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Saturday
Aug302014

happy labor day weekend.........

 

paul costello photography

 

#1-- beach sand

#2-- stripes

#3-- sunnies

#4-- good reads

#5-- un-struc-tur-ed TIME................


simply put,.................................. this just about sums about my labor day weekend plans--

~happy NO-LABOR weekend~


 

Friday
Aug222014

come on,... ♫ ♪ ♬

  

that tune, that show, that family 

my get happy go-to for an element of wit, of fun, of surprise, of happy in a room,...

stray dog designs~

my clients expect this,... i like energy in a space; yet, that doesn't mean a room can't be peaceful!

~peace & spirit can absolutely co-exist~ 

stray dog's DOG-ma (i couldn't be more aligned!) ...

#1-- "you have a distinct personality shouldn't your rooms?"

 


#2-- "a lamp can make you happy. when you adopt a stray dog, you may have just found your next best friend."


 


#3-- "it's your home so you get to decide: should everything just 'go together' or should everything just look great?"



#4-- "we design decor that says, sit, stay."


 

#5-- "your home isn't your castle. castles are cold and forbidding. your home is family..."


the stray dog bird (ala partridge fam logo)...

 

get your home happy.........

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(all product & room picts via stray dog & stray dog pinterest)

Friday
Aug082014

random friday,.......

(paul costello photography)

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#1--  GO- VINO products are perfect for summer picnics (summer's soooo not over!) & travel anywhere plans when you just don't want to drink out of plastic (ok, like never!) and toting grandmama's fine crystal goblets just not worth the inevitable shattered outcome,........... 

now you can also drink your fave beer with class in your hand,......

 

the wine brigade: no longer do you need to endure sipping from plastic dixie cups

love the thumb indent,... i'm all about the details!

you may need one of these hand-made leather & brass bicycle wine racks to safely tote your wine while riding to your picture-perfect picnic spot,.......

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#2-- moma's tallow candle

no need to search around for the perfect candle holder, an all-in-one deal (avail in white or moss green & burns for 6 hrs) the old-fashioned "tallow"candle made w/ parrafin wax (...rather than whale blubber and animal fats -tallow- like old days!) your guests will think you're sooo cool (or not!),...............

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#3-- marrimeko's wall mural: strips of colorful, iconic & new prints at 5ft x 10ft tall the perfect accent for any wall,.... a statement "canvas"! all you need is a few hours to "paint" your canvas,.............

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#4-- hardware, hardware, hardware,... instant, affordable & custom...........

these by one of my fave haunts, anthropologie

love the tone-on-tone blue of this recycled dresser,... knobs: the icing, for sure!

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#5-- no, it's not a set of crayolas,... it's air aroma's home fragrance (aromatherapy) smallest diffuser, called the aromax

 

matching your aromatherapy diffuser to your interior has never been easier,... you never knew that you wanted & needed this!

buh bye,............

and enter the new age of anal perfection in our spaces,... sleek

this is what it looks like with its cone-head cover off (keep it on!),... science project-esque, bong-esque-- a real nebulizer: diffusing "calming", or whatever voodoo scent you wish to waft thru your spaces...

...a BIG, up & coming residential market as it's already infiltrated the commercial world. high-end boutique hotels have their own custom signature aroma, &... BRANDING-- sniff around next time you enter...

or perhaps you may want to keep the aroma in tote-able form: up next-- scent messaging with the ophone

 

...smells like you've got a message!

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happy random friday,......... just because~~~

Friday
Jul252014

a look into my work world, part 2............

the desk~


i'm on a desk search for a fam room (my client i blogged about here),.... though, not just a desk--

a desk that doesn't look like a desk!

after all, it is NOT an office but a family room!

 

...jenna lyons' old brooklyn townhouse

...jennifer alba's abode

the requirements:

needs to perform triple duty tasks: desk, console & bar cart

cleverly concealed storage

a mid-range, price-point (300.00-900.00)

a clean-lined look,... no bulky desk-looking sides

a dark brown but a white could also work

 

#1-- crate & barrel

love-- the clean minimalist look, yet may be too minimal........

the finn

the spotlight white

again loving the simplicity & claen white,... but not the lack of storage

 

#2-- west elm

rustic storage desk

i'm partial to the soft natural wood finish, black iron base, two seamless storage drawers,... just a bit on the smaller size...

 

parsons desk  (chocolate or white)

ok, i'll come clean, i am more than partial to this desk (own one) love love love, not much downside except that it may be too inconspicuous.......

#3-- boston interiors

the architect desk

what i like-- an adjustable table height: can go from desk height to coffee table height, dark mahogany, drawback-- no storage,...

the gramercy laptop writing desk 

like-- white lacquered finish, streamlined drawers, x-base,... not crazy about the aluminum finish handle (drab & too exec-officey),.........

 

#4-- pottery barn

the lincoln modular desk

love the two drawers, flush handle hardware, sand-blasted hardwood that gives off a distressed look, the iron industrial-look base,... negative is that it's in the higher end of the budget at $799.99......

#5-- pottery barn teen-- don't judge,... nothing is off-limits (cost-savings,... like shopping in the kids' clothing section!)

the parsons desk

love the simple parson's style, white lacquered finish (also comes in espresso), perf size,... downside: 1 drawer, silver protruding handle.....

the customize-it storage desk

love love love the open side storage, a-frame base, white lightly-distressed finish (avail in a stained tuscan brown),... down side-- drawer handle too "desk-like"

the customize-it project a-frame

the fab side-- two concealed drawers w/no hardware, middle open storage, choice of a-frame metal legs (personally love the brass,.. so happenin'),... not much downside except the cost is on the high end at $849.00 ON SALE!

stay tuned to see which desk my client chooses, although fair warning: she is very fickle case in point on her ceiling lite (a last minute change from this to this,... all good!)~

happy fab friday,.. until next friday, enjoy the weekend~

Friday
Jul182014

...........making me smile lately

 

#1-- anything mid-century modern, like......

n. manchester's own frank lloyd wright's zimmerman home~


 

 (pict quality not-so-good taken while on my morn run.......)

also, found mainstream, affordable repro'd furniture selling at west elm to name just one vendor

john vogel chair

clover coffee table

 

mid-century over arching wall sconce

and,... a blast from the past-- the petrie's really happening living room...

a study in mid-century design & living: they had a large, sunken & open-concept liv room,... they actually ate dinner on a dining table in the liv room! ........ note the lighting: those large drum shade table lamps, funky pendant over the window seat &&& just what are they gazing at???

#2-- lively & bold prints: after meeting with my lovely osborne & little rep, jessica, this week-- these fabrics & wallpapers from their spring '14 verdanta line,.............. just DID-IT for me (in extreme want of.......)

butterfly garden (bright butterflies on a black & white monochrome floral background)

  

birdsong (a less intense version of above)

butterfly house (butterflies depicted in mosaic squares:holographic-esque)

in a stairwell application, it's a WOW!

 

#3--   moma  bestseller: the lumio booklamp (read about here) is your chance to experience beautiful lighting a-ny-where

 

configure to suit your needs-- functionally or not.....
 

feels, looks, & carries like a lightweight book-- love the dark walnut wood cover & leather strap~


 romantic evening lighting  

 

 

#4-- jenny prinn's artwork, can be found here, love that she resides in maine,............

paintings lined up in her studio (presumably headed out the door to buyers,... i'd love to be one!)


over the bridge 2 (moody,... vivid turquoise love)

fanfare 2 (happiness on a canvas,... love the citusy colors!)

#5-- that summer IS NOT yet out of july,................

i scored two of these fouta beach towels at hg for half the price (love a great bargain find, don't you?) 

  

why i'm smiling-- the sun-faded stripes, the tassels, the hand (design lingo for the "touch of") is smooth & soft 100% cotton on one side & on the other side a soft, plush & white absorbant terry cloth, &&&-- the size is  big enough to share with your  beach buddy!

 

 ~happy friday, hope this brought a smile to your face too~

 oooops, a ps: just-a-one-more-smile (couldn't resist!).............

 come on, right..............