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I first heard about St. Jude’s from Bloesem and Design Milk, and after clicking around St. Jude’s for awhile, I noticed their fabric used on these reclaimed treasures from Retrouvius, where I spent ages clicking and clicking and well, you get the picture. Obsessing, drooling, craving… All those typical reactions you have when you find things as dreamy as these Race Rocking Chairs. Their price is slightly horrifying with the dollar being so weak, ?395.00 is nearly $800 USD (and I doubt shipping will be a bargain). But I’d love to have one anyway. Or at least find something over on this side of the pond that I could slap some fancy fabric on and make it look nearly as sweet.

I’m also bonkers for their vintage Anglepoise lamps from the 1930’s. They’ve polished, rewired, and quite rare and totally worth ?250.00 each. I’d love one for my desk, as vintage lighting has been a huge obsession of mine for many years now. Metal letters and clocks that resemble the German DB (Deutsche bahn) ones in train stations have my attention too. When I was in Berlin last November, I wanted to climb up and grab the DB clock and run off with it under my coat. I love the crisp black/white with the little DB letters. (This is what they look like.)

And of course, they have the super-sized version of those Anglepoise desk lamps for ?1,450.00, especially of interest if you have ceiling height working in your favor. I love this thing, especially since I’m 5’10” and it would be fun to feel small standing next to anything for once. I’d feel like a little mouse beneath an illuminated umbrella. More about Anglepoise lamps here.

Another major perk about Retrouvius (I love their name by the way, don’t you? Good name for a cat, I might add), they work on design projects for clients. I love when stores offer design services, but especially ones that specialized in vintage and antique goods because often clients are stumped when they get these items home and try to incorporate them into their more modern rooms. Mixing old with new can be a challenge.

Is this credenza amazing or what? I love it’s long legs.

(images from retrouvius)

Posted in Events + Markets, Objects on March 29, 2007

Reader Q: Name That Poodle from Top Design

decor8 reader Jennifer needs our help. She writes, “Last night on Top Design, in Carisa’s room, there was an AWESOME white ceramic poodle on the floor at the foot of the bed. I absolutely have to have it. Do you have any clue as to who makes it or where I can find it? Thanks so much!” -Jennifer

Jennifer – For the first time all season, I missed Top Design last night. I have to leave this in the capable hands of readers to help you out. I pulled the above image off of the Bravo website, but can barely see the poodle. I’m sure it came from the PAC, but with so many showrooms to choose from on their website, it’s hard to narrow it down. Did anyone notice which showroom Carisa shopped last night? Jennifer, have you searched Ruby Lane or eBay? Maybe you can call around to your local antiques dealers to see if they have a life size ceramic poodle?

Can anyone help out Ms. Jennifer?

Posted in Reality TV on March 29, 2007

Hi+Lo Modern

Hi+Lo Modern is an online treasure that some may be tempted to keep a secret. It’s one of those finds that you just know, the moment you gush about it to your friends, you’ll never have first dibs again. But I have to share because I’d feel guilty keeping these guys all to myself. What an amazing source for original mid-century modern items, from relief plaques to glassware, clocks, furnishings, and beyond. I must have these turquoise cork-bottomed S+P shakers shown below. They are gorgeous, aren’t they? Hmmm. Okay, you can’t have those – but I’ll share everything else, how’s that sound? :)

I love how they group each category by country of origin on their site. For instance, if you’re looking for ceramics, click on “Ceramic” and then you’re linked to a page where you can roam freely from there, clicking on exactly what type of ceramics you are interested in; German, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Paul McCobb, California, Glidden, the list goes on and on. Same goes for other categories, art, glass, fashion, mod, metal, etc. By the way, can you tell I’ve got a serious crush on the color blue lately? Ah… Yes indeed. I do. I love it paired with candy apple red. I’m on a serious two-tone high lately. I love seeing patterns in yellow and white, or blue with white, red with, oh you get the picture.

With easy navigation, it’s easy to build yourself quite a little shopping list. Their selection is quite extensive, and you can tell the people behind the site have an amazing eye — not only are the photos crisp and clear, and can be enlarged with the click of your mouse, but the goods are selected by someone with obvious taste.

Yes, Hi+Lo Modern is a keeper, and although it’s hard to share with your friends, I couldn’t resist. You’re going to love them.

Ordering/Shipping Note: If you see something you like, don’t delay! Send them an email with the name of the object, along with your name and address including zip code. They’ll reply with your order and shipping total. orders[at]hiandlomodern[dot]com

(images from hi+lo modern)

Posted in Inspiration on March 28, 2007

Mindy Wilson Prints

Artist Mindy Wilson uses pen, pastel and watercolor to create images for greeting cards, textiles, and illustrations for children’s books. She also has a shop on Etsy offering prints of some of her original works, all very affordable, colorful, and for the bird and tree lovers out there – you’ve just hit the jackpot.

See how great they look framed in an AT reader’s home? I love seeing prints in an actual space. I guess if I can throw a tip out into the world of Etsy sellers, I’d like to say this: A lot of shoppers aren’t visual like you are. They can’t ‘see’ a print in their space without you showing it on display somehow, framed. It also gives customers a sense of scale, so if you want to boost your sales… Show your prints living in a home – make them come alive!

Thanks Mindy for writing in! Great AT picture by the way…

(images from mindy wilson and apartment therapy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on March 27, 2007


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