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February brings to mind love and relationships and all forms of its expression.  Here is what’s inspiring me now.



Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir and winner of the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction is not to be missed for anyone who lived in the late 60’s and 1970’s or wants to understand more about that period and its’ impact on this artist and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.  To read an excerpt visit

Love Letter Necklace by Yayoi

L.A.M.B. Haughton Kiss Me clutch available at

Love stamps to put on your love notes sent the old fashioned way-by mail.  See more at

A classic, beautiful vase that is always in style is architect Alvar Aalto‘s Savoy (Finnish for “wave”) vase suggestive of the profile of a Finnish lake.  Go to and tightly pack it with a single hue of your favorite flower trimmed to a uniform height for a modern look.

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Of course you want to treat your friends and family to amazing gifts. You can also benefit the earth or help others in need while shopping.  What a perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. Take a look at these items to find one that captures your heart.

Look what happens when you reclaim the glass from old car windows and combine it with the handicraft of Columbian artisans.  A one of a kind green tinted bubble vase results. Go to

This year Kiehl’s has partnered with artist Jeffrey Koons in a Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. Amazingly 100% of their net profit goes to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

A group of Zulu weavers uses remnants from insulated copper telephone wire purchased from a factory in Pretoria, South Africa.  This group, known as Wire Weavers, makes each basket a uniques work of art.  Use singly or in a group to make an interesting composition for your table, wall or cabinet.  Find yours at

These bags are made in Brazil with candy wrappers, soda tabs and other recycled materials.  By purchasing one of these great looking Ecoist handbags a tree will be planted in an area that has been identified as environmentally sensitive by either natural or industrial changes.

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Faux Bois is a French term originally referring to furniture made to imitate wood branches, logs or bark textures.  I like to apply this term to all sorts of modern day objects d’art, jewelry and interior design items seen in today’s marketplace.

Recently, a dear friend of mine gave me a wonderful tree necklace. 

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Which naturally led me to notice all the faux (and real) bois in my daily travels.  Take a look at some of these fantastic creations.

MICHAEL ARAM’S Copper Bark Vase looks like a Birch tree Trunk.

ECO-TREE colored pencils made of real bark!  Available online at

MARTHA STEWART’s FAUX BOIS AREA rug for  HOME DECORATOR’S COLLECTION is a swell way to introduce faux bois to your abode.

And even a pendant lamp in a dark faux bois from LAMPS PLUS…/lights-up-faux-bois-dark-lamp-shade-12x14x10- spider__g7189.html is amazing!  A light color version is also available.

And I must include a 1960’s faux bois dress-groovy.  Available at ETSY.…/the-woodyallenfauxboisdress

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