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new uses for lonely socks from orla kiely

Okay, so you know we love Orla Kiely, and here’s a great example of why: Look at this fab idea of hers in the new issue of Rachael Ray magazine. You take a little flower pot and wrap it in a colorful sock. Snip the bottom (the toe) so it rests flat on table. Finally! Something to do with all those unmatched socks in the drawer! — Angela M.

P.S. Come back next week to enter our Orla Kiely at Target giveaway!

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take a peek at orla kiely for target

There are a few designers that we just adore — Angela Adams, Jonathan Adler, Thomas Paul to name a few. Also on the list is Orla Kiely, who mostly makes textiles and to-die-for totes in her cheery, retro, flowery repeats. Her new line for Target is not scrumptious just because it’s inexpensive — canisters for $15, tablecloths for $20 — but because it is so perfectly Shelterrific, we can’t stand it! We’re beside ourselves with glee. The collection of kitchen goodies looks like something you dream of uncovering in your mom’s basement. Luckily, it can be found quite easily in Target stores and online starting the 14th. And we’ll be having another one of our special giveaways soon… so stay tuned for more Orla!

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five things we learned last week

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1. Nothing says spring more than fresh flowers — and some new cleaning products! Emma writes of her seasonal ritual: “I put a large vase of daffodils, tulips, etc. on the kitchen table and fling open the windows. Oh I love spring!” Click here to tell us how you get your house ready for spring, and you could win a Mrs Meyer’s Snap Pea Cleaning Kit!

2. We don’t have suffer overheating from our laptops. Tiffany says: “I have these and they’re awesome! Not only do they help keep my laptop cool, they also let me type at a much more ergonomically-friendly angle!” Click here to see what she’s talking about.

3. We’re very excited to have a second chance on Orla Kiely’s Target goodies. Jamieofalltrades is excited to know that the stores are restocking in mid-April: “I really wanted some kitchen towels and now I’ll be able to snag something. Thank you!” Click here to read all about it.

4. When something we want is too pricey, the sewing machines come out! When we wrote about a shower curtain that was too expensive for her daughter, S’mee had another plan: “We went shopping… to a fabric store. For about $25.00 we were able to purchase enough fabric to make one exactly like it! It took me a couple of days to cut and gather all those tiny ruffles, but in the long run it was well worth it. ” Click here to see her inspiration.

5. We were looking for a cool retro radio, and you found it!
Paola wrote in to identify the object of our lust: “That’s a Roberts radio – they’ve been hugely popular in the UK for the last few years and have become a design cliche.” Oh, well — cliche there, fresh find here! Click to see.

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five things we learned last week

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1. Sadly, our local Targets aren’t stocking the stuff we crave. As Nap said: “My Target has the worst selection of the Orla Kiely goods and I couldn’t be more disappointed!” Luckily we have a little stash of her cute things to giveaway! Click here for a chance to win!

2. Those super soft toilet papers aren’t just bad because they use too many trees.
As Karen in Wichita says: “Having just paid the big bucks for still more maintenance on our aging sewer system, I’d have to point out that toilet paper choice is really a three-factor decision: comfort, environment, and sewage. Septic tanks are even more suspectible to the stuff, of course, and it’s pretty much axiomatic that the better the stuff feels, the worse it is about clogging pipes and/or not breaking down in the system.” Click here to weigh in on the great recycled toilet paper debate.

3. Painting just got easier thanks to a Teflon paint tray. Nick Klaus says: “That seems like such a simple thing, but so useful. like when they re-designed the paint cans. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.” Click here to read all about it.

4. Got ants? You can deter them without chemicals.
Bev Bourne says that in addition to bay leaves, she once “put out slices of spearmint gum (still in wrapper). Don’t know which of the two remedies worked, but problem solved.” Read more about these two ideas here.

5. We love the idea of adding a touch of life-like faux nature to our walls. Connie wrote about “These fluttering metal dragonflies that are 3D and look like they’re flying off the wall. I saw them in a local boutique a few weekends ago and they look super pretty (very light), I just don’t have a spot on my wall for them!” Click here to see some pretty crocheted butterflies.

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five things we learned last week

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1. Wow. You like your coffee. And you like cooking with it! Our Starbucks VIA giveaway has garnered more than 200 comments and counting. You’ve told us about coffee-calling recipes ranging from cupcakes (thank you Emily!) to brisket. If you’ve got one you want to mention for a chance to win this great goodie bag, click here and leave a comment before Tuesday!

2. Fresh flowers are the best way to brighten a room on a budget. As Aimee wrote: “There is just something about fresh flowers that add so much to the overall look of your home, not to mention the fact that they make you so much happier when you walk in and see beautiful colors. I may have to cut back over the next couple of weeks, but am looking forward to my bulbs blooming and the farmer’s market opening in the next few months where I can always find beautiful flowers for less.” Do you think fresh flowers are a splurge or a necessity? Click here to weigh in.

3. Films are even more fun when they are watched with good food.
Ellobie writes of our Oscar night food suggestions: “This reminds me of my old film club in Richmond, Virginia. Think book club, but we were too busy (i.e.; lazy) to read books. The food served at club would often be themed to the film.” Click here to see our Slumdog Millionaire-inspired treats!

4. We save old socks in hopes of uses ahead. Tyna writes: “I have lots of cute socks with holes that I’ve been saving to use for paint rags (someday I will paint my diningroom) or… something, now I have a use.” See Orla Kiely’s cute sock pot twist here!

5. You have some great ideas on how to self-cater a wedding.
Marie says: “We went with a Middle Eastern theme, which allowed us to satisfy our many vegetarian friends and also our mostly meat-eating relatives.” Click here for some amazing recipe suggestions for a garden wedding.

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