This just in from reader Maura from Paper Guppy. We have to save her!
“I’m hoping that you have a resource for a chandelier that I’m looking for. I found this (image below) on Horchow a few weeks ago and it seems they have discontinued it. It was a red glass four arm chandelier for $550. They now only have the eight arm and it’s over $1,000. Any ideas?”
Maura continues, “I’ve searched google and ebay, but everything is too ornate for my husband’s taste (we’re compromising on the chandelier and this one was simple enough for him, but chandelier-y enough for me). I know DWR has a nice red glass chandelier (image below) but it’s a bit too spendy for me. So I’m in love with this chandelier and I’m stuck and I-MUST-HAVE-IT! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!” – Maura.
Maura – I was recently at the Boston Design Center didn’t notice anything like this in their many lighting showrooms. I contacted Horchow for you and spoke with Alyssa Butler who has confirmed your fears, the 4 arm version has been discontinued and all stock has been sold out.
My next thought was to search online, so I sourced Plug Lighting (they have something similiar, you may want to call them for pricing), Ray 20, Lamps Plus, Y Lighting, Bellacor, Lamps-Lighting, Spiegel, Ballard Designs, Inside Avenue, Z Gallerie, Barney’s, Anthropologie, and The Furniture. Nothing.
Then I stopped for a moment, realizing this light mimics the popular lighting I saw while in Germany last year, most of it coming out of Italy. So I checked out Italy Design in CA, but most are over your budget and not even a good match. Same goes for eDirectory out of the UK and Murano Glass.
I’m having a tough time on this one. Aside from finding something made out of non-glass (acrylic maybe?) or in a different color and painting it red with a clear lacquer top coat, I’m not sure where to point you.
With so many design savvy readers out there (hint hint), I’m guessing someone can help? Anyone?
(images from horchow and dwr)
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)
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.
Mmmm. Marcel Wanders. I love the glam he’s given to an otherwise traditional look here with his ‘New Antiques’ collection for Cappellini in black and white. It released last year, but the look is so in tune with 2007 trends, isn’t it? Combining old world charm with modern sensibility, New Antiques adds just the right touch of yesterday without looking like it should go back, and stay there. I’m thinking we’ll continue to see soft lines, old world appeal, lacquered furniture, and lots of polished finishes for ’07. And that’s fine by me. If you’re interested in this collection, visit Unica Home online.
Psst: I know that some of you (me included) cannot afford a toothbrush designed by Marcel, nevermind what is featured above. That’s okay. Use these over-the-top luxury posts as inspiration, to gather ideas, to spot trends, to inspire. You may find a chair with similiar characteristics in your attic, on the curb, or at your local antiques store for $100. Grab it, wash it with soapy water, let it dry, lightly sand, wash again, and when it’s completely dry, paint it with a lacquered paint in white or black to mimic the above. Or, go completely color crazy and introduce teal or coral. Remember, just because you cannot afford to buy everything you see doesn’t mean you cannot use what you see to generate ideas and create your own designs on a budget. Remember, you don’t always have to buy to decorate – use what you have or what you can find that suits your budget.
(images from unica home)
Looking for something creative to do today? Check out the Paper Source How To Videos. You can watch them online and the instructor is darling, she’s like the art teacher that everyone loved from school or something. I love her laid back charm – she makes everything look so easy.
I really enjoyed the flower kit video because I have most of the supplies already, so this would be an easy and inexpensive project for me. I’m thinking these flowers would be adorable for a Spring ladies tea party, you could make mini flowers, tie them on ribbons, and wrap them around linen napkins, placing one on each plate. You could also create some pretty flower garlands to string around the backs of chairs or over the windows.
Paper Source has dozens of free instructional videos online – so enjoy!
(images from paper source)