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Category Archives: Design
Craigslist is a great marketplace to score local finds. However, just like any resale marketplace or thrift store, it takes time and patience to find the best stuff. This unfortunately means that busy people do not always get to take advantage of everything it can offer. Since I myself often do not have time to parse through all the crap to find the gems, I frequently refer to a few sources that do the searching for me! Apartment Therapy (one of my main go to sources for virtually everything) posts the Eastern Daily Scavenger which is a roundup of the best items posted on Craigslist. I try to check it out a few times a week for any good inventory. One of the best scores I have ever found is this amazing mid-century Danish chair. I had to have the frame reinforced, but it is still one of my favorite pieces. Another great resource is the DC specific blog called Listed District, created by a local graphic designer who highlights some of the best offerings throughout DC. Hunting sites like these are becoming more common, so no matter where you live, try to find resources that will take some of the leg work out of the search!
As previously mentioned, I recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Morocco. While in Marrakech, I stayed at the fabulous La Mamounia, which can only be described as heaven on earth. From the moment I entered the palace, I was consumed by a wonderfully intoxicating scent, which was exotic, seductive, refreshing and yet subtle all at the same time. Olivia Giacobetti, owner of the INUX boutique in Paris, one of the preeminent perfumeries, designed the signature scent for La Mamounia which showcases both dates and cedar wood, two quintessentially Moroccan elements. Luckily the hotel sold some of the custom candles (for a small fortune, of course!) thereby allowing me to bring this scent home. Whenever I burn the candle, it reminds of the fabulous time I had on that trip!
How can anyone just not love this time of year? OK – maybe if you have allergies – but still! In DC, it has been absolutely beautiful. The weather has been so warm and the cherry blossoms are out. Although the winter was not harsh, you can still feel everything waking up. I have been trying to bring some of that freshness into my apartment. One of my favorite spring floral arrangements is so simple. All you need is some seasonal branches and a clear vase. This also gives me the opportunity to mention one of my favorite home and garden stores – Terrain. Although a little pricey, I love this store. They carry some really gorgeous products and are always creating unique and simple arrangements. I love using their site for inspiration, which is how I created the seasonal branch arrangement that is now sitting on my dining table (see the photo below)!