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Find That Sofa For Less!

This is an image from the lovely House + Garden magazine. As you can see, this is Sofia Coppola in her Soho loft perched on the fabulous Jules sofa, in blue, from George Smith. It is a beauty, isn’t it? The only other thing that may stop you dead in your tracks is the price tag – it’s listed on the site as being slightly over $12,000- USD! For some, that’s pocket change. For others, that’s rent for a year!


One thing that I’m always on a quest for is to find items that are expensive, and then look for ones that have similiar characteristics for less money. Not copies or direct knock-offs, just things that could fit the bill and bring in the same ‘look’ for less.

If you love the Jules, I have an option for you. The Hawthorne from Room + Board in Mist for only $1199,- USD. Although the lines aren’t as soft, it’s a nice selection for those on a budget but who desire a blue sofa all the same. If you don’t like the legs, you can always unscrew them and find vintage-y ones via your favorite antiques dealers. They have lots of loose parts hanging around that can add a little more personality to a brand new piece.


The cameron from Room + Board is another close bet (in terms of shape and vintage charm), but is not available in blue. I imagine you can order it and have it reupholstered for another $1,000- or so…

Then, there’s the Rochelle from Crate + Barrell for under $,1500- USD. Although it’s a little dark, huh? But is does look very sturdy… And it’s blue!
I think the Ashton from C+B comes the closest, in terms of overall style (especially its profile). It’s just under $2,000- so although not really a ‘budget’ find, it’s still a lot more affordable than the Jules. Again, it’s not available in blue though, so you’d have to call your favorite seamstress, or just deal with it in cream and accessorize with pillows and throws.

[1/10 7:46pm EST update:the very stylish katie just posted “I was actually just at Room and Board this weekend checking out their couches. The salesman that I spoke to said that you could have any couch covered in any fabric they had available. Although that increases the final cost and you might have more difficulty if you need to return the couch. But it is a good thing to know.” Yes, it is good, Katie. So folks, it sounds like you can order the lovely cameron in blue.]
(image via: house + garden)

Posted in furniture on January 10, 2007

31 Ideas for 31 Days from Real Simple

Trying to get organized and have a little fun doing it? Real Simple can help with their “31 Ideas for 31 Days“. They’ve even gone as far as giving you a little PDF file to download as a checklist. Here are some tips that I appreciated:

1. Write a bona fide letter to someone who won?t expect it. Think of a person who really matters to you and recount one of your most hilarious moments together, thank her for guiding you through a difficult time, or just tell her that you want to get together more often.

2. Enlist everyone in the house, including the kids, to speed-clean one drawer. Set up a box for donations and another for trash. (Just be sure to survey your children?s pulled items, in case those pricey ballet slippers made their way into the Salvation Army bin.)

7. Donate to your favorite charity. Visit www.justgive.org and browse the nonprofit?s 19 different categories (such as ?disaster relief? and ?environment?), research a charity?s financials, decide where to give, and make a donation.

and 16. Clear all expired food from the refrigerator. For specific guidelines about when to throw out everything from cherries to ketchup, see Surprising Expiration Dates.

Lots more are on their site right here.

(images from real simple)

Posted in tips on January 10, 2007

Nominate Your Favorite Bloggers!

If you click on over to the 2007 Bloggie Awards you can rock your vote! The deadline is TOMORROW – Wednesday, January 10th! You are able to nominate up to three blogs per category, so put on your thinking caps and vote for all of your favorite blogs!

A huge thank you to those who wrote in that you’ve nominated decor8. I really appreciate it because these little things make a big difference to us bloggers! But please, don’t nominate me unless you really want to – there are so many other amazing blogs out there that I hope you’ll nominate only your favorites, as long as you V-O-T-E!

Here are some that I selected when I voted, just to give you a few suggestions: Shelterrific, Oh Joy!, Delicious Days, decor8 (he he), Wee Wonderfuls, Dooce, Curious Bird, Little Birds, Cute Overload, MocoLoco, Lena Corwin, Apartment Therapy, Hi My Name Is Heather, Atelier 455, Skinny LaMinx, My Marrakesh, Print + Pattern, Happy Mundane, Perez Hilton, Bloesom, Chubby Hubby, Imedagoze, Style Files, Whip Up, SF Girl By Bay, Scrappy Girl, and about 10 others that are totally slipping my mind right now. Pretty much my entire blogroll. :) I love all of you guys!

CAST YOUR VOTES HERE

Posted in blogs on January 10, 2007

Shopping Seattle: Space Oddity

I was tickled when decor8 reader, Maria Palatini, asked if she could write about one of her favorite Seattle stores. I figured that it may be helpful to those of you who plan to visit Seattle (or who live in the Pacific NW already). I also figure that even if you never plan to visit Seattle, it’s still fun to see what’s going on in different parts of the world. Take it away, Maria!


Space Oddity, in Seattle’s uber-pretty Ballard neighborhood
By: Maria Palatini for decor8

Todd Werny’s funky little shop Space Oddity is located on a small side-street connected to the main artery of the style-savvy and sophisticated Ballard Avenue in Seattle?s sparkly, creative and hip Ballard neighborhood.

We’re talking destination-shopping here, rivaling LA’s Beverly Hills adjacent and surrounds. Except instead of Doughboys Bakery on W. 3rd Street in LA, you get Verite Coffee and Cupcake Royale on bordering Market Street.

I visited Space Oddity on a recent afternoon which was so typically Seattle, it was nearly cinema-worthy. Grey drizzly rain came down from the sky in a soft and dreary haze, and my companion and I (who was nice enough to lend me a very cute and bright printed umbrella for the afternoon to match her own) felt like we’d just stepped off of the Singles movie set, (or perhaps our shopping excursion could have been part of the movie!) as we traipsed around Ballard into this cool, cave-like spot.

Nestled in a relatively small space and warm and cozy with good music playing, there were vintage treasures galore to be found inside.

A ten year veteran of dealing in both vintage clothes and furniture in Seattle and its surrounds, Werny prides himself on the non-textbook approach of focusing on the soul and feel of each piece, rather than on its brand-name pedigree (although some pieces are pure certifiable brand-name vintage.) The main focus of the shop is mid-century, but other eras are represented as well. Affordability and accessibility, as well as an unpretentious hipness, make Space Oddity unique.


The vibe, comfort, and old-time quality of the materials of an item are the most important things to Werny when choosing pieces for his customers to discover and likewise treasure. This is no museum, these pieces are meant to be used and loved in his client’s homes. The atmosphere of the shop is likewise mellow, allowing for the joy of exploration and creative brainstorming about design choices.

Standouts on my recent visit were some truly fab oversized Pucci-flavored 60’s stereo speakers and an as-fab painting, which was part graphic design, part painting, and all style. It featured a 70’s-esque snowy landscape, complete with a sun and moon and some groovy trees, a sleepy, cozy scene in white, tan and browns.

Other pieces of note were some sweetly stackable woven Aalto dining chairs and some great, solid and hip urban metal tables which were on rollers for easy mobility and flexibility in a given space.

Werny has new pieces come in all the time, so each visit is apt to bring about a new discovery, and since the shop is about to double in size due to a sizeable expansion currently in the process of being made, expect even more eye-popping vintage treasures on your next visit!

TIP: Blink and you’ll miss it, so be sure to look for the large rectangular sign outside, which is lit all-around and all-year-round in large, xmas-sy like bright white lights.

Space Oddity Hours: Tues-Fri 2-6 pm, Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun 12-4 pm. They are closed on Mondays. Location: 5318 22nd Ave NW, Seattle. spaceodditymodern AT hotmail DOT com

Map and directions here

This is my first post for the decor8 blog, and I look forward to helping you up to heaping servings of Seattle’s amazing, multifaceted and let’s face it, just beautiful design scene in the future. Over and out until next time! – Maria Palatini.

Thanks, Maria! Great finds.

(images from todd w. at space oddity)

Posted in Shop Tours, travel on January 10, 2007

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