A few years back, when I was shopping for rocking chairs for my son’s nursery, it seemed to me that the vast majority of rockers and gliders were either simply ugly — hard and wooden and forbidding-looking — or just a bit ubiquitous, in a pastel, overstuffed, Pottery Barn sort of way. I always suspected that there was something really special out there, some beautiful, special chair around which I would build a room, a chair I would keep forever, but I never really found it. Until now, that is, with the discovery of Philly-based Rocker Refined, which makes the most gorgeous rockers (and wingbacks, and ottomans, and cribs) that I’ve ever seen. Read more »
As a turkey baby, I have very strong feelings about Thanksgiving (and not just because I get to eat pumpkin pie and birthday cake in the same sitting). The main stars of the day: Gravy and stuffing (don’t even act like you disagree), and the ambiance.
This year, take your table to Martha-level greatness with inspiration from these stunning settings culled from the interwebs. We have a hunch that those gilded pumpkins and rustic name cards will impress everyone so much that they’ll all forget the family drama and forgive the culinary mishaps. But a warning: They’ll probably also ask you to host again next year.
The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend! Read more »
New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off. Read more »
- This season’s trendiest pants aren’t for the faint of heart. Lucky for you, we found this real girl’s guide to styling culottes. It’s less ‘clown pants’ and more ‘It Girl’. [Purewow]
- Plastic cups are for toddlers and college dorms, not your adult kitchen. Find out if your home decor says you’re clinging to the past with this list of 9 items you shouldn’t have at home if you’re over 30. [MyDomaine]
- Step aside, Joss & Main: As of this morning, there’s a new online home destination. Nordstrom Rack Home is here (it only launched, like, a few minutes ago), with a selection of kitchen, bed, and living room decor that is as chic as you would expect, at prices that we love. [Nordstrom Rack]
- Don’t let the day’s blazing forecast keep you from rocking a full face. Check out these five beauty tips to keep your dewy glow from crossing into sweaty mess territory. [Man Repeller]
In the hands of world-renowned, North Philly-based furniture company BDDW, the lowly deck chair becomes almost museum-worthy. A swath of caramel leather (removable for when weather turns sour) is slung over a welded bronze base and crested by a shearling neck roll. And a built-in drink table, perfectly sized for summer cocktails, means you won’t have to leave your perch when you get parched. A bit precious for outdoor use? Perhaps. But true luxury is a seat that’s as gorgeous as any seaside view. Read more »
Off-the-rack doesn’t always cut it the age of custom everything. Here, six local services, from artisanal cobblers to jewelers, that forgo mass production in lieu of the ultimate luxury: made-to-order. Read more »
It’s no secret that we here at Philly Mag are huge fans of Sullivan Owen, the Old Kensington-based florist who creates otherworldly things out of flowers. So when her holiday lookbook arrived in my inbox, I was prepared to be completely and utterly awed—and I was.
The book illustrates what sorts of holiday trimming Sullivan can do for clients—wreaths with unexpected sprays of feathers, swirls of garland, miniature twinkling trees—and the whole lot will make you want to move to an old stone house in Chestnut Hill, decorate your trees with antique silver spoons, light a fire in every fireplace you see, and then curl up outside with hot cocoa under a mink blanket on a vintage yellow sofa.