It’s An Urban Cottage Because…

It combines eclectic furniture, modern architecture and color palettes, and romantic personal touches to create a unique interior decor.

See you soon 🙂 Rachel

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Color Forecast Spring 2012

Although we’ve only just reached the end of October, Pantone has already forecasted color trends far into future seasons.  Not wanting to get too ahead of ourselves, we peeked ahead just at the Spring 2012 forecast and wow, it is gorgeous!

We are adding quite a few products to the site that feature some of these lovely colors, but for now let’s look at a few examples of these colors in action!


This beautiful mid-tone bluish green (sort of a smokier version of Robin’s Egg Blue) is a great color for walls to really make your furniture and accessories pop.

Tangerine Tango:

The perfect transition from fall to spring, this bright and fun tangerine color will create a vibrant and fresh interior vibe year round.


We know everyone in Texas loves a good lime margarita! And who could resist it when used as a crisp clean finish on kitchen cabinets and dining chairs?

Sodalite Blue:

White accents really stand out against this deep blue background.  And it works well with classic styles to make them fit in with more modern decor.

Solar Power and Driftwood:

The neutrals Driftwood and Starfish would look good with most of the colors in this palette, but Driftwood works particularly well when paired with Solar Power.  This combination mirrors one of our favorites, yellow and gray.

Any of the colors in this palette will look great come spring time, so choose your favorite and get inspired!

See you soon 🙂 Rachel

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A Corporate Urban Cottage?

Although it might be hard to imagine, the corporate offices of Media Storm – an advertising agency that has worked with Glee, Bridezillas, and American Idol – reflect what I would term as Corporate Urban Cottage style.  Of course, with the needs of an office this means less accessories and more technology, but just take a look at these gorgeous photos from Interior Design magazine and I think you’ll see my point:

In the reception area, complete with sliding barn door, vintage TV sets are stacked against one wall as a feature piece.
The vintage workshop table, used as the reception desk, looks an awful lot like our craft table.
This is the most inviting conference room I’ve ever seen, what with the beautiful teal color and distressed finish on the paneling.  Truly lust-worthy…and what an incentive to work here!
The ceiling treatment is so interesting and graphic.  When paired with a simple yet beautiful wood table and classic picture rail, this meeting room turns heavenly.

I am drooling over the thought of working in this office!  Must try not to be too distracted the rest of the day considering ways to change my major to advertising! 😉

See you soon, Rachel

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Chairs to Fall in Love With

You may have noticed a trend in some of my recent posts with alot of references to chairs I love.  I have to admit that this obsessions with chairs recently stems from my latest studio project of redesigning a dining chair.  So I thought why not make a post about some other chairs I love and sort of get that obsession out of my head!

Starting with a classic, the Barcelona Chair by Mies Van Der Rohe.  Although this chair is very much a part of the mid-century modern style, it looks great in a variety of decors, as seen here.
The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen has always been one of my favorites because it evokes such a cozy vibe.  This one also happens to be in my favorite color, lime green
This burlap ottoman, from our own website, is truly one of my favorite pieces.  It has such nostalgia wrapped into its style that it’s impossible not to love it.  And I never get tired of burlap!
The Vegetal Chair by Rowan & Erwan Bouroullec is the most fashionable outdoor chair I could ever imagine!  The surprisingly beautiful plastic chair references organic shapes found in nature while keeping a clean modernist edge.
And for all of us chic modern folks who still love a little country in our decor, who can resist the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer in this awesome cowhide??

Those are just a few of my personal favorites.  Oh and if you were wondering, my dining chair turned out something like this:

It’s a little creepy looking, but oh so comfortable!
See you soon 🙂 Rachel
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It’s An Urban Cottage Because…

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It’s a rustic space with modern influences, made intimate through many personal touches.
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Typography Decor

I’ve always been a lover of words.  I think they hold a power that can transcend time.  Combine this love of words with a love of design and what do you get? Typography inspired decor, of course!  Adding typography to your designs can add an entirely new layer of personality and interest.  I personally think it works best when added in small doses to little things in a room, like votive holders or wall art.

These pillows speak to all things vintage inspired, and the font used follows suit creating a beautiful sense of nostalgia.

A super simple decor is immediately personalized through the creation of this letter wall.  Easy and effective.

Looking for a way to add a little homemade typography decor?  This letter light is a fun and easy way to do just that.

Intimacy is created in this adorable vignette through the use of a framed print.

Through various uses of text and typography, you can make a space speak volumes about your personality.  Use some of these ideas and start letting your spaces do the talking!

See you soon 🙂 Rachel


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Orange You Glad It’s Orange

Being a UT student, you can understand why orange might be one of my favorite colors.  But aside from outfitting my favorite Longhorns on game days, orange is also incredibly powerful as an accent color in an otherwise neutral interior.  Here I’ve picked out my favorite orange objects of late to inspire your decor and maybe a little bit of your fall fashion!
1.  Verner Panton Heart Chair
My absolute, all-time, number one favorite chair ever.  This is what Mad Men watcher’s dreams are made of.
2.  FL/Y Pendant Lamp
Funky and fresh, this pendant lamp will light up any room in which it’s placed.  Although it comes in a variety of colors, my favorite is, you guessed it, the orange one!
This pillow has a graphic dynamic vibe that makes any room feel more energetic.  Looking for more orange pillows and accessories?  Check these out!
Simple yet striking, this clock will prevent you from showing up (un)fashionably late.
5.  Hermes Orange Birkin Bag
This is the most lust-worthy orange object in fashion.  Not only is it incredibly styled, as are all things Hermes, but it also can take almost TWO YEARS!! to get one of these babies.
6.  Lilliput Salt & Pepper Set
These little guys are adorable and functional.  Add the orange ones to your Halloween tablescape as a unique piece, or keep them out all year round as a punchy accent.
And here starts my Etsy obsession…they have such great variety and prices on everything, not to mention some of the most unique stuff around.  Take these oversized chess pieces for example, they’re whimsical and fun for any interior style.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more Halloween-inspired?  Look no further than this slightly creepy but fun biohazard pillow.
This little bank is too cute!  Elephants are one of my favorite animals reference in decor and jewelry.  Put him in your child’s room or in your own! We won’t tell, we’re big kids too!
I had to throw these leggings in here.  There is nothing more fall fashion-forward than a great pair of printed leggings and a long comfy tunic sweater.  And tribal is so in right now, you can’t go wrong.
Hopefully these awesomely orange objects have given you a little something to think about while trying to create some inspired seasonal decor.
See you soon 🙂 Rachel

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Paint It Black

Much like the Rolling Stones’ song referenced in the title, I love all noir inspired decor.  With Halloween right around the corner, there’s no better time to indulge in a few of your favorite pieces of dark decor.  Make no mistake, black is the new black!  Here are a few of the items on my list of lust-worthy black objects:

1.  Maarten Baas’ Smoke Chair

Have you ever seen a more perfect mix of noir and Rococo??
Clean lines and beautiful curves make these elegant hourglasses lust-worthy for any holiday.
Can you say obsessed?  I want one of these for every city or country I go to! Such a clever idea…and of course, I picked the map of France for this list because you know we love French decor.
4. Front’s Rabbit Lamp
I’m a sucker for anything animal-inspired and funky, which perfectly describes these cute rabbit lamps.
5.  Marcel Wanders’ Monster Chair
I cannot imagine a more modern and quirky piece that fits in perfectly with Halloween.  Even the name is right!
I love candles anytime of the year.  Who am I kidding, I love Rococo any time of the year too! But this pretty little thing was recently added to our store and is my new favorite of our sconces and candelabras.
7.  Chalkboard Paint
Call me crazy, but I cannot get over the stunning simplicity of this simple yet highly effective decor trick.
8.  Harry Allen’s Birds on a Wire Coat Rack
If you know us at all, you know we love birds.  Here, Harry Allen turns them into a functional silhouette.
9.  Michael Kors ‘Madison’ Watch
Ok ok, so it might be a stretch to categorize this as “noir decor…for your body,” but after Halloween passes Christmas creeps up pretty quickly.  It’s never too early to start making your wish list!
 Your candle collection just got a little bit more rock and roll, not to mention Halloween-ready!
There you have it.  Your list of beautiful black objects to drool over, hand-selected by me.  Pick your favorite and get inspired.
See you soon 🙂 Rachel
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It’s An Urban Cottage Because…

It has rustic references mixed with modern and romantic accessories.

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Our Stay at The Zaza

I must admit, I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to hotels. My top three choices have always been Best Value Place, La Quinta or a Super 8. Listen people, it’s called being frugal. You’re just going to sleep there and pretty much gallivant the whole day anyway. Hmmm, very few people agrees with me, especially the ones that values comfort and safety. 🙂

My recent trip to Dallas with my mother & sister-in-law was a tad different, after all they booked it and I was in for a real treat…stayed at The Zaza! How can I be sooo lucky! A boutique hotel? For us? Yippee! The hotel is known for both exquisite service and design. When my sister-in-law ask the bellhop to show us their “suites,” he showed us not one, not two but four of their Magnificent Seven Suites.

Rock Star: with it’s leather and animal print
The Last Czar: all the Brocade & Baroque you could imagine
Raven: A salute to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic
Red Shoes: with original Blahnik sketches, yes please!
Even the sign to our room is fancy! Our humble room with a not-so-humble grand lamp.
We nibbled right away on cheeses and nuts complements of the hotel!
I can get so used to this! I’m living and loving always and can’t wait to stay at the Zaza again!

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