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Batik Pillows from Etsy

24 Aug

I’ve got a problem. It’s an obsession really. You see, I need new pillows for my living room couch and once I saw these beauties from Amber Interiors I couldn’t think of anything else.

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They’re dark blue batik with hot pink stitching and that pretty much means they’ve got my name written all over them. But there’s a problem. Let’s take a closer a look at this pillow named Sally.

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Do you see the problem? That’s right. She’s $195! Oh Amber, I love your shoppe but I do not have $600 to spend on three pillows. So, I did what any smart shopper (AKA poor shopper) would do: I went to etsy. It didn’t take much–just a quick “batik pillow” search–to find a couple great shops.

First I spied SiameseDreamDesign which has lots of batik pillows (and bonus: their prices are more in the $28 range)! There were lots that I liked and I highly considered these two.  (Click pics for direct links.)

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But I kept searching and finally hit the jackpot with OrientalTribe11.  A little pricier (the 16×16 ones are $40 and the 20x20s are $60) but I felt like they were closer to the Amber ones that I so coveted. I bought these two but there are lots more like them:

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Hmmm…that second one looks kinda similar to our old friend Sally. Let’s take a closer look.

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Damn, I love Etsy.

And yes, I know I said I was buying three but I think I’m going to wait until I get the first two and then figure out what else I need. As excited as I am about my cheaper find, I still think Amber (interior designer and seller of the $195 pillows) is a genius so I’m going to follow her lead and make sure my pillows aren’t all too matchy.  I mean, did you see this beautiful pillow pile when her place was featured on Style Me Pretty Living last week?

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You’ve just got to check it out. Her whole place is a study in contrasts. It’s all crisp and clean with beautiful ethnic accessories.

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Can I move in?

Stay tuned to see how the living room shapes up when my new pillows arrive! (Here’s how it looks now. More on the living room here.)

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All Amber Interiors home pictures via Style Me Pretty Living photographed by Bryce Covey.

XO

Sue at Home

Haven’s Kitchen

19 Jul

I first visited Haven’s Kitchen about a year ago for a Keri Levitt Communications event but, for whatever reason, I never wrote a post about it. Well…wait no more, dear readers. Here it is!

Haven’s Kitchen is (according to their website) a “recreational cooking school, specialty food shop, and event space” in Manhattan on West 17th Street. I love the place because their homemade granola is crack in a bag but the reason I wanted to share it with you is the fun decor. Let’s take a look. (Apologies in advance for the iphone pics.)

One step in the door and you’re greeted by lights in little jam jars.

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Next you’ll see industrial shelves with all of Haven’s yummy food products.  (I’ll take this opportunity to mention that granola again. I promise, it’s worth the $11 you’ll pay for a 1 lb bag.)

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In the back is the kitchen where they host cooking classes. One of the most popular classes: Boozy Brunch.

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There are so many cute things on the walls.

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Now, let’s go upstairs to the event space. I love the art on the way up.

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And the marble steps aren’t too bad either.

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Isn’t the striped sofa in this little seating area just amazing?

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And right next to that is this beautiful bar.

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Oh, hello little pops of yellow.

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The best has got to be this sweet this sentiment by the bathroom mirror.

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Oh…and did I mention the granola? I know, I know. But believe me, if you try it, you’ll undrestand why I had to tell you about it three times.  You’ll thank me. (Photo via havenskitchen.com)

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Thanks to Keri and Jillian for introducing to this amazing place!

XO

Sue at Home

NYIGF Awards

23 Feb

It’s been weeks since I went to the New York International Gift Fair and I’m still excited about all the goodies I saw. I only had a few hours so I didn’t get to every booth (not even close!) but I found so many fun things that I’d like to give out some Sue at Home Awards to my favorites.

The Just-What-I-Needed Award goes to Tord Boontje’s garland light for Artecnica. I don’t think it’s new but it struck me right away since I think it will be just the thing our master bedroom needs to replace the boob light. I’m thinking gold. Or silver? Or gold? Or…what do you think? At that price I could get them both!

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The Best-Deal award goes to these cute reuseable stick-on party banners from Stickr. Only $19.95!

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The Best-Color-Combo award goes to Jill Rosenwald for this orangey and purple mix. Read more about Jill Rosenwald’s new goodies in my all-Jill post here.

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The My-Ladies-Would-Love-This award goes to Atusyo et Akiko for these pretty necklaces and bead kits. I’ve loved this brand forever–I have one of their Je T’Aime pillows on my pink chair–so it was nice to see their other offerings. (That bead kid would be a fun DIY too!)

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The Nice-To-Meet-You award goes to Alexandra Ferguson who makes these gorgeous pillows from recycled plastic bottles. I’ve been wanting one for awhile so it was nice to meet the designer behind the brand. I’ve been dying to get the Let’s Make Out pillow but I think it would just prompt too many questions from the kids that I’m not ready to answer! Maybe her new at last pillow will be mine…

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The Just-Can’t-Get-Enough-Washi-Tape award goes to Sweet Bella who had this amazing display.

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The Welcome-To-Wonderland award goes to Seletti for…well, everything. Their booth had me dropping my chin over and over. Check out the neon tipped china!

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Ironically enough, I spotted a DIY version by Shop Sweet Things on Pinterest a day after I saw the Seletti ones. Pretty great, right?

I also LOVED the amazing Palace set of china. I’d have to much fun playing with it!

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And seriously…a card table? Like a real card table??

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And the fun continues with these half and half plates.

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The Too-Many-To-Choose-From award goes to Areaware’s animal pillows. They’re not new but they sure are cute.

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The Destined-To-Be-Icon award goes to Jonathan Adler’s new Bond Lucite collection of brass and lucite tables and this stunning etagere. Read my full recap of JA’s booth here. (Did I mention I saw Mr. Adler himself there? I audibly gasped and then scurried away. Cool, Sue. Real cool.)

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The Maybe-They-Are-Worth-It award goes to Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s acrylic collection. I had seen it online, fell in love, and then instantly fell out of love when I saw the prices. I mean…$388 for an acrylic candy bowl? Really? REALLY? But then I saw them in person and I thought they might actually be worth it. They’re pretty fabulous. Still…I don’t have $388 for a candy bowl so I’ll continue to desire from afar…

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The Color-and-Pattern-Overload award goes to Images D’Orient for their amazing PVC coasters, placemats, trivets, chargers and just about anything else you can make out some rubbery stuff.

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The I-Wanna-DIY-You award goes to these cute glittery letters from Tinsel Trading. I see glitter in my future….

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I hope you enjoyed a little tour of the show. I’d like to say a little thanks again to Minted for my awesome business cards. I passed out tons of them at the show and just about everyone said “Cute card!”

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately. I’ve got so many projects going on that I haven’t had time to blog about them all! But stay tuned for all the good afters!

XO

Sue at Home

New Stuff from Jonathan Adler: NYIGF recap

18 Feb

A few weeks ago when I visited the New York International Gift Fair, there was one booth that I knew I couldn’t miss: Jonathan Adler. Don’t you see the rays of sunlight pouring out of it and the angels singing overhead? Because I do.

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Of course, everything he makes is gorg but I’m here to show you some of the newbies. First, let’s take a closer at those beautiful cubes. The detail is made by dropping oil on the lacquer as it’s being finished to create a marbelized look. And no, you don’t want to know the price.

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Jonathan (wait, that feels weird since I don’t know him) Mr. Adler has added to his menagerie of animals with these new little friends: terriers (that will sell so well that JA can probably buy a new house next year with all the money he makes off of them!)…

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…and a unicorn. Yes, people. A unicorn! How did he not have this before?

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My favorite thing–hands down–was the new Maxime chair. She’s plush and comfy and damn, is she a looker or what?  Those brass legs are short but they’re still so sexy!

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Note: she’s as foxy going as she is coming. Va va voom!

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If you don’t have the $2250 it’ll cost you for the shearling version of Maxime (Gah!), you can slum it with the equally gorgeous green velvet version for only $1750. It’s shown here with some stunning brass tables with shell insets that seriously make me gasp.

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Destined to be a classic is the new Bond Lucite collection of tables in lucite and brass. Yes people, I said it – LUCITE and BRASS! There’s an etagere for $1995…

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…a coffee table for $995 (shown below) plus a 2-tier table, also $995 (but not pictured).

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Start saving your pennies, folks! (I must note that even though I joke about the staggering prices, I think JA’s wares are worth every penny and if had that $2250, then Maxime would be mine!)

But even if you know your bank account will never add up to all the Jonathan Adler things you want, you can wait for his new exclusive Happy Chic collection coming to JC Penney stores this spring.

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Yup – that’s right. JC Penney. I know that sounds crazy now but you will be floored by all the amazing brands that’ll have stylish new collections at JCP come spring. It’s good, people. Real good.

Stay tuned for more Gift Fair recaps. (And click here for my previous NYIGF recap about fellow potter Jill Rosenwald.)

XO

Sue at Home

Thrift Store Challenge

27 Jan

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Sherry and John Petersik’s blog Young House Love. It’s not just the great DIY and decorating ideas they come up with.  It’s the way they write. They’re kind, real, smart, and funny as hell.  Of all the blogs I follow daily (hundreds!), theirs is the only one I read word-for-word everyday. And they write a LOT of words! (Ok…I always read Elements of Style, too. But that’s about it.)

I’ve been meaning to write a thrift store post forever but I never got around to it. So when Young House Love decided to do the 100% Totally Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge, I had to bite. Challenge accepted!

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I, too, have been obsessed with the new Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song Thrift Shop. With lyrics like, “I wear your granddad’s clothes. I look incredible. I’m in this big a$$ coat from that thrift shop down the road.“, how can you not get on board? Sherry and John’s challenge goes like this:

Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket”and take a picture. Done. See above. (BTW: Sorry for all the bad iphone pics in this post. I was thrifting solo.)

Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.  Did it! See below…

Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic. Yup – did that, too. See pics below. (Sherry, who is well-versed in rapper speech, gave this list to the lyrically-challenged: “clothing with fringe, an all pink outfit, moccasins, a velour jumpsuit, house slippers, a brown leather jacket, a keyboard, a kneeboard, shoes with velcro, luggage, a plaid button up shirt, flannel zebra jammies, PJs with built-in socks, a telescope, and of course… a big a$$ coat.”)

Optional Step #4: Blog about it. Here it is!

So, come thrifting with me!

On the way to the store, guess what came on the radio? I took that as a good sign that this would be a fruitful shopping trip. (Seriously, I was so busy rocking out in the car that I had to open a window to cool down and that’s saying a lot because it’s 25 degrees here.)

I went to Unique in Union, NJ which is a thrift store like no other.

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Unique is well organized, has tons of stuff (including furniture), and is ridiculously priced. Let’s take a tour:

There are lots of toys. I wouldn’t buy any grimy stuffed animals but a lot of these plastic things would be just fine with a scrub down. That little parking garage thing with the red ramps on the left side was a whopping $1.91. (I don’t know where they come up these weird prices but I’m not going to argue with something so cheap.)

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There are rows and rows that look like this. This one was just books but there are aisles of china and CDs and holiday stuff and anything else you can think of.

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I decided to skip the used bra and panty section. EEKS!

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I loved spotting this little gem in the game area. Ha!

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I even snagged a picture of this sweet pink velour sweatsuit which satisfied the scavenger hunt portion of the challenge: to find something that was mentioned in the Thrift Shop song. In fact, if I may toot my scavenger horn, this beauty satisfies 2–that’s right, TWO!–categories: the “all pink outfit” and “the velour jumpsuit”! How you like me now, $herdog?

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But let’s get over to the furniture department because you know that’s where I’m spending my 20 spot. I kinda fell in love with this headboard and it would be perfect for Sophia’s room once we get her a full size bed. All it would need is some spray paint in…hot pink? Yellow? Purple? Green? GOLD? Doesn’t matter because I passed on it. And it was only $14.99!

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This desk needed a facelift and some new hardware but it had sexy legs , good bones, and it was really stable and sturdy. Bonus: the $9.99 price tag. No joke – if I had a bigger car, this would have come home with me.

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I snagged a bonus pic for the scavenger hunt: a suitcase. They have tons but I was partial to this American Tourister in candy apple red that still had it’s striped luggage tag. Dirty? Yes. But a steal for $4.99.

luggageBut it was the chair section that I really wanted to check out. This section is also known as the where-guys-sleep-while-their-wives-are-shopping section. Case in point: dude in the wicker chair. (I’ve given him some dignity by shielding his face from my readers.)

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I’ve been looking for some chairs for a loooooooooong time. I’d like to do a little mismatched thing around our table in the den. You know that look where you take a bunch of random chairs and paint them in a matching color for continuity? I don’t know what color we’ll do but all I need for now are 4 totally mismatched chairs that are somewhat stable or at the very least, repairable. Here are a couple examples of the look I want.

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And here’s what our sad little (faux-Saarinen-tulip) Docksta table looks like now. The fancy folding stools were purchased circa 1995 at the Woolworth’s on the Upper East Side. (Yes, there used to be a Woolworth on the Upper East Side. Naturally, it’s a Banana Republic now.)

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OK – let’s get back to shopping. So, I gave each chair a little wiggle to check it’s stability and then pulled out this motley crew. (I know that one on the left is a little wimpy compared to the others but we have small people in our house and I think they’ll fit in there just perfectly.)

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I wasn’t sure they were my final choices until I added up the random prices and found that it came to $19.96, just 4 pennies shy of my budget! Obviously, these chairs were meant to be mine. (Sure, I had to pay another $1.40 for tax but I still felt pretty proud of the score I got for the “$20 in my pocket” and some change from my wallet.)

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By the way, the cheapest one has a stamp on the bottom that says Solid Mahogany. Which further proves that the prices they put on these things are so random. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to refinishing the chairs but you know I’ll keep you posted. For some decor inspiration for our den (a.k.a. the-most-well-lit-man-cave-in-the-world), check out my Pinterest board for the room.

On the way home, since I was in a thrifting mood, I decided to stop by Goodwill. There wasn’t much there but I really liked this peacock blue velvet lampshade for $2.99. (Ultimately, I couldn’t think of a room that I could use it in so I had to say no.)

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And Christian Slater was begging me to bring him home but I’m not 16 anymore so I had to leave him behind. (Plus, I don’t think I need to see that movie again. Now, if it was Heathers then that would be a different story…)

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Stay tuned to see my chairs turn into something purty. (Just don’t hold your breath though. It’s freeeeeezzzzzzing here and there will be no outdoor sanding or spray painting until we get a reprieve from the cold!)

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. Stop the Presses! I just scheduled an appt to meet John and Sherry this week through my real job. Fingers crossed that everything works out. I’ve been dying to get them in the magazine for years so I’m thrilled to discuss some ideas with them in person. (And gush some love and admiration all over them!)

Screen Prints by Ricardo Roig

19 Jan

I’m so excited to share a new find with you. Ricardo Roig is an amazing local artist who works primarily in screen prints. His work is stunning – and very reasonably priced which you know I LOVE.

Ricardo cuts each shape out of paper to create the stencil to print from. And then he does all the screen printing by hand. To learn more about his process, watch this beautifully edited video by George Gross. (It’s almost totally silent and yet I was completely captivated. Watch it.)

I really love all of his work but obvi, I’m partial to his Westfield series. (Boo hoo. The first one shown below, “Movie Night”, is sold out. But Ricardo assures me there’s a new downtown Westfield one coming soon. Maybe it’ll have our beautiful new store that I told you about here.)

Since Ricardo lives in Hoboken, he also has a number of Hoboken themed works that I love.

As my readers know, I think art teachers are awesome (I took Sophia to meet my high school art teacher last year) and Ricardo is actually an elementary art teacher here in Westfield. Doesn’t that make you love his work even more?

If you’re interested in purchasing an amazing screen print, contact Evalyn Dunn Gallery in Westfield or Tresorie in Hoboken.

In fact, Ricardo will be showing new works at Tresorie in Hoboken tomorrow, Sunday January 20th (that’ll probably be TODAY by the time you read this!) from 2-6. (Tresorie is located at 1204 Washington Street in Hoboken.) Tell Ricardo that Sue at Home sent you!

Speaking of art, I’m off to Sophia’s 2nd grade class on Monday to do an art presentation and project about Andy Warhol. Wish me luck. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain his themes to kids. I mean – do 7 year olds want to hear “Fascinated by morbid subjects and celebrity, Warhol symbolized Monroe’s mortality, and her media saturation through brash, assembly-line reproductions of her face.”? I think not.

XO

Sue at Home

All images from ricardoroig.com.

An Architectural Gem: Urban Outfitters in Westfield

2 Jan

I live in an awesome town. I pinch myself quite often that I get to raise my kids here. In addition to the nice people, great schools and decent proximity to NYC, one of my favorite things about Westfield is the downtown shopping area. It’s filled with great stores ranging from Mom & Pop places like Brummer’s Chocolates (since 1904!) and Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe (they recently made Bruce Springsteen’s life size guitar-shaped birthday cake) to chains like Williams-Sonoma, Gap Kids, and Clare’s (obvs my girls’ favorite mecca of fine accessories!). Our town even won a Great American Main Street Award – the only town in New Jersey to have that honor.

Until recently, our own little flatiron-esque building was left unoccupied after a bank closed it’s doors over 4 years ago. It’s a beautiful building in the center of the shopping district and it really was a crime to have it sitting vacant for so long. But, good news! A week before Christmas, a new Urban Outfitters opened in that spot and I took Lily over to check it out. (I apologize in advance for Little Miss Photo Bomb. She can’t help herself.)

Isn’t the building stunning?

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I was thrilled to see that the architect, Dennis Flynn (according to the Westfield Patch) maintained the original look of the bank, including the pillars and tall windows with security grates on them.

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Inside, there’s more of the original bank: Industrial beams mixed with detailed dentil molding and a spectacular ceiling medallion under a skylight.

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They put some drywall in but there is also a lot of exposed brick and details of the original structure. (I wonder if the clock was from the bank.)

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I read in The Alternative Press that the builders had to petition to have some of the windows lowered.

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A mix of materials.

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The thick, dark stairs are a great compliment to the lightness of the moldings.

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I loved the wood paneled room with a marble fireplace in the back, which houses a shoe area. Industrial pipes were added for shelving but the rest of the room is original. The Alternative Press referred to it as the President’s Room and I can just picture an old-school looking bank president presiding at a big oak desk in front of the fireplace. (I’m imagining a comb-0ver, aren’t you?)

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I was totally inspired by this cool display in the president’s room. These are the things that make my gears turn and have me wishing that I had a carpenter as a BFF.

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The checkout counter is simple and highlighted with industrial pendants. (That small door to the left leads to the president’s room.)

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I loved this magnet thing outside of the fitting room on the top balcony where the menswear is carried. (I’m calling it a “thing” because I don’t know what else to call it. Tool-that-tells-the-salespeople-how-many-items-you-brought-into-the-fitting-room? It’s certainly cooler than a plastic sign with a big 5 on it, right?)

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Our favorite feature of all was the original bank vault (which dates back to 1922). You can see it in the basement at the bottom of the stairs.

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Sale items are kept in the bank vault.

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Obviously, this picture was necessary. (Please note that I don’t stage these shots, she just jumps in there and comes up with the pose right from her 4-year-old brain. God help us all.)

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A great view of the ceiling detail. And a cute kid.

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As for what’s carried at the store, it’s a classic Urban Outfitters with lots of clothes and accessories for men and women plus some gift items. (They even have classic records for sale!) I always find myself wishing that UO stores carried the home items that are on their website. As you know, I have lots of UO home stuff and I think it’s fun, colorful, and best of all, cheap! For some Urban Outfitters home items in my house, check out these links: UO dining room curtains, UO master bedroom curtains, UO master bedroom rug.

Happy shopping!

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XO

Sue at Home

3 Days Until Nate Berkus for Target

18 Oct

Tick tock…tick tock…Nate Berkus’s collection for Target is almost here! I’ve been chomping at the bit for Target’s latest design collaboration since I saw the collection months ago. (I even finagled the black and white urn into the pages of LHJ!)

 

I have never set my alarm to make sure I get what I want at Target but this Sunday, I will. You see, my foyer has been needing some new lighting for awhile and that beaut in the collage above is going to be perrrrrrfect. Now, I don’t think this stuff is going to clear off the shelves in a Missoni-esque way but I’m not taking any chances. In addition to the lamp, there are lots of pretty brass bowls and vases that will look divine sprinkled around my house. I love little brass anythings so these bowls would be mine even if they were more than their $14.99 and $7.99 price tags.

More brass. Yes, please. $19.99 and $24.99 each.

I’m planning on putting this black and white urn in my kitchen but if it’s doesn’t work in there, it could go in just about any room. And it’s 22.99!

That silver pillow and I are going to be great friends.

And did you see that glossy little ram head on the tray up top? I think he’d like to live with me,too. Don’t you?

So, what time are you setting your alarm for? What are you planning on picking up on Sunday? Bedding? Decorative bath goodies? Or are you just filling up on all the little brass things you can get your hands on, like me? Anyone bold enough to go for the tortoise shell? Hmmm….maybe that could work in Pablo’s man cave…

Happy shopping!

XO

Sue at Home

Urn photo via LHJ.com. All other images including collage via Target.

Courteney Cox Sale at Joss and Main

20 Sep

Let’s face facts: style doesn’t come with being famous so most celebs don’t have a whole lot of style. But I remember thinking that Courteney Cox was an exception to the rule when I saw her gorgeous house in ELLE Decor last year.

 

It’s a little void of color for me but I could happily live in this sleek place.

A room with a view.

I love that I had to read the caption to figure out that this is a bathroom.

Now, you can get a little of Courtney’s look by shopping her Curate for a Cause sale on Joss and Main now through October 9th. The sale will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation and you know I love a little charity bonus when it goes together with shopping!

There are beautifully curated pieces hand-picked by Courteney like this Herman Miller Eames lounge which I WILL own one day:

…or this stunning Arteriors leather chair:

And even some more affordable pieces like this a George Kovacs lamp that was “selected by Joss & Main to complement Courteney Cox’s selections”:

They all look like they could be right at home in Courteney’s Malibu house. Now, where can I buy that view of hers?

And while we’re talking about Courteney Cox, I need to give a shout out to Cougar Town, one of the funniest shows on television. You’ll have to wait until January 8th to see the show (which will be moving to TBS) but I promise you it’ll be worth it. (Check out this video led by cute Josh Hopkins announcing the new season.) I’m just wondering why she didn’t include a huge wine glass like Big Carl in the sale?

XO

Sue at Home

Three Days in Kennebunkport, Maine

10 Sep

I’ve been sharing lots of pictures of the beautiful Tides Beach Club that we stayed at in Maine (here and here) but I’d like to take you off campus to show you some of the other charming things we loved about Kennebunkport, Maine. (If you’ve never been, plan a trip for next summer!)

We checked out this big fella and then ate his brothers for the next 3 days.

Our first stop was The Clam Shack where we had ended up having lunch everyday. The line was long and the food was pricey but it was totally worth it. Do they have the best lobster roll in Maine?  I don’t know but I can tell you that lobster roll was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life. (Yes they do, according to the Travel Channel’s Food Wars!)

At The Clam Shack, the lobster roll isn’t your typical hot dog roll looking thing. It’s on a delicious buttery bakery roll and the lobster is just perfection. We loved the fried clam strips too (and the shrimp which we tried on day two) but nothing could beat that perfect lobster roll.

As for shopping in the harbor, it was mostly disappointing tourist traps with two big exceptions: Daytrip Society and their kid’s store, Daytrip Jr. They both carried such a smart assortment of quirky items that any tourist or local could love. (And lucky you, they have ecommerce, too!) I was particularly smitten with the kids store, pictured below. They had toys and games that I had never seen before and I had to pry myself out of there before I spent a fortune!

When we got back to our hotel, we decided to take a walk on the beautiful beach just across the street. The water was ice cold but Pablo braved it for one Nestea Plunge He’s crazy!

Before dinner, we relaxed on the front porch of Tides and while I sipped a cocktail (or three), Pablo did a Fantasy Football draft. (Yes, I allowed my husband to do a draft while we were on vacation. Yes, I am the best wife on the planet.)

The next day, we took a drive around to look at some insanely beautiful houses (check out this listing if you have 4 million dollars).  We took this picture near Ocean Avenue. I think it’s the only one we got together.

We drove by the Bush compound (ya know – cause you have to if you go to Kennebunkport or something like that) and marveled at it’s pretentiousness. I mean, they live on their own peninsula!

We also sampled the world’s greatest Bloody Mary at Earth at Hidden Pond. We spent a lot of time at the pool there. More on our delicious dinner at Earth tomorrow as well as lots of beautiful rustic decor ideas you can steal from Hidden Pond.

Pablo kept talking about how the fires smelled so great in Maine. Personally, I think it was just the idea of smelling a nice fresh fire in August. In the summer, you just forget how good that smells. But he swore it was the Maine firewood. So, when we saw this roadside firewood “shop” that operated on the honor system, we had to pick up a bundle. Check out the sign: “Camp Wood. $4.00 a bundle. Theives…” (yes it was spelled that way) “…smile for camera. I’m sorry honest people.” So, we put our money in the little cup and took a bunch.

On our way out of Maine, we did some antiquing on Route 1. We visited probably 10-12 shops so we were pretty exhausted by the end. I snapped this happy picture of Pablo as we entered our first store. (There would be no more happy pictures because he ended up listening to sports radio in the car while I endlessly hunted for treasures.) My favorite shops were the one pictured here, Antiques USA in Arundel (it was massive), Wells General Store Antiques in Wells (which had lots of 1950s diner stuff) and Columbary House in Cape Neddick where I ended up getting a cake plate with a glass dome for $35 and a blue and cream striped crock for my mom for $15.

I’m already dreaming of getting back there again. That lobster roll is calling me!

XO

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