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The One That Got Away…


Dining room from Rue magazine (l) and chair currently for sale on Etsy (r).

I bought a desk not long after I returned to the Seattle area. It is a lovely CL find that I fell in love with as soon as I laid eyes on it. It needs some TLC and a nice desk chair to make feel less lonely.

So I searched and searched and somewhere along the way I had the brilliant idea that it needed to be a more modern chair, preferably with a brass finish… And I found this:

"Modern Glam Chair" from Gallivanting Girls on Etsy.

It’s brass. It’s modern. It’s beautiful. It’s also out of my part time job price range at $180. I resign myself to the fact that I’m probably going to be a wish monster galore on this one…

A couple of weeks later, I head over to Rue Magazine and lo, and behold! There is this swank little room with not one but two of those very perfect chairs. They are chrome (and not brass) but still the lovely modernist shape and with better fabric to boot.

Dining space from the February 2012 issue of Rue Magazine.

Someone out there is like me and wants this chair badly. They saw that spread in Rue too… And they can’t get their mind off of the beauty and perfection of those chairs. They want them and they’ve been searching but they can’t find them. Well, at last here it is. Solo, yes… but one is better than none. Grab it while you can. 🙂

Best of the Week

The rundown for this week includes lots of goldy bling, vintage charm, and amazing art. I can’t remember what led me to all this great stuff but I know I owe a lot to blog surfing! Here are the best of the week:

Colorful art prints that range in size from small to huge (large print sizes would look amazing over a sofa) measuring in at over 45″!.


“Night Peonies Blue”, “Color Migration Black”, “Lucid”, and “Marilyn Monroses” prints – price varies by size, all @ CozaMia.

Here are some amazing and naughty (I’m looking at you Jonathan Adler!) accents for your home… and you.


Banana bud vase – $68 @ Jonathan Adler, Foo Dog lamps (left or right) – $199 @ Shades of Light, Ribbed cashmere & leather fingerless gloves – $98 @ Anthropologie, Handmade cloth extension cord – $38 @ Best Made Co.

There were many amazing things in the Dwell Studio Holiday 2011 catalog but the full two page spread of gold bling was my favorite part of the whole book.


Dwell Studio holiday catalog bling (as promised!): Slanted Votives in brass – $247.50/set, Tubular Burst Objet – $327.50, Orb Objet – $497.50, Gold Triangle Vases, $162.50 – $222.50, all @ Dwell Studio.

Early this week while I was looking over One King’s Lane, for the first time in ages, where I saw this cool, retro TV for the first time. This TV set, originally issued in the 1960’s, would be great for when space limitations kept you from being able to hide your TV. Doesn’t this look better than the blah boxes we have these days?


Panasonic Orbitel TV, price varies (about $500 – $1000). Try eBay or other online vintage retailers.

Have an excellent weekend, everyone. Monday has some cool palette inspiration! 🙂

Watercolor Summer Wear

This has been a weird day! A window in my bedroom got mysteriously broken. It scared me pretty badly. And I’m still not sure how it happened exactly. All I know is after that trauma, I needed something fun to distract me from being distraught.

I decided to see if I could find find some pieces to make an outfit out of this skirt I just bought from Ashley Stewart (plus size clothes):


Camera phone pic alert!<<

It’s a dirndl type skirt that buttons down the front and has cute little side pockets and a sash tie belt. I couldn’t find a pic of it online but Old Navy has some similar skirts (in regular women’s sizes, you’d need a belt though).

I flipped through some of my catalogs to see if I could find inspiration there and… I did! Spiegel has this cute cami and matching cardi in a beatuiful blue, green, yellow, and white watercolor print. Super summery, right? Here’s the look I pulled together:


Clockwise from top left: Floral Print Tunic Cardigan $49 ($54+) – Speigel.com, Floral Print Tunic Cami $34 ($39+) – Spiegel.com, “Ananta” earrings $98 – Anthropologie.com, green and yellow flower bracelet $21.95 – Braceletgirl.com, Kate Spade “Felice” tote in citron $295 – Zappos.com, “Strung Packages” sandals $98 – Anthropologie.com.

The cardigan has such a strong mix of colors that I really wanted the accessories to pop and be fun. I love those yellow sandals with their green beads and the texture on the Kate Spade bag keeps the mix fresh. I know it’s a little matchy but… I like that!

Anyway, that’s my attempt at fashion for the time being. Think I did OK?

Comfortable Chic

I may have mentioned that I’m not the fashionista type a few posts ago. I wasn’t kidding. I’m totally not being falsely modest or anything. I’m a woman so I love clothes, shoes, and handbags as much as I’m supposed to… I just don’t wear what I like as much as I’d like. I kind of convince myself, on a daily, that it is OK to wear jeans and a tee… again. I’m really hoping to change that going forward. My last couple of clothing purchases have been dresses and skirts. Girly could quite possibly become my new uniform. Here is an outfit that totally embodies my taste – a little Bohemian, a little classic, absolutely comfortable, and simply chic.

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent oversized silk blouse and Bailey 44 maxi skirt in rayon/spandex both at Nordstrom.

A Favorite Room


It is funny how, sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a room that I clipped out of magazine a few years ago, back when I was still in my more modern, minimalist phase. Back then if it wasn’t black and white, I didn’t usually care… at that time, this was too much color for me but I couldn’t stop looking at it.

I realize now that it’s because even with all the color the room is clean, uncluttered, and lived in looking. A beautiful combination in my book. The beautiful harmony of colors, which I didn’t appreciate once upon a time, are wonderfully delicious icing.

Happy (super late!) Thursday!








Amy D Morris kitted out this fantastic room for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Showhouse… and what a stunner! This room is so beautiful, glamourous, brilliant… and sexy. I keep coming back to the photos and just drooling over the dark, blingy  richness of the room’s scheme. It is definitely too good to keep to myself!

Check out the rest of the AHLShowhouse, there is a TON of design inspiration. Enjoy!