a holiday week.

Happy New Year, folks! Enjoy a fabulous weekend! (above image by Kathryn Whyte)

ten images of inspiration : new year's resolutions.

Ten great inspirational phrases/resolutions for the new year in the words and art of ten artists. Are you all ready for a clean slate? What are your resolutions for 2012?

Sources (from top to bottom): Keep Calm Gallery, Laura George, Friends of Type, Jeff Rogers, Magalerie, Spread the Love, Keep Calm Gallery, Help Ink, Groundwork, and Mary Kate McDevitt.


flickr photo of the day : dotted.

"favorite blouse" by Le Portillon. (See also: portfolio & blog)

gorgeous interior shots...

...from a favorite photographer, the lovely Hallie Burton. Inspiration galore.


I have always loved owl cookie jars, but I think this one from Hello Polly takes the cake. I kinda want to hug this dapper little guy. ($45)


a completely adorable home..

...from a completely adorable lady and her beau. Elsie really knows how to display her unique style and creativity. You can see more photographs/snippets of her home tours here. (See also: Red Velvet Shop)

thought of the day : winter.

"The Invincible Summer," a quote print by Matthew Kavan Brooks for Society6. (Print also available at Urban Outfitters, $15).

I'm back from the holidays. I took a little more time than expected to get myself together after the chaos of Christmas, but here I am. I hope you all had a lovely vacation/holiday and are all ready for a brand new year. Xoxo.


ten images of inspiration : happy holidays.

Season's Greetings, friends! I am more excited than I can say for this glorious weekend. Enjoy some of this holiday inspiration, thanks to my Pinterest favorites!

Pinboards (from top to bottom): Colleen Ludovice, Ez Pudewa, Jenny Holiday, Missy Kulik, Poppytalk Handmade, Emma Fexeus, Ez Pudewa, Kirsten Grove, Erin Loechner, and april and may.


gift guides : for the dapper gentleman.

I ain't gonna lie- there are very few things in life I love more than a dapper man, one with good style and etiquette. This gift guide is for those who are lucky enough to have one in your lives.

1. Polk Open Patch Blazer ($995), 2. blackberry bow tie ($68), 3. Anchor Paperweight ($68), 4. Set of 3 Vintage Shaving Brushes on Stands ($99), 5. Wolf art print ($10), 6. Wentworth Pewter Flask (Round) ($54), 7. The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy and Vice ($3.05+), 8. Braun Analog Watch ($150), 9. La Sardina Lomography Camera in Domino ($69.99), and 10. Morestead Hankies (£45)

december giveaway : dear golden!

Today there is another giveaway from a lovely Design is Mine sponsor, the great Lauren of Dear Golden. It's one of my favorite vintage apparel shops on the web, I must say. Lauren is offering one lucky reader the above stunning necklace- so pretty. All you have to do is leave your name and email in the comments no later than Christmas Eve at noon.

'Tis the season for giving!


hovey design.

I cannot even tell you how excited I am that the Hovey sisters are now doing interior design. Those two ladies are truly fabulous and have the best aesthetic. I might just marry both of them if I could.

thought of the day : subliminal.

"Eating off the floor never ends well," one of Sycamore Street Press's darling letterpress "subliminal baby" prints. ($35, see also: website)

gift guides : for the homebody.

For those who prefer being home with tea and pajamas to going out bar-hopping, this is for you. (I am much one myself.)

1. Pinwheel Breeze Loungers ($48), 2. Brooklyn Mug ($10.95), 3. The Beautiful And The Damned ($25), 4. Bubble Elixer ($35), 5. WOOL FELT SLIPPERS (£59), 6. IDEA Dynamic Headphones ($140), 7. Pendleton Merino Wool Blanket ($108), 8. Home Sweet Home Print ($40), 9. Patchouli Powder Box Candle ($28), 10. House Shaped Pillow By Donna Wilson ($105), 11. Hario V60 Buono Kettle ($59.95), and 12. Soup Love ($12)


bonjour, weekend.

Enjoy your last weekend before the holidays, hopefully with plenty of Bing Crosby and hot toddies. (Above illustration by Danielle Kroll)

flickr photo of the day : parasol.

"Victory Patterns - Hazel" by bonjour celine! (See also: blog)

december giveaway : pamwares!

Good afternoon! Another day, another giveaway- this time from the adorable shop Pamwares. Pam makes the prettiest aprons, bunting, wreaths, and more, and she is giving away a $50 gift certificate to her shop! Such a generous gift to one lucky reader: all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address no later than Tuesday, December 20th at noon.

Also, Pam is offering all Design is Mine readers a 10% discount off of anything in her shop- just use the coupon code "DESIGNISMINE" at checkout. Thanks Pam!
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