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Turn Your Beach Photos into Pillows

Here's a unique idea. Take your beach photos and turn them into custom photo pillows. This is the perfect gift idea! Just Pillows offers this great service. Any photo can be used to create your photo pillow, photo throw, custom tote bag or custom wall tapestry. Digital photos can be uploaded and print photos can be mailed in (photos will be returned). The large sizes and vibrant colors allow the jaquard woven heirlooms to capture your own woven moments. All of our products are 100% cotton, last a lifetime and are sure to be cherished by your friends, family and yourself.

Have a fabulous weekend


and don't get too tired, remember we have a date next week. Here at Belle Vivir.

Until then.

Save 40% off Vintage Style Hawaiian Bedding

Looking for Hawaiian bedding ensembles in the same lush tropical prints you see in vintage movies and at posh tropical resorts? Hanalei Home has it all, from top-of-bed to curtains. They even have hard-to-find bedspreads that drop to the floor and have an extra 18” at the top to cover your pillows. Bed coverings are 40% off during June. Don’t miss their big selection of Hawaiian fabrics!
I am actually looking for new Hawaiian bedding for my bedroom and thought I had it figured out. With their awesome selection, now I am reconsidering buying one from Hanalei Home.

COCO CHANEL

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Above, Chanel wearing perhaps one of her first jersey cardigan jackets
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different" COCO CHANEL. My number 1 innovator. Not only was she different but also unique, tenacious; a revolutionary. Thanks to her, women were liberated from the stiffness of corsets. Her determination and tenacity made her go against all of the fashion standards of her time with her trendy "little boy" look. She introduced comfortable-relaxed yet sophisticated couture clothes made out of Jersey, a material until then only used in France to make mens underwear. Her iconic black dress made a color associated with mourning, into something chic. Still, until today, it is a must-have in every fashionable woman's wardrobe. “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” she said. She certainly did what she preached. Her innovation was also seen in the way she made use of overlapping pearl necklaces as a Chanel-fashion statement.
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Chanel started with a millinery shop in 1912. By 1920’s, Coco Chanel was one of the premier fashion designers in Paris. Her many lovers influenced her career tremendously. She never married. It’s reported that she replied to a marriage proposition by the duke of Westminster by saying. There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!
Born in 1883 in Saumur, France, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel became orphan at a very young age then abandoned by her father and sent to the orphanage of the Catholic monastery of Aubazine. There she learned how to be a seamstress.
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Perfume is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure, Chanel. In the 1920s, a designer’s name featured a Perfume for the first time. Chanel No. 5 is still a profitable asset for the Chanel house. Most of her fabulous fashion haven't changed much in generations.

An innovator capable of creating classics. I RAISE MY GLASS TO YOU CHANEL!!

Put Your Favorite Treasures in Glass Lamps

I just found some of the coolest lamps I have ever seen. These glass lamps allow you to fill them with whatever you choose. For a tropical room, I picture sea glass, sea shells or sand. I think this is a brillant idea!
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Kelly Wearstler

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Tastemaker is the word that best describes Kelly Wearstler. She is my number 2 innovator. No two of her rooms have ever looked alike. She has the incredible talent and ability to create each space uniquely glamorous and luxurious, injecting colors and applying bigger than usual accessories while keeping them well balanced. Ever since I saw her fantastic work for the first time I was enamored by her modern approach to luxury-regency style. Nothing is simple about her interiors, her style is the ultimate luxury image of glamour and distinction. Her vast and diverse curriculum include international resorts and hotels throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, making her a internationally recognized and celebrated designer. She also has designed restaurants, retail environments and residences for upscale clientele. Kelly Wearstler's luxury signature style has been the namesake for many product lines with home design companies such as The Rug Company, Le Jofa, Sferra and others. Kelly Wearstler's boutique at Bergdorf Goodman opened in the fall of 2007.
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Beach Style End Table

I love the way this beach style end table would blend perfectly into any tropical bedroom, or family room. The colors make me happy. If you love this type of beach style furniture, Home Living also carries matching pieces.

Surf Shack Tropical Bunk Bed

The ultimate splurge for a surfer kid, would be to have this surf shack tropical bunk bed. I showed this to my boys and they went crazy for it. However, at over $15,000, I'd have to win the lottery to be able to buy this for them. I'd probably keep it for myself. Oh well, a girl can dream!

Hawaiian Wall Clock

I am digging this vintage Hawaiian wall clock. I have a similar one in my Hawaiian family room. This tropical clock has a gicle art background. It measures 10 inches in diameter.

Miles Redd


His uniquely amazing style makes Miles Redd my number 3 innovator. I could say so much about Miles Redd, for instance that I dig his style. His signature style, Cozy Glamour was going to be my brand-style until I found out that someone had already taken it. But because it is Miles Redd I forgive him he he.. yeah right.... . I love how he plays with glamour, philosophy, grandeur and reality to create his one of a kind incredible interiors. He relies on innovation and imagination to create comfortable, elegant interiors that express a client's personality. The many often use of stacked books in his projects make me also define his style as a "Modern Intellectual" approach in the actual world. Miles Redd began working for antique dealer John Rosselli, later working for decorator Bunny Williams. After making his apartment a statement of his signature "Cozy Glamour" and clients arising encouraged him to open his own office in NYC in 1998. Since then his career has skyrocketed. In 2003 Miles Redd was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home. Who could ask for more? Let's feast our eyes.



Palm Tree Entertainment Center

You television will look awesome when it is tucked behind a tropical palm tree entertainment center. This is a hand painted piece of furniture. It's a simple tropical design, without going over the top. Free shipping!
The Hawaiian Home has more palm tree entertainment centers.

Gianni Versace


For his incredible originality and fearless the late Gianni Versace is my number 4 innovator designer. Born December 2, 1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. In 1972, Versace moved to Milan, where he began freelance designing for the Italian labels Genny, Callaghan and Complice before launching his own ready-to-wear collection for women in 1978. Until Versace, fashion was an art only targeted to a more discrete clientele. With everyone accustomed to Armani’s tailored distinct suits, Valentino’s sumptuous and glamorous nightgowns, no one would ever conceive dresses and gowns made of innovative materials such as aluminum mesh or techniques such as laser technology to fuse leather and rubber. Weather we would have worn his first creations or not, his style has become a trademark. His collections were invaded with marked colors, materials, and cuts, with such a sexual approach to the point of vulgarity. For many his design was a discussion about good or bad taste. His versatility and imagination was always in pursuit of new and unexpected ideas making his signature a synopsis of the 80’s and 90’s. His clothes have been worn by icons such as the late Princess Diana, Elton John, and many others.


Images above of the front and back of a hand embroidered and beaded top from Versace's Autumn/Winter 1991-92 collection. Below, facade of the Designer's house in lake Como. Two pictures further below are re-creations of some of the rooms in the house by Sotheby's for auction.




The black Versace safety pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley at the 1994 premiere of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral has been considered the best red carpet gown of all time. Below his "Casa Casuarina" in South Beach. Constructed in 1930 and modeled after a residence built by Christopher Columbus' son in 1510 in Santo Domingo.

An intrepid designer, Versace brought energy and art to an industry considered disconnected with the mainstream. In less than 10 years, he built an empire worth $807 million.

Make Your Own Beach Chair Card

I came across a fabulous tutorial on how to make your own beach chair card using a Sizzix die cut. (scrapbooking). I love making tropical cards and scrapbook pages, but this is more advanced than what I usually do. I may attempt it, and thought you may enjoy making it too!

Hibiscus Canvas Art Prints

Today's find is a pair of Hibiscus Canvas Art Prints. Whether you like tropical decor, or not, these would look amazing just about anywhere. They are also a decent size measuring 12" x 24" for each piece. Get them while they are on sale at 41% off at Smart Bargains.com. They offer free shipping on orders over $100.
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Jamie Drake

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Because beige is too easy and because a tremendous amount of character and sense of style is needed to accomplish some of his fantastic interiors, Jamie Drake is my number 5 innovator. "Where some see disparity, Drake sees semblance in line, pattern, spirit, or concept." Interior Design. His interiors are full of colors, the more the merrier, coziness and texture. The use of modern furniture mixed with fantastic antiques and his greatest statement "color", make his interiors astonishingly transitional.
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"What's really important to my work is injecting a sense of personality. I call it personality-plus design." says Drake. Two main ingredients for success. His unique style is what have granted him important clients such as Mayor Bloomberg and Madonna. Drake keeps his interiors harmonious by using one to two colors in different shades and adding accents of contrasting colors. In the above room for instance, he used light green on the walls, striped curtains in a darker green, a tick striped green tablecloth with some blue in it to bring out the blue in the colorful art wall. Then he used the white chairs to make a statement and to probably brake with green and bring out some white from the art wall and chandelier shades. The ebony leather upholstery on the chairs keeps the attention on the gorgeous tablecloth fabric and art wall. We can see the same technique used in the blue room below. This time with two main colors, different patterns of blue and green were used to make the room fresher and more modern. The Turkish-inspired copper table is a very unexpected touch in a room covered with a very tropical sea grass wallpaper.
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So many times have I heard how unappealing a purple sofa would be. That is probably before they see this room by Jamie Drake where purple is the canvas and the colors of the pigments used as well.
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Not only for his marvelous interiors is Drake worthy of admiration but also for his great heart. "Volunteer work is something I'm truly committed to."

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