"green" christmas

vintage owls purchased from thrift shops become a unified collection
with white paint! birch wood re-used from year to year for display.

recycled birch bark makes festive trees.

use a branch instead of cutting a tree [this one had fallen in the back yard]

paper whites planted in vintage milk glass purchased from thrift shops
make a great impact [you can re-plant the bulbs outside for next year]

old lamps turned into candle holders
[cut the cords and paint for your color theme]
we chose ginger jar shapes but you could use any shape/style you like

embroidery hoops get a new life by turning them into a graphic art
display [we used old scraps of wallpaper, remnant fabric, newspaper and
some funky old owls painted black]

vintage chair re-upholstered, vintage cuckoo clocks painted white to
compliment our colors

this amazing citroen car is surrounded by wood slices cut into 2" thick rounds
from a fallen tree [we used the smaller ones to prop up owls and give
height to candle holders inside]

this year we went green which to us means
using what we've got, recycling, re-purposing and re-doing.
the items purchased were chosen for their sustainability and
eco friendliness we felt good shopping at thrift shops that
support the community in many ways from women and
children of domestic abuse to the homeless, the money spent
goes to help those people in need. have fun and keep an open
mind you may be surprised at the outcome!

here are a few ideas for a greener christmas. . .

•this year after the holidays have your tree picked up to be made into mulch [check your local
boy scouts]

•decorate your tree with berries, cookies and popcorn strings that you can later feed to the birds
or compost

be green now sells seed paper ornaments, which grow into cilantro, you can even use them as gift tags. the company plants a tree with each tag sale

•use recycled paper for gift wrapping holiday cards and even for printing pictures here is a great article we found with lots of ideas wrap-sody in green
here's another great resource for recycled paper products whimsy press

•use LED christmas lights they use 80-90 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs

•look for handmade gifts that are not mass produced [better for the environment and the receiver]


sacred heart home tour 2008

we are very excited to be decorating a home for the tour this year.
the home owners are lovely and have been very gracious to let us
take over their home for a week!
we have tried to be as "green" as possible with our themes and decorations
this year. [re-cycled - re-purposed - re-did]

our next post will feature green ideas for the holidays!


real simple magazine

real simple did and article on surprise storage and used
the pagoda box as a genius storage solution, they are perfect for
hiding everything from stamps to jewelery. to order
please call or e-mail us.

the pagoda box as featured in real simple magazine [2 sizes] 3 tier or 5 tier


additional 10% off!

here is your opportunity to save $$$
on our huge selection of floor samples
and summer clearance.
through labor day 2008

jonathan adler, dwell bedding, chilewich,
amenity pillows, john robshaw, thomas paul,
dining sets, leather dining chiars,
tchotchke, lighting and more!


paper mache

we just ordered some of these pieces for the shop
amazing handmade [from recycled materials]
by artisans in haiti. available in 13 low voc colors
from african violet, pink and bahaman sea blue
we also love them in white! the birds will arrive first.

bird in white 6''h x 8''l x 4''w

praying mantis in douglas fir 11''l x 9''h x 3''w

sea rod coral in chartreuse 19''l x 22''h x 16''w

ferdinand the cow in bahaman sea blue 20''h x 20''l x 25''w

giant crab in pink 12''h x 69''l x 39''w



this louis collection by sixinch is one of our favorites
[it can be used inside/outside]
it's made of foam and polyurethane coating
and is available in any pantone color!

white louis sofa

canary yellow louis side chair

louis collection

white louis chair

pink foam cube


tile! tile. tile?

so... looking through our resources for a bathroom project
we are finding the most amazing new tile designs
and tile companies pushing the boundries of tile and tile installation in
a totally new direction it appears as though all you need is some tile,
a bag of grout and your imagination [well sort of] we recommend always
using a professional for design/ installation.
here are some of our favorites.

paccha and zizag from ann sacks

glam wall tiles by ulf moritz for viva

mosaic mirror, wall and tub from sicis

mosaic tub from sicis

croc embossed ceramic tile from walker zanger

super cool mosaic mural from sicis

mosaic chair from kalei

sicis mosaic on wall and ceiling

real jewlery grade turquoise tiles from ann sacks

floor wall and bathtub all covered in sicis mosaic


izzac mizrahi fabric

s. harris fabrics introduced a new range of fabrics designed by issac mizrahi. the dazzling fabric range can be used for window coverings, upholstery, bedding and pillows. the range includes metallic linens, dayglow brocades, gigantic vibrant florals and modern sheers the full range is available through the jettmodern shop.

waterweave in purple sage

schraft's in hot coral and green glow

welcomeflower in champagne, boa, cerise and nirvana

happy fields in garden

coin dot in antique

mega chintz in ultra violet


big love in old sacramento

the HBO series big love was filming in old sacramento on wednesday,
we had a front row seat to the entire thing [through our side window].
the stars trailers were right behind the shop, we watched and waited for
any of them to surface. finally had to go over to where they were
shooting, camera in hand ready to snap some paparazzi shots when
bill paxton and jeanne triplehorn ride by us on the sidewalk on bicycles
couldn't get the camera out of my pocket fast enough,
then chloe sevigny walks past but took me too long to realize
who she was. so we went around the back of where they were filming
and only got photos of the cars, until we were asked to leave the set
[apparently they did not want us in the background of the shot].
this is all we got!
bill paxton

old sacramento or elgin illinois?

yep we got really close to the cars...

project bridget

here are a few photos of a project we just finished for our friend bridget,
she has amazing taste great art and is not afraid of a little pattern
or color. we have really enjoyed working with her and what started
out as a client/designer relationship has turned into a great friendship.
thanks bridget!