Monthly Archives: January 2008

Countdown To Valentine’s Day #4

Valentine’s Day. February 14. Fourteen days left. Here are three additional things to say…


I…(Antique copper eye pins available at Double Angel Design)


…LOVE…( Baker’s twine from Ornamentea )


…YOU. (Wood block ewe card from XylografiPress.)

StyleFile #23: Tepees

While on a recent road trip, I noticed a tepee (also spelled tipi and teepee) in someone’s backyard. It was big enough to be used as a guest house! Since then I’ve seen them popping up in magazines and mail order catalogs. If I had enough space in our yard, I’d love to have one to use for my away room- a place to get away from it all!


Here’s some history. Tepees were developed/created by the plains Indians as homes that could be easily dismantled and transported, since these Indians migrated with their food sources. Horses were used to drag the long poles with the covering hides rolled up on top.


The parents of these two boys constructed this tepee from long branches and a canvas cover. One similar is available at Nomadics Tipis Makers.


Living the rustic life in a tepee- doesn’t get any better than this! (via frolic)


Model Stella Tennant bought a tepee (look just beyond the garden) and had it set up for her children’s playhouse.


Self magazine made this tepee for a photo layout. It was made using birch logs and some great camp blankets.


Several companies offer small room-size tepees for children. This one comes from the English Win Green catalog.


The addition of a tepee continues the fun mix of furniture and collectibles in this girl’s bedroom.


A playroom is another place for a tepee. Available at Land of Nod.


This do-it-yourself tepee uses six bamboo poles- each about 6-1/2 ft long. You can get these at garden centers. Assemble the top with rope to form the basic tepee shape. For the cover, measure your poles and use this as the radius for marking the semicircle on the canvas fabric. Don’t forget to include a 1 inch hem. Detailed instructions are in the book, Laura Ashley Decorating Children’s Rooms.

(Photos- “Eight Little Indians”, Elle Decor, Vogue, Self, Living Etc., Country Living, Land of Nod)

Update 5/29/2010- Dave Ellis, creator of canvas tents and tepees, took up the task of designing one for Design Within Reach. And what a tepee! It’s got 16′ Montana pine poles, a tightly woven Army Duck canvas walls and a vinyl mesh floor.

Book- Japanese ‘Let’s Knit’

Not far from my home is a Japanese bookstore that I love to visit. No, I don’t speak or read a word of Japanese, I just enjoy the variety of design and craft magazines they have. Recently, I purchased a Japanese magazine called ‘Let’s Knit.’ I do knit, but this time I didn’t buy the magazine for the projects in it. I was captivated by the way the projects were styled and photographed. There was a quiet simplicity in them that I found appealing.








Anthropologie And Rousseau


While I worked at Nordstrom, we were constantly looking for inspiration to create our windows. We would pore through magazines, books, music videos and artwork. When I came across this layout (above) from Anthropologie, I couldn’t help but see Henri Rousseau‘s jungle paintings as part of their inspiration. For fun, I selected one of his paintings …


…entitled “The Dream”. You can almost feel the hot and humid air. While a woman rests, she seems unaware of the lions in the tall grass. A close up…


…allows you to see each blade of grass and the texture of the leaves. When…

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…I put the Anthropologie photograph next to the painting, it fits like two puzzle pieces.

StyleFile #22: Classic Curls From 1967

Here’s another selection of pictures from a vintage “Look” magazine. This one is from April 18, 1967. According to the article, the summer’s forecast is for “short, cool, and lots of curls.” The models’ heads are styled with curls either through the use of a wig or a great hair cut and permanent. But what makes the photographs amusing is the use of classic sculptured Greek heads that have curls, too!


Hair stylist Ara Gallant of Manhattan created this slip-on “cluster of curls” for Tovar-Tresses. Made of real hair this wig sold in 1967 for $225.


This head of curls was called the “beach wig” and was used over a wet head. It was created by Henri Bendel‘s hair wizard Paul Mitchell. The wig was light weight and could be rolled up and carried in a pocket. The model wears a classic white T-shirt by Florence Walsh.


Instead of a wig of curls, the master of the geometric cut, Vidal Sassoon, created this hair style. For a permanent, shampooing and drying the hair the cost then was- $38!

Countdown To Valentine’s Day #3

Valentine’s Day. February 14. Twenty days to go. Three more things to say…


I…( Eye chart tote bag from Melissa Vest.)


…LOVE…( Apple tree trained into heart shape designed by Ron Simple.)


…YOU. ( Ewe wool yarn at Wool Hand Craft.)

StyleFile #21: A Favorite Fashion Shoot

The following photographs are from a favorite fashion layout entitled “Secret Garden” in a back issue of British Red magazine. Enjoy!








(All photos- Philip Newton)

Countdown To Valentine’s Day #2

Valentine’s Day. February 14. Just twenty six days to go. Here are another three ways to say…


I…( Eye glasses, circa 1960 from wicked pen.)


…LOVE…(Heart shaped bowls at JMN Pottery.)


…YOU. (U letter pendant necklace by luv4sams.)

Wedding Inspiration Board: She Says, He Says!

Most brides will admit that wedding planning is the most stressful. You have family and friends giving their opinions whether you want it or not. But what if your fiance is the one who doesn’t see the wedding the way you do?!

For this wedding inspiration board I imagined just such a couple. The bride wants a modern wedding whereas the groom wants retro. The solution- compromise.

The wedding location I chose is the very modern Milwaukee Art Museum. The chairs for the service are retro-inspired. The bride’s dress matches the silhouette of the museum interior. The groom wears a suit with iconic love cuff links, a dapper hat and white shoes. At the reception, I envision lots of white linen-covered tables, and glass bowls with just one fern stem as center pieces. And it must have a great combination of both hip and traditional music!


First row: glass stemware, bride’s hair style, groom’s shoes

Second row: fitted two piece bridal gown, cuff links, fern

Third row: Milwaukee Art Museum, chairs (Design Within Reach) , lily, hat

More wedding inspiration boards at Snippet and Ink.

StyleFile #20: The Perfect Table

Don’t get me wrong, I love the looks of our dining room table. The only problem with it is that we are constantly bumping the legs with our feet. If I had to do it over, I would have gotten an Eero Saarinen table instead. This beautifully designed table was created in 1956 by the Finnish-born architect. He was innovative by using the then-new materials aluminum, plastic and fiberglass. His table features a round or oval top made of marble, wood, or laminate that’s supported by a cast aluminum base. The flared bottom makes it stable. Still in production, this table is now considered a modern classic.


The Eero Saarinen table is both sculptural and yet nondescript enough to make it perfect for modern as well as traditional interiors.


One of my favorite designers Tom Scheerer used two Saarinen tables- one by the side of the sofa (look carefully at the far left) and another as a coffee table.


When space is precious, this table does the job. Paired with the table is another classic- Bentwood chairs.


A modern kitchen is also a great place for a Saarenen table. Here a custom banquette follows the curve of the table.


Traditional styled chairs join the table in this kitchen. Note the fun zebra rug!


This is a winning combination- the warmth of the antique chairs with the Saarinen table.

(Photos-  Design Within Reach, House and Garden, Domino, Elle Decor)