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!
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.
Nothing says ‘style’ like ridiculously chic bed linens.
Remember the time Target did that designer collaboration with Missoni and the world freaked out and basically shut down the Internet for a day? This is sort of like that, but on a much smaller scale, which means that you’ll actually be able to score the zig-zagged, slightly psychedelic goods before they sell out, and not have to watch things like a pair of $21.99 rain boots get scooped up and resold on eBay for $31,000.
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Some of the goodies at Hello World’s bigger and better new shop.
Remember when I told you about the new lifestyle megastore coming to University City? Well, as of today, it’s officially here. Welcome to Hello World, folks.
The vast 2,000-square-foot store at 3610 Sansom Street opened today. It’s still a work in progress, but already the stuff there—from gifty goods to larger furniture and upholstery—looks fantastic.
As previously reported, the new store is the shopping love child of Hello World and Hello Home, and will feature handbag and jewelry lines, Chilewich tabletop and flooring, goods from Umbra, a MoMA retail section, and a gift shop of sorts for the Institute of Contemporary Art. But what to really look out for: the debut of owner James Lamancuso’s new private-label line of custom upholstery and chairs, called Hello Home.
Read more here.
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Up next: How Zara is actually more expensive than Balenciaga.
See all that goodness? You’ll find that and more at Philly Mag Shops!
If you went to Philly Mag Shops last year—and if you’ve checked out our jam-packed list of shops coming this year—then you know we pack clothing, shoes, bags and accessories in spades. But this year, we’re changing it up just a bit. We’ve sprinkled in a few gift-y shops to round out the mix, because we know that it’s just as much fun to shop for candles, stationery, vases, gift-y goods and small home decor as it is to buy coats and dresses and shoes.
But a prepared shopper is a smart shopper, so let’s dive into what some of the shops will be bringing, shall we?
Here’s what they’ll have in store.
A Maggpie warehouse vignette. | Photo by Love Me Do photography.
The massive Kensington warehouse of Maggpie Vintage Rentals is a vintage furniture lover’s Mecca. There are vintage sofas and chairs, all manner of tables (gilded, wicker, weathered enamel, elephant-shaped—that one’s mine, guys, if it goes up for sale), and various other accessories (screens, china, trunks). Think of the best flea market you’ve ever been to. Multiply that by a million. That’s Maggpie.
The thing is, this stuff isn’t for sale. It’s all rentable for things like parties, photo shoots, weddings, events—and Philly Mag Shops (Maggpie is our fearless design team for the event, and a huge reason it all looks so darn cool). Well, the stuff wasn’t for sale … until now.
Get the secret sale details here.
Before you know it, Shoppists, we’ll be in the throes of fall and winter (or, the more aptly titled “human hibernation season”). And those hermit-like habits that come with plummeting temps can leave us completely devoid of the outdoors. To combat potential cabin fever, we introduce Groundwork Group’s Root Base Table—it’s nature for your dining room.
Click here to find out where to get yours.
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.