Glitter & Pearls


Design With A New Mexico Twist
March 19, 2012, 4:01 pm
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These images have me positively inspired.  I know I’m always going on about exposed beam and brick and that perfect rustic feel, so why stop now?  Southwestern decor in particular has that perfect earthen-meets-modern vibe, featuring cowhide, kilim, wrought iron, exposed wood and stone, and rich, colorful patterns.  What do you think?

Images found on Design for Mankind // via Inside

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Friday Link Love

First up is a wallpaper-mâché deer head (and we all know how much I LOVE papier-mâché):  Handmade by artist Jennifer Khoshbin, the series is called Handmade Wilderness – The Paper Deer Head Project. She creates the deer heads herself – with Papier-mâché and decoupage on resin cast heads. She then covers them in wallpaper and calls them her ‘modern trophies’ — SO cool! {See them all on Etsy at Ruby’s Lounge // Story Via A Gifted Existence}

Funny, Erin, of Erin Ever After, and I have the same DIY to-do list running (well mine has another three-to-four-hundred projects on the list). {1. painted gold stripe vases // 2. adding pom pom trim to curtains // 3.hanging bulb sconce} (Images: Erin Ever After, Via: Jolene SullivanGrosgrain Fabulous, Bungalow 5)

These stenciled wood floors are incredible.  That is all.

And finally, since I seem to be on a home + design kick anyway, let me introduce you to Free Crappy Portraits.  You heard that right, send in your favorite picture, and the oh-so-errrr-talented artists over at FreeCrappyPortraits.com, will turn your photo into a somewhat crappy masterpiece.  You’re welcome!

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Guest Posting on A Newfound Treasure

Happy Wednesday, all!  Today I’m guest posting over on A Newfound Treasure.

A peak at what I’m lusting after …

I’ve always been a lover of gold.  A few years back when shopping engagement ring styles (he knows better than to surprise me … too much), I only wanted a yellow gold ring.  The jewelers all frowned and gave me a list of reasons why platinum was classic and I’d tire of yellow gold.  I never have, and I never will — I love, love, love my yellow gold setting, thank you very much.

It’s no surprise really that I swoon over yellow gold home accents as well.  There’s something so elegant about a heavy piece of gold armor on a tabletop or a surprising gold and cream chevron print on the wall.  But what I really love about gold home accents, is that because of their already formal “feel”, the mediums have a whole lot more legroom to get funky.  Take the AREAWARE gold piggy bank – it’s a pig, used in every trendy designer, fashion blogger, and magazine editor’s home design – but it’s a pig, people!  What makes this little piggy so special? That perfect gold metallic sheen …

Design Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7  // 8

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DANNIJO On The Coveteur
February 12, 2012, 12:23 pm
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If you haven’t heard of the DANNIJO brand and designing duo (sisters Jodie and Danielle), you’re missing out. In addition to their jaw-dropping baubles, the pair took to design in this photo shoot for the Coveteur a few weeks back, and it’s just plain awesome.

Featuring: Loeffler Randall Natane Velvet Heel // TOPSHOP Adore Velvet Ankle Booties // DANNIJO Cleo Necklace // DANNIJO Hixson Bib Necklace
Photos via: the Coveteur


Vintage Maps
February 9, 2012, 4:38 pm
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I was bit by the travel bug a long time ago, and though we’re on a budget now, it certainly doesn’t stop me from dreaming in air travel, brasseries, foreign languages, the ever-popular tourist traps, rows of quaint shopping streets, and marble-lined museums.

I love the idea of incorporating vintage maps – or any maps, really – into home design, especially because the images remind me of where I’ve been and where I most definitely want to go. Plus, maps are inexpensive, but look luxe on your living room and bedroom walls.

Images: 1 // 2 // 3 //4 // 5 // 6



Bernadette Pascua Sketches
February 6, 2012, 9:29 am
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How gorgeous are these prints by Bernadette Pascua?  Perfect for a fashionable line-up in a closet or office, each hand-drawn watercolor sketch is unique.

If you have a few minutes, a cup of coffee or a handful of Twizzlers (closet blog-reading-snacker), scroll through Bernadette’s sketchbook, scrapbook, and diary.  I dare you not to fall in love.

Images here



Farm Table + Eames Chairs

I first encountered and then babbled about this stunning dining room here (the rainbow of pastels = divine.)  But on second look, I was struck at how perfect those egg-shaped, sleek modern chairs looked set against the heavy farm table.

Which leads me to my current design obsession: the farm table + eames chair pairing.  Request:  a second dining room, stat.

And, believe it or not, some of the sweetest eames chairs are available at Linens ‘n Things; check out the Space Living 1950’s Modern Shell Side Chair + the Space Living 1960’s Mid Century Rocking Chair.  As for the sturdy farm table, I prefer to hunt down my perfect table at flea markets and garage sales, then coat the entire piece in a glossy white or even matte chalkboard black paint (you know, if I had room for all of this design dreaming.)

Images: 1 // 2 // 3