Anthropologie's July 2012 catalog draws on the rich cultural influence of one of America's most defining cities: New Orleans. The photos were set in environments from old cafés to saloons to courtyards, and the city's strong ties to jazz and Europe were referenced throughout the catalog. We're homing in on the winning design elements that capture the spirit of this celebrated city.
This month, Anthropologie's newest catalog celebrates the beauty that can be found in the worn and the imperfect. From chipped benches to charmingly shabby cottages, these photos usher in the Fall season. See what I love about the current crop of Anthropologie's "nontraditional traditional" interior design photos and what inspirational ideas you can take away from the shots.
I look forward to the annual arrival of the IKEA catalog like a little girl does her wedding day. In other words, it's my big day. The IKEA 2010 catalog is finally online for all of you to virtually flip through until your paper copy arrives in the mail. As always, you'll be wooed by the fantastic styling and reasonable prices. There are definitely a lot of new things to love, but what should be noted is that many of your old favorites have reduced prices. Furthermore, you'll find classic IKEA products available in new colors and patterns. So, if you're coming back for more of your faves, you can expect more selection, and to pay less. Check it out and tell me what's on your wish list.
See what's on mine when you read more
I recently showed you how to steal ideas from Anthropologie's catalog, and today I'm back with more impressive styling from Swedish design shop Mimou. A purveyor of bed and table linens, cushions, poufs, and wallpaper, I ache for Mimou's fantastic materials and gorgeous design. But since I have no plans to head to Scandinavia in the near future, and I'm too much of a cheapskate to pay international shipping fees, I figure I might as well use its catalog for a little inspiration. To see how you can steal ideas from Mimou's catalog, check out this slideshow.
It's about that time again. Ikea's new 2009 catalog arrived in my mailbox last week and I spent a good 40 minutes gawking at all of the beautifully styled and photographed rooms, and now it's available for you to flip through online.
The big-box retailer may sell mostly flat-pack, assembly-required MDF furniture that's not the sturdiest I've ever owned, and they may charge an arm and a leg for shipping, but I will give it to Ikea for consistently emerging with eye-catching designs and photography styled to the nines. I'm at a point where I'm honestly trying only to bring home timeless, durable furniture that I can pass on to my kids one day, but when it comes to some accents, and textiles especially, Ikea never fails to win me over —
without breaking the bank. If I'd never seen their products in person, they could have fooled me: their new inventory is quite photogenic, appearing luxe, vivid, and perhaps most importantly, inspiring, on all 300-some pages.
While searching for fitness DVDs online, I found Acacia - it's a wonderful source for beautiful and natural products that relax and rejuvenate.
They have distinctive creations for the body, spirit, and home - for inspiration, well-being, and for a more healthy and balanced life.
I found some great videos on Pilates, Yoga, Dance, and Prenatal fitness. Each video is around $20, which seems fairly reasonable, considering I usually see them for a lot more.
Fit's Tips: Want to give the gift of health and wellness? You can buy Acacia gift certificates online, so your friend can choose from a whole array of spiritual items that support a healthy and peaceful lifestyle. This might even make great Valentine's Day gift for your loved ones.