September 2008


{Haute Find} Metallic Banded Tumblers from West Elm

I adore these metallic double-banded tumblers from West Elm. What really makes these special is the fact that they’re monogrammable. These are so perfect for a stylish entertainer to serve drinks in at his or her next cocktail party. These would also make a great gift. Who doesn’t love anything with their monogram on it? Totally chic! And you can’t beat the price…just $24 for a set of four!…

Kara Mann Does Laid Back Luxury in Mexico

The current issue of Western Interiors features a gorgeous Mexican beach house that was decorated by Chicago based designer Kara Mann. Above is the living room which epitomizes the phrase casual elegance. I’m especially loving the custom pillow done in Donghia’s suzani printed fabric. The beautiful house is located in San Jose del Cabo and features a neutral color palette infused with vibrant pops of color and eye catching ethnic textiles. In total there are 10 pages of photos devoted to this space in the magazine. You will die when you see the incredible ocean views! Definitely worth picking up …

Scalamandre for the Masses

Did you know that Scalamandre, purveyor of high end upholstery fabrics, fine wall papers and luxe home furnishings has an online outlet that’s open to the masses? The company, which has a rich history, is best known for their exquisite upholstery fabrics and is highly regarded by design professionals around the world. Their products are available to-the-trade only but with the addition of this new online outlet, non-designers can shop from an assorment of discontinued patterns which are priced dirt cheap. Visit Scalamandre’s website to check out the goods.…

I Heart Eddie Ross

OK-I might be a little late to the I heart Eddie Ross party but I have to say, I’m kind of obsessed with him! I mean, seriously…how cute is he?! And the guy does it all… decorating, floral styling, cooking, entertaining, you name it. Plus he’s super crafty, makes a mean table setting and has a very fab apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. (See below for photographic record of Eddie’s many talents.) I’m also utterly obsessed with his blog. It’s filled with lots of inspiration and allows us the opportunity to follow him around the city as he shops the flea …

{Haute Finds} Wallpapers from Ballard Designs

Check out these great wallpaper patterns from Ballard Designs. I stumbled upon these while perusing their website. They’re sold in double rolls and are very reasonably priced. My favorite? The Neoclassical Toile, shown below along with more of Ballard’s stylish patterns.


Cane, $119 and Vintage Frame, $59

Floral Damask and Antiqued Harlequin, both $59

Mantova Stripe, $119 Oriental Java, $119
Mimosa, $119 and Neoclassical Toile, $49

PontivyPaisley, $49 and Lustre Silver Sheen, $119

Green Trellis and Corsica Paisley, both $119…

Paul Siskin’s Blog…Building a Dream House in the Country

Last week I blogged about my desire for a house in the country but since the possibility of owning a country home is not in my immediate future, I’ll just have to live vicariously through the lives of others…like Paul Siskin of the design firm Siskin Valls.

Paul is currently in the midst of building a country home from the ground up and is documenting the process on his blog on Interior Design Magazine’s website.

Above is a model of what his dream country retreat will look like when it’s finished. This is the view from the back. It’s …