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.
This is my heaven. | Photo via Lonny.
See that photo up there? I’ve been staring at it all summer. I don’t even remember stumbling across it, but at some point I did, and it went straight into my Inspiration folder. Now that my husband and I are beginning the house-hunting process, I click on it every
other hour so often to remind myself of what we’re I’m looking for in a backyard (read: little to no maintenance, mature trees, and, fine, the number of a good landscaper).
It’s perfect. There are mismatched throw pillows! A wall of hanging quilts and blankets that most certainly aren’t weatherproof! Rattan side tables! Weird little plantings! A HEADSCARF! Sometimes I pretend that I am that headscarf-ed woman. And then I venture out onto my own postage-stamp patio and see: a chipping patio set left over by the people that previously owned our house, a dirty green hose coiled up in a corner, a pair of ceramic elephant side tables I bought on a whim at HomeGoods, and a trio of dying bushes. It’s not pretty. Certainly not the bohemian paradise of a woman who never has to fret about pedestrian things like rain or insects or dirt.
But we can pretend, right? Let’s go.
- How to live like a true fashion girl, in 15 easy (and not-so-easy) steps. Step 1: It’s all in the coffee table books. (Though I think a bit of eclectic vintage pieces also go a long way.) [Refinery29]
- Wahoo!!! Cool-girl jewelry line Dannijo is branching out into footwear! Expect the line to launch next spring, and get details on the price point here. [Fashionista]
- And the hottest color for fall is …. lilac? [Elle]
Read more here. (You know you want to.)
Though summer’s best seats are arguably those that can be pulled up to the ocean’s edge, the pieces coming out of Andrea Mihalik’s Port Richmond studio are just as inviting. The award-winning former Daily News photojournalist scours auctions, estate sales and the occasional roadside for interesting chairs, then transforms them with paint, riotous fabric combinations, old-world upholstery techniques (all have horsehair, not foam stuffing) and a hefty dose of irreverence. Her chairs, each custom and commissioned through her company, Wild Chairy, tiptoe the line between art and function, giving more staid seats throne-like aspirations.
$2,500 to $3,600 at Wildchairy.com.
Photo by Dom Savini.
A small child enjoys Stéphanie Marin’s Livingstones. Photo via the designer’s website.
This week Web Urbanist published “Flintstones Furniture: 15 Designs Made of Stone and Lava,” and while I can’t be sure they were thinking of the late Dick Clark’s unbelievable Flintstones house, each of these designs is a lovely complement to his home’s interior. In fact, the gallery offers prospective buyers some decor ideas, should they be overwhelmed by the possibilities.
My favorite pick is the Livingstones, which I’ve long been obsessed with because I’m basically a cat and I just want to sleep all the time. In fact, I love all of Stéphanie Marin‘s work because so much of it caters to the high-end beanbag audience — and you know who you are. Below, a slideshow of Marin’s “stone” work, which would soften the hard edges of Clark’s home, both inside and out.
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Photo : Conrad Benner
Name/Occupation: Kevin Clerkin, founder of Walk On Socks, and fashion writer/editor Laura Camerlengo, who works with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Costume and Textiles collection
Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum
Why did you choose to call this neighborhood home?
Kevin: “We love this neighborhood because it’s laid back and walkable, and it has a lot of great restaurants. Plus, it’s close to Laura’s job, and to Center City.”
How would you describe your home’s style?
Laura: “It’s probably best described as ‘bringing the past into the present.’ Our building dates to 1940, and some of the things that attracted us to this apartment were the original details, like the built-in cabinets in the kitchen and the parquet floors throughout. When we were decorating, we tried to find items from that same period, like the Art Deco ceiling panels from Provenance in our dining room. We mixed these items with new purchases, hand-me-downs from our friends and family, and a few DIY pieces.”
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According to the folks at Houzz.com (imagine every page marked “home decor” on Pinterest plus steroids), wood grain is making a comeback. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ paneled basement. Think: butcher block countertops and upcycled or creatively reused wood furniture. Which ties nicely into the other big trend for 2014: sustainability.
Below, a slideshow of local examples to help you get in on the trend before 2015.
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Photo via Passyunk Post
The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.
For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.
Rittenhouse’s petite jewelry box, Egan Day, has long been the city’s go-to for high-end baubles that are beautiful in their delicate restraint. Now the boutique is dipping into decor that’s equally special—and slightly envelope-pushing. Case in point: Lindsey Adelman’s gently curving cast-brass mini spikes that affix to the wall and look best in clusters. They’re proof that ornaments needn’t be limited to Christmas trees—and that, like punch, everything is better when spiked. $48 each at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
Photo by Jonathan Pushnik.