Daily Covet: Chinese Chippendale Étagère

We need shelves like no other.

This house contains boxes of packed-away books, tables with stacked books, and small bookcases with way too many books too.

I’m always on the hunt for places to store books, trinkets, art and more.  When I saw this amazing Chinese Chippendale Étagère this morning on OneKingsLane.com, I was instantly smitten.

Now if I could just find this beautiful piece on the cheap at a local esate sale instead!

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Daily Covet: Jane Mount Ideal Bookshelf

I have long been intrigued with Jane Mount and her ideal bookshelves.

I’m a reader, my husband is a literature buff, my small boys die to be read to.  That’s why I constantly keep my eye on 20×200’s collection of Jane Mount’s art.  She makes “ideal bookshelves” for everyone – over 600 to be exact.

Dr. Suess and Pat the Bunny grace a children’s bookshelf.  There is one with all the classics for the professor of literature, and now the perfect shelf for a fashionista.

Some of the books are ones I actually own, which makes Mount’s Fashion bookshelf even more fun.  This will definitely go to the top of my Christmas list!

Ideal Bookshelf 505: Fashion, by Jane Mount | 20x200

Daily Covet: Fashion Artist Book

Obviously, I’m into fashion.  And to no lesser degree, fashion books.

My blog, my weekly column and my wardrobe are proof positive of that.

However, something I find most frustrating when it comes to fashion, is that what my vision entails often doesn’t even exist in the market.  So I began casually looking for ways to “invent” or create that elusive thing I’m looking for.

I discovered books on how to do just that.  One of my faves is “Fashion Artist: Drawing Techniques to Portfolio Presentation” by Sandra Burke.  The review of this book states, “Thorough text, self-explanatory drawings, photographs of the fashion model, together with artwork from international designers and illustrators, this book demonstrates the accepted design standards used in the fashion industry.”

Brilliant!  I’m putting it on my Christmas list because I’m kind of a tough cookie to shop for.  (Unless you are my husband and you shop directly from this blog… also brilliant!)

Maybe my New Year’s resolution will include more sketching and sewing… wait and see!

Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!

Channeling Chanel

Coco Chanel, one of the world’s most famous designers and innovators of women’s fashion, is the subject of a collection put together by Joss & Main.  Fabrics and furniture in signature black and white, as well as coffee table books on the design house’s founder and ads featuring her signature Chanel No. 5 perfume, are all part of this inspirational collection.

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Daily Covet: Paris in Color

Speaking of Paris… I ran across this book that is to be released on April 18th.

The book is 128 presumably beautiful pages of photographs taken by Nichole and Evan Robertson.  I can’t wait to see Paris at its colorful best right from the comfort of my own home (since I can’t be there, that is!)

I also can’t wait to get my name on the waiting list.  And so can you right here!

Paris in Color, amazon.com $11.87 (Book cover photo taken from author's website at littlebrownpen.com)

Daily Covet: Gay Men Don’t Get Fat

Gay Men Don't Get Fat by Simon Doonan, barneys.com $25

Yep, you read that right.  I first found the book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat  by Simon Doonan at Barney’s online.  I stowed away the picture of the book cover in my iPhoto arsenal of all things coveted.

It struck me as hilarious, because I’ve read French Women Don’t Get Fat, but it lost me at the recipes.  (I hate to cook, you should know by now!)  The review lead me to believe it concentrated far more on eating food, than it did on having to make it.  And the kicker is, the author also goes on to explain how gay men delight in fashion, have amazing taste in décor and accessories and of course, how they stay so slim and well kept.

So, after I get through the book Attachments by our local Rainbow Rowell, I will dial up, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, on my Kindle.  But maybe since I like the cover so much, I will consider getting the hardback option for my bookshelf…