November 29, 2012

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November’s Fabric of the Month

Kravet's linen & cotton print fabric "Whimsical Floral" in the "Saffron" color.

The color palette in this month’s pattern epitomizes a trend with major staying power.  Grey with yellow, which first appeared everywhere several years ago, is a duo that’s still going strong today. Part of the reason may be due to the evolving shades used with this color combination.  Here, the palette is warmed up and […]

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November 20, 2012

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Keeping Germs at Bay During Holiday Celebrations

A decorative & eco-friendly way to help prevent the spread of germs

Washing your hands often is recommended as the single best way to avoid catching (and spreading) the cold and flu bugs that always make the rounds during the holiday season. So what can you do for your guests to help prevent the spread of germs after they wash their hands? Decorative paper towels are one […]

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October 29, 2012

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October’s Fabric of the Month

October's Fabric of the Month

The inspiration for this abstract pattern came from an antique kimono textile of chrysanthemum flowers.   Would never have guessed that, but once you know this, you can see it! This fabric is part of Schumacher’s Modern Glamour wovens.  The combination of the silk velvet  floral weave on a satin cotton ground produces a luxuriously tactile […]

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September 30, 2012

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September’s Fabric of the Month

Kravet's 'Teablossom' fabric in the 'Yangtze' color

This month’s fabric is from Kravet’s Couture line.   It’s unusual in that it’s a novelty pattern that’s both beautiful and whimsical.   The scale is also less commonly seen — the repeat is the entire 58″ width by a 47″ vertical repeat height. If used for a roman shade or comforter, the scale will […]

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August 31, 2012

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August’s Fabric of the Month

A transitional floral print from Duralee Fabrics in the blue & white 'Porcelain' color

Can’t believe August is almost over and I’ve only now just put up the post for this month’s fabric.  The summer has really flown by! This month’s pick offers four quite different colorways.  They create effects ranging from sedate to dramatic, all depending upon which of the four you choose. The first option features the […]

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July 31, 2012

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July’s Fabric of the Month

Fabricut's fanciful take on a Suzani look in the 'Tropical' colorway

  Fabrics that are influenced by the Suzani look generally command attention.   This pattern is no different — but it also has one colorway with different hues than what you usually see with this pattern style. The ‘Tropical’ colorway shown above is the most unusual of the 7 colorways available.  I love the happy playfulness […]

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July 3, 2012

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A Lizard Lights Your Way

This lizard wall sconce is a fun contemporary lighting fixture for an entry hall, child's room or hallway

The Lizard Wall Sconce is such a whimsical piece, that it’s led me to start a category just for amusing items I come across.  The frame of this fixture is wrapped with banana fibre, also known as Manilla hemp, while the lampshade is made from cocoa tree leaves. At 16″ across and 24″ tall, it […]

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June 27, 2012

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June’s Fabric of the Month

Trina Turk's Sonriza pattern indoor/outdoor fabric in the 'Marine/Pool' color

Summer weather is finally here!   So I’m featuring an indoor/outdoor fabric by Trina Turk this month.   This fabric is rather hypnotic, due to the spiral effect in the pattern. One of the more unusual features of this pattern is the horizontal repeat, which is 52″ — or one full width!  The spiral effect […]

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May 31, 2012

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Open Garden Days in June and July

Circlular drive portion of the garden in an Atherton home on the 2011 'Open Garden Days' Tour

The Garden Conservancy’s annual ‘open garden days’ program is almost here!  This is your opportunity to see many wonderful private gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during June and July. The pictures included here are from 2011, when I toured gardens in Atherton and Menlo Park. It is a self-guided tour, with a fee […]

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May 30, 2012

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May’s Fabric of the Month

Schumacher's Matisse-inspired print fabric in the 'Ocean' color

◊  Schumacher’s Matisse-inspired print fabric in the ‘Ocean’ color  ◊ This  Matisse-inspired print is fresh and fun — the perfect herald for spring and summer.   It’s available in two colors: ‘Ocean’  (above)  in calming blues and greens with a ‘pop’ of bright green ‘Punch’ (below) a warm mix of  colors with a dash of  […]

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