01/ Planet lollipops!
02/ Wood Idol – limited edition, hand-painted, wooden toys.
03/ A (Drinking) Game of Thrones.
04/ Gorgeous bird paintings.
05/ The $9 cardboard bicycle.
06/ A cloud? Nope, 6,000 lightbulbs.
07/ Swing Table would definitely make a meeting or dinner more fun!
08/ iFamily stickers for us Apple geeks.
09/ Knitted Yoga Balls – yay or nay?
10/ Inflatable metal furniture.
For years now I’ve convinced myself that the one thing missing from my home is the perfect bar cart. One that would live within feet of the front door and be stocked with essentials that I could mix up on a whim for guests. Somehow there would always magically be a full ice bucket and a bevy of garnishes at the ready for when the moment struck. I’m determined to make this a reality – at least the owning a bar cart part – and have been doing some serious research!
Clockwise from top left: 70s Gold Trolley from Merchant Archive, Arko Bar Cart from Jeff Studio, Beckett Bar Cart from Williams-Sonoma, Cart by Bao-Nghi Droste Design, Cube Bar Cart from Roberta Schilling, Dessert Cart from Paris Hanjel, Libations Bar Cart from Crate&Barrel, Luxembourg Bar Cart from Horne, The Mrs. Lilien from Society Social
Ghost chairs? Amazing. Ghost stools? Maybe even better. I’m having a serious visual love affair with the red and rose, and I love that they’re available in three different heights.
01/ DIY natural home scents.
02/ Now you can display your Instagram photos at home!
03/ This British woman scuba dives in her submersible wheelchair. So cool.
04/ A Bill Murray paper doll!
05/ First there was the Heinekin Brick, now there’s the Heinekin Cube.
06/ DIY custom pet pillows that make me smile.
07/ These photographs of Herbert Sondheim for Hermès make me want to make my clothes!
08/ Loving this DIY metal flower brooch.
09/ Beautiful shadow art by Kumi Yamashita.
10/ A great update for ugly folding chairs.
01/ A beautifully designed transparent motorcycle gas tank.
02/ The Candy Wrapper Archive!
03/ A fun street jewelry installation.
04/ Dogs with Napoleon Complexes… dressed as Napoleon.
05/ A line of furniture held together with nothing more than rope!
06/ The Dipr may change your relationship with cookies and milk forever.
07/ Stunning long exposure photographs of fireworks.
08/ And these long exposures of moths in flight.
09/ Musical icons mosaic portraits made from their own CDs!
10/ Design nerd flashcards.
Two firsts happened last week – I visited Las Vegas and I attended market. Vegas was way more flat and brown than I was expecting, and the difference between the streets of the city and the extravagant interiors of the hotels and casinos amazed me. Market on the other hand was a lot of what I had anticipated, showroom after showroom of goods and very sore feet at the end of the day.
I have Traditional Home magazine to thank for both, they invited me to a blogging event taking place Monday and Tuesdsay. I flew in Sunday afternoon, and after a crazy long check-in line at Aria I settled in. I don’t even know the last time I had an afternoon with nothing on my schedule, so I took full advantage. A bubble bath, robe lounging, room service, and lots of Olympic watching made up a super relaxing day.
I also managed to do a little exploring, my favorite parts being all of the modern art and textures happening around the casino level. I’ve been in my share before, but never one so massive (16 restaurants!).
And oh my, these stainless steel bird chairs. I wanted to take them home and make them my own personal version of pink flamingos in the front yard!
Monday morning I headed over to World Market Center. I couldn’t help but notice that the architecture of the buildings was perfectly suited for what was waiting inside. In the plaza between the three buildings we were greeted with plenty of chic seating as well as coffee, fruit, and pastries. What a great start to what was sure to be a fun day!
At the Traditional Home Bloggers Salon I met up with the magazine’s team and the nine other bloggers participating. Left to Right: Quintessence, Kelly Market, Stylebeat, me, The Decorista, coco+kelley, Design Manifest, Vanguard Blog, Desire to Inspire, and Design Lovers Blog. All ladies with great taste and interiors blogs. So in a way I was the odd woman out, having an all-around design site. I loved hearing their opinions on things and seeing how our tastes differed.
Traditional Home put together a fantastic non-traditional treasure hunt for us to explore market. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with building after building, floor after floor, and room after room of STUFF. But they helped us narrow it down to retailers we were all sure to love.
One of the first directives was to visit Sherwin-Williams and choose a color we thought was going to be huge in 2013. I went with chartreuse, you can hold me to it!
A new-to-me company was Lexington Home Brands, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with some of their more modern pieces. The orange, leather-covered dresser on the right hit all of us right in the gut with love. Very Hermes-inspired!
Arteriors Home was my hands down favorite showroom, however. Especially their light fixtures, and especially especially Laura Kirar’s Caviar Collection.
I fell hard for these low-sitting swivel stools from Palecek. They aren’t made for the outdoors, but you can bet I’d be carrying them in and out of the house every chance. They just scream give me a patio and a drink!
Broyhill is such a classically known brand, I was very pleasantly surprised by some of their pieces that had more modern lines. This buffet and set of armchairs were some of my favorite pieces, not to mention the fat felt woven rug!
Four Hands was another my favorites, tons of great pieces and spot-on styling. Not to mention a bar in the back with a cute bartender and strong margaritas!
Monday night we ate at one of Aria’s many restaurants, Sirio Ristorante. Both the design and the food were extremely good.
I had to leave a day earlier than everyone else, but had such a great time. It was so nice to meet some of the brilliant people behind Traditional Home and to meet some new bloggers. Until next time, Vegas!
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Travel and accommodations provided by Traditional Home.
When I daydream about the perfect bar cart (which I actually maybe do), this is it. Chariot by GamFratesti has a look that’s destined to become iconic with it’s large-wheeled profile and sleek design. Bottles on top, glassware underneath! (via Plastolux)
01/ Beautiful brick biotopes.
02/ Always wanted concrete walls?
03/ A great idea to add some texture to your outdoor planters.
04/ Loving this Jenga-esque DIY stacked wood table!
05/ Dreaming of a large-scale straw blown trees project!
06/ Already downloaded these to keep track of my summer reading list.
07/ Kinetic Creatures made from cardboard! Support the project.
08/ Such a smart/fun/versatile backdrop idea.
09/ Crushing hard on Sweater Letters.
10/ Deconstructing the Houses is insane!