Monday, November 28, 2011

Animal Instinct!

We've been vegetarians almost 93% of our lives.  However, the pull of animal inspired/animal objects is just too difficult for us to resist.  Double standard;  probably.  Worth the label; absolutely!

This ram horn lamp by Barbara Cosgrove is not real animal but it's really amazing! 

The sheep skin stools by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard are one of a kind from his London container sale on One Kings Lane! 

Reupholstered horned footstool in a white leather with chrome nailhead accents!  This footstool is G3Q Designs.  For more reinvented furnishings visit our store.

Ugh, gorgeous birds hand carved from bone.  Vintage. Stunning.  
(Pair available at our Etsy Store.)

(Not Your Mother's) Cowhide!

Holy cow (I couldn't resist)! I am in awe of Kyle Bunting's line of products.  Rugs, upholstery, furniture, art, and wall coverings.  Among my favorites, the hide wall covering above, is made with cream colored hair-on-hide leather in a chevron pattern. This or any of the other custom wall coverings would surely make any space stylish and warm.

Oh my gosh, I adore everything about this room.  The crazy-amazing fabric on the chaise, Pearl River by Schumacher, the persimmon-colored Chinese Keyhole chairs, the tassels on the stools.  And, the use of the organic feeling cowhide rug under it all.  This room was designed by Molly Luetkemeyer of M.Design Interiors.  More to come from this talented woman!

These are a few rugs from Kyle Buntings line.  All of the rugs can be done in custom colors and patterns.

(note: only one chair is still available)

We adore these cowhide chairs & wanted to keep them for ourselves!  We picture one sitting in an ultra modern space or even giving an otherwise feminine room a masculine touch.  We've accented these with an awesome ancient Chinese Temple Bell Also available at our store!

Hoofed-feet get us every time!

Shagreen, Shagreen, Shagreen!!!

We are enchanted by (almost) all pieces covered in these exotic skins!  The simple lines on this Karl Springer snakeskin covered coffee table make it super versatile. 

This incredible vintage Pirite Shagreen Commode from Old Plank Road doesn't come cheap but wow, is it a fantastic piece of furniture.  It's a soft bluish green colored hide from a stingray and would certainly add a touch of class to any space.

If, like us, you love all things animal, you must visit our store!  We have a great selection of animal inspired and shaped goodies!  Happy Monday!

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart;do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all that you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, November 24, 2011

An Ode to Plumes

We are thankful for so many things.  We are thankful for our health, we are thankful for our family, and we are thankful for our friends.  We are thankful for people enjoying the treasures we have found on our hunts.  And, when we sat down to talk about what we could post in Thanksgiving, so many things came to mind.  Many serious, and many just a bit cheeky and silly.  So, as a compromise, we decided to do a Post in honor of our feathered friends.  Birds, thank you for nourishing us this Thanksgiving and thank you for your beautiful Plumes!

Talk about being thankful!  How thankful are we for the wonderful women who make these Bamileke African Feather Headdresses? 
We. Can't. Take. It.  
We know these have been shown quite a bit but we just love them.  We've been remodeling a living room fireplace (reno post coming soon) and we think we are set on putting up a burnt orange one smack-dab in the middle of it!

This mysterious looking floor lamp made of black goose quill feathers is by Pluma Cubric. We see this adding an edgy vibe to an otherwise traditional sitting space. The white hanging version on the other hand is so romantic! How sweet would this be in a little girl's room or even in her mom's dressing space! By special order through

Funky salad servers. These beauties add a touch of softness to an otherwise modern dinner affair! 
Lamina Gold plated and stainless steel from 

Feathers in Art!

Check out these images by London-based artist, Kate MccGuire.  She used bits of bones and pigeon feathers to create the subjects for these photos and installations.....

The sculptures are actually quite beautiful....

Feathers in Fashion!

Chanel (as usual) showed feathers in their Spring 2011, ready-to-wear show and then Kate Moss steps out in this feathered babydoll for Louis Vuitton Spring 2012!  

This adorable and fun minidress has a knot-front crinkle chiffon bodice and a layered feather skirt.  Style:  Plume by Ivy & Aster
Spring 2012 Bridal Fashion Week. Monique Lhuillier.  The skirt of the gown is made up of a mixture of frayed organza and feather embroidery.  The style is appropriately named Legend.  

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  We are truly thankful to all of you who shop our store and read this blog.  Have a wonderfully blessed meal this afternoon!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shelves, Etageres and What-Nots

My name is Laura Giuliani and I am addicted to home accessories.  I have so many wonderful, beautiful and interesting things and the only problem is, I have no where to put them.  Thus, I've been searching, and searching, and searching for the perfect etagere/display shelf for months now.  I haven't found the perfect one for my space, but I've certainly found some AMAZING pieces!  Here are a few that I've obsessed over from low-end to high...

This powder coated steel etagere comes in three different sizes and ten, that's right ten, different color options.  How awesome is that?  They range in price from $339-$509 at Room and Board

Kansai Bookcase is made from iron and mango wood!  
Cost $1,298

The Almidi etagere by Casamidy.  Wonderfully modern giving a nod to Moroccan architecture.  Wrought iron, made in Mexico.  It's available in custom paint colors (although I love the turquoise shown!). Measures 58"h x 33.5"w x 16" d  Cost, $1,400.

I love, love the John Reeves designed Aqueduct Bookcase from ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.  This has come closest to hitting the mark for me.  It's a black stained bookcase with brass interior lining and removable drawers and shelves.  Each unit is 29"w.x15"d.x86"h and costs $1795. The problem (for me) is that I would need three! (like the picture on the right)

Hand-carved fretwork of bleached teak, Kristin Buckingham's Laurent etagere may be used indoors and out.  94"h.x78"w.x22"d.  Now ready for the price?...$19,500!  Yikes!

As for me the search continues, I'll be sure to keep you "posted" on my discoveries! In the meantime, check out our shop for many unique and beautiful things for YOUR shelves!

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you.  1 Peter 5:6

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Desert Road Trip....

One of my favorite things in the world to do is travel.  I love seeing different places and meeting new people.  And let's face it, I love to see what I can find along the way! I was fortunate enough to be able to drive through the California and Arizona deserts recently and came across these gems during my journey! 
I hope you enjoy my desert finds!

Horse and Buddha/Lotus Batik paintings.  Fabric on wood.  
(No longer available)

Petite peacock compote.  Darling.

Awesome vintage low-ball glasses with grape motif.  
Enamel and gold.
(note: Glasses no longer available.)

Oh little brass planters, how we love you!  
Particularly planted with succulents!   
We have a family of these little guys in our shop if you are so inclined...Shop

One of my favorite pictures.... It looks like this little camel wants to walk right off the dash and into the desert!
(note: camel no longer available.)

Birds of a feather... Two amazing brass birds.  What a pair!

Beautiful, medium-sized, sage colored vase with 
gold and white enamel!  
Perfect for a vintage Christmas table setting.

I am already looking forward to my next road trip.  Palm Springs here I come...

Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, 
let it be an opportunity for joy. James 1:2