Today’s Track – Sweet Potato, Sia

I suppose this song is about people pleasing. Which seems, as a concept, to have developed a bum rap. Like somehow you give up some part of your authenticity by wanting to better understand – and even meet – other people’s needs? I’m pretty sure there’s room for both being genuine and empathetic while doing things just for the sake of someone else… Sweet Potato by Sia from the album Colour the Small One, 2004.

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Spring Summer 2016 Trend Colors from Fashion Snoops

 

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A refreshing look at color trends for next spring from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the top color picks they’re forecasting in womenswear for the Spring/Summer 2016 season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

1_Periwinkle
Periwinkle

2_BlueHydrangea
Blue Hydrangea

3_LemonChiffon
Lemon Chiffon

4_Coral
Coral

5_Persimmon
Persimmon

6_HazyTaupe
Hazy Taupe

7_MoonstoneBlue
Moonstone Blue

8_Burgundy
Burgundy

9_Indigo
Indigo

10_DarkTeal
Dark Teal
 

Pastel Pots from Poland

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These lovely, handcrafted bowls, mugs and other unique stoneware products are created by designer Irmina Helak in her studio in Poland. She uses a variety of techniques that give her pieces a unique character and a wonderful combination of texture, color, form and pattern. (As always, click to shop!)

Porcelain Breakfast Set, $70
Porcelain Breakfast Set, $70
Stoneware Coffee Mug, $34
Stoneware Coffee Mug, $34
Textured Blue Coffee Mug, $32
Textured Blue Coffee Mug, $32
Stoneware Tea Mug, $32
Stoneware Tea Mug, $32
Stoneware Wide Vase, $48
Stoneware Wide Vase, $48
Porcelain Vase, $70
Porcelain Vase, $70
Espresso Cup Set of 2, $34
Espresso Cup Set of 2, $34
Stoneware Decorative Bowl, $65
Stoneware Decorative Bowl, $65
Kitchen Bowl, $45
Kitchen Bowl, $45

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Photoshop Time Machine

This one’s for the designers out there; a flash from the past. I remember 25 years ago, when the first version of Adobe Photoshop was released. Having only been trained in MacPaint (yes, really) and the art of paste up (you know, with rubber cement and an exacto), Photoshop was a daunting challenge to master. So much so, that I pretty much gave up, hopeful that the whole thing would just go away, and turned to creative management. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how the original compares to where we are today… Enjoy the weekend!

 

Today’s Track – It Girl, Pharrell Williams

I took today off work to do some serious spring cleaning. In the process, I seem to have created more chaos and messes than I had to start with. Which means I need to crank some tunes that are energizing enough to keep me moving, but chill enough to keep me from stressing out about the predicament I’ve gotten myself into. This one should do just fine. Now, back to the basement!! It Girl by Pharrell Williams from the album G I R L, 2014.

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Parading Around Town

Spent the day touring a few of the houses featured in Minneapolis’ Parade of Homes showcase last month. Definitely a mixed bag; some good, some bad, some downright ugly. Here’s a taste of some of the good stuff…

   

                                   

Today’s Track – Happiness, Goldfrapp

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

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

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

 

 

 

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