Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello Fauxidermy

I saw this image over at Blu Label Bungalow from her trip to Pieces, Inc. They have a few different options for fauxidermy on their site. And I really adore how they had this moose styled for the event.

I'm not big on taxidermy - but I'm loving the fauxidermy. My budget won't allow for me to buy one of these from Pieces and since it's something I doubt would be super long lived in my home I'm tempted to purchase one of these guys from Z Gallerie to put somewhere in our home and style him/her up like this guy. The Z Gallerie versions are smaller, and less expensive but also made out of resin and not hardwood like the Pieces versions. I know it's weird and off the wall and may be something that can really only be pulled off in a trendy place like Pieces, but I think it would add some fun to our home and make all this design business a little less serious.

Good idea/bad idea? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hello Craverie in Kohler

There are quite a few delicious restaurants that we ate at in Kohler. My favorite, however, was this little place where we stopped in for breakfast one morning and lunch another day. The food was simple and the coffee drinks and chocolate were delicious. But I think the real reason I wanted to return for a second visit was the interior. Have a look and maybe you'll understand.

Here is the entrance - check out those herringbone floors and all that chocolate!

A little seating area in the back. The mirors and marble tables are such a nice touch against the dark wood paneling.

A view of a separate seating area. I really think those little marble tables would be a great option for a small eat in kitchen.

This was my favorite place to sit and drink my latte.

Close up of the chandelier and the industrial looking ceiling. Loved the mixing of styles here.

I, of course, couldn't miss an opportunity for more bathroom photos. Here's the marble sink.

More herringbone pattern - this time in marble instead of wood.

Another great mirror and chandelier.

Here is the view from the back deck of this little place - you can see some of the colors in the trees. There were also some really great looking homes back there.

Images via myself and here

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hello Ann Sacks

So you can all truly understand just how far behind I am on posting content - my husband and I went to Kohler, Wisconsin for our 1 year wedding anniversary in October (yes as in 9 months ago, October) - I am just now uploading these photos from our visit. Awful, I know, but I'm glad to finally be getting around to it.

For starters I must say Kohler was absolutely lovely. Because we went in October all of the trees were changing colors and it was beautiful. We stayed at the Inn on Woodlake the first night there and The American Club the second night. Inn on Woodlake is new and therefore much more updated but The American Club is historic and very charming - plus the turn down service there was pretty sweet! The American Club is right next to the Kohler Water Spa where we spent a day getting a couples massage and relaxing around their numerous pools/hot tubs/steam rooms, etc. We will definitely be heading back there at some point in our lives - it was an expensive weekend so we'll be saving it for another special occasion. Outside of the great hotels, restaurants and spas there is also some amazing shopping. My favorite was the Ann Sacks store. It was like tile heaven.

An entire wall of mosaics.

It's absolutely insane to see these up close and to realize how many little tiny tiles go into making this.

Loved this pattern.

Some close ups from the wall of tile.

The store also had hardware, lighting, mirrors, and sinks. This was a great trip for us to take prior to starting our bathroom remodel - we found inspiration everywhere.

This claw foot tub long with the amazing hardware and tile had me absolutely swooning.

This faucet was gorgeous.

Close up of the floor tile.

We actually used a mosaic very similar to this in our bathroom as a border around the basketweave pattern.

The matching sink area.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did - this is really only a small fraction of what they had in this store - it was serious eye candy.

In the next few days I'll be posting more photos from this trip - including the Kohler design center. It's funny to finally be posting these photos from a trip we took to get ideas for our bathroom remodel now that we are finally nearing the end of our bathroom remodel. Speaking of - I will also have some updated pictures for you soon - our marble was installed today and it looks amazing - I can't wait to share it!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hello Faux Bamboo

I ran into this pair of bamboo dressers yesterday at the Salvation Army thrift store. I stood there for about 10 minutes and even took pictures, my mind wasn't completely made up, however, so I left them. Now of course I have decided that I have to have them and will hopefully be headed back this weekend to hopefully purchase them (cross your fingers they are still there).

I think what has made me think I have to have them is all the beautiful faux bamboo furniture inspiration there is out there. Like all of these pretty lacquery white pieces.



Or maybe a yellow or glossy black?

I could also sand them down and add a pretty stain.

So of course now I'm kicking myself for leaving those guys behind. I think they'd be great in our second bedroom. We shall see...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hello Love

A lovely article to read to send you on your way for what will hopefully be a great weekend.
Hopefully we can all be this lucky in love.

Mod Green Pod on One Kings Lane

Well, in case you could not tell by the title of this post Mod Green Pod has textiles for sale on One Kings Lane today. Here is some of what is available.

I hope you all recognize this next pattern.

Did you? Here is where I know it from - one of my favorite living rooms by Samantha Pynn.

If you are not already a member of One Kings Lane and need an invitation let me know and I can email you one. This site is an amazing source for Home Decor items at majorly discounted prices.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hello Decorator Tag Sale

In the current issue of Lonny, there was an article about a new(ish) site, Decorator Tag Sale. It's pretty much exactly what the name states - designers put items up for sale on this site at discounted prices. There are numerous notable designers whose stuff is currently up for sale. Remember this great little turquoise catch all? Well that was purchased from the Sarah Gilbane collection available here. I think the designer whom I was most excited to find on the site was Amanda Nisbet. And even better than her design items being available to buy is that many of them are very easily recognizable from some of my favorite spaces of hers. Check it out.

I've always loved this office space and that tufted green chair.

Here are the items up for sale form this space (green chair included!)

Next up a cool, dark blue den.

The striped pillows from those sofas.

This outdoor space is one of my favorites and lots of the accessories are available for sale.

Love this skirted table!

A young and bright living room.

Here is some sad news - those great green and purple coral art pieces/mirrors were available but have since sold out. I know a lot of people who would have loved to scoop those up!

Love this neutral bedroom.

Last but certainly not least is what is probably my favorite space by Amanda Nisbet. I love the pops of turquoise, orange, and yellow against a neutral palette.

The turquoise and lucite stools have already sold out but here are some other great items from this room that are still available to purchase.

You should definitely stop by and browse through this site. You can find anything from furniture to accessories, to artwork and fabrics. It's definitely a source I'll be visiting often.