steal this idea: jewelry display as decoration

I’ve recently started wearing more jewelry. Consider it a product of getting older, but I decided I need a tad more “bling” above the neck. I had my ears re-pierced and have started collecting cute studs and delicate charms on chains to match around the neck. Mind you, my idea of bling is still pretty tame, but I have fallen in love with one or two chunky necklaces recently. (Jcrew, you know me too well.)

The problem is, each night I remove my body decorations and place them in little trinket holders on my overly crowded dresser top. In the morning, I squint in low light to retrieve the matching earring I am seplaceing for, and often I fail at the task. I’m determined to create a new way to display and organize my jewelry. I want something that helps me see all my options.

This bedroom photo from Houzz totally inspires me. Though my collection is not nearly as great as the one on display here, this bungalow’s bedroom has one whole wall dedicated to its owner’s sparkles.

How do you organize your jewelry at home? I need more ideas. Help!

To see more from this house, by Bosworth Hoedemaker architects, visit this Houzz gallery.

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for the love of bees: an art collection to inspire

Goodbye, squirrels! Hello, bees! As our latest adventure in beekeeping continues (I’ll send along an update from our new hives soon), our obsession with everything bee-related is growing. I spotted this amazing collection of art in a children’s clothing store called The Bees Knees in Hudson, NY, and it has given us a new mission. Hunt down and gather bee-related art for a wall in our home. Shown here is an eclectic grouping of commissioned and found art. In the bottom right, an original from local Hudson artist, Earl Swanigan. A quick seplace of Etsy tells me there’s lots of bee-u-tiful art to be discovered.

Do you collect art in a theme? Tell us about it!

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post off: what furniture will you pass down to your kids?

Yesterday I read this great post on Apartment Therapy about how to chose furniture you can pass down to your kids. It reminds of the importance of good quality and classic design, and after reading it, had me looking around our house in a whole new light. I have often been envious of people who have inherited great pieces of furniture or artwork from their families. Aside from a few kitchen staples like some Corningware casserole dishes and Pyrex bowls (Thanks, Grandma!), there hasn’t been much to trickle down our way. Our current mix of furniture includes a few investment pieces — like our gorgeous red Eames chairs and a great mid century dresser set in our bedroom. I wonder if Isadora will love them like we do when she is an adult? I admit that I have been saving a few fashion pieces — Marc Jacob shoes, a Miu Miu handbag — in hopes she’ll swoon over them like I did before long.

What about you? Have you inherited any family treasures, or are you gathering your own now?

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steal this idea: asian plate wall

Sometimes you find decor inspiration when you are least expecting it. The other night, we ducked inside Noodie’s on 9th Ave in NYC for a quick pad thai before a concert (not just any concert, but Leonard Cohen at Radio City). Faced across from this wall full of gorgeous Asian bowls, I could hardly concentrate on my chopsticks. Going up at least 20 feet high, there were about 175 bowls of various sizes drilled onto the wall. The large ones were statement pieces, the kinds you’d use to impress guests with a whole sea bass; others were standard issue rice bowls that are about 99 cents each at Pearl River. To make an impact like that, you’d have to quite a collection of your own, but I think 10 to 15 plates would be a good place to start. The key is to have a palette of colors that work well together — here it was a mix of browns and blues with some pops of red. To adhere to the wall, you’ll need an electric drill with a diamond head drill bit, a C-clamp, spare wood pieces, masking tape, a friend, and patience. Here’s how it’s recommended over at Ehow:

How To Drill A Ceramic Plate To The Wall:
1. Cover the place on the ceramic plate where you want to drill a hole with a strip of masking tape, then mark the exact point for the hole with a pencil dot on the tape. The masking tape will prevent the drill bit from slipping when you begin drilling though it.

2. Place a flat piece of scrap wood on the surface underneath the plate. Position a G-clamp around the wood and plate, place a small piece of scrap wood between the top of the clamp and plate, then screw the clamp closed to hold the plate firmly in place.

3. Fit your drill with a diamond bit of the appropriate size for the hole you want to drill. Set the drill to a speed of 100 to 200 rpm.

4. Recruit a friend or family member to spray the drill bit with cold water as you work when you are ready to drill through the plate. This prevents the bit from overheating.

5. Position the drill bit over the pencil mark on the masking tape and hold it at a perfect right angle to the plate. Begin to drill slowly and steadily without applying any additional pressure. Don’t be tempted to speed up or press down as you work, just take your time and let the drill bit do all the work.

6. Stop drilling as soon as you feel that you have gone all the way through the plate and into the scrap wood underneath it. Un-clamp the plate, wipe it clean with a soft rag and remove the masking tape.

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want it now: new mad men poster

We’re dusting off our cocktail shakers and getting ready to cozy up with Don Draper in tonight’s overdue return of Mad Men. The year will be 1968, and the show’s set design will no doubt be getting groovy. The transition from mod, streamlined mid-century design to organic and shaggy late 60s should be interesting. You can see the mood shift already in the new official poster. Gone are sharp graphics and free-falling silhouettes. They’ve been replaced with hand-drawn lines and pencil shading. It was created by an illustration master Brian Sanders and it is reminiscent of the kind of work that was frequently found in magazines like Reader’s Digest in the early 70s. Not only does the drawing hint at the drama that may lie ahead, but it also the change in fashions. (Note the wide striped tie — radical for Don.) Unfortunately, the team at AMC has not made the new work available for purchase. We might just have to pick up one of these more classic graphics from Needle Design, below, available through Fancy for $30.

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