DemiJohn|John

Hey boys & girls! I’m back…to Austin that is! Home sweet home. I hope all of you had a great weekend.
Sometimes blogging to me just involves an image I just adore. Featured are demijohns also known as carboys. An installation made by Go Home. I think it’s totally ingenious. So, I’m thinking, aside from collecting vintage cameras, hobnail milkglasses, cobbler shoeforms, vintage coffee grinders…I’m putting demijohns on my list. What do you think?

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Antlered: The Office Desk

l always complain about being out of town but really, I think I’m nomadic at heart. So, I’ve been out of town for a combined 2 weeks this month and terribly miss my home office desk. It’s small in a small corner desk but it has lots of my favorite finds. Case in point, this pair of antler horns is probably not the most functional to place on my desk. It does get move around a lot, but on my down time {or recharging time} as I call it, I just look and hold it for a minute or so… instant de-stressor! Call me weird but it really works!

home office deskantlers
Happy weekend everyone! I’m on my way back home tomorrow…woohoo!

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Birdcages Galore

When you have no more space to create a vignette on a side table, a space, a wall, then there’s always the ceiling and the air up there. I find myself loving suspending things as decoration, whether it’s lanterns, bubbles, terrariums, vintage lamp shades and of course, birdcages. I’m thinking of doing this for a client. I hope they’ll like the idea! I’m quite happy with a vintage birdcage I got at Roundtop recently. Anyway, here’s more choices from the shop…

Any other ideas of something cool to suspend and use as decor?

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The Fig Leaf Tree: A Giant Staple

Leaves, without it, we won’t have fresh air. I say, the bigger the leaves, the better. More breath of life into your space. After stalking tons of decor mags and online sites dedicated to design and decor, there is one giant staple that’s making such a presence into well decorated rooms & spaces, the Fig Leaf tree.

Click here to check out how to take care of this tree as an indoor plant. So, when out on a hunt to fill that void in your space. Look no further than the Fig Leaf Tree.


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DWYL and LWYD

It’s been extremely busy on my end so the post for today is short and sweet. Yes, do what you love and love what you do, it couldn’t get any simpler than that right? But sometimes, it’s so difficult to do! I wish all of you a Happy Monday, a Happy week and always keeping this quote in mind. Gotta go!


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Naturale Fantastico

I must admit, little adorable things with so much detail and sophistication makes my heart skip a beat. A little lame, too frivolous, depthless even? Not sure. Hey, maybe that’s why I love design and decor so much. And all of us have our own little things we’re so enthused about {yes, I’m talking about Farmville aficionados}. So, the following collection is by Lladro. Of course, right? Baroque details, white porcelain, the luster of gold, what’s not to love?

It’s from their collection, Naturofantastic, an imaginary universe where the organic meets fantasy, an evocative journey to the dreamlike side of nature. Ahhh, their artists are just amazing. Do you have an everyday object that you just like|love so much?


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Sitting on Knit

I thought these stools are pretty adorable. But I’m not quite sure about the comfort. They kinda look,    eclairish, donutish to me, ok, even a little intestinish like. But nevertheless, it is ingenious! These knitted stools are the work of the textile designer and might I say knit artisan Claire Anne-O’Brien {she’s Irish but currently resides in London}. That is what makes designers, designers. Full of creativity, new ideas, pushing the bar {or in this case, the knit}, everytime. Check out her work here.


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The Swinneys: Modern Farmhouse | Urban Cottage

As the New Year rolled out, I’ve been getting clients that asked me to style their spaces. I was more than willing. I’ve been so focused on the online shop that I’m slowly falling in love with html…nah, not really. Well, this couple told me they love the urban cottage idea and they love the shop. Yay! And get this, they were thinking yellow and gray…one of my fave color combo! Matt is of course the founder of Launch 787 who rolls out events like Austin Fashion Week,Sip & Savor Austin,Secret Circus, Modern Home Tour, and Outdoor Living Tour. So, this e-mail was sent to the wonderful couple after our initial meeting & consult.

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Hello Matt & Kara! Thanks so much for letting me see your amazing cozy home & giving me this opportunity to give you my input to design|style the new addition to your home. See the floor plan below for the foyer, living & home office area. All the other details for wall color, fabric, choices of furniture & accent furniture are below as well. Please keep in mind that the mood boards just gives you a feel for the whole design scheme. The items you choose can be different ones but if you like it, try to stay within the color scheme, scale [I’ll be sending you dimensions later as well for bigger pieces] and style of the items. I can probably source out most of the items for you whether vintage, antique or new. Some, I can even extend a percentage of the discounts. I am open to shopping with one or both of you as well if our schedule permits. I do believe, there’s nothing like making a home of things that you found, made or re-purposed yourselves.

{THE FOYER}
Notes: keeping the coat rack & bench separate will make the space feel larger and expose the wallpaper more, if you decide to look for vintage or flea market finds; these can be painted in the color shown, bins can be baskets or wire containers and we can always DIY the labels for them, I do have a source for a one-of-a-kind coat rack with cow tags on them like the one here.
{THE LIVING ROOM CENTER}
Notes: I actually like the white walls as it gives it a coastal cottage feel so the existing one will work. Artwork can be added later on top of the settee; I am envisioning black & white family pictures but somehow photoshopped with some yellow in it [like your daughter holding a yellow balloon] or using yellow frames.
{MORE OF THE LIVING ROOM}
Notes: I am envisioning a vintage industrial media center with a “locker-style” feel, on the right side above it; we can suspend either lanterns or birdcages with hooks & pulleys, a chaise would be perfect so the view from the deck is not blocked when people are coming in from the door [chairs would work as well but the chaise because it doesn’t have any arms will make the space feel larger], a pair of sconce on each side of the doors to the deck, a plain but more of a shag feel rug will be better than patterned ones in this space & in keeping up with the theme.
Notes: [1] trays for ottoman [2] vintage stools can be placed on the right side of the floor lamp [3] one of your club chairs [4] ottoman, my rule is no three tufted seating|table in a room, the settee & ottoman can be tufted but the settee, ottoman & chaise can’t be all tufted [5] round low ottoman [6] throw for club chair
{THE HOME OFFICE}
Notes: I think the color of the desk is already perfect so I’m thinking of just stenciling the top & numbering the drawers; it can be a quote, a favorite word, etc, the fabric is for an upholstered cornice for the window, ledges on left side & a chalkboard for right side. I put 3 chair options [I’m partial to #2] but this is where a vintage chair will work as well.
{THE BEDROOM}
Notes: The walls would be so awesome in charcoal gray [like the one here], the headboard can be custom-made with the fabric chosen, night stands should always be functional, an area rug may be optional, a patterned coverlet can be placed at the foot of the bed, an extra stool|small chair is always good for purses, books,etc, lighting should be small, unobtrusive but still bold.
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We’re slowly rolling out these ideas in their new space so stay tuned!


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Scene at Our Loo

Just a little post today folks. When you think of that little space in your home called your loo aka the bathroom or restroom. Do you keep it sterile and think of it as just a place to do your “business?” Or do you actually adorn it and think of it as a room to escape the mundane world of the living room? Our little loo is not a posh area with a bidet to boot but I didn’t even realize how I put so many of my favorite things here. Case in point, favorite pattern in favorite color as the wallpaper, lime green candle birds, apothecary bottles + pink flowers, branch jewelry holder + necklaces | bracelets, favorite picture and cashmere.

Oh, and to answer your question {well, even if you didn’t ask but have always been curious}, wallpaper is totally a DO in the bathroom!


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If There’s a Factory for Design Style

If there’s a factory for design style for our homes… it would only produce products that are innovative and fun; it would open it’s doors to wannabe designers {like you & me?}; it would have a sense of community and the community includes us! Wait a minute…this is what the Style Factory is all about!
I was busy doing my daily tasks of facebooking and tweeting {hard tasks might I say!} when I came across this site about a month ago. And I thought I was a genius for developing the cupkie idea {get it? it’s a cookie cupcake…somebody mass produce this please!} but the idea behind the Style Factory is totally ingenious! If you’re a designer, you can submit your design, share & build the hype for it and voters {again like you & me} can vote for their favorite designs. If your design is picked, it has to garner enough pre-orders to be produced. So, you, yes, you & me have a voice. They have a range of products from furniture to accessories, outdoor items to dinnerware. The items above is just a small sampling of what they offer.
 
DESIGN + E-COMMERCE + COMMUNITY
I do love the concept! Shop here, vote for items here & my favorite, shop for design products that are <$100 here. And yes, they’re great people so you should “like” them here.


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