If a neighborhood could be summed up in a space, what would it look like? Well, if Williamsburg were a living room, it might look something like this: casual yet curated, with the faintest contrived whiff of DGAF.
The Versatile Sofa: The Anywhere Convertible Sofa folds out to a bed when friends need a place to crash. $399 from Urban Outfitters.
Anywhere Convertible Sofa, $399
The Utilitarian Coffee Table: This chartreuse number has convenient coasters and plenty of surface space to display your Vice and Wallpaper magazine collections. $129 from CB2.
go-cart chartreuse table-media cart, $129
The Quintessential Bike Stand: This leaning model requires no drilling and has two slots, meaning you can hang both your vintage Bianchi and your fixy. Win! $79 from Public Bikes.
Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand, $75
The Visually + Mentally Stimulating Poster: If Egon Schiele were alive today, he’d probably live in Williamsburg. Celebrate him with this self-portrait poster. $49.99 from All Posters.
Egon Schiele Self-Portrait with Chinese Lantern and Fruits, $49.99
The Serious Lamp: This factory-chic pendant says ‘I care about lighting—even if I rarely pay the electric bill on time.’ $69.99 from IKEA.
HEKTAR Pendant lamp, $69.99
The (Over)Statemet Pillow: Finally, a pillow that urges readers to spend less time playing video games and lazing away in Wi-Fi cafes. $39 from Urban Outfitters.
Wordboner Carpe Diem Pillow, $39.00
The Cheap Storage Solution: Keep your carefully curated LP collection at easy reach in vibrant blue milk crates. $6.99 each from Container Store.
Authentic Dairy Crate, $6.99
Perhaps the ongoing national gun control debate is to blame, but I’m really into bullets at the moment. Not the kind I’d actually want to shoot from a gun, mind you, but of the more decorative variety. And wouldn’t you know, there’s a surprising amount of ammo décor floating around out there.
With a brass casing and foldable stainless-steel blade, this Magnum Bullet would make a killer cheese knife. $5.88 from Amazon.
Magnum Bullet Knife
Just in time for Father’s Day, this 5.25” long bottle opener is made from a demilitarized .50 caliber bullet casing. $16 from Cool Material.
50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener
Bite the bullet and write a loved one a real paper letter with this brass pen. It fits inside a .375 H&H Magnum shell that also functions as a stand. $21.25 from Uncommon Good.
BULLET PEN AND REFILL
Though decorative ice cube trays rarely produce any truly discernible shapes, you probably know someone really into making “killer” cocktails who would get a kick out of owning an ice cube bullet tray. $5.65 on Ebay.
Ice Cube Bullets
Toughen up your bulletin board with a set of nickel bullet pushpins. $6.95 from Artfire.
Auto Nickel Bullet Push Pins
Lampshades are becoming increasingly optional in today’s industrial, post-apocalyptic chic aesthetic. From throwback Edison to chrome-tipped, certain bulbs can easily stand on their own when hung from a simple cord set or displayed in a transparent shade. Here are some of our favorites as inspiration.
Nostalgic filament bulbs may be overplayed, but they still look really pretty lit up in a clear glass shade. This Squirrel Cage bulb from Rejuvenation is $16.
30W Squirrel-cage Tungsten Filament Bulb, $16
The sandblasted pattern on this Confetti bulb casts fun shadows on the wall when lit. Equally stunning when unlit, all you’d need to do is string it from a simple cord set (a good thing, as they aren’t cheap!) Finnish Design Shop €34.
Light Shadows bulb, Confetti
Chrome-tipped bulbs reflect light backward to avoid glare. This makes them popular as vanity lighting, but they also look classy exposed from a sconce in a hallway or in an open pendant in the kitchen. $5 from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
Silver Tip Bulb, $5
If you want to be energy conscious but hate how normal CFL bulbs look, then the Plumen is for you. Its cleverly twisted tubes look graceful peaking through just about any fixture, and they use 80% less energy than normal incandescents. $30 from the MoMA Store.
Plumen 001 Bulb, $30
I’ve always been fascinated by bulbs that can flicker like a candle! The ultimate in mood lighting. $15 from Rejuvenation.
Carbon-filament Flicker Bulb, $15
I’m all for dim mood lighting, but sometimes you need a bright watt or two in a particular spot. Get light right where you want it with one of these adjustable light fixtures.
Many sconces blend right into the wallpaper, but not this bright red number from IKEA. Thanks to its ultra-thin LED lamp head, it can fold right up next to the wall when not in use. $49.99.
IKEA PS 2012 LED Wall Lamp, $49.99
Pull a 180 with this hardwired brass sconce from Anthropologie. It swivels up, down and all around. $198.
Moving Light Sconce, $198
These versatile little work lamp look like something you’d swipe from your dad’s workbench. Swing one over a rafter or string a few on a table. $99.99 and up.
Work Lamp, $99
This bendy gold clamp lamp would look sharp on a white desk or headboard. I also see it clamped to a kitchen cupboard wherever extra light is needed while cooking. $59.
Modern Clip Lamp, $59
CB2’s wood and steel Bruno task lamp angles high and low on a solid cast iron base. Its clean lines will encourage you to keep your workspace tidy. $79.95.
bruno task lamp, $79.95
Restoration Hardware’s 1950’s scissor sconce extends to an impressive 40” long and pivots right and left. I picture it in an industrial-chic dining room or Steampunk living room. $199.
1950s Factory Scissor Sconce, $199
I recently met up with a good friend visiting from San Francisco. We covered all the usual topics—work, travel, mutual friends—and then she mentioned that she finally got around to buying a new kitchen table. It was the Verona from World Market, and she was a big fan. World Market what? There aren’t any retail locations in New York, and I only knew them through online ad imagery that, quite honestly, conjured bad Pier I Import flashbacks.
I trust this friend’s judgment, as well as her low tackiness threshold, so I decided to conduct some online investigation of my own. From what I can tell, they offer some pretty stylish pieces, and at absurdly low prices. So low, in fact, that I can’t imagine being heartbroken were I to order something and what arrived turned out to be only so-so. Here are some pieces that caught my eye.
The Jackson Dining table, with metal legs and a solid wood top, is quite a steal at $329.99.
Jackson Rectangular Table with Metal Base
I imagine this Lime Penelope Spindle Stool looking quite at home in a bathroom, where it could function as a perching spot for towels, candles or books. $89.
Lime Penelope Spindle Stool
Frame your flat screen and hardbacks with this crafty Easel Media Stand. $179.99.
Easel Media Stand
With shapely turned legs and soft upholstery, the Ravenna Chair has the makings of a beloved bedroom or entryway chair. On sale for just $139.98.
Goldenrod Ravenna Chair
The nailhead detailing and muted upholstery on the Hara Screen would add polish to any space in need of some dividing. $199.
Hara Upholstered Screen
This Distressed Gray Metal Pendant is perfect above a kitchen table or island. $89.99.
Distressed Grey Metal Pendant
Made in Kenya, the Black + White Soapstone Platter would make a great catchall for keys and mail. $19.99.
Black and White Soapstone Dot Platter
I want this White Canvas Horse. I have no idea what for, but I do. $29.99.
White Canvas Horse Decor