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!