… mirror your headboard?
The headboard is so often the focal point of any bedroom, so why not jazz it up in a big way? Here, a former vanity mirror doubles as a show-stopping headboard in a quirky, unique fashion.
Show me a women that has ample space for shoes and I’ll show you the Loch Ness Monster. Still, it’s every gal’s dream to have a perfectly organized closet with plenty of room for new additions – color-coordinated and labeled would be nice, too, yes?
Alas, we live in the reality of cramped storage spaces and tiny dwelling dimensions – and too much stuff to stash. Yet by re-purposing a few smart solutions, our reality might be a touch more inspired, yes? Here’s a trick:
Posted by Miriam | Filed under Musings
I’ve reached a moment in my life that if I am going to add anything material to it, it has to meet a rigorous set of qualifications. These include, but are not limited to, does it have purpose? How much space does it take up? Will it break easily? Do I really need it? Will my children ruin it in 15 minutes or less? Will my husband question it’s necessity ad-nausea until I no longer want it either?
Regardless of those first questions, the real test is if it is designed well for both form and function and is it fun? That’s why I was so excited to come across British designer, Rebecca Chiddy’s functionally-humorous collection of products available at her website, Product of Your Environment.
With an intent of injecting humor and surprise into everyday items, Rebecca has created a line of products for the home that are completely functional, but don’t take themselves too seriously. It is this playfulness while retaining respect for application that draws me into her work. Whether a pie plate with a pie graphic (above) or a tea set with cocktail hour intentions (below), each piece thoughtfully challenges our ideas of usefulness function and design.
I especially love the irony of the classic name necklace re-imagined with darker messages (below). Also available: Neurotic, Frisky, Available and more.
This playful jigsaw jigsaw puzzle is as beautifully crafted as it is tongue-in-cheek.
And who wouldn’t love a set of these frame-inspired pillow cases adorning their bed?
Lastly, as a mom of a kid who LOVES the beach and a wife to a man who hates clutter, I just loved this idea of a beach bucket turned planter. Add to it the über-hip city scape and I’m definitely going to make this a product of MY environment.
Rebecca sells a wide variety of items through her website, Product of Your Environment, and for us US customers, she has also licensed some items to Fred and Friends.
Images via Product of Your Environment
Gone are the days of pristine picture frames and permanent gallery walls. Instead, we’re welcoming a new, ever-so-effortless trend: masking tape frames.
Posted by Gina | Filed under Musings
Earlier this year, while visiting the Seattle FLOR store, I had the opportunity to meet Mark and Oren, Seattle residents who had recently taken the big renovation plunge by purchasing a mid-century modern ranch in the desert of California. Their plan sounded innocuous enough – maybe a facelift here and there, some new paint, a few new pieces of furniture, a FLOR rug – you get the idea. Well, it wasn’t long before they had a full blown, down to the studs renovation on their hands. And with that comes its share of headaches. You know, like when the gas leak is detected after the new fireplace is installed and the tile work finished. Or complications with contractors that leads to pulling out and reinstalling the kitchen cabinetry.
Well, in the end their perseverance shall be richly rewarded. They’ve created an amazing retreat; a place to escape to when you think you just can’t take one more rainy, grey day; a place to entertain family & friends; a place to enjoy a poolside margarita that is two-days in the making (I’ve got to get my hands on that recipe). It’s my understanding that the phone has been ringing and the calendar of guests is filling up! After this series of before / after shots, you’ll see why and like me, you’ll probably have a hankering to get on that list.
And this brings us back to the beginning of the story, remember — we were at the FLOR store in Seattle. Mark & Oren are working with Wynne whose theatrical charm and exuberance at work is rivaled only by her design eye and ability. I entered the story because I couldn’t help but notice the swatches they had brought along and recognized that we must share similar design sensibility. Here are a few shots from the process and of the finished rug. Thanks to Mark & Oren for letting me share in their renovation journey from afar — I’ll send you a few dates when I could come and visit!