Archive for September 2011

Trend Spotting – Polka Dots

Polka dot patterns are popping up everywhere in the fashion world these days.  Like a basic stripe pattern, polka dots are classic and bold.  And season after season designers bring a fresh new take on this pattern.  They can be seen everywhere for the fall and winter 2011 runway and well into Spring 2012.  From Marc Jacobs to Stella McCartney to Luca Luca and Diane von Furstenberg, these are not your typical sweet take on the pattern.  They are bold, sexy and incredibly stylish.

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Stella McCartney‘s Winter 2011 ready-to-wear demonstrates a daring way to incorporate the polka dot pattern.  It’s classic with a twist.

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Stella McCartney winter 2011 ready to wear~

Here are some “spot-on” items you can bring into your daily wardrobe.

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Polka Dot fashion~

No.1 Polka Dot blouse

No.2 Polka Dot Hat

No.3 Polka Dot cashmere and silk blend scarf

No.4 Polka Rounds clutch

No.5 Polk Dot dome ring

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Image via. (Back stage models & Bonny dots tights)

White Table Lamp

Now a days there are so many table lamp options out there for us to choose from, yet  I’m often drawn to white table lamps.  I like the simplicity it represents and the color white allows me to appreciate its shape without distraction.  It serves as a sculptural piece to the room without overwhelming the rest of the decoration.  I especially like to use it in the bedroom, where I think the philosophy “less is more” should apply.  A bedroom should be a space that is comfortable and serene.  No matter the design direction, a pair of beautifully shaped white table lamps seem to always bring that peaceful element.

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table lamps at bedroom~

table lamps at bedroom~

I really like this Fiona table lamp from circa lighting.  It is very tall, though, so you will want to make sure that it is properly proportioned to the headboard.

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Circa Lighting

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ALTERNATE UNIVERSE

Here is one with the same feel but easier on the credit card.

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West Elm

Bedroom images via Lonny Magazine

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Glass Vase & Planter as Storage

We have quite a collection of glass vases and planters in our kitchen cabinets and garage.  Some we bought, some we got for our wedding as well as others, some are from flower arrangements my sweet husband Gary had bought for me, and a lot of them are from our orchid days and when we were trying to have our own indoor herb garden.  Over the years I have used them for flower arrangements around the house, as fish bowls, for loose change storage, and as snack serving bowls (don’t worry I washed them really, really well).  There truly are tons of uses for them other than just holding flowers, so next time you are at a wedding make sure to collect all the unwanted glass vases because they can be an elegant and functional way to store and display things.

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Aren’t these ideas clever?  I especially like the glass vase that serves as a toilet paper holder.  I know it is always awkward when the toilet paper runs out and the guest has to search for it by digging through the host’s bathroom cabinet or, god forbid, even worse when they have to ask for some.  This is a good looking way to store the toilet rolls, and you’ll know at a glance when you need to refill some more.  Nail polishes stored in the glass vase can be a playful way to add some color to the white bath counter and/or dresser.

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Glass vase as storageGlass vases can also be use as planters; it is a modern and sleek way to grow plants.  I am tempted to buy some succulents and plant them like the image, but knowing me, I will just end up killing them.

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Finally, here are some beautiful ways to re-purpose all the planters I have sitting in the garage.

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Images via (post cards, croquet mallets, utensils, bath accessories)

 

Pixelated

I was blog strolling to get some design inspirations and came across a nursery inspiration board from the talented Joy of oh joy!.  Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to the colorful Themis mobile right away and I couldn’t help but start looking for more goodies with pixel patterns.  They put a smile on my face and I hope they brighten your day as well.

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pixelated pillowsBasil BangsI've got designer bags, under my eyespixel rugMulti pixel color poufmulti color beaded necklace20x200~

Images via (pillows, umbrella, dear louis vuitton, rug, pouf, mobile, necklace, art)

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