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The Lust List

17 Aug

There’s the decorating we can afford to do, and the decorating we would love to do.  This is my list currently of objects I’m lusting after that are only mildly out of reach at this point in time (as opposed to the very long list of objects I could never not ever afford):

Cb2 Lubi Daybed in Olive

Red Array Shelf from CB2 (or other Sapien shelves, but I like the red)

White Parsons Desk from West Elm

Sweater Rug from West Elm

Blue Wishbone Chairs at Suite NY– Insert choir of angels singing here

Bird Chair by Sam Moore

This painting, Moss Aqua, by Maura Robinson (via Style Court)

Although this last one is getting closer to ‘dreamland’ instead of ‘more realistic lust’, but hey, it’s been a long week already, so I’m cutting myself some slack.  And now I’m off to fix a cup of tea and find a book.


Things I Keep Coming Back To

4 Feb

Domino’s Website Message:

dear readers
It is with very heavy hearts that we say farewell. Over the last 4 years, in 28 issues, we have done our best to create a great magazine. We started with a real idea—that style is for everyone—and tried to carry it out with stories that provide inspiration and empower you to act on it. From your tremendous response, we know that we were onto something. In this tough economy, however, we simply weren’t able to get the advertising support we needed.

As domino evolved, we never lost sight of our original democratic premise. Looking back at the manifesto we published in the premiere issue, the first tenet of domino is still the truest: Home should make you happy. We hope we have played a part in making this come true for you.

All the editors of domino

The loss of this magazine is really hitting me hard.  Maybe because I don’t have pretty stacks of archives like Nicole or Heather.

This set of Flickr photos, after seeing her office on Apartment Therapy.  Gorgeous, and just the inspiration I’ve been needing.

– This house in Corpus Christi, found and photographed by my brother:


– This quote of the week from Creature Comforts (I so look forward to these), and wondering what it would look like for everyone to be truly alive.


Frame of the Day

2 Feb

1-30-09knoll4(Florence Knoll via Apartment Therapy)

Domino, RIP

29 Jan

My apologies for the failure to post a frame of the day yesterday.  I was distracted with two job interviews, and the awful news that Domino will be done after its March issue, and to add insult to injury, the website will also be shut down.  I’m fairly sad about this, especially after moving to the Domino camp after Blueprint was shut down, and though I’m still trying to convince my husband of this, I’m having a hard time thinking of another shelter magazine with closer to the same vibe.

Additionally, now I’m really upset with myself that I didn’t keep my backlog of issues when we moved and instead just tore out photos/articles I liked.  I so hope the economy gets better soon.


Thank you for everything, Domino.  You’ll be missed.

Pops of Red

26 Jan

Maybe it’s the winter, or the fact that my home has dark walls,  or the just the bold happiness of the color, but I’m really liking pops of red spread throughout the house.

My brother sent me this photo of his new red bedroom curtains:


Last time I went to Target, I went looking for some inexpensive candle holders, and found these in the kitchen section:

targetbowlThey fit nicely on top of our dresser, won’t break if the cat knocks them off in a fit of rage, and only cost $1.99- can’t beat that!

The accent color in my kitchen is also red- which surprised even me- but I realized it made me so happy to have a red tea kettle:

redteakettleAnd the red Kitchen-Aid mixer sealed the deal:


If I hadn’t just gotten towels for Christmas, I’d definitely be looking at snapping up this one from Etsy:


The other place I love a pop of red is in throw pillows, like this one from Domino:


Even though I’m not yet brave enough to do a whole room in red, I’m much more open to accents with red now that I’ve seen how they can bring energy to a room.  If you’re still not wanting to commit to the color, try some red flowers instead:


Frame of the Day

20 Jan

Ted Yarwood Photography via Desire to Inspire

Ted Yarwood Photography via Desire to Inspire

Making Tumblr Work For You

15 Jan


Although this blog is new, I’ve been tumblr’ing design ideas I like for awhile now.   One reason for using tumblr was to ease me into writing more about decor, but the second reason was so that I could save all of the amazing pictures that catch my eye in a more efficient way.

Previously, I’d been saving photos on my hard drive, but I was having an incredibly hard time labeling which site they were from and which post.  I thought this was vital so that I could be able to cite the source if I ever referred to the photo, but also so that I can refer back to the post if I ever want to know more about the details within the photo: names and brands of items, paint colors, and so on.

Tumblr is amazing for this purpose, as it automatically stores the link, and allows me to make notes to myself on what I like within the posts.  The best part is that it’s become a virtual inspiration board for me, and now when I go to make changes to rooms, or look for pieces of furniture, I scroll back through my archives to determine exactly what kind of look I want.

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