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Howdy kids, hope you all had a swell weekend! We spent the days doing yardwork and the nights eating and drinking yummy stuff, so it was mostly lovely and relaxing… and I am totally unprepared for the cold hard wall in my face that is Monday. Thank jeebus for Wallpaper Magazine, because they always have the most interesting spreads (when they aren’t showcasing 20 pages in a row of disgusting albeit beautifully photographed raw steaks… although maybe that also qualifies as interesting?). Anyway, look at this:

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How about that Ligne Roset bed? Amazing! What’s that you say — something is obscuring your view of it? Oh yes. Giant taxidermied animals were obviously necessary to illustrate the hipster appeal of these fine furnishings.

wallpaper taxidermied animals

That Jaime Hayon chair is certainly foxy, though.

wallpaper taxidermied animals

If I only had 5 seconds to grab something out of this room, I’m not sure if I would yank the lamb away from gaping lupine jaws, or put that Herve Van Der Straeten console table under my coat and run for my ever loving life.

What do you think? Is Wallpaper too clever for its own good?

Or maybe just crazy like a fox?

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Holiday Gift Guide: Under $500

Ho Ho Ho, we’re climbing the gift guide charts here at DC headquarters:  today we’ve made it to the under $500 category.  I’m hoping and preying that any of you taking notes have me on your list.  I mean, those $25 gifts were nice, but don’t you really want to show me how much you care?  As Erin says, recession-schmession.  At least, I think she’s said that.

You know I love gold.  and black.  and gold and black together.  So, basically, I’ll be happy when you hand me any of these:

Love / Hate Convertible Chain Shades, $252

Suspiciously similar to D & G DXG Camcorder, $150

Lowrider Headphones, $128 (keeping my fingers crossed that you can find them in black.  or just all gold.  yes, all gold sounds good)

Loop Candelabra, $123  (I’ve been dreaming of owning one of these ever since Erin did This post)

Right out of my personal wish list: Pantone Color Bridge Set, $119

Ceramic Bubbles Candle Holder by Jaime Hayon, 387….. Euros (whont, whont)

Life Size Grazing Sheep, $448  (totally, completely, 100% worth the price) (seriously)

Equus Pedestal Bowl, $450  I wanted it for my table last year and, yes, I want it for my table again this year.

Humbert Throw by Missoni Home, $375

Park Planters, $100  You really should go to their site to check these out… most of the sculptures depict things you don’t want to see in the park.  Think George Michael.  Got it?

Copenhagen Terrariums, $145 – $195  Perhaps these come with a handy guide explaining how to keep plants alive inside a sealed container unlike my vintage terrarium with, ahem, dead plants nestled under the plastic.

Braided Mixed Metal Chain Necklace, $120

Paper Cut art, $300

So there you go.  500 gifts for 500 dollars.  I mean, a few gifts for 500 dollars.  Whateves.  It really doesn’t even matter at this point since tomorrow I’ll be bringing you the ultimate, most mind blowing Christmas gift of your scene loving life.  Buckle Up.

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Hey dudes, I’m not here. Well, I am… but I’m not. Come find me over at From the Right Bank, where I’m guest posting for Ally while she moves cross country to Hotlanta. Did I just type that?

Speaking of hotness, my guest post is about yummy checkerboard floors, like those found in this gorgeous restaurant designed by Jaime Hayon:

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And speaking of yummy gorgeous hotness, I don’t think Raina would let me live without posting a picture of Senor Hayon, hisself:

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Not too shabby babes, not too shabby.

Monday marks the start of our annual gift guide, so ya’ll come back now, you hear?

Happy weekend!

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Guys Don’t Make Passes at Girls With Cut Glasses

Some of you may remember that my mother (Connie, for those of you who follow our comments) is undergoing an incredibly painstaking home renovation this winter.  Since she is overhauling her entire house she and my stepfather are being forced into the basement for 4 months (ha ha).  Don’t worry, though, the basement comes equipped with a window, a bathroom, a refrigerator and, most importantly, a wet bar.  The renovation hasn’t had much impact on me as I’m able to suffer through the torment of picking new tile from a safe distance of roughly 1,500 miles.  I have had the misfortune, however, of losing most of my office space to make room for boxes and boxes of family “heirlooms.”  Hey, after almost 50 years, and 3 generations of families, that basement has accumulated more than it’s fair share of crap-ola.  When my mother called me this weekend, going through more stuff, I wanted to hang up the phone and change my number, instead I allowed her to send pictures of the items I was to pick through:

I call this piece “meditation on cut glass.”  My grandmother’s love for cut glass was exceeded only by her affinity for rust and avocado, and for some reason, 21 years since her passing my mother still has it in her basement.  Those beautiful yellow linoleum counters are probably the youngest item in this photo.  Sad, sad.

I sifted through – oh, this is only the tip of the iceberg, i really spared you kids –  and picked my poison:  that bust statue, for example, was a keeper.  However, I probably would have been a more enthusiastic participant if my mother’s offerings had looked a bit more like this:

Jaime hayon has teamed up with Baccarat, designing his Crystal Candy series of whimsical vases that recently debuted at MAISON et OBJET.  Now, other than a sad fabric design commision for Bernhardt Design with disastrous results, this Spanish design superstar continues to prove that he really can do no wrong…minus the one time.  Let’s take a closer look:

Sorry I got a little carried away with the pictures there, I couldn’t pick a favorite.  Now, raise your hand if you think that this would have been a better selection for dear-ole-ma to share with me.  I mean, really, she didn’t even need that fancy backdrop from photo 1, I would have settled with this:

Of course, after her renovations are complete (will it ever end??!!) I expect to see something more like this:

Feeling overwhelmed, Ma?  Don’t worry, I dug up some sketches to get you started:

Ok, let’s see, a little cut here, some honeycomb pattern there, and, yes, a splash of red.  See ma, easy!  What else are you going to do while you’re hanging out at the bar in the basement?  You can’t cook in that easy bake oven I got you all the time. 

P.S. I would like to stage a preemptive strike:  No mothers are allowed to leave comments that allude to any of the following:

“I didn’t have to send you anything, I could have sent it all to (blank)”

“Fine, then I won’t bother asking your opinion on my tile selection anymore”


“What easy bake oven?”


Update for Raina, why did I leave this one out before:

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