Obsession Du Jour: Samantha Hahn

It's quite possible that I'm the last person on earth to have just found Samantha Hahn's art.  It was shortly after this post that I learned about the amazingly talented artist behind some of the lovely journals over at Anthropologie.  I checked out Samantha's portfolio and instantly fell head over heels for everything I saw!  Not only does Ms. Hahn have a very addictive blog, but her selection of beautiful artwork and creativity is endless.  From wallpaper, to typography, and prints of all sorts...but what really hit home for me was the absolutely stunning watercolor portraits.  Coco Chanel? Karl Lagerfeld!? It goes on and on...and each one is more captivating than the next! I just had to share some of her work here, because I'm literally next level obsessed, as in beyond!


Kokoon Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Amy R., number 22 ~ You won the Kokoon giveaway! You will be contacted shortly.  Thanks to Kokoon for the great giveaway and to everyone that entered!  Don't forget to enter the Filling Spaces giveaway, above...and stay tuned next week for more great giveaways!

Filling Spaces Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is for a handmade, vintage, Indian saree quilt!  Filling Spaces, the company behind these amazing throws is offering one reader a beautiful and charming 50"x70" quilt.  This family run, Portland based company is owned and operated by Deepali Kalia, an interior designer with an extensive knowledge of Indian prints, fabrics and materials.  Deepali explains the history behind each quilt, "These beautiful pieces build community among women.This has traditionally provided women with space and time of their own with which they created this extraordinary art-form. It is an exclusively woman’s activity where they can interact with other women and gain a sense of self.  It is our desire at Filling Spaces to cultivate a strong pride in this tradition in each of the women who make them." This giveaway is open to all followers of The Zhush, either through google, subscription or Bloglovin'. For a second entry to win, please "like" Filling Spaces on Facebook.  Giveaway is open until midnight, December 4th, 2011, winner announced Monday, December 5th, 2011. Good Luck!!!

Thank You Bon Appetit Magazine!

Thank you Bon Appetit Magazine for including in this year's fabulous Holiday Gift Guide! Not only do we love this fun tray, but the section for "non-cooks" that you placed us in, fits us to a tee~you can check out the whole feature here!


A Few Of Our Favorite Things

 my pick from  wool camel throw $125.00
Special "cyber Monday" code: cybermon
good today until Midnight for 10% off anything and 20% off purchases over $150.

In honor of cyber Monday, I've asked some of my fellow shop owners and sponsors to share their preferred items to give as gifts from their own sites.  Since I'm always asking the waitstaff at restaurants about their favorite items on the menu, I'm now applying my same quest for insider info to the online shopping experience.  In addition to my own top pick above from zhush, here are some great gift ideas from the shop owners themselves.

 water color dress print:: $18.00 each

From Laura Trevey's Bright, Bold and Beautiful esty shop: "My favorite gift to give from my shop is a collection of my watercolor dress prints. There are 7 to choose from and they make a fun collage on any art wall for your office or dressing room."

$65.00 for the two together

From Carolyn at Diane James Home:  "We believe that you can never have too many beautiful guest towels and pretty soaps, so this pairing is what we're giving this year.  Both gifts are made in the US and that's important to us."

From Melanie of Luxury Monograms: "My favorite gift to give for the holidays is our monogrammed pajama set.  I love to give the pajama set as a gift because I feel like pj's are one of those things that we never really spend money on for ourselves, but it is the ultimate luxury to have something posh and personalized to lounge around in."

  cuff bracelet: $46.00
From Kayce of  "This is my favorite gift to give because I can’t think of anyone on my list that wouldn’t love it.  It looks great with either a bohemian or preppy look.  It is perfect for my neutral only friends as well as my color loving friends."

From Laine Sou of Kokoon: "My 'sure thing' gift for everyone is our Ultra Cami in multiple colors. Such a simple thing, but women always have difficulty finding a great cami, and ours is the best! The fit is a dream, it has a great length, and doesn't ride up. I even give them as hostess gifts. You should see how excited women get!"

From Monika of Splendid Willow Avenue: "Kids love this retro feel matchbox containing an adorable cotton mouse + blanket, mattress and pillow. A fun gift to give and to receive! And Moms like it because it is not yet another plastic toy!"

For more gift giving ideas and inspiration, check out Monika's blog: Splendid Willow. Happy "Cyber" Shopping everyone!

Happy Cyber Monday!

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!  Will you be shopping for gifts online today?  Over here we are busier than ever, so we are absolutely taking advantage of desk top shopping...if you too are looking for some fun gift ideas online, is offering this special promo code, good for today only, in honor of Cyber Monday.  Offer expires at midnight...happy shopping!

Monday's Pop Of Purple

purple precision


Teacher Gifts For The Holidays

We have a fabulous selection of gifts for all the teachers in your life!  Here are a few of our top picks.

Great big thank you to these fabulous blogs for giving some link love this week!

Lona De Anna

Kelly Market 

 Aesthetic Oiseau

P.S. Special "cyber Monday" code: cybermon
good today until Monday at Midnight for 10% off anything and 20% off purchases over $150.



Random Chanel Item

No. 100

Long holiday weekends are the best!  Will you be shopping all the crazy big sales?  Or will you be spending your weekend like me, curled up at home with some delicious left-overs and a really great book (or three!)?  Whatever your plans, hope it's a great one!
 P.S. Special "cyber Monday" code: cybermon 
good for today until Monday at Midnight for 10% off anything and 20% off purchases over $150.

Image via: Assouline via MarcusDesign


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have so much to be thankful for... my family, good health, great friends. Additionally,  I just wanted to take a quick moment to acknowledge how thankful I am for all the wonderful new people that I have met this year and for everyone who reads my blog and takes the time to leave comments. I'm really so grateful for all the support and encouragement.  It's been an amazing year.  What are you thankful for?


Laid Back + Lovely

If your house is anything like ours, then the Holidays can be a very hectic time of year.  As I sit here amongst all the ingredients, dishes, serve ware, various recipes and one humongous to-do list all in preparation for tomorrow, I thought I would leave you with some really pretty calm and neutral interiors.  The kitchen above is so relaxed and clean!  Quite the opposite of what my situation looks like here today...I hope you enjoy these beautiful interiors by Orrick and Company.  To all of you here in the states, Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping your holiday is really relaxed, laid back and lovely!
 Images via: Orrick and Company


Kokoon Giveaway!

Need something new to zhush up your holiday wardrobe? Kokoon is offering one lucky reader the chance to pick a new item of their choice (up to $158.00 retail value)!  For those new to this brand, Kokoon has some really great pieces, think beautiful knits and really flattering dresses.  Check out the whole line, and come back and comment on your favorite piece. To be eligible for this fabulous giveaway,  you must follow The Zhush either here or on Bloglovin'. For a second entry, visit the designer’s blog and follow using Google Connect. For a third entry: “Like” KOKOON’s Facebook page. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry! Giveaway closes at Midnight, November 28, winner picked by random and announced on Tuesday, November 29th.  GOOD LUCK!!!



Thank You Time Out New York!

Thank you Time Out New York Magazine for including in this year's fabulous Holiday Gift Guide! Thrilled and flattered to say the very least!  You can check out the full feature here!


Books Imitating Art + Art Imitating Books

Lately, I've had books on my brain even more so than usual.  Not only am I on a never ending quest for a good read, but I've also been looking for some story books for my children, some coffee table books for decor and finally for some interesting novels to give as gifts this year.  So, stumbling across the work of Jane Mount and her Ideal Bookshelf project, was quite serendipitous!  How great is the idea of having your absolute favorite tomes lined up in a clever work of art like this? You simply send Jane all the titles and she puts together these fabulous "ideal bookshelf" illustrations.  Wouldn't these make such a wonderful gift for practically anyone on your list...and the best part, it's like a mini introspective portrait of the person whose "ideal" this represents.  Adding the "ideal bookshelf" to my own wish list for sure!

Monday's Pop Of Purple

playful purple


Great Gift Ideas Under $50.00

Nifty meets thrifty with five fresh gift ideas 
all under fifty!

houndstooth umbrella and hat set

Great big thanks to these blogs for the fabulous mentions this week!

Design For Mankind 

 Fabulous K
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