Friday, April 25, 2014

A Wolf in Sheepskin clothing.

I just love my sheepskin! 

Sheepskin is such a versatile decor item, effortlessly styles and accents a room by simply being in it.

You can find a great pelt from Ikea, but if you want to get something a little more special; rug and animal skin specialists or your designer furniture store will have a choice of hides for your decor desire. Remember to go as plush as possible!

Your 'skin' can be used to protect your furniture (like the arm rest on your couch), spruce up a chair's look and provide extra padding, cushion your step by your bedside, in the nursery, seat top for a bench or provide that extra bit of warmth. Use sheepskin any way you want, get creative, you really can't make too much of a mistake with this piece.

Some of my favorite ways to use sheepskin.

 Above & Below: Sheepskin providing that extra cushion on seating.

Above: Sheepskin in your kitchen.
Below: Sheepskin in your bedroom.

 Above: Sheepskin to the side.
Below: Sheepskin on your lounger.

 Above:Sheepskin country.
Below: Sheepskin Modern.

Above: Sheepskin Boho.
Below: Sheepskin Southwestern. 

 Above: Sheepskin Vogue.
Below: Sheepskin kids.

 Above: Sheepskin in the Nursery.
Below: Sheepskin in the bathroom.

 Above & Below: Sheepskin is inviting and cozy! 

Authors note: If you live in a country rich in farming like Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe...The pelts there are plush and luxurious for a decent price! 

Rock and Roll Sheep!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Madonna Inn

If you plan on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, there's a place you need to stop by, check out, have lunch or stay. 
Around the half-way point in San Luis Obispo, California, on the 101 Highway is an amazing destination called the Madonna Inn. You can't miss it, as it sits on a 1000 acre property, just below the Madonna Mountain. 

The Madonna Inn is reminiscent of an old wild west bordello, and is the home to 110 uniquely decorated rooms with their own color and theme. I'm not talking about kitschy, I'm talking EXTREMELY kitschy. With rooms named Barrel of Fun, Cayucos Queen, Gypsy Rock, Morning Star, Oriental Fantasy, Pick & Shovel or the ever so popular Caveman room, will make your visit one to remember.

Some rooms feature Rock showers, Rock fire places, spiral staircases, even the Madonna's prized pet Buffalo has his own dedicated room. 

Huge boulders and rocks form most of the building's structure, these rocks were from the construction of the surrounding area. Custom made lead glass windows adorn the sills of the Inn creating timeless masterpieces reflecting the Madonna's enterprises of construction, lumber and cattle.

Needless to say the Madonna Inn is one of my favorite places to visit.  
The Copper Cafe and Madonna bakery serve up tasty treats for the wayward traveller, and if you want a serious meal head for the Gold Rush Steak House. 
Roaming the gift shops never hurt, and with each visit, my collection of their specialty goblets is slowly growing in size. Did I even mention Pink? Pink, is the signature color of this place. From the color of their cakes to the complementary lotion in your room, Pink!  You really have to see this place in person.

But to hold you over for now, are some eye candy pics of The Madonna Inn. 

The Lobby.
A glorious pool, with an equally spectacular view.
The interior of the Gold Rush steak house.
The Bar.
Pink Tennis and Basketball courts!
The Traveler's Suite #157
Rock Bottom #143
Tack room #195
Yosemite Rock #130
Old Mill #206
The Madonna Suite #141
Jungle Rock #139
The Buffalo Room #205
Espana #194
Hearts & Flowers #155
Austrian Suite #160
Safari Room #193
Love Nest #183
Yahoo #132
The Caveman Room #137
Fox & Hound #107
Carin #218
Just Heaven #184
  Rock and Roll Madonna!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How's it Hanging Chair.

Some of my friends homes contain the infamous hanging chair or swing. Besides my extreme jealousy over their suspended seating, there's something so nostalgic and intriguing about a swing chair. 

I believe there is a sense of "danger" and taboo over the suspender chair, thoughts of what if...? linger before you take your seat. 
Can it hold my weight? 
Will I break it?
Should I sit in it?
Is it safe?

Look up, if it looks sketchy, probably find another spot to park your tush.

Aside from all that, if you know you have a great hanging chair, do as they do and hang, swing and mellow out!

I want to dedicate this post to the suspended chair - No, not even the hammock gets a shout out.

Above: The Future Perfect - Ovis Hanging Chair $2800
Below: Anthrapologie - Knotted Melati Hanging Chair $598
Below: Serena & Lily -Hanging Rattan Chair $450

Rock and Roll swingin'!