Archive for July, 2010

Factoids For Morning Breakfast.

I am hooked on this fact heavy site Learn Something Everyday. I love learning new facts and am intrigued by the colorful media this site delivers us daily new interesting information to train our brain!

Painting the Town Multicolor.

Shopping at Anthropologie can be a cultural rite in its own way. The buyers at this store deserve a pay raise! The seasonal fashions and home furnishings and accessories that are selected never bore – and this summers selection (going fast!) is like painting again without all of the mess! (BTW, I do plan to start painting with acrylics again this Fall). You never know who’s the next Van Gogh.

Put a Cork in It. Then Have a Seat.

Cork is a material best known for preservation of many things, from an open bottle of wine to protecting out feet with comfortable flooring in heavy traffic areas. Love it or hate it, corks sustainable uses are growing like… cork. At 3Rings.com, a designer named Daniel Michalik is noted for his beautiful and organic furnishings created from reclaimed waste material from the bottle topper industry.

I’ve got my eyes on his spacious Cortiça chaise  ( 72” x 20” x  26”), which balances itself to support human weight while remaining pliable to allow for rocking and relaxing.

The Cortiça Chaise as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Cortiça Chaise as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Sway stool leans slightly with the natural movement of your body. Also make a perfect balancing seat to keep that core engaged at the office.

The Sway Stool as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Sway Stool as designed by Daniel Michalik.

I love the idea of repurposing and with my love of wine from all over the world, I surely would be able to contribute enough corks for one of those stools. Or make it two… so I have someone to sit with. =0)

Sliding into $200 Million Dollar Luck.

Get this. Top story on CNN.com today… Rick Norsigian of Fresno, California, an avid picker, bought  two small boxes of slides ten years ago at a yard sale for $45 and just got word from a Beverly Hills art appraiser that the 65 glass negatives he owns were created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early years of his career and are estimated to be worth $200 million. Are you kidding?? What such luck! The photographs are to believed to have been taken between 1919 and the early 1930s, well before Adams became nationally recognized. I love to find a good bargain from flea markets and retail sales – however I tend to overlook yard sales (although I have scored some neat finds in the past). Time to start picking a little harder.


Shabby Chic All Grown Up.

Looking through a website on installing water features in outdoor gardens, I was distracted by a banner ad for fine reproduction French furniture (and I typically never ever click on side bar ads!). Sweetpea & Willow of London offers an online retail store (plus international shipping from the UK) for quality, reproduction classic French furniture at unbelievably low prices. Now, I’m not a shabby chic kind of gal. I prefer more clean, comfortable and eclectic spaces, however, I find the designs showcased at this online store somehow deceptively familiar, pretty, a bit more grown up, and shall we say tres magnifique! Here I go on my France kick again. Whether gorgeous or too garish, I have bookmarked this site for future reference and possibly some minor shopping. Here’s what I would put into my shopping cart today.

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion calls in the troops!, $55

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion gives this accent pillow an airy brilliance!, $55

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are available! $4,982

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are also available! $4,982

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

Bau Down to Puzzle Pendants.

This October, lovers of color, fans of shapes, and diehards for puzzles, can get their hands on the Bau Pendant from Normann-Copenhagen. It’s pretty cool. Designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg, this sculptural hanging lamp is a design study in color, composition, and geometry. The design is based on geometric circles that interlock to create a living and organic expression. Made entirely of birch wood, it arrives packed down with an instruction manual for putting together a hanging piece of impressive and functional art. Looks like something destined for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC of Hirshorn in DC!

The Bau Hanging Light Pendant

The Bau Hanging Light Pendant in Large

Trina Turk & Caicos Style.

It’s fast approaching late July and although trends and fashions for fall are creeping into to our consumer channels, I’m happily still immersed in the sunny days of summer. One of my projects has included looking for outdoor fabrics for a close client of mine. When I again stumbled upon Trina Turk’s line of exotic and juicy outdoor fabrics for a collaboration with Schumacher & Co., I was reminded of the good ol’ days of Popsicle’s, pale blue bicycles, lazing in the grass and building sand castles on the beach. Or a vacation in Turks & Caicos. =0) What kind of memories do these beautiful patterns and colors bring you?

Hey DC Dog Lovers: Party with your Pooch

If an establishment allows dogs as patrons, I’m a regular. Often locals could find me with my girl Alpha at Cantina Marina on the Washington Harbor, or a hop, skip and jump away from home base at Larry’s Lounge for the Wednesday night Yappy Hour (Alpha get two frozen treats!). My pup is my family member and these warm days, I like to get her out and about when I can since I have to cut the extreme exercises short. Here are some other places to party with your pooch:

  • Jackson 20, at the pet-friendly Hotel Monaco Hotel in Alexandria, has a doggie happy hour with drink specials for you and treats for fuzzball starting at 5pm in the courtyard with no cover.
  • Jazz ip up with good boy Jack and the Peter Adelman Quarter at Tyrst on Tuesday (tonight!). The open windows allow you people watching and a close eye on the ground — I mean hound. =)
  • And if Saturday’s find you eventless after your pups long morning walk, head to Union Pub on Capitol Hill where the happy hour begins at noon and ends at 4pm – the corn dog buckets, Dog Tail wine, and Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale are sure to cure your nothing-else-to-do-today blues.

Such a Perfect On-the-Go Smoothie.

I’m hooked on the Yoplait Smoothie’s. I grabbed a box of the Triple Berry in the frozen section of BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse and am addicted! If you have no time and need something cold and healthy on the run, this is it! Pull out your blender, open a pouch of the frozen berries and frozen yogurt pieces, then add one cup of skim milk or soy milk (try Vanilla). Voila! I’m dealing with a bit of a sore throat and laryngitis right now and this is such a healthy throat soother. Yum yum yum!!

Today's antioxidant packed lunch!

Today's antioxidant packed lunch!

Eden Roc. Oh La la.

I once stayed at the budget-friendly Eden Roc in Ocean City. I was in high school and went one summer with my best friend Keri. We managed to get upgraded to a suite (I think it was for around $66/night) overlooking the almost murky Atlantic ocean. That was big time for us. We were energetic teens who wanted suntans or sunburns (seriously), a boardwalk, and two days of boys. I’ve grown up since then. Although I still want my tan (forget the burn), I still love a bustling boardwalk (kitschy, neon, loud or not), and boy’s is now a grown up singular term. =) In fact, my man is accompanying me to the French Rivera this early Fall. We’re planning our accommodations and I just had to check pricing and availability at the famous Hotel Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes. $$$ Check out the website – it’s to die for. For a little less DC summer swelter and a little more cool breeze upscale shelter, The Roc might be on my itinerary. Someday.

Front facade of the famous Eden Roc.

Front fancy and phenomenal facade of the famous Eden Roc.

The Roc's high demand coastline.

The Roc's high demand coastline.

The weather in Cap d'Antibes is perfect almost year round. Sunny skies make this a popular destination!

The weather in Cap d'Antibes is perfect almost year round. Sunny skies and gorgeous sunsets make this a popular destination!

It was 1870, and the “Villa Soleil” welcomed writers in search of lost inspiration, a project that was quickly abandoned for it to become an excellent hotel on the French Riviera. This hotel soon became became the residence of choice for all Europe.

The beautiful Bellini lobby room.

The beautiful Bellini lobby room.

The customer service is world renowned.

The customer service is world renowned.

Even the most simple of rooms, The Traditional room, the colors are very Mediterranean and the rooms are polished. Love the duvet cover!

Even the most simple of accommodations, The Traditional Room, the colors are very Mediterranean and the rooms are polished. Love the duvet cover!

The Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc has become a mystical refuge whose history blends in with that of the celebrities who come from the 4 corners of the world to find their part of paradise: luxury in all its simplicity.

I'll meet you down at the pool darling!

I'll meet you down at the pool darling!

Nautical meets nicety.

Nautical meets nicety.

Blue sky, azul waters, and green gardens. Welcome to the French Riviera!

Blue sky, azul waters, and green gardens. Welcome to the French Riviera!


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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