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    April 11, 2011
    Baby Got Wrap

    Turn your hip gifts into hip-hop gifts with Rapping Paper. It’s exactly what it sounds like – paper featuring your favorite rap lyrics. I’m just surprised no one’s done it before.

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    : gifts, home, humor, Trends

    January 11, 2011
    Etsy Find: West Elm?

    West Elm is doing something amazingly smart and cool. Not only are they featuring items from their favorite Etsy sellers in their catalogs, they have partnered with Etsy to curate their own collection of Etsy favorites. You can see their picks here. This is a great way to make handmade a little more accessible for those who don’t have the time or inclination to sort through the oodles of things out there.

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    : accessories, Art, Decor, decorating, design, Etsy, furnishing, handmade, home

    December 10, 2009
    Mini Trend: Whales

    Lately, I’ve been seeing whales everywhere I look. It started on Etsy, but it’s now spreading to stores like Urban Outfitters, Jonathan Adler and Fred Flare.

    Whale Plaque from BROOKLYNrehab, $16

    Whale Pitcher, $95, and Whale Butter Dish, $68 from Jonathan Adler

    Whale Print from Enid, $38

    Whale Tail Hook, $10 at UrbanOutfitters

    Whale Cutting Board, $16 at UrbanOutfitters.

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    April 21, 2009
    MIO Eco-Friendly Gardening Stuff

    Target just came out with a line of MIO eco-friendly gardening gear designed to get your garden in shape while helping to protec the Earth. Makes sense to me.

    The coolest items include this 100% organic cotton hammock, $59; and this garden compost bin, $99.

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    : decorating, design, garden, green, home, patio, Target

    August 5, 2008
    Peacock Plates at Anthropologie

    PeacockPeacock plumage has been a source of fashion inspiration over the last year or so. Designers have picked up the bold, bejeweled color scheme for everything from red carpet dresses to wallpaper.

    Right now, Anthropologie has a more subtle take on this trend. Their peacock dinnerware features the elegance of the bird in black and white.

    Peacock dinnerware, $14-$20

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    : Anthropologie, decorating, design, dinnerware, home, peacock, trend

    May 8, 2008
    The Shining

    Silver500x655The Style Files has a great post about silver furnishings and accessories. The trend has been popping up all over the web over the last few months.

    Silvery coat hooks and tea pots make sense, but I’m surprised at how great the precious metallic looks on upholstered furniture.

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    : color, decorating, silver, Trends

    April 30, 2008
    The Spring Fling Plaza Rug Winner Is…

    It’s finally here, today’s the day we announce the lucky winner of this super fine giveaway from Plaza Rugs and Shak In Style!


    So without delay, we would like to congratulate Stephanie Webb on her big win! Yea Stephanie! We hope you love your rug (what’s not to love) and for those of you who are green with envy (and rug-less) be sure to check back with us for more exciting giveaways coming soon.

    And remember, you can still be a winner by taking advantage of Plaza Rugs offering for a 10% discount on a specially selected rugs just for Shakadoo readers. There is over 550 to choose from and free shipping to US Residents.

    Just enter the code Shak10 at checkout for a savings of an extra 10% on these specially selected rugs!
    With a 10% discount and Plaza Rugs’ everyday low prices and free
    shipping, that’s an awesome savings! But hurry- this discount is only
    available until May 31, 2008!

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    : area rug discount, area rug giveaway, area rug sale, carpet giveaway, carpet sale, free area rug, free carpet, free rug promotion, plaza rugs, rug discount, rug giveaway, rug sale, spring fling giveaway

    February 12, 2008
    Safari Pillows from Z Gallerie on Sale

    Gbed010718I’ve run hot and cold on these safari pillows from Z Gallerie. Their $75 price tag had me leaning towards cold.

    But, with the recent trend towards safari-themed accessories, and they fact that these pillows are marked down to $29 a piece, I’m warming up to them.

    FYI – Z Gallerie is having a pretty big sale online (up to 70% off). But they do NOT allow returns on sale items.

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    : accessories, Decor, decorating, design, Furnishings, home, pillows, safari, sale, Z Gallerie

    February 11, 2008
    Continuing Trend: Rustic Modern

    BlockstoolsDesigners are continuing to streamline the look of unfinished wood, making the usually log-cabiny-rustic material in to a modern-design muse.

    These sleek side tables are made from reclaimed, antique barn beams up to 200 years old. Without the bark, logs can really be quite chic.

    Rustic_dresserAnd this clean-lined walnut dresser features an iron base and accents that have a distinctly woodsy feel.

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    : Decor, decorating, design, furniture, home, rustic modern, Trends

    January 30, 2008
    Benjamin Moore Goes Green

    Benjamin_moore_aura_eggsh_gal2tBenjamin Moore has a new Green paint. And I don’t mean Kelly or Emerald.

    Their new Aura paint line has low levels of VOCs (airborne contaminants) and comes in 144 colors. It’s also self-priming. That means that, in most cases, you’ll only need one coat.

    Via D Home and Garden.

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    : Benjamin Moore, decorating, envorionment, green, paint