There’s always something out there that will inspire us, whether it’s where we’re standing, what we’re watching, the people and colors around us and most importantly the great compositions created by the masters in design.   It’s almost a new year which means it’s time for new trends, new colors and new designers but before we move on from 2011 we need to look at the 10 best interior design books of the year.  If you’ve got champagne taste and you’re looking for fabulous inspiration and ideas,  these books are a MUST in your collection.  They also make great and easy gifts for those last minute shoppers who try to get it all done at the 11th hour.

Jeffrey Billhuber ‘Design Basics’

Thomas O’Brien ‘American Modern’

Charlotte Moss ‘Decorates’

Michael S. Smith ‘Elements of Style’

Kelly Wearstler ‘Hue’

Suzanne Kasler ‘Inspired Interiors’

Victoria Hagen ‘Interior Portraits’

Vincent Wolf ‘Lifting the Curtain on Design’

Bunny Williams ‘Point of View’

Darryl Carter ‘The New Traditional’

What a great year in design!  I look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring

Are you still searching for that last minute gift but the thought of spending more money is killing you?  Well, say no more – your perfect gift idea is here!  One Kings Lane has teamed up with Paperless Post and has designed these “Thoughtful Gestures” e-cards to give to friends and family to let them know you care.  It’s thoughtful, easy and FREE!  Give the gift of love this season by clicking here and selecting your favorite thoughtful gesture.

When I think of summer I think of weekends at the beach, swimming in the pool, ice cream sandwiches, flip flops, sea glass, outdoor dining, BBQ’s, gnats and floppy beach hats (to name a few).  All of which I was able to experience over the weekend which made my kick off to summer that much more enjoyable. 

One of my favorite finds this Memorial Day was FLEA which is one of the most adorable shops/cafes in Rowayton, CT set up in a chic two door garage just behind Sails restaurant on Rowayton Avenue.  This shop has it all — handmade seashell and seaglass frames and mirrors, summer tunics, refurbished furniture, dog beds, throw pillows, framed artwork, perfume, jewelry, woven baskets, bookends, candles and more.  And the best part?  While you’re shopping and looking for that perfect nick-nack or funky new side table you can sit down (or take it on the go) and enjoy a freshly baked cupcake or brownie.. or better yet a homemade ice cream sandwich!  All deliciously prepared by dough*girl baking company.

How amazing is this space?

Picture frames, flip flops and stools.  You name it, they’ve got it!

Custom made throw pillows and bookends – perfect to spice up your own home or give as a gift to someone special

Cheeky little signs that are good for a quick laugh

unique paintings and candles that will light up any home

custom made computer cases and mercury glass votives

Laura and Laura (the co-founders of FLEA) will be there all summer and then some..I highly recommend stopping in to have a look around and to taste some of the freshest and tastiest baked goods around.  You can visit FLEA on their Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” them) for information and updates until their official website is up! 

I was also able to take a spin on this custom made electric cruiser which is now on my list of “things I need (want)”  For more information on these special cruisers please contact Jimmy at or call him at 917.359.1230.  The website is coming soon!


Starboard Planks

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 18, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect cutting board or cheese tray for your next party (on land or at sea) look no further than Starboard Planks.  These beautifully handcrafted boards by Erik Christman are made out of mahogany and maple wood and are meant to last a lifetime.  The polished nickel boat cleats are the perfect alternative for handles and give these boards a stunning look.  Take a look at the website (link above) for more information but definitely keep these in mind for your next party, or better yet, give it as a gift to someone special.

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Fish scales are on my mind recently and i think it’s a combination of the weather and the fact that my friend told me she has to wear a mermaid style bridesmaid dress in an upcoming wedding.  Let’s be honest, not many people can pull this look off…J Lo might be able to but it’s just cruel to put your average figured bridesmaids in it.

Luckily, in design, you get to dress up your walls and floors and tabletops and it doesn’t matter what your figure looks like.  Here are some fish scale items for your home that will definitely make a splash.

Herend china

Coco fish scale lamps from H&H collection

Salt & Pepper shakers from That’s So Perfect

Lucite tray also from That’s So Perfect

LuLu Dk  Tulah bedding from Matouk

Bath tiles from Portland Cement Company

Wallpaper from Secondhand Rose

It’s the thought that counts!

Posted By Abby - New York | Dec 21, 2008 | 3 Comments | Category: Gifts

I’ve been super lazy this year about not only buying Holiday presents, but also putting any thought into them. I have one more (or maybe two or three) presents on my list, an extremely tight budget, and four days to find it! The gift is for an old and dear friend that just moved into a house with her boyfriend, whom Peter and I introduced (your welcome) so I thought it could be a Christmas/Housewarming present. They both read the blog (right?!) so I’ll list several and still surprise her! Oh, and they’re all under $20 (it’s the thought that counts!).

Pier One Imports:

Adds an unexpected burst of color and intrigue to any bookshelf.

Peaceful and pretty for a console table, a windowsill or even as a centerpiece and I could afford all three! Maybe two for her and one for me?!

Z Gallerie:

Rustic Glam. Looks expensive. Maybe I should reserve this one for the wedding gift?

A wise old bird that I think would be great on their deck (with a view of the Long Island Sound). It might even deter unwanted critters.

Let’s see, what would I write as her fortune? “You will owe an old friend for all of your happiness!”

Urban Outfitters:

Functional wall art.

Pop a little candle in here and it’s great for outside or in the bathroom.

Just for fun. I think it’s pretty.

Ok, I’m going to finish watching Love Actually for the one-hundredth time and hopefully wake up tomorrow motivated to shop!