Friday, November 26, 2010


I grew up i in a home with lots of porcelain in my family's curio cabinets. They covered every inch of those shelves. I've never enjoyed having so many pieces around - until this discovery. Check this OUT! These little animals are created by Artist Hella Jongerius. He is a genius artist who zipped to the 18th century and brought to life old casts of Nymphenburg porcelain to create contemporary works of beauty. This is my generations kick-a%* porcelain art. I certainly wouldn't appreciate today's collection if it weren't for the ones i couldn't appreciate as a child. Thank you mom!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dreamy on a cold day

Shakedesign suffered a brisk -3ÂșC day. This photo warmed us up.Find it at isphotography

Friday, November 19, 2010

Topping off your heater

As I am adjusting my heat to the chill coming in I cam across this chic radiator topper. My wood shelves and box covers have distorted over time from the change in temperature and humidity. This classic piece i found on Apartment Therapy is timeless and fabulous to live with.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A shout out to ABC Home

Whenever I am in NYC I always take a visit to ABC Home, my home away from home. You can spend hours perusing the floors of design goodness. The business started in 1897 selling only carpets and has grown to an 8-story building in Manhattan's Flatiron district. Now they have an array of chic home furnishings and more treats like jewelry, fragrances and stationary..and oh so much more to see. All this to say they fancifully added a new line of carpets which i find is truly indicative of their history coming full circle. Check out these amazing carpets that go through 2 phases to get to be this hot. First they fade out the colors but keeping its design and then put them through a dye to get them to shout from your floors! Great way to revive your boring Persian carpets..from blah to AH!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cuddle me pretty

Oh I am in love with these throws. I've been searching for over 4 weeks now for the perfect color-combo throws. Now that I found them at Echo Home, they seem to be out of stock...will they be available before the snow falls?

Fabulous Fabs

When I was in Tokyo, I was introduced to a fabulous fabric store. I love the prints on linen and I am having a very hard time finding equally fabulous finds here in Montreal. This selection I found is on line at Funky Fabrix. These are Japanese design from Kokka The Babushka dolls series. The prints on linen are so inspiring to turn into couch pillows.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ginger Lemon sweet goodness

I've been feeling under the weather all week and these squares lifted up my spirits. The ginger puts up a good fight competing with the lemon zing for attention. I certainly welcomed its zesty and spicy sparks of flavor. Here's the recipe for them from baker Nick Malgieri who gave us a nice tasting of this treat. Find recipe here on Nov. 7 blog entry.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The gift of water

My background is Industrial Design therefore I have a special place in my heart for very cool products. This one in particular is genius. How many of us crowd over our sink after brushing our teeth to rinse out with our hands. We are left with wet, and cold messy hands. Tapi by Dreamfarm is a rubber-like fixture you place at the tip of your faucet and when you pinch the bottom to close, the water is redirected upwards and flows gracefully like a water fountain. Fun!

Monday, November 1, 2010

From Halloween blues to orange hues!

Now that halloween is over, orange takes on a new meaning. All the fun decorating with Pumpkins and fake cobwebs have to be taken down and thrown away. On the bright side, in comes orange in new shapes and forms! Look above: My clients often wonder what colors to paint their ceilings and its always a nice touch to add color to a room when your furniture is bare and uniform in color such a grays, whites, and beige. So try out a splash in a room to see the difference it can make. The photo was found on Apartment Therapy site with more examples of color on ceilings. Silent nights: The next photo is a great bedding from Yves Delormes outlet website, appropriately called Paprika. Wouldn't it be grand to come down from your sugar rush in these sheets? Don't mistake these for candy: finally a little bedaziling glow from Ippolita's Madeira Citrine drop earings.


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