Wednesday, October 24, 2007

For fickle decorators

Last week I blog'd about some cool wall art by Blik -- the perfect design element for the indecisive.

I just found a similar company to crush called Wallies. Its site,, sells super stylish self adhesive "wall murals" that range from earthy outdoor elements to peel-and-stick chalkboards.

My fave is the 21-piece "Birch Tree" set above for $39.99. How cool would it look in a high rise apartment's hallway?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Say it don't spray it

Jonathan Adler "Happy" pillow, $165
(also available in black)

Wal-Mart "Electro Pop" pillow, $5

J'adore Jonathan Adler's cheeky needlepoint pillows. I have three and love them to death.

But for the amount I paid for them, I could buy 60 of this Wal-Mart look alike!

Ok, not sure if I would actually make the trade, but I couldn't pass up spreading the word.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cheap thrills

Wal-Mart has been way too cool for school lately -- and cheap!

This fresh polka-dot duvet and sham set is only $16 for a queen size. The five-by-seven foot houndstooth-meets-camo rug? It's only $21.

Visit to find them now!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday saver

Ok, I'm starting a tradition: Every Saturday I'm going to tout an earth-friendly idea, event or product to pimp your pad treehugger style. After all, we all have a minute to make a difference on the weekend.

Today, it comes in the form of the "Catchall" basket. Made from used potato chip wrappers picked up on the streets of Nepal, these colorful pieces not only support fair trade practices, but clean up the environment too.

Don't worry, the bags are first cleaned before being wrapped with the dried grasses that make them sealed and stylish. I mean, how cute would this look on the kitchen counter filled with fruit?

The bowls come in four sizes and range from $10 to $28; they're available at

Friday, October 19, 2007

Idea to steal

I love wallpapered hallways -- especially when they're teeny tiny and slathered in a jumbo-size graphic pattern.

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler did just that in actress Chloe Sevigny's NYC pad with her signature "Imperial Trellis" print, which costs about $158 per roll available through her company KWID.

For dwellers that love Ms. Wearstler's look but can't dish the cash, I found something similar for $23.24 at The pattern is called "Coniston" and in the Shand Kydd book.

Head pieces

As the weather's starting to change, so is my apartment. The cuddly blankets, warm-hued throw pillows and snuggly sheets are slowly starting to layer in.

The only thing missing for me right now is a cozy upholstered headboard. But because I have a low platform bed, it's hard to find the right fit.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Urban Oufitters' online options at The pieces have a Kelly Wearstler feel with traditional tufts and nailheads, yet trendy apple and baby blue color options.

They even just added chocolate and black houndstooth to the mix. Best of all, every piece is less than $280 -- and shipping is only $5.50 right now!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The X factor

I'm really into using benches as ottomans right now -- there's something unexpected yet posh about the design trend. Maybe it's because I live in NYC and need the extra seating...

Anyways, the classic "X Bench" has always been on my list but it's usually super expensive. Until now. Ballard Designs offers the bench in 69 different color options that, depending on your pick, range from only $169 to $331.

FYI -- Jonathan Adler's makes a super similar one for a whopping $700!

I've posted two of my favorite fabric options above. Visit to play with the patterns, or send in your own textile and the company will upholster the furniture piece in it for you.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Coffee break

One of the best ways to open up a small space is with mirrored furniture. Visit for this classic-yet-young looking coffee table that's marked down to $369.90.

Shipping for the large piece is only an additional $13. And best of all, if you type WELCOME in the promotional code box at checkout you'll receive an additional 10-percent off making the subtotal only $332.91!

Friday, October 12, 2007

A roaring good buy

How cute would this leopard bench be as a coffee table with Slim Aarons books and Dwell magazines stacked below it?

Put a big white lacquered tray on top with a candle and chic mirrored coasters and you're in business.

Right now it's on clearance for $119.99 at If you put D7JSAVE in the promotions code box you save another 15-percent, or $18.

So cheap it's sick!

I had a jaw-dropping moment this morning when I clicked on

The company is currently hosting its "Harvest Home Sale" with some mega savings. How cute is this large and groovy starburst mirror for only $59.99? It was originally $199!

And the lamps, they're only $26.99 a pop down from $49.99. Better start clicking, at these prices the good stuff is bound to be gone soon...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

On the fly!

It's no secret I love Bluefly...

Anyways, I was super excited this morning when I browsed the cheap-and-chic site and found a new crop (and big, might I add!) of Thomas Paul pillows.

Here are two of my faves...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fabric footnotes

For a while now I've had my eye on this blue and white ikat, which just got some celeb treatment on the cover of this month's Domino magazine.

Normally it's $25 a yard, but the chic-yet-classic fabric was just marked down to $14.99 at

Guess I gotta get it now...

Wall flowers

Are you afraid of commitment?

Then these stylish self-adhesive wall decals by Blik are your match made in heaven. They average about $30 a pack -- some come with multiples, others come with one big design.

I know chandelier motifs are so-yesterday, but I love this company's take. Their nursery designs (think animals, scribbles, letters...) are too adorable for words as well.

Visit to buy some and whomp up your walls this weekend!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Idea to steal

How groovy is this hand-painted Saarinen chair?

Although the price tag is $1500 at Space 107 in NYC (212-206-7599), there's no reason a can of spray paint and a little imagination couldn't whip up something similar on a dime.

Just browse eBay or your local vintage store for the Saarinen piece (chips or discoloration are fine in this case!) and let your artistic side (or friend) do the rest.

I vote for a faux pillow painted on backrest -- how cheeky!

A machine to toast!

Bye bye Margarita Man!

There's no need to hire the man with a van and those rickety old margarita makers. This machine is not only cheaper than his hourly rate plus so-so mix, but it's super sleek and stylish!

The "Dynamic Duo Double Party Blender"-- really, that's its name -- is only $69.99 and available at

Now your strawberry and lime friends will finally be happy...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Fool-proof vases

TGIF -- except for the fact that your hard-to-please in-laws will be house guests later this weekend.

Earn extra points -- a couple, at least -- with one these $18 graphic vinyl vases from Uncommon Goods at their neatly tucked bedside. Hurry and buy now at!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Spa products at Pier 1?

Yep! Starting this week, Pier 1 Imports is rolling out its new 20-piece spa line in select stores nationwide.

Dubbed Prann, the posh packaged products are made with all natural active ingredients and pure essential oils. They range from hair care to body lotions and soap in three scents -- my best-seller bet is on the lemongrass peppermint...

As the company's press release says: "Think Aveda or Origins, but at a much more inviting price point." Translation -- $3 to $30. Can't beat that!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Gracious Home sale

This one's for my NYC fans...

Today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Gracious Home is celebrating its 44th birthday by slashing its styish housewares' prices. Shower curtains to humidifiers will get the red line -- hopefully the local chain's Thomas Paul pillows will be in the party mix too...

1992 Broadway at 67th St., 212-231-7800,

Monday, October 1, 2007

Affordable art!

Guess how much this limited-edition print costs? $20!

Artist Carrie Marill calls the beautiful nature piece "The Faceted Couroucou." It's flying off cheapo art site,

At blog-posting time, there are only 77 left out of 200. In case they're gone when you visit, keep checking back because the site adds new pieces weekly.