Check out this amazing cabinet hardware by New York based Darcy Miro. It brings to mind bark, barnacles, and metal left underwater for ages.
I came across these pillows on a recent visit to West Elm:
The studded flange is something I’ve never seen before, and I think I like it. Trim on pillows is often so fussy, I like that this is a little bit tough. Also, the pillows are 24″ square, and for that I say thank you West Elm. I’m so sick of skimpy little throw pillows. Go big or go home.
I’m back… Sorry I have been missing in action. I just looked at my last post and was shocked to realize that it was a full month ago. In my defense, I just moved into a new condo. Have you moved lately? It’s not fun, and it takes a lot more time than it should. I will write some posts about my new place, but not until it’s photo-worthy, which may be a few months yet.
It’s December now, which means I can post all the Christmas decor I want to! I’ll be back next week with more regular posts. Until then, I leave you with this image from photographer Bruno Suet, via Desire to Inspire. You know I love me some portraits – I’m loving the cardinal in the modern setting, flanked by the two red pendants.
My wife is a big fan of owls, and lately I’m noticing them everywhere. Here are some of my favorites:
This little burrowing owl pillow is from Areaware. I saw one of these owls (a real one, not a pillow) recently in Berkeley, and yes, they really are that cute. They’re not purple, though. I’ve posted about Roost products before, and they’re doing a lot of owl products right now:
So this post is a little late, but there’s still time to round up a few creepy home accessories…
Like this white ceramic owl from Z Galerie. I love owls, but I have to admit that barn owls (which this guy appears to be) freak me out just a little bit.
I love these claw candlesticks, from perennial favorite source Jayson Home & Garden. I would use these year round. Jayson also offers this luxe bronze skulls:
But my favorite is Donghia Bell’Insetto fabric. It’s not cheap, but it’s amazing:
Check out the black colorway:
I’d love to see this on a gilded Louis XV chair – creepy and beautiful!
Have you looked at Wisteria lately? I have to admit that I forget about them, but they actually have some interesting things. They also have some really bizarre things, like this series of drawings of soup tureens:
I’m not sure I understand what’s going on with these. Why soup tureens? Why now? I do like the silver frames with the black mats. They also have a whole series of these metal crowns:
This is from a series of pillows with World War II military insignia on them. Again, kind of weird, but interesting.
Since I started the week by talking about candles, I thought I’d mention a favorite candle company, Modern Alchemy.
They have very unusual – and slightly sinister – scents like Opium Den, Dia de los Muertos, and Speakeasy (my personal favorite), not to mention a line inspired by the seven deadly sins. They’re a little pricey (Urban Outfitters used to have a bargain version, does anyone know what happened to those?), but really unique and packaged in cool etched glass holders. I also just stumbled across this two-year-old post from Habitually Chic that let me know that the company’s founder, Douglas Little, was the creator of one of my favorite spreads from the late, great House & Garden – check it out, you’ve never seen taxidermy put to such good use.
I have to admit, I’m a little bit addicted to candles. Even if you’re just sitting at home watching TV, it’s amazing how much a couple of candles can enhance the atmosphere. I was poking around the Z Galerie website and came across a couple of interesting candle holders:
They’re made of selenite, and look like they would provide a nice warm glow. This last one is a little odd, but I kind of like it – it’s like something you’d find in a modern-day alchemist’s laboratory: