Archive for June, 2010

June 28, 2010

little bohemian weekend

I fell in love with a ton of dresses, tops and housewares, over the weekend, all from one little British website, The styling is so unique and so fitting for an indoors-on-a-hot-day, weekend bohemian mood. This first dress with the gigantic owl is my favorite… the detail up close is stunning!

Allende silk dress

Laney Sun Dress

Normandy Dress

Indigo Blouse

Riad Dress

June 25, 2010

how to hang a map, vintage style

Hanging a big map, vintage style

Remember when I couldn’t find a frame big enough for my new 50″ X 32″ wall map, but then I found these nifty solutions? Here’s how I created a vintage school-type look for my wall map. Much cheaper than buying an enormous frame, this project costs about $15, including the $10 map.

Step 1: Grab your map. You can find big beautiful maps at any bookstore. We found a Rand Mcnally “Classic Edition” map at Portland’s Powell Books that was designed with a tasteful, pale and aged-looking color palette. We also bought 2 more real vintage maps at San Francisco’s Green Apple Books. Here’s one of them below:

Step 1 - Grab map (vintage map from green apple books)

Step 2: Gather your supplies
2 pieces of lattice wood – I got 52″ pieces for my 50″ wide world map so I’d have an inch overhang on either side.
2 screw eyes – Make sure they’re very small so they don’t split your wood. I got 5/8″
Box of thumbtacks – Any drug store will have em
Butchers twine – Any drug or hardware store will have it
Things from home – Glue, tape measure, pen, hammer

step 2: gather your supplies

Step 2: Gather your supplies

Step 3: Glue the wood to the map. Lay the map out on the floor, face up, and place the lattice wood on top – one piece along the top border and one along the bottom. Make sure the wood hangover on each side is even then glue the wood down in place. Flip it over and paint more glue on the outside of the paper (especially on the edges) so it’s super secure.

Step 3: Glue down the lattice wood

Step 4: Hammer thumbtacks through back side of map along the flat rod.

Step 4: Hammer thumbtacks

(If the wood is thin like mine, don’t quite hammer all the way or the tips of the tacks may pierce through the front slightly. In this case, just leave a slight gap between the tack and the wood.)

Step 4b: Leave a slight gap

Step 5: Measure center of top frame then mark 2 even spaces on either side of the center mark. My center point was 26 inches and I marked 8 inches out from either side of that point.

Step 5: Measure center point

Step 6: Screw your screw eyes into the top of the lattice wood on each of your marks. Be careful not to split the thin wood with your screw. If you see a very slight split, you can place some wood glue over it and it should keep it from splitting further.

Step 6: Screw in screw eyes

Step 7: Thread your twine through each screw eye, make secure knots, and hang!

Step 7: Thread twine and hang

Step 8: Place cute dog next to it.

Step 8: Add dog

June 23, 2010

happy summer cotton shirts

I seem to be running out of inspiring, summery shirts and my closet is overrun by too many old tees! Jen from Jenfashion seems to know just what I want. She even describes her stripey tops as happy summer cotton shirts. Cute, comfy… perfect for a weekend romp about the city…

June 22, 2010

walnut coffee table? check!

Our new coffee table is finally finished! The raw walnut table top wood and the tapered walnut legs both came from my very generous carpenter friend, Eric Ervin, who creates beautiful high end furniture. You can see his stuff here. Now all I have to do is strip 2 couches of their white paint, recover all their cushions, build my wine crate bookshelves, find beautiful lamps and throw a cozy rug down. Simple, right? Well at least we have this table. Now we can eat dinner like proper couch potatoes.

June 19, 2010

stripes and bowtie necklaces

Saw this look a few days ago and thinking I definitely need to try it out… black and white striped top with a bowtie. I think the secret to pulling off this look, is to find the more feminine, yet slouchy and carefree bowtie-necklace!

black stripes and bowties

(my favorite) top left pic – from urbanprinted bowtie – urban, ruffled shirt girl with velvet bowtie – etsy bowtie – etsystriped top/dress – topshop

June 18, 2010

romper roundup – summer 2010

Today the NYC heat rolled in after 2 soothing, coolish weeks. I reckon now’s a good time to pull out the summer 2010 romper roundup… because adult onesies are a great answer for big heat-hating babies (like me). Enjoy!

shopping: pixiemarket,,, tucker, dolce vita, topshop

June 14, 2010

wine crate book shelves?

While I’m excited to deck out my new apartment with only things that I love, I have to carefully watch my spending (like a lot). Right now I’m in need of some book shelves. I’m thinking of asking some local wine stores if they have any extra (free) wine crates so I can perhaps try and create something close to this (if at all possible). I’m only worried I’ll muck the whole thing up and it will end up looking like I’m stuffing my books into trash… we’ll see…

When I found the first crate shelving image, I came across this awesome English store called Bailey’s Home and Garden. I really fell in love with all the different textiles…

June 13, 2010

what i missed: the fort greene saturday sale

I’m a little sad that I missed the Fort Greene Saturday sale involving my favorite designers but I suppose it’s good news for my wallet. Instead I enjoyed a hearty day of World Cuppage. Of course I had to watch the England vs. US game, although being that I’m a dual citizen of both countries, I found the whole team rooting thing a little confusing… therefore, the 1-1 tie suited me well. Enough football, here’s a homage to the designers I missed out on. Anyone go to Fort Greene and get any goodies?

Sunshine and Shadow:


Lena Corwin:

June 12, 2010

etsy find: patapri

Browsing around the bedding department on Etsy, I discovered the amazing Japanese designer, PataPri. She creates beautiful duvet sets, hand towels and aprons by printing unique and colorful designs onto special layers of soft Japanese cotton gauze. The effect is light and airy, cozy and beautiful!

June 11, 2010

POT OF GOLD – pendleton the buckle bag

What a beautiful bag this is… a true, shining pot of gold.

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