Friday, August 31, 2007

Bluefly or bust

Why are these items still available at

Come on people, have you not seen the site's home section lately?! Marked down Thomas Paul plates, Dwell sheet sets, Frette duvets...

Tempted yet?

Schmancy matches

There's nothing wrong with having a heap of matches from the local Italian joint. But add some class to your collection with this $6 box of stylish strikes from

Check out the entire site, each item is more intoxicating than the next.

Mod monograms

Monogramming just went from mom and pop to mod and posh!

California company Oimoi offers graphic, colorful options for those that love to label. Lucite trays, address labels, coasters and stationery are the bulk of their stylish supply.

Prices aren't cheap, but definitely reasonable for such custom gifts. Check 'em out at

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A toast to Mr. Parker

Bummed that Bravo's hit show "Welcome to the Parker" bids adieu tonight?

Re-create the hotel's retro-fabulous style (a la Jonathan Adler of course!) with these fun frills in your pad. The faux fur rocker is on sale at for $99 and the geometric pillow is slashed to $79.99 at

Make Mr. Parker a proud papa...

Storage with pep in its step

Looking for a clever way to organize your odds and ends? Take inspiration from Wisteria.

The Texas company's $69 "Step by Step" storage ladder is a rustic-modern option and available at Have an old ladder around the house? Use it instead; contemporary nesters lather it in high-gloss paint for an added dose of posh.

Sunny steals

Who knew Lamps Plus sold stylish mirrors? And for cheap!

Brighten up your digs with these large sunburst lookers, which are $99 to $119 at They're a little tricky to find though. Just type "mirrors" in the search box and then click "contemporary" in the style section.

The rest is sunny from there...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fine silver for less

Can't afford the good stuff? Glam up your next dinner party with these cheeky "fine silver" style plastic utensils, which come in black, white, clear and coral.

Each dishwasher-safe set costs $22 at and comes with a knife, fork and two spoons.

I love Craigslist!

Craigslist is the best thing to hit the home hipster world since Ikea!

I bought two huge antique yellow lamps for $80 the other day. The same thing in a fancy schmancy boutique would be at least $500.

Get your hunt on at

A+ for Lamps Plus

One of the best ways to switch up your place each season is with accessories -- pillows, throws, lamp shades, even rugs.

Lamps Plus is making it easy this fall with tons of deep-hue drum shades to top your favorite floor lamp. J'adore this huge Harris Marcus number that's only $79; a steal in the shade biz.

Visit to check it out; be sure to click on "contemporary" under style when you're searching.

West Elm cuts a rug

Now through Sept. 10th, West Elm is taking 20 percent off select rugs -- new ones too! I love this geometric chocolate and white looker.

Check them out at (Don't look under "sale;" they're listed in the regular rug section.)

Summer lovin' at Target

Live somewhere warm where you can soak up the sun through Fall? Then take advantage of Target's end-of-summer sale.

At, the super chic "Ella" chaise is on clearance for $169.99. Best of all, it's ships within 24 hours, just in time for that Labor Day party!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Big sale at Bluefly

Calling all Bluefly shoppers. The site's semi-annual "Blue Sale" ends tonight!

Buy one item get 20 percent off, buy two get 25 percent off and buy three or more and get 30 percent off. Thomas Paul silk pillows (above), geometric Dwell sheets and Frette bed linens are just a few of the frills.

Put your door on Prozac

Need a little pick-me-up at home? Paint your front door a happy hue! For some extra pep, add mod address numbers or a Hollywood Regency-style knocker.

Landlord got your hands tied? Paint the inside of the door! FYI: The glossier you go, the more dents and dings you'll see...

Paging broke art fans

Can't afford a professional art piece? Hit your coffee table books. The pages are chock full of beautiful shots.

Just tear one out and paste it in a chic matted frame. Don't worry about damaging the book, you hardly look at it anyways...

Endless summer, dude

It's a real bummer that summer's almost over. Keep the season afloat at your place with Pottery Barn Teen's surf-style pillows, lampshades and wallart.

To cheer up customers with the end-of-summer blues, the site has marked down the gnarly pieces. These pillows are only $9.99; check 'em out at

Cards with class

Every posh pad needs a chic deck of playing cards. Even if you're not a big Hearts fan, your dinner party guests might be.

What better way to be prepared than with this pretty pink pack? Go on, bulk up your games drawer. It's only $3.99 and a quick click away at

Birdwatching on Ebay

Owls are a major hoot in the home biz right now. From lamps to bedding, they are popping up everywhere.

I found this adorable vintage needlepoint-looking pillow in chartreuse and lemon on At blog time, it's $16.50. The auction ends Thursday evening, good luck!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Re: Horray for Eurway!

See, the pillows I just blog'd really are a steal. Chiasso ( still has them marked $68 a piece!

But I do have to say, their site does have a much cuter picture! Adorable...

Horray for Eurway!

Eurway is always a good go-to for modern necessities for close to nil. The company's online clearance section is especially saucy right now.

These hand-screened 100 percent silk charmeuse pillows with down inserts are slashed to $23.95; the metal Knoll-inspired lamp is only $55.

Check 'em out at Buyers beware: all sales are final on clearance items.

Jonathan Adler gives back

Now through Aug. 31, the groovy designer is donating 10 percent of proceeds from his chic frills to this month's Peruvian earthquake victims. As many of you know, tons of his items are made by craftsman in the country; his workshops were some of the places badly hit by the disaster.

Visit to help the cause. Don't miss the "New" tab with his latest kooky wares. J'adore the surrealist pillows...

See the light at Urban

Urban Outfitters has a bunch of hip new home things for fall. Their bulked up lighting section is especially buzz-worthy.

This bird base and green paisley shade are two of my faves; both are $36 and available in-store and at

Art for my girls

How cool are these original Polaroid transfers by Brooklyn photographer Matt Schwartz?

He uses family and friends to pose for the modern pin-up style pieces of art. I bought two last month at an NYC farmers market. They're also available at for $65 a pop (they come unframed on a 16 x 20 matte).

Guys there's some love for you too -- check out the "Coney Island" and "Random Scenes" sections.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pennywise whomp'd up walls

If wallpaper isn't in your budget, here's an idea for giving a room some 'tude on a shoestring: Paint jumbo geometric shapes in a bold primary color across them.

All you need is some paint, masking tape, a brush and a David Hicks-inspired design. How chic, for sooo cheap!

Looking for something to upholster that chair in?

Dress up that dowdy chair with Amy Butler fabric from The site has is chock full of her mod florals, paisleys and boho patterns.

Need a lot? Be sure to see how many yards each print has since some selections are slim. But don't be discouraged, everything is $8.95 a yard -- and new customers get 10 percent off!

Stars for these stripes

Every home needs a little animal print -- faux or the real deal, doesn't matter.

Horchow's "Caneel" bench upholstered in this zippy zebra is just the ticket. Best of all, it's on sale right now for $249.90, down from $529.

Visit to get your paws on one.


Does this handprinted retrosuede pillow not go perfectly with the lamp I just blog'd from Wal-Mart?

It's on sale at for $54.99. Get both to dress up your digs for less than $100...

Wal-Mart miracles

Look what I found at!!!

Both of these Jonathan Adler-style lamps are under $40. Can you believe it?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Kelly Wearstler advice for cheap

Who doesn't drool over Kelly Wearstler's style?

Since most of us can't afford her decorating services, her books are the next best thing to look and learn. But just like her designs, her tomes aren't always cheap.

At select Anthropologie stores her gorgeous hardback Domicilium Decoratus: Hillcrest Estate, Beverly Hills, California is half price at $49.95. Even Amazon is selling it for more.

Call your local Antro to see if they still have some in stock.

Wallpaper that'll make you weep

Wallpaper is known for being outrageous -- the good stuff usually starts around $75 a roll if you're lucky.

One of my go-to sites,, has a sale right now with single rolls averaging around $8.99 a pop -- yes, you read that right.

Here are two of my faves, but there are hundreds more to choose from. Don't miss the "wallpaper calculator" to figure out how many rolls you'll need...

Eat your heart out CB2

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Crate & Barrel's cheapo sister site (I just ordered two of their formosa tray tables for my bedroom.)

But, their trio of acrylic nesting tables is $199, plus about $20 in shipping depending on your zip. At the same thing is only $139.99 and $2.95 in shipping!

Order soon, the site's stock is always limited...