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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Well, nothing like waiting until the last minute, but on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may be so exhausted from cooking that you haven’t had a moment to put the table together. We’ve been scouring Pinterest to find some of our favorite Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to share with you.

These tall cylinders full of gourds work well with the long narrow table. They’ve also alternated vases with just a bloom or two in each with candlesticks. No time to forage at the grocery store for gourds? Go grab what’s left of the fall leaves off the ground and use those instead.

Clearly, you’re not going to have enough time to go saw down a tree, drill holes and fill them with tea lights. However, you can find a nice branch or two to run down the center of the table.

The prettyblog.com, photo by Q Avenue Photo

Yes, we love this rustic table and mix of glassware, but the best and easiest take-away is the thankful jar. All it requires is a jelly jar or mason jar, a tag and some twine or string. The way the kept the arrangements simple by sticking with sprigs of Eucalyptus. Just beware of how sticky your fingers will get when you handle them!

by Christiane Lemieux

DwellStudio’s founder, Christiane Lemieux set up this table several years ago, but it’s still one of our all-time favorites. It shows the way you can play with those vases you may have tucked all over the house and no flowers are required!

via Vitamin-Ha

So simple – Pillars, a few greens, cuties and pinecones. Easy-peasy. If you don’t have a mirror, use a simple runner or a few plain placemats butted together.

Even butcher paper can take on a chic placemat look when you pen a few words and lines down the side.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and wish you safe travels!

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Enjoy Bright Color Inspired by Easter Eggs

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via PAAS on Pinterest

For lots of folks, this will be a big weekend of hunting for hidden eggs, kids posing with big bunnies, chowing down on peeps and chocolate and brunch with family friends. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s a great time to consider the holiday’s signature color palette. After all (if you’re not currently buried in snow), you may be seeing yellow daffodils, purple crocuses (croci? it’s been awhile since Latin class) and pink tulips emerging from underground bulbs and blooming. Easter egg hues fit right in.

OFFI Tiki Stools

Perhaps some classic PAAS egg dye can inspire the color palette of a playroom? A Tiki Stool in every color around a play table will add vibrance to playroom.

Easter also means lots of Peeps! Get the recipe for this crazy Peep Cake over at marshmallowpeeps.com

OFFI My Pet Lamp Dachshund

These playful pet lamps come in Dachshund, Piggy, Pup, Siamese and TerriBear in yellow, hot pink, blue, orange, green and white.

Jonas Damon Alarm Dock for iPhone 5

Wake up to your favorite tunes and some bold Easter egg color with this stylish alarm clock. It made me do a double-take; check out the way the iPhone fits into the dock and becomes the clock’s face!

Kartell’s La Marie Chairs

Kartells La Marie Chairs have modern lines and are crafted of a contemporary material, but their bright colors are playful and fun.

We love this room full of brightly colored classic mid-century modern furniture from Knoll

Finally, you could go super-literal all year long with the Fauna Bunny Pillow inPink on Natural. This little guy will cheer up any nursery glider, bedscape or sofa.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Holiday Cheer

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Hey All! We’ve been having fun playing around with all the fun Holiday stuff on Pinterest and finding a range of images for our Holiday Board. My personal favorite is this holiday bouffant, topped with a star that looks like it’s made out of meringue. I wish I knew more about it and the lovely lady who is rocking it but unfortunately as is so often the case on Pinterest,  the links lead to nowhere:

I’m also loving this vintage magazine cover art from the 1950s; it makes me nostalgic for a time … when I wasn’t even alive … whatever, it’s super and I love that font!

I also admired  this sweet gold-dusted pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion blog, to make your own, see the full instructions here.

Photo by Alice G. Patterson

This snowy green trailer-scape is one of the cutest holiday pics around the Pin Boards this season. It makes me want to put on my snow pants and plop myself down into that foot of snow on the Adirondack chairs!

For a list of stunning trees, check out Peachy Green’s 15 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the World. This one is my favorite:

Finally, if you are feeling more bah humbug, just watch this video of the most powerful bridge in the world, crank up the Rocky tunes in the background, laugh and maybe even start running in place. It will do you good, I promise! I extra love it when the trucks just keep on going, oblivious to the fact that they have just lost their top layer!

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Christmas Trees for Tree Huggers

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Recently, a friend posted this on Facebook:

just curious to know why environmentally conscious people buy real Christmas trees? am i missing something?

I think she was; surely the carbon footprint of manufacturing, shipping and eventually disposing of fake trees is worse for the environment than tree farms, where trees are grown as crops, right? It’s ain’t exactly clear-cropping trees off a mountain (the one complaint I found about these farms is that some use pesticides, otherwise, what’s not to love about them?). Give us your two cents in the comments section.

However, there are some other solutions that should really satisfy the tree-hugging crowd either way; those that upcycle materials like bottles, cans and even over in Belgium, those throwaway extra pieces of china that no longer match anything. Here’s a peek at some very clever tree reuse projects.

1. Design Boom recently posted a 30′ -high tree in Brussels, Belgium, composed of  over 5,000 donated pieces of blue and white china. The tree is by the design firm mooz and it is super cool:

2. Over on Flickr, another lovely tree is made of bottles was beautifully shot by Flickr member gdanny:

found via rubyreusable

3. Here’s a living room tree made out of just-the-right shade of green glass bottles:

4. This outdoor beer can version could bring in a pretty penny at the metal scrap yard:

3 and 4 have been labeled “redneck Christmas trees.” I think we can come up with a much nicer name than that, though it’s eluding me at the moment, because “beer hugger tree” is not a great tagline. Let me know if you come up with a better name for them in the comments section!

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Gift Guide for Her

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So far we’ve looked at Gifts for the Office, Gifts for Kids and Gifts for Dudes. Here’s a look at some ideas for the ladies.

First, we’ll take a look at scarves from pom pom trimmed to adorned with jungle animals. We have all shapes and sizes, see the whole selection here. In the meantime, here’s a sampling:

Scaves at Design Public

Design Public Jewelry
Gifts for Her - Bits and Bobs
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