Etsy aprons from Cape Town(!)

Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx over at Etsy makes the cutest, preciousest pillows, smocks and bags. They’re made in Cape Town, South Africa, and all are designed in simple, consistent patterns evoking birds, leaves, nature. Take a look.
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I’m giving Mom this Susan Branch cookbook for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and I’m anxious about the gift I got my ma. I got her a couple of Susan Branch’s cookbooks, which, if you’re not familiar, are handwritten and watercolored by Branch herself, with lots of uplift and sentiment, as though the books were written in the Secret Garden by the perfect […]
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A fantastic (and much-updated) antiques marketplace

Bookmark this in your “auction sites” folder. One Kings Lane is a vortex of antique everything, with furniture and art and rugs and glassware, everything everything everything. (see it here.) (See it here.) (And here.)
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The crazy-weird-cool lamps at Y Lighting

This site is stocked with futuristic-looking lamps of all kinds — indoors, outdoors, tabletop, track, accent, everything. There’s some pretty arty-advanced stuff, and some prettier, more traditional things, but overall, a very cool light marketplace. (Y Lighting.)
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I haven’t stopped by Farmhouse Wares recently, which is clearly a personal failing because this website always has wonderful goodies for your home and yard if country style is part of your decor DNA.

Top Three Thursdays

Why get Mom (yes, this is a subtle hint that the number of shopping days until Mother’s Day is rapidly diminishing and that if you know what’s good for you, you’ll get on it STAT!) a bouquet of

Gorgeous handmade rugs

Like wallpaper, rugs can add texture and excitement to a room. Also like wallpaper, rugs can be old, gross, outdated and distracting. So when I came across these rugs at Amy Butler Design, I had to share them. These are beautifully detailed — handmade!!! — and so interesting to look at. See for yourself: and: […]
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Small cool place

Apartment Therapy‘s is one of our favorite blogs and a must-stop in the design/home decor blogosphere. Seriously. Bookmark it now. Every year the site runs a Small Cool Apartment contest and every year I lust over the creativity of the people who making big things over very small spaces. It’s inspiring on many levels. One […]