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tikoli: textiles for the modern kitchen

tikoli towelsThese ultra-contemporary tea towels by tikoli™ will add a splash of modern design to your kitchen in a snap! Influenced by Japanese prints and mid-century modern design, and printed on 100% cotton. $8.50 each at tikoli.com

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REAL PARTIES: Baby Gone Wild Baby Shower

modern baby shower Bye-bye pastel booties and teddy bears; hello bold prints and vibrant colors for baby-to-be! Today, guest blogger Amy Belle Isle recaps a recent “Baby Gone Wild” baby shower she designed that is nothing short of fabulous!
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Plastic pacifiers, baby-related stickers and creative centerpieces are all you need to turn a little zebra print into a co-ed baby shower suitable for any hip parents-to-be!

The Inspiration: Zebra print. Can you tell? I know…it’s subtle. Zebra got even wilder with the addition of the fabulously fun colors in the “Rings” pattern platters and napkins from French Bull.

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Simply Stated: Slate & Stone

grobalThe use of natural elements in tableware, serveware, and decorative fillers makes for such a pretty, almost tranquil atmosphere and is a trend I’m really loving. For some stylish products featuring earthy materials like slate, stone, and marble, check out today’s “Entertaining Trends: Slate & Stone” post on Simply Stated: Celebrations, and feel free to add to the list!

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GroBal: Cultivate Style

grobal Good news for those of us with "not-exactly-green" thumbs! GroBal and GroBal Baby are stylish, ultra-modern planters with a unique watering system that does the work for you… just check the water filter indicator and refill when needed! Thanks to GroBal designer Karim Rashid, my houseplants might stand a chance at staying lush and green after all. ;) (more…)

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Throw an Eco-Chic Baby Shower

eco-friendly baby shower ideasLooking for earth-friendly ideas for welcoming baby-to-be in style? Check out my Eco-Chic Baby Shower article over at TheCradle.com for some inspiration… And if you have any favorite “green” products or ideas of your own that would be great for baby showers as well, feel free to share them here!

eco-friendly baby shower ideas

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Spring Party Ideas from Martha Stewart

spring party ideasIf you’re hosting a party or shower this spring, the Spring Parties Ideas gallery on marthastewart.com is full of inspiration! I especially love the idea of the butterflies on the paper lanterns (pictured above), and would love to try a super contemporary approach to this idea: maybe all-white butterflies on vividly colored lanterns like fuschia, bright orange, and lime, or vice versa – vibrant butterflies on white lanterns. Click here to check out the ideas gallery!

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Ren Noodle Bowls & Tea Set

asian tea set and noodle bowlsThis contemporary Ren Noodle Bowl & Chopstick Set is made especially for serving Asian noodles and already has me craving Pad Thai at 9 in the morning! ($29.95/set of 2) I’m also loving charming, zen-like quality of the coordinating Ren Teapot and Cups Set. ($39.95)

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Bamboo Brights

Colin Cowie ChicWhen I hear the words “eco-friendly” used to describe a product, visions of natural, earthy tones are usually what come to mind – which is why these vibrant, colorful, and sustainable bamboo serveware products from Delight.com are a breath of fresh air!

Trio of Colorful Sustainable Bamboo Nesting Bowls (in azure, tangerine, and watermelon) – $16.95 at Delight.com
Eco-Delightful Sustainable Bambu Serving Set – $42.95 at Delight.com

*Find more eco-chic entertaining products on my Eco-Friendly Entertaining post over at GlamDish.

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Colin Cowie Chic

Colin Cowie Chic For the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to peel myself away from the computer long enough to spend some quality time with the latest book by lifestyle & entertaining extraordinaire Colin Cowie , aptly named: Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life As It Should Be . The problem is – with everything going on in the hectic thing that is my life lately, "life" is exactly what kept getting in the way of trying to review this "guide to life"!

Thank goodness things changed this past weekend and I finally had the chance to focus on Chic , because it was great! Between the fabulous faux crocodile-print cover and reputation of the author alone, I pretty much expected that to be the case – but I’m happy to say that it even surpassed my expectations… (more…)

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Simply Stated: Be My Guest!

entertaining and hospitality for overnight guestsWhen it comes to entertaining overnight guests, kicking hospitality into high-gear is key! My post on Simply Stated: Celebrations today addresses this topic, and we’d love to hear your thoughts as well. If you have any special things you do to make overnight guests feel especially welcome – or maybe a great example of hospitality that was shown to you – please share your ideas on the Be My Guest post at RealSimple.com!

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New Cocktail Recipes

party centerpiece ideasNew cocktail recipes are up in The Recipe Box! A few favorites pictured above include:

  1. French Martini
  2. French Kiss (cute for bridal showers & weddings)
  3. Basil Grande
  4. Chambord & Champagne (super easy – just like it sounds!)

More newcomers: Raspberry Manhattan, Midorita, Midori Melon Ball Punch, and Chambord Margarita.

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Jamali Garden

party centerpiece ideasJamali Garden is a fabulous resource for party and wedding decor – you’ll find everything from great centerpiece containers in (natural, ceramic, and metal finishes) to floral supplies, candles, and decorative accents like feathers and seashells.

I’m especially loving Jamali’s selection of Natural Pots, which include vases and pots made from materials like bamboo, natural wood, and kiri wood. Favorites pictured above include:
Tall Bamboo Cylinders ($18 – $24 ea)
Blond Wood Vases ($10 – $20 ea)
8×6″ Kiri Wood Tray ($5 ea) What is Kiri?
Natural Bamboo Cylinders ($5 – $12 ea)
Matte Green Bamboo Cylinders ($5 – $18 ea)

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