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eBay Picks

I’d like to thank you for taking the decor8 survey while I was on vacation, the response was overwhelming in a very positive way! As I read through each answer last night, eBay kept popping up because many of you are looking for quality budget finds. Since I’ve been both a seller (I sold mostly flea market finds part-time from 1999-2004) and a buyer for 8 years on eBay, I’ve amassed quite a collection of links to sellers that I think have some great items, so since that’s what you’re looking for more of on decor8, with my experience I think I can bring it. At least, I’ll try! :) With that, I’ve decided to post a weekly summary of a few of my eBay picks for the week – starting now!


I love these mid century chairs from Floretro (bookmark them) because they’re stylish, the design is timeless, and you can buy all four chairs newly upholstered for only $550, or start bidding at $450. They’re quite McCobb-esque, don’t you think? If you want them bad enough, I’d select buy it now because they could bid up to hundreds over asking price. Shipping it $150. They’d look great around a tulip table, but if these were mine, I’d reupholster the seats in a gorgeous Kerry Cassill blue and white print. I love navy paired with dark wood tones and of course, white, white, and more white! Actually, they’d look great reupholstered in any of these Cassill prints below, all new from her Fall ’07 collection.

In the market for an inexpensive danish modern sofa? Bids start on this sofa, also from Floretro, at $850, or you can buy it now for $1,250. It’s a beauty, the rattan sides and gorgeous nubby fabric have my attention.

Let me know what you are looking for on eBay and while I’m scouting, I’ll keep your suggestions in mind. Sound good?

(images from floretro and kerry cassill)

Posted in vintage on July 24, 2007

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O’Brien

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)

Posted in diy, furniture on July 24, 2007

Design Within Reach *New* Additions

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.


Stay tuned for a budget option on this bookcase, next post!

(images from design within reach)

Posted in flooring, furniture, lighting on July 24, 2007

Trove (Wallpaper)

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)

Posted in walls on July 24, 2007

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