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Marcel Wanders New Antiques for Cappellini

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)

Posted in diy, furniture, tips, vintage on January 16, 2007

Hausen Vintage Wallpaper

I’m loving these vintage wallpapers from Germany. Hausen (the name of their brick and mortar store (aka 5qm.de online) is located in Cologne and I’m kicking myself because I missed it when I was there last year. I have to change that when I return this year.

I can imagine lingering in a store filled with rolls of vintage wallpaper to rummage through. Mmm. Nice thought. Hausen stocks papers dated between the 1950’s and 1980’s, but it’s the 50’s and 70’s prints that appeal to me the most. Most of the 60’s stuff kinda freaks me out. I’ve chosen some of my favorite patterns above from thier extensive stock – all presented in English online. See if there are any that you like. Rolls aren’t that expensive either, around $45 USD each (tax included). I’m thinking that next to most of the wallpaper I love from the UK, this is about 1/3 of the price I’m used to seeing. Best part, you can order any of their papers via email so we don’t have to just look with lust – we can own. View their collection here.

Oh, and I want to credit where I found the link to Hausen, the Le Train Fant?me blog. This is a blog about a family who recently relocated from London to a fixer upper home in the countryside. This is the wallpaper that they purchased for their son, and yes, it’s from Hausen – and I just love it. What a sweet accent wall! I can’t see an entire room in these papers, unless it was a half bath or something, but as an accent wall or to paper the interior of kitchen or china cabinets – even book shelves, it’s just perfect!

Here’s the kids room I was telling you about… Nice, huh?

(images from hausen and le train fant?me)

Posted in vintage, walls on January 07, 2007

P.O.S.H. Chicago – Fresh Finds!


Since I’ve posted about P.O.S.H. before, I’ll hop right over the details and get to the stuff that is most likely on your mind right now – shopping! P.O.S.H. recently clued me in on all their charming additions, all available online and in their Chicago store located at 613 N. State Street. Here’s a page full of all their vintage-y goodness, both old (flea market finds from France and England) and brand new wares. Looking for gifts under $40? They’ve designed a page just for you right here. Have fun!

Take a little store tour of P.O.S.H. here.

(images from p.o.s.h.)

Posted in shopping, travel, vintage on December 01, 2006

Daily Painters Gallery


Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or to get a jump start on building your own collection, check out the Daily Painters Gallery. (thanks for the tip, Micah!). With over 100 new paintings every day in an easy-to-browse gallery format, this online gallery makes it easy to find art at an affordable price, most priced under $100!

Unfortunately, this gallery does link some of the artists out to their eBay auctions and this can be a pain if you want to make a quick purchase. But some artists make their works available for a set price via their blogs, which I love.

Other than the eBay thing, everything else about the Daily Painters Gallery is just great. Check it out!

(images from the daily painters gallery)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, vintage on November 30, 2006

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