Let’s Go Shopping in Bali

Lucky us! My dear friend Katherine, owner of Zuna Yoga and part-time resident of Bali, is taking is on a decor shopping trip in Ubud, Bali!

Before we start, a few musings from Katherine on what we’ll be seeing:

‘Ubud is a hub of creative arts in Bali. It is brimming with carving, painting, jewelry, music, dance, theatre and more —so it’s surprising that the local language possesses no word for art. For the Balinese, this creativity has no meaning in itself. It is intended solely for pleasure of the gods, and its merit lies in the act of creation, rather than in the finished product. This also explains why so much of what is created, particularly the offerings for religious ceremonies, is simply destroyed directly after the event. 
 The Balinese are very religious and superstitious. Spirituality is everywhere, with trees, houses, temples, shrines being blessed by the people daily. The woven baskets (made of bamboo) are traditionally used to carry offerings to the temples. They are filled with flowers, fruit, incense, or symbolic coins. You’ll often see women dressed in ceremonial costume riding sidesaddle on the back of a motorcyle, with one of those baskets balanced on their laps. They also make fun decorative objects for storing more mundane items, like office supplies, charging cords and remote controls!
 Coconut wood is a common material, you can see the utensils and some of the painted trays (as well as the wooden inlay in the woven objects) are made from it. It has a lovely grainy, mottled texture and is polished to a smooth finish.
 Indonesian batik is quite famous. It’s a wax-resist dye technique, usually used on a heavy cotton fabric. The Balinese favor bright, rich colors and patterns. They wear batik tops and bottoms as part of their traditional garb – you see it everyday, everywhere. It’s also great for decorating – pillows, table runners, blankets.”
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Katherine tells me there’s beautiful beaches in Bali, too. But with all this fun shopping to do, who has time for the beach?
Learn more about Katherine at ZunaYoga.com
 

 

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

Corded

I love when I see a product with a design that’s a whole new way of looking at an everyday item. I’m loving these new-but-retro extension cords from Conway Electric I spotted recently. Rather than something to hide, they’re something cool to look at, with brightly colored boxes and cotton covered cords. This is an extension cord you’d want people to see, not one you’d hide behind the couch!

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Check them out here: www.ConwayGoods.com

How Hipsters Sleep

Check out this bedding I spotted at Nordstrom’s Home department last night:

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From a distance, I first only noticed the pretty colors. Upon closer inspection, I saw so many fun things hidden in this classic damask pattern – Vespas, glasses, to-go coffee cups, French Bulldogs, iPods with earbuds…

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Love it!

Nordstrom “Urban Holiday” Damask Print Duvet.

 

Succulent

I love succulents – they look beautiful anywhere. In Arizona, they were everywhere. I spotted them in every kind of container, and they always looked fantastic – even in a sponge:

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Or in a galvanized planter:

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Or a wooden box:

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In a basket:

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Next to a turtle shell:

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Or spilling out all over a vintage stool:

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Everywhere!

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Some were real living plants and some were fakes – can you tell the difference?

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Upon my return home, I spotted some beautiful (real) ones at a grocery store. So obviously you don’t have to travel far to get this beautiful look.

Spotted at:

Bungalow, Scottsdale, AZ

Tierra Del Lagarto, Scottsdale, AZ

Flower Child, Phoenix, AZ

La Grande Orange, Phoenix, AZ

Wegman’s, Virginia

 

Insta Real Life

I’ve been following Bungalow on Instagram for a while, and I was so excited when I realized they were in Scottsdale and I was going to be there too. A visit was definitely in order. Bungalow is a lovely (and huge!) shop that sells so many beautiful things for the home and even some clothes. They describe their style as “rustic modernism” – I’d describe it as comfy sexy modern farmhouse glam.  Here are a few of the fun things I saw:

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Loved this chair! The combination of the thin brass frame and the fluffy sheepskin made this my favorite item. I really, really want it for my bedroom.

There were other great chairs, too – these had great contrasting fabric backs, turning simple into stunning:

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This bookshelf was amazing – part sculpture, part storage:

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A basket of cow skulls, just to remind you that you’re in the West:

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But even so, a Union Jack looks great anywhere:

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And more great pillows:

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Loved this large leaf…

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And these upholstered benches…

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Thanks for introducing us, Instagram!

Bungalow, www.bungalowfurniture.com, Instagram: @bungalowaz

 

Chair-izona Part 2: Midcentury Heaven

If I ever win the lottery, I am headed straight to Red Modern in Phoenix, Arizona to outfit my dream house with some of their amazingly beautiful and pristine vintage Midcentury furniture finds.

They had some rare pieces like this Saarinen Womb Settee and a pair of Wegner Papa Bear Chairs. I’d never had the chance to sit in either of these before, so that was pretty exciting for a chair nerd like me.

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Even the sign outside was fabulous:

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As was the staircase inside:

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I was like a kid in a candy store – there was so much to see!

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I’m still dreaming about these orange chairs. They were beautiful from every angle.

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Which is better – the back of this chair – or the front?

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What catches your eye? I’d love to know – comment or send me a message on the Contact page!

More Arizona Design Finds to come…stay tuned!

 

 

 

Lunch Finds with PIF

I had a lovely lunch this week with my Partner In Finds and spotted some great lighting at the same time!

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The cobalt blue glass looked amazing against the texture of the reclaimed wood and the varying sizes of the pendants gave it a great funky fun vibe. And of course everything looks better with Edison style filament bulbs – these long ones are wonderful.

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After lunch, we stopped by JT Interiors in Potomac, Maryland and PIF picked up this lovely seat for her garden. She has plans to clean it up and give it new life – I’ll keep you posted on what she does to it.

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