Friday, February 06, 2009

Win this Pillow! February Give-Away

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We never hear anything from our readers. What's up with that? We know from our web analytics that we have hundreds of you coming to our site a day, but the only comments we ever get is from people who are looking for free links. Now, there ain't nothing wrong with asking, but what we really want for comments are fun, interesting, thought-provoking, life-changing, or just plain silly comments, get it? We really don't want free porn, fake Gucci bags, cash advance from Nigeria..anything like that. Really.

So to motivate you a little, we are giving this pillow to one lucky person in the month of February. The only catch is, in order to enter the contest, you have to leave a comment by answering the question of the month in the comment section of this post.

The question of the month is:

"What are you doing to make your home a better place in this tough economic time?"

Down Pillow 22 X 22 Value $250

We will pick a winner on March 1st.

Thanks in advance for participating!

Sad News-Shabby Chic in Chapter 11

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Things have been tough all over, especially in the home furnishing industry.

A few days ago Shabby Chic filed Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection. See the complete posting here...

Shabby Chic was a pioneer in its time twenty years ago. Making slip-covered furniture into a style that is widely-copied, it made girly decorating into a huge trend that is still going strong even today.

Let's hope that the company will come out of this ok.

Photo of Shabby Chic's first store:

November 2009-UPDATE

Shabby Chic has re-invented itself. Read more about it from the NY Times.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Modern Wallpaper from Astek

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We've been seeing a lot of Astek lately. From "Top Design" to "Elle Decor", we see their products featured everywhere. No wonder, as the company makes some wonderful wallpapers with a wide range of styles. We particularly like their modern collection. It totally rocks!

Pricing is reasonable too (about $50-60/roll). You can buy them directly at the Astek web site.

Here are some that we thought are really cool:

Luxury Bedding from Legacy Linens

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We love beautiful bedding. To us, it's the first thing we look at when we enter a bedroom. It's also one of those things totally worth splurging on. After all, was it a true statistic somewhere that we spend 2/3 of our lives in bed?

We found this bedding line from Legacy Linens that we just love. It's luxury bedding that you can actually sleep on, you know. We can't stand frou-frou bedding that looks great but totally impractical. To us, luxury linens must look good but most importantly, it must be comfortable to sleep in.

Here are some samples of Legacy Luxury Bedding. We don't have it listed on our web site (it's way too complicated to sell bedding on line as there SO many pieces in a bedding ensemble). If you need product or pricing information, please drop us a line.

As pretty as there are, they look even better in person!

Michael Smith-The Interior Designer

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Michael Smith is in the news a lot lately. First because he is the interior designer that was chosen to redo the White House for the Obama (we heard through the grapevine that the budget was $100,000. A hundred Ks? It must be a joke, no?).

But more importantly, Michael Smith was the designer who did Thain's office (the recently-ousted CEO of Merrill Lynch) for $1.2M. Ever heard of a $87,000 rug? We haven't either.

All that aside though, Mr. Smith is a brilliant designer. Elle Decor just did a full spread on him that worth checking out.

Here are some pictures (courtesy of Elle Decor).

What do you think? Is it all that?

If you are interested in learning more about Michael Smith's style, here are some books worth checking out:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Ceramic Garden Stools from Legends of Asia

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For some reasons these garden stools are so popular. Is it because they are displayed in all the chic hotels like the Morgans in Palm Springs (all in white). Or is it because they are just fun?

We found a company that makes the pretty ceramic garden stools in different patterns instead of just plain solid colors. We think they are really cute! Prices are reasonable too (about $150-$250 each with free shipping).

Here are some samples of the stools. We'll be adding them on the site soon but if you are interested in them before then, please email us.

If you are into Asian home decor, check out Legends of Asia web site. They really have some great Asian-inspired stuff.

This white one comes in several others colors...

Decorative Pillows from Ryan Studios

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When we feel like we need a pick-me-up, we usually get a quattro venti latte. In case of home decorating though, the equivalent would be to pick up some pillows. It's a nice way to perk things up without spending lots of money.

Good pillows are hard to find --surprisingly. It is such a simple product to make yet it's quite difficult to find elegant, classy pillows that are tasteful yet affordable.

Here is a luxury decorative pillow line that we really like. They are filled with down and generously-sized. The fabrics/colors are fabulous! The price range between $150-$225.

Here are some samples. You can see the rest of the decorative pillows here.

The company also makes beautiful bedding. Check out their web site here...

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