DESIGN AROUND: A BRIGHT DESK

posted by on 2011.10.25, under Get the Look
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Building a look around a quality statement piece is a good way to anchor a room. When augmented with lower-cost pieces, it’s also a good way to achieve a look that’s greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. looks more expensive than it is).

This thoroughly modern desk from Blu Dot is functionally funky: the bold red color packs a punch while the ample workspace and sleek lines make it practical enough for a workspace or home office. The desk itself costs $699, but add these more frugal sidekicks and you’ll achieve an overall look that won’t have you working overtime.

Set the stage with Blu Dot’s bright red desk from the Conran Shop. $699.

DESK 51 - RED

 

This shelving unit is highly complimentary—both in color and style—but doesn’t scream “set!” $229 from CB2.

wall bookshelf

 

Because the line between “awesomely red” and “looks like the inside of a tomato” is a thin one, add a grounding neutral, like this jute rug. $149 Tarby rug from IKEA.

TÃ…RNBY Rug, flatwoven, natural

 

Anyone who actually remembers high school science lab or shop will surely remember such stools, which actually look better with time and abuse. This backed model also has an adjustable leg height. $69.99 from Northern Stool.

National Public Seating Adjustable Stool with Back

 

The Task Floor Lamp bends and arches to provide light where you need it. $169 from west elm.

Industrial Task Floor Lamp

 

Muji’s classic Aluminum Wall Clock is perfect for a work space, but would work in just about any room of the house. $48.75.

Aluminum Wall Clock

 

At long last—you can keep your important papers color-coded with these Pantone storage tins. $22.00 from Seltzer Studios.

Pantone Storage Tin- Orange

FRIDAY FINDS: MOD UNDER $99

posted by on 2011.10.21, under Friday Finds
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What time is it in London? With this cool understated clock, you’ll never have to ask.

TIME ZONE CLOCK - LONDON, $80

 

These mod side tables are under a hundo a piece, and they look spectacular.

Avenue Six Slick Cube Occasional End Table, $99

 

Miniatures are totally hot right now. Cb2′s mini mid-century with 50′s fireplace makes a great conversation piece.

neville house, $59.95

 

Impress your design junky friends with this giant vintage-looking poster of Vitra’s famous chairs since 1950.

Vitra design museum collection poster, $55


 

You can’t go wrong with a funky little Jonathan Adler xanax jar by your bed.

Xanax pill container, $28

 

OVERSTOCK PICKS: THE FALL EDITION

posted by on 2011.10.18, under Overstock Picks
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For the season where you find yourself missing summer and dreading the cold, we chose pieces that get you cozied up for Fall.

This scattered seashells pillow is reminiscent of summer, without looking summer-y.

Scattered Seashells 20-inch Decorative Pillow, $22.49

 

Bring in some nature with a faux banana tree, because who says plants need to be real? At $136 it’s a bit steep, but it’ll last forever and look as real as they come.

Triple Stalk Banana Tree, $136


 

These fab curtains keep the heat in and the sunshine out.

Solid Insulated Thermal 84 L x 104 W Blackout Curtains, $49.99


 

A plush area rug in a rich Fall color will cozy up a room in a jiffy.

Handmade-tufted World Classic Rust Wool Rug (5 x 8), $183.99

 

This butter yellow quilt set is so fifties. Consider pairing it with the Rust Wool Rug for the ultimate Mad Men bedroom.

Vashon 3-piece Quilt Set, $79.99

 

GET THE LOOK: THE MUJI LIVING ROOM

posted by on 2011.10.17, under Get the Look
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The compact and versatile pieces in Muji’s furniture line are ideal for tight or new spaces, such as a studio, dorm room or starter apartment. The line’s simplicity makes for easy mixing-and-matching–even with pieces sporting varied materials and finishes. This neutral-toned living room can be yours for just $717.20, making it a great foundation from which to add a bit of personalization and flair.

 

This space-saving brown sofa also folds up for easy transport. $327.50

Compact Sofa - Brown

 

Stack and store books, pictures and miscellany in this simple pulp board box. $44.95.

Pulp Board Box

 

This accommodating side table is ready to saddle up wherever you need it. $88.

Steel Pipe Side Table

 

Coat stands can organize more than just outerwear: hang bags, charging cords or throws on this beech stand. $94.75.

Beech Coat Stand

 

This walnut wall clock is dead simple and dead awesome. $97.50

Walnut Clock

 

White oval cushions provide extra cushiness and break up the boldness of the couch. $32.25 each.

Urethane Oval Foam Cushion

COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF THE WEEK: FLEA MARKET STYLE

posted by on 2011.10.12, under Coffee Table Book of the Week
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Flea market shopping can be daunting, especially when you’re shopping for the home. Enter Flea Market Style, the ultimate guide to the world of junk.

Flea Market Style

If you find yourself craving an old world look, this book provides excellent inspiration to get you started. From expert insight on how to spot valuable objects to tips on arranging vintage with modern, this gorgeously photographed book is a true inspiration to those who want their home to tell a story.


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