Laura at Real Simple recently asked Real Simple editors for some of their favorite home and lifestyle blogs and decor8 came back on their list of recommendations. She contacted me to inform me that, “Our editors visit your site and love it!” adding, “You always have great stuff (and so much!) on your site.”
This was such a nice surprise, and of course, I’m so flattered. It’s great to know that decor8 is reaching some of the hottest taste-makers out there.
Thanks Laura + Real Simple Magazine!
While I’m posting about Real Simple, be sure to read their Summer Survival Kit for 16 of the best beach items to keep you comfortable, protected, and looking good.
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Bookmark this store for your next Philly visit! Town Home founder and proprietor, Dana Bank strives to offer a distinctive array of smart, elegant and posh home accents and accouterments, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else. Located at 126 South 19th Street just off of Rittenhouse Square, Town Home offers shoppers everything from inexpensive gift items to luxurious indulgences in a relaxed, welcoming and oh-so stylish environment that stands as a much needed upscale deviation from department and chain stores.
With exclusive customer lines including mood enhancing fragrances with stylish diffusers from Alora Ambience, candles by BURN from Fred Segal Studio, Salviati Venetian glass, Simon Pierce hand-blown glass tabletop creations, and jewelry from Jeanine Payer, you know the moment you walk in that this isn’t your average gift shop. Don’t miss their fine mosaic dishes by Rylee Designs, porcelain and glass serving pieces by Izabel Lam and cashmere throws by Rani Arabella. They also offer baby items and goodies for your pampered pooch, too.
?The City of Brotherly Love has embraced a smart new furnishings shop ? a simple, clean-lined space ? filled with contemporary wares that have a touch of the hand.? - Metropolitan Home
For more information, please visit Town Home online.
(Thanks Jessica for the tip and images!)
By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 Contributor
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For the third installment of my series on Bay Area shops, I decided to head to Burlingame. Located just 10 minutes south of the city, Burlingame is one of those suburbs that popped up after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The main shopping drag ? Burlingame Avenue ? is a mix of major chains and charming boutiques. Sure, you could spend your paycheck at the huge Pottery Barn or DWR, but don?t overlook the smaller, independent stores listed below…
Fortezza ? 269 Primrose Road
Located just off of Burlingame Avenue, Fortezza offers all sorts of lovely stuff ? from accessories to personalize your space, to furniture for most rooms in your home. I usually find myself drawn to the seating collection here, which has included colorful metal outdoor chairs and narrow dining room chairs that are ideal for tiny quarters. I?ve also had my eye on some artwork that graces the walls of the store.
Therapy ? 264 Lorton Avenue
Yes, this is an offshoot of the Therapy stores located side-by-side in San Francisco?s Mission District. The Burlingame shop carries clothing (organized by color!), accessories, gift items and home d?cor goodies. Given its funky inventory and affordable prices, Therapy seems like one of the few stores in downtown Burlingame that caters to a younger set of shoppers. My most recent purchase here was a cute little wooden owl who now sits on top of a stack of books in my living room.
Pot-Pourri ? 1460 Burlingame Avenue
Pot-Pourri?s Burlingame location (there?s also one in Oakland) has been offering a good collection of handmade arts and crafts for almost a decade. This store/gallery specializes in pottery, glass, wood and wall art. A pair of La Contessa earrings tucked into a wooden box by Mikutowski would be a hard gift to beat!
This marvelous pair of stores, located just five doors apart from one another, is reason enough to make the trip to Burlingame. One shop offers an eclectic selection of gifts, while the other is all about home furnishings. My favorites include the Juliska glassware, John Robshaw textiles and Susan Jane Designs vintage jewelry. Willa also stocks some wonderful stationery from the likes of Bella Muse and B Designs.
(Images: A special thanks to Chris at Pot-Pourri and Kay over at Fortezza for snapping these photos for us.)
Did you have a fun memorial day weekend? The weather here was perfect. Breezy, high 80s, perfect beach weather. My pal from Miami was up, so we spent a lot of time together catching up. I love long weekends – tell me, what did you do?
While strolling through a dandelion field near our house, my husband stopped to take a few photos. This one is my favorite. I’m calling it “Goodbye Spring”.
(photo copyright decor8 2006)