Happy Birthday, Charles Eames

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You probably know the Eames chair. But there was more to Charles and Ray Eames than that. This TED talk, given by Charles and Ray’s grandson, is helpful and revealing when it sticks to the subject of their design history — and not uninteresting in other moments. Worth a watch:

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Sale Alert: Spring Clearance Event at Cella Luxuria

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Photo via Cella Luxuria.

If you haven’t heard of furniture store Cella Luxuria yet, you need to make a point to visit. Aside from their killer interiors (seriously, we included them in our list of amazing spaces in our April issue), the Philly-based store packs a major design wallop with reclaimed materials, recycled steel and bamboo integrated into sustainable and stands-the-test-of-time furniture. It’s the kind of effortlessly cool home decor we lust after.

Have we gotten your attention? Good. Now here are the sale details: Select floor samples are 20 percent off the lowest marked price on orange dot-labeled items while supplies last.

Organize Your Life! Day 3: Eight Clever Ways to Store Your Shoes

Shoes hanging from salvaged wood moldings? Perfection.

Shoes hanging from salvaged wood moldings? Perfection.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

Sometimes it might seem like the only way to store your extensive shoe collection is to call up a contractor and start making blueprints for a new walk-in closet, a la Mariah. But before you start wielding a sledgehammer, here are eight tricks to keep all your shoes neat and tidy. From creative ways to incorporate shoes into living spaces to all-around better storage techniques, all of your stilettos/sneakers/sandals/etc. will have a place in no time.

No renovations needed.

Organize Your Life! Day 2: Six Stylish Ways to Organize Your Desk

How to Organize Your Desk

Your new best friend: the wall-mounted organizer.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

There’s nothing that saps creativity and dashes productivity than a messy desk. But Staples and Office Depot are woefully lacking in the style department. (Trust me: My office is primarily white, and it took me at least 10 trips to various stores to find a cool white stapler. Also, yes: I am that crazy.) Here, some of the best ways to keep your workspace chaos-free, and totally stylish to boot.

Click here. The coolest whiteboard ever awaits.

Splendiferous Interiors: Necessity Is the Mother of Fantastic in Old City (GALLERY)

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The home used to double as a hair salon. Unfortunately, the barbershop chairs are not for sale.

The house at 140 Vine Street may look like a typical Philadelphia rowhome, but inside it’s anything but. Cross the rubicon of a traditional front door, and walk into the magical kingdom hairstylist Cynthia Kehl has created. Her unique design aesthetic — a collection of broken antlers to mottled walls and cabinets — was minted by necessity.

“If I could throw everything out and buy new I would,” she says. Because she can’t, she trash picks, she dumpster dives, she goes to flea markets, she gets gifts from friends who understand her singular tastes. “I’m a big believer in using what you have. If I had a cardboard box on the corner, it would be the most fantastic cardboard box you ever saw.”

This house’s transformation was very much DIY. “I never knew one end of the hammer from another until I purchased this house.” It helped to have contractor friends, but Kehl’s artistic modifications are her own. Like the walls, which look professionally treated but came instead from Kehl’s intuition. “I usually have an image in my head of what I want a wall treatment to look like,” she says. “I use whatever I have lying around. I learn to go with my mistakes, and I end up liking my mistakes even better.” It’s a good lesson for anyone embarking on a home project. And the end result looks professional. Kehl likes to say, “Caulk and paint make it what it ain’t.”

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Habitat: Two Disparate Design Styles Get Cozy in Jersey

Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Geri Radin.

All Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Geri Radin.

Rod and Tracey Berkowitz, the owners of Zinc Home + Garden, bought this circa-1794 farmhouse in 2002, and then expanded it by 1,800 square feet — while preserving its historic contours — about six years later. The decor represents the aesthetic sensibility of their store — a haven of carefully curated flea market finds.

In their own home, they’ve incorporated everything from a pair of antique skis, crossed delicately by the front door, to a large industrial casting mold, which hangs on the wall as a wine rack. Below, an annotated gallery of the couple’s remarkable residence.

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An American Rustic Home

Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Geri Radin.

All Photography by Trevor Dixon. Styling by Geri Radin.

A peculiar thing is happening in Lambertville.

A very particular design aesthetic—one that mixes old and new, industrial and woodsy, all with wild abandon—is cropping up everywhere you look, from the quaint linen and apothecary boutique to the vintage clothing shop. It’s as if the entire town has taken a group field trip to Les Puces, or Brimfield, or even just to Golden Nugget’s motley collection of vendors on Route 29. But the truth is that it’s all the growing influence of Rod and Tracey Berkowitz, the owners of Bridge Street’s Zinc Home + Garden.

The couple’s design sensibility has wended its way from their cute home store two miles north to the circa-1794 farmhouse in Stockton that they bought in 2002, two weeks before they got married. “We wanted an older house, something with a lot of character, that we could do work to and possibly expand on later,” Tracey says. In 2008, after they’d had Noah, now nine, and Piper, five, expand they did, tacking on 1,800 square feet that blend seamlessly with the existing structure. But Rod and Tracey—who met while working for Restoration Hardware, he in visual merchandising, she as store manager—have added their brand of American Pickers-esque style to the space, via their cache of found gems (some of which never make it to Zinc’s store floor) and a few surprising choices (a poured-concrete floor in the great room; a floating wall in the master bedroom).

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Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 21

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

When it comes to most candles, saying you can reuse the jar is akin to telling a bridesmaid she’ll be able to re-wear her bridesmaid dress. You just can’t. But Jonathan Adler’s Muse D’Or candle—in a surrealist gold glazed ceramic vessel—is the equivalent of a ridiculously flattering and actually cute bridesmaid dress: You’ll totally use the pot again (can you imagine how gorgeous a flower arrangement will look in it?). Which makes the pink pepper and sage balsam scent just a bonus.

The Details: Muse D’Or candle, $78 at Jonathan Adler, Old City.

Give To: Your mother-in-law.

SEE ALL SHOPPIST GIFT PICKS HERE.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 18

Xmas18Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

It’s admittedly a bit unconventional , but we promise you’ll get more use out of it than you’d ever imagined. Terrain’s iron fire pit bowl is simple in design, easy to use and small enough (11 inches high, 30 inches in diameter) to fit in sprawling suburban backyards or tinier city patios. Throw a few rough wood benches or low-slung chairs around it, bring out the wool blankets, and host your next winter soiree—or cozy date night—around a roaring fire, complete with roasting marshmallows and mugs of hot chocolate, naturally.

The Details: Iron Fire Pit Bowl, $448 at Terrain, Glen Mills.

Give To: Your husband.

SEE ALL SHOPPIST GIFT PICKS HERE.

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