Monday, July 22, 2013

White Ceramic Garden Stool

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We sell tons of garden stools at our store.  They are really quite fun...We use them most often as side tables vs seating.   As a side table they are fantastically easy to clean and move around.

Here is an example using a white ceramic garden stool:

Pink Velvet Fabric

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We came across this picture today and thought it was so striking...See how your eyes just got drawn to the pink velvet chair?  This office must belong to a girl, and a very chic one at that.

Here are links to some similar pink velvet fabric that you can use.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Faux Hide Rectangular Mirror

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One of the new items we just received today is a faux hide mirror by Barclay Butera.  We ordered it in brown and white but it also comes in black/white and beige/brown combination.

This really adds a pop to your wall!  It's dramatic, it's a little masculine and feminine at the same time.  We use it for our entry way and can't enough compliments on it.

The mirrors are available in 34x46, 40x50 and 50x70.

Bigger is better, we'd say!

Faux Hide Mirror White and Brown

Faux Hide Mirror Black and White 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Decorative Trays

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One of our favorite things to use when we accessorize a house is decorative trays.  We use them on bathroom counter to organize jewelry and make up brushes, on top of nightstand for glasses, and on top of coffee table for books, vases and other decorative items.  It's a functional and stylish solution for organizing things...

Here are some of our favorites:

Round Turquoise Tray

Black Round Marble Tray

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to search for fabric without pattern or brand information

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We get a lot of calls regarding how to find a fabric if you only have a picture of it or a swatch of it.  There are a lot of fabrics out there, probably millions, so if you don't have a pattern number or a manufacturer it can be tough.

We are working on a feature using artificial intelligence to identify the pattern by looks, and that will be launched on our fabric store pretty soon.   With this new program, you can click on an existing pattern and it will find all patterns that are like it.  Very nifty, you'll see.

In the mean time, Google Images has an excellent search that you might want to try--if all else fails.

First go to Google and click on Images.  You'll see the Google Images Screen comes up.

Then click on the camera icon. 

See below:

Then you'll have an option of uploading the image or paste the image URL if you see it on the web.  Google then will search for images that are similar to it.

We've used it with pretty good results.  Give it a try.  Also don't forget to check back our site in a couple of weeks for the "find more like it" feature.  We think you'll love it.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ten Favorite Tumblr Decorating Blogs

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We love looking at home décor pictures.  We never reads the text though, do you?  This is why we like Tumblr. It's a social blog network where you can follow certain blogs--which will instantly update their posts in your dashboard daily.  So basically it will fill out your dashboard with beautiful images that other people have curated.  It's something we do with our coffee in the morning, when we are not awake enough to work yet.  Or the mid afternoon, when we just need a break.

Here is our 10 favorite Tumblr decorating blogs:

1) Not My Beautiful Home-gorgeous pictures from the top decorating magazines

2) Take Over Time-curator of modern designs

3) Linxspiration-mostly pictures of pretty girls and pretty cars. Features a lot of beautiful home décor as well.

4) Adultrunaway-just as the name suggested, a site that provides beautiful visual candy in fashion, home décor and food.

5) Design for Life curated by a 19-year old design student from Australia.  Very polished taste for a 19 years old...

6) The Decorista-emphasis on beautiful and glamorous home décor

7) Just the Design collection of modern architectural designs.

8) Alter Ego Diego-really good taste from a guy.

9) Quince with Sugar-beautifully simple.   Lots of stunning images.

10)  Lush Lofts-if you like open spaces (doesn't necessarily need to be a loft), this one is for you.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kids Rooms That Are NOT Pink or Blue!

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We had lunch with our niece the other day. Ava is three years old and is adorable, adorable, adorable.  We just love her to death.

But, the reason we brought up Ava, is because everytime we see Ava, she's dressed in all pink-- pink socks, pink jacket, pink t-shirt.

And it's not just her, every little girl we've seen are either dressed in pink or purple.

Or have a pink room.

And the boys will have a blue room, we almost guarantee it.

Enough with the pink room and blue room already! 

Let's try some other non-pink and non-blue options:


So lovely, right?  And not a touch of pink in sight!

Zebra Wallpaper-The Iconic Pattern from Scalamandre

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Certain manufacturers have their own bestselling, iconic designs that they are known for.  Kelly Wearstler has Imperial Trellis, F Schumacher has Chiang Mai Dragon, and Scalamandre is known for their Zebra pattern.  Shown below in brown, it is also available in red, yellow, green, black and blue background.  Click here to see all the colorways.

This pattern is so popular that Scalamandre has developed a whole industry out of it--you now can get it as home accessories, umbrellas and dinnerware in addition to Scalamandre fabric and wallpapers.

Tote bag $195

Umbrella $95

The accessories and dinnerware collection is available at Bloomingdales.

Chinoiserie Wallpapers

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When we're in the mood for something whimsical, Chinoiserie wallpaper is our go-to pattern.  It's best in small doses though, like perfume.  We like it in smaller rooms like a powder room, bathroom or dining room.  We also prefer subdued colors and patterns vs bold and bright.  The metallic ones are especially pretty.

Chinoisie pattern adds a certain amount of elegance to most décor.  To see a collection of pretty wallpapers, take a look at our Chinoiserie wallcoverings section.  We are constantly adding new patterns so check back often...

Here are some pretty rooms:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grasscloth Wallcoverings

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We recently received a couple of grasscloth wallcovering books (sometimes called sisal wallcoverings)  from Kravet and we're so impressed!  They are absolutely stunning.   It's such a pity because they look so good in person, and it's so hard to convey that online.  You really have to touch it and feel it to see how beautiful they are.

Grass or sisal textured wallpapers are our favorite wall covering choices.  They really add a richness to a room.

We have quite an extensive collection of grasscloth and sisal wall coverings which you can see here.

Some of our favorite rooms using sisal/grass wallpapers:

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