Sunday, August 31, 2008

my dream house - lighting

I am totally nuts for If you are building or remodeling or just want to find one new fixture, you should make your way over to Circa's web site.

Personally, I think brass has gotten a bad name. The problem with brass is the cheap builders' grade shiny "brass" lights found in apartment units and tract houses. The antique brass one above is a great choice for gold-toned lovers out there who hate the shiny fixtures.

I am also completely in love with the glass fixture above also. The shape is tradish but the glass makes it modern.

And how amazing is the bead and tassel light? Quite grand! That's for the homeowner who likes a little flourish.

Friday, August 29, 2008

eBay today - Halloween decor

I'm on a roll! My last post got me thinking about seasonal decorations. And when I took a quick spin through eBay, I'm reminded of why I love the auction giant.

Don't you love the vintage lantern above? I have a few decorations that were my grandmother's that are very similar.

I also personally own one of the die cut skeletons for my front door. It reminds me of my childhood in the 70's!

Finally, I bought a stuffed snake at a yard sale for $10 years ago. I immediately knew what to do with it... Halloween! As it turns out, I had two boys who think it's a cool and creepy decoration. (On that note, I think I've posted about the taxidermy section of eBay. It's pretty freaky what's out there, but lots of it is perfect for Halloween. Imagine the skull above on a stack of coffee table books in your den!)

So with one look, you have kind of a classic cheerful Halloween thing going. With the other, I envision more of a Victorian/creepy look. Or mix the two. Either way, you have really unique seasonal decorations that your guests won't instantly recognize as all coming from Target.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

more fall decor

As I said in my previous post, I'm not generally a big fan of heavy-handed Halloween/fall decorations. I do put out some stuff (I have small children... what do you expect?) but I don't OD on pumpkins. I have some true vintage Halloween jack-o-lanterns that belonged to my grandmother, but the resin pumpkins you see peppering your local big box retailer don't find their way into my home.

These found at Vivre are a great alternative for others out there who feel the way I do. The set of 6 is $195 (ouch!), but I bet you could make your own. The description says that they are gourds that have been spray-painted white. What a great DIY experiment!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm back! And with cute napkins!

Thanks for the encouraging e- mails. I think I had been in a slump and needed a vacay. But I'm back now!

I love these lovely napkins from the Home, James! Collection. The top napkin might be a little beachy for fall, but I'm not one to use napkins with pumpkins on them anyway. It's great to go seasonal, but earth tones are just not really my thing, so for others like me, I say use what you love. If a table runner covered in fall leaves ain't your thing, so be it. The next two place mats would be a great option for me... white with orange band and white with black beads. (sans the coral napkins)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Goodbye... for now?

Well, as you can see, I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks. To those of you who have written, nothing is wrong. In fact, everything is great. I've just been enjoying the summer at the pool with my boys.

In fact, I'm heading to Florida tomorrow for a week and I'm sure I probably won't blog.

I'm considering signing off of the blog world, though, even once the summer is over. I'm not sure I'm creative enough to keep it going. Stay tuned. You'll see news soon either way.