john derian at target!

john derian domino target ad

Oh my oh my... I am so excited, what a nice surprise to come home to! Upon peering into my new issue of domino last night I saw an ad for Target promoting a new line coming in September by John Derian! This is so great! {pardon the dodgy photo above, I just snapped a photo of it real quick on my phone to display the ad.}

john derian square trays

I have admired John Derian for years now. In fact my first 'decor / design / inspirational' blog post I ever made was an ode to John Derian on my myspace blog (ick myspace blogs, i know). I'm not going to bother linking you to myspace, but you can see a small set on my flickr with the objects I posted about. {Btw, that was over two years ago! I can't believe how fast time flies... I quickly launched rachel best blogs with blogger very soon after. Yep, a 2 year birthday for the blog coming up in November!}

john derian writing

Well, this post has turned into a little trip down memory lane. Sorry about trailing off on a side tangent, John Derian sits a little close to my heart. His style is eclectic and I love that. He works in beautiful collage form and incorporates a lot of swoon-worthy pieces that mix old fashioned writing with beautiful organic forms like leaves, animals or insects (did I mention I have always had a thing for dragonflies and butterflies? ask my friends from middle school.. they will confirm).

john derian butterfly dragonfly

I have long coveted one of his gorgeous pieces, but they are really out of my casual spending range. But alas! Now target is doing what it does best, making the work of amazingly talented designers affordable for people like you and me. Now I can have my very own Derian piece. This makes me truly happy. And I'm happy that more people in the world will now know of the great work John Derian makes. Thank you Target!

p.s. I can't leave this post without mentioning the lovely objects (aside from his decoupage pieces) he carries in his store. You can see them on his website too.

john derian shop goods

john derian shop goods

p.s.s. I should note that I have no idea what the pieces at Target will look like aside from the ad above, I have searched for pics to no avail. The other photos in this post are all from his website.


backyard sunday


Hope you are having a lazy, delightful sunday.


Are you possibly hanging out on some lovely patios?

Take a look at the lovely patio selections featured over on Domino Magazine's website.


Or maybe you are taking a dip in a refreshing pool?


Isn't this pool at the Jay Paley residence amazing?


bursts of pink!

I'm loving the bursts of pink in the posts of newfound blogger, hidden in france.

pink smeg


carolyn quartermaine

carolyn quartermaine

Like yesterday's white + color inspiration, this home of Carolyn Quartermaine is so incredible. I love the delicate balance of white and blushing pink.

carolyn quartermaine

Bits of modern, color and rustic.

Carolyn Quartermaine 3

Turquoise in the kitchen is a must.

carolyn quartermaine

Fresh flowers and patterned wall hangings always welcome.

carolyn quartermaine

Sheer romance never hurts.

{photos vogue living australia / via poppytalk}

[disclaimer: I apologize for posting this entry twice. I am out of town in Columbia, South Carolina for the weekend - helping my younger sister move into her dorm room at USC - and I had scheduled this post on Friday night, and for some reason when it went live earlier today the flickr images didn't make it. So hopefully this won't happen to the two posts I scheduled for tomorrow. In the meantime... on with the original post.]


on with the white inspiration...

white danish home

I feel like this white danish home with colorful accents is everything I wish my home was. It has all the colors I love and gravitate towards, yet lots of white. Clean, very clean looking.

white danish home

Like bright colors, I am gravitated towards great patterns and a strong ethnic flair.

white danish home

{photos / via the style files}

pink unicorn

unicorn tattoo

I think this temporary tattoo from Julia Pott is hilarious. She is quite a talented illustrator, check out the work in her portfolio on her website.

white + detail

Lately I have been really inspired by white, especially when it includes fine detail (check out the crown molding and medallions on the ceiling)... amazing!

{via this is glamorous, photo from 2+6 - Vogue Living Australia}


something blue

kitchenaid blue

I'll take one of each, thankyouverymuch.

enchanting 4,000 sf, 1910 queen anne victorian

Saw this over at design*sponge today and I think I have found my dream house in east Athens, Georgia. Let's buy it, yes?

Enchanting 4,000 sf, 1910 Queen Anne Victorian that was moved to this private 5.5 acres setting and has been passionately restored by local artists over the last 20 years! Also there is a whimsical 2-story retreat/guest house nestled in the woods at the end of a path behind the main house (an additional 20 acres is available for purchase). Both houses are full of magic & artist's whimsy while still being respectful of the historical authenticity of the house. The woodwork is beautiful, heart pine floors throughout, bead board ceilings and wainscotting, detailed trim and mantels. Artist/craftsman built-in bookshelves modeled on original woodwork to create a library within the full dining room, pocket doors separating an old-fashioned parlor from the large living room and many original plumbing fixtures. Copper counters in kitchen, a 1920's vintage stove, several clawfoot tubs, beautiful tile showers (including a room sized master shower built with handmade tiles and multiple shower heads). There is a wrap-around front porch, a balcony porch and rear wrap-around deck with the main house.The guest house has a huge screened porch with Eastern European and North African style wood detailing. People have traveled from around the world to do photo-shoots on this property and with good reason! It is truly a magical setting.


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