It’s hard to find attractive kiddy friendly coffee tables. Constraining your selection to those without sharp corners or glass tops reduces potential finds. Sure, round tempered glass is fine but you’ll hate those gooey little telltale fingerprints that reveal your secret aversion to cleaning way too often. An attractive alternative is a reclaimed wood top like the one above in a unique “lozenge” shape. Kids would have a hard time killing this time-worn look as it is pre-distressed. Furthermore the campaign style iron base is handy for steadying wobbly toddlers.
In the past, cottage and waterfront homes were often decorated with real “dead” small mouth bass sharks and even dolphins. I don’t know if it’s having grown up on “Flipper” re-runs, but I find that decor that was previously living is just gross…not to mention bad Feng Shui and lousy Karma. Furthermore, dusting or cleaning those things has got to be a nightmare.
I “said” I was looking for a bed for my infrequent out-of-town guest, but honestly I got it for the “room”. It’s an office which just looked too officious…all books, manuals, computers, cords and supplies. Despite my efforts to soften its edge with art, area rug and a couple of lamps it was just plain ugly.
Canadian upholstery maker, Statum Designs makes this cleanly styled comfy daybed that’s heaven to curl up on. I bought it in the neutral fabric because a) I move a lot and more importantly b) I would get to accessorize it with lots of new toss cushions from Glam.
I remember my first brush with an Orchid Grower, a pharmacist who had made a hobby of propagating orchids. She was as proud of these showy little plants as grandparents are of their precocious little charges. I was confused yet intrigued with her commitment to this gangly ” flower”.
In the 90’s the orchid gained popularity with contemporary decorators for its simplicity and height. My mom anthropomorphized hers as she became plant mother and professed to know exactly what made them happiest.
It is interesting that Wikipedia says the “name comes from the Ancient Greekὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning “testicle“, because of the shape of the twin tubers in some species”.
Rather than employing an orchid sitter I did what the natives do… I put my orchid in a basket in a tree when I left my tropical home last spring.
I hope he is still there when I get back and will be happy to see me.
I gotta say I am proud of my loft. It’s what my friends call “a good hang”. I think it looks put together but not in a contrived sort of way. Repetition of colour provides cohesiveness to the room and varying textures make it interesting.
In this vignette at Glam, Richard created a loft-like feeling. The tones of the 60’s styled Canadian made sofa marry well with the original oil painting and the vintage suitcase. The contrast of the clean tailored tufted sofa and simple suitcase showcase the warm brick wall backdrop and the russets and taupes in the oil painting. The chartreuse toss cushions add the surprise hit of colour.
No mom really wants things that aren’t a little frivolous or somewhat decadent. After all it’s Mother’s Day. It’s time to spoil her. Lay it on thick because during the rest of the year you might forget to show her how much you care. Here’s a good excuse to go above and beyond and keep your good standing on the baked goods recipient list.