Home Store Cella Luxuria Is Opening Another Location on South Street

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Cella Luxuria’s Chestnut Street flagship. | Photo by Emily Goulet.

Cella Luxuria, the cavernous home store at 1214 Chestnut Street, opened just two years ago. But it’s already expanded exponentially. In November, they expanded into the building next door, opening a 12,000-square-foot showroom called Domus that stocks home goods with a more modern, contemporary bent than Cella’s reclaimed, industrial offerings. And now, they’re taking their wares to South Street.

“We’re very bullish on South Street,” says Cella Luxuria co-owner Stefan Sklaroff. “We think South Street is changing. I think it’s a street that under-serviced now — you’ve got Society Hill on one side and Queen Village on the other. It’s odd that it’s in the mix of great neighborhoods and it’s selling hookah pipes and sneakers. We’d like it to make more sense. ”  Read more »

The Edit: 14 Stunningly Cool Lamps for Every Home

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Thanks to Daylight Savings, you may have noticed that the sun is actually still out during your evening commute. (Cheer!) But that means that your mornings leave you in the dark. Brighten up with one of these 14 luminaries — we’ve got floor lamps, desk lamps and, yes, even a surprisingly chic nightlight. It’s not quite natural sunlight, but for now, we’ll take it.  Read more »

Guys, We Need to Talk About Anthropologie’s New Home Collection

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All images via Anthropologie.

I think that most people love Anthropologie so much because shopping there is sort of like being in a dreamy, real-life Instagram pic (filtered in Valencia, natch). Sure, the clothes are nice — if generally not my style — and so are the accessories, but it’s the home selection that makes me ache for an airy cottage somewhere, so that I may fill it with painted ceramics and jewel-tone velvets and various artifacts that look as if they’ve been plucked from some far-flung flea market.

On Monday, we wrote about one of Anthro’s latest offerings — a splashy retro chair that’s part of the company’s largest home rollouts ever. But we barely scratched the surface. The home section, both online and in-store, is incredible. We’ve chosen our top 10 buys here, from the side table I am absolutely going to own even though I have a weird surplus of side tables, to the posh Chesterfield that can elevate even the most dull space. See our picks, and shop your faves, here.

Monday Obsession: Anthropologie’s Spring-Worthy Floral Chair

After setting clocks forward yesterday and waking up to 50 degree temps today, it’s becoming apparent that we’re not stuck in an endless winter abyss. To keep our spirits high, we’ve got a vibrant, spring-worthy chair from Anthropologie. (It’s a part of their largest home rollout yet.) The hand-finished chair features sleek armrests, gold leg stoppers and a frame-worthy print. April showers, we’re ready for you. Read more »

Studio 882 Is Having a Sale on Baker Furniture

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Image via Studio 882

From now until March 27, Chadds Ford’s furniture haven Studio 882 is offering 37 percent off all Baker Furniture including upholstery, casegoods and lighting. What it means: you can use that sweet discount on everything from modern picks like this console and this tufted chair or on more classic goods like this impossibly chic navy ottoman. To see everything marked down — there are 1,844 items! – click here. Your home could use a sprucing up before spring anyway, right? Read more »

Monday Obsession: The Coolest Thanksgiving Table Ever

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Your butt, here. | Photo via Minam.

Some of the coolest people I know have these dining tables in their homes. (Exhibit A: Tracey and Rod Berkowitz, owners of Zinc Home in Lambertvile, who live here.) This particular table might look vintage, but it’s actually made by the talented craftspeople behind Lostine, a wholesale home furnishings company founded by Robert True Ogden.

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Philly, BoConcept Has Created a Couch and Named It After Us

 

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If cities were couches…

I guess we can say that we’ve finally made it as a real world-class city: We have a piece of furniture named after us. And not just any piece of furniture, but a whole couch!

The ‘Philly’ couch is by BoConcept, that modern design haven on Chestnut Street and in KOP that feels like a fancier, grown-up version of IKEA.  The company claims that it’s the first-ever BoConcept sofa named for an American city; I’m not so sure of this. I found a reclining couch called Madison, and even a modular couch called Fargo. FARGO? We came in after FARGO?

It’s no matter, though.

Sale Alert: Maggpie Vintage Rentals To Hold Secret Furniture Flash Sales

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A Maggpie warehouse vignette. | Photo by Love Me Do photography.

The massive Kensington warehouse of Maggpie Vintage Rentals is a vintage furniture lover’s Mecca. There are vintage sofas and chairs, all manner of tables (gilded, wicker, weathered enamel, elephant-shaped—that one’s mine, guys, if it goes up for sale), and various other accessories (screens, china, trunks). Think of the best flea market you’ve ever been to. Multiply that by a million. That’s Maggpie.

The thing is, this stuff isn’t for sale. It’s all rentable for things like parties, photo shoots, weddings, events—and Philly Mag Shops (Maggpie is our fearless design team for the event, and a huge reason it all looks so darn cool). Well, the stuff  wasn’t for sale … until now.

Get the secret sale details here.

Studio 882’s Ridiculously Fun New Way to Shop for Furniture

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Want to get this look? It’s easier than you think. | Image courtesy of Studio 882.

I bought a sofa at a vintage shop once. It was very long and very low-slung, with mid-century modern lines and awesome upholstery. The price was something ridiculous, like $15, and by doing very scientific measurements (i.e. counting the number of hand-widths across it and squinting my eyes) I decided that it’d be a perfect fit for our bedroom, placed at the end of the bed so that we could toss our clothes and bags on it at the end of the day. It would be like a bench-couch, and I would lounge across it in a dressing gown and read my books with a martini like a very glamorous Rita Hayworth.

The only problem was that when I took the sofa out of the cavernous shop and put it in our less-than-cavernous bedroom, I realized the thing was actually huge. Like nine-feet-long huge. I ended up having to move all of our bedroom furniture around to fit it, and five years later, the whole couch issue is still a bit of a sore subject with my husband, who was perfectly comfortable without the giant-person couch in the bedroom at all and who didn’t appreciate coming home to find the bed in a completely different spot.

Here’s how to avoid poor sofa purchases like this.

Best of Philly Snapshot: Brian Lawlor, Best Scavenger

best-of-philly-2014-logo-400x400There are two dozen people standing outside a nondescript Kensington warehouse at Cecil B. Moore and North 2nd Street, sweating it out in the sun. They aren’t lost, or part of a pub-crawl or flash mob. They’re here because they know a secret.

Twice a month, Brian Lawlor, owner of the Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse, holds vintage furniture sales, and these people know you have to queue up early if you want first dibs. Inside, there’s stuff everywhere: walnut credenzas refinished to their original splendor in the back, teak dining tables from the ’60s pushed against the wall, a hot pink splay-leg love seat on top of a dresser. Each piece here is not only stunning, but also so flawless that you’ll wonder if it’s even been used. For mid-century-modern hounds, this place is Mecca.

Finally, at noon, Lawlor opens the door, and the crowd stampedes. “I love this,” he says with a wide grin. “We find things and give them new life.”

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