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Stylish Sustainability

In the world of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc etc, one can get overwhelmed with the availability of different resources.  I am constantly discovering new sites, each with some bit of wisdom to share.  That being said, when you find a source that is so spot on with your personal style and interests, it can be an invaluable match!  If I had to choose one,  my match in the digital world would probably be Remodelista.  Remodelista is an amazing site which I visit for virtually every design need (defined very loosely, of course).  To me, it really encapsulates all that is simple and modern and minimalistic.  I have always thought that one’s environment should compliment the style and personality of the people who live in it, and this is reflected in everything that Remodelista does.  I wanted to share this great video that reminds me to find beauty in even the normal and mundane and inspires me to incorporate sustainable practices when doing so.

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House Beautiful DC Scavenger Hunt

As a long time DCer, one of the biggest downfalls (in my humble opinion) of this city has been its reluctance to develop its own style and personality.  Fortunately, I think there has been a subtle shift in the landscape so to speak.  It seems like people are gradually embracing both design and fashion and are developing the city’s personality.  That being said, I always welcome design events that try to reach out to a broad demographic.  Tomorrow, House Beautiful is organizing one such event. To promote their Color It Green guide, they are organizing a scavenger hunt throughout DC with awesome green chairs from a variety of different designers as prizes!  My favorite so far is the classic Loll Adirondak.  Definitely if you are in the DC area tomorrow, check out the scavenger hunt and hopefully you can score some new chairs!

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Eames Documentary

So, anyone who knows me knows that the one “thing” that I have wanted the most and will someday own is the Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller (second is the Saarinen Tulip Table in marble – yes, I am saving my pennies!).  I know that some people think it’s ridiculous to spend that amount of money on a chair, but let me tell you, it is not just a chair.  It is a work of art.  It is perfectly crafted to fit the human form, and it is gorgeous to boot!  Anyway, I recently watched a great documentary about the genius duo of Ray and Charles Eames called Eames: The Architect and the Painter, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in design, art or history.  These two were pioneers that forever changed the landscape of modern American design.  Check out the trailer here.

 

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Beni Ouarain

Just back from a recent trip to Morocco, I am feeling both inspired and refreshed.  While there, I spent quite a bit of my time exploring the labyrinth of alleys and lanes that make up the famous souks.  Craftsmen and artisans have shop after shop set up and sell practically everything – textiles, pottery, shoes, clothing, and of course, carpets.  Moroccan carpets come in a variety of designs and are embroidered or woven or both.  Historically, the various tribes have  each created their own distinctive style. To the shopper, this basically means piles and piles of choices.

The past year or so I have been seriously lusting over the Beni Ouarain rugs, which are known for their cream/beige color and shaggy pile, however they tend to run on the expensive side in the States.  Recently some of the bigger home furnishing stores such as West Elm and Anthropology have started carrying Beni Ouarain rugs as well, however the ones they carry tend to be the less traditional styles and designs.  Well, with this in mind, I knew that this was certainly something I wanted to look into while in Morocco.  And look into it I did!  I probably went to at least 6 different shops inquiring about these rugs.  I definitely found a few gorgeous pieces that had the traditional Berber designs.  Unfortunately a few that I loved  were still a bit over my budget.  Normally I would probably convince myself to splurge in that situation, however since I have a somewhat uncontrollable 11 month old puppy at home, I did not want to get too carried away with my “dream rug.”  With that in mind, I managed to snag 2 lovely Beni Ouarain’s which fit perfectly in my apartment.  I also brought back a traditional Touareg rug which has the most beautiful colors.




For more information about the Beni Ouarain rugs, visit Berber-Arts or Breuckelen Berber.  Also, be sure to check back on the inevitable updates such as Removing Red Wine or Pet Hair from my Beni Ouarain rug!!

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