Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Dreaming

We have just returned from having spent the long Memorial Day weekend in Montreal (Canada) visiting extended family. Leaving 80 degree weather in NY we spent 3 days in wind and rain with temperatures much cooler. Unprepared for the damp climate there I found myself thinking, dreaming about a warm, sunny summer....

Image courtesy Google

I find....Medium Square Yellow Sail Sun Shade 

Image courtesy Google

I find....
Quilted Sunbrella Hammock

Quilted Sunbrella Hammock. Source


I find....
1374: Vessels Fountain (Product Detail)
Fountain found here

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I find...
The Transparent Canoe Kayak.
Transparent Canoe Kayak. Source


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I find...
By the Sea straw hat with big brim for weddings, the races, garden and tea parties
By the Sea Straw Hat found on Etsy



I find....
9-Foot Pagoda Umbrella
Pagoda Umbrella courtesy Pier 1

and ... 
 Rio Ombre Big Kahuna Beach Chair


I find....  
Embroidered Shift Dress




I find....
 Monogrammed DuraClear® Large Tumblers, Multicolored, Triple-Initial, Set of 6


Butterfly Straw

Straws. Source

What are your dreams of summer?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Birds Flying High!

I increasingly find myself bird-watching this season. Perhaps this is a sign that the warmer weather is here to stay. Motifs and items relating to our little feathered friends are clearly making their mark right now (as they should) and not just outdoors but in interior decor, apparel and accessories. Take a look...

Adorable art print, I Can Fly.
5x7 I can fly - mother, baby bird creature art print
via Etsy

Birds on a Branch Straw Tote. Perfect for any relaxed summer outing.
birds on a branch straw tote
via Etsy

Two Owls Scrabble Tile Pendant
Scrabble Tile Pendant - ORANGE WITH TWO OWLS - Buy 2 Pendants Get 1 Free
via Etsy

Paper Mache Bird
Paper Mâché Bird

Wren Towels
4443: Wren Towels (Set of Two) (Product Detail)

You have to imagine birds flocking to this gorgeous Gingerbread Birdhouse. What an intricate piece!
1393: Gingerbread Birdhouse (Product Detail)

Stunning colors on this decorative pillow.
8099: Bird on Gold Background (Product Detail)

Little Birds Onesie
Little Birds Onesie - 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 months, long and short sleeves
via Etsy

I purchased one of these decorative pillows recently. It has pretty colors and fun applique work.
Orange Cotton 'Amelia Birds' Decorative Pillow Cover (India)

A beautiful idea with these Birds on Fence Bookends. I like the effect of 3 together, it gives a sense of continuity.
Birds on Fence Bookends - Set of 3

Ceramic Bird Soap Dish
Ceramic Bird Soap Dish | World Market
World Market

Adorable Checkered Plush Owl
Black and White Checkered Owl Plush with Hair Bow and Flower on Wing/ Huggable Toy/ Throw Pillow/ Baby Shower Gift/ Bedding Accessory

Song Bird fabric

Birdcage Mirror. What a novel idea!
Birdcage Mirror

Bloomster Birds Porcelain Garden Stool
Bloomster Birds Porcelain Garden Stool

It would be difficult to decide on a favorite. Which one would you pick?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Global Gatherings at Pottery Barn

I recently received the new Pottery Barn Outdoor Spaces catalog and I just had to post some pictures from there. I love the pieces, a few pictured below, that show the global influence on decor and design. These items could be used for indoor spaces, too.

Faraday Sun Platform  This eco-friendly piece is constructed from solid eucalyptus!
Faraday Sun Platform

Leaf Basket Tray  woven from real abaca leaves.
Leaf Basket Tray

Diamond Kilim Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Kilim Outdoor Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Tile Outdoor Pillow  with block-print effect.
Tile Outdoor Pillows

Frog Rain-Drum Accent Table  I absolutely love the shape of this cast-aluminum piece! 
Frog Rain-Drum Accent Table

Punched Ceramic Lanterns  These hand-formed pieces are reminiscent of Moroccan lanterns.
Punched Ceramic Lanterns

Antique maps of the West Indies applied to these Map Pillar Candles. I would like one of these.
Map Pillar Candle


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Welcome to my page!

From the beginning, you will see color throughout my posts. Today I invite you into the entryway for a little glimpse of my home where you will discover an eclectic fusion of styles and color.

This  1939 side-hall colonial originally had white siding and a white door. I decided to change the color of the outside to a pale yellow and for a soft but noticeable contrast, this blue door. The color of the door is somewhere between Marlboro Blue and Blue Hydrangea by Benjamin Moore

The Entryway
I love the effect of the blue against the yellow walls. The walls are American Cheese by Benjamin Moore, where it is described as a "happy yellow-orange". This side of the house gets less sunlight and this shade of yellow lights up the foyer during the day.

Ignore the runner going up the stairs - 10 years old, faded and well-worn it needs to be replaced. The bench is one of my favorite finds. The tiles drew me to it.

This mirror is one of my first consignment store purchases. I loved the unusual shape and this space needed a mirror and some curves!

Cactus from the local Trader Joe's where I shop often.

Another favorite, really good purchase from a trip to India - this multiple votive holder.

I received flowers in this stunning royal blue vase from a dinner guest many years ago. It's a sizeable piece.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Over time, I shall elaborate on how this space fell into place and continues to evolve...stay tuned.

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