Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rugs by Patter Society

Lemme tell you— finding rugs that are easy on the eyes and the wallet is a tough business. Too often, one will need to sacrifice either beauty or budget in order to find floor decor that suits one’s particular aesthetic or price range. This is why I pretty much lose my mind whenever I find rugs that are both affordable and attractive. When these fantastic rugs from Pattern Society made their way into our e-mail inbox recently, I fell absolutely head over heels. The rugs produced by this brand new venture feature bold, eye-popping patterns that are sure to liven and lift any space they touch. With designs that are monochromatic and ultra-chromatic, they’re also sure to satisfy the minimalist or maximalist in everybody. In terms of construction, each reversible rug is flat-woven from 100% cotton, making them entirely vegan and easily maintainable. With price tags under $300 (even for larger sizes), these guys give you loads of decorative BAM for your buck! Check out more photos of these fabulous rugs after the jump! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

party garlands

{because your wall needs a new necklace}

25 party garlands

The easiest way to turn a white wall into a gorgeous party backdrop is with a few strands of simple party garland. In fact, I love garland so much we are installing a wall of it as permanent decor in our new house – like a necklace for my wall. There are so many creative ideas floating around these days – here are 25 of my favorite do-it-yours?elf party garlands:
1. cmyk - the flair exchange | 2. ombre muslin - between the lines | 3. tissue bunting - jordan ferney | 4. knotted rope - papernstitch | 5. fabric bunting - purl bee | 6. geometric origami - how about orange | 7. ribbon bunting - tikkido | 8. folded circles - papernstitch | 9. honeycomb fruit - house that lars built | 10. paper cones - anna bond | 11.  colorful flags - house that lars built | 12. half moons - pepper buttons | 13. mini stars - sharnacious | 14. black bunting - fawn & forest | 15. crosses - bleubird | 16. cinco de mayo - lovely indeed | 17. tassles - stampin’ up | 18. elephants - ingthings | 19. beads - brittni mehlhoff | 20. fabric half-moons - diy mommy | 21. sequins - caitlin wilson | 22. birthday banner - the garter girl | 23. patterned paper flags - hank & hunt | 24. flower vine - two shades of pink | 25. patterned triangles - scout & charm
Graphic created by Alli of Hooray, for A Subtle Revelry.


We always have a bit of a rope obsession going on and when summer hits and thoughts turn to all things nautical, rope looms even larger as a decor accent. After all, nothing scream nautical quite like a piece of rope. 
Image above: Dustin Glasscoe spent an hour making this wooden box for his Vermont kitchen out of 150 year-old wood and finished it with new rope from Lowes. See the full home tour of their Vermont farmhouse here.
Image above: Rope as a garland in textile artist Ashley Helvey’s apartment in Seattle. See all the photos of her home (filled with hand-built furniture!) here.
Image above: This Brooklyn apartment is filled with great little details like a rope handle on the spiral staircase. See all the full home tour here.

See more ideas for incorporating rope at home after the jump!
Image above: A hanging pot-rack made from rope and pipe hangs from the exposed beams in this Williamsburg, Brooklyn home is a lab for woodworker Jason Roskey’s designs. See all the photos here.
Image above: A rope rug in a Norwegian summer home. See the full home tour here.
Image above: Rope drawer pulls add a little nod to the nautical. These are called “monkey’s fist” knots and were found on eBay. See all the photos from this New York City home here.
Image above: The coat hook is made from an oar and sailor’s knot doorstop adds another little nautical touch. See the full home tour here. (And see how to make your own righthere.)
Image above: In this New York City apartment, Rachel Krauskopf wanted to create a visual distinction between the dining area and the living room. She did so by grounding the space with a over-scale shade and hanging it with knotted room. See the full home tour of her New York City apartment here.
Image above: An acrylic coffee table with a little nautical twist in this Philadelphia home filled eclectic vintage finds. See the full home tour here.
Image above: This wall in Brooklyn is a homage to all things nautical. See the full home tour here.

Monday, July 29, 2013







“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
-Jacques Cousteau

Sea-Tribes is an ongoing photo essay by Ryan Tatar, documenting modern surf culture with nostalgic vintage film. Gorgeous, no?

{Images by Ryan Tatar}

Sunday, July 28, 2013




When life gives you lemons... make limoncello. The tart and tangy flavors brings back wild memories of my year abroad, running around on a wild goose chase on a train bound to Leige every Wednesday !!!! Have you been there ? 

Thanks Kristin for sharing your recipe!  

{Pre-edited images via Brit+Co}

Saturday, July 27, 2013





I used to think crystals were new age woo-woo. But as I'm learning more and more about reiki and energy healing, it actually makes sense. My new fascination with gemstones has grown into a hobby of sorts. I've even started my own mini collection. 

Right now, all my pretty rocks are hiding in velvet pouches and I'd love to put them on display. Yesterday, I came across Lauren's handmade wooden geometrical shelves. Problem solved. She sells them with crystal curio sets to start your own collection of clusters. Aren't they beautiful? 

Do you collect crystals and gems?

Friday, July 19, 2013






How breathtaking is this editorial spread for Genlux Magazine? I'm so impressed. Katie, a watercolor illustrator, collaborated with Daniel, a fashion photographer, to design an imaginary fantasy land, "Far Far Away", for the model to adventure in.

Now how does one find the portal to this world? :)

{Images via Paper Fashion by Daniel Castro, photography, Katie Rodgers, illustration}


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