i remember getting this hippo as a present when i was a kid and thinking, um, this is not a toy... now i wish i had william the egyptian hippo on my shelf. the "unofficial mascot" of the met would be a totally stylish reminder of being a kid in new york. combine him with some national geographics and you have an etheline tenenbaum (one of my style icons) look!
i am always on the look out for good playing cards, you never know when the urge for a game of spite & malice will hit! (i like to play with a group.) artist donald sultan has done some wonderful aquatints of cards that are available as a usable pack! i will be posting some other of my favorite packs soon...
merida meridian is a great boston based company that specializes in area rugs made out of sisal and other natural fibers. i love the thick jute braid from the bengal collection (above). each braid is an inch wide! so chic!
they have a huge selection of interesting fibers and textures...
lanai from the bonpreso collection
lapu-lapu from the abaca collection.
i am also into their felted wool. below is riverside park from the metropolitan collection.
the cooper hewitt design triennial is going on now, which is great it you are in new york, or going to be before july 29. what is great if you are not in new york, and have say, an obnoxiously long commute, are the podcasts from the exhibit where featured designers talk about their work. i downloaded them off itunes...
i have carried my boat and tote literally around the world with me. and have used the large one to organize everything from dirty laundry to firewood. i was so psyched to find this storage bin version. on this very disorganized day, a design icon re-imagined to make life easier. and at a great price!
this photo from designer eric cohler is so inviting it almost makes me wish i lived in a snowy climate, though today was a gorgeous day in los angeles. i'm a big fan of cohler's line of fabrics from lee jofa. the oversize woven houndstooth is incredible and i am looking for a place to use the roughly woven trim.
i was checking out los angeles designer molly luetkemeyer's firm, m. design (i was turned on to it by desire to inspire) and i saw this brass longhorn knob. i want it! i found some really inexpensive and fun options at texas uniques. these could be used in such a cool non western way. i am very excited to swap some knobs somewhere in our house...maybe paint the dark longhorn one white?