Everything You Need to Know About the New Furniture Store Coming to Old City


Conversion’s storefront, a work in progress. | Photo by Dan Thompson.

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 »

Market Report: The Real Girl’s Guide to Wearing Culottes


Dressed up or down, the cropped look is major. | Images via FashionGum, Pinterest, and WhoWhatWear

  • 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]

Up next: the ’90s lip and David Bowie goodness.

Market Report: Nordstrom Rack Just Launched an Online Home Store


Great rooms, for way less money. | Photos via Nordstrom Rack.

  • 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]

Up next: WTF is ‘brow bling’?

We’ve Found the Coolest Deck Chair Ever


Lap of luxury. | Photo courtesy of BDDW.

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 »

Local Florist Sullivan Owen’s Lookbook of Festive Holiday Decor Is Here and It Is Gorgeous


We’ll take it all, please. | Photo by With Love & Embers.

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.

Click here to see the entire lookbook.

Kickstarter We Love: Graffiti Lamps, the Splashy Alternative to Boring Lights


Light it up!

The latest Kickstarter campaign I’m digging is by a guy called Seth Manlove. (Yes, real name.) His lamps are completely handmade in his Lancaster County workshop and they’re a breath of fresh air in a home decor category that can take itself very seriously. (See: this. And this.)

While grand crystal concoctions have a place—Versailles—spunkier versions like Manlove’s feel cooler, fresher, a bit like your artwork jumped off the wall and splashed itself onto the nearest object. But it’s not all could-be-garish tagging—some of the designs are more polished than you’d expect.

Click here to see them all.

Sale Alert: Terrain Is Having a Huge Online Sale Today Only


What to snag today. | All photos via Terrain.

As soon as this email landed in my inbox, I knew I had to share with you: Today only, garden/home/lifestyle mecca Terrain is having an online sale. Use the code TERRAINTREAT20 at checkout to get 20 percent off your online purchase.

Not sure how to use it? Here are six top buys on their e-store now.

Your shopping guide is ahead!

Philly, BoConcept Has Created a Couch and Named It After Us



If cities were couches…

I guess we can say that we’ve finally made it as a real world-class city: We have a piece of furniture named after us. And not just any piece of furniture, but a whole couch!

The ‘Philly’ couch is by BoConcept, that modern design haven on Chestnut Street and in KOP that feels like a fancier, grown-up version of IKEA.  The company claims that it’s the first-ever BoConcept sofa named for an American city; I’m not so sure of this. I found a reclining couch called Madison, and even a modular couch called Fargo. FARGO? We came in after FARGO?

It’s no matter, though.

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