Current Obsession: This De-Stressing Chaise Lounge For the Perennially Frazzled

Konekt chaiseThough the base of the “Pause” chaise is rooted in technology — an ergonomic fiberglass shell created from a 3-D computer rendering — the finished product is crafted to help you escape it. The lounge is an offering from the year-old furniture company Konekt, a Philly-based outfit that combines the work of local artisans (those custom-made, and customizable, brass legs) with sleek design. The result? A sinuous, sexy spot where the perennially stressed-out can disconnect, unplug and, fittingly, pause. Starting at $8,000. Read more »

7 Philly Architectural Salvage Companies That’ll Transform Your Space

It seems like everybody in interior design is clamoring to get into the architectural salvage game. Beloved brands like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel make a killing off brand new “salvaged iron” tables, and Pinterest is chock full of reclaimed wood DIYs. So there’s certainly a desire for upscale salvaged goods — for good reason. Not only do they look phenomenal, but buying salvaged materials (like petrified wood and abandoned doors) also helps the environment by keeping perfectly good items from clogging up our landfills. Wondering where to go to spruce up your home while unleashing your inner Captain Planet? Look no further than these seven Philly architectural salvage companies that’ll transform any space into a cozy, charming haven. Read more »

Best of Philly: 7 Shops to Help You Create the Home of Your Dreams

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Photo by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-based home decor shops, as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Curating a home that feels entirely you is one of the more fun challenges that come with adulthood, but is still a challenge in and of itself. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of all home decor shops in Philadelphia to help you outfit the pad of your dreams. From top-secret Instagram steals on home furniture to boozy barn sales, here are the Best of Philly winners for all things home decor, from fancy to refurbished:  Read more »

Scientists Discover a New Shade of Blue That Could Lower Your AC Bill

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Back in 2009, a group of scientists at Oregon State University were testing new materials to be used in tech advancements. What they found instead was a surprising, brand-new shade of blue when they heated manganese oxide and a cocktail of chemicals in a furnace to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Aside from its obviously gorgeous, vibrant hue, the color compound contains properties that make it energy-efficient, super safe, and long-lasting. Why should you be excited about this now? Licensing agreements have only just come to terms, meaning the new shade of blue will hit marketplaces soon.  Read more »

7 Ways to Step Up Your Patio Game This Summer

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Summertime begs for backyard gatherings, whether you’re drinking coffee in the sunshine on a lazy Sunday morning or entertaining your crew for a cookout. Spruce up that outdoor space that you’ve managed to neglect since late October by testing out these doable patio upgrades — all it takes is a Saturday afternoon’s worth of elbow grease. (You got this.) And once it’s all said and done, your friends will fancy you an everyday Martha Stewart; plus, your neighbors will thank you a million times over. Here are seven simple ways to step up your patio game this summer: Read more »

This One Paint Job Could Make Your House Sell for $1,400 More

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If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale (or if it’s been sitting on the market for a hot minute), maybe it’s time to hire a painting crew. A recent study by Zillow Digs goes against pretty much all realtors’ advice ever, revealing that painting your kitchen an unconventional color could actually make it sell for a whole lot more — but not just any color. Read more »

5 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Home for 2016

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It seems like every few months there’s a home design trend that breezes in, captivates us, and then trickles down to the masses, slowly making its way to the interiors of a 7th grader’s locker at school. (Chevron, I’m talking to you.) That’s why designer Rex Rogosch, owner of R Squared Design, steers his clients away from trends when doing a big remodel. He always asks, “Do you like this because it’s trendy, or because you truly like it and you’ve always liked it?” Home remodels should be built to last, in Rex’s point of view, which is sound advice from a designer. 

If you do want to incorporate trendy elements in your home, more power to you! We’re onboard as well. But it makes much more sense to do so in a non-permanent, inexpensive way — ya know, just in case you change your mind about that massive chevron accent wall. Here are five ways to update your home for 2016 that won’t break the bank (or any drywall).  Read more »

This Expansive Persian Rug Showroom Is Manayunk’s Best Kept Secret

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Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for phillymag.com.

Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.

One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.

“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »

4 Home Design Trends That Are About to Be Huge

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Image via Ligne Roset.

If you haven’t heard, Old City has an amazing home design studio, Millésimé. Walking into the two-story showroom is like waltzing onto the infinitely cooler, European version of an HGTV set. They’ve got ultra-mod lighting fixtures, luxe couches with upholstery to die for, and sleek shelving units that will make you want to want to burn your flimsy IKEA FJÄLKINGE on the spot. Millésimé is the area’s exclusive carrier of Ligne Roset—the full collection is fresh off the boat from France and every bit as chic as you’re imagining.

Jinous Kazemi is the woman with impeccable taste who’s running the show, and we picked her brain on the biggest home design trends that are about to blow up. (She ordered a showroom full of dusty pink and soft blue inventory months and months before Pantone ever named their colors of the year, so I’d take her word for it if I were you.) Read more »

Shop Talk: 9 Secret Uses for Your Go-To Beauty Products

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Oldest trick in the book: Use lip gloss as blush. | iStock/Marccophoto.

  • So we all know the conditioner-as-shaving-cream beauty trick, but did you know you can use red lipstick as concealer for your dark circles? True life. Check out these nine little-known ways to use your favorite makeup products, and start paring down that makeup kit. [Byrdie]
  • We’ve covered laundry woes and ways to avoid them, but sometimes no matter how hard we try, things shrink and stretch past the point of no return. Here are five clothes you should buy slightly oversized and four items you should buy a little small to compensate for the inevitable laundry room alterations waiting to happen. [Pure Wow]
  • After an interesting assortment of fashion-related job postings went live on Amazon’s careers site last week, many believe an Amazon-designed clothing line may be on the horizon. [Refinery 29]

Plus: How to save, strategize, and shop for your dream designer handbag.

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