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Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

5th Day of Design – Don’t Forget Your Best Friend!

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Are you one of those wack jobs who spends more on your dogs stuff than you do on yourself?  If so, we’ve got plenty for you to get Fifi for the holidays.

7203__dp__e300x250.jpg 1)  Alright, I admit it, I am one of those whack jobs who will probably get this for my cat, Boo Boo. It’s the Fatboy Catbag , it comes in an array of groovy colors, and it’s even got a bad fish skeleton on the side. Yeah, Fatboy has great beds for your dogs too.

3082__dp.jpg2 ) Your dog will feel like he’s pulling up to the counter at the coffee shop with Everyday Studio’s Dog Dish .  This version mounts to the wall for easy access.

4229__dp__e300x250.jpg 3) O.K., back to cats.  If you gave yourself that gorgeous new sofa for Christmas, you’ll want to distract her from sharpening her claws on it with the Elizabeth Paige Smith Birdy Scratcher.

6048__dp__e300x250.jpg 4) If your dog just won’t have anything to do with any finish but cherry, rest assured, Holden Pet Feeders have you covered.  Your modern dog will appreciate the clean and beautiful lines, and the contrast of the steel bowl against the wood finish.  Yeah, whatever, it’s really for you because you are persnickity about every accessory in your kitchen, and the dog bowls would be hidden in an automatic drawer that Fido could push with his nose if it was up to you.  You know what?  That’s O.K.  Pick this up and pretend it’s really all about the dog.  We won’t tell anyone.  Take him for a walk later to assuage your guilt.

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

On the Fourth Day of Design My True Love Gave to Me a Nest…

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Here are a few suggestions if you would like to give the luxurious gift of better sleep surroundings.  There are countless more available, I just picked a few favorites.
4584__dp__e(700x600).jpgArea Alma Throw Blanket – This is beautiful, soft, and goes with everything. Whenever I’m in that 11 months since the wedding and I still have not sent a gift yet pinch, I just order up one of these.  It works the same for the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006

12 Days of Design Day 3 – Brighten Up!

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You know you’ve seen it – everything in the space is absolutely perfect, the chi is flowing, the arrangement is feng shui compliant, the furniture is so dazzling it looks picked out by a curator, but your friend clicks on the buzzing overhead fluorescent lamp and ruins the whole shebang.  Help them help themselves with the gift of light.

4675__dp__e(300x250).jpg A few suggestions:

1) Inspire your giftee to rip out that dusty ceiling fan or boring came-with-the-place light bulb covering globe with the Lights Up! Deco Pendant Lamp.  The prints are smashing, the form is a modern interpretation of a crystal chandelier, and it doesn’t collect that dust like fans and chandeliers that makes you recoil in horror a few times a year when you look up.

1913__dp.jpg 2) Not positive the big pendant is appropriate for your giftee?  Try a Pablo Elise Table Lamp.  It’s a simple, modern, versatile design that fits in anywhere without overwhelming its surroundings.  Better yet, it has a built in dimmer, so on the bedside table it can go from soft romantic glow to reading ready with the turn of a dial, thus settling any lights on/lights off debates with a good compromise!

838__dp__e(700x600).jpg 3) For your whimsical light-deprived pal, one of my personal very faves has always been Mibo.  The small table lamp in Clacket Lane, to be exact.  I don’t care if birds are in or out, Mibo’s prints are always the charming prints others prints can only strive to be – they rock, and besides, birdy stuff makes people smile.   

7311__dp__e(300x250).jpg 4) If you have the means to afford this next one, you have the means to pay someone to monitor the dust.  It’s a real show-stopper – the Erich Ginder Mansion Chandelier.   You’ve been working so hard thinking through all of these gifts and baking all those rum balls,pick up one for yourself after the tinsel clears.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

The Second Day of Design (out of 12)…

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5991__dp.jpg Often people say that homemade gifts are the most meaningful.  Perhaps, but their not really my favorite, unless they are made by a kid, a good artist, or skilled craftsperson, like my friend Jenny Cox who made me the most amazing pillows I’ve ever seen in my life.*  Well, here’s the remedy – pick up something Made By Hand online.  It seems nonsensical, but it can be done! 

Suggestion One: zid zid kids Draw on Me Cushions .  These combine the best of both worlds.  You receive the cushion, and it looks like the one on the left.  Then you or your child or the giftee can attack it, ahem, put their own creative stamp on it with markers, paint, and/or a needle and thread.

5378__dp__e(300x250).jpg 2) A pillow or wall print by Jenny Sauer of Three Sheets 2 the Wind . The printing is all done by hand, through either silk-screening or block printing, and most of the fabric is dyed by hand too, so every piece is just a little bit different.

5876__dp__e(300x250).jpg 3) Thomas Wold.  OK, this is for the person you like a whole lot, who has a really cruddy sense of arrangement and balance.  The Block Party Credenza is custom made to order and disguises and brings order to that mess of CDs, books, tchotchkes, whatever ails you. It features custom-quality casework and a deluxe mix of solid woods, fine laminates, and precision hardware, as well as innovative cable-management for electronics, LP-height storage in the credenza, and other unique details.  It’s pricey, but it is a piece customized and put together exactly as you like it, and that’s gotta make you feel more special than when Michael Scott did when his Secret Santa Phyllis gave him the knitted oven mitt on "The Office."

jenny pillow.jpg*Here’s the pillow Jenny Cox made me – it’s not a very clear picture, but she took this vintage ’60′s fabric she had that I freaked out over once, stuffed all the birds, quilted them, piped them in brown and backed them in green ultrasuede.  They are totally unbelievable – they may be the coolest gift ever given in the history of gifts! 

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Sunday, December 10th, 2006

The 12 Days of Design – Deck the Walls

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It’s that time of year again, the holidays.  Once again, we bring you the 12 days of design, as organized by our master merchandiser, James Fernandez.  We’re starting with the walls .  

7158__dp__e(700x600).jpg I was just watching the Inner Beauty Pageant episode of Arrested Development, and I have to say that in Salvor Fauna’s balsa wall hanging, the big pink flower looks a lot better next to a camel than Ann "Egg" Veal does.  Yes, it is because of you people who don’t get that reference that the funniest show in the history of television was cancelled after three glorious award-winning seasons.  I’m still angry.   But I digress,  let’s get back to some more smashing wall design.  Oh, and I’d say this one goes to the person who registered for it on their gift list .  People tend to pick a favorite from Salvor Fauna and it’s tough to make that guess for someone else. Read the rest of this entry »

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