Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sumatra Bed from Pottery Barn: Followup

Caroline, you are right! I was just looking through the Pottery Barn website and there are scarcely any plants. And frankly, the PB winter collections are kind of stiff. Plants must be a seasonal accessory, which is too bad, because wouldn't it make sense to have more plants indoors during the sparse fall and winter months? I think so. Above are PB images from last spring that I had tucked away in my "inspiration rooms" folder. They are more representative of the PB staging I love.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sumatra Bed from Pottery Barn

I hate to admit it, but I actually really like Pottery Barn. And I absolutely love this Sumatra bed frame. It is rustic yet graceful somehow. Personally, I feel high footboards are too restricting, so the footboard on this frame is perfect for me. I love the the wood grain and the color of the stain and the fact that the headboard doubles as a shelf. The bedding is OK, a little busy, but the frame is neutral (without being boring) so the loud print works. I've been eying this piece of furniture for quite a while now. I hope Pottery Barn doesn't discontinue it before I can save up!

Also, if you've ever looked at a PB catalog you know what I'm talking about, but kudos to the designers and creative directors. Every room is extremely inviting in fabulously accessorized. I especially like the abundance of plants in all the shots.

Monday, September 21, 2009

DIY Record Holder

My relentless record collector of a boyfriend recently found this neat DIY record holder concept online. This past weekend Josh, inspired by his love for vinyl, and myself, inspired by a solution for organizing Josh's vinyl, decided to try our hands at crafting. The photo above is our first attempt. But Josh has (too) many records so there will be several more versions of this project to come. You can view some of our how-to (and how not to) action shots HERE.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dog on Chair

Design to Inspire recently created a "pets on furniture" post. Coincidentally, this past Labor Day weekend I took a "dog on chair" picture (with my crappy old camera phone) while pet-sitting at my parents' house on Cape Cod. Go to Design to Inspire for more adorable pets on furniture.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Monster Kitchen Sink

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Look at this thing. It is massive! It must weigh a ton, at least. Sure, a six foot sink limits your counter space, but it is such a unique feature I think it's worth the sacrifice. Definitely a bold and specific design choice. I've never seen anything like it in a residential space. This cottage-style kitchen was designed by Thomas Conway. The image was posted on

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Community Bookcase

This find was posted on decor8 today. It is literally a bookcase left on the sidewalk where passers by can pick up and drop off books as they please - for FREE. This particular bookcase was found in Germany. I'm not sure how such a concept would fly in the States, but if I was to pick a spot in the Boston area for a community bookcase I think Union Square in Somerville would be an appropriate location. Also, I love the glass doors on this unit! Find out more about this community bookcase at decor8.