Di from Designers’ Block left a comment on my site today and that reminded me to click over and check out her blog to see what she’s been up since my last visit. Oh Di, you just had to go and post the perfect table, didn’t you? Ah. I’ve found my new favorite teak table from Excel in Denmark. Look at this thing. It’s sitting there begging you to buy it or chop down your nearest tree and DIY something like it. Oh how lovely… Oh, oh! I love the organic paired with the industrial style wheels with metal casters.
Psst: If you decide to go the DIY route, you can find wheels and things here. For the wood, you’re on your own. Maybe a thick door from a salvage yard cut to size would do the trick?
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)
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)