Thursday, October 27, 2011


POODLE-LICIOUS: Toy, miniature or standard -- we love our poodles, don't we kids?  The term "French poodle" is so common that we forget that the poodle is actually believed to have originated in Germany.  The Low German word pudel means "to splash in the water" because this breed was once used as a water retriever during hunting!  Who knew?  Well, now you do.  The poodle's lush curly, moisture-resistant coat aids in swimming.  And the Standard Poodle is regarded as the second most intelligent breed of dog after the Border Collie and before the German Shepherd.  That's another reason we love them!  STYLE NOTES:  (1) Back in 1953, lots of people (especially those in Los Angeles) fell in love with the pink poodle lamp when legendary designer Phyllis Morris introduced it.  It is still made today from the original mold and is shown here in silver with a handmade silk shade. (2)  Christopher Robin's silver poodle pendant is certainly a charming charm. (3) The pink and black poodle soaps from Gianna Rose Atelier are scented with Italian mandarin, mango and jasmine.  (4)  Don't you love the retro-inspired poodle textile designed by Captive In Florida from Spoonflower?  (5) And who can resist Texas artist Judy Gibson's classic painting of a white poodle to hang in the den or library?  FINAL NOTE:  Poodle lovers unite!  Start filling your world with all these perfectly peachy poodle pieces -- pronto!