Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cut a Rug

Do you have a plain, old, boring floor with a flat, single-color carpet, hard wood or tile? Here are some rugs that will liven up your space... or at least have your guests shaking there heads.

 If you guests need some extra entertainment, perhaps they can follow the maze in your carpet!
Image found on Dornob, Available at Amazed

Sign me up for one of these moss carpets when they go on sale! The concept is pretty interesting. The mats are made from a special foam that is well-suited for moss to grow and the humidity of the bathroom is enough for these three types to live. There you have it... a live bath mat!
Image found on Dornob, Concept by La Chanh Nguyen

Perhaps these tire track rugs might be best in a man cave, game room or garage, but they will certainly have your friends taking a second look at your floor. 
Image found on Dornob, Available at Amazed

And something a bit more girly than tire tracks. This awesome, giant rug is knitted by hand!
Created by Christien Meindertsma

I think these are my favorite of the bunch! They are made from upcycled leather belts which are mounted together and cut into tiles or an area rug. I might have to raid the local thrift shops for some belts to see if I can recreate one of these. The round leather rug goes for $688 at Branch, so it would be great if I can figure out how to recreate it on a budget.
Image found on Dornob, Available at Ting
Image found on Dornob, Available at Branch

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's All in the Details

I love the inside of this Christian Dior wedding gown! Such an unexpected way to add your "something blue".
Image via Pretty Little Things

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kitchen Couch

I'm a chef - well not professionally anymore, but I still love to cook for fun. Unfortunately, our kitchen like many others in older homes, is not well-suited for socializing while cooking. Perhaps the designers of older homes didn't cook much.  If they did, surely they would have realized that cooks like to talk while they work. Thankfully, kitchens designed for entertaining finally did catch on as open kitchens are quite popular these days. 

I love this kitchen with the lounge area so close to the workspace. Friends can sit and relax while talking and not be in the way - great entertaining solution! 

Image found on Made By Girl

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Where did I put my keys?

I don't know about you, but we are always looking for our keys around here. These unusual key hooks might help keep keys organized, but will probably also work for conversation starters! 

Buckle Up Key Holder via Furniture Fashion

Magnetic Key and Letter Holder via Uncommon Goods

Tea Cup Hook via Uncommon Goods

His and Hers Key Holder via Uncommon Goods

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winter Finds for Any Size

It makes me happy that fashion designers are finally making clothes for women of various shapes and sizes. No longer do your tags need to have a single-digit on them for you dress stylishly. Here are a few random winter finds, both casual and formal, that are available in a variety of sizes.

Donna Ricco taffeta dress via Nordstrom

DKNY shirtdress via Lane Bryant

Calvin Klein cardigan via Macy's

Bernardo leather jacket via Nordstrom

Jou Jou military jacket via Macy's

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's a small world... or not

I've done a lot of traveling and sometimes it is surprising just how big or small a country is compared to the one you live in. Here is a little comparison.

Ever wonder how big Australia is? I've driven around most of the country and I can tell you that it is HUGE!
Image via Dark Roasted Blend

Africa is bigger than the United States, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Eastern Europe, India, China, Japan and the UK put together!
Image via Designers Couch

Monday, November 15, 2010

These shoes are definitely Not made for walking...

Well maybe you could walk in these shoes, but I'm not sure that I could!

Images via Designers Couch

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pumpkin Pancakes

We had breakfast for dinner in our house tonight. My house-mate made delicious pumpkin pancakes! They were very thick and moist and perfect for the fall. Be sure to bookmark this recipe and try it out!

Image from

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweet Dreams

there is nothing quite like curling up in a big, comfy bed with soft sheets and a fluffy duvet. but beds are also a focal point and being that they are so big, simply swapping out the covers and pillows can completely change the mood of a room.

 i recently packed up my orange and white, damask duvet cover and replaced it with a plum, pin-tuck one for the winter. the casual, tussled look of these beds just seem so inviting on a cold day - perfect for watching a movie or reading a great book. and you don't have to worry about messing them up since they come pre-pleated and wrinkled!
images via west elm

 i'm sure the bright, crisp colours will make their way back into my room by spring, though. these sets from kate spade and jonathan adler are already calling my name...
images via pretty little things

images via jonathan adler

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Can I Borrow a Pencil?

Dalton Ghetti is the creator of these perfect little pencil structures. He creates them using only a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife, but never uses a magnifying glass! Each one can take months to make and the only lucky recipients of these art pieces are friends of Dalton as he doesn't sell any of his work.