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Vote for the Best Holiday Windows in KC!

13 Dec

Ok, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for you to vote for the Best Holiday Windows in Kansas City. If you’ve shopped around, I am sure you have been inspired by the following retailers. Vote now and let them know! The winner will be announced on December 21st.

Style Studio Best Holiday Window in KC 1Style Studio Best Holiday Window in KC 2

{images of Halls via What The Chic}

On the ___ Day of Christmas…

12 Dec

My true love gave to me – a 3-day/3-night stay at the luxurious Omphoy Hotel in Palm Beach including formula car racing instruction and training at the Skip Barber Racing School.  Travel packages with generous discounts are on sale now at Jetsetter.com.  And the packages include your own driving suit and helmet!  How cool is that?!

Though this probably isn’t in our Christmas budget this year (sorry, sweetie!) I’m keeping this in my back pocket for next year.  Here’s hoping!

{photos courtesy of Jetsetter.com}

Time In Your Hands

3 Nov

I ran across the sweetest 2011 calendar by Hong Kong based artist Furze Chan and had to share it with you. It has the sweetest little illustrations and is available on Litttle Paper Planes for $15. What a great stocking stuffer!

{images via Little Paper Planes}

Door Candy

1 Nov

Well, we blinked and now it is November.  Can you believe it?!  Happy November everyone!

So now that Halloween has come and gone and we have stuffed ourselves full of candy, it is time to change our door candy – time to remove the Halloween-inspired wreath or whatever door decor we have hanging and replace it with something that represents the bounty and beautiful colors of the season.  If you pull out the same tired old wreath you’ve hung in years past and find yourself longing for something fresh and new, we’ve got a little inspiration for you.  We are loving these wonderfully lush and colorful wreaths from Williams-Sonoma.

photo credits:  Williams-Sonoma

This And That

22 Oct

We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t leave you with a little something to inspire and get you through the weekend.  So, here goes.

1.)  Banyan Tree Samui, a luxury villa resort set into a hillside overlooking Lamai Bay in Thailand.  Check out this beauty and other equally-fabulous luxury resorts on sale at some amazing prices on Jetsetter.

2.)  I always make it a point to log on (and log on early) to browse the weekend Tastemaker Tag Sales on One King’s Lane for great buys on home decor items.  You’ll find antique/vintage/gently used, one-of-a-kind pieces hand-selected by leading interior designers at 70% off retail.  This weekend’s sales feature Suzanne Tucker and Hillary Thomas and start tomorrow at 10 a.m.  Ready, set…..

3.)  I’ve been turned on to this Russian artist, Yulia Brodskaya, who does some pretty amazingly beautiful things with paper.  You can see more of her work here.

4.)  Are you ready to turn that pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern?  For some inspired designs that will make even you glow, click here.

5.)  I was thrilled to see the Crate & Barrel holiday catalog in my mail today and I must say that it is absolutely stunning.  You can bet I’ll be dog-earing pages in this one.  If you haven’t received your copy yet, don’t fret.  You can view it on-line here.

6.)  We will be baking and decorating some cookies for Halloween this weekend with some friends.  I love these vampire cookies from Dean & Deluca.  Take a peek at some of the other Halloween goodies they have, but don’t blame me for the weight gain!We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Big And Little

19 Oct

The world’s largest and most expensive single-family home was recently completed.  Located in Mumbai, it is the home of one of the world’s wealthiest men, Mukesh Ambani, his wife and three children.  When plans for the home were unveiled two years ago, it was billed as the “greenest of all buildings” by partnering architecture firms Perkins+Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates.  The finished product is a far cry from original renderings leaving environmentalists, and many others, completely disgusted.  Despite where you fall on the spectrum, here are some interesting facts about the structure.

  • Cost = $1 billion
  • Square Feet (living space) = 398,000
  • Stories = 27
  • Housekeeping Staff = 600
  • Amenities = health club, gym, dance studio, pool, 50-seat theater, 3 heli-pads, and 160-car parking garage.

In stark contrast to that glut of steel and space, there is a movement toward living within a smaller footprint like Jay Shafer, founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and one of the founding members of the Small House Society.  He has lived in the “Epu”, an 89 square-foot plan he created, since 1997.

Since that time, Shafer has designed approximately 15 additional plans with the smallest at 65 square-feet and the largest at just under 900 square-feet.  You can buy a ready-made tiny home or purchase plans and build it yourself.

Want to see more tiny spaces?  Check out the entries in Apartment Therapy’s annual smallest, coolest home contest, or visit the Tiny House Blog.

credits:  Inhabitat, Tiny House Blog, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Crazy About Silhouettes

14 Oct

I picked up a Country Living magazine a month ago and saw this cute witch silhouette atop cupcakes.  See for yourself. Aren’t they adorable?

You’d think that this image would have gotten me excited about Halloween or motivated me to head to my favorite cupcakery for a sweet treat.  No, not this girl.  These cupcakes sparked a full-on obsession with silhouettes and now I am noticing them everywhere.  It’s hard to believe that this art form has been around since the late 1600’s.  Once strictly black-and-white profile images, you can now find them in an impressive variety of colors, patterns, and shapes.  Though I love traditional black-and-white framed silhouettes,  the pop of plaid you see below is a nice modern twist and gives it just a little something extra don’t you think?

I really like these, too, because they represent a departure from tradition.  They are just fresh and fun.

Of course, you don’t just find silhouettes framed and hung on a wall anymore.  Here you see them on everything from drapery panels to wallpaper to dishware to upholstery.  I’m not sure what I think about the pink drapery panels, but everything else I love.  Now, which room in my house can I wallpaper?

photo credits:  Country Living, Unscrabbled, Amy Butler Design, Growing Up Green, Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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