Last Minute

A quick post to wish you, dear reader, a happy holiday – whichever winter holiday you celebrate! As my gift to you, I give you a great last minute gift idea. I just ordered a gift for my littlest niece and nephew from Amazon, and it is being delivered on Sunday (!) so there is certainly still time to order. I’m sure you are very organized and have all your gifts ready, but just in case…

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Turkish towels! A fantastic replacement for the standard terrycloth towels you have always known. Turkish towels (not to be confused with Turkish cotton terry towels) are thin, soft, absorbent and beautiful. They are also wonderful to travel with, either on vacation or just to the pool. Our family takes an annual trip that involves us bringing all our own shower  towels and swim towels and bed linens with us. (I know that doesn’t actually sound like a fun trip, but despite all the laundry upon our return, we always have a great time.) However, fitting all the stuff we need (as well as the kids and the dogs) in the car is a bit of a struggle. When I discovered how little room Turkish towels take up, I was sold and bought 8 of them in short order. A stack of Turkish towels is maybe 20% of the size of a stack of terry towels. Plus they look so much prettier hanging all over the cabin. And they dry faster. And they can double as a sarong or a blanket or a tablecloth in a pinch. My pool bag is so much lighter and less bulky with these in it. They get softer with every wash. Each family member has their own color – white striped towels are for showers, colored stripes are for swimming. It’s a great system for us and would certainly make a great gift for the swimmer, beachgoer or showerer in your life.

Cacala Turkish Towels – from Amazon.com

Brass Is Back

I made a fun visit to the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams signature store in Tyson’s Galleria last week. There was tons of eye candy, and lots of brass, which is definitely back – and in a good way!

LOVED the beautiful contrast of shiny brass and fluffy Tibetan wool upholstery on this one.

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Seriously can’t stop thinking about it. This is possibly the best looking director’s chair ever.

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This one with the brass frame is also wonderful – part seating and part sculpture:

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These make a beautiful statement with the neutral fabric – eye catching but not overwhelming, glamorous but not over-the-top.

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You know that I’m all about the chairs, but there was brass elsewhere – wall art, dining tables, side tables. A little goes a long way, but I’m a fan of all of it. Gorgeous stuff.

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To see more: mgbwhome.com

Happy Anniversary!

On October 29, Alexandra Design Finds celebrated its 1 year anniversary! By celebrated, I mean it passed completely unnoticed by me until a week later. And then I noticed, but didn’t mention it to anyone until this very minute. Without letting any more time pass, I wanted to thank you, dear reader, for your continued support of my blog. It has been so much fun to share my Design Finds with you, and also to have you share yours with me in return. I have lots to share in the coming weeks, including a great one where a dear friend of mine takes us decor shopping in Bali. Stay tuned!

To celebrate this anniversary, I thought I’d share a project I started this fall. It all began when I saw this:

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It caught my attention right away, so I took a picture of it. But I didn’t buy it. Then I went home and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I felt like this buck was just the thing I needed to adorn the wall over my bed that has been blank for 7 years since we moved into this house. (Actually the whole room has been pretty much overlooked as we work to bring the rest of this house out of the 1980’s.) So I showed the picture to my husband, who himself liked it but was totally shocked that I would – it’s just not my style. But after seven years of looking for the right thing, something that was my style never came along. Obviously the answer was to go in a completely different direction. So I went back and bought it.

But once I got it home, it was obvious it couldn’t stand alone. Here it is sitting on top of the bedframe. It’s a little lonely on that big wall.

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So I repurposed some sheer grey linen tie-top curtain panels to fill out the space. We staple gunned them to the wall at the top and then tied them back with twine on either side of the painting. It turned the room into a beautiful romantic space.

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The above pictures show our summer bedding. Here it is in winter mode:

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The room isn’t done yet. Lighting is still a major issue in this room as you can tell from the poor quality of these pictures. It’s a very large room with a vaulted ceiling and few windows. It may take seven more years to get it finished (and styled for pictures), but we’ll get there eventually!