Blogger Nadejda from Pan-Dan does a killer job covering Italian design. Could be because she’s Italian living in Milan. I’ve been reading her blog for about 4 months now and always find things that just never seem to find there way to stores in the United States. And that’s okay, because if everything suddenly becomes available here, we lose a bit of the thrill of the hunt, don’t you think? Who wants to stumble upon tons of American products when in Europe, or vice versa?
Regardless, her website is full of gorgeousness, and this week, she is posting all about the Milan Design show. One item she highlights that caught my eye is this Bird lamp by Chen Hung-Ming, a designer from Taiwan currently living in Sweden, who exhibited this light in Milan this year. I can’t take my eyes off of it, it’s so unique and definitely something I would own. It’s so exciting to see innovative, fresh products like these take flight!
(image from chen karlsson)
eBay never goes out of style — If it’s out there, it’s on eBay, and that’s no lie. I decided that, as hard as it is to share eBay gems, that I should start sharing more of my favorite sellers with you because I have over 200 that I highly suggest, many of which I’ve shopped myself. Today, I’m sharing “GreyGardens_Laguna Beach”.
These guys specialize in the ever popular Hollywood Regency decor (at least it’s popular here in the United States — is it popular in your part of the world?). Bookmark them if this style suits you, because their items are spectacular. Like this room divider. Imagine it as a headboard painted in your favorite color?
(images from grey gardens laguna beach)
Lulu de Kwiatkowski was mentioned here before, but it was only recently that I discovered her bedding over at Horchow. I imagine the Paradiso (shown below) against a sunny yellow wall… Cane + bamboo patterns are everywhere right now, and I love seeing them. From furniture to textiles, cane is h-o-t!
Horchow has bird panels with a faux-bamboo trim that I love (bird panels are another trend piece right now), this hand-painted umbrella stand with a bamboo motif brass base, a very grown up mirrored chest (would look so pretty in an entryway), and with the rise of peacocks as a motif, why not shake your tailfeathers and try splurging on this settee? I agree, this settee isn’t for me either — but you have to laugh at luxury sometimes because it can look so uncomfortable!
(images from horchow)
Joy reminds us that when it comes to decorating, sometimes we need to go to the little people — the kids! She pointed out some of her PBteen Spring finds, so I linked over to their site and stumbled upon this mighty marlin. I can just hear the animal rights activist’s now. But it’s completely faux, so no worries. I simply want to know, would you add the catch ‘o the day to your adult space, or tuck him in with the kids (he is also available as a she, in pink). Hot or not? Should we throw him back in?
When I spotted this thing, I had flashbacks of That 70’s Show, but for some reason, my thoughts weren’t entirely negative because I felt as though I’d viewed our finned friend in a very chic living space before. Then it came to me — I have an image tucked away in one of my inspiration books. Domino. Jan/Feb ’06 issue. Got it! Although homeowners Genifer Goodman and Benjamin Sohr sport a sailfish (you can own a fishy fiberglass replica just like it for $699), this kitschy $79 Marlin may work for you.
But wait! I know I spotted this living room elsewhere shot at a different angle. Ah, yes… Meg blogged about it over on Designer’s Library, she found it in BH+G magazine, May ’06. This image is from Ms. Meg, looks like she took a moment to scan it for a full view (Nice job, Meg!).
Here’s some more goodies from PBteen that may work for you if the fish doesn’t. Love the silver, pink, and blue vintage-style fans and these bubble glass lights, too. I double checked the measurements of the etagere (shown below) and it’s proper height for an adult space at 69″ h (I thought it may be kiddie size, but it’s not).
You can’t deny the appeal of these $15 (on sale) task lights. Aren’t these cute? I’d love one on a teak credenza. I think it would look so cute on a wood surface in a mid-century style space.
(images from pbteen, designer’s library, and domino)