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Our Holiday Wish List

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. As another year comes to an end and as we watch children enthusiastically make their wish lists, well it’s only fitting we do the exact same thing. Granted it’s on a much larger scale (we can buy 20 dolls for the cost of one armchair) but do you know one adult that doesn’t openly covet items from their Pinterest boards? We didn’t think so.

Without further ado, here are our top home items we would love to find wrapped up under our tree this year.


Natchez Crepe Myrtle from my local garden center, The Farm at Green Village for my front yard who lost a tree and now desperately needs one from my hometown.
Fruit watercolor paintings set by Lucille’s Kitchen on Etsy for my dining room’s blank walls.
Three-piece café folding table and chair set from Ballard Design because my front porch is screaming for some new furniture and this reminds me of New Orleans. 
4. Florence de Dampierre "Breena" Pompadour Armchair from Neiman Marcus is a perfect accent piece for my living room.
Martin Chandelier in Gunmetal/Glazed Silver Leaf by Julie Neill Designs. Look familiar???
6. Starlit Trees from Restoration Hardware because I’m allergic to real Christmas trees and these are just my style.
7. Chinese Art Deco rug from Rahmanan for the girl’s room. 




1. The newly released Miele CM5200 coffee system is a thing of beauty. Oh, and it makes a mean cup of coffee, too. Even in my counter space-challenged kitchen, I'd make space for this little gem.
2. If I had my way, I'd play my music all around the house all day long - and control it all with a wireless Sonos
3. Our fireplace has already put in plenty of hours this year. (Thank you, hurricane Sandy!) It deserves to be decorated in style with this riveted fireplace screen from Restoration Hardware.
4. The hunt for the perfect console table has been long and arduous but the search is over now that I've found the Preston from Jonathan Adler.
5. Imagine this Alec Soth photograph HUGE and immaculately printed. Then imagine it on my walls. Oh yeah.
I'm hoping to find this Eames® unit from DWR under the tree to replace our currently half-functioning media cabinet.
7. I've been ambivalent about some of our lighting and would love to replace one with this
Anemone flushmount by Jonathan Adler.



A dream is a wish your heart makes,
When you’re fast asleep,
In dreams you will loose your heartaches,
Whatever you wish for you keep...

May all your wishes come true, in your dreams or reality.


Getting Started: Organizing the Pantry

All one needs to do is search on Pinterest for "pantry" to see beautiful, enormous, light-filled, precisely organized food storage spaces. French doors. A bevy of swing out doors and drawers. And an endless assortment of perfectly matched and possibly labeled containers. Let's be clear: THIS IS NOT MY PANTRY. Mine is a not-quite 2 ft x 2 ft x 8 ft space with no light and five (albeit adjustable) shelves.  It is crammed to the gills with food and other kitchen wares. The front half has some rough sense of order. The back, not so much. After telling myself for all these months that I was going to make some sense of that space, I've finally done it. Well, sort of...

Original image from Amy Azzarito's DesignSponge tour of the New Hampshire home of Ryan and Emerson Fry.

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A Semblance of Normalcy 

As you may or may not know, we both live in New Jersey. As of this very moment we are not back to our routines (and in Mae's case not even back in our homes) and therefore have been delinquent in posting our latest and greatest. Please bear with us and we'll be back soon.

In the meantime, please take a moment to donate to those in need via the Red Cross, calling 1.800.HELP.NOW or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Thanks so much.


Design Snapshot: Palm Springs

I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference for a few days in Palm Springs. (If I had known I would be returning to Hurricane Sandy, aka "Frankenstorm" I might have stayed a few days longer!) In the spirit of full disclosure, I must say this: this was not my first visit to Palm Springs. My actual first visit was graced with record heat and humidity so I hope you'll forgive me for sticking to the hotel's air conditioning and pool. This time, however, I made sure to get out to see some nearby sites in the bit of free time in my schedule. And here are a few of my favorite shots...

Ready for the day's crowds at King's Highway at the Ace Hotel. (Don't forget to grab a date shake!)


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DDB 2012 Fall Market Finds & Inspiration

Two weeks ago we were swimming in a sea of design at the 2012 Decoration and Design Building's 2012 Fall Market. As part of a select group of design bloggers sent to cover the market, we were treated to front-row seating at the four major keynotes as well as a home base in two fantastic showrooms: Niedermaier and Pierre Frey. (Be sure to check out ELLE Decor’s editor-in-chief’s keynote {here} if you haven’t as it was one of the best we’ve heard in a while.) Here are our highlights from the informative and inspirational day.

Niedermaier: Bloggers’ Lounge Host
Neither of us had been into the Niedermaier showroom but boy were we pleasantly surprised by what we found. From chic and clean seating to beautiful lighting, we couldn’t stop gaping! Plus many of the pieces are customizable with pops of color, this manufacturers of distinctive modern furniture, lighting and accessories should be on your shopping list!


We were able to find more than a few little treasures from Niedermaier, one of our two Bloggers' Lounge hosts (and that's NOT even including the pepper jelly!). Aside from the gorgeous pieces shown above, we also drooled over the Gustav floor lamp by Collura.


Pierre Frey: Bloggers’ Lounge Host
If you don’t know it by now, we are HUGE fabric connoisseurs. As we have been treated to a tour of the French fabric house Pierre Frey on a prior visit to the D&D Building, we were excited to learn more about this 77 year old fabric and furnishings house. The design house has not only the traditional Pierre Frey fabric and wallpaper lines but also three other prestigious brands: Braquenié, Fadini Borghi and Boussac. It has also partnered together with several furniture manufacturers to create equally stunning home accessories and furniture collections.

We were lucky enough to have not one, but TWO lovely lounges in which to rest our feet, including this one from Pierre Frey. A quick turn around the showroom was a must to take in all the amazing fabrics and wallcoverings.

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