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)
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.)
Does your space always look like a “before” and seldom an “after”? Chin up! There’s an Interior Decorator inside us all.
No, um, a tacked up Napolean Dynamite poster isn’t art.
Okay, maybe not inside of us all. Time for iCandy. No, I’m not referring to that cute humanoid you saw on the train this morning. iCandy is a company that sells hundreds of images, in every category imaginable, that are hand stretched and available in custom sizes for your space. Perfect solution for any room that could use a fresh update. Guaranteed to be total icandy. At least better than Napolean there.(Photo: “Snowy Bike Ride”, print on stretched canvas, 24X24″ ready to hang, product #ca7906 $160 from iCandy.com)
It’s time to give some lovin’ to the locals. I don’t think I’ve featured anything uniquely Boston on here yet. I guess I’m still not, since these folks are across the river in Cambridge. (ha ha local joke). It’s called MUT, or Museum of Useful Things, and it’s located in the smartest zip code in the United States, none other than Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Not MIT… M-U-T
MIT= Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MUT = Museum of Useful Things
Both located in Cambridge, MA
Both contain things that are wicked smaht
Take, for instance, this Aluminum Pencil/Pen holder. Made right here in the USA. Once intended for laboratory use as a test tub holder, well surprise! You hated chem 01 anyway. For $28, this can sit on that fancy-schmancy desk of yours and raise your degree of coolness. (Photo from MUT) Check out MUT online, or visit their store at 49 Brattle Street in Cambridge.