August 27, 2008

Just Coast

These beverage coasters caught my eye immediately.
The exterior is polished nickel plated and the inside is mirrored glass.
They go with any color, any room (must be somewhat formal).
The picture just doesn't do them justice.

They will definitely be on my christmas shopping list as an easy gift for men, women, couples.

Restoration Hardware, $39

August 25, 2008


...does not have to mean starkness.
A more modern look also doesn't have to mean a more bland look.
The best part about this room is the use of color,
and that the bookshelves, occasional table, and shelves do not "match".
Still, the room looks put-together.
Just look how pleasant and welcoming it is...

August 24, 2008

Looking for a couch?

Then consider the following:

Leather- go with leather if you have the budget to do it. It is the most durable and
easily cleaned material. Rawhide is said to be four times stronger than any man-made material. A leather couch is a great investment -it'll last forever if properly cared for. If you are worried about maintenance with a leather couch, (like scratching) know that it is about equivalent to upholstered sofas -but the leather version will wear better. You will need to condition the leather every-so-often.

Must have upholstered?

D'oro Suede (also called "microfiber) is the easiest fabric to clean, and one of the most durable.
"Micro" fiber refers to the tight weave of the fabric -the tighter the weave,
the easier to clean because the stain can not penetrate the surface. A great option if you have kids/pets/spills.

Velvet and some Chenille fabrics would follow D'oro Suede in the durability test. Liquid spills will be a lot more work with these fabrics. Remember that you need to vacuum upholstered sofas, and fluff cushions monthly.

Stay away from Linen and Bark Cloth fabrics (or anything with a large weave) unless it will be used less frequently and only by adults.