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H is for Home {new online shop}

H is for Home is a new online store with lots of terrific handmade and vintage finds. Their Product Sets are a super smart idea because they show their items living together in an actual space, you can then click on the photo you like and beneath it find many of the items for sale. Brilliant idea! A great sales idea for sure. So many need to see a product to get a sense of scale and to see how it looks in a home.

My favorite item is the 1960s bedside lamp, I adore the wooden base.


Psst: They store has a great blog, too.

(images from h is for home)

Posted in vintage on March 11, 2008

The Laundry {new + vintage finds from the UK}

Stylist Selina Lake told me about this neat little web shop based out of the UK called The Laundry. It’s where she sourced some of the products found in her new book Bazaar Style. She also mentioned that the lady who owns the shop is just a delight and that she’ll ship anything you see to the states in addition to the UK and the rest of Europe and perhaps beyond if you send her an email.


With products both new and old, I particularly like some of her vintage items, the cat string holder is something I’m admiring… So sweet.


Thank you so much Selina for the tip!

(images from laundry)

Posted in vintage on March 10, 2008

Decorating: Better Homes and Gardens

You know how Better Homes and Gardens releases special quarterly Decorating issues? Well I rarely purchase them because they’re a little too traditional and ‘perfect’ for my taste and I can’t deal with matchy-matchy interiors. Okay so yesterday I ended up at Barnes & Noble looking for the March LivingEtc issue and since it wasn’t there I picked up the only new thing I could find that looked new — Decorating from BH&G. Expecting to see the normal taupe, blue, chocolate and striped to death interiors, I took a seat and started flipping through it. You know, in that I’m sooo not interested in this magazine but it’s better than nothing fashion. And surprise! This is the part of the story where I eat my words. A darling small space belonging to an artist decorated solely with flea market finds with lots of gold, pink, and turquoise. Pinch me. It’s in the current Spring ’08 issue in case you’re interested and it’s so perfectly imperfect – a knock-out eclectic mix.


The article is called Breaking Convention (on pages 76-83) and features the colorful space of children’s book illustrator Rosie Winstead photographed by Alise O’Brien. Her Springfield, Missouri home is extremely charming and somewhat small as it’s only 1,100 square-foot space. I tried to find information about Rosie on the web, as the article doesn’t point to a website, but I had little success finding anything personal about Rosie with the exception of the books that she’s illustrated and this bio. I was disappointed to see that the magazine didn’t spotlight the article in their resource guide as I’m dying to know where she found some of her fabric. My guess is that they excluded her home in the guide because so much of it was pulled together using vintage finds so BH&G didn’t have much to go on.

The second I flipped open to this article I thought of Nicole Balch from Making It Lovely because she has a similar color palette in her Chicago home. I can totally see Nicole drooling over this article.

The magazine highlights a smallish living/dining room combo, an office (that was once the dining room) and a lovely bedroom. What I like about it is that Rosie isn’t a professional decorator, she just has that magic touch – she knows what she likes and she has a certain look that she sticks with so whenever she brings something home she’s confident it will fit in. If you notice her work space below, the arrangement of art above her desk is just great and was collected from flea markets and from family members.


These are very rough shots of my issue only meant to whet your appetite. To see them in all their full-sized glory you’ll need to pick up the issue or purchase a subscription online. I think you’ll like most of the homes featured inside and there’s a huge 14 page section devoted to flooring that I find extremely helpful when it comes to selecting the right surface according to room. Another nice home tour is Think Pink on pages 30-41.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, inspiration, vintage on February 15, 2008

American Furnishings {industrial new + vintage}

American Furnishings is based in Ohio and everything they build is by hand right here in the USA. Their new line is inspired by America’s industrial history, evident in the details on their exquisite furniture. But aside from what they make, I’m in love with their vintage finds – if you are a lover of vintage industrial furniture like I am, then you’ll appreciate their selection and the prices are excellent compared to other stores (or even eBay). Example: This vintage cafe chair shown below is $199.


So if you’re looking for some industrial finds, whether new or vintage, American Furnishings is a good place to start.

Psst: Visiting Columbus, Ohio anytime soon? They have a storefront located at 2017 Polaris Parkway in Columbus.

(images from american furnishings)

Posted in furniture, vintage on February 13, 2008

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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