Posts Tagged 'stone'

Charming to Say the Least.

Some things are merrier and brighter. Yet, a wee bit unattainable in this world for a simple yet stylish creature such as moi. The small colorful dangling acorn shaped stones are exquisite on this chain bracelet by Tamara Comolli {but, what are they?}. And the 18K rose gold chain makes it that much more feminine and soft. Can be yours for $37K…. Merry Christmas!

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rose gold bracelet chain charm stone

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Semi-Precious Platters.

These genuine and oh-so-sharp-looking platters would make a prefect wedding gift for your friends early Spring wedding. Crafted by skilled Brazilian artisans for Rablabs, the unique Kiva platters are available in crystal, calcedonia, rose quartz, green quartz or midnight onyx and come trimmed in precious sterling silver or 24K gold-trimmed. Measuring approximately 10″ x 13″, these cocktail party worthy pieces are priced around $330. While you are at it, pick one up for yourself too. You know you want one!

KIva Platters, priced $290 to $330 | Vivre.com

KIva Platters (shown stacked), priced at $290 to $330 | Vivre.com

The Portable Beach.

I’ve just returned from an annual trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Some of you may have noticed the decrease in posts last week –  sorry bout that. I fully intended to blog from the beach but you know how that goes. One day back in DC and I’m longing to return to the shore. NOW! Of course, that’s not going to happen until I settle on that little beach box cottage, so I found a way to bring a little bit of salt, sand and low-maintenace plant life to me with the mini terrariums by Litill. Created in the Pacific Northwest (not in OBX) this line of mini-world-like terrariums are made out of hand-blown glass and filled with air plants, cacti, craspedia (aka Billy Ball), teeny stone walls, preserved moss, and have an organic presence that seems beachy in its own way. Until next year…

Tea and Two-Legged Architecture.

When you see something that causes you to pause, you know its done something to you. Something has changed. Such is the case with when I discovered Terunobu Fujimori. It was last May and I was thumbing through an issue of Dwell when I was caught off guard by this image of his two-legged tea house.

The Too-High Tea House

The Too-High Tea House with rolled copper roof.

At first thought, I was sure this was a children’s tree house. Nope, much cooler! Terunobu Fujimori is an architetural historian who has a streak for letting loose his eccentric curiosity of life in his designs, such as the two-legged tea house and a dandilion and grass covered roof.

The Charred Cedar House is treated with an ancient Japanese technique that seals the wood against rain and rot.

Fujimori's own residence built in 1995.

Rock siding and grass and dandelions on the roof and walls.

Rock siding and grass and dandelions on the roof and walls.

But what captures my senses most of all is the charred walls of a few of his structures. You see, in Japanese culture, the charring of wood is said to protect the structure from insects, moisure damage and other diseases for up to 80 years!

The Charred Cedar House.

The Charred Cedar House.

Charring process with fire moving evenly up the three planks.

Charring process with fire moving evenly up the three planks.

The charred pieces.

The charred pieces.

Plus, the burnt look adds a way cool charcoal texture that makes the abode even more interesting. He’s surely charred his way into my top list of architects.

The Coal House tea room suspends from second floor, only accessible by ladder.

The Coal House tea room suspends from second floor, only accessible by ladder.

The Coal House outdoor tea room ladder contrasts with the charred siding.

The Coal House outdoor tea room ladder contrasts with the charred siding.

The tea rooms low ceiling created an adult playroom, intimate and ready for tea time.

The tea rooms low ceiling created an adult playroom, intimate and ready for tea time.

Architecture and nature combine in many of Fujimori’s projects. From trees, grasses, and plants, Fujimori built amusing structures that deserve a second glance.

The Hot Spring House has two pines sticking out of the top - nature and architecture.

The Hot Spring House has two pines sticking out of the top - nature and architecture.

The Camellia Castle has a grass covered roof and a cladding of grass and stone.

The Camellia Castle has a soft grass-covered roof and a cladding of grass and stone.

This humpback children's museum has a playful tone.

This humpback children's museum has a playful tone.

Those of you near the Outback can see an art installation by Teruobu Fujimori at the RMIT Gallery.

Open Agate.

Warmer weather calls for longer nature hikes with my dog, frolicking through dirt, streams, and rocky terrain. On occasion we come across knotty wood branches and glittery stones set in the DC regions red clay soil. Agate reminds me of these discovery adventures. Wikipedia shares with us that agate is a microcrystalline variety of quartz found in various kid of rocks. Over 3,000 years ago, Sicily was the place to be to find beautifully colored crystal forms. Thanks to creative designers and retailers beyond the valleys and streams, we can find agate wonders from our own home computer.

Cougar Agate Necklace | $98

Cougar Agate Necklace | $98

Thank you Samantha for wearing agate so beautifully in such a cat-like way with this bold Jaimie Rodriguez Cougar Agate Necklace. You earthy glamour NYC gal! Maybe even better and more “POW” is this shaggy pink agate, pearl, and 18K plated silver choker from Neiman Marcus.

Devon Leigh Pink Agate Necklace | $790

Devon Leigh Pink Agate Necklace | $790

Okay, so you prefer something more subdued but equally beautiful to rest your eyes — check out Barneys for my next purchase (yeah right). A square white agate is hugged by gold band and chain. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Ghost Agate Necklace | $395

Ghost Agate Necklace | $395

Now that you’re all dressed up with no where to go, have dinner on the deck with these candleholders, also from Vivre. They will look awesome set amongst the towering oak trees and a summer Rose wine.

Agate Candle Holders

Agate Candle Holders

Bring on the cheese in crackers (love me some Chedda’). This flat slice of heaven in a cheese plate is from Jayson Home & Garden and also makes the perfect gift for a friend.

Agate Cheese Plates

Agate Cheese Plates | $60-$75

Last but not least in home decor – this agate style is officially added to my look book list. Its a mink shagreen tray with a wild agate handle made in the Phillipines and designed by R & Y Augousti for Barneys. Has an Asian ring to it.

Mink Shagreen Tray | $440

Mink Shagreen Tray | $440

And after all of the online searching for the perfect cut of agate, try these on for a post stroll with the dog and a pop into the wine shop so you can celebrate – bubbly – naturally.

Bo'em Agate Sandals | $225

Bo'em Agate Sandals | $225


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