Last weekend, while en route to a concert, my husband and I stopped at the Apple Store in Memphis to check out the just-released iPad (totally awesome, by the way) and pick up some accessories, namely, new cases for our iPhones. Which for me is easier said than done, because for the past year-and-a-half that I’ve had this phone, I’ve yet to find a case that I actually like, let alone love. Therefore, my phone has been naked, until we discovered some really cool cases by Uncommon.
My love of Jonathan Adler is hardly a well-kept secret, so it should come as no surprise that I’m absolutely head-over-heels for his new stationery line. Released a couple of weeks ago, the collection includes cards, journals, sticky notes, file folders (!), pens and more, and everything is priced for stocking up. And with such a variety of colors and patterns, these paper goods will make you happy to take notes or write a little letter.
The last time I went to St. Louis, I was maybe 5 or 6, and I remember not getting to go up to the top of the Gateway Arch because I was either too little or my parents wouldn’t let me. They probably thought it would freak me out. They were probably right. This past weekend my husband and I were in St. Louis, and I still didn’t get to go up to the top of the thing. Only one of the two trams was in operation, and it was sold out both Friday and Saturday. But we did at least spend plenty of time hanging out beneath Eero Saarinen’s architectural wonder of shiny stainless steel.
Spring in Arkansas means lots of rain and generally crazy weather. so you’ll understand the disdain I felt last week when I opened up my umbrella one rainy evening last week only to discover that one of my sweet, precious doggies had made a chew toy out of a small portion of it. It being the super-cute Jonathan Adler “Words” umbrella (above) from the collection he did for Barnes & Noble. And while it’s still mostly functional, I have to replace it. Umbrellas are one of those fun little necessities that just begs for a bit of personality, right? Here are few cool ones I’ve found so far…
Kate Spade’s signature stripe umbrella with bright turquoise handle—could anything be more cheerful on a gloomy, rainy day?
It’s finally March, y’all, and you know what that means? Spring is just around the corner—March 20 to be exact (and I am so counting the days). In my backyard, there are some seriously determined daffodils making their way up through the frozen tundra, Backyard Bunny made his first appearance this weekend, and a few cardinals and blue jays have been brightening up the mostly still-bare trees.
At the same time in the design world, bird motifs have been popping up everywhere over the past few months. I’m not sure if it’s partially because of our current collective Twitter obsession, but this season, home decor—from furniture to accessories—has completely gone to the birds.
First up is Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic House Bird. Avid collectors of folk art objects, the creative couple had a similar bird that held a prominent spot in the center of their living room for more than half a century. While the original came from the Appalachian region of the U.S., Vitra has reproduced this prized piece, crafted from Alder wood with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs.
I’ve made no secret about my obsession with pillows, and I really love this one from CB2, both for its cool design, and its back story. This exclusive new pillow—called “Little Bird”—is the result of CB2’s partnership with Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center in San Francisco where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. “Little Bird” was created by Douglas Sheran, and features an abstract wash of greens over a black sketch on off-white cotton. The pillow includes the artist’s signature in the corner, and a percentage of the sale of each pillow will go directly to Creativity Explored.
At almost the moment it was introduced in 1994, the Herman Miller Aeron Chair became the “It” chair for the office. All the cool kids at the cool offices had them, and hotels began touting the Aeron’s presence in rooms as one of many luxury amenities. And for good reason: it really was luxurious. But not in a gilded object sort of luxurious, but a luxury for the body itself. Everything about the Aeron chair, from the way it conforms to different body shapes and evenly distributes weight, to its fully adjustable nature and PostureFit technology, made it the must-have office chair. It also looked totally cool.
Although I’m somewhere in between being a neat freak and a pack rat when it comes to my workspace, I loved Tammy’s post on the subject the other day. At work, when I’m buried under 10 different projects and suddenly I can’t find anything for all of the files and paperwork spread around me, I have to take some time, get everything in order and restart.
At home, my office is a literal dumping ground for everything, like the four bottles of nail polish I rounded up while cleaning off my desk today (seriously). But I have a system here too, from the rolling shelves packed with art supplies to the storage shelves with colored bins, and I know where everything is located. Also? There’s still plenty of floor space for the dog to stretch out while I’m in here, so everyone’s happy.
But one of my favorite organizing systems is the one I use for everything house related. When we bought our home in the summer of 2006, we knew there would lots of painting, fixing, buying and planning, and I wanted a place to keep everything organized amid the chaos that is first-time home buying. The system? A colorful, well-put-together binder set from Russell+Hazel.