CB2 Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp

CB2 Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp, $199

Target Arc Floor Lamp

Target Arc Floor Lamp, $59.99

Need to add a dramatic touch to your living room?  This arc lamp gives a nod to mid century modern style and casts a stylish glow over any chaise or sofa.  In an instant, this retro lamp with modern lines give your decor an extra dose of style.  Get the cheap version, serve some vodka martinis at your next house party, and no one but you will know the difference!

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mirrored desk, mirrored table1. Pottery Barn Park Mirrored Desk, $599

Overstock.com Dalton Mirrored Accent Table

2. Overstock Dalton Mirrored Accent Table, $215.99

Mirrored furniture.  It’s right up there on my desirables list with the likes of Eames rockers, Phillipe Starck anything, and a bottle of red wine on a Friday night.  These gorgeous pieces tend to be pricy/overpriced but today I found this great PB lookalike on Overstock for just over $200 (with $2.95 shipping!).   Now this mirrored piece may just be able to make it’s way into my dining room to serve as a bar cart.

missoni + the masses

missoni for the masses

So I had planned to spend my lunch hour today browsing Missoni’s debut collection at Target that finally launched  this morning after months of (well-worth-it) hype.  However, word quickly spread that not only were the stores a madhouse with everything sold out by 9:30 am, but the website was down due to other crazies like me who couldn’t wait to get their own discounted Missoni goods.  Luckily, I kept trying and although Target.com is down again, I managed to get through and quickly buy the items I wanted.

I managed to snag both home and fashion items.  Can’t wait until I can add my new Missoni bathing suit, coffee mugs, picture frame, and jewelry organizer to my collection!  And although mixing up a cocktail in the zigzag cocktail shaker would have been tres chic, it was sold out by the time I got through online.  Time to start hitting up Ebay!

Missoni high-end ad campaign

design for less: the classics

There has been an ongoing debate in the design world over whether or not that small and elite group of pieces that have reached “classic” status should be remade, redone, recolored, or mass manufactured and sold at Ikea for $100.  While I hope Ikea doesn’t start selling Saarinen knockoffs anytime soon, as long as the classics are reproduced with care and thought in regards to the history of the product, it is a great way to allow more people to experience the joy of owning one of these iconic masterpieces. While many are against this I can’t help but think that good design should be available for all.  As a recent buyer of an Eames rocker lookalike (can’t wait til it arrives next week!) I cannot argue that the classics should remain untouched.   West Elm has a new collection called “Respectfully Revamped” and it is a great example of some archetypes being redone in great fashion.

West Elm Modern Windsor Accent Chair, $399

West Elm’s version of the windsor chair, above, is a stylish take on the classic design at an affordable price.  Meanwhile, a handmade vintage windsor chair will cost you somewhere close to $1,000, like the one below, which is approximately $895:

Handmade windsor chair, $895


Another great revamp from West Elm is their Elton Setee which looks oh so similar to the classic Florence Knoll two-seater…

West Elm Elton Setee, $699

For the cost of the original, you could purchase the West Elm version 8 times over:

Florence Knoll Two Seater, $5,741 (dwr.com)

Lastly, my own recent purchase, the chair that is omnipresent in any design-savvy person’s home, the famous Eames rocker chair.  I got mine at a super-low price since I bought it during a Hautelook flash sale, but the “fake” is made by California Modern Classics and usually goes for $350.

California Modern Classics Plastic Molded Rocking Chair, $350

California Modern Classics Plastic Molded Rocking Chair, $350

Now, take a look at the original, below, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller.  Is it just me or do they look identical? 🙂  Guess I scored myself a great bargain!

Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker, $479 (dwr.com)