Etsy Find of the Week – Mood Rocking Bed

While the name and the concept seem pure ’70s (if this bed’s a rockin’…),

the execution is most definitely not!   This is the Mood Rocking Bed by Shiner International, and it has style!

I just have to say, I don’t know whether it’s the pastoral setting, the pretty draping of the netting above, or simply that I need a nap, but that bed looks awfully tempting, don’t you think?

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This little jewel is already creating buzz, but, in case you haven’t seen the Plantini yet, be prepared to be charmed.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the Victorianesque.  But isn’t it exquisite?  Thanks to the collaboration of Glasgow architectural model makers Finch & Fouracre and the folks at Another Studio for Design in London, U.K., one needn’t have a grand estate in order to own a beautiful Victorian hothouse… in miniature, that is. Read the rest of this entry »

Trending – Farm Punk

Just catching on to the Steampunk trend in interior design?

"Steampunk Rooster" by Ursulav


Well watch out, because Steampunk’s little cousin Farm Punk is galloping up right behind it!

Fashioned from reclaimed barn wood and discarded bits of farm equipment, farm punk is earthy, rustic and very, very solid.  This is furniture that will be around for generations (provided those generations don’t mind moving some seriously heavy stuff around with them!).  Take a look at some of the great looking pieces I found (click on an image to see the source).

The Big O Console by The Steel Fork



Vice Versa Bench by UTD

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Etsy Find of the Week – Reclaimed Beam Shelves (and Crazy Animal Heads)

Sometimes simple is best.  This handsome set of curio shelves are made by Etsy seller TheSteelFork from reclaimed barn beams and recycled farm machinery.  Such a nice combination of rustic materials and modern style, don’t you think?  Very on trend.

Of course, if you want to be truly on trend these days, you HAVE to have a fake taxidermy deer head on your wall too, so how about one made entirely of recycled farm equipment?  Check out those wicked antlers!

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Adesso’s Reach Lamp – Review & Giveaway!

I love it when a company approaches me and says that, not only do they want me to write about their product, but they believe in it so much they want to send me one to review.

That’s what Adesso did recently with their new Reach LED desk lamp. And you know what? I’m glad they did, because this lamp is kinda sweet!

One of the first things I noticed about the Reach desk lamp when I took it out of the box was the weight. While not overly heavy, the lamp has a nice solid feel. There is nothing flimsy about it. Once I unwrapped it from its packaging material, and started to play with the positioning, I could feel the smooth movements of all the joints, and I got a little silly seeing how contorted I could make it. Hey, some people play with their food, I play with my lighting. What can I say.

Of course the most important feature in any desk lamp is the light quality itself, and here’s where the Reach really goes all out. Using a 7.2 W LED, covered by a magnifier shield, this lamp emits a really nice, wide beam of bright light. By rotating the shade arm, it’s possible to cast the light anywhere from the top of the desk, to the ceiling above, meaning this lamp can be used for task or ambient light. I love the flexibility that gives it – both literally and figuratively.

Adesso’s Chairman Lee Schaak (a.k.a. “The Lamp Dude”) says, “These lamps give people the brightness they need with the energy efficiency they want.” And efficient they are, using less than a third of the electricity needed for a comparable fluorescent fixture. Another benefit is that they’re cool to the touch, meaning they are much safer and more comfortable to be around, especially compared to those halogen task lamps you see everywhere.

All in all, I’m really impressed with the quality, style, and usability of this lamp.  Can’t wait to see what LED lighting Adesso comes up with next.  They are certainly off to a great start!


So I’m really pleased to say, that thanks to the folks at Adesso, not only am I writing to tell you about this great lamp but I actually have one to give away (in the steel color above) to a lucky reader in the U.S.! All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me where you plan to use it. Would it be for the workplace, your home office, for a reading lamp, or some other kind of task? You can post your comment anytime before midnight Saturday, April 9th, for a chance to enter.  Randomly chosen winner to be announced next Monday.  Good luck everyone!

Drifting Into the Light – Bleu Nature

I’ll admit it.  Although I love the look of driftwood on its own, most of the time it just comes across as a bit trite when it is used in sustainable design.

But Bleu Nature, a design studio located in Northern France, has found a way to turn the trite into the sublime with their Kiinau collection of lighting.

By contrasting driftwood they collect along the French shoreline, with chrome or frosted glass shades and a stainless steel base, Bleu Nature gives the driftwood a sophisticated modernity that I find quite compelling.

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“Free Flowing” Forms – Tord Boontje for Botanist

Don’t you think these would create the perfect holiday atmosphere?

Designed by Tord Boontje for Botanist, these lanterns from his Free Flowing series cast such amazing shadows.  The perfect backdrop for a winter time party and a champagne toast.

Even without the soft glowing light, their form remains evocative of tree branches in winter, or a golden field of wild grasses just after the first frost.

Of course, such lovely organic shapes are nothing new to Boontje, who has created many award winning, nature influenced designs from his studio in London.  This is no accidental marriage of naturalism and modernism, mind you.  To quote from his bio,…

“The Studio’s work draws from a belief that modernism does not mean minimalism, that contemporary does not forsake tradition, and that technology does not abandon people and senses. The Studio’s designs often temper edges with softness, take inspiration from nature, and employ a décor of forms and layers to engage and entice an observer’s imagination and emotions.”

I’m not sure I’m going to get emotional about this next piece, but it definitely engages my imagination…

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Where’s a Witch When You Need One? – Steeltree Fireplace

If Martha Stewart was a modernist, this fireplace would be front and center in her annual Halloween issue.

Although I have to wonder a bit at the idea of styling a fireplace to look like a woodland conflagration, I gotta admit, Steeltree, by talented Italian designer Paolo Grasselli, is very cool.  Or maybe I should say “hot”?  Either way, it does appeal in a wicked witch sort of way, don’t you think? Read the rest of this entry »

Fun Flat Pack Shelf Design – Piegato One

I love these colorful, foldable, flat pack steel shelves!

Designed by Matthias Ries, the Piegato One is made of a single sheet of steel, which arrives cut, perforated and ready to fold into a sturdy little shelf.

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Not To Wine, but…

Wine is a wonderful thing.  I should know, because my husband works in the business.  Yeah, it’s tough being married to somebody who has to bring home bottle after bottle of delicious wine to taste.  I know, I know.  Your heart bleeds for me.

Anyway, wine is a multi-billion dollar, global industry, and anything that big generates a LOT of waste.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite sustainable goods made from the remnants of the wine making process…

Elegant curves define this beautiful folding chair from Whit McLeod.  Made from used oak wine barrels – many of them decades old – this chair is surprisingly comfortable and very chic. Read the rest of this entry »