Wednesday, April 4, 2007

My Friend Flickr

I don't spend nearly enough time on Flickr. Whenever I do, I'm truly amazed at the vast amount of really quality work there. Here are a few of my current favorites.

Horse by Createsimona

Nunhead Cemetery by Greatwich

Rangoli for Festival by Kamala L

Dogs at Play by Andrew Morrell

Friday, March 16, 2007

Heavens to Etsy!

I think Etsy is heaven on Earth. To me, it is a wonderfully complex and magical maze...with delightful surprises around every corner. My left brain wishes there was a logical place to start and that I could get through the whole site systematically, but my right brain is happy to just wander aimlessly and see where my whims take me.

Tonight, they've taken me to what may be the most stunning and evocative jewelry I've ever seen. It was impossible to narrow down which images to show here, as each one was more gorgeous than the last. I just can't say enough about it. I am enchanted by 1ofmykind and can't wait to buy my first piece!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Thrill of the Hunt

I am an avid bargain hunter. As a lower-middle class kid, I was forced to do most of my back-to-school clothes shopping at thrift stores, which I loathed. Soon, I developed an eye for funky, vintage pieces and created my own, unique "look." Eventually, I learned to enjoy shopping at thrift stores and came to love the hunt for fabulous finds at bargain prices.

Today, I still love the hunt. I have more money than my family did then, but I'm certainly not rich. With a professor husband and me in publishing (not too terribly well-paid careers), I'm always on the lookout for a good deal. And now that we're beginning to spend thousands of dollars on trying to start a family, my hunting skills are in even higher demand.

So, on the chance that there may be some other bargain hunters out there, I've decided to start what will hopefully become a semi-regular post topic: The Thrill of the Hunt. With these posts, I'll share my latest killer bargain finds.

This week I found this cute little Moroccan Plant Stand from Collections Etc. It reminds me of the Moroccan Tables at Garnet Hill. The Garnet Hill tables cost $128, which isn't too bad, and they're probably made with higher quality materials. But if you're on a tight budget, the Collections Etc. table might be more your speed since it will only put you out by $14.99! Ah, I love a good bargain.
Happy Hunting!

Thursday, February 22, 2007


The ever-fabulous Maryam at My Marrakesh recently posted this wonderful Moroccan inspired rug by Bev Hisey. Such a great find, Maryam! If I had my druthers, I'd get this rug and pair it with either one of these lamps from Inside Avenue: the aptly named Hollywood Regency Lamp (which is also available in black with black shade or in white with white shade) or the Versaille Lamp in black and white.

And speaking of great lamps, Inside Avenue has a ton of 'em! A few of my favorites: the Florentine, the Mayfair, and the Zanzibar.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Alhambra Lantern

I found this Moroccan inspired Alhambra Lantern by Currey & Company at Inside Avenue. I absolutely love it! (More beautiful things from Inside Avenue to be posted sometime soon.)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

New Painting

I've just finished my latest painting, entitled Promise. This one's for my dear friend Shawna (whose feminist musings can be read HERE).

Ring in the Spring

Okay, so I know it's not officially spring yet, but today in California, we had a gorgeous, spring-like day, so I am itching to get my spring on! It's time to start planning for those outdoor dinner parties and backyard barbecues. In addition to the Mad Mats that I posted previously, I'm eyeing these really cool Moroccan-inspired melamine dishes from Home Infatuation. Love these colors and patterns, and I think they'd look great with a Mad Mat.

I want them all!

AND... even though I have no place to put this (since I have a covered deck), I really want this bright, hand-painted paisley patio umbrella (also from Home Infatuation). Now, off to find the perfect outdoor, non-glass glassware!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Light Up My Life

Okay, so I just discovered the Home Port today (as you can see from the post immediately preceding this one), and I am so happy I've found them! They have some really beautiful items at really reasonable prices!

These recycled sheet metal lanterns are blowing my mind! And these dainty Venetian votives remind me of the Graham+Graham Moroccan tea lights I recently spotted at Athena Says.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

I think I am in love with these exquisite little, diaphanous Soap Leaves from the Home Port. Aren't they lovely? I think they'd make a really unique gift.

They would look nice in a powder room along with this Lanta Waste Can (also from the Home Port), hand-carved of sustainably harvested mango wood. It's so rich and chocolatey; I love it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Power of Paisley

I must confess: I have a thing for paisleys, and you'll probably wind up seeing a lot of them posted here over time.

As Wikipedia will tell you, paisleys are Persian in origin, but their name comes from the Scottish town of Paisley. To many, it is an ancient symbol of fertility. To a few, it is a conduit for demons. To most of us, though, it's a curvy, versatile motif, at once funky and elegant.

I think paisleys look good on everything, and here are a few current examples.

Love this Paisley and Leather Settee from Horchow. In fact, they've got several really cool paisley items currently, like this collection of Paisley Gold Dinnerware and these nifty Paisley Desk Accessories, which I'll never be able to afford.

For more lovely paisley prints, check out this Putu Weekender Bag from Wrapables, these Privo Paisley Thong Sandals from Garnet Hill, Charles Keath Penzance Chair Cushions, and the Bronze Paisley Charlotte Table Lamp from PoshLiving.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sacred Music

I recently saw a "good book" flask case online (available at urban outfitters, among many). It's clever, but I'm not a big drinker, so I don't really need a flask case. However, this Hymn Book iPod Case from SUCK UK is something I could see myself using.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Black and White

I sort of envy people who decorate with black and white predominantly. I've often toyed with the idea of having a black and white room with just a few key pieces of vivid color (fuchsia or peacock blue, for instance), but I don't know if I could do it. I love a room that's a riot of color! But still, if I were to decorate in black and white, here's some pieces I'd seriously consider.

I wish the picture for this was a little better. This is just a run-of-the-mill over-the-door shoe organizer, but WOW, what a great pattern! I am tempted to run to the Home Depot first thing in the morning to pick one up. And right now it's on sale for just $10.50.

Okay, so I'm cheating a bit here, as these Iron Vines wall decals by Blik are actually cocoa colored, but wouldn't it be great if they were black? Look how well they'd match that shoe organizer.

By the way, I'll take Viggo too, if no one objects.

Do you see a pattern emerging here, or is it just me? This Rustic Baroque Coaster Set is available at Target and would look very nice supporting Viggo's glass of wine, don't you think?

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Not Your Father's Chocolate Heart Valentine

Just in time for Valentine's Day, these gorgeous chocolate flaming hearts from Chocolate Deities are sure to delight any chocolate lover. What a wonderful, unique Valentine gift this would be for your special someone...or for yourself! Visit the site, and while you're there, be sure to check out their collection of chocolate gods and goddesses. They're divine!

Mad About Mad Mats

Spied these in a magazine almost 2 years ago. I LOVE the designs, love the fact they're made from 98% recycled plastic, and love the price: under $100 for a 6x9. They're $90 if you buy them straight from the manufacturer, but if you do a Google search for "mad mats," you can find some places selling them for $75.