Friday, December 12, 2008

Modern Toile

Domino Magazine (my most favorite decorating and living magazine in the world) did a feature on toile in this month's holiday issue. Now, let me preface on saying that usually decorating with a toile print (French in origin, usually a complex, pastoral scene featuring a combination of scenery, human figures, and sometimes animals) is done in a very traditional, pattern on pattern way and it's not my style. At all. However, this modern twist on toile really caught my eye. So here are some quick shots to get you interested then you can go to to find some more ideas (some a little more traditional yet, still hip).

Above, this black and white toile is fabric applied the wall. Even though this is a complicated and usually expensive procedure it really warms up a room. Below you will find a yellow and white toile wallpaper that is more of a classic toile on the wall application. Side note: white silhouette clock is fab - we have a black one that is similar :)

Black and white fabric: Pierre Frey Cotton "Satin Coutances" in Negatif about $140/yard
Yellow and white wallpaper: "Harlam Toile de Jouy" $172/roll, Studio Printworks

Happy Friday!
Love. J

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Designers Do Holidays #3: Bright and Beautiful

Better Homes and Gardens featured some fun holiday decorating ideas that are little unconventional, but fun, modern, and glamorous at the same time. I love the idea of this "Candy Land" living room. There is not a lot of extra decorating happening here but what is here makes a statement (and it's delicious for you and your guests! :)

Lime green and ice blue are very in right now, and while I don't expect you to completely refurnish your living room for the holidays it would be a super fun and vibrant color scheme for your tree and other holiday decor.

I love this table setting. The white on white with bursts of color in the food served and awesome red plates makes this "winter wonderland" color scheme beautiful and festive.

Lately mantle decor I have seen has been less than impressive but I thought this was a simple and whimsical way to ring in the holidays and not over do it. It ties in perfect with the "Candy Land" theme.

Love these plates as much as I do? You can find them at :)
Check out Better Homes and Garden's 100 Days of Holidays for more ideas.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Designers Do Holidays #2: Stocking Stuffers

I have a very large, very special place in my heart for Z Gallerie ( for merchandise and locations). They have some unique, fun, and semi- inexpensive stocking stuffers / small gift items. Here are just a few tidbits!

Above: New York Times Little Black Book of Crosswords - fits in your purse, desk, nightstands - perfect for stashing in little places where you might find yourself needing to be entertained.
Swarvoski Crystal Black Pencils Set of 6, Glamorous and useful - will totally jazz up your work day!

Pretty jeweled cuff bracelets (they make rings too)

Chandelier cocktail napkins (also in Eiffel Tower) - a beautiful addition to anyones entertaining collection.

Silver playing cards - fun and fabulous.
These are only a few of the fun gift items I saw on their website - please check it out! :)
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pretty Little Pouf

I first encountered John Derian's Moroccan Pouf (or at least a look a like) at Dallas' chic yet eclectic clothing and accessory shop "The Gypsy Wagon" ( - you must discover this place if you haven't already! Then you must thank us for sending you to such a fun store!). I love these little poufs - they come in so many fun colors (metallic too!) and they are multi-purpose. Domino Magazine - also has featured these little guys :) The Derian Poufs are $265 and then a little more for the metallic but even if you encounter a look a like for a bargain we won't judge you!

Learn more about John Derian at I promise you'll thank me (again)!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Designers Do Holidays #1: Berry Delightful

Technically the Christmas season doesn't start until Friday but I couldn't resist posting these awesome ideas of decorating with cranberries. Better Homes and Gardens emails out a 100 Days of Holidays - each day a different idea. Their 27 Ways to Decorate with Cranberries was today. I've always loved cranberries in holiday decor so here so some ways to use them aside from your standard garland and wreath.

(Above: While they are using these hurricanes outside a smaller version would be a beautiful table centerpiece. I love the way they light this walk way though)

Practical and beautiful by freezing these berries in your ice tray in just a little bit of water you can use them to keep your champagne chilled and at the same time have a festive centerpiece.

This is an adorable place card idea and could be reasonably inexpensive if you by glass votive holders in bulk. I LOVE this idea! :)

Another cute centerpiece idea - and although more time consuming to make yourself you may be able to find faux cranberry balls in a store and prop them up on your own silver candlesticks.

I would never be able to pull this off in Texas but if you live where it snows and ices often I love this door wreath. Just dip your wreath in a little bit of water before a freeze and hang it on your door. How pretty!
I love the holidays so look for many more decorating and entertaining ideas to come. See these ideas with cranberries and more at
Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mild obsession of the day:

Rob Ryan.

I'm absolutely head over heels for these pieces by London artist Rob Ryan. I'm definitely saving up to buy myself a couple from his etsy shop.... so sweet.

Thanks to Dear Ada for introducing me to Rob and tons of other great art!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Take a Seat

Right now I am loving how popular Phillipe Stark's Louis Ghost chair is. Patterned after the shape of a traditional Louis XVI chair this contemporary version is seen in a variety of applications. Now, we are seeing it in tons of colors including a totally hot solid black one. Scroll down for some awesome examples of how versatile this chair can be.

How awesome is this solid, opaque black one!?

Stark has also inspired some more modern take offs of his original concept. These printed chairs and ghost lamp are only a few examples. Keep a look out for some more and feel free to share them with us! We love your comments :)