Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, March 4, so now’s the time to make your way to the Big Easy to catch the most popular parades before Fat Tuesday. And if you can’t make it down to New Orleans this year, then I can almost guarantee your city will have a sampling of Bourbon Street in celebration. Joyeux Mardi Gras!
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When I get my home to myself for an extended period of time — no kids, no husband — I tend to go on the sort of cleaning and organizing binge that a normal working mom would think was…well, excessive. Instead of lazily reading books, or going out to brunch with girlfriends, I revel in the chance to fix my apartment knowing that no one but me will mess it up.
I was telling Briana that I could see the surface of my desk for the first time in ages and that led us to searching for a filing cabinet for her that would inspire her to file her piles of papers. She’s been looking for just the right at-home desk storage for a while and she indulged my current organizing mania by letting me window shop for her.
Here’s what I found in the way of cute, modern filing cabinets to fit her bill. The only downside? Now I want new office organizers, too:
Browsing for these filing cabinets got me thinking there are loads of high-function everyday objects with less-than-high style. What everyday item or household necessities do you wish you could find prettier versions of?
It’s Palm Springs Modernism Week, so that means my Instagram feed is full of amazing midcentury modern houses perched atop desert landscapes. One of my favorites is the low-slung Edris House, designed in 1954 by architect E. Stewart Williams.
The rainbow-hued Saguaro Hotel aside, I love the classic midcentury Palm Springs look: stark, minimalist exteriors that blend seamlessly into the desert landscape. Even if you don’t live in a historic 1950s masterpiece, you can bring the desert minimalism inside. I love how designer Lori Dennis created this hotel-inspired master suite that features bright white walls, dark wood furniture and trim and blue and green accents. There’s even a bedside cactus!
We’ll, I’ve admitted my midcentury modern design obsession. Do you go for the minimalist look, too?
BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?
Photo: Jeff Romaniuk
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:
I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.
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BRIANA: You may remember macramé from such ‘70s accessories as owls or plant hangers, but according to recent trend lists, it’s coming back in a big way – particularly as wall art. Are you ready to embrace the macramé revival or are you SO knot not feeling it?
Photo: Ace Hotel Palm Springs lobby
KELLEY: ::busts out laughing::
DAVID HAYNES: I love it. (We have that sign and also a side door.)
JESSICA: I did a lot of thinking about this and I have been desperately wanting to buy a dreamcatcher. Does that count? We had a handmade one when I was growing up (perks living close to a bunch of Native American reservations) and I’d like to have/make one again.
Photo: KeepAustinDreaming on Etsy
Oh no…..Am I the hippie?!?!?
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BRIANA: It’s 2014, which means we’ve got a whole new class of trends to defend…or not. One look that stood out on House Beautiful’s 2014 design trends list was mixed metallics. Our own Brian Patrick Flynn played with different shades of gold in a recent office makeover. So, what do you think? Have you taken a shine to mixing silver and gold or do you think metals should stay solo?
MARIANNE: I am all for it. I don’t decorate with silver or chrome much but I love to mix warm metallics like gold, copper, and brass. I mean, get a load of this glamourkitchen from designer Jean Louis Deniot. Hubba hubba:
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BRIANA: I professed my tree & tree branch decor crush back in 2011 (still love you, Cole & Son Woods!), but even back then, I recognized that there was some trend fatigue. Fast forward to 2013. I just noticed an item in this month’s issue of People StyleWatch declaring that Tree Branch Decor was OUT. Their expert says people are going more modern and less rustic these days, but what do you think? Are you still a tree-hugger or do you wish this trend would make like a tree and leaf? (Sorry not sorry.)
DEANNE REVEL: I was just looking at my accessory tree that holds all my necklaces and headbands this morning and thinking, “Man, I need to get hip. This isn’t cool anymore.”
FARIMA: I was never really on the tree train. I say keep it to nurseries only.
MARIANNE: I prefer my trees petrified these days.
Photo: Charles Tilford/Flickr
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Last December, Briana posed the question: “Are colorful Christmas trees glorious or gaudy?” I voted “Glorious!” in 2012 and I’m sticking to my vote in 2013.
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