Three Eco-Friendly Kids Toys

This figural box represents a "power" animal - a totem for our individual ambitions. Its simple and gestural depiction is intentional - allowing the symbolism of the animal to be maintained. With the addition of hinges, it has the ability to guard important small objects. On the shelf, it is sculpture. On the side table, it's a totem. On the counter, it offers a hiding spot. Animal boxes available: Bull, Walrus, Polar Bear, Llama, Rhino and Whale. Manufactured from sustainable harvested new growth beech wood. Designed by Karl Zahn for Areaware
Hectapus - that's a six legged Octapus - and Roobit - a kangaroo crossed with a rabbit - by Ceiba Tree are manufactured in a Mayan village using hand woven and naturally dyed material which is hand printed and sewn by a Guatemalan womens organization, adhering to the principles of fair trade. Ceiba Tree is a small and dedicated eco concious label for little people. Predominatly soft toys, all the creations are designed by young Melbourne artist and designer Antonia Green. The materials and processes are are all researched and carried out in ethical and sustainable ways with lots of hand made elements in the process. The Ceiba Tree is the Mayan Tree of Life and all Ceiba Tree creatures are eco-friendly with a heart for a better world.
Designed by David Weeks for Areaware - Hanno has elastic band muscles that allow for posing. These wooden creatures are made from sustainably harvested beech wood. Their powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and the elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make them almost impervious to breakage. an enduring classic that will withstand generations of play. From the deepest jungles comes Hanno the Gorilla! Hanno is made from sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood.


Designers Giving Back: Rachel Roy

In addition to my love of Rachel Roy's clothes, I have recently grown to admire and respect her for her efforts to give back to the world. She has partnered up with several non-profits to create jobs and celebrate the fine skills of those who have been struck by natural disasters or must deal with the day-to-day hardship of finding fresh drinking water. It excites me to see that more and more designers are starting to sell specialty items that either partner up with non-profits or work directly with displaced artisans in underdeveloped countries.
Rachel's "Kindness is Always Fashionable" line creates totes & clutches to help provide relief for natural disasters and to support non-profits. 100% of net proceeds go to her partnering organizations. Currently featured is the Ghana Clutch, which helps support OrphanAid Africa. This nonprofit organization supports orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana through programs in care reform, education, and development. 

As part of the January 2010 Haitian earthquake recovery efforts, Rachel traveled with Macy's CEO, Terry Lundgren & Martha Stewart to Haiti to create a trade not aid program for artisans. The purchase of the Heart of Haiti jewelry directly benefits the Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. The purchase of these one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces, helps to promote and carry the tradition of rich and unique Haitian art.
 Rachel's efforts go beyond just the sale of particular items. She has also worked closely with Charity Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of public donations go directly to water projects. All operating costs are covered by a group of private donors so every dollar you give can go to people in need. Rachel was able to help over 750 people with 20 years of clean drinking water! Rachel's work and dedication to these causes is a great example for all of us on how we can use our skills and success to help better the world around us.


Feature Friday: Inside the Home of Diane von Furstenberg

The ever-so-fab fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg recently let Architectural Digest into her live/work space corporate headquarters in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Diane's glass-and-steel live/work space, which DVF refers to as the "tree house," was designed by the architectural firm WORKac. Diane's "tree house" is perched above with views of the Empire State Building and the High Line, a mile-and-a-half long park built atop abandoned elevated train tracks. Although, the Meatpacking District might be a trendy area now, it wasn't always. Diane first came to New York from Brussels in 1969. She shares, “Everybody told me when I came to this neighborhood that I was crazy—that it was full of drag queens, that it smelled awful because of all the butchers. All of that is true,” she continues. “And yet in a weird way the cobblestone streets remind me of Belgium.”  
With 3 grandchildren at the age of 65, Diane is certainly not slowing down. Diane explains, “When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person.” The talented fashion designer has recently expanded her brand to include tabletop and bedding for the home.
The office/living area certainly reflects the look of the DVF's brand. A recognizable DVF grey leopard print rug sits beneath an Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann desk/dining table and is outfitted with chairs by Franz West. Careful not to obstruct the city view, low-lying frames sit on the windowsill and surround the space. The frames are filled with family photographs and woks of art by Joan Miró and Francesco Clemente. The low display of famous artists mixed with personal and sentimental creates an informal and welcoming space... quite how I'd imagine Diane to be.
The combination of Diane's tree-base table, vintage zebra print chairs and leopard rug is out of  this world. If that wasn't fabulous enough, a portrait of DVF by Andy Warhol sits a few feet away.
The master suite has a tented bed that sits beneath a fantastic octagonal ceiling and is backed by a painted clouded sky wall. Between these elements and the warm wood floors and shelving, one might feel like they are sleeping beneath the stars on an African safari. 
In keeping with the natural, outdoorsy look and feel, the bath area is surrounded by painted folding screens that provide both privacy and peacefulness. The freestanding teak tub is from the Water Monopoly. The use of teak, a wood that is commonly used for outdoor spaces, enhances the relaxing outdoor/tree house vibe that Diane was seeking.
As long as a person has seen Diane's clothing line at least once in their life, they could easily walk into her live/work space and instantly know who was behind the fabulous design. Just as with any good design, the look of Diane's brand is highly recognizable and very much-so loved.

Source: Architectural Digest


In the Guest Chair with Daily Dream Decor

I am so excited to announce that today, Denisa from the dreamy blog, Daily Dream Decor is in the guest chair! She is here to share with us her current Spring love...

Hey darlings, Denisa here, nice to meet you all!  
This spring, blue is my staple color, I became obsessed with this vibrant color and I want to share a fabulous combination of blue shades.  Love the use of neon blue, light blue and navy tiles in this little Malaga villa kitchen. Plus it’s really inviting, wouldn’t you love to cook there? 

Source: Micasa