This month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art debuts “Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design,” which is running now through October 4th. Here are some objects you’ll see there. Look familiar?
There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a major vintage find. I scored one back in 2008 — a cool armchair on the side of some road out by Princeton — and somehow manhandled it by myself into the back of a convertible I was driving (I forget how or why I was in this car, because I do not own a convertible). It was winter and I froze the whole way home, but it was worth it because the armchair had potential and I would reupholster and refinish it back to its pre-street-side glory. Only I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. (Secret: I don’t think I ever will.)
This is the problem with less-than-perfect vintage goods: It seems like a good idea, the whole coolly artisanal upcycling thing, until you realize you have no time to actually do it. Which is why I turn to Territory Hard Goods, a Kensington-based company that sources cool vintage furniture and home accessories (and cleans up/reupholsters when necessary). You can buy their finds on the Territory Hard Goods Etsy store, or find them at local flea markets like Clover Market. A tip: Follow them on Instagram to be the first to know about new products. Another tip: Don’t bother to pick up armchairs on the side of the road unless you really, really plan to do something with them. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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?
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.