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April 23, 2008

Mod nursery decor

I just love these!

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There is nothing more offensive to me than Disney characters, Winnie the Pooh, and Precious Moments splashed amongst the walls in a baby's nursery. Ick!

I realize that it is a nursery -- a space dedicated to a wee one -- but do you really have to sacrifice all codes of good taste?

Check out all of the great, colorful, NON-OFFENSIVE painting from Modern Tots.


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April 21, 2008

Swarovski's Crystal Palace


1Designers step up and grab their bedazzlers to create a one-of a kind artwork in Milan, the Swarovski Palace. 

What's befitting of such a place?  Here's a glimpse...

A luxury Swarovski studded globe makes travel planning decadent...The artists describe their inspiration cryptically: "Maybe it's the sense of time and gravity that touches us, maybe it is the earth that keeps turning and turning.”

Studio Job has created a 175cm diameter spinning globe by applying 500,000 Swarovski crystals.


Bisazza, the famous tile manufacturer teamed up with Swarovski to create a mosaic wall designed by Marcel Wanders. The wall is encrusted with specially designed Swarovski crystal tiles.

This mosaic wall is the backdrop wall for a shower room which contains three Swarovski Shower Chandeliers.

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Going green, the textiles from QCollection are, according to the company,  "Better For You, Your Home and Our Planet."

QCollection residential fabrics are made from natural fibers, dyed with non-toxic & heavy metal-free dyes, do not contain any toxic chemicals, and are biodegradable - a compelling list of accomplishments that look great on fabric.

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Green Home Building


The green zeitgeist brought consumers around to eco-awareness, and manufacturers have seized the trend. But as products labeled "green" flood the Internet and home stores, consumers remain confused about which products, if any, actually have a positive environmental effect.

Figuring out the difference between "green" and clever marketing is getting more difficult, so organizations have sprung up to help us navigate these new and vast waters.

The Green Log Awards lets consumers vote on the best in eco-friendly products and building materials and is part of a site that explores everything green from water systems to flooring choices.

"The GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Awards™ program was created in response to the growing demand for green building solutions, products, and information. The goal of the awards is to locate and shine a spotlight on those companies and individuals who are enabling healthier homes and lifestyles."

Here's a link so you can research green products and vote for your favorites:

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April 18, 2008

The not so Real World

I used to LOVE MTV's Real World -- until I became too old to be cast on the show. That's when you know it's time to bid farewell.

However, when Chiasso announced that it was part of the Hollywood home's furnishings, I had to check it out (easy to do since MTV replays it about 100 times a day).

Oh my word! Anyone prone to seizures would go into a fit upon entering the not-so-humble abode. Too many colors, too much "stuff," too many designs fighting for attention.


I know the point of the house is to be modern, cool, hip and fun. But they entered over kill with the marquees and faux movie sets. Considering that the 7 strangers spend most of their time fighting hangovers, maybe a more subdued design would be preferable.

Don't take my word for it -- check it out here.


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April 17, 2008

Flowers, flowers everywhere

One of my favorite things about spring is the flowers. White, pink, blue, green -- I don't care! Just put them in a vase for a few days of admiration.

Now my problem... I have a hard time finding vases that I REALLY like. Sure, I have a pile of ornate crystal vases from wedding guests (who apparently had no clue of my design tastes). There are some cute and inexpensive vases at local stores. But I want a vase that wows -- especially since my brown-thumb typically causes limp stems.

In addition to form, I want some function! I don't want to be limited to just table vases and centerpieces. Thankfully, Kenneth Cobonpue's Crokkis vases are mixing things up this season.

Now your flowers can be admired from the floor, table, wall, even mid-air.

Pictured - Large table vase, Medium wall vase, standing floor vase.

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Purse Carrier

I can't tell you how many times I've wished for a device just like this...


Can’t stand the thought of throwing your best Louis Vuitton on the floor when you arrive at your favourite hotspot? Use the portable keychain-hook to keep it muss-free. This little steel man, dressed all in black, is always ready to hold your handbag when you’re in a café or restaurant.

$20 CAD at

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April 16, 2008


Tgrill_2 You know what time it is -- GRILLING TIME! And nothing can ruin a mod, sleek patio or backyard like a bulky, over-charged grill.

Think about it -- those of us who crave modern design and functionality will spend countless hours and dollars outfitting our backyards for summer. We will purchase the perfect outdoor dining tables and chairs. Linger over loungers. Search for the best in outdoor lighting. And don't get me started on tableware, planters, etc. So why shouldn't we put the same effort into our grill.

Whether we like it or not, the grill is a focal point during summer gatherings. It's where the men converge to have the all important "charcoal vs. propane" debate. It provides us with tasty warm-weather cuisine. And if it is unsightly, it is the bane of our summer existence.

This year, fear not! The T-Grill is here.

GrandHall's new vertical T-Grill embodies form and function with sleek lines and a Crossray technology that cooks faster, produces less smoke, and uses left and right infrared ceramic burners to decrease flare-ups.


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Mad Mod Pillow

1 Time to be switching out warm, textured, wintery pillows for lighter spring ad sumer looks. We love the ColorZ Pillow available at Madaspen Home

Embroidered design on linen pillow. Available in brown or red. Comes stuffed with a down-feather insert.

Dimension: 18” x18”

$80.00 each


April 15, 2008

Modern Mother's Day

Countdown to Mother's Day...

For the hostess with the mostess:


Is the lovely lady in your life a master party-planner? Help mom illuminate summer fêtes with Chiasso's Bola Floating Water Torches. At $58 each, these won't break the bank.


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