Finds: Pearl River Goodies

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When I lived in New York, I was very poor and Pearl River was my go to store. I would get everything from Christmas gifts (the small blue bowls below are always a huge hit) to bamboo blinds and cereal bowls.

Today, I still check in on the store.You can find some great accessories, and even furniture. Let's see a few of my favorites right now, shall we?

 A Perch Bar or Counter Stool. $225.

 Which, by the way, is quite similar to the one from Anthropologie, though is $173 more at Anthro.

I honestly can't tell a difference, can you?

A Stripey Bowl for your Tabletop or Bathroom. $7.95. I use these bowls to contain everything from cotton balls to fruit to jewelry.
Ceramic Garden Stool (many colors and styles available). From $65.
Tortoise Tone Bamboo Bench. $60.

Finds: Chanel Constellation Scarf

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Etsy is such a treasure trove of fun and exciting finds. I recently stumbled across this gorgeous Chanel constellation scarf.

Which, of course, made me think of this picture of Thomas O'Brien's constellation print.

Plus my previous post on framed Hermes scarves.

 You see where I'm going, right? I think someone should make that happen. Maybe me?

Designer: Jeffrey Bilhuber

Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Bilhuber. I love his use of color and the way he creates a beautiful lived-in space that clearly reflects his client's style. As I was perusing Architectural Digest this morning, I came across a lovely home by him for Trey and Jenny Laird. Gorgeous.

I love the John Baldessari in the teenage boys room. The wallpaper is perfect too.

Shrub Wishlist

Friday, February 17, 2012

It's supposed to be at least 60 degrees today on February 17. It has me thinking spring, which isn't hard considering we had an almost nonexistent winter. I must not be alone because my local garden center is having a sale on trees and shrubs. That has me making a list of what I need for our yard revamp, and boy do we need a revamp.

My wishlist:

Winter Flame Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
It's important to think about how your garden looks throughout the year, and the Winter Flame Dogwood won't disappoint in the colder months. This is a showstopper in the winter when many of your shrubs are brown and leafless. The red and orange stems are dramatic, especially when set against snow or evergreens for us warm-winter folks. Plus they are great in flower arrangements. It needs full to part sun and is fairly drought resistant once it has established. The new growth has the most intense color so it should be pruned hard every year. It will grow 4-5 feet after it has been pruned hard.

Double Knockout Rose
This is a valentines gift to me. I sent my husband an email that read "I would like a double knockout rose bush for Valentines day." I'm so subtle. These roses are tough as nails. They are drought tolerant, pest resistant, and self cleaning. They are also prolific bloomers, producing blooms from spring through the fall. I plan to put mine behind the mailbox. They are also good for containers. They like full sun and grow to be 3-4 feet high and wide.

Endless Summer Hydrangea
We might be the only home in the south without a hydrangea bush. I plan to remedy that this year. Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine. They are gorgeous in the yard, beautiful in flower arrangements, and you can make them change colors. They like sun, but not too much, and they like moist soil, but not too much. It's a balancing act, but definitely manageable.

Steeds Upright Holly
Probably the least exciting of my selection, but a much needed plant to help improve the look of our foundation. A Steeds Upright Holly is something of a workhorse. It's easy to grow, has a moderate growth rate, and takes on a pleasing columnar shape topping out at 6-8 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. Perfect for screens or foundations.

Also on the docket in the coming weeks: put up a new fence, build my raised beds and plot my garden!

Influence by Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I'm a big fan of the Olsen twins. I love their style, especially Ashley's, and I admire their business acumen.

I ordered their fashion book, Influence. Word is it's a great book. I still hope I get the mailbox before my husband the day it arrives. I also hope I get Ashley on the cover, no offense MK.

Finds: Pots and Planters

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I recently bought a few plants at an estate sale - a great way to get big, old plants for a bargain. They were gorgeous, healthy plants, but they came in plastic pots. Yuck. I need to find planters to use for them. I like to use the traditional terra cotta, but it's planters can be a fun, inexpensive way to introduce some texture and whimsy to your home.

I love anything from Terrain. This tree trunk planter is perfect for adding a little quark to your home. It would look great in a sun room.

Ikea Fridfull Plant Pot. $4.99. I like the chunky weave.

 Amazing Bamboo baskets I swiped from Etsy. Gorgeous, aren't they? I plan to use a couple for pots, but they would be great for toys, towels, anything!

Ikea Jordnot Plant Pot: $4.99 (would be cute in my daughter's room, though I'd probably use it as a toy basket. Live plants + toddlers = mess)

Vintage 1940's Bunny planter. It would be adorable for Easter flowers. My little girl would love this!

Finds: Fancy Bed for Fuzz

Monday, February 13, 2012

Every pup needs a fancy bed. Our dog slept on an ugly hand-me-down bed for a few years until I finally broke down and got him a better looking option. There are a lot of cute options, but I settled on a bed from The Olive Crow.

Well, in true form, I couldn't settle on one, so I bought two. They are slipcovers so they can be changed out and easily cleaned.

You can stuff the slipcover with anything soft to make it a bed. I stuffed my pups with the foam from his old bed, but you could also use an old duvet, an egg crate, or plain foam.

Though he loves his new stylish ikat bed, this basketweave leather number from Mungo and Maude is on my pup's wish list.

Finds: Return Address Stamps

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A custom return address stamp has been on my wish list for way too long. It's funny that small items like this can sit on my list for ages, but I don't have a problem dropping a lot more cash for a shirt at H&M that I will wear a handful of times. I've wanted a salad spinner for at least three years. I've made myself wait three years for a $15 kitchen tool. Ridiculous.

I think I'm going to follow through on this wish list item. It's a gorgeous return address stamp by Trial by Cupcakes on Etsy. It comes with a lovely wood handle and can be made a couple of different styles.

I like that it isn't a self-inking stamp because you can change up the color. Say, do green or red for Christmas, an orange-y red for summer birthday invitations, a sweet blue or pink for birth announcements. You get my point, right?

I'll cross this one off. I swear that I won't let it sit in my cart never to be check out.

Finds: Vintage Girls Headboard

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

This vintage rattan/wicker headboard would be perfect for a little girl's room. The swirls and peacock shape make it extra special.

I would paint it bright pink, like Benjamin Moore's Peony.

Much like Eleanor's headboard from Making it Lovely.

Available from Rhapsody Attic on Etsy for $225.