I‘m so ready to make a believer out of you. You need to save your soul from living in space that doesn’t reflect who you are because you can’t afford the stuff you really love. It’s time to believe in the power that is Urban Outfitters! They should be bookmarked el pronto for all things trendy and affordable. Take this amazing “Tabouret Side Table”, in lime, for only $120. These tables are everywhere right now, in case you haven’t noticed. This fashionable wood side table is also available in a funky coral color (although the coral one scares me). Then, of course, there’s good old-fashion spray paint. You can always order Tabouret and spray it your color of choice… I’d like to try painting the top white, the legs black, and the bottom white – all high gloss paint, of course. (Creative tip: Collage the top with quotes, colorful graphics, photos, and so on. Super fun + easy!)
Another fresh find from Urban Outfitters starts with the arabesque patterns back from the days of kings with the, “Outside In Shade”. The wallpaper on the shade isn’t really on it, it’s inside, so when you turn on the light, viola! Pure aristocratic chic! It’s 100% amazing for only $24. The base is sold separately and is called, “Vintage Glass”; it’s also $24. For $48 you can have a great lamp, or you can simply purchase the shade for $24 and pop it on a hanging light cord set and position it over your dining room table. Another tip – refresh that sickly little lamp you have with a funkalicious shade!
One last pick from the Urban Outfitters vine… the “Decorative Canopy” for only $80 and the “Bar Cart” for only $120. Martini’s never looked so good.
Run along and browse for yourself. It’s about time you found some trend items that are also affordable.
Amen to that!
(Photos: TOP: “Tabouret” table. BELOW: “Outside In Shade” with “Vintage Glass” lamp, “Decorative Canopy” and “Bar Cart”. Photos from Urban Outfitters.)
Need to find someone to paint your pad? Looking for a good dentist? Seamstress, anyone? How about a romantic restaurant for that special someone? Local skateboard shop suggestion? Stop, look, and listen up! Have you first consulted your neighbors on Judy’s Book? Judy’s Book, known as, “Your Friends’ Yellow Pages”, is a rapidly growing “local word of mouth” community on the web. Your friends and groups can swap local tips. You can read tips from people you’ve never met. Judy’s Book is looking to, “Bring Democracy to the Local Advertising Business” and, “Restore Consumer Trust to Local Search Results”. I think they’re doing a pretty good job. I still love my craigslist, but Judy’s Book has everything listed by category, no spam, no grow such-and-such bigger in 5 days or send X amount of money to some woman in South Africa who was recently left a widow by her rich husband and needs you to take the money…in other words, you get credible writers with honest reviews, so it’s worth investigating. Let me know what you think. Make sure you search for design stores (like you so weren’t planning on that already. har har)
(Photos: courtesy of Judy’s Book)
Sweet dreams are in store for you tonight with your cozy felt patchwork blanket. Your eco conscious self will also sleep better knowing that your blankie was handmade using recycled 100% wool sweaters. The wool is “shrunk” by boiling water over and over again (it’s quite a process) and in the end, creates felt, a very dense, very soft fiber. Sweet Felt Goods, owned by Caroline Unruh in Providence, RI, offers quality large bed throws and baby blankets. She’ll even do custom work using wool sweaters that carry special meaning to you. Prices range from $175 and up. (Photos: TOP: Felted buttons, lined teal, 83×60″ $350. BELOW: misc. product shots, all from Sweet Felt Goods.)
You know what they say, when daddy says no, head straight to moma. Okay, so you’re an adult now. Let’s translate that to the here and now. In this case, daddy is your husband telling you how you can’t afford that new Chloe shirt, and moma is the perfect retail therapy fix for pouting females (also a great place to buy husband a sweet gift which may change his mind about the chloe shirt).
The MoMa store (Museum of Modern Art) is located online, via catalog, and in 3 NYC locations. MoMa carries items for everyone that range from staplers to watches. You can count on them for items that are well designed, make for excellent gifting (hint hint), and just plain look cool. Don’t miss their big 60% sale, the orange lamp and rolling storage bench shown are a few steals, amongst many others. ‘Nuff said.
(Photos: TOP: Eames house of cards, $25; I have these and frame my favorites, Eames coasters $15. BELOW: Bench box on sale for $314.95, Birz lamp on sale for $39.95; also available in lime and white. All photos from MoMa.)