Today’s Track – Happiness, Goldfrapp

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With my mind on the very real possibility of being able to dig in the dirt soon – and actually enjoy fresh air without the protection of my down coat, I’m in a pretty darn good mood. Ergo, today’s perky ode to joy. Ah, spring, I’ve missed you. Welcome back. Happiness by Goldfrapp from the album Seventh Tree, 2008.

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Pillows for the Patio

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Another easy way to spruce up your outdoor space – fling a fun pillow (or two) into the mix! My very favorite this year? Well, let’s just say I’m headed to Pottery Barn to get me some Saratoga! (As always, click to shop!)

One Kings Lane - Orchid Ikat Dots, $39

One Kings Lane – Orchid Ikat Dots, $39

Design Within Reach - Octave Outdoor Pillow, $42.50 (sale)

Design Within Reach – Octave Outdoor Pillow, $42.50 (sale)

Fermob - Trefle Outdoor Cushion, $69

Fermob – Trefle Outdoor Cushion, $69

Serena & Lily - Sydney Outdoor Pillow Cover, $69

Serena & Lily – Sydney Outdoor Pillow Cover, $69

Sew Sample Shop - Geometric Outdoor Pillow, $45

Sew Sample Shop – Geometric Outdoor Pillow, $45

A Chair Salon - Robert Allen for Beacon Hill Sunbrella Print, $90

A Chair Salon – Robert Allen for Beacon Hill Sunbrella Print, $90

Crate & Barrel - Mosaic Shapes Outdoor Pillow, $39

Crate & Barrel – Mosaic Shapes Outdoor Pillow, $39

Crate & Barrel - Circles Outdoor Pillow, $39

Crate & Barrel – Circles Outdoor Pillow, $39

Ones Kings Lane - Angles Outdoor Pillow, $89

Ones Kings Lane – Angles Outdoor Pillow, $89

Willa Skye Home - Scallop Outdoor Pillow, $24

Willa Skye Home – Scallop Outdoor Pillow, $24

Emory - Peaks Outdoor Cushion, $38

Emory – Peaks Outdoor Cushion, $38

The Gretest - Scandi Scallops, $54

The Gretest – Scandi Scallops, $54

The Gretest - Beads Outdoor Pillow, $54

The Gretest – Beads Outdoor Pillow, $54

Target - Set of 2 Outdoor Pillows, $16 (sale)

Target – Set of 2 Outdoor Pillows, $16 (sale)

Target - Lattice Outdoor Pillow, $15

Target – Lattice Outdoor Pillow, $15

Joss & Main - Brooke Outdoor Pillow, $54

Joss & Main – Brooke Outdoor Pillow, $54

Pottery Barn - Saratoga Outdoor Pillows, $49.50

Pottery Barn – Saratoga Outdoor Pillows, $49.50

Pottery Barn - Katrea Outdoor Pillow, $49.50

Pottery Barn – Katrea Outdoor Pillow, $49.50

Pottery Barn - Sarene Outdoor Pillow, $49.50

Pottery Barn – Sarene Outdoor Pillow, $49.50

Glorious Garden Stools

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It’s time. Now that spring’s (almost) here, outdoor living reins as the best way to savor the few, precious months of amazing weather. So I thought I’d share a few ideas on easy updates, starting with an assortment of wonderful garden stools that add a splash of color and style to outdoor spaces. (As always, click to shop!)

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123 Stores – Gold Facet Garden Stool, $125

Burke Decor - Gunmetal Garden Stool, $247

Burke Decor – Gunmetal Garden Stool, $247

Burke Decor - Studded Garden Stool, $264

Burke Decor – Studded Garden Stool, $264

Gilt - Hexagon Garden Stool, $109

Gilt – Hexagon Garden Stool, $109

Target - Melody Garden Stool, $88 (sale)

Target – Melody Garden Stool, $88 (sale)

One Kings Lane - Bronze Stacked Garden Stool, $359

One Kings Lane – Bronze Stacked Garden Stool, $359

Seven Colonial - Amber Garden Stool, $100 (sale)

Seven Colonial – Amber Garden Stool, $100 (sale)

West Elm - Remy Side Table, $119 (sale)

West Elm – Remy Side Table, $119 (sale)

Joss & Main - Bridget Garden Stool, $70

Joss & Main – Bridget Garden Stool, $70

Target - Liana Garden Stool, $90 (sale)

Target – Liana Garden Stool, $90 (sale)

World Market - Lili Metal Garden Stool, $59.99

World Market – Lili Metal Garden Stool, $59.99

Home Infatuation - 2-Color Garden Stool, $795

Home Infatuation – 2-Color Garden Stool, $795

Made Things - BEA Twisted Garden Stool

Made Things – BEA Twisted Garden Stool

Made Goods - COLE Garden Stool

Made Goods – COLE Garden Stool

Overstock - Eco Concrete Garden Stool, $135

Overstock – Eco Concrete Garden Stool, $135

Room and Board - Kubik Stool, $159

Room and Board – Kubik Stool, $159

Crate & Barrel - Carilo Garden Stool, $139

Crate & Barrel – Carilo Garden Stool, $139

 

 

 

Spring Summer 2016 Trend Directions from Indigo

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A look at overall directional trends for the Spring / Summer 2016 season from Indigo, producers of brilliant and creative textile and surface design trade shows.

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Today’s Track – Music, Leela James

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A soulful anthem reminding me how grateful I am to have music in my life – every note… Music by Leela James from the album A Change is Gunna Come, 2005.

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Asheville Ceramics

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Had an adventure in Ashville, NC last weekend – a place I’d describe as decidedly arty. A granola Mecca nestled beside the Blue Ridge mountain range. I loved exploring the local pottery scene, and even got a chance to participate by practicing throwing a few pots myself.   

                           

A Wash of Color

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Somehow, the advent of spring makes me crazy for watercolors. Something soft, washy and colorful. Loving this collection by Yao Cheng, a designer based in Columbus, OH.

Dots in Indigo Throw Pillow, $70

Dots in Indigo Throw Pillow, $70

Spring Floral Splash Throw Pillow, $70

Spring Floral Splash Throw Pillow, $70

Turquoise Splash Throw Pillow, $70

Turquoise Splash Throw Pillow, $70

Pink and Orange Herringbone Throw Pillow, $70

Pink and Orange Herringbone Throw Pillow, $70

Floral Melody Tea Towel, $35

Floral Melody Tea Towel, $32

Blue and Green Herringbone Tea Towel, $32

Blue and Green Herringbone Tea Towel, $32

Dots in Pink and Coral Tea Towel, $32

Dots in Pink and Coral Tea Towel, $32

Colorful Dots Falling Art Print, $28

Colorful Dots Falling Art Print, $28

Hexagon in Green and Blue Art Print, $28

Hexagon in Green and Blue Art Print, $28

Floral Movement in Orange Art Print, $28

Floral Movement in Orange Art Print, $28

Small Triangles in Multi Greeting Card, $3.50

Small Triangles in Multi Greeting Card, $3.50

Spring Flora in Turquoise, $3.50

Spring Flora in Turquoise, $3.50

Ovals in Magenta Greeting Card, $3.50

Ovals in Magenta Greeting Card, $3.50

 

One Sunday in New York – part 2

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As promised, here’s the second batch of NYC shopping pics. Happy Friday – wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!

   

                                 

Today’s Track – Latch, Disclosure

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Just something a little bouncy today to put some much needed pep in one’s step. Latch (featuring Sam Smith) by Disclosure from the album Settle, 2013.

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Egg-celent Egg Designs

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Plan to get crafty with a batch of eggs this weekend? Here’s a few artistic approaches to inspire your endeavors!

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Made in Manila

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Serious Studio

I’ll be heading to the Philippines in May, so I’ve been doing a bit of research on the local restaurant scene. Which is how I stumbled upon this brilliant bit of branding from Serious Studio, a Manila-based creative studio “dedicated to turning good ideas into great experiences”. Based on the exceptional design, I visited the web site (you might want to too – it’s awesome: The Girl & the Bull), and have determined it’s a must to check out while I’m in town!

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