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long stem vase from thailand, $39.99

Global warming!

If you like to go global from time to time, there’s an inexpensive shop online called Importu that carries items from all over the world, many that would fit into a modern home. They carry everything from japanese noren linens to moroccan tea glasses (which are very in vogue now). I located a few fresh finds on thier website that are blogworthy – check them out! I like these items because they are very natural and textural. I think it’s important to bring little bits of nature into your home, whether it’s a bird feather you found in the park, or stones you collected along the coast that you rest on a table to remind you of the simple things that give such pleasure. Would any of these items fit your apartment or home?

chinese 9 square bamboo mat, $149
indonesian preserved leaf tissue box, $24.99
chinese hand painted goldfish, porcelain tea set for 4, $164.99

(all photos from importu.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 04, 2006

Liora Manne

La Perla hugs your curves perfectly, but where do you go when you want lacy lingerie for your shapeless floor? Dress it up with a Kuba rug!

Nestled in trendy SoHo at 91 Grand between Mercer and Green in NYC, Liora Manne’s store is a must-see if you’re in the city. I love her lighting collection, funky bold placemats, lumina resin trays, and montique platters because they remind me of patterns and styles used in Germany. From her rug collection, my favorite rug is Kuba, a crisp green, laser cut rug that looks like a giant doily – it really pops! The lacy design is lingerie for your floor, oh-la-la!

To learn more about the production process for Liora Manne’s patented medium for creating rugs + pillows, click here. With a detailed explanation and lots of photos, it’s quite impressive, Most items can be ordered on her website, however to order a rug or lighting, please contact Ms. Manne directly here.

kuba green rug, a lot larger than shown. :)
fiesta bubbles placemat, $20
petite swirl aqua montique placements, $32

south beach mosaic, small resin rectangular tray, $60

(photos: top: liora manne lighting. all photos from liora mann.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 04, 2006


Looking for a great deal on Eames era furniture for under $500? Yup, you heard me right. Check out eBay seller, ModAvenue. They carry beautiful furniture that you can either bid or, for some items, you can “buy it now”. They update their inventory constantly, and with recent press in Glamour magazine, I’m sure they’re about to gain popularity, so if you see something, purchase it asap. They’re based in Brooklyn, New York so if you want to pick up your winning item, you can do so for $10 fee, or you can pay to have them ship it to you. They have an excellent feedback rating, and they carry great used furniture, so if you are looking for inexpensive stylish furniture for you hip pad, you’ve found your place. They sell lamps, art, and plenty of chairs and sofas, too.

A few finds from their current inventory…

modern coffee table nakashima era, buy it now price $225, item #6598830655
beautiful modern high chest, buy it now $250, item #7383395228
pair of modern end tables, current bid at $100 for both, item #6601744585
solid teak dining room table, buy it now price of $170, item #6601821286

danish sideboard credenza, buy it now $275, item #7387629791 (love this!!!)
Posted in uncategorized on February 04, 2006

Lena Corwin

Oooooo….you’re in for a treat. I stumbled across some Lena Corwin pillows recently that I just love. I can’t wait until her spiffy plates are available online, they’re extra sweet. Lena Corwin, who spends her time between San Francisco and New York, is a talented designer whose artwork and patterns have been used by Tocca, Trina Turk, Anna Sui, Elle Decor, and Glamour magazine.

Yes, I know I’m posting more pillows…but can you blame me? Look at these things? So fresh and fun!

lava plant pillow in yellow, $78
pom pom pillow in blue or peach, $78 each

(photos: top: village pillow in brown, $78. all photos from lena corwin.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 04, 2006


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