Snow Day Denver! DB field reporter, Mama Cardboard, took a few minutes out of her day to snap some photos of Denver's first true snow. The above is taken from her front door and the pretty pattern below is a garden arch.
Thanks for the pics, Mama C! Enjoy your hot cocoa and any time spent asleep near the heater fireplace. Most importantly though - good luck on your flight tomorrow! Egads.
I read about these coal water purifiers in a Martha Stewart Living magazine earlier this year. I'm curious how well they work. (Anyone ever try them?)
We have a couple Brita pitchers at home and I always hate having to throw out the big plastic filters. At the end of the coal's life cycle, you can crush it up and mix it into your plant soil. So even though you won't be saving any money on these compared to the Brita filters, you might feel a tiny bit better about one less thing going into a landfill.
For this reasons, I, Porcelain, declare this a Design Boner.
West Elm just called me up to say that they're offering FREE SHIPPING on their new line of Vintage Butterfly bedding. My first thought of, Yay - FREE SHIPPING!, was quickly replaced by, ...Ick - and on such an horrible product!
But...wait...I think I like it. I can't tell! I flit between thinking they're too cutesy to declaring them a risky but wonderful graphic success.
I read books and I write books (or a short story within a book, anyway), and Mama Cardboard never failed to cart us kids off to the library every single summer. Add that to my general love and admiration of trompe-l'oeil art.
Plus - and I'm talkin' to you, Porcelain! - some of the coolest people I know work in libraries.
Funktionide Part II, designed by Stefan Ulrich, is essentially a body pillow...that breathes. Made of electroactive polymers or "artificial muscles," the purpose of this snuggle form is to help one through the lonelies.
What? No big comfy slug for you? Com'ere, lemme give you a hug...
* Thanks goes to Towleroad for the tip off AND for calling it a "schmoo."
You know how when you change one thing in a room, it makes you want to hurry up and change it all? Well, Alison Rose & Mr. Sketch just painted their run-of-the-mill bureau white and now they're anxious to give it a purty backdrop.
The Newly Painted Bureau
They've been sleeping with the real estate-friendly beige walls since they bought their house a few years ago. Now, they're hoping to go for something rich, deep, and moody-chic.
Bedroom at Present
They first mentioned something about a deep red but, having lived with a purplish-red hallway for awhile, I warned them about it feeling too goth...especially in a boudoir...especially in this age of True Blood.
They like this jewel-toned blue very much because it provides a big WOW! factor against the white but still works with wood (floors and trim). It's almost perfect, they state, but they started thinking, "Maybe a little more grey...."
And I agree. Their bedroom is coming off a rather dark and narrow hallway so neutralizing it a tad is probably a good idea. But I do think, with two big windows, the bedroom can handle a shade that's fairly dark. So I checked out the Virtual Fan Deck at Benjamin Moore and found...
...Bella Blue! It's a little greyer, a little lighter, it's beautiful, AND it's got some significance to Alison Rose, as it shares a name with the manufacturer of their screen-printed t-shirts. Voila!
Palette Mash; Walls, Wood, White, & Bed
But this is only my opinion. What do you all think?!
Team db has their mind elsewhere today on bigger, scarier thoughts. We're worried about a friend. What we need is a hug and a cuddle with a big, soft pillow.
I was killing some time last night before a haircut and popped into CB2. I fondled a few pillows and was surprised at how soft this herringbone pillow was. Plus it has that menswear-chic vibe going on.
For these reasons, I, Porcelain, declare this a Design Boner.
Inspired by these photos to have white floors in your home?! I recently noticed that IKEA offers a couple of flooring options in the very Scandinavian-chic shade of white. For an ultra-sleek look go with the Markland. For a slightly more rustic vibe, choose the aptly named Tundra.
I am in love with these silvery starbursts that whisper quite loudly of mid-century memories. I did a little digging and found out that it's a fabric called "Golden Sunburst" by Jim Thompson. The silk stars are a direct nod to the design eye of sculptor/icon Tony Duquette.
The design appears to be purchasable by TRADE ONLY but is rumored to be available in six different colors (see one above) and for the frugal cost of over $200/yard.
Say what?! I know - $200 for pillow fabric is craZy! At least it's more attractive than Conan's other backdrop...
Since it's Banned Books Week, it's fitting that we post a new Open Book. It's not that this children's tale is controversial or taboo, it's just a good excuse to finally post this.
I grew up with Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse! written by George Mendoza. Published in 1981, this book chronicles the work of Henrietta, a FEMALE mouse architect and designer.
As a child, I remember finding something new each time I examined an animal abode. I loved peeking through a jagged slice of earth into the secret animal lives and I delighted in the working relationship between beasts (a mouse is helping a cat?!).
Looking back through the book now, I realize how each home fits the purpose of each animal. Not one home is sloppy or cluttered or excessive. Every modest room, each basic accessory has its reason for being there. Well, except for Pig...she's, by nature, decadent.
The drawings/paintings by Doris Susan Smith are enchanting and vibrant. Some of my favorites are Brown Trout (above) and Worm (below).
Yet one of the best parts of the book is - and I'm not ruining it for you - THE END. Henrietta is shown camping out, grilling mushrooms and hot dogs over an open fire, and the introspective text reads: "As for Henrietta, she cares only for the simple life! What about you?"
Henrietta Camps Out
To bring it full circle, there might be one reason this book might be banned...or at least re-drawn: check out the inside/back cover image of the furry and cig-smokin' contractor!
Surprisingly, finding your own Ms. Mouse might be tricky and/or expensive. The book is listed on Amazon but sold only through used book vendors, the low price of $124. As tempting as it is, I cannot possibly part with mine.