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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Fourth of July Party Prep

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I can’t believe we’re half-way through June already, and before you know it, it will be Fourth of July weekend. That’s when you know summer is really here and it’s time to bust out your outdoor party moves. So get your outdoor party style set with these great red white and blue outdoor accessories.

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Jacob Riley Wasserman Star Spangled Banner Spatulas are the only Francis Scott Key-approved way to flip your burgers on the big day.


Skaargarden’s Marrakech Side Table makes the perfect outdoor buffet or bar. Composed of hand-crafted Moroccan tiles and steel legs it will bring a relaxed coastal feel to your deck, porch or patio.


Serve up the chips and potato salad in Lotta Jansdotter’s Vida Serving Bowl. Because it’s melamine, it can withstand those outdoor oopsies.


Modfire Urbanfire. For those of you in climates that cool down at night (lucky you!), complete your nighttime scene with some toasty flames. Modfire has a classic mid-century modern look that will bring the funky to your outdoor space.
07818_8967f7e7e0Loll Designs’ Fire Ring Set has a more transitional classic look. The top is available in a range of great colors.


ferm LIVING’s Splash Napkins are just the right touch for a Fourth of July picnic. Their splatter pattern looks like splashes of water or the explosion of fireworks.


Add patriotic color and comfort with Allem Studio’s Crab Outdoor Pillows.


Bring in living room comfort with an outdoor rug. We love Cane-Line’s Defined Outdoor Carpet. It’s polypropylene easy to keep clean with water.

What are your Fourth of July plans? Please chime in the comments section and let us know what you’ll be up to.





Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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I’m not sure when Americans started making such a big deal about Cinco de Mayo, but I would wager only a few of them have heard of the Battle of Puebla. I hadn’t until I looked it up five minutes ago (Thanks USAToday!) However, that’s OK. We’ll take any excuse to have some fun sipping margaritas while having fun with our friends.  In honor of the day Mexican defeated invaders, we though we’d highlight some other ways Mexico is a big winner. Winners in design of course, because that’s probably why you stopped by this particular blog after all.


Beautiful handmade textiles. This stunning photo, “Oaxaca Dancers” was taken by photographer Bob Krist.


Mayan Pyramids. These world wonders are one of the biggest tourist attractions. Chichen Itza, photographed here, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo via


The architecture of Luis Barragán. Quite a few years after the Mayans, Mexican architecture is still rocking it. Photo by Armando Salas Portugal


Hand-painted ceramics and tiles. There’s no pottery more lively, stairs more full of pattern.


Colorful hand-woven baskets. These add texture and a dash of happy to any home. Oh I am craving a trip to a Mexican market right now.

Now back to those margaritas and queso everyone!

¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa dentro!



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


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Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Have you figured out what you’re doing for Mom this year? Here are just a few of our favorites for a wide range of busy modern Moms.


Mom deserves  fashionable tote. Whether she’s out running errands or needs a sturdy bag to tote her laptop to work, the Flowie Lily Tote with black pecan trees and a leather bottom will chic up her outfit.


Planting with Mom is a fun way to spend some time together, and she’ll love having plants like basil, lavender, rosemary or whatever she chooses at her fingertips, artfully held by this modern rectangle planter, the Boskke Cube Triple.


Sometimes Mom just wants to cozy up and relax. Give her some “me time” for herself today with this gorgeous throw from Area, the Theo Blanket in Multi.


I don’t know about your Mom, but mine always had a phone that looked a lot like this wedged between her ear and her shoulder. While the Native Union Pop Bluetooth Phone  doesn’t have the curly phone wire, it will make modern technology feel more familiar.


If your Mom loves to spend time cooking in the kitchen, help her keep her clothes splatter free in a fashionable way with this Triangle Apron from Ferm Living.





Moms love some bling. We love the simple and modern look of this smaller circle within a larger one; you can infer your own symbolism but we think it’s perfect for Mother’s Day. The Inner Circle Necklace by Vanessa Gade Jewelry is made of hand-fabricated sterling silver with a 14K gold overlay.

Check out more great gift ideas for Mom




Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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Top o’the afternoon to you all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today’s got me feeling very green. Not with envy, just happy with all things kelly, chartreuse, lime, apple and pine. Today’s a great day to give yourself a St. Patty’s break and enjoy some Irish eye candy.


It’s also causing a craving to see the beautiful green hills of Ireland. Today on our Facebook page, we joked that you should not visit this sublime spot in County Kerry if you’ve been drinking green beer (do people in Ireland even do that, or is that just a crazy American thing?)



And certainly stay away from the edge if you’re at the  Cliffs of Moher.


The Hexagons are where thousands of basalt columns meet.  Again, a visit is recommended before you hit the pub.


OK, OK, I promise to stop giving you vertigo after this one, it’s just too good. This is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.


Let’s have an Irish/Zen moment. This magically green-covered walkway at Birr Castle calms.


Colorful buildings cheer the grayest of days in Country Cork.

Now, the break is over, but you’ve only got a few more hours to go until you can go celebrate. If you’re still in the mood for a few more minutes of distraction, shop our big sale!


Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Hey all, we’re not so into the usual hearts and candies and teddy bears (or if we are, we don’t want to admit it). Instead, we thought we’d share this amazing heart, composed of every flag in the United Nations. It was made by crew on the Greenpeace boat, The Arctic Sunrise, as a call for global action to protect the Arctic.

Hope all of your days are filled with love. And hearts, candies and teddy bears, if that’s what floats your boat. And if you’re not spending your dough on that stuff, think about a donation to in honor of someone you love. Or in honor of a polar bear.


Photo by award-winning photographer Daniel Beltra


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