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Reader Q: The Hunt for the Trendy White Table

Audrey from Australia wrote in, “I was wondering if you and the decor8 blog readers might be able to help me…” Seems she’s on the hunt for a trendy white table featured in a recent NYTimes feature about The Penthouse restaurant at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, CA designed by Thomas Schoos. Audrey continues, “I’d like to get my hands on it (or something similar) to use as my desk. I love the white square top with the round base.”

She adds that it would be helpful if someone could point her to a resource in Australia.

Since that is wayyy out of my territory, I’m leaving this up to other Aussie readers who may be able to give her a hand. Or in this case, a table!

Anyone know where to get something like this?

Audrey – My first reaction is to contact the design firm to see where it was purchased, but given your location, you may do better to DIY it. Locate a vintage cast aluminum saarinen tulip base (Knoll) and work with a carpenter to create a laminate rectangular top and viola! You have exactly what you want. You could also contact 20th Century Design in Melbourne to see if they’ve come across anything like it… Mondo Trasho and Frhapsody 20C are great mid century design resources in your country that may also be helpful for you to contact.

Anyone else have a few clever ideas for our friend, Audrey?

(image from the nytimes)

Posted in diy, reader questions, tips on February 12, 2007

Feanne Badges

Look at Feanne’s cute and shiny art buttons. I see so many badges I love, but feel pretty clueless as to how and where to use them since I’d never wear them on a jacket or a bag, it’s just not my style. But they’re super cute. Artsy even.


I’ve been collecting the ones my friends send to me in a simple glass canning jar with a silver screw top. They look pretty inside, but some are like mini works of art and would be far nicer on display. I’m thinking a shadow box, perhaps? 4 rows of 4 buttons arranged in a perfect square format? Maybe you could even pop the backs off to create magnets or hot glue them them to curtain hooks as a decorative element for a quirky cute look in the bathroom (for that, I’d suggest using the same badge for each hook). Maybe you could pop off the pin back and glue them to a ribbon for display or wrap around a jar filled with candy to give a friend? I’m always looking at things a thousand different ways to see how they can be used.

Any ideas on badge display? Do you have any photos showing what you’ve done with your badge collection? Send them in, I’d love to see what you’ve done. Check out all of Feanne’s pins here at her Prickie store. Thanks Feanne for writing in, we really appreciate seeing your work!

(images from feanne)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, tips on February 05, 2007

Chalkboard Vase

Show of hands… All in favor of this chalkboard vase say, “buy!” I think it’s darling… Found at Contemporary Living in the UK. Great DIY idea for that vase you’re totally sick of in your bottom drawer (collecting dust). Add a little chalkboard paint and viola! A fresh new look just in time for Spring. Your choice – buy it or DIY it!


(image from contemporary living)

Posted in ceramics, diy on January 23, 2007

Third Drawer Down

These tea towels from Third Drawer Down in Australia caught my eye today, available at Figments. Since they are over-sized, they’re great to frame, transform into a pillow (find a fun fabric for the back), cover a memo board, or create a simple sink or window curtain. You can even create a chair pad. Remember, it’s fabric – if you like the pattern, think about where you’d like to use it in your home and create something special.

(images from third drawer down)

Posted in diy, kitchen, tips on January 19, 2007

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