pillows

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