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Archive for September, 2007

“Dolce” Chairs From Target

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I purchased two Dolce chairs from Target a couple of months ago off of the internet.  We just got our furniture moved into our house last night, so we put together the chairs today and I just love them!  I read through all of the reviews on Target, so I knew they would be easy to assemble.  They are a little darker than the picture and have rough twill weave.  At $129 a piece, they leave money left over for other fun furniture.

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Greek and Roman Busts

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I thought it was just me and my boyfriend that became obsessed with Greek and Roman culture this past year (mainly because of the HBO show “Rome” and a trip there over Christmas), but lately, I’ve noticed busts used in interiors and gardens.  Busts and statues have been popular for centuries, but I think the opening of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Met in NYC has created even more interest.  I love the timeless look of busts and the history behind them.  When I was in London, I found a charming store called It’s All Greek across the street from the British Museum.  From their website, www.itsallgreek.co.uk, you can purchase busts made from bronze, marble, or keramin.  Also, a simple search on the internet can give you tons of options of reproductions that you can buy.  A single bust looks great on a pedestal, but I love this display of several that I found in a fireplace at Liberty.

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Lake Las Vegas

Since we are still waiting to move into our house, my boyfriend decided that we would at least enjoy ourselves and make a mini-vacation out of the situation.  So, all weekend, we have been staying at Lake Las Vegas Resort, which is just down the road from our new neighborhood.  The Mediterranean style resort is located about 17 miles from the strip and is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and has been an oasis from stress.  There is a casino named MonteLago, a village with art galleries, clothing shops, and restaurants, Loews and Ritz-Carlton hotels, boat rentals, three golf courses (two were designed by Jack Nicklaus), and nineteen residential communities with different kinds of housing.  With all of these amenities, it is no wonder that Lake Las Vegas Resort was recognized as “one of the ten most important projects in the world that will define contemporary life in the 21st century” during Glasgow, Scotland’s Architecture and Design Exhibition in 1999.

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Style Wars

Style Wars is a live competition created by the designers of House of Diehl.  During the tour to 5 cities (San Francisco, Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago) in October, eight designers who are prechosen will create original designs similar to House of Diehl’s own “Instant Couture”, all in a nightclub with a DJ in front of a live audience.  The winners from each city will then compete later in the fall in NYC.  If interested in being one of the competitors, you can get more information here.  If you aren’t interested in competing, Style Wars sounds like an unusual and fun night out, like a live version of “Project Runway”.

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Zara Home

Zara clothing store has been one of my favorite stores for a couple of years now because of the great prices and styles. I was so surprised when I was in London and I saw these store windows across the street from Harrods. I must have been living under a rock because I didn’t know about Zara Home! You can view the catalog online at www.zarahome.com, but I don’t think any of the products are available in the US. This store only had a small selection, but it was full of Moroccan style decor, such as picture frames, ottomans, and bedding. You can shop at www.justmorocco.com for even more products that have a similar style. So pretty!

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Random Acts of Kindness

I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself this morning (we have been living out of suitcases for three weeks) when the best story came on NBC’s TODAY Show.  It was about how random acts of kindness can really impact and change a person’s life.  On the internet, viewers have written in with their own stories and you can watch the segment that I saw.  I love the TODAY Show because they always have a range of stories, from fashion to news to stuff I didn’t even know I would be interested in!

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We are still waiting on our house to be completed (any day now!), so we are staying in a not-so-famous hotel-casino.  It is nice, but nothing compared to The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  I use to spend my summers traveling past that part of the country, but never had the chance to visit The Greenbrier and its lovely decor and exciting history.  Now, the auction house The Potomack Company in Alexandria, VA, is offering “The Dorothy Draper Collection and Catalogue Sale”, which features items from the hotel.  The resort was one of the decorator’s most famous projects in the post World War II period and is a perfect example of Draper’s bold style, called Modern Baroque.  Carleton Varney, the current owner of Dorthy Draper and Company, Inc. has renovated the resort ever since Dorothy retired in the 1960s.  In the past couple of years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Draper’s style (she had no formal training) with museum exhibits and books, including the reissuing of Draper’s book “Decorating is Fun!” and the new beautiful book “In the Pink: Dorothy Draper-America’s Most Fabulous Decorator”, which are both available from Amazon.   All of the lots for sale are pictured online and some pieces are shown in the original rooms, like pictured above.  You don’t have to be present at the auction on September 29th to place a bid, so I just might do some bidding so that my home can be “Draperized”!

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