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    May 12, 2009
    The Expensive Pie Safe

    I’ve been lookng at this pie safe from Plow and Hearth for a couple of weeks now. It’s beautiful. The detailing on the pewter is fabulous. I’m familiar enough with Plow and Hearth products to know it will be well made. But I just can’t get over the fact that it’s $699 plus $80 in extra shipping. This means over 800 bucks when all is said and done. I hate when I absolutely love something but feel like the price is just more than I’m willing to spend.

    What do you guys think? Am I a cheapskate or is this really more expensive than it should be?


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    May 11, 2009
    Art on the Cheap

    I’ve been debating what to do with all the empty wall space in my apartment. I have a lot of great art, but getting it framed is quite the financial burden. Which is why I love this idea posted on Design*Sponge.

    The clipboards are a cheap ($1.79 each at Staples), flexible way to display art, especially if you like to change your style often.

    I’ve also been contemplating this inexpensive bookshelf project from last month’s ReadyMade. I think a great collection of books can have as much visual impact as a painting or print.

    ReadyMade took simple “L” brackets from the hardware store and installed them upside down to form invisible shelving for their book collection. I believe the total cost was around $10. Now, if only my reading selections were so beautifully color coordinated.


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    May 8, 2009
    Summer Rose

    This wire rose stool is the perfect summer garden accent. It has a lacquered finish, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it out of the rain. And even though it’s from the Scandinavian Design Center, which sounds very expensive, it’s only $106. Well, before shipping.


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    May 7, 2009
    Fun and Games

    I am a terrible Tetris player. A good friend of mine spent 30 minutes trying to explain to me a very simple strategy for playing this game which I proceeded to use so poorly that he wondered if I had paid any attention at all. Regardless, I think I could handle these Tetris-inspired stacking shelves. Of course, knowing me, they’ll end up awkwardly stacked to the ceiling.


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    May 6, 2009
    Get Cooking

    I can’t vouch for the quality of the recipes, but this is by far the cutest collection of recipe books I have ever seen. And it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a cookbook dedicated to fruit.

    Unfortunately, this item is all out of stock over at Fred Flare.


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    May 6, 2009
    My Favorite Inspiration

    I look at a lot of different design blogs to find inspiration, and my very favorite inspiration house ever is this one, by Lara Rossignol. I loved it the first time I saw it on Saucy Dwellings on Livejournal, I loved it in the Domino Reader’s Choice Awards, and I still love it when I came across it again while reading sfgirlbybay.

    This home reminds us that the details are important when creating an overall look. Lara’s house is vintagey without being too kitschy, detailed without being overwhelming. It’s just the perfect mix, in my opinion.

    What are your favorite inspirations?


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    May 5, 2009
    Circus Treats

    These re-purposed porcelain designs from Studio Violet feature adorable decal designs with circus-inspired themes.

    The dishes are available for sale here. But you can also buy prints featuring the same designs at the Studio Violet shop.

    Via Creature Comforts.


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    May 4, 2009
    Domsai Desk Pets

    Each one of these anthropromorphic planters has an unique, hand-blown glass dome designed specifically for the plant contained within. Isn’t that amazing?

    The cute critters are the work of designer, Matteo Cibic.


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    May 1, 2009
    For the Birds

    There is something so appealing about birds living in a tiny camping trailer. Of course the birds in my city would probably demand a tiny McMansion, or at least a loft with downtown views.


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    April 30, 2009
    Soho Pavilion

    I can’t think of a single excuse to buy this amazing Soho Pavilion from Z Gallerie. I don’t think I even have enough yard to hold this. Which is unfortunate, because ever since I saw something similar in Domino a few years ago, I’ve been in love with the idea of a tented, backyard retreat.


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