Archive for November, 2010

Love that Culinary Nut.

If there is a bowl of Pistachios, I’m digging in. Seriously. Just don’t let me see the unsalted version – boring. =0)  I saw this cute idea for a pistachio wreath at Better Homes & Gardens. How cute. A natural touch to holiday decor – and edible at that! To salt or not to salt?

holiday wreath pistachio naturalMake it yourself by hot-gluing several layers of pistachios in their shells to the ring, then push the wreath onto a dowel and insert it into a planter that has been fitted with a piece of foam. I love the striped ribbon!

 

Did you know? The pistachio seed, or culinary nut,  comes from drupe fruit on a bush that grows up to 30 ft tall with leaves that range from 4 to 8 inches in length.

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Happy Saturday!

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Thursday at the Home Goods Store of Serious Deals.

I cruised through the Home Goods store today, and jackpot! I found so many great finds, however, not anything I truly NEED at the moment {serious bummer as I think I need everything}. If you’re near a Home Goods store this weekend, find yourself some of these super finds that I really really wanted. I’ll be very envious.

I have always loved Oly Studio’s Pipa Cocktail table since the moment I saw it… but today I spotted what could just be this piece’s “look for less” in a black (can be changed to white if required). Seriously only $400 folks!

Pippa table knock off at Home Goods

And then I came across some other well-priced and equally adorable finds. Like this gold garden stool that was just $30! Oh why oh why can’t my storage unit be just another 10 feet by 10 feet? {wink}. PS.. these pic were taken with my cell while zooming around this store… sorry about the blurries.

Metallic gold chinese garden stool

In keeping with my warm metal kick, I just loved these squat lamps with a hammered looking base and bronze tweed-like shades for $49. There were two… wish I had somewhere to put them. Argh!

Gold and brown hammered metal lamp home goods

Then I slipped by these two lacquer nesting trays in a color combo that would be perfect to organize the trinkets in my nieces adorable pink and green bedroom. Sorry Steph, would have bought these octagon babies if the left edges {unseen here} were not nicked. Bummer!

Palm beach green and fuschia pink octagon tray

These ginger jars with quatrefoil cutouts looks great in so many stylish interiors – especially filled with a clean white candle for romantic ambiance.

white oriental filigree ginger jar

Bamboo and rattan get permanent ink in my book of lifetime favorite materials, so when I stammered by an aisle of accent chairs, this pair of folding black director chairs with bamboo-like frames is an ideal pull up chair for next weeks Thanksgiving gathering. And then again at next Summers fire pit party!

Orange Zinc.

I found this table setting online (no idea where it was from, sorry!) and absolutely love love love the vase! I must find this! The overall scale, sculptural shape zinc vase, and single flower color is a terrific combination. It’s not too late to create a similar arrangement – simply bring in a clean and small outdoor zinc planter and plop in orange chrysanthemums as the plant! Easy breezy!

 

When Interiors and Exteriors Collide.

Although I practice interior design, I have designed a few outdoor spaces and each time, realize how my everyday creative skills apply to spaces situated under the stars as well. So when I see the results of interior designers and landscape architects working together, I get teary eyed {well, not really, but I do get a giddy grin}. As is the case of interior designer Henry Brown and landscape designer Lawrence Huntington’s beautiful outdoor dining and living spaces at Henry’s Portland, Oregon home. Raise your hand if the sophisticated black and white awning stripe fabric layered with classic and casual green gardens gets you giddy too?!

Elegant outdoor dining room black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

Elegant outdoor dining room black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

elegant outdoor living room space black and white

Photographs by John Granen for Traditional Home.

Pour on the Gravy Train.

In just nine days, the nation will be pouring the gravy and passing the mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving feast-O-rama 2010. In my book of tradition, there must exist gravy at every Turkey Day meal, or it’s a Sunday night meat and potatoes dinner. In honor of my favorite part of the family feast {okay, a mere third place to stuffing and mashed potatoes}, I want to showcase a few of my favorites from Elle Decor’s perfectly presented assortment of delectable and envy-inducing gravy boats. The simple little liquid love vessel that’s sure to fancy event the most gilded of gobble table settings.

By far, my favorite pink. The Laque de Chine sauceboat by Haviland USA, $350

By far, my favorite pink. The Laque de Chine sauceboat by Haviland USA, $350

Elegant and playful. The Malmaison Oval gravy boat by Christofle, $1,750

Elegant and playful. The Malmaison Oval gravy boat by Christofle, $1,750

Blue and white is a true classic - yes, even at Thanksgiving. Get the Prince Bleu gravy boat by Bernardaud, $625

Blue and white is a true classic - yes, even at Thanksgiving. Get the Prince Bleu gravy boat by Bernardaud, $625

This is a simply stunning story. I love the Cirque Chinois gravy boat by Tiffany & Co., $2,200

This is a simply stunning story. I love the Cirque Chinois gravy boat by Tiffany & Co., $2,200

I love this china pattern! Syracuse Blue sauceboat by Robert Haviland & C. Parlon, $850

I have blogged about this china pattern! Syracuse Blue sauceboat by Robert Haviland & C. Parlon, $850

This is its own centerpiece. Positano sauce dish by Vellum, $190

This is its own centerpiece. Positano sauce dish by Vellum, $190


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