If you have a fireplace in your home, your mantel is a perfect place to bring some Halloween spirit into your home. From Fall-themed displays with pumpkins and gourds to spooky arrangements with cheesecloth cobwebs, bats, and spiders, I have plenty of decorating inspiration for your Halloween mantel this year. Let's take a look!
>> Let's face it: we spend more time with our co-workers than with non-office friends and family. Luckily, we find a good number of them quite awesome. If you're feeling the same kind of love, gift them something sweet and special this year to show that you mean it. There's peppermint-scented shampoo for the beauty-obsessed, a cute camera case for the budding photographer, mini cacti for the one with the green thumb . . . and more fun gift ideas below!
While I do think the Crate & Barrel Sloane Leaning Desk I recently showed you is ideal for small spaces like studios, another option is a wall-mounted desk, which frees up floor space. I'm salivating over this MASH Studios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk ($720), in particular. Its English walnut frame is luxurious but relaxed at the same time. Another great feature is its sliding, white, powder-coated aluminum doors which run across a grooved track, allowing you to keep some of your office gear on display and your messy paperwork smartly hidden. But make no mistake, this desk would look sharp in a home of any size, and considering the price, it may not be affordable for those starving recent grads living in compact studios.
The Thorsten van Elten Still-Life Bowl ($100) is a fruit bowl made from a glazed earthenware dish outfitted with an oak frame that can be set horizontally or vertically, so you can create your very own still life without even getting your paint brush wet. Yeah, you might prefer a van Gogh, but you can't have everything, can you?
The Harry Allen Branch Table ($525) is new to Design Public these days. The table is part of Allen's Reality series product line, which you hated in the past, but I'm keen on this design. The pedestal of this table is an actual casting of a Dogwood branch, and the wooden base is crafted from solid Ash wood. The result is both derived from and resembles a natural element. The thing is: I can't quite figure out where I'd place it in a home. I'm stumped. What do you say?
At 2-x-3-ft., this Angela Adams Islands Moonstone Rug ($70) may not be the biggest rug you can find for its price. But it packs in maximum eye-catching cool and circle trendiness that make it well worth it the spend. A well-designed attention grabber like this proves that not even 6-sq.-ft. of space should be overlooked. It's also probably the cheapest Angela Adams rug you can get your hands on.
Joanna Notkin, founder and head designer of LoooLo Textiles, has recently brought her sustainable textiles to the shelves of Design Public. She's been recognized as an important up-and-coming designer in the sustainable design field, and her debut collection, presented at the 2004 Interior Design Show in Toronto, won the ‘best collection’ award from New York-based Metropolis magazine. LoooLo sources the best organic fibers, dyes with the least environmental footprint, and manufacturers who respect the philosophy behind the products. Her collection of cushions and blankets is also beautiful, romantic, and parfait for Hibernation month.
Through Nov. 30 at Design Public, you can save 15 percent on on all dwell table linens and notNeutral products by entering the coupon code SAVE15NOV into the promotions field at checkout. I'm totally digging these chinoiserie placemats ($88, $74 on sale). I'm thinking: Christmas gift?
This jolly set of CAKE Chrome Gnomes ($42) is new at Design Public, and I gotta get my hands on them. I know they're just decorative ceramic figurines, but they're so cute they make me smile. I almost wish they were s&p shakers—wouldn't that be better? Functional or not, they're definitely trendy these days.
Bean bag chairs are a staple of rec rooms and college dorms. They're comfy, versatile, and even available in sports motifs to match your favorite team (please, just don't). But rarely has anyone accused a bean bag chair — particularly one shaped like a football — of being chic.
That's why I'm itching to sink down into one of these high-design interpretations of the good ol' vinyl bean bag. These three bags would sit attractively in the corner of any well-decorated room, ready to make an appearance anytime you needed some extra seating for guests.
The Fatboy Original ($229) would be great for movie-watching. It's basically a great big pillow that multi-tasks as a chair, a recliner, or a cushion. Available in 15 colors or three Marimekko patterns for $299.
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