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looker – unabashedly gold

Gold modern interior designIt may be of no surprise that I love gold, though I am not sure that I have flexed my goldfinger accordingly thus far. Well I do, and when I saw this staircase which descends into a mod gold wonderland of a room I knew I had to share it, and share how to get the look. If you are going to go unabashedly gold there are a few pointers which you can take from this room. First, pick one or two key design features and make your statement with those. Here the spectacular staircase and the shiny mod chair take the forefront and shine, literally. Don’t overwhelm the room with too many design features – too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Second, as you would play with different tones of a hue, with gold, play with different textures to make the most of it. The bold shine of the chair is offset by the richer textured and gold leafed ceiling and walls. This depth balances the shine so that the gold doesn’t overwhelm. Lastly, stick with clean lines. With the intensity and shine of gold, your eye will move around the room. Help direct the attention by using focused, clean features. An all-gold color palette is a bold move, make the most of it by making bold choices. Pick a few great things and stick to those, don’t muddy the look with too much. This is one of the most important pointers for any design project. So if you are going to go for it, here are a few pieces that will help you get the look:

Gold and Brass Furniture and Design Elements | FINDING SHIBUSA

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yes please – found my animal

Found My Animal dog collars, leashes, and accoutrements
About a year and a half ago, I got my first puppy. Adelaide. She is a rescue dog – a border collie, black lab mix. It took a long time for me to feel that I was ready to have a dog, after years of traveling for work and living in small apartments. I finally decided that it was time to stop waiting for the perfect time because I could be waiting forever. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I spent a while looking for the right puppy. I wanted a smart, athletic dog who could be by my side all the time. Nothing could have prepared me for this little 10 week old border collie, lab mix. I guess when I finally jump, I  jump right into the deep end. But we got through that, and I can’t imagine my life without her.

So when it came to finding her a new collar recently, you can imagine that, yes, I spent a while looking for the right one. I wanted something that was stylish (obviously), durable (because we are always muddy or swimming or knee deep in snow, depending on the season), and something which spoke to Addy’s singularity. And finally I found it.


Found My Animal waxed canvas and canvas collars


Found My Animal is a Brooklyn-based company which makes accessories for adopted animals and their people. The founder, inspired by a family member who was working as a fisherman, made her rescue pup a 3-strand, hand-spliced and whipped nautical rope leash. Nothing like it existed in the market, and after many requests for duplicates, she found her calling and launched Found My Animal.

It began with a nautical-grade rope leash, but has gone on to include so much more… waxed canvas collars and dog coats, rope collars and matching bracelets for owners, best friend charms and compasses, waxed canvas collapsible bowls and bags, ombre dyed leashes and collars, and new favorite, the new girl scout green canvas collar. All are made with rugged, all-weather materials and can be hand or machine washed.


Found My Animal Collars, Bowl, Leashes, and Bags



And in addition to making the best pet accessories that I have seen, Found My Animal’s goal is to help raise public awareness of the urgent need for animal adoption. To learn more about how to support them and to read some really inspiring and touching stories visit them here. Now not only have I found my animal, but I have found a company which shares my love of great design, quality materials, and rescue puppies.

Found My Animal Collars, Bracelets, and Charms






neon yellow + neutral

Sculpture by Debra Baxter in Celestite, Glass, and Quartz Crystal

Neon yellow necklace

Handwoven necklace by Saloukee on Bottica

Dress by Christopher Kane

Baja Sandals by Rebecca Minkoff

Neon Yellow and Natural Slingshot by Wooden Slingshot

Neon and Glitter dipped Paper Tassels by Everly Lane Design

Neon yellow dipped table, seen on Dot Dot Dash


Neon Stripe Flat Clutch by Clare Vivier

Neon Duck Bag by Baggu on Dottie Clover

Inge Ankle Wrap Clog by Loeffler Randall





brown baggin’ it

The Kraft Carrier from Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a reinterpretation of the standard kraft market bag. Redesigned in either tobacco suede or white leather it is fabulous. Being a fan of all things deconstructed and re-envisioned I find myself particularly drawn the manifesto of Slow and Steady Wins the Race. They are a conceptual clothing and accessory line that reinterprets the classical everyday wardrobe. They ask: What do we wear? Why do we wear it? And how can we create new classics that are timely and timeless, unique yet universal?

Their work is a logical dissection of fashion, an investigation into the basic elements of what we wear, and a considered response to the hyper-consumerist pace of fashion. Their intention is to push and produce interesting and significant pieces from the simplest fabrics and materials with a focus on the fundamental characteristics of clothing design, while contributing a commentary on the anthropology of fashion. Each piece, from the earliest to the most current, is still available today as a testament that good design is always relevant. The philosophy behind Slow and Steady Wins the Race breaks the rule that fashion must constantly change.

This is perhaps what I love most about their No. 13 Line – The Standard Bag Collection, of which the Kraft Carrier is a part. This collection is a simple statement on turning the ordinary upside-down and subverting it into something more extraordinary by combining two extremes. For their muse they take generic grocery and market bags and redesign them in fine leathers – creating oxymorons for your arm. Love it.

The Bodega Bag is available in black leather and chestnut lambskin, the Kraft Carrier in tobacco suede and white leather, and the Drawstring Sac in printed crocodile lambskin and curry suede. Yes please for sure.

To see more of their collections visit them at Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

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