G Select CONTEST!!!!!!!!

You know what we love around here?  Love letters.  You know what we love even more?  When said love letters include an offer for our dearest darling readers.  Last week the lovely gents at G Select, purveyors of awesome men's care products, wrote us with a preview of their newest endeavor:  a web store chalk full of awesome home goods.  The note got better with the offer of a contest.  G Select is giving one of our commenters a fine fine prize from their new shop.  Let's take a look at the goodies that they carry and I'll announce the prize at the end of this post.

There are 2 key things I look for in home decor: 1. quirky-ness.  I love an item that makes me giggle.  Or think.  Or both.  and 2.  Clean lines.  No fuss please.  I'm happy to say that the goodies in G Selects shop kill on both counts.  Clockwise from top left:

Hippo Door Mat (psst, they also have a rabbit version)

Black Moose Trophy Head

Aurea Dish Rack

Dip Vase in Black

Ballfinger Floor Lamp in White

Leti Table Lamp in Brown

Bloom My Buddy Vase

Tableau Tablecloth

There's tons on this well stocked site, but the section that caught my eye was appropriately labeled to die for

Oh, I wish they could give all of this away.  To me.  Here's what we've got, clockwise from top left:

Milk Bottle Lamp

Tomas Eyck Multi Color Pillow

Chandelier 85 Lamps

Bespoke Pillow

Thomas Eyck Yellow / Purple blanket

Thomas Eyke Red Lime Black Small Blanket

Don't worry, for our discerning male readers, you can still get all spiffy clean with their well-packaged men's care line, GESSATO

And now, for the fun part, our give-away:

G Select is giving one of our readers a Tam Tam stool in their choice of color:  indigo, red, jade, black, white, or orange.

Leave a comment to be automatically entered to win.  You have one week to enter, deadline is midnight central time next Monday (August 17th).  I'll then activate the random number generator and beep boop beep boop:   The winner will be announced in my post next Tuesday.  How easy is that?


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