Love the looks of the DWR parallel shelving that I just blogged but can’t afford either the white-lacquered $1,700 version, or the $2400 find in oak? No worries. Order the sturdy Thomas O’Brien bi-fold bookcase for $239 (74H x 72W x 11.75D) from Target and pimp it! It has great customer reviews, and since I examined this bad boy in person, I know it’s nice and would be fun to alter a little with a mere can of paint.
You can white-lacquer your hearts out, or paint it bold red, black, or leave it alone because the wood is an appealing color in person. You can even do a little two-tone magic on it, like the bookcase shown above from a back issue of Living Etc magazine. Sure, the design is different, but it’s the paint job we’re focusing on here — the lovely two-tone style in white and wood. Oh wait… You see this bookcase and like it so much for it’s compact cuteness, and want that one instead? Well, this is a no-brain situation because you can order the Remsen bookcase as-is from West Elm for $399.
So my friends, we do have affordable options sometimes, ones that don’t involve lumber yards and power tools. Just add paint!
(images from target, DWR, and living etc)
I was excited to see the St?lzl Plate 160 rug at Design Within Reach today. Originally created on paper at the Bauhaus in the 20s, the work of textile artist Gunta St?lzl is meticulous and so accomplished that her work transcends time and culture, proven in that we can still enjoy this pattern over 80 years later, incorporating it into modern homes today. Talk about enduring appeal!
A few more additions to the DWR collection is this white-lacquered Parallel Shelving designed by Stephen Burks, an Eva Zeisel coffee table (brings 18th-century ornamentation into modern times for sure), fun mirror ball pendants, and the gorgeous lines of the two-seater Neo sofa, which screams slick European city apartment so of course, I love it.
(images from design within reach)
Trove (think treasure, because that’s what these papers are) is a great site to bookmark if you’re looking for wallpaper that’s less traditional with more of a bold, graphic, even painterly quality to it, certainly an exciting approach to paper that is anything but stuffy or old-fashioned. Owner and designer, Jee Levin, breathes fresh life into walls with sumptuous blooms and organic forms with a sultry edge, giving abstract florals an almost a rock-star vibe.
Prices start at $12 per square foot, so it’s somewhat affordable given the remarkable power these papers have to transform your space. Gorgeous!
(images from trove)
I’m thrilled! My daily visit to the Etsy homepage got me to clicking around and pow! I landed on a little something special called Button Collective. Remember this post, where I blogged about how much I love badges (buttons, pins, you know those things), but since I’m not 17 I really can’t see wearing them on my jacket? And I talked about how I think it would be great to find some cool way to display them as art? Button Collective has a terrific solution. Check this out.
They have these cool button display boards called storyboards where you can show off your prized collection of badges. Outside of using a shadowbox, this is a really clever display option. They come in all shapes and sizes, white or black.
(images from button collection)
I’m seeing SeaCloth fabric everywhere lately, especially in some of my favorite magazines, so I thought I’d email the designers to see if they’d send us some images of their fabric and a few shots from their Greenwich, CT store. We all like to see products in action, am I right?!?
Partners Susan Harris, an accomplished fine artist, and Deirdre Halper, a former marketing exec, teamed up to create a line of textiles, home furnishings and decorative accessories known for their durability, gorgeous colors and nature-inspired patterns. Harvest Hue and Splash On are my two favorite collections (shown below), especially the lattice pattern. SeaCloth is available to the trade, so you’ll need a designer to assist you on your purchase, but if you’re around CT anytime soon, you can shop their store – no designer needed!