paper and textiles and teepees, oh my!

i'm inspired by the happy colors of agatha ruiz de la prada's work. from her gorgeous website to her whimsical stationery and textiles, i am in love.

Fun Finds {Iacoli and McAllister}

frame lights, $145 - $225.
cake pedestals, $90 - $120.

dear bravo

you are always my go-to for marathons of delightfully trashy tv, but you really let me down when some of your other wah wah shows are on instead.
so let's skip these:

gimme more of this:
hurry up and bring back these:

and seriously just give this guy his own show already:
i appreciate your consideration and anxiously await your response.

honesty is the best policy

...so here are my honest thoughts on house beautiful's "250 gifts under $25" feature.

the good:
dear little lantern with your yummy blue hue and your intricate design, i am picking up what you are putting down. small blue lantern, $16, sitedesignnyc.com.
maybe it's just my paper goods obsession talking, but i think this would make a baller gift. personalized and pretty — what's not to love? monogram stamp, $25, charmingcards.com.
how happy would you be if these showed up at your doorstep? festive and yummy means outta the park. christmas light cookies, $23 for 8, flourpotcookies.com.
so what if i don't drink tea? i love elephants and you simply can't beat the price. elephant teapot, $13, worldmarket.com. (p.s. am i the only one who hadn't heard of this site before? it seems like a real gem.)
this super cute customizable alphabet print would have been perfect for yesterday's post. i love the happy colors — so fun for a playroom. penny people print, $18, fawnandforest.com.
pretty cocktail shaker in to-die-for colors and patterns. one of those things that you see and go, "why didn't i do this first?" cocktail shaker, $17, worldmarket.com (this place again! do i live under a rock?).

the bad:
a digital photo key chain. i feel this review can be summed up in three words: who uses keychains?
lilly pulitzer pens. like the world needed more over-priced pink and green banana leaves.
self-watering planters. when did humanity become so lazy that we can't water our own plants? these remind me of those god-awful things advertised on tv.

the ugly:
why, why, why would anyone want to give — or receive — gingerbread cookies with missing limbs? i know a couple ways to achieve this look without the help of terence conran's handicapped cookie cutters.
okay, so this blanket isn't actually ugly. at all. what is ugly is home goods' website or lack thereof. hello, home goods. welcome to 2009. here we use this crazy thing called the internet. we have e-commerce and web designers and everything. try it.
am i the only one who isn't lunging for this cookbook with a massive dead animal on the front? it's probably the vegetarian in me (or the part that likes to judge books by their covers) but there are some gorgeous cookbooks out there and this is not one of them.

deepa gurnani

new-to-me accessories designer deepa gurnani has some gorgeous new headbands ($28 - $84) over at shopbop.

custom christmas

why not add that extra special touch to your special someone's gift this year? so many stores now make it possible to customize your purchase whether it's with color, design, or your monogram — because wouldn't you rather wear your own initials than some designer's?

mirrored furniture

how glamorous is mirrored furniture in the bedroom? i'm loving the old hollywood vibe it lends to a space.
alexander wang via from the right bank
the purple chair, the mirrored lamp, the artwork, the mirrored side table, the fur blanket... the word that comes to mind is regal.
what little girl (or big girl!) wouldn't love to be spoiled with a mirrored vanity? the ultimate in femininity.

going all out with a mirrored canopy bed. too much for my taste, maybe, but you get the idea.

easy update, instant glamour. this is where i would start if i were introducing this look in my own home: the single mirrored side table. while mirrored furniture can be very expensive, i think i've found a few pieces that are low on cost and big on impact.


make me happy. could they make you happy too? hable construction horseshoes, $18, assorted fabrics.

perfect presents {urban outfitters}

fun finds for last minute gift exchanges:
atlas tapestry, $36, aqua
keep calm bandages, $8, assorted

cutie patootie

look for our little superstar, coach, in desire to inspire's next edition of pets on furniture! i thought he was too cute to move so naturally i had to take a picture, try my luck, and send it in — and i got a response right away from kim who was so sweet and absolutely loved him! thank you, kim, for making our day!

update: here he is!