September 30, 2009

Brocade on My Mind

I promised to share some more fun tidbits from my recent trip to India. During a stop at a beautiful fabric store in Jaipur, I spotted this gorgeous, purple brocade pillow cover with gold threadwork. It works so well in my place and I'm actually a bit sad that I didn't buy one or two more to keep. But all I can do is treasure this one while it lasts. I've been moving this pillow from room to room for the past few weeks. My favorite places for it are my bed and sofa. Part of the reason I appreciate the design so much is because of the significant amount of time I'm sure it took to produce. There's always beauty in hard work.

September 28, 2009

My Current Loves

Here are a few things that I'm loving at the moment.

Anthropologie's Light Wheel Rug. I'm a huge fan of Anthropologie's home pieces. I've purchased everything from pillows to curtains. Sometimes I have to stop myself from buying their stuff so my place doesn't end up looking like their showroom. This rug doesn't help the problem at all. The colors can add just the right amount of pop to any room. There's also something striking about the round shape, rather than the standard rectangle or square.

World Market's Tiki Floor Lamp. This lampshade is made of rice paper and bamboo sticks. It has an earthy, organic feel and could really work with any color scheme. The simplicity of it makes it attractive.

Gaiam's Bamboo Bath Ladder. This ladder wouldn't just give your bath area a spa vibe, it can be put to work. Gaiam suggests using it to hold towels or magazines (for those drawn to the idea of reading in the bathroom).

September 23, 2009

Fall Living Room Switch

Photo: Pottery Barn, Faux-Fur Throw, $149

As it is officially fall, I'm thinking of ways to rework my living room to fit the season. I'm all about the instant makeover, so whatever I take on must be super easy as well as affordable. What comes to mind is a cozy throw to play off my chocolate brown sofas (love the Pottery Barn ones above), a couple new pillows in burnt orange, and possibly the new wood blinds I've been been promising myself for the longest.

September 22, 2009

Orla Kiely = Indian Architecture

I took a trip to India last week with some friends and was just so inspired by the architecture of the major monuments. The stone on some of the buildings, while they are ancient, seemed so modern to me. For instance, doesn't the above remind you of the prints used in the Orla Kiely Home Collection for Target?

Here are plates from the British designer's line.

More to come from my India adventure...

September 9, 2009

Great Yard Sale Find

Nevermind my cable cords. :)

On my way to Bubby's Brooklyn restaurant for brunch this past weekend, I spotted this yellow stand at a yard sale. It was in pretty bad shape with its chipped paint and rusty areas, but I just knew it had potential. And for just $8, I had to have it. I cleaned it up with a can of yellow spray paint and have decided to use it as a plant stand. The old rubber covering the bottom of the legs all need to be replaced, but it does the job for now. I put it by the front door of my apartment and it's been a pleasure being greeted with the cheery color over the past few days.

September 5, 2009

Items That Make My Happy Home

Everyone has a set of items that make their home feel special. Here are a few things I adore:

Savon de Marseille Handsoap in Olive Lavande
Most soaps dry out my hands. This one is super gentle and the light smell of lavender is a nice treat.

Votivo Candle in Island Grapefruit
It has the most beautiful scent. I feel like I'm on vacation whenever it's lit.

Ikea's Willow Baskets
I have them in every size throughout my apartment. There's one in my bedroom closet, which I use to hold accessories. Another under my bathroom shelf for cosmetics. One under the kitchen sink. You get the picture. I live by these.

Flea Market Bird Painting
I found a charming little bird painting in a crowded antique store in Brooklyn last summer for just $20. It's now in my bedroom and is the first thing I see when waking up. I just love it. Every detail of the painting, including the frame, is just gorgeous to me. (Photo above)

September 4, 2009

Magazine Files As Bag Storage? Who Knew?

I picked up the October issue of Glamour (needed a good read for the subway ride home from work) and I came across the most clever organizing idea. There's a short feature (pages 307-310) on how Nate Berkus helped his younger sister spruce up her NYC apartment. To get her bag collection in order, he uses magazine files. How genius! I'm constantly battling with the bags overflowing in my own closet, so thanks for the tip, Nate.

* I especially like this Bamboo magazine file from the Container Store, although it's a bit pricey ($19.99) for something that's going to be stuffed in your closet.