Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Little More Love...

I am certainly aware that Valentine's Day has passed and I definitely recognize this isn't a picture of a diamond ring, or a pearl necklace, and it's absolutely not a romantic candlelit's an anteater. 

So, what's he got to do with love? 

Well, he's just the cutest anteater I know, next to the real thing, and I've had my eye on him for quite some time and he just arrived at the door wearing only a card, reading "just a little more love". 

So, as I collect the Valentine's cards from this year, to tuck into an already overflowing shoe box, and put the Michael Buble CD's, that I expected to receive, on the shelf with the others, I look into the this sweet little face of my new anteater and realize that even after 16 years, my husband still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Oaxacan carving of an anteater - by artist, Luis Pablo. 
Visit Solmar Imports Art Gallery for more from this artist and many others. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sit a Spell

There was a time, while I was growing up, that I couldn't pass by a chair on the side of the road without wanting to bring it home.  Seemed it was chairs (and chests of drawers, but that's for another story) that were my passion and before too long I became a home for wayward furniture.  I'll never forget an early spring day when I was cleaning off my screened porch - I took all the chairs out into the yard to do so and as I was organizing them into neat little rows, I suddenly found myself noticing, my goodness, I have a chair garden. 

I had wicker chairs, wood chairs, adirondack chairs, metal garden chairs with peeling paint and rickety old rockers.

I had a story for each chair. 

There's still something appealing to me about an old porch rocker creaking quietly in a summer breeze.  This evening I plan to sit on my deck, rock in one of my rocking chairs, although not old and not rickety, and enjoy the unseasonably warm February night, before the expected weather for February, in Washington DC, reappears.

I've traded in my old rocking chair for this updated version from Poly-Wood, pictured below, (I actually bought 4 of them and for Christmas I bought my husband 4 black adirondack chairs).  Poly-Wood chairs are made from recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, not that you'd ever dream of getting rid of them.  While they were a bit of an investment initially, they never have to be replaced unless I get tired of black (they come in several colors, but I love the black).

These chairs are green friendly and made in the USA!

I found my Poly-Wood chairs locally, so please consider paying a visit to my friends at The Chair Shop, in Alexandria VA.  Their name says it all - chairs, chairs and more chairs (and so much more).  In business since 1984, they carry over one hundred manufacturers, including Poly-Wood, and the majority of their lines are made in the USA.   

So, when I feel the need for a chair fix, I pop in and sit a spell.

Happy Friday!

Poly-Wood Rocking Chair - Jefferson Rocker

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bee Mine

With the buzz of Valentine's Day still in the air, I found a couple of inspiring "bee" mine accessories -
I think the bracelet might just have to bee mine...

Vintage Bee Print
Vintage Bee print, available through
Bee in Honeycomb Felt Pillow
Bee in Honeycomb felt pillow, available through

Get it while there's still time - Kate Spade Queen Bee Bracelet on Ebay!
I've got my eye on this.

From Greenhouse Fabrics, there's always a buzz for a Napoleonic Bee fabric

Beehive Box
Mottahedeh Bee Hive Box

Bee Chandelier Shade - Sage
Bee Chandelier Shade
Bee Pillow
Handhooked Bee Pillow - this is on order!

Paddywax Bee Collection Hand-poured Beeswax Blend Clover Scented Candle In Glass, 5.5-Ounce
Paddywax Beeswax Candles, assorted fragrances, through

Bee Pillow Cover, 18", Twilight Blue
Bee Pillow Covers, from Pottery Barn, and matching linens

Monday, February 14, 2011

With this Ring

Valentine's Day seemed the perfect day to share a little treasure I came across while doing some shopping - it's a fabulous handmade sterling silver ring stamped like the bands that naturalists and biologists use to "band" wild birds for research.   The ring can be customized with the name of your spouse, the place where you were "banded" and the date.  I plan to order one for me and one for my husband and since we both love birds, it's even more befitting.


Unique Handmade Rustic Sterling Bird Band Ring - makes a great groom gift
Sterling Silver "Banded" Ring

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Oh Suzani

Suzani is defined, by wikipedia, as a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Suzani designs draw inspiration from colorful floral motifs, including leaves, vines and fruits, as well as sun and moon disks and occasionally birds and fish.
The word Suzani is from the Persian Suzan, meaning needle, and the art of making these textiles in Iran is called Suzankāri, meaning needleworkSuzani designs have been gaining in popularity and have adapted effortlessly from the traditional textiles to beautiful home decor and accessories. 

Suzani Fabrics, from Calico Corners

Suzani motif pillow, available thru

Suzani Flat Woven Wool Rug - Cost Plus World Market
Suzani Flat Woven Rug, from World Market

Black, White & Bright Suzani Table Runner - Cost Plus World Market
Suzani Table Runner, from World Market
Suzani inspired appetizer plates, Pier 1,
This pattern is also available in cereal bowls, dinner plates, salad plates, mugs, dip bowls...!
I found the matching candleholders at HomeGoods last year - I had no idea there were other items
- I am heading to Pier 1!

                   I am seeing a little Suzani inspiration in the following decorative mirrors, from Uttermost.

Trapani mirror

Petaluma mirror

Suzani tea jar, Tozai Home Collection by Two's Company,
suggested retail $400.00

Suzani cloisonne and porcelain trinket boxes, Tozai Home Collection by Two's Company -
suggested retail, per box, $155.00

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Along with paint (the forerunner for instant gratification in my book), I feel that a mirror can change a room in an instant and, unlike some home furnishings and accessories, the right mirror can situate naturally into any space.  Say that about a sofa fitting into a bathroom...  The right choice can add bling and pizazz or simply a quiet reflection.  Added dimension and architectural interest coupled with so many choices of finishes, sizes and styles, there's a mirror waiting patiently to meet your decorating needs.

Garden District Mirrors
Garden District Mirror, from Ballard Designs and priced affordably as a pair,
this mirror has been a popular accent of mine.

Dorado Star Mirror
Dorado Star Mirror, from Ballard Designs

Kinsey Mirror
Kinsey Mirror, from Ballard Designs, I love the horizontal shape and the antique mirror!

Amberlyn Mirror, from Uttermost

Himalaya Mirror, from Uttermost

Alita, Champagne, Mirror, from Uttermost

Sedona Mirror, from Uttermost. 
What drama it adds when placed against a dark surface!

Aubrey Mirror, from Uttermost. 
I love the simplicity and grace of this mirror and just purchased it for use
over a vanity for one of my clients - it's even more beautiful in person! 

Eagan Multipanel Mirror, Large, Bronze finish
Eagan Multipanel Mirror, from Pottery Barn. 
This one is big, so it's perfect when you have a soaring fireplace and
need to dress it up, as indicated in the Pottery Barn photo credit

Mansard Mirrors
Mansard Mirror, from Restoration Hardware.
Something old is new again, hand-carved from salvaged wood.

Monday, February 7, 2011

It's time for "Mardi-Growl"

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2011 Mardi-Growl, Friday March 4th!  Alexandria, VA 

Please join Rabbit Runn Designs by showing your support of The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, or an animal welfare league in your area.  Rabbit Runn Designs is supporting this years annual Mardi Growl by donating a 2 hour in-home consultation to their silent auction and along with the consultation, RRD is enclosing a personal donation to AWLA as a way of saying thank you.  By now, you've all heard me mention my kittens - our little trio were part of a local rescue organization's efforts and without their tireless efforts and critical work, I wouldn't be so lucky to have Porter, Stella and Stout.

        Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever - meaningful ENGRAVED wood sign for any dog lover
                                                                   An appropriate message,
                                                    Wooden Dog sign, available through
                                                              - also available for cat lovers

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Little Accent... Table

Sometimes, when you want just a little something different, an accent table can be just the right touch for an extra dash of panache.  These pieces, from varying sources, mix it up in such a way by keeping it fresh, funky and affordable.

Lucia Accent Table
Lucia Accent Table, Grandin Road online

Acrylic Side Table, from Wisteria
An antique made modern.

Lucia Accent Table
Fiona Triangle Chest, from Grandin Road online.
Available in 5 colors: apricot, espresso, pine green, blue and sunflower
Travers Stepped Console
Travers Stepped Console, from Ballard Design.  I simply adore the hidden drawer!

Frog Rain-Drum Accent Table
Frog Rain-Drum Accent Table, from Pottery Barn 

Newberry Side Table
Newberry Pedestal Side Table, from Pottery Barn

Hexagonal Silver Side Table, from Wisteria

Ginger Persimmon Side Table, from Crate and Barrel
Also available in blue and white, powder coated 18 gauge carbon steel.

Quarry Side Table, from Crate and Barrel. 
A hand-forged iron base with white marble top

Foundry Adjustable Personal Table, from Crate and Barrel
Hand-hammered and antique copper over engineered wood top with cast iron base

Friday, February 4, 2011

Shedding Light on Things

Recently I needed to find just the right table lamp for a client's living room, so while on my quest, I happened across quite a few choices that made me take note.

 Colorful Quatrefoil  Table Lamp 4 colors!
This one comes in aqua, orange, lime green and blue - Colorful Quatrefoil Lamp

 Blue and Green Glass Ball Table Lamp
For those times I can't decide between aqua and kiwi, this way I get both!
Blue and Green Glass Ball Table Lamp

 Chippendale Table Lamp
Chippendale Table Lamp - this is a great one, classic design with a transitional appeal -
I am loving the navy banding on the shade!  I might have to buy this one next!

From Currey and Co., the Artois Table Lamp.  This ended up being the selection I made for my client - it's mixing perfectly with my color palette of chocolate, salmon, gold and navy.

Also from  Currey and Co., the Angelica table lamp

Okay, we all need to find a space for this one -  "three frogs and a very wily chameleon"
From Currey and Co., the Chameleon table lamp

From the Kalinda Collection from Murray Feiss, I do love the gold with the highlight of silver -
 this could work in so many places!

Antique Mercury Glass Table & Bedside Lamps
Antique Mercury Glass lamps from Pottery Barn -
I love mercury glass, so I've got to keep these in mind!