I’m sorry to sound so harsh, but I just don’t look to Macy’s as the source for finding good design. It’s one of those stores that I dash into for something that I really need (usually at the cosmetics counter) and then run for the door feeling very glad the moment fresh air hits my face. I dislike the entire store experience and find it all quite painful. That being said, I have to thank them for offering $699 sofas. And that I no longer have to endure physical pain to shop in their depressing store because they now have an online furniture store. Thank you Macy’s.
So decor8 readers, if you’d like a deal or two, this Corona sofa is a terrific find (and on sale) for $699 and starting tomorrow (Aug 2), will be available in pear, stone, and a very dark chocolate. You can even purchase the coordinating Corona chair for $539. Yup. Steal of the century. I’m not saying anything about quality, but based on looks, these sofas are a great deal and look a lot like their more expensive cousins in the cool stores. Frankly, unless you plan on keeping it for 30 years, sleeping on it daily, or jumping up and down on it like a nut, I’m sure one of these will last you until you get sick of it anyway.
Here’s a few additional $699 sofas, including a yummy steal in chocolate velvet called Tyler. Note: It looks like a shorty in the picture, but it’s actually 82″ wide. The Margaret chair for $549 is another great value and I really like the lines and that it’s available in brown, cream, and blue. Very nice. The East Park Square coffee table (there’s a matching end table as well but I don’t match my coffee tables to my end tables, so I wouldn’t be into this) with a generous square travertine top and steel base is very sleek for $499. It looks like something you’d see in Elle Decor magazine in some tricked out space. I love finding great deals that look like you spent a fortune.
And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I see a modular seating trend coming on for Fall/Winter ’07. Sectionals are hot. I’m not sure why, but all of the sudden they’re everywhere – magazines, showrooms, catalogs. They are the new foo dogs, I guess. Just a whole heck of a lot larger, so unless you have the space, step away from the sectionals.
(images from macy’s)
When Boston-based reader Syrene wrote to me asking whether I’d blog about the dining room (table, 6 chairs, leaf insert, and china cabinet on server) that she *just* listed yesterday on Craigslist Boston, I took one look at the photos and agreed – this Heywood Wakefield Dining Room is in perfect condition. And who knows, perhaps someone out there reading has dreamt of owning a set like this? If that person is you, this is your lucky day because this set has been in her family since it was made in 1949 so it’s quite a special find.
Although the buffet shown below isn’t listed, she is willing to let it go to the right owner along with the dining set, so if you’re interested, please let her know.
Here’s the Craigslist ad so you can read more about it and contact her directly.
Thanks Syrene for the tip!
(images from syrene)
Boston’s own Jennifer Hill of JHill Designs sent me the nicest email today announcing the release of her Fall collection of “Places I Have Never Been” (Thank you Jennifer!). You can pick up her colorful travel-inspired notebooks and things right here.
And if you happen to be in Boston tomorrow night (August 2), visit her and her friends between 6pm-8pm at the Etsy Boston show in Jamaica Plain at the Corner of South + Carolina. For more show information, click here.
(images from jhill design)
Pretty new pillows and a second travel plate added to the collection from Lena Corwin this season, lovely job Lena and thank you for the tip. I’ve placed my order, the travel plate is hard to refuse for $15.
(images from lena corwin)
I stumbled upon a most informative UK-based website called New Designers Online, a comprehensive guide showcasing new design talent mostly from Europe, much along the same lines as Trunkt here in America. It’s a site you’ll want to browse because the talent featured is phenomenal – so fresh! And talk about inspired design… I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites, all of whom I’ve written to requesting more information and imagery, with hopes that they will write back and I can feature them again in the future. I’m especially smitten by the work of Heidi Turner and Matt Smith. Wow. Impressive.
Heidi Turner – “Contemporary, embroidered and embellished designs with a bright folkloric feel, inspired by nature and environment on natural fabric.” – New Designers Online.
Loretta Harmer – “Loretta’s distinct style is inspired by her dual love of nature and textures, evident in her creations which include silver seed pendants, poetry bangles and pine cone table sculptures.” -New Designers Online. Loretta also has a website called Natural Impression.
Katja Behre – “Katja creates distinctive neo-romantic designs with consideration given to colour, shape and theme, manifesting itself as wall coverings and textiles for furniture, drapes and fashion.” – New Designers Online.
Matt Smith – “Matt juxtaposes the permanence of clay with the fleeting coincidenses of day dreams to produce charming and whimsical vessels and wall pieces.” – New Designers Online.
Helen Gallogly – “Helen produces highly decorative, hand drawn and embroidered textiles, inspired by 17th/18th century wallpapers and botanical illustrations. Products include, furniture throws and bespoke chair coverings.” – New Designers Online.
(images from new designers online)