Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!

One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!

“Latte” Cowhide Rugs

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 25, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Decorating, Floors

{photo from House Beautiful}

I’m totally loving the neutral version of the cowhide rug ingeniously called a “latte” cow hide rug here.  It makes a great substitute for the ever popular zebra rug.

{Domino, May 2008; photo by William Abranowicz}

In Designer Stephen Shubel’s San Francisco apartment, the neutral cow hide adds texture but still keeps the room light and calm.

{photo from House Beautiful}

This photo as designed by Liz Woods for Southern Accents was love at first sight, I just want to transfer the whole design to our Guest Bedroom.  This particular rug is from Paige Albright Orientals.

Sally Wheat’s gorgeous bedroom was “scouted” by Joni (of Cote de Texas).  These rugs look awesome over sisal or seagrass carpet.

The above two photos are rooms designed by a Material Girls favorite, Jan Showers (you have to look closely to see the rug in the bottom photo).

So what are your thoughts?  Do you love these rugs as much as I do?

That’s why I’ve been missing…I just got back from vacation with my husband, his parents, and brother. We were all over the Caribbean, and I must say, my favorite spot was Trunk Bay in St. John (see above photo). It felt so “Swiss Family Robinson.”

(Bryce and I at dinner on our trip)

Whenever I shop the sales racks, discount stores, outlets, or even the “chain” design stores, I often have to ask myself, friends, or mother/mother-in-law, “is this classy or trashy?” I came to that predicament last night when I saw this zebra rug at Z Gallerie. I am often a victim of, “it’s $169!?! Yes, I’ll take it!” I have gotten burned many a times buying something simply because it was on sale or a great deal and ended up with something I don’t looooove only wanting to replace it with something better in a month. So, everyone, is this rug classy or trashy? Should I hold out for the stenciled cowhide? Or should I be proud that (even though I eat steak) no animals were harmed in making this rug? My justification is that it would be perfect for a future kids’ room, and even though I’ve loved zebra rugs since I was 13, I may get very tired of them as they have now officially saturated the market.

As seen on the Z Gallerie website….

As seen the “Dining Room” of our Apartment…

Zebra Cowhide Rugs

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 28, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Decorating, Floors

This is strictly a self serving post but, has anyone purchased a stenciled zebra rug? I would like to buy one but wasn’t sure about Ebay… the prices are good (buy-it-now in the $200’s) but I’m still a little squirmish about it…

Above two pictures are examples of the ones available on E-Bay.

This rug is available online through Neiman’s. Is it just the styling or does it look better? Worth the price tag?

A link on E-Bay led me here to this rug…border or no border?

I’ve also seen a few in Houston ranging from $400-600ish. I’d love any feedback/advice anyone has to offer!