Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Sale!

Take advantage of our Memorial Day sale and save 10%-20% off the entire site. Save on DwellStudio, Inhabit Living, Bliss Living Home, and more! Use coupon code: MEMORIALDAY20 at checkout.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sleepypod Pet Carrier is also a Pet Bed!

Looking for a comfortable and safe way to ferry your furry loved one from Point A to Point B? The Sleepypod Pet Carrier transports your cat or dog in their own bed, so they feel like they've never left home. Unzip the cover from The Sleepypod Pet Carrier and it becomes a cozy bed for Fido. Don't worry about messes. It's machine washable, for easy clean-up. When you're ready to travel, simply zip the sturdy mesh top onto the bed base and you're ready to go. Your pet can become a jet-setter without leaving his own bed! Experts agree, keeping pets calm and comfortable during travel means less stress and a more enjoyable trip for both of you! Sleepypod can also be used as a car seat for your pet. You can buckle Sleepypod into a car seat belt, so the pod is secure and won't slide around inside the vehicle. Keep your pet safe and secure when driving! The Sleepypod is a multi use carrier that provides your pet with: a bed, a carrier and a pet car seat all in one!

Feng Shui Tips for the Bedroom: Do's and Dont's

Now that you have had a chance to make sure your bed is Feng Shui compatible, it's time to find a place to put it. Normally, you'd place the bed wherever you felt comfortable, but in Feng Shui bed positioning is very important. Here are a few tips on positioning your bed:

  1. Never place your bed under a window. According to Feng Shui principles, this will make you feel tired upon rising. It will also allow chi to escape from the room.
  2. Make sure there is a clear path from the window to the door. The chi must flow through the room uninterrupted. If your bed blocks this flow, experts believe it will disrupt your sleep.
  3. The bed should always face the door of the room, but never directly in front of it. This is called the Command Position and offers you a sense of security because you can see who is coming in and out of the room.
  4. You should be very aware of windows and doors when placing your bed. You don't want to block the path of chi moving from a window to the door.
  5. Make sure the bed can be approached from either side. This provides balance and synergy to the room and hopefully, to your life!
So where is the best place to place the bed? You should check a Feng Shui chart for exact positioning but a good guideline is to place the bed in the part of the room diagonally farthest from the entry. And as we mentioned before; stay away from the windows!

Now that your bed is in it's best position, let's discuss what items you should and should not have in your bedroom for proper Feng Shui.
  • Keep computers, TVs, and exercise equipment out of the bedroom. It's hard to let go of late night television, we know, but having these items in your bedroom creates harmful energy and is best left for other rooms.
  • Balance is a very important for good Feng Shui in the bedroom. Not only should your bed be approachable from both sides but you should also place matching nightstands on each side of the bed. They should also have rounded corners to prevent 'cutting chi' or bad energy from reaching you while you sleep.
  • Never place a large mirror in front of your bed! This is a big no-no in Feng Shui for the bedroom. Having a mirror in front of your bed can redirect harmful chi back at you. Keep mirrors away from the bed.
We hope these tips have been helpful. Feng Shui is an ancient art and many people have had success using it's various techniques to make their living spaces happy, healthy places. We hope you find the same success!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Easy Feng Shui tips for the Bedroom: The Bed

Have you ever walked into a room and it just didn't feel right? Practitioners of Feng Shui believe it's because the 'Chi' or the universal energy is not flowing properly through a room. Feng Shui techniques remove, rearrange or add elements to a space to improve the flow or 'chi' of the room. Recently we did some rearranging in our own bedroom and it really seemed to help so we thought we would share with our readers, a few simple tips they can use to improve their own bedrooms. First, we'll start with the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom-The Bed. Apply some of these tips to your bedroom and see if it makes a difference. Does Feng Shui really work? We'll let you be the judge. But hey, it doesn't hurt to try!

The Bed

1. Headboard: A good headboard provides support and protection while your body is refueling it's own energy while you sleep. A headboard should be wood or upholstered, but most important is it be sturdy.
2. Foundation/Frames: Energy should flow effortlessly all around and underneath your bed. Beds with built in storage, disrupt the flow of chi. Removing items from underneath the bed can help circulate the energy in the room. Foundations and bed frames, should be sturdy and level. The idea is to provide a solid even base to support your body while it re-energizes.
3. Mattress: A good mattress provides a comfortable platform on which to rest and is vital to sustaining good back health. Choose a mattress that best suits your physical needs, while keeping in mind the type of materials used in making the mattress. One option is the Soy Green mattress from Magniflex. It's made with an aloe vera base and has soy inter-weaved into the fabric. A natural choice is always best. You also want your mattress to brand new. Never purchase a used mattress! We think this goes without saying, but used mattresses also come with whatever bad energy the previous owners left behind. Plus, it's just gross!

These are just a few helpful tips to restore chi to your bedroom. In our next post, we'll focus on the importance of bed placement and essential furniture for good Feng Shui in the bedroom.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Offi Packet Table Makes Summer Entertaining in Small Spaces a Breeze!

Dining room tables can be a luxury for some in cramped city apartments. Convertible furniture is a creative solution to small apartment living. Collapsible tables can provide your guests with a comfortable place to sit. The Offi Packet Table is a convertible table that folds away when not in use. Easy to use, simply open the sides to reveal the 4 stools hidden beneath. Viola! An instant dining space to enjoy. Take it from room to room, or even outside to the patio. It's portable and compact so use it wherever you need dining space. When the party is over, simply fold the stools and tuck them into the base. The tables side's can be folded down so you can use it a small table. The Offi Packet Table has a small footprint, so you can push it into a corner when not in use. So easy! The cornerstone of Offi's designs is their functionality. They do this without sacrificing style. simple put; Offi is just good design!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oops Crib by Structured Green-A Happy Accident

Balance your need for style and desire to help better the Earth with The Oops Crib by Structured Green.It's made with quality materials that are sustainably produced, certified reclaimed, recycled or recyclable. Recently, much has been made of saving trees to avoid the onset of climate change. Recycled lumber materials are everywhere: old homes and buildings are being torn down everyday, but it can be difficult to reclaim and require additional man hours. Structured Green believes it's worth the extra effort to avoid cutting down another tree. The crib is not only beautifully constructed, it's also free of toxic chemicals.They use water safe adhesives, and a finish of raw, food grade tung oil for a deep shine. That means baby is breathing in noxious gases in his slumber.
The crib's child-safe sides features variegated bamboo slats that give the bed a rich modern look. And what are the origins of the name? The Structured Team explains the name‘Oops’ name by saying, “When Mom said you were her happy accident, she was only half kidding. We love you just the same.” We love the Oops Crib, and we're not joking!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bobby Berk Home Welcomes New Clothier and SoHo Neighbor All Saints

Everyone knows if you're looking for great fashion or home design you head to SoHo, NYC! SoHo is home to the world's top designers and retailers and we're so proud to be part of this exceptional community. The latest addition to our neighborhood is British clothing store All Saints. After months of walking by the boarded up storefront, we were excited to be able to step inside and peruse their wares. Let's just say, it has quickly become one of our new favorite stores. They offer up a hot line of quality clothing for men and women. The All Saints style has a rock-n-roll vibe with a clean edge, one word-sexy! All Saints 'celebrity entrance' (or what common folks might call the backdoor!) is also on Crosby Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from Bobby Berk Home. So don't be surprised to find us cruising the aisles of All Saints on our lunch hour. Actually, it might be dangerous to have them in such close proximity. We want to buy everything! Another new neighbor is the SoHo Synagogue. An inspirational addition to the neighborhood, the SoHo Synagogue is being billed as the 'hipster synagogue'. It's a gorgeous space and did you know, the first synagogue in SoHo? Crosby Street is also home to Vespa SoHo (want one!) and Bloomie's celebrity entrance. So next time you shop Bobby Berk Home, visit some of our fabulous neighbors. Crosby Street is where it's happening!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Winner of Our Facebook Fan Page Giveaway is Revealed!

Thanks to all of our Facebook Fans who entered to win by leaving us a comment! We always wanted our own awards show, so we decided to do a live video to reveal the winner. OK, OK, it's not the Grammys, perhaps we can start the Bobbys! In any case, congratulations to our winner and a big thank you to all our fans for playing. Stay tuned for more fabulous giveaways!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Perch! The Early Bird Pendant Light

Spring is in full bloom but we can still enjoy the wonders of nature, indoors! The simple earthenware design of Amy Adams' Perch! Early Bird Pendant Light, is what makes this little lamp so sweet. Soft light pours out of the bottom, the tail and the top of the wings, giving a gentle glow to the room. Hang it above your dining table. It comes with a 15' long cord with a plug and switch. Or if you prefer, it can be hardwired with a white ceramic canopy, perfect for a bedroom or nursery. The pendant light uses one 25-60 watt candelabra bulb so you can create your room's own ambiance. The Perch! Early Bird Pendant Lamp is sure to add charm to whatever room you use it.

Organizing a Small Apartment- Some tips to Get You Started

The spring cleaning season is almost over, now it's time to get organized! But what if you live in small space? It can be a challenge organizing a small apartment, but it's not impossible! Here are just a few organizing tools to get you started on the path to tidiness:
  • Look for multifunction furniture. Seating can easily do double duty. The Eastvold Entry Bench can be used to for sitting, but it's drawers and shelves can also keep your outdoor gear where you need it.
  • Bring your books and magazines up to new heights! Magazines will be easy to reach and attractively displayed with the Blomus Wire Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack.
  • Modern dish drainers can help create space in small kitchens. The Magis Dish Doctor holds a surprising number of dishes and when not in use can be quickly placed under a counter. What's the best dish drainer ever? The one that can easily be put away when not in use!
  • You could always take the direct approach and proudly display your clutter. Collections, clothing and toys can be attractively arranged on shelves. Try using brightly-colored ones, like the Way Basic Rectangle Plus 3 Shelf. Bold colors can help to distract from the contents of the shelving.
'Neat and tidy' should be every small apartment dwellers mantra. You can't hide everything in a small space. Just remember, whatever you choose to reveal, make sure it's clean and orderly. You may even try color-coding clothing or books to give a sharper look.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Simple Tips for Changing the 'Season' of Your Home

As spring days lead into summer it's time to think about brightening up the look and feel of your home. Just as the seasons subtly change from one to another so should your home. We're not talking about a major overhaul! Little touches here and there can shift your abode from winter coziness to spring/summer fun! Here are a few simple tips for changing the season of your home:

*All those warm throws and pillows gave your home a cozy feel in the winter but it's time to put them away and bring out your fun summer pillows! Pillows in bright coordinating colors can really make a room pop and can instantly sets the the theme of your home.
*Change out those family pictures of your ski holiday with amusing photos of your last camping trip. A great opportunity to feature all your fun family holidays!
*Replace darker home accessories with light and colorful knick knacks. It's easy to change out a warm colored vase for one that's a little more in tune with the season. Plus, you'll need a gorgeous vessel to put all those summer flowers in!
*Just because it's summer doesn't mean you have to put away your candles. Replace warmer scents with the smells of summer! Tropical scents can instantly take you back to your last beach vacation.
*Consider rearranging our furniture. Changing up the floor plan can make it easier for you and your guests to mingle during all those sizzling summer parties you're going to have!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aquaovo Ovopur Filtration System is a Eco-Friendly Alternative to Bottled Water

Who doesn't enjoy the taste of a nice bottle of cold filtered water on a hot summer day? We certainly do. Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion bottles of water per year. That's a lot of H2O! Unfortunately, all those bottles amount to a gigantic eco-nightmare, because eight out of ten water bottles will end up in a landfill. The Aquaovo Ovopur Filtration System gets rid of the bottle all together, by providing you with a natural water filtering alternative. Ovopur's award winning design utilizes an offline gravitational filter with multi layers that remove 99% of water born pollutants. It's made of chemical free porcelain and lead free glazing, so you can be sure you're drinking only clean water and not swallowing harmful chemicals. It's attractive egg shaped design helps to circulate the water, regenerating it, so your water doesn't become stagnant. This helps to reduce bacteria build up, which you often see in other types of filtration systems. And you won't be changing filters every month! Ovopur's filter lasts 4 months and is recyclable. Place the Ovopur on the counter, fill it with water and forget about it. The magnetic marker on the side of the unit indicates when the water level is low so you can refill it. It holds approximately 2.9 gallons. The Aquaovo Ovopur is an excellent way to enjoy clean, healthy water without wasting our Earth's valuable resources!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bobby Berk Home Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Bobby Berk Home wants to show our appreciation to all our loyal Facebook fans! We are giving away a set of luxurious Matteo Washed Sateen King Sheets to one lucky Facebook Fan who leaves us a comment on our Fan Page before Sunday May 23rd, 2010.
Bobby Berk Home is proud to carry Matteo products because they use only the world's most luxurious textiles to create their line of sumptuous bedding. Their mission is to create a superior product line and they accomplish this by focusing on quality rather than quantity. Matteo's
incredible attention to detail is what makes their line of products truly special. They use high quality fibers such as; Egyptian cotton, Peruvian alpaca, Baltic flax and Nepalese cashmere to create their extraordinary line of bedding and bath products. Matteo bedding will turn your bedroom into a dreamland oasis!
Sound like a dream come true? It could be! Enter to win a King set of Matteo Sateen sheets today by leaving a Facebook Fan page comment for Bobby Berk Home and we'll enter your name into the drawing. Not a Facebook Fan? No problem! Click here and become one today!
We will announce the winner on May 24th so leave a comment and good luck!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Birds of a feather… Dwell Together?!

There is something very therapeutic about bringing organic, seasonal elements into a sterile feeling space. What better way to bring the spring indoors than with a dash of songbird whimsy? DwellStudios has truly perfected bird motifs; from the wildly popular Chinoiserie design to this lovely Peacock Citrine duvet set. DwellStudios are the masters of creating a very modern design while utilizing traditional elements. The imperfect lines give the pattern a hand drawn feel and the bold, rich color palette creates a timeless, eye-catching piece. The duvet sets include a duvet cover with hidden button closure and two French-back shams; each piece is made of 400-thread count cotton percale that makes you feel as safe and snug as a hatchling in a nest!

The Creative Light…

The IQ Light by Stig Hansen is one of the most popular pieces in the SoHo showroom often drawing people off the streets to stop in, and check out this very cool lighting solution. The beauty of the geometry and the sheer genius of the design make it a standout! With a design system based on single interlocking modules and choices of assembly patterns the IQ Light can be formed to more than twenty-one different lampshade designs! The broad range of possibilities of the IQ Light lighting system can satisfy different personalities, needs and desires. The IQ light comes flat-packed, and is available in five different sizes, ranging in diameter from 12 to 32 inches. The modules are constructed from translucent white PVC, which is virtually unbreakable and super easy to clean. When assembled to an interlocking shape, the system can be used to shade a standard bulb and socket; giving you total control of the mood created. A subtle organic surface and the fine diffuse glow are the most original elements of this design. The perfect solution for lofts and other tight spaces that need light and beauty in one place!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bonkers for Bholu!

Want to take a trip down under but don’t care for the serious jet lag? Then spice up your space with some Aussie flavor and fun with Bholu wallpaper! Bholu products are designed in Australia and are brought to life the by hands of women artisans in India. The philosophy behind Bholu is about creating loveable products while benefiting communities they work with along the way. A part of all proceeds go back to the women and their communities, along with funding education facilities and other programs for underprivileged children. Bholu is a Fair Trade and Climate Neutral Company; so you can feel good in a space that looks great!

The Marjorie Duck, Mavis Monkey Bubalah, and Frederick Elephant Border wallpapers are whimsical and perfect for nurseries or children‘s rooms. Fun and imagination are nurtured by the bright and playful designs; which are inspired by children’s artwork, but Bholu is not just for kids… The Nimboo and Ziddi prints are perfect for apartment sized living and they look amazing as either an accent wall or for an all over design; which is the perfect solution for those spaces that are in need of some texture and warmth. And for a great pulled together look Bholu has great throws and pillows to boot!