Tuesday, April 28, 2009


We've had some inquiries on the nature of that sofa and fabric. It's a dove white microfiber suede (60% nylon).  Not only is it super stain-resistant, but Mouse finds it exceptionally soft with a very natural feel.  I like how its thick texture holds in place. Pillows stay square and cushions don't stretch and sag like many microsuedes can do over time.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Pretty patterned pillows? For a dog who urps? This blog is in the paws of Mouse, a tres-chic dachshund and tough-minded design editor, who has taught me that posh can be pragmatic

Mouse suffers from the neuro-muscular disease, megaesophagus. Lacking a contracting esophagus, she digests sludgy food via gravity by sitting upright for one hour after every feeding. Needless, to say, her efforts are not always successful. Life gets messy. But that's no reason not to go for dove white ultrasuede upholstery on the couch (Weekend Sofa by De La Espada, www.delaespada.com), or for the subtle blue and taupe colors of this pillow fabric. Purchased through Calico Corners, it's a half-acrylic, half-polyester geometric weave from Waverly (www.waverly.com) called Chrysanthemums. Both the couch and pillows have proven indestructible. 

Said the De La Espada showroom manager, "A customer called distressed that their children had written all over the sofa's cushions in purple magic marker. We told her not to worry, just get some soap and water." Our own upholstery has survived the "Mouse Test" as well as red wine spills, labrador drool, and on one occasion, a visiting puppy's wee wee. And the pillow fabric? Mouse's handiwork or my makeup smudges, I've never needed more than a wet cloth for a quick fresh up. 

All products and ideas posted here must similarly meet Mouse's rigorous standards of high-style and lasting value. Why? Because the only worthy splurges are those beautiful to live with. 


I never knew I could fall so hard for a sink. But, then, I also never stopped to consider how much of our lives and laundry are spent sopping up countertop puddles. Apron-front sinks are all the rage in kitchens these days, mostly because their exposed fronts offer space for decoration. In the bath, however, this sink type is a savvy solution for getting the widest basin into the smallest space. Where the countertop in our guest bath wasn't deep enough for both a basin and a faucet, this semi-recessed sink by Lacava makes rinsing a cinch. . Counters stay so tidy, we opted for a lustrous bronze metal laminate by Formica. And the wooden Chinese sculpture with centuries-old paint placed sinkside? That's my morning-hour primping companion— just inches away, yet safe from splashes.