Did you all see the $300 room makeovers in The New York Times Style section this past Sunday? They lined up a number of top interior designers to re-do one room in the home of someone who recently lost their job. Each designer only had $300 to work with, and was asked not to use donated items or things they had leftover at their design studios if possible.
Framed silhouettes are one of my things... I love them. And if they are of something funny, like a billy goat or a nibbling squirrel, then all the better! These prints from Mon Petit Fantome are perfect, and I especially like that they come pre-framed and with the black ribbon attached so they are ready to hang.
Posted by Elizabeth at 3/17/2009
If you would, allow me introduce you to my new friend. We met this weekend and have been inseparable ever since! For now, let's call him Tom, after Tom Binns, the oh-so-fabulous jewelry designer currently favored by our first lady and other fashionistas. I was lucky enough to find this cuff (from the designer's Faux Real collection) over the weekend, and for a tremendous discount I assure you. It is seriously the prettiest, most exquisite thing ever! For magpies like myself, Binns' work is the ultimate in statement-making jewelry. If you have never perused his collections, do so here and and do it immediately!
This weekend also brought the realization that I completely overlooked Peacock Feathers' first anniversary! I can't believe it, but on March 3 we turned 1 year old! It has been such an amazing year. I started out having no idea what to post about or whether anyone beyond myself would be interested in what I had to share. But as the days went by I gained more confidence as well as a wonderful group of readers (many of whom have their own inspiring blogs) who are incredibly stylish and fun, and who always have something kind and encouraging to say. Starting Peacock Feathers is definitely one of the best things I've ever done, and I can't wait to see what comes in its second year! Thanks to all of you for reading, and I hope you stick along for the ride...
My sweetie and I are heading for warmer weather next week, just a little vacation to see family and friends before spring emerges in Philadelphia. I sure would like to pack some jaunty patterned outfits for my trip! Something in fresh variations of navy, yellow, coral and white, like those seen in the spring collection from Trina Turk...
Images via Trina Turk
I may not have a life-size, ostrich skin Kelly bag of my very own, but I can have as many of the paper versions as I want....
These "paper-doll" Kelly bags are not new to the Hermes site, but they have recently updated the designs and patterns. If you are feeling bored/crafty one afternoon, try cutting out and putting together your own classic handbag. It will look adorable sitting on your desk or dresser!
I could go for a bedroom like this, with cerulean blue headboard and golden-neutral vintage accents...
...and with girly-chic ikat draperies framing a doorway...
... that leads to a patio that looks like this...
Images via M. Design Interiors
Hope you all had a great weekend! As for me, I spent a good part of the time refurbishing that old brass chandelier I mentioned last week. You can see a little preview of the finished product above! In addition to painting it white, I performed a bit of DIY on the candle sleeves. While the replacement sleeves offered by this company are very cool indeed, I decided to save about $70 by making them myself. I'll share more photos in upcoming days once we decide where to hang the thing, and I also promise to include a little tutorial for covering your own candle sleeves!
Jennifer over at the fantastic Made By Girl was kind enough to feature a tour of my house yesterday. What a thrill! I am so flattered to be singled out by this super-talented lady whose blog and whose designs I am such a fan of. Thanks so much, Jennifer!
To check out the full tour, click here!
And while you're over there, don't forget to take a gander at Made By Girl's Etsy shop, chock full of her gorgeous prints. Right now I'm wanting one of the new butterfly prints... so sweet!
Image of Butterfly print via Made By Girl
This one is for the fellas...
I'm not in the habit of buying wine based upon the label design, but as I was shopping the other day my eye couldn't help but be drawn to the fun, pulp-comic labels on these bottles from Australia's Some Young Punks Winery. As soon as I saw "The Squid's Fist," a Sangiovese-Shiraz, I knew my guy Kevin would flip. And I was right, he totally did. Wouldn't this make a great gift for your favorite comic nut/amateur oenologist?!
The labels were designed by Israeli illustrator and comic book artist, Asaf Hanuka. (Interestingly, Hanuka also contributed art for the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Waltz with Bashir," which is currently making the art-house rounds.) Prints of some of his work ("Squid" included) can be purchased here... Another nice gift idea, don't you think?
The snow may have finally melted here in Philadelphia, but it's still miserably cold. These sunny images from Sunset Magazine have me longing for warm afternoons, outdoor dining, and cooking in a bright, funky kitchen! The boyfriend and I have been talking about putting a French door in our kitchen to let more sunlight in... after seeing the image above I am convinced it is a must!
Here are a few more pictures of the new coffee table. It has turned out to be a great choice for us. I love the glass top, and the bottom shelf is great for magazines and other storage. I also like that it doesn't look like everything you see in West Elm/Ikea/Crate & Barrel/etc. By the way, here is what it looked like before...
I spent about 30 minutes in the freezing cold coating the table in several coats of primer (1 can was enough), and then another can of bright white gloss acrylic. The one good thing about the cold and the wind was that it dried the paint really fast! It was finished and sitting in front of my sofa after about an hour. Another project checked off the list!
...this spectacular collection of Christopher Ross belts, belonging to the enviably stylish Judy Aldridge of Atlantis Home. I am now on the hunt for one of my own - the rabbit would be heaven!
p.s. Judy is the mom of Jane Aldridge, who writes another one of my new faves, Sea of Shoes. You can definitely see where Jane gets her fashion sense from!
Images via Atlantis Home
These glossy white and gold jars are pretty lust-worthy as well. I'd like a set for my living room bookshelves! Available locally (in Philadelphia that is) at the very stylish home boutique, Open House...
I've been wanting a chandelier for the longest time, just haven't really had a place for one. I think I've figured it out though! And this old brass and crystal number from Craigslist is going to be my guinea pig. Hopefully soon, after a thorough refurbishing (which will definitely involve these), it will be hanging grandly in my house. I'll keep you posted on this project... lots more pictures to come!
What drama! Purple and yellow is such a great color combination, and this room takes it to the next level with the addition of fuchsia accents, and, most importantly, a wall of dark and whimsical garden-themed wallpaper. I'll take all of it...
Oh how I love these gorgeous fashion illustrations by Tanya Ling! The ones pictured here (which depict looks from the Spring and Fall 08 collections) are available for purchase as signed, limited edition giclee prints at Fashion Illustration Gallery. The Lanvin illustration, second from the top, is definitely my favorite. Such a tempting splurge...
Images (all via Fashion Illustration Gallery) from top: Marc Jacobs RTW S/S 2008; Lanvin RTW F/W 2008; Jil Sander RTW F/W 2008; YSL RTW F/W 2008