Trend Alert and Possible Overkill: Peacocks

Last Wednesday's post about sweet little taxidermied feather puppies lead me down a rabbit hole of all things peacock.  It's a really lovely tunnel to get stuck in, don't get me wrong:  The saturated colors of the flightless birdie alone are enough to design an entire house around.  But, well, how long could you live in that house?  How many Kenley-inspired headbands do we have to see before we bid this trend adieu?  There is most definitely a peacock trend happening, but I can't tell if it's just getting started or if we've already seen enough.  What do you think?

Clockwise from top left:

Peacock Dinner Plate from Anthropologie

The Pugs that started it all, originally posted on our blog here

Green Feather Print Lampshade (that is seriously what they are calling this - not, um, peacock lampshade, do you think the word peacock is copywritten or something.  how lame) Anyway, you can buy it from the crazy brits here

Rise and Fall Peacock Pillow from Urban Outfitters

Also from Urban Outfitters (and only $14!!!!!) 30" Peacock Printed Rug

Peacock throw pillow (decidedly more expensive than the rug - recession tip:  buy 2 rugs, sew them together & make a giant pillow) available here

Peacock tights, available all over the damn place, like here, here and here

Claw Money Customized Nike Vandal Hi, buy them here

The world's most impractical place-mat set for real available here

Electric Peacock tee (I love that it's nice and long) available from modcloth

Peacock don't-use-plastic-save-the-earth bottle here

No matter what happens with the peacock trend, I'm pretty sure I'll never get sick of this wallpaper from ferm living

Hanging Peacocks Here

World's Best Peacock Necklace (my name) available from Bona Drag

So, what say you, are you going to order every single thing I posted today, or have you had your fill?

Holiday Gift Guide - Under $25

I know, I know, you all are sick of Christmas stuff all over the entire world wide web and you were really hoping that your cynical friends over at Design Crisis would rise above it.  Sorry.  Not only am I bringing you an under $25 round-up, we're going to be Holiday-Guiding it up all week long.  Recession woes got you down?  Today's your day.  Save up a few grand for the holidays?  Check back mid-week.  Living off inherited cash from Daddy's oil well?  Stop back by on Friday. Unfortunately, I fall into the first category.  Plus, I subscribe to the one for them / one for me school of holiday shopping, so I have to keep the numbers down.  Let's round this up already, shall we?

(I am actually writing this late sunday night, and I am as tired as can be, so, today, in exchange for snarky comments, you're getting bullet-point links.  Sorry, and I still love you).  (also, handmade items are noted, hooray!)

1. (HANDMADE) The Middletons Plate Set  2 plates = $24

2. Areaware Pico Bunny Pillow $24 

3. Red Cross Doormat $25  (I have this and LOVE it!)

4. Areaware Pico Blue Penguin Pillow $24

1. (HANDMADE) Dot Bowl in Felted Wool one bowl, $14

2. (HANDMADE) Small Faux Bois Vessel $25

3 & 4. (HANDMADE) Skinny Laminx Tea Towels $12 each

1. Raised By Wolves organic cotton onesie $16

2. (HANDMADE) Whistle Bear, mounted paper cut out, $26 (hey, what's one extra dollar?)

3. (HANDMADE) Naughty Secretary Club Abe Was A Babe Necklace $22

4. (HANDMADE) Play With Me Leather Earrings $26

5. (HANDMADE) Early Eve Elephant, mounted paper cut out, $26

6. (HANDMADE) Monogram Totebag (they have every letter) size small, $22

7. (HANDMADE) Baseball Cuff $25

1 & 2. Prints by William Crump at 20 x 200, $20

3 & 4. (HANDMADE) Prints by Restless Things, $4 & $17.50

(HANDMADE) 2009 Calendar  $25

1. Catalina Estrada Wallet $20 

2. Detail of Catalina Estrada Wallet

3. Seibei Strange Invaders T-Shirt $22

4. Knife Wall Hook $25

And, finally, if you want to know what to get me for under $25:

D.I.Y. Swan Ice Sculpture Kit, $20.  Booya


Rustle Up Your Wardrobe

I'm right smack dab in the middle of staining the shelves for my new closet, and thank god because I've been living out of a suitcase and wearing the same outfit for a month.  Sadly, because of my little life saving project, today's post is going to be a short one, but still ever so sweet. I just came across this great lasso clothes hanger, Catching the Wild, (I think subconsciously I'm drawn to anything that will get my damn clothes off the floor right now) over at Stolen Wood, ici:

Lasso Clothes Hanger

Isn't it just charming?  Should I return all the wood I just bought and line my closets with 47 of these?  How great and bizarre would that be in a 120 square foot space?  I'd be willing to screw the form-follows-function-pie-in-the-sky mentality I usually aim for in order to have such a surreal little nook in my home. 

Despite it's gravity defying odds, my favorite thing about Catching the Wild is the grand coil at the bottom (move over ugly shoes!) it's so perfectly imperfect in it's draping.  It seams so heavy in contrast to it's air-borne counter-part, it truly appears to hold down the unruly lasso.  That's what I like, a nice good anchor.  And well stained shelves.