It's 2011

Party your brains out, it's the only way to go out 
"GOOD-BYE 2010"... and "HELLO~ 2011!"
Keep you and yours safe.



Brighten Up With Bed Sheets

Nix the boring solid colors and give the bedroom a bit of character with choosing bed linens that suits your needs in color, comfort and vibe.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the kind of rest you can get with something as simple as investing in good bed linens.

Crate & Barrel Marimekko Saarni Bed Linens $39.95 - $139
Crate & Barrel Marimekko Tikkula Jewel Bed Linens $29.95 - $119
Crate & Barrel Sakura Bed Linens $34.95 - $149

West Elm Watercolor Flower duvet cover & sham $12.99 - $69.99

Coax Your Wine With A Decanter

I've been looking for a decanter for some time now but really have been looking with not as much vigor as one who loves wine should, then a couple weekends ago I was at a friend's who had a very lovely decanter and so now with a new found interest in decanters, I am looking once again!

For those of you who don't know the function of the decanter, the decanter also used to pour wine from has the main objective of it's existence to allow the wine to breath, the shape of the decanter is thus important and usually consists of a larger bottom base vessel with a funnel neck allowing air to enter and... decant the wine, this should invariably allow the full flavors of the wine to be enjoyed.

There are, like everything else in this world, a large selection of decanters.  Look for decanters with the type of wine you'll be pouring in mind, white wine decanters and red wine decanters are shaped differently for the ultimate decanting experience for each.

Crate & Barrel Swoon Carafe $26.95

Pottery Barn Claro Decanter $29

Sur La Table Schott Zwiesel 'Classico' Tritan Crystal Decanter $29.95

Sur La Table Schott Zwiesel 'Forte' Tritan Crystal Decanter $49.95

Sur La Table Schott Zwiesel "Pure" Tritan Crystal White Wine Decanter $129.95

The winner!
A+R Littala's Citterio Decanter $52.50

Daybeds & Chaise Lounges For An Air Of Comfort & Relaxation

Most people believe that chaise lounges are do-able and daybeds not so much, by default connecting daybeds and chaise lounges to luxurious comfort and relaxation with homes that can afford them, afford them as in financially and also spatially which is just another way of saying financially... I think a little imagination and thinking out of the box is in order here.

Because chaise lounges are smaller in size, suitable for one person only, it's easier to find a space for them if you're living in a limited space home, chaise lounges are even do-able in apartments and can really lend a comfortable & luxurious old world charm to the space.

Daybeds are generally bigger in size and can be set up outdoors or indoors but I think you'll be surprised how small daybeds can get (ie. a single bed).  I find that outdoor daybeds are pretty popular amongst interior designers though if you don't have space outdoors (like me) you should really think about setting up a day bed indoors, this can look quite pleasing and is done pretty often by apartment dwellers.   The easiest thing to do when setting up a daybed indoors would be to set up the daybed as a sofa in the living-room.

Crate & Barrel Brighton Coffee Daybed $899

Crate & Barrel Vanilla Chaise $1,199

West Elm Overlapping-Squares Daybed $350 - $760

Ikea Karlskrona Chaise Lounge Rattan $169

Ikea Karlstad Chaise Free-Standing Unit $349

An Inside Look Into A New Mexican Home

My past five Christmas' have been spent at a friend's home in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Every year I come here for a week or so during this time year.  The food is out of this world, the scenery is beautiful and it snows, all these things make me a very happy person during Christmas.

His family owns a home on a mesa flanked on both sides, front and back, by beautiful canyons.  Unlike homes in California, most structures in New Mexico are built in the likeness of the traditional New Mexican adobe homes.

The canyon, front of the house.
The canyon, back of the home (a view from his back deck).

I've taken pictures of the home and wanted to share them with you in the hopes that you'll enjoy them and find interesting decoration ideas.


The front entrance lined with windows has a wooden bench and silver mirror embellished with bronze flowers.

The kitchen looks out into the front entrance hallway lined with windows.
Thought the hanging iron skillet and bottle opener gave the kitchen a
charming rustic vibe.

Living-room fireplace with shag rug to appeal to the buns.

Another example of rustic charm, a bookshelf in the office.

A closer look at the items that adorn the bookshelf.

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