Shop Talk: 16 Best Shops for Inexpensive Home Buys

Inexpensive Home Buys

It only looks expensive. | Images via HomeGoods and Target.

For those who fall in the sweet spot between Williams Sonoma splurges and IKEA everything, check this out: 16 amazing (and sometimes surprising – um, H&M?) shops for inexpensive home and kitchen buys. (Look out for the shout-out to local brand Three Potato Four!) [Domino]

Prepare to up your gym game: Beyoncé is launching an activewear line on April 14th. The 200-piece collection is called Ivy Park, and it includes leggings, muscle tanks, sweatshirts, sports bras and technical jackets. Lululemon, you’ve met your match. [WWD]

Up next: How to banish dark circles with stuff in your fridge!

The Prettiest Wingback Chairs You’ve Ever Seen Come From Mt. Airy

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Photograph by Brett Thomas.

If chairs were songs, a grand wingback might be a baritone concerto; a rocking chair, a lilting blues melody; a chaise, a Deco jazz riff. But in the hands of Mount Airy’s Carla James, these classical seats skew more rock-and-roll. Her two-year-old company, Rocker Refined – which just rolled out an amazing new e-shop – turns out a mix of reupholstered vintage finds as well as new pieces handcrafted in North Carolina, using sustainable cherry and chemical-free stuffing.

The most showstopping is the Hayward (a nod to the lead singer of the Moody Blues; all of James’s furniture is named for colorful musical figures), a frenetically stylish mix of tufted indigo linen, French railroad stripes and Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon fabric. Rock on. Read more »

3 Blowout Winter Sales You Need To Shop This Weekend


A peek at Cella Luxuria’s huge warehouse sale in NoLibs.

It’s Friday! You made it through another week! And lucky you: This weekend brings with it three of the best local sales we’ve seen all year. From furniture warehouse sales to Skirt’s major winter sale event (think: Rag & Bone and Vince at 70 percent off), here are the spots worth hitting up this weekend. We’ll see you there. Read more »

This Weekend: The Furniture and Home Accessories Warehouse Sale of Your Dreams


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

Scratch your weekend plans to make room for this: Cella Luxuria is kicking off a four-day warehouse sale on Saturday morning. In short: You should be there. The home store – which has two locations (a cavernous Chestnut Street flagship, which skews more Restoration Hardware/industrial, and a South Street outpost, which houses modern, apartment-friendly pieces) – has taken over a 6,000-square-foot Northern Liberties warehouse to unload merchandise. If my recent visit to the South Street outpost is any indication, it’s shaping up to be the sale of the season. (Seriously, half of the shop’s second level was empty, as all furniture was already transferred to the warehouse.) Read more »

How to Organize Everything In Your Life


Don’t you just want to breathe a sigh of relief looking at this order? | Pinterest.

As the foliage on the trees dies in a fiery, colorful blaze, so too should those bad habits that are cluttering your life and stressing you out. Here’s how to organize every aspect of your world, from that tangle of necklaces to your kid’s football gear to your growing lipstick collection. Plus, how to finally reclaim that bedroom chair that’s been hidden under a mountain of clothes for months, and the cutest, non-corporate way to keep K-Cups at the ready in your kitchen.

We’ve set realistic fall goals over here: We’re dedicated to trying at least three of these things before the year is out, and we invite you to join our re-organizing resolution. Now keep reading – organizational porn awaits! Read more »

A Day in the Very Stylish Life of Philly’s Best Kitchen Designer

Designer and architect Joanne Hudson is known for many things: her impeccable style, her signature round glasses – she has 25 pairs! – and, most importantly, her incredible kitchens. In fact, if you’ve been in a Philadelphia kitchen that you’ve desperately wanted to copy, well, chances are she designed it. (I’m not exaggerating; Joanne has designed 67 kitchens on Rittenhouse Square alone. Oh, and one in Nigeria.) I’ve been a fan of her style since I featured her Delaware beach house several years ago; now, she divulges the secrets behind it.


A very stylish life. | Photography by Courtney Apple.

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59 Tips for Spring-Cleaning and Organizing Every Single Thing In Your Life

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From streamlining your pantry to cleaning up your kid’s playroom, we’ve got all your tips here. | Photos by Courtney Apple.

We here at Shoppist have a thing for spring cleaning. We’ve written about it, posted slideshows about it, and I’ve even given you the step-by-step instructions I use for my personal closet clean-outs.

Here, all rounded up in one place, are the best, smartest, most efficient and inspiring tips, tricks and tools you need for the most organized house ever.

1. How to organize your accessories.
Our favorite tip here? Use a common desk supply — a letter sorter — to corral your clutches.

2. How to organize your makeup.
On our list: Adhere PVC pipes to the inside of your cabinets to hold hair tools like hair dryers and curling irons.  Read more »

Monday Obsession: Skeem’s Custom Coffee Candle for Paper Source

MO-SkeemOur Wedding editor Carrie Denny has a thing for smelly stuff. The scent of vanilla wafts down the hallway outside of her office (this is thanks to her Alora “smelly sticks,” which she scores at TownHome on Walnut Street.) The glass shelves in her bathroom are filled with dozens of perfume bottles, and she actually drinks out of an empty glass candle jar which, to be fair, is by Skeem and is so gorgeous we’d drink out of it, too.

Also by Skeem? This Cafe Au Lait candle, a custom scent devised by the Philly-based candle company for Paper Source (one of their many custom offerings for retail stores; they have special products for Terrain, Anthro, Urban and Tavern on the Green’s restaurant shop). In her words: “It’s not so strongly coffee-ish that you keep looking around for a pot of it brewing, but just enough that it evokes the same cozy, creamy comfort while you’re sitting there binging on bad television.”

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Home Store Cella Luxuria Is Opening Another Location on South Street


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 15 Fashion And Lifestyle Pinterests You Need To Follow Right Now


Hello, inspiration!

Pinterest has taken the blogging world by storm, and is also probably single-handedly keeping A.C. Moore in business, as enthusiastic DIYers desperately try to copy the things they’ve seen on various boards. But the site can be overwhelming and confusing for newcomers, so we’re making it easy to dip your toe into the phenomenon. Here, 15 of the best fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and home pinners you need to follow right now. (Oh, and while you’re at it, follow us, why don’t you?) Read more »

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