hot water bottles: a good thing

(photo courtesy of potterbarn.com)

I'm the type of person who is always cold. It must be genetic. So when my boyfriend introduced me to hot water bottles last month, I was in heaven! Now, I won't sleep without one. They're perfect for cold winter nights and lazy winter mornings. If your a cold person like me and do not yet own a hot water bottle, RUN, don't walk, to pick one up at your local drugstore. I promise you'll love it! That being said, nothing can keep your warm better than a furry little dog :) 

my bff, bella

a stitch in time saves nine

I've been affixiated with needlepointing ever since Jonathon Adler put it back on the radar a few years ago. It wasn't until I saw this photo of Renegade Handmade's In Stitches Showcase that I realized how chic a cross stitch sampler would look hung on a wall! I'm head-over-heels in love with this Mr. Darcy sampler and this silhouette sampler from etsy dealer thetimeisnow.


chanel's particulière

First, it was Chanel's Black Satin. This past fall, it was Chanel's Jade. So, the nail craze for Spring '10? Chanel's Particulière. Since its debut at the Spring 2010 RTW show, this grey-mauve vernis has been popping up everywhere! I'm trying to find a bottle before my girlfriends get their hands on one, but it's sold out everywhere. Apparently, Essie sells a similar shade, called "Chinchilly," for a third of the price. Hopefully, I'll be able to track it down soon.


inspiration boards

I love looking at other designer's inspiration boards, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites. I just updated my inspiration board last night. There is only so much you can do in a tiny college apartment, and I've found that constantly updating my inspiration board is a fun (and inexpensive!) way to add color and style to my room.

Diane Von Furstenberg's Board

Caroline Herrera Jr.'s inspiration board in her home in Spain

Inspiration board in Maximilian Sinsteden's (protege of Charlotte Moss!) amazing dorm room.

(image courtesy of Habitually Chic) Interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper's board

Interior designer Mary McDonald's board is on her doors! What a clever idea.

Diane Bergeron's inspiration board in her Melbourne apartment.

Heather Clawson's (of Habitually Chic) board

tim walker

If you haven't heard of photographer Tim Walker, you definitely know who he is. He's the mastermind behind those colorful, near-perfect ads for Juicy Couture. I stumbled across one of his images a few weeks ago was absolutely floored. This man is brilliant! The more I researched Mr. Walker, the more I fell in love with his work. The things I would do to have this man's vision! In 2008, The Design Museum in London curated a fantastic exhibit of Mr. Walker's work. Krisatomic has photos of the exhibit here.

I like the image above the best. It reminds me of this scene from The Royal Tenenbaums (my favorite movie!):