Soapbox: Paste – the art of collage

These quirky, fun collages will be sure to put a smile on your face this Monday.  Interior designer and artist, Denise Fiedler creates these one of a kind pieces from vintage book pages and flashcards.  She makes collages in a variety of themes from animals to architecture.  She will even do custom pieces! I didn’t have enough space to put up each amazing one I liked, so check them out on her website – especially the new items in the Spring/Summer 2011 collection (the little Moroccan footstool is my favorite)!

Aren’t they so cute!  Which one is your favorite?

  1. flats 8×10 $125
  2. terrier 4×5 $55
  3. hydrangeas 8×10 $125
  4. barn 4×5 $55
  5. louis chair 8×10 $125

*images used with permission from Denise Fiedler


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House Envy: Babylonstoren in South Africa

For today’s edition of ‘House Envy’, I am super inspired by this Cape Dutch farm, Babylonstoren, set in the Drakenstein Valley is South Africa.   Built in the late 1600’s,  the farm was opened for guests in 2010 with beautifully appointed suites, a restaurant, vineyards, gardens, pool and spa. 

I LOVE the mix of modern and rustic elements in the guest suites.  Clean, simple furniture stands out against the vibrant and warm mix of textures.  In my mind this is Napa valley meets Scandinavia – and it’s absolutely perfect. 

Sliding barn doors lead into the bathroom

A wall of mirrors with frosted architectural design lends a strikingly luxurious air to an otherwise rustic on-suite bath.

The restaurant on site, Babel, uses ingredients from the surrounding farm.

*all photos from

I’m relaxed just looking through these photos!  There are plenty of elements from this farm that could be easily incorporated into any home.  

The things that stand out most are

  1. 1. White, White, White – a TON of white everywhere.  It adds to the soothing appeal of the accommodations.
  2. 2. Simple furnishings – done in more white
  3. 3. Color through natural elements only – the only color is incorporated through things that are naturally that color – the wood, brick, straw, and plants.

I’m half tempted to paint every single thing in my house white this weekend. Every single thing.

What are your thoughts?  How do these spaces make you feel?

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!  I’m going to go get caught up on my book club book and maybe take a lazy nap

Act now: Edie Rose Home by Rachel Bilson

I love Rachel Bilson’s style, and I think she is one of the few celebrities I look to for fashion inspiration.  Now, I can admire her ‘at home’ style as well! Last Thursday, Macy’s launched Edie Rose Home, a line of whimsical and elegant table top and dinner wear pieces designed by actress Rachel Bilson.  Since the collection is designed to be layered, mixed and matched they would make a cute addition to your existing dinner wear or china pieces!  In the Macy’s press release, Bilson told reporters she was unable to find pieces that she felt “reflected her unique flare for entertaining.”

So she designed her own! I definitely getting something… now what to buy?*Rose large oval platter $42

*Peacock feather 4pc place setting $58

*Large rose serving bowl $70

*set of 4 rose measuring cups – SO cute!

*Bloom Birds salt and pepper shakers $22

*Peacock salad plate $15

Spring home and apparel style is hugely focused this year on garden florals and muted hues, so these are right on target! Everything in this collection is reasonably priced  enough to add a splash of spring color to your meals by adding in a few pieces here and there.

Which piece is your favorite?

On My Radar: Mid-Century Modern Chairs

West Chelsea Loft modern living room

*above room designed by Amy Lau Design out of New York

If someone asked me to describe my style, mid century modern would not come out of my mouth.  At least I wouldn’t have thought so 6 months ago.  Luckily, I grew up with a father who taught that you don’t have to prefer something to appreciate it.  Then I begun an appreciation for the vintage modern style.  That appreciation grew to like and that like grew to – I need a chair like this in my house now.  (side note, I feel like the first part of that sentence is a quote from a movie… minus the chair part… I’ll think of it…) Now, back to the chairs – My desire for a modern chair was in slight contradiction with my vision for the rest of my house.  I live in a 110 year old farm house which I have done in a three-way mixture of industrial, rustic, and traditional.

Last night, I went to after-work drinks with some work collegues and we were talking about my new desire to find a vintage mid-century modern chair. One of the men, who is an avid antique hunter, was trying to convince me that I could make it work, regardless of my current personal style. He was convincing that my love for the chair would overwhelm any preconceived notion of how this chair would fit into my current design scheme.

Today, I set out to find a slew of mid-century modern chairs and how they fit themselves right in with a variety of different styles.  Above a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair is the perfect soft focal point in this rustic loft living room designed by Amy Lau Design

Fiorella Design eclectic family room

*living room by Fiorella Design

Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker - RAR

*an Eames molded plastic rocker adds an eclectic spin on this otherwise traditional living room.  $479.00 Design Within Reach

Mirror and Head Wall eclectic living room
*bold blue and high gloss white frames are complimented with an Eames Molded Plywood Lounge $779 Design Within Reach
Nilas bedroom eclectic kids

*In a whimsical childrens bedroom, another Eames molded plastic rocker.

master bedroom contemporary bedroom
Wegner Papa Bear Chair

*another Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair stands out in a contemporary bedroom.  Chair from Danish Design Store.

*this might be my favorite.  Easy and comfortable in a natural minimalist setting.  Hans Wegner CH25 Easy Chair (image from Danish Design Store)

Now that I’m entirely convinced that I need one of these chairs in my house, it is officially on my radar!

How do you feel about these small doses of mid-century modern style?  Would you add an element of it into your home?  Let me know!

P.S.  I’m pretty sure that quote about appreciation growing to like is from My Big Fat Greek Wedding… I love that movie.

try this at home: overhead light update

It is Monday already!  I’m still giddy over one of the little projects I tackled this weekend.  Although my office remodel is top on my list right now, my guest room is also in need of some serious attention.  While I was supposed to be out grocery shopping, I dipped into West Elm yesterday to see what I could find for myself and I lucked out!  I found a black linen square drum lamp shade for only $5!!  What a steal!  It was a floor model, so there was a little fading on one corner, but with the plans I had, I could work around the flaw.


My plan was to replace the  ‘boob light’ that still plagues the ceiling in my guest bedroom with this large, dramatic shade.  After reading about the crime of boob lights on Mod Nest, I’ve been bound and determined to do something about that fixture.

After a few trips to Lowes, I successfully replaced the offending light with my five dollar prize.  All it took was some lamp hardware, and a piece of faux frosted glass which I made quickly by sanding one side of a piece of plexi-glass.

It was such a quick, easy project that anybody could accomplish.  It took about 45 minutes and there was no need to touch any electrical work.  Head on over to my How To’s page to learn how I did it!

Have a wonderful week!!