Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those summer nights

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Interesting finds for Outdoor Entertaining.

I can hardly keep myself indoors this season. Warm summer nights (or almost summer here in DC), Sauvignon Blancs, sea scallops, diyas or tea-lights and some lounge music (Buddha Bar maybe?). Creating an ambiance for company, interesting conversations, and relaxation. Here are some inspiring pictures from around the world. I find them elegantly simple.

Roche Bobois

From Roche Bobois Collection.

Royal Mirage Dubai

One of my favorite places in the world. Royal Mirage in Dubai, UAE. This is such a festive layout for outdoor gatherings – so cozy! I love the tray and lanterns.

Oberoi Amarvillas Agra

We were just here in March this year. This outdoor pool area has really inspiring details. Blue and white are such calming and peaceful colors. See more images of the Oberoi Amarvillas in Agra here.

B&B Italia’s Outdoor Collection

Villa 32 Taiwan

The focus on the lighting of this minimalistic outdoor area in Villa 32 (Taiwan) is brilliant.

Picture courtesy

And some accessories..

Lantern Astroboy71 on Flickr

Lantern -find from Astroboy 71’s collection on Flickr.

Also take note of the Zen-like place setting.

Sea Urchin Vase

Sea Urchin Vase from Cerulean

The dimensions are 11″ by 13″. I imagine using 4 of these together and making this a wall accent. In a straight line or a tiled like a rectangle…

Pearl and Silver Dishes

Pearl and silver dishes, I’d use them for olives from Cerulean.

More soon!

Tea time – Teapots

I’m a little teapot. Short and stout….

Ah Teapots! I have a tiny obsession for teapots. I just love collecting teapots from everywhere. Their use is so global. Almost every corner of the world has their unique design of teapots.  Here are this weeks finds.

Ornate Moroccan teapot from Red Colander’s photostream on Flickr.

Nambu Hoala from MOMA

Cast Iron from MOMA

Anna Kraitz LUST Tea Pot from Huset-Shop.

Sagaform found at Huset-Shop.

Check out a similar one Pause Teapot from Crate and Barrel here.

And isn’t this one gorgeous? Camille from Crate and Barrel. Blue and white duo are so sophisticated.

Taken from Christopher Proudlove’s collection on Flickr.

Glass set at William Sonoma

More soon.:)

Reusable Lunch Bags

I just had to repost these from I stumbled upon this looking for reusable items for my recycle and reuse section. Can you imagine using these for so many other projects around the house. I can,  and I’ll reveal those in my DIY section soon. Until then enjoy these and do share what you come up with.

Main material for this is oilcloth. Oilcloth is not machine washable, but Martha recommends washing it with a sponge and water. You can get instructions for this project here.

Speak soon!

From Scratch – Art of My Heart

New York based Monaco artist Caroline Bergonzi believes art can heal. For her “ is both a daily exploration within of the mystery of life, and an act of love.” On May 1, Caroline Bergonzi revealed her latest series of paintings in New York.

After years of painting symbolic images with a recurring concentric effect, of circles in squares and squares in circles, Caroline decided to explore the concept of mandalas, the intriguing traditional images known especially as a Tibetan art, where they are made of colorful sand and infinite patience.

FROM SCRATCH is her own new, spiritual and graphic exploration through illusions, beauty and other ornaments, towards authenticity and pure power, as she limits her palette to black (on white). Opposites meet, spar and clash. FROM SCRATCH also refers to the wide range of techniques she uses: black acrylic and Chinese ink, treated in thick or transparent layers, smoothly brushed or scratched with a pointy knife.

Mantra - From Scratch


Growth - From Scratch


Genesis - From Scratch


Flux - From Scratch


If you are in the New York area, From Scratch is on display at the Arium, Meat Packing District, NY May 1-31 2008. Ten percent of all sales are donated to support Tibetan Arts. View more paintings by Caroline Bergonzi and event pictures here.