Wednesday, April 23, 2014

oversized topiaries

This stretch of warm weather has me ready to get outside and do some gardening...and by gardening I mean planting a few things in pots!  Last year I attempted to do oversized topiaries and failed.  I was super excited as I purchased two gardenia "trees" only for them to last maybe 2 months.  Turns out gardenias are one of the most temperamental plants.  So not a match for my far from green thumb!  I do still love the look of topiaries...they look so estate like and are the finishing touch that can make an exterior look clean and pulled together.  I think I'm going to give them a try again this year...just not gardenias!  While shopping around I have noticed the key to finding the ones that look like you have had for several years is to go to local garden centers or nurseries.  With that also can come a hefty price tag!  Here are some inspiration photos I have found.

Another option is to use boxwood bushes with oversized planters?!

Monday, April 21, 2014

splurge vs steal sunday (on monday): hermes pillow

This was meant for yesterday, but we had a full and great Easter weekend.  Hope you did to!  Here is a splurge vs steal while I play catch up today!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

nate berkus for target: new for home, office, & beach!

A few weeks ago I pretty much did a happy dance when I came across the new Nate Berkus for Target office collection.  I picked up lots of gold favorite being the stapler (even though I rarely use a stapler!).  I since have been stalking in order to put together a post on this fab collection (stock photos are so much better!)  Super frustrating though as many of the pieces have never made it online..but you can check your stores or ebay (but be prepared to pay more).  Here is a photo I found on ebay of some of my favorites from the line up!  Can you believe all of this golden awesomeness!  It makes you want to redo your desk doesn't it?!  I picked up everything below except the dog tape dispenser and am really impressed with the quality...pretty heavy!


I did find a few of the items online.....

I also was super pumped this morning to see some new pieces that are being added to his home collection.  I haven't seen any of these in the store yet, but I'm going to make a trip today to see (and Easter basket shop...nothing like last minute!)  These are my favorites!  I can't get over the Moroccan pouf, at only $59.99 this is crazy town cheap compared to the real ones!

wire hurricanes (large & small) // moroccan pouf
metal frame // lamp (would look great with a white or cream shade too!)

Just when you think how will he top himself next time...beach towels!  I love fun!

Check out the rest of the new arrivals from Nate for Target here!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

wallpaper elite: porter teleo

Many of you are very familiar with (or have at least seen) the wallpaper in Kelly Wearstler's entry.  Well Porter Teleo is like the Maserati of wallpaper.  The line included hand printed, hand painted wallcoverings and fabrics.  Now I just need to move or have a brave enough client to use this!  Most of the patterns are large scale so they turn your entire wall into a piece of art.  Which in my opinion if you're going to fork over the money for custom wallpaper it needs to make a statement!

Because every piece is done by hand they require anyone who works on the paper or fabric to have a background in fine arts.

Some of my favorites.  When you are looking at the colorway swatches it is best to invision them more like and entire wall vs how you normally look at a wallpaper sample.

There is always the option to frame some panels instead of doing you're entire wall! 

Or use the print in fabric!

You can check out more of their patterns and colorways here!

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