An Alternative to… Pets?

How many times have you said NO to pets? They just don’t believe you when you say, “I’ll be the one that ends up having to take care of it!” Well… Now you can give them the next best thing! An all organic cotton pillow with a print screen of a kitten, a dachshund or even a little piggy!

JUST KIDDING PEOPLE. Unless you want to win ‘The Worlds Worst Parent’ award (as if it hasn’t already been given to us at one point in our life). But really, these things are adorable. The Areaware pillows feature animals such as, a pink kitten, an orange dachshund, a dark purple piglet & more! Why we love them? Other than smiling every time we walk into the room, they are all made out of organic cotton and filled with polyester. The word organic lifts the corners of everyones mouths huh?  Perfect gift for the Holiday’s too!

They offer more than pillows too! Areaware is a company dedicated to brining life, emotion and poetry into even the simplest things. They sell these amazing and adorable piggy banks- but with a serious modern twist. They are made from resin and marble which give them a more sophisticated look. They can be used to save your change, or up t0 $10,000 in dollar bills! (How did they find that out? Did they actually test that?!) This cast comes in a white, chrome or gold finish. Start a family vacation savings, encourage your children to save their allowance or keep it as decoration on the table. LETS EAT!

As if we didn’t love Dachshunds to begin with- now theres a pillow. Maybe the kids will take responsibility for this one.

This organic cotton pillow is the puuurfect gift for the cat lover of the family (Don’t lie, we all have one!)

You didn’t qualify for an American Express Gold Card? Here’s the next best thing! This piggy comes in gold(shown), silver and white!

Cuckoo for You and the Birds Too

As humans, we have a tendency to get gypped. With everything! I find myself looking at my dog from time to time thinking (and occasionally talking out loud) “You are so lucky you don’t have to work.” Or, “You haven’t a care in the world! All you do is eat, go to the bathroom, and destroy the toys that I buy. Our cats- relax ALL day except when they hear that food bowl being filled.

BUT the animal that we all wish we were…. BIRDS

Freedom, the power to fly AND they get to go down south for the winter!  The one fault I can find about being a bird is their homes… WHAT A DRAG. A few pieces of plywood your kid nailed together and painted horrid hues thanks to last years camp counselor. SO, I have always refrained from asking my magic genie to grant my unwilling desire to be a bird… until now. Thanks to dZi Wild Woolies, birds are now living the “high” life (haha).

dZi is an innovative company dedicated to creating one of a kind pieces with high quality goods and services by connecting artisans and consumers through the sale of fair trade products. The featured item this week is dZi’s “Wild Woolies Birdhouses.” They are all created and handmade by skilled artisan workers in a fair trade production center in Nepal. They use 100% natural wool (which is water resistant!) and non-toxic, azo-free dyes! Talk about a product you can feel good buying! No sweatshops, no long, labor intensive hours- just artisans doin’ there thing, making adorable little houses for the little birdies!

These whimsical, creative houses are the cutest way to decorate outdoors along with giving a family of birds a hip place to stay!

The Forest House- Am I the only one who would live in a life size replica? Quaint, earthy… Homey!

Confusion may arise. Birds have been trained their whole lives not to go near owls and now their moving in!

The birds may kick out the fairies but I bet they keep the name: Wild Woolie Fairy House!

Why wake up and smell the flowers when you can live IN the Daffodil?!

Jonathan Adler for President!

Have you found yourself wanting to add a “general feeling of grooviness to your home?” I don’t know if I have either, but when you see Jonathan Adler’s pottery collection; you will realize “a general feeling of grooviness” is what your house has been missing all along. In my experience with Jonathan Adler pottery – Jonathan Adler anything for that matter – is not your traditional, get in any old store, home decor. The guy even has his own line of colorful sinks! Their unique style of  texture, depth and character sets them apart from all the rest. Whether you need  a pop of color or need to add some simple, modern flare to your busy room- we vote for Adler! (Imagine how much fun he would have decorating the White House?….) From blankets, to pillows, to furniture he does it all. But what keeps us coming back is his flare on hip and funky pottery!

Multiple personality vase! Your mad, your sad, happy- put a sunflower in the face…. I mean vase!

Disclaimer : The drape effect of this bowl will not attract any of the on stage drama.

Commitment Phobes – Tempaper is Here!

How many of us have wanted to redecorate our living room, bedroom, dining room- ANY room? Time to call the interior decorator and pick up an extra shift at work, because we all know how expensive home decor can get. But now, with Tempapera line of temporary wallpaper you never have to worry about making a longtime commitment to wallpaper ever again. Tempaper is an easy way to spice up any room, even a college dorm room! No fussing around with water, paste, rollers or permanency. The self adhesive is as easy to get off as it is to get on. Peel and stick that’s all there is to it! And when you’ve grown tired of it, peel it off, throw it out and up with the next pattern. Worried none of Tempapers patterns are right for you? Unleash your inner artist and get the “Tempaper By You” and paint your own landscape for the tea room, pink giraffe for your little girl, or beige stripes for the family room. And guess what- Tempaper isn’t just limited to walls, it works on furniture too! The newest trend in interior design is not to be missed- and who doesn’t jump on an inexpensive, commitment free trend?! From contemporary, to earthy, to funky– Tempaper has it all! P.S. When will Tempaper make boyfriends?!

Dorm room safe! Who wouldn’t want to stay in and study with those walls?!

Keep your furniture neutral and give the walls some attention!

Unleash your inner artist! You’ve always wanted your own line of wallpaper so here is your start! Paint, paintbrush and “Tempaper By You” is all you need!

Bar Carts are Rolling in Everywhere

Bar carts have made a huge come back in the wold of home decor.  They’re rolling into homes across the globe, adding style and function wherever they land.  Now this doesn’t  necessarily mean that there’s been a surge of alcohol intake.  The bar cart isn’t just for holding your favorite spirits.  It’s function is limited only to your needs and imagination.  Of course it’s still perfect for any soiree.  Here’s a few of my faves.

Glamorous Chain Chandeliers

This room from Luxe Interiors is to die for!   It’s glam-elegance to perfection.  The stunning chain chandelier adds the perfect amount of drama.  Want the look?  Here’s some chain chandeliers I think are fabulous.

I know, isn’t it just too good?  These are the things that get me so excited!  Perfectly draped pearly silver chains hang  from shiny curved chrome, yum!    It’s really just a fabulous piece.  Click on chandelier to buy.

This ones done in black.  It’s just so sexy.  I Love the way the light peeks through the perfectly draped chains.  The right light can really make all the difference.  Click on chandelier to buy.

I can so see this in a grand entry way or even better, amidst a spiral staircase.    Don’t over look lighting and what it can do not only for your room, but for you too.  Because…we all want to be well lit.

Candle Snob

Lafco Candles are a favorite  at Presence of Piermont. The house and home candle collection has a  90 hour burn time,  soy-based wax, and are 100% natural cotton wick.  The candles are contained in a  beautiful handblown glass vessel.  I actually have customers that now collect the glass.   What you can do with the glass is only limited by your imagination.  When giving as a gift, the glass makes it more than “just a candle.” Here are some ideas of uses that customers have shared.   Change collector, house/car key collecting vessel, ring jar, pen and pencil holder, sponge holder on kitchen sink (my fave) and of course the obvious…a lovely vase.  We’re so excited that Lafco has just announced that the house and home collection will now include diffusers and soap.  Should be available September 2012, so check back!

Marine Bathroom

Bathroom is probably the most popular in the shop.  I think it’s because it’s a very clean light scent with no heavy florals so it’s very easy to give as a gift.

Amber Black Vanilla Foyer

Another popular/favorite at Presence is the foyer.  It’s a vanilla based, but it’s so perfectly blended with amber.  The Amber makes it not as sweet as a traditional vanilla.  It’s way yummy!!!

Office is my favorite.  It’s definitely the kind of scent you either love or hate.  It’s a strong blend of eucalyptus and rosemary.   To me it smells like a spa and I just love it!  Can’t wait to get it in the difusser.

Heres an idea of what you could do with the glass vessel.  How stunning is that?!