Feb 27, 2009

Love it! - Pineapple lamp

I've been seeing pineapples everywhere, but usually used in a more traditional manner. So when I saw this fun and modern interpretation, it really jumped out. As prevalent as the pineapple motif is, the lamp has other great design elements - bold color, banding on the shade, so the design is really about the whole lamp. Somehow the pineapple becomes less literal and much more digestible!

www.ModernDose.com - $575 each

Love it! - End tables

So I received a note from a reader who loved the new coffee table I purchased and blogged about, but they wanted to know about end tables. Well in addition to my search for the perfect coffee table, I've also been doing the rounds for new end tables. There happens to be two that I love from Bernhardt - a bit out of my budget, but if you've got the funds, they're definitely noteworthy. Dynamic silhouettes and the bobbin look that is so now.

www.CoffeeTablesGalore.com - Bernhardt Dallas collection $369.99-$449.99 each

Feb 23, 2009

Love it! - My new coffee table!

When I recently decided to buy a new coffee table, I had no idea of the hunt I was about to embark on. I had many considerations and being a comparative shopper, unfortunately I need to know I've exhausted ALL my resources before settling on such an integral piece! Over the past week, I must have looked at over 500 different tables of every major and minor retailer - mostly reviewing online. The criteria were:

Price point: Around $500 (come on, we're in a recession, I have to work the sales)
Dimensions: No deeper than 30", no wider than 50" and taller than 17".
Style: Traditional with a twist - classic.
Material/color: Warm brown wood with variation, not too dark, not too light.
Features: Preferably rectangular, not too heavy looking, distict details and MUST have a draw for remotes. My last coffee table didn't look so hot with 4 remotes atop.

So as you can see, I had quite the task, but through perseverance and a couple computer-headaches later, I found it. Matching ALL my criteria, I definitely had to share my hard work with you all!

www.CoffeeTablesGalore.com - Forte Coffee Table, 40Wx26Dx21"H, $524.99 (free shipping for a limited time)

Feb 18, 2009

Love it! - Chevron rugs

Few things catch my eye, but when I saw this en vogue chevron rug today, I stopped in my tracks. Coincidentally, just yesterday I was thinking about how I love wooden floors laid in a chevron pattern, but how expensive that must be. Well if you want to make the same statement but at an affordable price, this is a perfect alternative! Though NEW at West Elm, it's on sale for a limited time. An 8x10 will only cost you $367!

www.WestElm.com - Zigzag Rug

Feb 17, 2009

Contest - Kimberly-Clark GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

So today I'm announcing the 3 winners of the Dose of Design and Kimberly-Clark GIVEAWAY! Randomly selected, these 3 women will each receive an eco-friendly tote bag filled with Kimberly-Clark goodies and celebrity designer Thom Filicia's new book, "Thom Filicia Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You'll Love."

Lorraine - Niantic, Connecticut
Lisa - Houston, Texas
Susan - Seattle, Washington


Thanks to all involved ... and if you didn't win, don't fret, a new Dose Of Design giveaway will be announced soon - stay tuned!

Love it! - HORCHOW SALE through the 18th!


Feb 12, 2009

Love it! - Cashmere throw SALE!

If you're like me, purchasing cashmere is a sale only event! Well the good news is that Restoration Hardware has marked down their gorgeous cashmere throws 50% - in 7 luscious colors no less. At an ample 50"x70", originally $300, they're now $149 so act fast!


Feb 11, 2009

Style Story - Trunks

No longer storage for childhood toys or travel luggage of the past - trunks are back and for sheer looks alone! Vessel no more, the question now is what will you sit a top, not store inside! Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma Home offers a variety of styles from traditional leather and natural wovens to reflective metal and wood - just take your pick!


Feb 10, 2009

Style Story - Valentine for HIM!

As Valentine's Day approaches, what do you get the man who seems to have everything? Well a great place to start is RedEnvelope.com - a one stop shop! For the traveler, techy, posh or pub-loving kinda guy, there's something for every type - Here are some of my faves!


Feb 6, 2009

Contest - Kimberly-Clark GIVEAWAY!

If you didn't already know, Kimberly-Clark has teamed up with "The View" and design personality Thom Filicia for "Room A Day Giveaway." They will be giving $25,000 to 16 winners to makeover their space. To enter visit their website: www.RoomADayGiveaway.com

The parent company behind our favorite tissue and personal care products like Kleenex, Scott, Cottenelle, Huggies and many more, Kimberly-Clark is also teaming up with Dose of Design to do our own fantastic giveaway. Three of my readers will be randomly selected to win a Kimberly-Clark prize: 1 Eco friendly reusable tote bag filled with Kimberly-Clark products and Thom Filicia’s new book "Thom Filicia Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You’ll Love"

Dose of Design Giveaway Rules:
-Simply email DoseOfDesign@gmail.com
-Include your first name, city and state.
-And what room in your home needs the most improvement.
-3 readers will be randomly selected to win the K-C gift bag of goodies!
-Entry deadline February 16th 2009.
-Friends and family of Dose of Design and Kimberly-Clark will be excluded.

BUT also, don't forget to visit the Room-A-Day site to enter that giveaway.


Feb 5, 2009

Market Profile - Horse and Hound Gallery

As most of you know I love anything equestrian, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive horse coasters for Christmas. My friend told me about the website and well, as you can see I went to town picking my faves - I could have kept going! BTW, how fabulous are the door knockers!?


Feb 4, 2009

Contest - Williams-Sonoma Inc. GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

The results are finally revealed for Dose of Design's very first giveaway! If you remember, a couple weeks ago the kind people at Williams-Sonoma Inc. teamed up with DOD for a fun contest. The first 5 readers to email 2 photos of themselves taken in front of any of the six Williams-Sonoma Inc. retail stores would each win a $100 gift card to the store of their choice! I must say, at the risk of looking like tourists as you took your photos, thank you for being such good sports. We certainly do love Williams-Sonoma Inc. and their brands; Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed & Bath, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home. Thanks to all involved!


Feb 3, 2009

Love it! - Antiques Encyclopedia

I just found the best text book size reference guide to everything you wanted to know about furniture and decorative arts - all in one book! It's called, "Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia" by Judith Miller. If you love interior design, but don't always know the difference between French, English and American furniture or a klismos leg versus cabriole, a bun foot versus spade or a chinoiserie handle versus plain drop - then this will be your design bible!

www.BarnesAndNoble.com $35

Feb 2, 2009

Love it! - Cell Phones for Soldiers

If you follow Dose of Design, you know I post about humanitarian causes wherever I can. My "Design" blog is of course about the home products market, but also an outlet in which I can bring attention to social causes that I find noteworthy. I had seen the story of Cell Phones for Soldiers on The Oprah Show last year and was very moved by their story. I myself am on my third cell phone and donated my two older phones that were just sitting in a draw. Donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them. The money they receive from recycling cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that are sent to troops in need. The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. You can even print a prepaid label through their website if you don't want to front the shipping cost. I think these two teenage founders are a perfect example of the human spirit and how limitless we are in making a difference in the world. It's a wonderful cause that will hopefully touch you all as well!