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Thursday May 22nd, 2014

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ICFF 2014: Lighting

Lighting at ICFF has become one of the most guaranteed categories to impress each year. Designers seem to go all out for showstopping pieces that hang dramatically from the ceiling or jut out beyond their booth borders with strong angles or branches that reach out toward visitors. Designers like Mary Wallis and Bec Brittain celebrated…

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Thursday February 13th, 2014

Wednesday November 6th, 2013

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12 Tempting Tole Chandeliers

I will never forget the first time I saw a tole chandelier that felt cool and not dated or fussy. It was in the first issue of Domino magazine and it was painted a bright glossy white against a seriously awesome navy blue kitchen wall. I tried, and failed, to replicate the look (in full)…

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Wednesday July 24th, 2013

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10 Best White Lamps

I have a beautiful alabaster bedside lamp that found a few years at one of those flea markets with stall, after stall and lots of junk. I spotted the lamp across the store, and it was a love at first sight sort of thing. But then I got two cats and in the six years…

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Monday June 17th, 2013

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Cabrillo Pendant

Speaking of my new apartment, one of the rooms I’m most excited about is the kitchen. It’s got two windows, which means in the morning it’s flooded with sunlight and a great place (to attempt) to grow plants and herbs. I haven’t done anything to the space yet, but I know exactly which pendant I…

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Thursday May 23rd, 2013

Tuesday May 21st, 2013

Tuesday May 14th, 2013

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Professional Associates Lighting

I can’t believe design week is already here in NYC! We’re knee-deep in antiques at Brimfield right now, but as soon as we get back I’m diving into ICFF and all of the amazing new designs that will be launched there. Before I head to the Javits center, I wanted to show a sneak peek…

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Tuesday April 16th, 2013

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Cloud Softlight

I will never forget the first time I saw a product designed by Molo. It was their incredible glass tea system and Softwall back in 2005 and I wrote about them like crazy. I’ve been following them loyally since then and have been so happy to see how successfully they’ve expanded to include a huge…

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Thursday January 10th, 2013

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Winter Whites

Among friends and even some casual acquaintances, I’m often considered the Wednesday Addams of the group. Not because I’m creepy and angry but because I’m most frequently decked out head to toe in black. Despite my complete and total love of hot pink and glitter, I typically dress like a stagehand. Owning a white cat makes…

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Monday December 17th, 2012

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ABJ Glassworks Companion Lamp

Ever since I wrote about ABJ Glassworks back in August, I have been eying the incredible faceted lamp she designed. It wasn’t in production this summer, but there was a pretty tempting preview image on Ashley’s blog that’s been on my mind every since. Thankfully those gorgeous lamps are now in production! Ashley’s companion lamp…

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Tuesday December 11th, 2012

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Star Pendant Lamps

On last week’s radio show, Amy and I talked about our top 10 trends in design and design blogging for 2012. Of all the trends we discussed, the geometric craze is my favorite. I still can’t get enough of all the clean lines and brass detailing, mostly because I have an equally intense obsession with…

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Tuesday November 20th, 2012

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Copper Lighting

With surface space at a minimum in most small apartments, lighting that hangs from above or on the walls is a real bonus. I’m always on the hunt for cute sconces and pendants, and with copper being my obsessive metal of the moment, these lights (which Amy found while looking for office sconces) are at…

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Thursday November 8th, 2012

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New: Yellow Owl Workshop for Schoolhouse Electric

I always get excited when artists collaborate with each other. When Portland’s Schoolhouse Electric first started doing artist editions, they proved they had a good eye for choosing partners, and their latest collaborative series is no different. Today, Schoolhouse Electric is launching a brand new line, the Victory Regalia Collection, with Christine Schmidt of Yellow…

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Friday November 2nd, 2012

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Amsterdam Modern

In general, I don’t think the blogging world is fraught with intrigue and secrets, but if I were honest about my biggest (and most shameful) blogging secret, it would be that I sometimes don’t want to post the things I love the most. This applies mainly to handmade or vintage work because quantities are limited,…

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Monday October 22nd, 2012

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Icosahedron Pendant

Sometimes I’m really glad I don’t work in a coffee shop because the things I say while looking at my computer screen can be ridiculous. Last week I was clicking through ABC Home’s site and landed on a page with these geodesic pink lights and found myself saying “Helloooo, beautiful” before I could stop. Each…

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Monday October 15th, 2012

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Jupiter Pendant

We don’t often get to see the stars in Brooklyn because of all the light pollution. On the clearest nights, sometimes you can make out a few bright stars, but you typically have to leave the city to get a great view. The lack of a sparkly night sky makes me crave and covet anything…

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Thursday October 4th, 2012

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fiber lab

One of the many ways in which my tiny hands fail me is their lack of dexterity for executing origami projects. I try and try again, but I end up getting frustrated and balling them up on the floor. So when I see it done well, I’m in awe. These beautiful lampshades are 100% handmade…

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

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crystal bulbs

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself paying more attention to the functionality of objects. I live in a small space, so if something doesn’t serve at least two functions or have a small footprint, it doesn’t cross the threshold. However, every now and then I get totally swayed by something that falls firmly into…

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Wednesday September 12th, 2012

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kilims at le souk

After this week’s post on the Holt-Garza collection at Heath, I’ve got colorful stripes on the brain. Whether it’s in clothing or home goods, I still kind of want stripes on everything. I’ve gotten better at restraining myself, but these new kilim pieces at Le Souk are making it hard. The blankets, throws and pillows…

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