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Apr 23rd 2012 {the hunt continues} articulating brass lamps for the library

This articulating lamp from Michele Varian is quite nice. It’s almost there for me. I love the wood base and the burnished brass finish on the shade. What I don’t love is the cord. Call me crazy, but I wish it was cloth covered, not clear plastic. When I started asking questions about the lamp, Michele pointed me to this gold pretty that is featured below – it’s available only in the shop, not on the website. While they don’t turn left and right, they are adjustable both up and down. I love the shape, the scale and the matte gold color.Want to be reminded of where I plan to put these articulating brass task lamps? Click here to read more.

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Mar 15th 2012 Mountain House Interior Design Progress {Library Scatter Pillows!}

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Oct 15th 2010 The Chronicle Books mini-lifestyle library winner is…

Jordan, from Mintwich Graphic Design! Big congrats to you. 65 people entered to win this fabulous prize and Random.org selected YOU = lucky lady. I really hope that you enjoy your mini-lifestyle library from Chronicle Books!

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Oct 8th 2010 {3rd blog-i-versary Giveaway #5} Chronicle Books: Library of Lifestyle Inspiration

Happy Friday Folks! I really hope you’re enjoying all the 3rd blog-i-versary giveaways this week. I am delighted to share with you that we’re going to finish this celebration week off with a bang. We have not one, but TWO giveaways today! To enter to win the second prize of the day, pop back by later this afternoon -you know- about the time you find yourself looking forward to Friday evening cocktail hour. But first…Chronicle Books: An independent publisher of distinctive books and gifts has partnered with ABCD Design to give not one book, but a mini-nesting library to one of my lovely readers! This is a collection of FIVE Chronicle titles that will start your library of lifestyle inspiration off on the right foot. Every title was lovingly selected by moi – each book in this set is a title that I would absolutely love to add to my personal collection someday.‘Let’s Bring Back‘ An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By – You tell me, who doesn’t need some refreshers on how grandma did it? ‘I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas‘ Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More, ‘A Gracious Welcome‘ Etiquette and Ideas for Entertaining House Guests, ‘Pictoral Websters’ A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities, and a copy of ‘What’s Next?Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job – Hey, I wasn’t fibbing. I told you they are all books that I want to read! If one of the titles doesn’t work for you, spread the love and pass it along to a friend.
To win this wonderful library of lifestyle inspiration, simply leave a comment on this post. If you want to continue to spread word on Twitter, don’t forget to mention @Chronicle Books and @abcddesigns so that we are sure to see you tweeting about the prize.If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring for each and every giveaway, there is still plenty of time to enter to win one of three matchbox and candle hostess gift sets from Shandells, My Life Story journal from Michele Varian’s gorgeous Soho boutique, Emily Anderson’s Eco Chic Home, and an heirloom Ice Milk Apron with a billowing black sash – pop by and leave a comment - it’s that easy!

UPDATE Friday, October 15th, at 11:00 am: The comments are now closed and we’ll be announcing the winner shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered to win this incredibly generous gift from Chronicle Books.

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Jul 9th 2014 {Let’s Go Shopping} Wisteria Picks

Homemade-Gazpacho-RecipeIt was a hot Summer night on the screened in porch last night. What’s a better thing to do than flip through catalogs with a glass of Rosé or a mug of chilled Gazpacho? (Truth be told, I did both. I just love sitting on the screened in porch!) Laptop real estate shopping on Trulia runs a close second place for porch activities – I am completely addicted. Anyway, it’s been a while since I have given Wisteria a serious look-see. I was pleasantly surprised to find there are plenty of items I’d pick up in a heartbeat to dream decorate my new *virtual* home.The-Country-HouseThe-Country-House-being-paintedGarden! I adore these beehive pots for garden hose storage. I currently have copper pots that don’t have lids or drainage holes in the bottom. Sadly, there is all sorts of muck collecting at the bottom of the containers and the hose is covered in said “muck.” I totally loathe touching the hoses because of it and always worry that a frog is going to come leaping out of the bucket when I remove the hose. (Frogs in my book are only cute/tolerable from a distance.)Beehive-Garden-Hose-PotI think that these antiqued, folding garden tables are fantastic too. They come in a larger sized ivory or a slightly smaller green version. (I bet you can guess which one I like!) Obviously, I find the green so totally charming and it fits in with my new color obsession perfectly. *wink* My mom has a similar one that she serves appetizers off of on her porch overlooking Lake Michigan – I’d love to have a fold away table like this too!Ivory-Antiqued-Folding-TableAntiqued-Green-Folding-TableGreen-Distressed-Iron-Folding-TableMirrors! Sunburst, grid, modern/minimalist circle…you name it and they have it. Brass = LOVE. Seriously folks, I am not over brass yet. Still, after all these years (I wrote a post about crushing on brass in 2008!) it looks good to me. I’d love to see a grouping of three French Panel Mirrors hanging over a sofa reflecting windows or doorway opposite them. See what I mean?living-room-layoutI recently saw a collection of vintage sunburst mirrors that totally has me envisioning an entire wall covered in them. You know me, I really like repetition – and the idea of sunbursts all over an entire wall makes me smile ear-to-ear. Do you like this look, or are they played out in the blog world? (I am blissfully unaware as I have almost all but stopped looking at blogs – ironic since a sort of write this one on occasion – but I felt like everywhere I looked I was seeing the same thing, so I am consciously abstaining from most.) starburst-mirror-sunburst-mirror-collectionsunburst-mirror-wisteria-onlineTables! A Seagrass ottoman, perhaps? (I love the look of this but I see it has a bad review – wah!) If it’s all it is cracked up to be, what a great way to bring a natural texture into a room. And this acrylic trunk? I’d put a magazine collection, gorgeous stacks of vintage textiles or yarn in them and use it as a nightstand next to a low modern platform bed. This simple Banswara Marble side table would be at home in any setting, traditional or modern. Tables-from-WisteriaI love these minimalist glass tables that are similar to the one we have in our fireplace room – whether it is a simple desk, a side table or a console table – they have a simple perfection that would adapt to any home decor scheme. I am seriously thinking about getting one for our library and moving the brass bar cart into the kitchen area.

Minimalist-Glass-TableCity Apartment! I am not thrilled about having a ton of shoes out (you can only wear one pair at a time, you know?) but like it or not they tend to pile up at the front door anyway. I am loving the idea of stacking shoes upon this Rolling Industrial Shelf. (I measured the Mister’s shoes, and they’ll fit just fine!) Alternatively, this modern-rustic Open Frame Hall Tree Bench has the Brooklyn Heights Apartment written all over it.Industrial-Rolling-Rack-Hall-TreeI don’t want to go too hog-wild picking out any new furniture that is solely going to work in Brooklyn Heights. While I love the space and the neighborhood (and just about everything about it!) my goal would be to combine our two places into one that the Mr could come home to every night. As you know, this back and forth between two homes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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