Friday, July 30, 2010

Pong



So, we're in the market for a ping pong table, and I came across one on Style Me Pretty that I love -- it's yellow! I've never seen a yellow one before. I'll bet it's perfectly suited for a mean game of pong.

Hope you have a great weekend -- we should hit the beach at some point if we can get our act together!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Glam Diaper Duty



Who knew that diaper changing could be glamorous? Here's proof that, yes, it can! The delicious, white and metal console, sisal rug, textured wallpaper, and is that light fixture woven? -- it's stunning. Really, truly, I wish I could transport it all straight into my house.

[Image from the delicious-in-it's-entirety Lonny]

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Inspired By [Mad Men]



Do you love it as much as I do? We just watched the season 4 premiere last night, and it was so good. I just can't stop looking at everything -- the clothes, the jewelry, the decor, the cars, the office.

I gotta tell you, as much as I like the new office space, I do miss the office doors from Sterling Cooper. They make me want to paint every door in our house blue, and give each one a metal, perfectly spaced Futura name plate!



[IMAGE CREDITS: top row: Kate Murphy Photography via Snippet & Ink, Hotel San Jose via Trip Advisor, typewriter via the San Jose website; middle row: Ace Hotel NYC photographed by Kate Murphy, Jonathan Adler Mrs. Godfrey chair, Joe Papendick Birdfeeder; bottom row: Forage fabrics via Something's hiding in Here, vintage Citroen car ad -- in my files and I can't remember where I got it??]

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chance It



Check out this fun installation by Cheree Berry Paper for Kate Spade // The store's entryway is lined with envelopes containing cards printed with a spirited chance, as they say, such as "smile at a stranger" or "crash a party." I like interactive installations, and this one in particular because it has a fortune cookie-like fun to it. One of my favorite parts? The one envelope outside the grid labeled "extra risky." Ooh-la-la!



[See more pictures and read the full description Behind the Kate Spade Curtain]

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Have a Coke and a Smile



I grew up in Atlanta, where my aunt asked me one morning "if I wanted a Coke for breakfast."[remember the old commercial with the song "I want a Coke in the morning!"?]
It's also where my wool-suit-and-hose wearing grandmother would have a Coke in the bottle everyday for lunch. [which probably consisted of a Tomato or Pimento Cheese sandwich]
When we'd get sick, the first [and arguably the best] remedy was a Coke. [even still when I had morning sickness and was talking to my parents on the phone, the first thing my dad said was "you know, the best thing for that is a good ole Co-cola]
When New Coke came out, we boycotted the soft drink aisle. [really, what were they thinking?]
The World of Coke would come set up once a year in my school cafeteria, so we could taste Coke that was sold in China and Mexico.
And, when I went to camp in North Carolina, I couldn't figure out who had played the nasty trick of stealing the Coke machine and replacing it with a Pepsi one. And what the H is Cheerwine? [I actually came to like Cheerwine over the course of the 3 weeks- It's not like I was going to drink a Pepsi!]

I generally drink water, but on the occasion when I want something else, there's nothing quite as refreshing as an ice cold Coke [in a glass bottle, mind you], especially during the long, hot summer. How about you? Do you vote Coke or Pepsi?

[IMAGE CREDITS: top row: Olivia Graham diner, Simple Bloom Photography crate and building; middle row: Amy Atlas favor bags, Style Me Pretty bottle of Coke, Emeco Coke chair at DWR -- these chairs are made out of recycled Coke bottles!; bottom row: Style Me Pretty Coke crate, flowers unknown?, Style Me Pretty freezer]

Monday, July 19, 2010

Strollers // Buggies // Klapvogne

Alright, friends, I need your advice. I'm on the hunt for a lightweight stroller to use strolling around the streets of the world's happiest country. Below are the three that I'm considering:



[#1 [left] is the Cybex Onyx; #2 [center] is the Mutsy easyrider; #3 [right] is the Maclaren Triumph]

I'm going to be honest with you -- I'd buy that Mutsy in a second if I could find a white one anywhere in the US. All I can find is Navy or Red, which I know would make more sense, what with all the various goo and gunk that will surely land on it's surface, but that white is singing it's siren song to me and I can't help it. The Maclaren is tried and true, but it sure seems dinky next to the other two. Plus, the other two have gotten fantastic reviews online. They are all about the same price [around $150] and have similar features. The biggest thing for me [and the reason I'm not looking at less expensive models] is a reclining, comfortable seat for naps on the go.

If any of you have had any experience with one of them, or know of one I'm missing, please let me know!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pallet



Well, friends, what a week. Things get a little intense when Ben goes out of town; throw on top of that a sick kid and it's downright exhausting. He's back now, and I have every mind to round up all the blankets and pillows in our house and make a gigantic pallet on the floor, stay in there all weekend, and read magazines and eat Twizzlers [and if I had some of those adorable striped socks, I'd wear those on too!].

P.S. do all of you know what a "pallet" is? Someone told me once that that word "must be a Southern thing?"

[Image from the lovely Small Magazine]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Housework

Just so you know, this is exactly what I look like while I'm hanging around the house, you know, ironing, washing dishes, etc...







[Beautiful photography by Olivia Graham]

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Genius



[The Motherchildbag by Reisenthel]

Monday, July 12, 2010

Little Peeps in the Big World

I got my Monday morning started off right by clicking over to this site. A site showcasing "little handpainted people, left in London to fend for themselves" by Slinkachu, a UK based artist. Seriously, some of them were making me laugh out loud, like this one:







There's also a book if you can't get enough of these clever little scenes!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Inspired By [Summer]



Sleeping in [as in not having to get a child to school by 7:35 AM], cooking out, sleepovers, wearing bathing suits all day, tents and sleeping bags, smores [the boys even invented their own version called "barf your face off smores," which translates "stack as many candy bars and marshmallows you can and then eat as much as you can until you barf." Charming, no?]...there's a lot to be said for summertime. What's your favorite part?

[Image credits -- top row: clothesline Lonny Magazine; tent Poppytalk; Tweet by Willowbaus sailboat. middle row: The Parent Trap via Design Sponge; dinosaur jump house 100 Layer Cake; barn Style Me Pretty. bottom row: Ellen Silverman Smores; pick up Style Me Pretty]

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Office Space



I love seeing the space that other people work in. Design Sponge just posted their best of: Offices, and they've got some wonderful things going on. There should be a poster like the one in the image above hanging in every office across America. Work hard and be nice to people. Two simple things that make the world a better place.

One thing that always amazes me is when I see a desk that doesn't have a gazillion little scraps of paper all over it [like the one below, which is beautiful]. Where might the person who works here jot down all his or her random ideas? Or measurements they need to remember? Really, if you know and can pass the secret onto me, I [and my husband] will be grateful. Some of my best ideas have been written on a torn out magazine page corner or old grocery list. And then they end up in little piles. All over my desk.



[All images from Design Sponge -- check out many more office spaces here!]

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

For Little Heads


Honestly. I don't know what else to say about these charming hairpins from Smallable. And while you're there checking them out, you'll probably get sucked into the entire Lale collection. I'm just sayin'...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Inspired By [Stars + Stripes]



Bright color, clean lines, a little sparkle here and there -- what's not to like?

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

[Images clockwise from top left to center: Oh So Beautiful Paper striped straws; Wovenplay Striped swimsuit; Lissy Elle fort; Milk and Paper Petits Sachets; Elizabeth Anne Design origami stars; Style Me Pretty popcorn boxes; girlhula gummed stars; Sam Edelman Clive flats; Milk and Paper Petits Drapeaux]

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hyperactivitypography

This is for all you type lovers out there -- a witty, fun, cleverly illustrated activity book called Hyperactivitypography From A to Z. It includes activities such as What is Garamond Doing?, Typolympics, Miss Univers and Moustaccents to name a few...













And who wouldn't want to know the answer to the question Which Typeface are you?



What would be even more fun is if there were a forum to see other peoples answers. It's temporarily out of print [be sure to join the facebook page to be posted on when it is available!], but you can preview it here.
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