28 December 2009

sarah perlis jewelry

i just love the jewelry by new york designer sarah perlis. her designs are so unique and organic... no cookie-cutter designs here! i love how she uses stones that are not your typical cut, and her settings focus on and take a lot of their shape from the stones. her designs, available here in her shop, are a bit of a splurge, but like nothing i've ever seen before.

as an added bonus, she has begun using raw diamonds that are panned instead of mined, along with recycled gold. so not only is her work beautiful, but environmentally & socially responsible as well. hmm.... birthday ideas?? haha, a girl can dream...

23 December 2009

books v. blogs

a good challenge, and perhaps a new year's resolution?...

found here

felted acorns

oh, man... the felted acorns featured this morning on design*sponge are just too cute!! - i think a tall, clear cylinder vase full of these would be really great as part of a winter centerpiece!... or there are probably a ton more uses i could think of....

the rest of the items in reya veltman's etsy shop are beautiful as well - her shop really makes me want to learn how to felt... i need to find somewhere to take lessons asap!

17 December 2009

buche de noel

my mom made this buche de noel cake last night, i think it turned out beautiful, it was tasty too

16 December 2009

pop-up calendar

out of all the calendars i pored over and tried to decide between this year, none of them were anything like this! - how cool... this seems like something i may need for my desk at work...?

(found here via this)

stop-motion wedding invite

i am pretty sure this is one of THE most amazing things i have ever seen!

(source: a random friend's facebook profile....)

lonny magazine: winter '09

the winter issue of lonny magazine is up!

i haven't gotten a chance yet to look through it all, but i can't wait to flip through it! - it looks promising....

dear LA and readers

i am so sorry to be so slow about posting on the blog! i miss it, and will begin posting lots of fun things. thanks for keeping it up LA


09 December 2009


sometimes i walk past this picture that's outside an optometry office on my way to/from work...

it's just a friendly little reminder to try and be fabulous....

07 December 2009

come visit!

holly -

please please please pretty please come visit me soon.....

and we can take the great gatsby boat tour!

how perfect!

i saw it here and decided that the two of us just HAVE to take it...

03 December 2009

cupcake cupcake

i love it when someone just gets your style... i got an email today from a friend who i miss a lot... she said she thought i would like this tutorial on 100 layer cake, and she was right!! - how fun would it be to have these all over the place for a party? or strung on a christmas tree? - ooh, and for a new year's party you could add in some metallic cupcake liners! - fancy....

02 December 2009

christmas in nyc

i have a love/hate relationship with christmas here in nyc. i love it because there are so many amazing things to do. but i hate it because there are TOO many amazing things to do....

this weekend is no exception - there's the martha stewart holiday craft sale.... with items created by the contributors to martha's craft blog. something tells me there will be some pretty impressive stuff there.

then, there's a workshop at the museum of arts & design on japanese holiday cards and gift wrapping. i love the MAD, and judging by the picture, i'm pretty sure i NEED to know how to wrap gifts japanese-style.

plus, there are gifts to be bought, cards to be made, friends to catch up with, and apartments to clean.... how to fit it all in???

29 November 2009

enter narnia/the idea room

i have had this image saved on my computer for what seems like forever now... and i am just now posting it...

it's from a sneak peak into the wonderfactory's office on design*sponge last year - this is the entrance into their "idea room".... it's almost like you're walking into narnia... what a great way to make room for coats. coat closets are always what i forget to plan for when i'm laying out a space at work... maybe i should just use this as a backup option instead?

28 November 2009

ugly cables no more!

i love this that i found on the inspire me now! blog - what a great way to deal with those ugly cable cords....  turn them into something pretty.....

26 November 2009

rifle paper co. shop

oh, man.... i wish i hadn't just spent a bunch on supplies to make my own christmas cards....

....because if i hadn't, i would probably be ordering these cards from rifle paper co. to send out.

or maybe these.

on a related note - good news - the rifle paper co. shop is up and running! - oh, so many things i want to buy.....

rural studio on design*sponge

so the girls from beauty everyday have been guest-posting on design*sponge, and they just posted about auburn's rural studio program!

every time i tell anyone (who knows something about architecture) up here that i went to auburn and studied interior design, they always ask if i did a semester out at rural studio. i'm always a little sad to tell them that no, the interior design and architecture programs are not even in the same colleges at auburn.... but it still makes me proud to have gone to a school with such a well-respected program. and sometimes if they don't ask directly, i may or may not just let them keep thinking that i was somehow involved with rural studio...  

23 November 2009

beautiful window

everyone around me keeps talking about the dia:beacon in Beacon, NY. it's a contemporary art museum out in pretty much the middle of nowhere, north of nyc. from what i hear, it is worth the trip on the metronorth - i need to make it up there sometime soon.

i was looking at the website today, and i can't quit staring at this image. it's one of those, "why haven't i ever thought of that?" moments... i love the frosted glass mixed with the clear glass. to me it makes the view outside seem like a work of art in itself....

07 November 2009

more cute baby animals

i think i'm starting to see a pattern here.... i try, but i just can't resist little baby animals. but really, who can? whatever, i'm just going to embrace it and go ahead and create a tag just for little cuties.

these come from the etsy shop of sharon montrose..... i'm going to have to try hard to resist buying every single print.

note: this is quite possibly the only time i'll ever think a squirrel is cute.

i found her here.

05 November 2009

more from the scribbler....

well, well, well..... look what we have here!

look at whose work was featured on the designworklife blog.....

yay, holly!! - not too bad for the first year out of school....

women for women

well isn't this sweet?... kate spade is partnering with a group called women for women international to create handmade snuggly-goods this holiday season. you can get mittens, scarves, and even dog sweaters (holly, i think daisy might need one??) - and each piece is hand-knit by women in the war-torn communities of bosnia and herzegovina.

according to the women for women website....

Women for Women International will provide the training in knitting for the women, with creative direction from kate spade new york.
Knitting, a traditional skill in the region that has passed through generations of women, is now a source of income for these enterprising women. This partnership has helped Bosnian graduates transform their traditional handcrafts into high-fashion winter accessories. Rabija Mujalo, a participant of the training program and current employee of kate spade new york, says "I earned nearly as much money knitting at home in my spare time as my son who works full time in a factory." 

you can see the whole collection here, and learn more about the partnership here.

04 November 2009

rustic modern

okay, first of all... it has been quite a while since we last posted.... one of us (the holly half) has been on a nice family vacation, while the other (the leeanne half - me!) has just been feeling a little uninspired.

but hopefully you will forgive us.

i will try to make it up to you by posting this, the cutest ipod dock i've ever seen. i made a stop in anthropologie tonight on my walk home from work (the christmas decorations pulled me in) and i saw this and completely fell in love... so cute, and unexpectedly rustic....

22 October 2009

gloversville, usa

this article in the nytimes was really inspiring. it's about a man who moved from the city to gloversville, ny - home to factories which supplied 90% of america's gloves, up until the mid-20th century. Even though most of the glove shops have closed, daniel storto moved in and opened up his shop in order to continue the town's tradition of fine handmade gloves... it's really inspiring how he is so focused on perfecting his skills in one particular craft, and it makes me want to do the same - to really work with my hands and create something other than computer-generated drawings... to do one thing and do it really well.