Currently coveting – Charley Harper Nature Rug

Like everyone, I get a lot of e-mails from various stores promoting new products, sales, etc.  I’m not doing a lot of shopping other than groceries right now so for the most part I just delete these e-mails.  But when I received an e-mail from Crate&Barrel with what I recognised as a Charley Harper design, I immediately clicked the link.

Charley Harper Round Nature Rug

I have been a fan of his art for a very long time and own several products from his collaboration with Todd Oldham.  The colours, the modern lines and his view of the natural world is a style that just speaks to me.  

You can currently find this rug for 20% off.  It’s classified as a “kid’s rug” but even big kid’s would love to own this. 


flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’

My mom called me awhile ago and mentioned that I should do a post on all the different things you can do with flower frogs.  If you visit my site for design inspiration, then hopefully you know these aren’t the kind that go “ribbit” but instead are used in floral displays.

vintage frogs

Flower frogs are used at the bottom of vases or bowls to keep floral arrangements in place.  They come in different sizes, shapes, materials and price points. You can pick them up new or like the above box, can often find an assortment at vintage markets and antique stores.

pottery frogs

I spotted these ceramic frogs at a boutique in St. Albert that are designed to sit on top of glass bottles or vases.  I love the patterns and colours they used.  Continue reading “flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’”


road trip – what i bought

After a 3,000 km trip through three states and two provinces with stops in every antique, thrift and fabric store we came upon, it wasn’t too tough to fill up the truck with some vintage goodies.  Here are a few of the fabulous things I picked up on the way:

vintage goodies

Back row – The picnic basket is so lovely and in wonderful condition.  I gave the piece a good dose of tung oil as it was a wee bit dry and I’m still deciding whether or not I’ll paint or stain the lid (or cover in fabric, etc.).  The bottle dryer is a reproduction but I can’t afford the real deal.  My coffee mugs now hang from it.  The picture with all the old bathtubs was apparently taken at Rejuvenation prior to them becoming part of the William Sonoma family. Once my bathroom is renovated, it’ll hang in there to keep my clawfoot tub company.
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