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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A Trip to Maine, Baby Robins and a Thomas Paul Rug


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I just picked up a Thomas Paul Robin rug in powder and cream and I could not be more thrilled (I’m also super-psyched about my new plaid Sperry Topsiders, but that’s a whole other story):

While I’ll laugh myself silly over Portlandia‘s “Put a Bird On It,” I still love birds on things. I’m up at our family place in Maine, and upon arrival, we were greeted by a nest full of robin’s eggs (the marine lanterns were my great grandfather’s and we had them turned into the porch lights). You can see the back of the nest cascadng down the side here; I’m too short too get a good shot!

I climbed up on a stepladder to get a peek at the baby birds when I saw that their mom was busy crapping on my parents’ black car again:

Obviously, a robin feeding her baby on a rug was an appropriate choice for the bedroom I use. This is the room the kiddos in the family also use when they are up here, so I originally decorated it around a favorite bright Fairfield Porter poster from The Farnsworth Museum. We’d been needing an area rug for three years now, but I like to wait until I find the perfect thing:

Here’s a peek at some of the little deets, like Mr. Lobster and a fun throw pillow from Mainer Angela Adams:

A wooden boat picked up at an antique store and a Seth Thomas clock that’s been here since before I was born.

A hint at the lobstering harbor view; it’s pretty gray today, but the sea is right beyond that deck railing:

Here’s a little more Maine color eye-candy:

If you’ve never been to mid-coast Maine, I cannot recommend it enough. Just be sure to come with an appetite for lobsters and arm yourself witha lot of bug repellent.

Click here to buy your own Robin rug


Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Mad Fashion on Bravo


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Have you been watching Mad Fashion on Bravo? I have, as I pretty much watch everything on Bravo, well, except for Most Eligible Dallas, which looks too awful even for me. Anyway, I loved Chris March on Project Runway because he’s so creative and hilarious, and it’s so much fun to see him in his element, creating costumes like a Mardi Gras outfit for Jennifer Coolidge.

See that fab rug in the background? Yeah, we got that. It’s the Thomas Paul Flock Dhurrie in Green and Cream, and it will ground your room with a vibrant layer of a rich mossy green oversized pattern. The Thomas Paul Rug Collection is made of high quality wool with the finest construction available. It’s kind of baroque-goes-modern:

Never in a million years would I have thought to pair it with hot pink, but in the case of March’s studio, it works.

Have you been watching Mad Fashion? What has your favorite challenge been? The most shocking thing to me is that the clients tend to hire him about two days before a crazy event and they whip something together in no time flat! I’m just hoping that one day someone will actually choose to wear one of Izzy Decauwert’s fabulous wigs – she puts so much time and love into them and it seems no one ever opts to top of their outfit with her creation. Where do crazy unused wigs go after such rejection? The Wendy Williams Show?

Besides seeing Jennifer Coolidge, who is always hilarious on TV and movies and in “real life,” Dina Manzo’s closet was my other favorite thing about this show. It was so much larger than my entire house and it’s shoe heaven. Totally insane:

Anyway, if you haven’t caught this little gem of a show it really is delightful. Check it out on Bravo; I’m sure it’s on like ten times a week like every other show on Bravo!

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011

New at DesignPublic: Thomas Paul, fruitsuper design, Pop & Lolli

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New at this week: Thomas Paulfruitsuper designPop & Lolli. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

A Quick Way to Spruce Up Your Bathroom


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Santa brought me a creature from the deep blue sea this year, and yesterday I gave my bathroom a great makeover in about 20 minutes (hanging a shower curtain is a real pain; I highly recommend dragging out the stepladder for this task or your arms will feel like they are going to fall off by the time you are done!).

Whoopsie, looks like I need to paint the side of the door black (see right side of photo above). Isn’t it funny how you don’t notice these things in person but they show up in a photo? Looks like I could have moved the toilet brush and the bathroom scale to style this a little better. Oh well, at least I remembered to put the toilet seat down!

Santa also brought me some tea towels, which I’ve decided to use as bathroom hand towels. My bathroom doesn’t have a towel bar, and I’m not crazy about them, so I used over-the-door hooks instead.

I’m not too big on too much matchy-matchy, so I’ll probably move the lacquer box to another room, but I thought I’d try out being matchy-matchy for a few weeks and see if it sticks! This box is great for stashing all of my everyday makeup in one place.


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Modern gift ideas for the eccentric in your life


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Everyone has a friend or relative that’s… ‘special’.

I know you know what I’m talking about.

They’re fun to be around but a pain to shop for.

Here are 5 quirky gifts ideas for the eccentric in your life:

1. Give them a pet that can’t die. Thomas Paul Goldfish Linen Pillow, $94.

2. A robot that doesn’t require batteries. David Weeks Cubebot, starting at $25.

3. It glows in the dark. Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Print, starting at $40.

4. For the cat lady. Elizabeth Paige Smith Kittypod Mini Standard, $98.

5. For those who like gags. Heather Lins Home 3-D Eye Chart Pillow, $95.