Monthly Archives: March 2010

Totally Toile

I kind of really like Toile de Jouy even though I associate it most with French Country, which is not necessarily my stile.  My newly found attraction to toile  began when I spotted this toile quilt at Target (Tarzhay, if you will) several months ago.  Once I finally commit to making my toile purchase for our guest bedroom, I will apply it in a way I’ve never seen before. Here are some images to get me going.

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image via designersdodallas

The black background with white print is a stray from the traditional white background toile. The purple lamp shade with red base add some cool factor.

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Such a cool, retro use of toile. Love the color scheme.

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I also used this picture in my Show Your Stripes post but just in case you only focused in on the stripes, check out the toile headborad, bedskirt and roman shade. This is the epitome of how toile can be utilized in a hip, refreshing new way.

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image via decorpad

Toile pillows add a traditional element to the streamlined effect of the room.

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image via roomlust

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image via allthebest

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image via cococozy

Okay, so this is a little girl’s room and obviously I’m not a little girl (though this room definitely makes me wish I still was), but I love the use of pink toile, turquoise, bamboo chandelier and silhouette pillows. It’s all so classic yet contemporary.

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It's All in a Day(bed)

I was having trouble trying to decide what kind of sofa to purchase for our living room, until recently when I figured out that a daybed is a functional and unexpected route to take.

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I first saved the above photo because that light fixture is fantastic, but then I noticed the daybed and immediately knew I should go with my instinct.  It’s the perfect invite for those lazy days that call for a good book read.

Take a look at more inspirational daybed uses.

https://i1.wp.com/www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/sf/01daybeds41009.jpg

image via apartment therapy

https://i1.wp.com/manolohome.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/daybed-2.jpg

image via countryliving

https://i1.wp.com/www.apartmenttherapy.com/ol-images/sf/uploads/2006_12_17_daybed.jpg

image via apartmenttherapy

https://i1.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/3630818582_7f8f6acf61.jpg

image via pappasmiron

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image via house beautiful

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image via marthastewart

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image via genuinestyle

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It’s All in a Day(bed)

I was having trouble trying to decide what kind of sofa to purchase for our living room, until recently when I figured out that a daybed is a functional and unexpected route to take.

image unknown

I first saved the above photo because that light fixture is fantastic, but then I noticed the daybed and immediately knew I should go with my instinct.  It’s the perfect invite for those lazy days that call for a good book read.

Take a look at more inspirational daybed uses.

https://i1.wp.com/www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/sf/01daybeds41009.jpg

image via apartment therapy

https://i1.wp.com/manolohome.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/daybed-2.jpg

image via countryliving

https://i1.wp.com/www.apartmenttherapy.com/ol-images/sf/uploads/2006_12_17_daybed.jpg

image via apartmenttherapy

https://i1.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/3630818582_7f8f6acf61.jpg

image via pappasmiron

https://i2.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3625/3623157584_72eebbe36c.jpg

image via house beautiful

https://i0.wp.com/images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/ms_living/2008Q3//mld103531_0708_daybed_xl.jpg

image via marthastewart

https://i1.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3055/2551119761_49d733233e.jpg

image via genuinestyle

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Papermash

I found out about this British shop, papermash, from one of my dailys, A Cup of Jo, and was swiftly eager to share their products with you.

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I think wine connoisseurs are silly and pretentious. I’d keep it real with one of these tags, which are awesome and quite funny.

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If this wasn’t so girlie, I’d buy this for Evan who literally loves lists.

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I prefer drinking my Red Bull and (sometimes) coffee through a straw, these would be the perfect complement.

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Just Dance

Weekend time. While Evan is out doing one of those fantasy baseball drafts, (nxa shoo nxa shoo – that’s my attempt at spelling out the snoring sound) I will be putting on my dancing shoes and joining my girls for some much needed dance floor action.

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Okay, so I WILL NOT be showing my knickers but doesn’t this photo just scream fun?

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Keep Calm and Bring Your Dance On

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Elizabeth and James shoe, may I please have this dance.

Images via weheartit

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Get Your Gretel

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I spotted the above cake stand in my latest issue of bon appetit and decided I needed to scope out what else Gretel had to offer. Turns out Gretel, founded in 2009, is full of fun, modern home accessories in an easy-to-navigate  stylish website. I’m featuring my favorites but I highly encourage you to check out the rest here.

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https://i2.wp.com/www.gretelhome.com/316-694-large/tall-turquoise-mini-pedestal.jpg

https://i2.wp.com/www.gretelhome.com/39-132-large/set-of-four-dinner-plates.jpg

https://i1.wp.com/www.gretelhome.com/274-521-large/pink-cake-lace-coasters.jpg

These coasters remind me of little doilies. Beyond cute.

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I’m really loving the muted tones of this beautiful throw.

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https://i2.wp.com/www.gretelhome.com/201-131-large/red-antler-coatrack-by-thorsten-van-elten.jpg

Oh look, it’s a coat rack.

https://i1.wp.com/www.gretelhome.com/146-84-large/matte-black-porcelain-container.jpg

This container would make a lovely jewelry box.

photos via Gretel by Claudia Uribe Touri

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Flamingo-go

A few posts ago I wrote about my love of birds and most recently wrote about my affinity for pink. Well, put the two together and you get… FLAMINGOS. Call me tacky but I love flamingos.  My fondest memory of the long-legged bird comes from this plastic flamingo-covered purse I picked out as a souvenir from the San Diego zoo. I recall carrying this purse around like I was the most stylish seven-year old in the neighborhood. There’s only so much a plastic bag can take before it falls apart, and so it did.  A flashback of this purse instantaneously came after Evan told me I reminded him of a flamingo. He brought back such a vivid memory that I somehow felt it necessary to keep it alive. So now, I share with you some flamingo inspirations and prove that you don’t have to be tacky to pull off the flamingo look.

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image via decorpad

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image via designsponge

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Our flamingo greeter

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last images via weheartit

The flamingo also made a cameo here and here.

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