I almost forgot how I love Anthropologie. I’ve been trying to consciously veer away from predictable choices when it comes to home decor & support independent retailers ( I emphatize fully with their predicament…). So although, the Anthropologie in Austin is only a couple of blocks away from our condo, I haven’t visited it since recently. This one is a huge store & much nicer than the ones I’ve visited. More space for awe-inspiring decor.
Lots of romantic & cottage style decor but they make it so chic. My favorites ones during the visit are these distressed mirrors. Not sure if the mirrors were distressed by time (doubt it!) but these mirrors are amazing decorative accessories (not much for checking out your reflection) & mirrored furniture is a trend. Check out the bedside table below.
See my reflection?
These tarnished objects are so beautiful!
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I’m sure all you home decorating enthusiasts out there has heard the sad news. Domino Magazine is bidding farewell & March of this year will be their last issue. Although Conde Nast Publications, their publishing company, has a vast array of magazines from fashion, food fitness & of course home design & decor, Domino has been one of my favorites. Their “guide to living with style” tenet is approachable & makes high style for the home reachable for anybody & everybody.
I will miss the editor’s cravings, their own insights on themes & trends in home decorating, domino deals & their “10 Things that makes me happy” page featuring successful women & well, what makes them happy, whether it’s their favorite place, a great book or their impeccable tableware. I’ll miss learning about new products, designers, and decor bloggers.
Their farewell letter states that their premise is that “Home should make you happy.” I couldn’t agree more! Ciao Domino….
I love fireplaces! That’s why I named my site the inglenook
, reminiscent of the warmth & coziness a home should exude. I would love to have them everywhere, not just in the living room but I’ve dreamt of having one in the bedroom & bathroom (maybe the see-thru fireplace?!).
I stumbled upon these bio-ethanol fuel fireplaces at Unicahome
. They are so cool! Smokeless, odorless & eco-friendly plus I can bring these ultra-chic fireplaces anywhere.
This is a tabletop one.
Their travelmate portable version.
What do you think? Time to get warm & cozy, anytime & anywhere this winter.
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I’m currently nursing a nasty congestion. Maybe it’s the awful Texas weather, one day it’s in the 40’s, the next it’s in the 70’s, yes all in December. Or the lack of activity, I’ve been off since Wednesday & my lungs are not getting enough aeration. I do feel somewhat productive though, I finished two books & wrote down my goals for the coming year (what most people know as “resolutions”). Sorry, this is not a blog on decorating for the New Year & pictures are going to be very few.
As far as the books, I finished a book about running a PT private practice (Keys to Private Practice Success) & “Know Your Own Mind” by James Greene & David Lewis. The latter is a must-read for all introspective people out there (please tell me I’m not the only one). It’s essentially a workbook & has enlightened me so much.I’ve read a lot of books this year & so far I liked this one a lot, as well as “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur” by Mike Michalowicz.
As far as my goals, I’ve included the usual. Keeping a healthy weight, exercising at least 200 minutes a week (not a fitness buff but this is attainable & enough), eating less sugar & complex carbs. Of course, I have my career & financial goals, relationship goals & even personality goals (it’s not too late to change or better my core personality). I’ve even gone so far as planning to put myself in a monthly allowance. We’ll finish furnishing & decorating our Austin pad & watching how much we spend. Even though we love this media center from Crate & Barrel (ringing in at $1699),
We’ll settle for this one from West Elm (ringing in at $399) without sacrificing the style & feel we want to achieve. The other goals are pretty personal so I’ll stop here.
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My wish list this Christmas is not that long. A Kooba black purse, French Rosetta stone, a new luggage set, paloma picasso bezel cut earrings, stacked heel j. crew brown boots, a cartier watch, a new linen & comforter set (better yet if it comes with a bed for our place in Austin), any unique Williams-Sonoma kitchen gadget (even if I don’t cook, they are just so cool). So, did I mention it’s not long? I’ve never been an impulsive buyer & believes in delayed gratification (not too delayed though) & although my fiancee thinks I shop too much (oh gosh, he should have seen those women with 10 bags at Barton Creek yesterday), I’ll have to wait until I can fulfill my wish list.
At least I can decorate our Christmas tree with my favorite things. Now, these things I can afford… right away:
From Urban Outfitters & at $4.99 each. Reeses peanut butter cup…yum, my thirst quencher, a Diet coke & colorful & cutesy cupcakes.
I love yellow & I love bird themes, this yellow bird from Anthropologie is just right. It’s pretty pricey though at $18.
I haven’t mentioned that I would like a Vespa, too. Bu this one would do for now.
I still love those adorable traditional trees with gorgeous ornaments, whether they’re traditional keepsakes or vintage finds. But I think decorating your Christmas tree with ornamnets of your favorite things showcases your quirky side & makes the holidays more warm & cozy.
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I’m still under the woes and bad spells the retail industry has reported. But despite the overwhelming negativity, there is some positive news. One retail giant has exceeded their sales from last year…Wal-Mart. I know, it didn’t come as a surprise to any of you, but it seems like even the high-income earners has decided to buy just the basics. I still yearn for the design & exclusivity of other retailers such as DWR (Design within Reach) which targets the urban rich & Williams-Sonoma, the traditional rich. Ikea also continues to give alternatives that are overwhelmingly cheap & somewhat trendy & stylish at the same time.
Let’s look at some common kitchen gadgets. First up, the metal can opener, it may be just a couple of bucks at Wal-Mart. A better-looking one is available at Ikea for $9.
Better yet, from DWR, it’s $32.
Serving trays anyone? Cherry wood serving trays, set of three is only $32 at Williams-Sonoma.
But at DWR, a set of 2 will set you back $350. Why? Well, they are crafted from forest-salvaged Douglas fir.
While, the klack tray from Ikea is only $4.99.
How about kitchen timers? The top of the line at Wal-Mart has a modern edge & cost about $9.
It has a close resemblance to what Ikea has to offer which is about the same price.
At Williams-Sonoma, it is $32.
So are the basics good enough for all kitchen gadgets? I’m not an avid cook & I’m not a fan of hanging-out in the kitchen anyway. My bread just stays on top of the kitchen counter but I know that this bread box which rings in at $240 at DWR is a must-buy for somebody out there.
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