Via Daily Candy.
This image from a Dallas bedroom proves that you don’t need to splurge on a massive, framed piece to create a design focal point in your home.
Finding affordable art can be a challenge. I just love the idea of layering stenciled patterns instead. It’s simple and can be changed in an afternoon should the mood to redecorate strike (and does it ever).
See more of the Duran home here.
Find awesome stencils here.
When I saw these knitted, felted mushrooms today on Craftzine, it was love at first sight. I think there are lots of ways you could use these in your decor. I’ve seen several mushroom themed kitchen items that would be ultra cute with these.
The best part is, you can make them yourself. Instructions are right here.
What a neat idea! This is just conceptual at this point, but it could be a really great thing for people living in lofts, or other people with tiny kitchens. Go over to Freshome to check out more pics and info about this.
My worry? Where’s the dishwasher??
West Elm has some very pretty new animal print towels. They’re 100% organic cotton and all of the dyes used to create the patterns are earth-friendly.
Normally I don’t go in for anything animal (with the exception of zebra), but these prints are clean and modern instead of brassy and overbearing.
Animal Print Towels (giraffe, zebra, and leopard), $9-$24
If even toned-down animal prints aren’t your thing, West Elm has their organic, solid-colored towels discounted as a part of their Winter White Sale.
It’s the last day of 2007, so I can’t help but reminisce about some of my favorite finds of the past year. Here they are in no particular order:
Favorite Furniture Steal: The Hemnes collection at Ikea.
This stuff is classic, simple and striking. I recently checked out a few pieces in store, and they were sturdy and well-made, no screws showing or peeling veneer.
Favorite Artist Discovered Online: Linzie Hunter
I’m completely infatuated with Linzie Hunter’s collection of Spam One-Liners. The handmade typography is striking and the messages are a fascinating snap-shot of online life. Prints of the one-liners are available at Thumbtack Press for $30 a piece.
Favorite Online Gift Source: Etsy
It’s handmade, it’s quirky, it’s the perfect place to find that thing that you can be sure they don’t already have. I love shopping on Etsy. From toilet tank decals to mean bags to cute, swear-word embroidered bunnies, I found most of my holiday gifts right here online.
Favorite Source of Decorating Inspiration/Frustration: Zara Home
The images from their catalog are soul-crushingly gorgeous and they have no American retail outlets. And even though cruising their site makes me want to rip my hair out from frustration, Zara Home is one of my favorite sources of decorating inspiration.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
CB2 has a super cute acrylic table on sale for $99. Not only is it adorable, but it’s a good size for people in apartments and at $99, the price is just right for people on a budget.
Sometimes after-Christmas sales disappoint. There’s a lot of hype for not a lot of mark-down. But, the West Elm sale is a shining beacon of post-holiday dealification.
My family and I recently went by the Dallas location and ended up buying entire sets of velvet and silk curtains for rooms in my home, my brother’s home, and my parent’s home. They were marked down to $30 per panel.
A few other things I have my eye on:
The Step Side Table in beet, $129.
The Octagonal Table Lamp, $59.
The Imperial Embroidered Duvet Cover, $79 (only king is still available online).