This week’s “What the…?” is not a toilet seat cover, although it would make a cool one on a tankless commode…until some late night/early morning when you forget to lift the seat. (Ouch!) Katie was the first to guess correctly that this is, in fact, a door knocker.
This Giraffe In Hand Knocker is one of many cool vintage-styled and bohemian chic finds at Anthropologie and a fun way to greet visitors to your home. I also like their woodpecker design.
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Lately cotton and wool dhurrie rugs have been everywhere. These traditional Indian floor coverings are made from flat-woven cotton or wool. They’ve been completely modernized, and today they are offered in a number of beautiful patterns and colorways.
Saturated Rhombus Rug, Anthropologie
Put Style Underfoot
Sometimes I long for the days of glamorous vanities with jewelry boxes organized just so.
Short of being able to turn the clock back to more luxurious times, we can at least attempt to organize our (faux) jewels more beautifully. Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken made this necklace holder from a thrift store frame and knobs from Anthropologie. Much prettier than my own push-pin-in-the-wall technique.
Black and white interiors never go out of style. This simple color palette can take a room from casual to classic, adding a touch of sophistication and luxury to any space.
Mary McDonald in Veranda
This living room by interior designer Mary McDonald infuses bits of gold and pink in this black and white space. The little pops of color spice up the room.
Ikat, a centuries-old dying and weaving technique, is experiencing a renaissance. It’s a great way to bring in global style and hot colors.
Elle Decor, Ellen Pompeo's Den
Here’s the answer to yesterday’s “What the…?”
The utensils have it. HeatherK even knew that she could buy this Utensil-Go-’Round Spinner from Anthropologie. What a great find for holiday entertaining, even better if it can hold that wine. (Red, white, blush and bubbly?)
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Finding a journal with writerly gravitas and a lovely cover is always a delight.
This embossed leather journal with tasseled closure from Anthropologie would be a pleasure to write in or simply display on a desk.
What writing tool inspires in you the creative cobbling of words?
Who can forget that gorgeous Paul Smith pillow resting on Big and Carrie’s sofa in Sex And The City 2?
That simple yet elegant cushion is a prime example of a watercolor print, one of my favorite new trends. Watercolor prints look like they’ve been painted on the fabric (some may actually have been) and add a sense of artistry to a space that I love.
Become an Impressionista
Maybe it’s because my own handwriting resembles that of my internist. Or maybe it’s because it’s been years since I’ve received a handwritten letter. Whatever the reason, I’m enchanted over and over again by decor that incorporates scripted text. The loops and curlicues speak of romance and lost traditions. The vintage sources suggest lengthy journeys by train and by boat. And perhaps most appealing, the collages of prose and poetry, postmarks and Lepidoptera look perfect whether in a study, bedroom, sitting room or porch.
DBL Collection by Vicente Wolf
We enjoyed spending time with Emily Henderson, host of the show Secrets From a Stylist, at our design bloggers luncheon in Manhattan last week. (You can read about the 40 bloggers, including Design Happens contributors like Emily, who joined us at our New York offices here.) Before winning HGTV Design Star, Emily enjoyed a busy career as a photo-shoot stylist for top lifestyle and design publications. Now she’s even busier.
Read on to learn more about which designer has influenced Emily the most and what she finds impossible to pass up at flea markets.