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Visiting Germany, I always wondered where my relatives kept their shoes since their entryways were always uber clean. No shoes scattered about or arranged on shelves along the floor. In fact, no shoes anywhere. Ah….but I was wrong. They were hiding.

IKEA offers a clever storage solution for shoes that want to play hide and seek. Before, we could never purchase these in the states, but I guess word broke out that Americans aren’t total slobs and also enjoy clutter-free spaces. I checked out IKEA yesterday in the Stoughton, MA store and I have to admit that these storage units were flying out of there to nest little shoes all over.

They had three styles in stock, my two favorites being the SANDES (available in beech or birch veneer, two sizes offered, $129.99) and the TRONES, a 3 pack plastic bin storage system for $39.99 (for budget conscious shoppers). The TRONES holds 6 pairs of shoes and the SANDES holds 12 pairs. SANDES was very sturdy and well made, and I liked how it looked – very sleek. The TRONES was also fine, but not really my style for an entryway, I’d be more inclined to put it in my walk-in closet. SANDES was also slimmer (depth) so it seemed to lay almost flush against the wall. The TRONES was a bit thicker.

Good news for America. No more stinky shoes thrown all over your entry floor. Clutter problem solved. Big high five.

(Photos: BOTTOM: TRONES + SANDES. Photos from IKEA.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2006

Target – Global Bazaar

Before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to show you some fresh finds from Target. I spotted them yesterday in my local store, so I was able to touch them, look them over, and vote for my favorites. The Target Global Bazaar section is totally impressing me, great finds! Some of these are silk with feather filling, too. The Black and White Floral Pillow, shown top right, is a beautiful example. It’s 18×18″ and has little sequins sewn on the tips of the flowers. Best of all, it’s silk with goose down filling for only $24.99. Look at these prices gang – yowser! Very affordable. Here are my picks:

Brown + Pink Pillow, Silk, Duck feather filled.

Purple Floral Pillow, $19.99, Silk

Brown + Pink Wook Look Pillow, $24.99, Wool-like texture,
leaves sewn all over the front and look like pretty felt.

Tropical Pillow, $19.99, Silk organza, feather fill.

See you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

(PHOTOS: All photos from Target.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 28, 2006

Pier 1 Imports

Listen up. Pier 1 Imports wants a piece of the mid century modern action. Yup. They’re selling wicker orbit chairs (in Linden Green or Dream Blue) for $89, and I have to say, they’re most excellent. I always hated the feeling of sitting on wicker, but if the chair surface is smooth, I’d consider owning one since they’re so fresh and cute. I’ve included some other fresh finds that would blend in nicely with modern living. What do you think? Would you own wicker? Does anything here appeal to your taste?

Reversible Flower Stripe pillows, $18
Bamboo Ranong Matchstick Panel, $53.
Unique, affordable, and adds texture to your room.

Turquoise Glaze Table Lamp with a lush chocolate brown shade. Lovely. Dramatic.
On sale for only $55 with shade!

Palms Wall Hanging, $20, visually appealing + would look lovely painted in your favorite color. Lime against a white wall, perhaps? Robin’s egg blue? Bamboo green?

(All photos from Pier 1 Imports.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 28, 2006

Nicolette Brunklaus

Zurich. September ’05. Me, foggy streets, 6am, jet lagged, retaining water. Just stepped off a 9 hour flight. Slowly walked by a most impressive home decor store with swollen feet stuffed into very tight heels. Saw things that stopped me dead in my tracks. Me and my little rolling suitcase stood there unable to speak. The suitcase for obvious reasons, me because the store wasn’t open, and wouldn’t be for 3 more hours. Yawning, I peered in, hands pressed against glass, wondering why it was that one single window prevented me from retail paradise. I imagined getting cozy with all that Birch furniture. The fluffy beds. The lush rugs. I imagined having breakfast beneath that cute lamp. Ahhh, the lamp with the chandelier face. My little suitcase and I rolled on. I never saw that flickering lamp again.

Well, not really. I did see the lamp again, right in the hip South End. Designer Nicolette Brunklaus from Amsterdam has an entire collection of exquisitely unique lamps at Lekker. Sure, they’re around $400 so they’re not budget friendly, but they’re dreamy. Here are two of my favorites. Available online at Lekker or in thier retail location in the South End. If only I could justify the expense.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino

(Photos: TOP RIGHT: Chandelier ceiling lamp $450. BELOW: Shady Tree ceiling lamp $450 from Lekker.)

Posted in lighting on January 28, 2006


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