December 31, 2012

oh and ......

Marimekko on my Mind

I've been wanting to insert some bold art into my ho-hum living room. I've got a big canvas that I'm kind of sick of looking at. I wish I were lucky enough to come across some great abstract art like Jenny scored, but haven't found any great finds yet. My friend Annie scored this on

Has anyone had luck at Looks like there might be some great steals if you take the time to keep looking. I had my eye on this, but just couldn't pull the trigger at $120. After I looked up the artist, it actually looked like a good deal, but chickened out.

I've been debating covering the large canvas that's currently on the wall with fabric of some sort. Thought about creating my own, and still might, but also thought a great Marimekko would be a nice choice. I think I can just stretch the fabric over my existing piece, and the original piece would stay in tact in case I decide to change it back.

I've loved Marimekko since my older sister got a Marimekko comforter in 7th grade, I think it was this one:
Cute in a vintage 80s kind of way, right?
Love this vintage one...
Really LOVE this one-- 

Some more Marimekko inspiration, are you digging it?

December 28, 2012

barbie nostalgia

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas! Whether you celebrate it or not, for most of you it was a day off work to spend time with your families--- hope everyone savored every moment! We had a sick little lady, so we were split up on Christmas night, but were able to dope up the girl enough to get out for Christmas Eve where we celebrated with my family.

For Christmas, my mom gave Phoebe my sister and I's old Barbies. I was in such a nostalgia shock! It really is a trip to have something brought back to you that you haven't seen in 30 years. Especially because I spent so many magical hours dreaming up glamourous Barbie scenarios. The clothes are hilarious and inspiring. Some of them hand made. Totally groovy and hip. Nostalgia is such a weird thing-- I kind of crave it. Takes me back to an innocent dreamy world. I suppose since my memory is extra horrible-- nostalgia takes over and it's more of a feeling than really an exact memory.

Anyhoo--- here's what I've been playing with the last few days! This is the case they came in-- white vinyl, complete with my name scribbled on the side. Isn't the picture lovely!?

Even my son and my nephews couldn't keep their hands off Ken!

If you want to take a walk down memory lane-- check out the whole gang complete with vintage yellow bicycle on Instagram

Have a groovy day!

December 18, 2012


It's not too late to give a Happy Habitat Gift Card for an iPhone case, Eco Throw or Eco Pillow....

Gift Cards can be emailed to you for instant last minute gifts! Find them all HERE.

December 10, 2012

Holiday Shipping for iPhone cases

It's not too late to order a Happy Habitat iPhone case as a gift for this holiday season--- but there's only ONE day left. Get it in by the 12th, and no extra shipping charges to arrive before Christmas.

I've also added a few new items to the shop:

Skinny Chevron-- a smaller, dizzier version of the original Zigzag.

And see the little letter there in the corner-- that's new too! Just a little more subtle than the larger, centered initial, this one comes in lowercase letters and just a simple circle. You can get this option on any pattern:

And if you don't get your order in by the 12th-- gift cards are always perfect.

December 04, 2012

The Boy's Room Update

Man it takes me forever to complete a project. I know I'm not the only one out there with design ADD. 5 projects happening at once, and NO time to complete any of them. I did manage to get Reece's bedding done. And I have to say, I love it. Not sure if I mentioned, but when Reece turned 8, I surprised him with a new room. Well-- he knew about some of it. He picked out patterns for his bedding, and colors. And picked out the color of his walls. No, he didn't specifically pick out Newburg Green, but he said dark blue, and I went with it. His favorite color is turquoise, so that was the other color, and I added grey. Because that's what moms do-- add the ugly boring color.

So the custom bedding was kind of a prototype, as I'm thinking of adding bedding to my shop. I designed the fabric, and made the duvet myself. I'm not a good seamstress, so I will definitely be looking for a professional manufacturer. I'm not sure how I feel about the duvet. I'm kind of thinking that it's just going to be a pain in the butt and wiggle around in there and become all lumpy and annoying--- as if a kids room with all their junk isn't annoying in itself-- don't want to add with bedding that bugs. So, we'll see how this works, and it might have to be changed to a 'comforter'-- and if that's the case, that's what I'll add in the shop. Here's what we came up with:

It reverses to look like this:

I think I like the honeycomb side better:

So we added a few other things besides paint and bedding, but just minor. A few things stayed, like his Tad Carpenter prints. The frames just got a coat of white spray paint. I do love these, but sometimes wonder if this is why he can't go to sleep at night when he wakes up all freaked out in the middle of the night.

I was glad anything we had painted turquoise from his previous room still fit, so that all stayed the same. And I was able to custom match the color into his bedding. So the corner cabinet remained.

Hooks stayed:

And the turquoise toy chest stayed too:

By the way... the magnet board did not stay with the industrial strength velcro, not that it wouldn't hold it, but the sticky part wouldn't stay stuck to the wall. I had to poke a nail through with a hammer, then screw it in.
We brought up an old desk so he has somewhere to do his homework... so had to supply him with some cool office supplies. Added some task lighting that I scored from Ikea from my trip to Denver (yes, it is dented as the thing is freaking heavy and I dropped it down my stairs.)

and kind of cool that it can swing around and be used as lighting for his bed:

So with the exception of an art project that we were going to do together, his room is pretty much done. All in all HE is happy and loves hanging out in his room now with his friends and just by himself. I'm pretty happy with the bedding so far, and am going to look into manufacturing a few different patterns and color ways. 

Oh--- I feel it necessary to give a disclosure here that his bed will never again look like it does in these pictures. I do not have time to make his bed every day, and his version of 'making a bed' is well, not so pretty. And as I took these pictures, I had to clear out legos, hex bugs, nerf guns and other miscellaneous boys stuff to have a clean shot of whatever I was photographing. So yes, I have a regular messy boy, but hopefully it all look good even when it's messy!

**UPDATE** Reece's room has been included in Emily Clark's Kids Spaces Link Up and there's a Pottery Barn Kids Giveaway! Click below.

December 03, 2012

John Robshaw + Martyn Lawrence Bullard = Perfection.

I want to jump inside the December issue of Elle Decor. Just want to lay down with a good book on John Robshaw's block print sofa, or sip mojitos with friends in Martyn Lawrence Bullard's patio. All of it is so delicious. Indian and Moroccan inspiration--- my faves. 

Starting with Mr. Robshaw...

So that painting is his. Cool, right?. World traveler, textile designer and artist. Love everything about this space. 

Let's talk about that chair. It is sooooo sexy. Black leather, straps. It's like a manly corset. Okay, that just painted kind of a weird picture, but on the chair it works.

The shape of the headboard is fantastic. Love all the layered textiles and mix of patterns. 

Next up Mr. Bullard. Like Robshaw, his latest musings have been inspired by his travels to India, but everywhere I look, I see Moroccan tile motifs:
This is actually his fabric covering the walls and ceiling. Fabulous.

Again with the Moroccan tile motif on the floor.  The rug by his own design. Love those brass Indian lanterns.

Where do I begin? What an amazing oasis.