h prints


I was on the hunt for a specific image and as a byproduct of my random and varied searching, i stumbled upon h prints – chock full of fabulous fashion and lingere prints, ads, drawings and photos. The few favorites belows doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. Enjoy browsing for all the people on your holiday list…

She asked for Falke and Wolford.

She wants a perfume from Paris.

Fa la la.. Loves La Perla.

Will there be Louis under the tree?

She’s a party animal on the weekends…

But loves a good period drama on weeknights.


There are so many blogs, magazines, sites and pinboards out in the universe that occasionally I forget about one and it takes a while to circle back. The DesignFiles Blog is just such a site.. I can’t believe I haven’t looked at it in so long!

Although it was a completely different feature that drew me back, I just had to share the apartment of Australian graphic designer Zoe Murphy. As you may expect given her metier, the colors and patterns are bold and enticing. Click through to the Design Files Blog (here) for the full feature.

The formal dining room.

Green glory!

Well cultivated books and accessories.

Missoni linens in the master bedroom and a really spectacular door color..

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In the event you needed an introduction to one of my favorite books.. here it is.

Lessons on life. Great graphics. Available in many languages. Put it on your desk and see where it takes you:

Its not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.
Paul Arden


Vous pouvez être ce que vous voulez être.

After essay writer Charles Warnke wrote a piece entitles “You Should Date an Illiterate Girl,” Rosemary Urquico wrote the rebuttal “Date a Girl Who Reads.” One is a tongue in cheek call to not settle, the other is a flat out demand to live a life of passion. Two very different approaches, same goal. May your day feel a little more literary…

Date A Girl Who Reads

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.  Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

I’ve never been one to shy away from an awesome polka dot. So it comes as no surprise that I lust over these gilt armchairs with the big, bossy polka dots.

A great apartment styling by Studio Marcus Hay.


A great photo of his apartment entryway.. He has mastered the art of groupings on walls.


Marcus also has a fun design focused blog.. History, heavy hitters and unusual projects he’s worked on. Check it out!