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

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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.



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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