Last week while I was in Austin, I ate at the preppy seafood restaurant Perla's on South Congress. Upon entering the ladies room, I fell in love... with the wallpaper. The walls were donned in a beautiful Butterfly Jubilee. (Sidebar: As many of you know I have a love for butterflies, and it demands that this wallpaper go in my powder room.) The hostess kindly put me in touch with the owners of Perla's who told me that the wallpaper was from an Austin-based company called Mod Green Pod.
Here is a little taste of some more of their goodies:
Mod Green Pod is a member of the Organic Trade Association. All wallpapers are vinyl-free and made from water-based inks.
If you saw last month's premiere issue of SavorNC Magazine (a new guide to the good life for North Carolinians) you were able to read my interview with Jamie Meares of Furbish. For those of you who don't live in North Carolina, you can check out my interview with Jamie below. Thanks again to Jamie for giving us a Peak Into Her World.
I first heard about Jamie
Meares and her store Furbish in one of my many adventures in the
blogosphere. Jamie is also the
author of I Suwannee, the blog that
was the gateway to her booming business.
Jamie started blogging in 2007.
Through various e-design projects for her clients, she saw a need for a
more unique offering of furniture and home accessories. So, on November 21,
2009, Furbish opened its doors.
Jamie followed her instincts and took this leap of faith and has not
looked back since.
K: What was your career before
you opened Furbish?
J: Ugggh. it was in
marketing. I sat at a desk all day passing hours of my life - that's how
the blog was born.
K: I could imagine that you
wear lot of different hats between the store, online, custom design, etc.
Tell me about it.
J: Oh man the hats I wear.
and none of them are fancy hats. Right now I have lots of balls in the
air - the brick and mortar store, an online store that's shipping about 50
orders a day, my big design projects, my one hour consultations, people
bringing things to the store for us to paint, for us to upholster or to sew and
the blog. Also my husband and dogson, Rowdy! We're also battling a
mouse at the store (who sneaks in a night and eats soap!)
K: Describe your personal
J: My personal style is bright -
and bold. I’m a lot southern, a little bit modern.
K: What is your favorite piece
in the store?
J: I love the soap rocks we just
got in -- I know that's not an amazing huge vintage piece that I just
reupholstered, but these little rocks are just so glamorous and chic. I
saw them at a trade show in New York months ago, and have wanted to order them
since, and just got around to doing it. I visit them every morning --
they smell so good and pack so much of a decor punch in a tiny item
K: Favorite room in your house? Why?
J: I really like our bedroom --
it's on the third floor and we have a very slanted slot -- there's lots and
trees and a greenway behind our house, so it's sort of like being in a tree
house. We've got a nice big room with a few old Turkish carpets on the
floor. I can lay in bed and watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
and Rowdy sleeps on the sofa at the end of the bed. I also have a big bookcase
filled with books in case I finish one and need another quickly at night.
K: Tell me your thoughts on how to make a house into a home.
J: I think you make a house a
home by slowly bringing pieces you absolutely love into it. Cheaping out to get
something b/c it's inexpensive or because you have to have it right now makes
it look exactly what it is: cheap. Things can be a good deal, but they
need to have a story. I'm all for maximizing a budget, and making smart
design decisions, but it's important to know when to compromise and when not
to. I also think bringing animals into a house makes it a home... A
dirty home, but a home at that... and plants, books and art! I can't say
how important it is to have these things in your home!!
K:Best Part of your job?
J: Best: being my own boss.
Worst: right now, the
K: What are some of the fabrics,
textures that you are loving right now?
J: I'm loving tribal prints, and
Navajo inspired items right now. I love a good peach and gray color
combo, and I’d love for you to paint your ceiling not white. I'm also
very into spots; not necessarily an animal print, or a polka dot, but the
hybrid of the two.
K: Color combos for the new
J: Well honeysuckle pink was
just projected as the color of the year 2011. I can support that. I
also love a bright orange, and an almost drab olive green.
K: Describe your perfect day.
J: Maybe a Saturday at the
beach. Get up, go eat a big breakfast, do some shopping at my favorite
consignment boutique Hallaju, then check out the home boutiques in Lumina
Station - I am so inspired every time I go into Paysage - it's just such a lovely store, and I don't go too
often to get tired of it. Then headed out to the beach. Read a
Diana Galbadon book, let Rowdy dog around in the water, and drink 2.4 beers. I
love coming in from the beach for lunch and eating a real white bread sandwich
with Doritos and French onion dip.
Staying outside until
the sun starts to go down, and then eating again - maybe fried shrimp!
Furbish offers a fresh, edgy and eclectic twist to the average home furnishings.Located in Raleigh, Jamie not only has a store filled with lavish eye candy, she also offers design services at $75 an hour.
Here are the Furbish items that made it onto Kikis List:
For those of you who know me personally know that I am not into sports. I know, it's pitiful. I was the girl in gym class who literally walked the mile. Opposites attract, they say, and I happened to marry the Sports Guy. Because I never really played any serious sports, Mike likes to call shopping my sport. And nothing truly gets me more in the competitive spirit more than a good HomeGoods or TJ Maxx run. Seriously, I imagine it's much like Tom Brady feels like before the big game. My blood pressure rises, I start sweating and I begin sizing up the competition. I would even block or tackle if I had to.
So, last weekend after perusing through HomeGoods, here are some goodies that I spotted....
Gold dresser- $149.99
Green Klismos Chairs- $249.99 each.
Leather Studded Console Tables- $249.99 and $129.99
Upholstered Nailhead Headboard- $499.99
I found this on clearance for $35.
And here she is at Casa De Salmon. Now I actually don't mind the clickers being visible.
This thing is huge- about 19" square. The bigger the better- and I am so in love with the horns. It's such a great compliment to my family room.
Remember this post on Leighelena last Summer? Everyone I know who bought a Leighelena cuff (or two) is loving them.
Leigh's designs most recently graced the pages of Lonny Magazine's January/February issue.
All Leighlena pieces are hand made in Austin, Texas.
Leigh has been gracious enough to giveaway one of their newest designs, the Whipsnake cuff.
...And here are the rules for the contest:
1.) You must be a Follower of Kiki's List.
2.) To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment
on this post between today, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 and Friday, February
25 telling me why you should win. A winner will be selected at random and
will be announced next Monday, February 28.
3.) To receive an additional entry, you can link to this
post on your own blog (include the url to your blog post in
your comment). It is up to you to return to this post to enter your second
entry after blogging about the giveaway.
4.)Post about this giveaway on Facebook for
another additional entry. You must enter the link to this post in you status
update. It is up to you to return to this post to enter your second entry
after FB'ing about the giveaway.
5.) Tweet about this giveaway for an additional entry.
It is up to you to return to this post to enter your second entry
after tweeting about the giveaway.
6.) Lastly, like Leighelena on Facebookfor an additional entry. It is
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A few weeks ago I tweeted about Jennifer Aniston's new fragrance, available online at Sephora.com (available in stores in March.) This prompted a few questions from some of you.. At the time, I had not yet smelled the perfume, but my love for Jen gave me full confidence in her aromability.
Last Thursday, my peeps at Sephora gave me a sneak smell at the fragrance. After smelling it on the sample stick, I was so disappointed that I didn't even try it on. And when I say disappointed, I mean disappointed... Like ruined my day disappointed. I had so many high hopes for this scent. It smelled uber-sweet and a bit like an old lady to me. I dumped the stick in my bag and left, utterly defeated. After getting back to the office, I smelled the stick again and again, and the scent became less sweet and much more clean and beachy.
So, on Friday I went back down to see my friends at Sephora and tried it on. It was a unanimous love across the board in the office. So crazy how different it smells. Have any of you smelled it? I am interested to see what you think.
Today I am hopping on a plane to Austin. Unfortunately this time it will be much more business than pleasure, but if I were able to squeeze in some fun in the Live Music Capital of the World (and money was not an object), this is what I would wear:
Whether you love it or hate it, everyone seems to have an opinion of Lilly Pulitzer's Palm Beach prints. After receiving their new spring catalog, I am seeing Lily in a whole new light. Not that the label has given up on the bright colors and bold patterns that have made them famous-- just added some more sophisticated textures and lines that quite frankly, I am loving.. particularly their "Lilly Whites."
Check out some of these digs from the Spring catalog: