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The Right Stuff

Decorator Joe Nye’s Beverly Hills apartment is featured in this month’s House Beautiful.  The answer to the question posed on this month’s cover, “What Makes A Room Look Great?” in Joe Nye’s case is stuff–but not just stuff–glorious stuff–colorful stuff–the right stuff.

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Meanwhile back in Rockridge I’m trying to get rid of all my stuff.  But Joe’s apartment inspired an epiphany–I’m not only getting rid of stuff–I’m making room for the right stuff.

Click here to see the full spread (if you like flowers the apartment/photos are filled with them).

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Mossy Garden Fence

My good friend KRB came to visit this week and marveled at the simple design and beautiful moss on my garden fence.  I’d never thought twice about it, but having a fresh pair of eyes around brought my attention to the worthiness of my everyday.

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I. and I realized we love the fence so much, we want to replace the other two sides of the garden (that have a different, less mossy, less charmingly simple design of fence) with it.  Many thanks to our fresh set of eyes.

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Warmest Day of 2009 in Rockridge so far!

gardening1Strong midday sun upper left, dappled sun and wisteria blossoms on the deck, a new terra cotta pot and seeds

seedsSeeds: (clockwise from upper left) Black Watchman Old Fashioned Hollyhocks, Love in a Mist Mulberry Rose Nigella, Heirloom Pepperbox Poppy, Scented Nicotiana Jasmine Alata, and Parisian Pink French Larkspur

And a song for all of you:

Oh Happy Day sung by the Oh Happy Day Spirituals from their album the Oh Happy Day Spirituals!

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I’m Very Excited About: Creative Women

I found out about this company through my favorite blog, Saipua (where else?).  The Saipua store, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has begun carrying these products.  The company is Creative Women.  From their website:

CREATIVE WOMEN cares … about beautiful hand-woven African textiles, about good design, and about improving women’s lives. We are a Vermont based, women-owned company, working in partnership with two textile design studios in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a textile studio in Swaziland, to create traditionally inspired contemporary accessories and home textiles.  More than just designing and selling textiles, Creative Women works to promote equitable trading practices and to support women’s economic independence.  “I founded Creative Women as a way to create jobs in Ethiopia and sustain an ancient art form by introducing the West to the beauty of Ethiopian textiles”, says owner Ellen Dorsch.  “Today Creative Women provides a socially responsible link between producer and consumer by opening markets for these high-quality textiles.”

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Their beautiful Ethiopian cotton towels

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Yesterday I came home to a 3rd sofa

Yes, a third sofa for my under 1,200 square foot craftsman.  

It’s working its groove thing in my dining room right now.  And has no feet.  Yet.

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