December 28, 2008

KALLT CHANDELIERS

While Christmas shopping in SF a few weeks ago, I fell in love with these lights I photographed in the courtyard outside a new favorite design shop, ATYS. Imagine my joy when I later saw them online at Ikea! These outdoor chandeliers are part of Ikea's beautiful (and affordable) Kallt lighting series. Makes me wish (again) that I had a big yard with big, branchy trees.

ALSO, I wanted to wish my beautiful Mom a very Happy Birthday!

December 22, 2008

MODERN FIREPLACES

These fireplaces were posted a while back on one of my favorite interior blogs Desire to Inspire. Some of them are a bit too modern for my taste, but I still think they are seriously cool. They are all made by a fireplace design company called Focus based in the South of France. {Images from Focus, via Desire to Inspire}

December 21, 2008

LOVELY GLOVES

Sandra Juto of smosch has a shop chalk full of great little fingerless gloves, called Wrist Worms. I have a similar pair I love, but these are even better...handmade! Although where I'm going in Washington, I'll be needing the fingers. 0° right now!

CHEAP LUXE

Luxe little finds...all under $15. {Symthson Panama Pencil $13 (what a beauty!), Crate&Barrel Flutes $7.95, Kikkerland Ball Alarm Clock $15}

December 17, 2008

CURL UP

Today I am home sick fighting the type of cold you don't want the week before Christmas. The scene in my living room looks something like this... {photograph by the talented James Merrell}

December 15, 2008

GIFTS FOR GIRLFRIENDS

So I am a little late in posting my gift guides... But if you're last minute like me, you still have a ways to go!

{Clockwise from top left: Anthropologie duchess handband $28, Areaware numbers LED clock $80, Urban Outfitters coat of arms necklace $13, Jack and Lulu stationery $16, She & Him silkscreen print from The Small Stakes $25, OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! nail polish $7, JCrew chiffon flower bobby pin $8, Jennifer Mayer gold heart studs $150, CB2 moroccan ornaments $5 each, Diana+ nightcap camera $49, Graphic Image pocket journal $31, Queue perfume atomizer $29 (amazingly cool and tiny in person), Conran perfume bottle $20, Olivina lip butter $6, Jacqueline Dufresne knitted coffee sleeve from Curiosity Shoppe $18}

GIFTS FOR GUYS

{Clockwise from top left: vintage Emerson fan (similar on Ebay... often for less than $10), Acme blueprint pen & pencil $68/$13, Buck metro knife $13 at REI, Flip Mino camcorder $159, cardboard stag mount $28, bubble calendar $30, Blackbird fly twin lens reflex cameras $140 each, Joby gorilla pod $23 at REI, cadet hat $10 on amazon, Ork brooklyn poster $27, played baseball cufflinks $130, Kikkerland dot matrix alarm clock $88, Jack Black spf 25 lip balm $7 (I love this for girls too!), Apolis Activism wool tie $69}

WINTER SONGS

If you haven't yet, you should listen to Winter Songs, the Christmas cd released by The Hotel Cafe. I love it... and especially this gorgeous song by Sara Bareillis and Ingrid Michaelson. How sweet is the video?

December 12, 2008

WEEK END

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! My last-minute gift guides are done and will be going up next week... In the meantime, here is my pick of what to give the person that has everything. (And even the person that doesn't). {Image from .IM(agine)'s flickr. I love shots like this... I believe it's called bokeh?}

December 9, 2008

ORNAMENTS

I am gaga over these glass ornaments at Anthropologie. They remind me of Moroccan lanterns.

December 5, 2008

GIFT TAGS FROM TJ'S BAGS

It has been a while since I've had the urge to do anything crafy and handmade... but when I stopped by Trader Joe's the other night (after forgetting my chico bag) I was taken by how cute their Holiday paper grocery bags were. I felt compelled to use them again and after some card stock and double-sided tape, I now have gift tags to use for Christmas!

December 4, 2008

ACQUA ALTA

In case you haven't seen the photos coming out of Venice this week, they are pretty incredible. (Umm... wakeboarding in St. Mark's Square?!) Venice's acqua alta rose to the highest it's been in 22 years... and one of the highest since the 1800s. The city is so spectacular, I couldn't imagine the loss if it actually sank. Stay dry Venetians! {Images from here}

December 1, 2008

DECEMBER

I love these NYC polaroids by Jen Gotch and how much they just feel like winter. I am excited that it is December and I can begin my Christmas shopping/making!