Market Report: IKEA to Release Phone-Charging Furniture

Image via Ikea

Image via Ikea

  • Cue cheers: IKEA is set to release a line of bedside tables, lamps, and desks that will wirelessly charge your smartphone. [Refinery29]
  • Will statement denim be spring’s biggest trend? [Vogue]
  • We love a celebrity who goes sans stylist on the red carpet. Here are 16 styling tips from stars without stylists. [WhoWhatWear]

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Book Party With Hable Construction Designer at Egan Day This Weekend!

Photos by Rinne Allen, from A Colorful Home.

Photos by Rinne Allen, from A Colorful Home.

A great closet goes hand-in-hand with a great home, and one of the coolest designers out there is Susan Hable Smith. Design fanatics know her for Hable Construction, the New York-baased textile company she co-founded with her sister (you’ve probably seen the duo’s quirky, colorful prints on pillows, rugs and even notebooks, which I’m obsessed with).

Her design strategy is all about color, and she illustrates how to use it with wild and fabulous abandon in her new book A Colorful Home. Or you can ask her in person tomorrow (Saturday, February 14th, from 2pm to 4pm). She’ll be at one of the best fine accessory boutiques in the city, Egan Day, celebrating her book, which you’ll be able to pre-order at the event.

It’s a crazy-chic way to spend V-Day with your girlfriends before date night (or, you know, a late-night screening of 50 Shades of Grey). Better yet? Bring your guy along; it’s the perfect way to subtly hint that you desperately want that Gabriella Kiss black diamond slab ring. Get the details here.

We Should All Start Snuggling Up On Giant, Plush Baked Potatoes

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Food for thought: a pizza lookalike sleeping bag with veggie pillow toppings; a baked potato bean bag chair.| Photos via Etsy.

In today’s installment of ridiculous things you can buy, we have soft goods—pillows, sheets, a sleeping bag—that look like various edible things, because there is nothing quite like resting your weary head on a plush onion ring.

The made-to-order collection is by B Fiber and Craft Emporium, a Glen Mills company owned by recent Tyler School of Art grad Brook Abboud. Her small, so-bizarre-it’s-charming line features items traditionally found in grocery stores—bacon, vegetables, pizza, potatoes—rendered in hand-dyed cotton.

See the waffle set here.

Retail News: Hill Company Opening a Huge New Showroom in Chestnut Hill

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Hill Company’s current location on Germantown Avenue.

Few things are sadder than de-trimming your home after the holidays. Front doors look suddenly barren without a wreath, bushes look plain and puny without twinkling lights, and windows look bare without swags of garland. It’s a perfect time, then, to set your sights to warmer-weather outdoor gear; you’ll be using that patio/deck/pool area soon enough. My advice: Take advantage of Hill Company‘s huge relocation sale, which is happening right now.

The home and garden store is moving out of their small Chestnut Hill storefront to a larger spot on Germantown Avenue. The new 11,000-square-foot location—which will be in the old Diane Bryman rug store at 8040 Germantown Avenue—is slated to open in early March.

So about that sale …

Monday Obsession: Style Camp Canvas Calendars

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We’re officially five days into 2015, and in addition to the obligatory New Year’s tasks like resolution-making and closet cleaning, we hope you’re also in the market for a sparkly new calendar. To begin properly ticking off the days of 2015, we suggest scooping up one of these Ige Design canvas wall calendars at Style Camp. The Chestnut Hill shop is currently stocking a variety of the coolly practical beauties including the gilded, frame-worthy variety and scroll style pictured above. And let’s be honest: They easily trump the feline-a-day flip calendar you got as a gag gift.

Click here for shopping deets.

There’s A Huge Architectural Antiques Sale Going On Now

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Scenes from Artefact.

I stumbled upon Artefact Architectural Antiques a few years ago, on my way home from this home interiors photo shoot (still one of my favorite shoots—and homes—of all time). The rambling shop is part flea market, part antique store, part arch-salvage.

It’s where the homeowners from that photo shoot find quirky bits and bobs for their house, and where in-the-know Bucks Countians find their best old gems. It’s also where I found these jeans displays from Gap (I think they only cost me about $10, and they are perfect in our kitchen) and, on another visit, this swing (for which I promptly ditched our ugly chaise, in a quite impractical move as we now have limited seating for the swing-averse).

Why you should visit … now.

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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Local Designers Named Finalists in Martha Stewart Design Competition

eric and christopher pillows

You’ve probably seen Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline around town at a street fair or weekend arts market. The duo have made a business—called Eric & Christopher—out of hand-screen-printing images of animals residing on Bucks County farms onto everything from pillows to totes. Their wares have popped up in newspapers and magazines like The Washington Post and HGTV Gardens, and most recently they got a thumbs up from Martha Stewart herself.

The arts-and-craft goddess chose the pair as finalists in her 2014 American Made Awards. The 20-year-old contest “spotlights the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.”

Eric and Christopher are nominated in the “Design” category. If they win, they’ll score, among other things, $10,000 to grow their business, and a spotlight on marthastewart.com. Sounds like a life-changing opportunity for a pair of local home-good designers, huh?

Winners will be picked based on reader vote. Polls open September 8th, so set your calendar to show them some local support. You can find the voting page here. If you want to congratulate the guys in person, they’ll be  hosting a pillow-signing at gay-owned Glenside boutique Kelly-Cataldi Home this Friday, August 1st. Call the store for time details.



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