Friday, April 29, 2011

peace out


Had a great time at the KBIS ( kitchen + bath show ) this week - and a blast hanging with Erika of Urban Grace, and Meg and Jessica of LeSueur Interiors. Did I mention this all took place in Vegas? The 4 of us noshed at one of those restaurants that over looks a room full of blinging, flashing slot machine ( "wheel. of. fortune." ). We managed to do a wee bit o' gamblin' at the roulette table. I think Erika was the only winner (unless you count the $5.00 return on my $20.00 ). Those table guys are serious when it comes to gambling, they weren't even buckling to the Southern charms of my gorgeous cohorts (we were trying to get hints and tips ). Happy weekend "y'all"

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Ball Jar. A post about contained neurosis.

Lately, I've been having purging sessions with my plastic storage containers - replacing them with their glass, eco-friendly, counter parts. Nothing personal, I can just no longer look at their foggy plastic, mismatched tops and lack of fit-continuity. A jimble jamble mess of blue tops and weird shaped bottoms.

here, Martha teaches how to, etch the content's name on the outside of the jar. smart. but too much effort.

It started out for an aesthetic-neurotic reason. Or a neurotic-aesthetic reason. Not that I'm a crazy container aesthete. No. It's just that I have very little space to call 'Pantry' and it was driving me crazy (a very short drive, some days )  to pull open the doors exposing the, 6 shallow shelves and be affronted by ugly, torn open packaging, half empty bags of pasta, top curled over and clamped with a 'chip clip'- was just too much ugly and tended to set my teeth on edge. Particularly when I was feeling a little edgy as it was.

clearly, not my own cupboard, but someone who is equally as itchy as I when it comes to organizing 'pretty'

When I'm overwhelmed I get into what my husband calls an 'anti-hoarder mode'. Everyone around here seems to know when it's about to start. Even before I'm aware of it. Sort of like that yellow stillness before a tornado. You just feel it coming. Take cover, crawl under your desks, cover your heads.  Every man, child and dog for themselves.

This whole storm usually occurs when something in my life feels out of control or several things do and I haven't allowed them to surface. In some ways I find the neurosis very productive. At other times, I think it would be healthier to just give it a good cry, scream or both. Either way, because of it, I cathartictly get my home in order every few months or so. Depending on life's drama at the moment.

she does not look well. But look at her excellent organization and perfect pantry! A for effort my sister.

Back to the glass container thing. My  most recent bent, as I was mentioning, has to do with, no more plastic containers. It's all very  'Joan'. But also, I'm suspicious of all of that, carcinogen leaching you read so much about. That, and they're ugly, mismatched and they add to my already chaotic mind set.

I found these containers at Crate & Barrel:


They nest. This I like. Nesting is nice- space efficiency. Design, well thought out.  I bought a few sets and I'm set. They even make my fridge look a little neater. 

Now on to storage. At my local Craft Store I found Ball canning jars. Cheap as can be and they come in assorted sizes.  Big ones for bulk items, smaller for the above mentioned, pasta and cereal box dregs.

Sur la Table carries much nicer looking ones, but only because the lines are nicer and the embossed art is prettier, oh and the lids are one piece. Italian made. Go figure.

Antique versions with the blue glass can be picked up at any Granny Antique shop. But I'd never feel like they'd be completely sanitary for food ( no, I don't wash my hands compulsively. ) Although I do have a few that I put collections of things in- my grandmother's silk threads on wooden spools from the 30s, my Grandfather's turn of the century marble collection. ( yes, containing the family marbles)

and they come in some crazy colors -which could take the look to a Kountry Kitch-en  look. At least the brown ones do. I'd do the blues, pale greens and lavenders. Those are pretty. But, maybe not empty. They need to fill a purpose.


But really, the Gold Standard, King Pin of these, glass storage jars are those made by Weck. Look how beautiful they are :

You can find these at Heath Ceramics

And sometimes, when you get really crazy and start buying grains in bulk, you get them home, dump the bags into the jars and guess what? Quinoa looks just like Flax Seed and Bisquick looks just like Flour.  So then you come up with a cute labeling system like this:

Of course, for those of you who are singing along with me, this is where we all break into  chorus and sing, "Hallelujah!" all praise the, MUCH published, Emerson Made, freaking, PANTRY OF PERFECTION. uh. give me a break. To this, I aspire.

And maybe, if my crazies get the best of me and I end up with a hoarder's amount of jars, I'll turn to nifty little projects like these; a chandelier made of Ball jars. cute and easy.

or this ever clever little container device made with a few things picked up at the hardware store for under $10.00

In the mean time, my storm has passed and I feel the calm. It's amazing what a little organization can do for a soul. Namaste.

Monday, April 25, 2011

This Week on The Skirted Round Table:: Design Industry Leader, Joe Ruggiero


You may remember Joe Ruggiero from his long lived, HGTV show, 'Homes Across America' or maybe you know Joe as a product designer, Broadcaster? Pitchman? over all Marketing Guru? Joe's done it all and he sits with us this week telling us about his path to such success as well as catching us up to date on what he's up to these days. I also toss the idea around with him of opening up a pop-up shop on Montana, here in L.A. His line of furniture and fabrics are both beautiful, well made and very reasonable. Definitely a niche to be filled these days.

I have to say, though, the best part of this chat is how contagious this avuncular man's zest for life is. The energy that he exudes is so positive that it's no wonder he's so accomplished. Come listen, at The Skirted Round Table.

fresco towel tote winner......

Thanks to all who tweeted and commented on the, Fresco Towel Give-Away. Using, the winner was selected and is........Nathalie DeSouligny-Blanco.



Friday, April 22, 2011

peace out

via country living magazine

If your around { in Las Vegas, that is }, I'm speaking on a blogger panel at the KBIS show next Tuesday. Would love to say hi, if you'll be there too.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's that time again, the LA Mart's Spring Sample Sale

Someone was just asking me when this, annual sale, was happening. Well here it is....

when::  Saturday, Apr 30 10:00a to 5:00p
where::  L.A. Mart Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

"SHOP LIKE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER. The furniture and home furnishings showrooms of L.A. Mart Design Center will OPEN THEIR DOORS to the public for savings of up to 70%Furniture, rugs, lighting, art, and home accessories will be featured. From modern to transitional to traditional to eclectic to European inspired styles, this sale that has something for every home aficionado, even outdoor furniture for spring/summer. Free design consultations by appointment, first come first served."

This is a great chance to get to see the, usually, well guarded, to-the-trade-only Mart. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fresco Towels

If you haven't already, go throw yourself into the Fresco Beach Tote, Giveaway comment list. It's well worth the shot.  I'll be, randomly, picking one lucky winner to receive a beach/pool tote made of their luxurious, long staple, super soft cotton towels.

Their prints resemble, intricate tile work pattern, or an exotic carpet on a washed-bright background. If you're not familiar with this company, check it out. Their a family run business based here, in L.A.

photo courtesy, anthropolgie

Toss those worn out thin towels and treat yourself to something  that looks like a fabulous rug on which to perch your swimsuit clad self. You can buy their towels at Anthro and Ron Herman.

Veronica Beard

I'd like to get Summer started before I have to start thinking about Fall. But, the fashion world is already cranking and preparing us for the season to come.  Loving the art direction of Veronica Beard's new Fall '11 campaign. The clothes, the styling, the photography, the LOCATION ( dying over the art in this Long Island home ) all of it. Shot by the always talented, Claiborne Swanson Frank

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fresco Towels, Beach Tote giveaway

The kind folks at, the fabulously chic Fresco Towels, has generously partnered with bb8 for a luxury Beach Tote, giveaway. 


They are providing one of these beautiful bags for one of you very verbose commentors. And as usual, all that I require as an entry is a comment here. Want to better your chances? Tweet the Sweet you'll be entered twice.

see how tall and skinny these bags make you look?

Fresco Towels, is a luxury artisan brand of hi-end towels,  bath +  beach accessories made of 100% Turkish Cotton {produced locally} Some of my favorite retailers such as Anthropologie,
Ron Herman, American Rag and Calypso Home carry Fresco. And now, you could too. Check out their other products too. The towels are incredible.

Giveaway for this lovely, will end on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at midnight. So start commenting and tweet*tweet*tweet!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

......more from High Point Market

To be quite frank, I didn't know a lot about British furniture maker Theodore Alexander until I was given the tour of the awesome showroom. I use the term, 'awesome' in the truest sense. This was one large, packed-full-of-extraordinary-pieces, kind of show room. awesome,  it was. 

The Althorp collection - a line of reproduction antiques from from the ancestral home of the Spencer family was especially impressive. 

Being the gadget girl that I am, I was completely taken by the Jupe table with its moving parts. "The top is formed of eight pull - out triangular segments with inset fold out leaves to expand the table"
Very cool, from an industrial design standpoint.

Or check this desk out, another favorite as it has 100 hidden compartments. (and, yes,  it comes with instructions upon delivery )


and this little writing desk...

So cute. Although I think if it were in my home it would be inhabited with Calico Critters.

Theodore Alexander's showroom was endless and packed with absolutely everything for the well appointed, elegant home. 

As a bonus we ran into the Keno brothers who have a line of furniture at TA. ( there's a photo floating around out there of we bloggers with the gentlemen. But, I won't be posting it here. I look about 30 pounds over weight, hot sweaty and basically unraveled. Mmmhmm. I'm that vain )

Here's a little infomercial on their line if you're interested ( a stylist has clearly gotten a hold of these guys. they're suddenly tanned and turbo coiffed )


Next stop....Sligh, the makers of home office and entertainment furniture. The Sligh family, has been in the furniture industry for over 133 year, honing their product to the needs of an ever changing world of technology. I'll admit, when asked to find 'office furniture' I don't always get excited. But, Sligh has managed to create a wide range of design without overwhelming nor taking the fun out of design.

 I loved this, built in charging base.

Their patented electronic designs, created by a team of industrial designers, have put them in the forefront in the industry.

Entertainment cabinet tricked out with the 'Smart Eye' for your remote control. 

and then off we went, to the next show room (feeling tired yet?) .........

the train of design bloggers, coco+kelly and stylebeat in the lead.

Friday, April 15, 2011

peace out

photo credit:: TOAST

Girl Scout camping trip to the beautiful, Ojai this weekend. And you?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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