Archive for May, 2008
These handy little inventions, affectionately known as Tile Tatoos by Mibo, will spruce up your space in a pinch. Resistant to moisture, the fashionable, functional stickers will beautify the wettest walls of your house without leaving behind a sticky residue. Currently, each design is available in two relaxing colors: dusty blue or taupe. For a vintage finish, opt for the distressed Ventnor.
We introduced you to Anna Rabinowicz, designer for RabLabs, quite some time ago. In addition to making agate plates and belt buckles, she’s got these darling frames down to a science. Naturally, the complex colors add a touch of glamour to any tabletop. Use them to showcase your favorite black and white photos to give them even more style.
Back in November, Dwell launched DwellStudio, a name that actually combines all aspects of the company into one cohesive brand: Dwellbaby, Dwellkids and Dwelltable. Today it is one great big reliable source of decorating inspiration with roots firmly planted in modern design (think great prints and patterns). Consider it the definitive destination for the minimalist home. We particularly love the lavish linens, pillows and comforters for the boudoir.
For spring, add a splash of mood-lifting color to your living space. The easiest way to do this is to snap up a few new pieces rather than paint the walls (especially if you’re fickle and lazy, natch). Moroccan poufs are a bold, well-designed form of leather ottoman imported from Morocco (of course) and stuffed with a combo of kapok and Dacron. You have your choice of non-metallics or metallics at different prices. They’re sure to add comfort and color to your lounging rooms.
Oakland’s Josh Jakus is a master of eco-friendly goods. Case in point: His black coasters are made of recycled tires and are cleverly inspired by the conventional 6-pack of beer. Simply pop out each individual coaster and its ready for use on your high maintenance glass tabletops, then pop it back into its ring for storage. There are currently six colors from which to choose. All but the black are made from rubber containing 30% post-industrial waste.
Enough with the emails! In this hurry-up, me-first world, it’s important to take time to cherish paper goods. Avoid manners mishaps by always sending hand-written thank you notes, antiquated as they may seem. If someone went out of his or her way to offer a thoughtful gesture, the least you can do is spend five minutes to express your gratitude. Keep a darling stash of stationery and cards on hand, like these pom-pom designs by CardeBlanche, and the recipient will get a thrill when he or she finds it hiding in the mailbox beneath stacks of bills and junk mail.
The Bean Rocker explores dynamic new ways to inhabit your space comfortably. You see, chronic floor sitters (raise your hands!) can use it to rest their fannies, or their elbows if they prefer to lounge sprawled out in front of the fireplace. They operate much like an exercise ball, but have a fixed option as well. The concept is truly inspiring as it will help you to be conscious about your posture and spinal alignment. Something far too many people simply forget about during the course of the day.
With the holidays long behind us, now you can actually stop to enjoy and appreciate the fine art of gift giving—and the finer art of gift wrapping. For this purpose, we suggest a bit of frisky fringe. Kate’s Paperie is like the Kate Spade of the paper world. Naturally, the brand’s Double Fringed Cord Ribbon is perfect for brightening up wrapped surprises for, say, a birthday, mothersday or no reason at all (now that’s our kind of occasion).
For playful lighting, hit the web. Options are plentiful these days, but we still like The Triptik lamp, a plastic and chrome stunner by Karim Rashid (three sizes are offered, two of which are table lamps; the other is a floor lamp). In a nod to mod, they’re touch sensitive with three settings: on, off, and dim. Order a couple to scatter around the house and voila, let there be (fabulous) light.
Los Angeles-based design firm Woodson & Rummerfield satiates our cravings for eco-luxury with The Rexford Chair, a fine design for resting a fabulous fanny. Consider it a testament to the company’s dignified hand-craftsmanship (just check out that chic low-VOC lacquer and organic cotton seat). A set of six makes a dashing presentation when they’re gathered around a dining table.