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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Good Brand to Know: Tempaper Temporary Wallpapers

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Forest_COPPER_FO091_swatch-2.jpgAre you afraid to commit to a wallpaper? This post is coming to you from someone who leaves wallpaper samples thumb-tacked to her walls for years without ever even calling that great wallpaper hanger a designer friend recommended, so trust me, I completely relate. That’s why Tempaper is so brilliant. Their selections are self-adhesive and totally temporary.

So long as your walls are nice and smooth (they recommend that your surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish paint, not flat for the best results), you can simply peel and stick this self-adhesive temporary wallcovering to your walls, ceilings, doors, backs of bookshelves and other DIY projects. No paste, no water, no professional required!

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Tempaper’s Brick Temporary Wallpaper gives you the look of exposed brick without the dust. It will give you the look of that fabulous movie loft that doesn’t ever seem to really exist in real life.

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The wood accent wall look has never been more popular. But finding that wood, cleaning it, smoothing it, etc. turns into a major construction project. With Tempaper’s options, you can get the accent wall look with ease.

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Tempaper Herringbone Temporary Wallpaper will give your walls texture and pattern. It’s available in Ash (seen here) and a darker version, Walnutherringbone_ash_textured_he500_swatch

 

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If you’re not so into herringbone, faux bois woodgrain paper may be for you. It’s available in indigo and pewter. Tempaper also has a wide variety of other patterns, from traditional damask to botanicals.

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Tempaper Branches Temporary Wallpaper is a modern take on a woodland, available in graphic black and white seen above as well as Mystery Blue:

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Tempaper is made in the USA.

Tempaper’s installation recommendations and other information:

It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with an eggshell or satin finish.It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Applications on matte or flat paints are not recommended. Tempaper is a phthalate-free, VOC-free and lead-free product. The adhesive and inks that we use are environmentally safe and friendly, and will not be affected by steam, humidity or indirect moisture from a bathroom. Our back liner is biodegradable.

There are so many more options to check out. Will Tempaper help you get over your wallpaper commitment-phobia?

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Don’t Miss the Gus Modern Summer Sale!

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Buying a new sofa is a big deal. It’s one of those big purchases that you hem and haw over and save up your money for. Don’t miss this chance to save 20% on Gus*Modern’s upholstered pieces. There is a range of beautiful styles, fabrics and colors. Also while you’re shopping, why not pick up a chair or two, and/or an upholstered ottoman? The sale is on until August 16, 2015, so you’ll have plenty of time to hem. And haw. Then decide.

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The Margo Sofa is a beautiful new classic with French flair. And deep jewel-toned blue is the new neutral. Upholstered in jewel-toned velvet, you’ll want to channel your inner George Costanza and ensconce yourself in it. By the way, if blue velvet’s not for you, it also comes in quartz, zinc and goldleaf.

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If Don Draper was shilling on Madison Avenue in 2015, I think he’d choose The Davenport Sofa. Its clean lines are a current update on mid-century modern style, and its sleek stainless steel base adds a contemporary touch.  It also comes in a bi-sectional version as well.

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The Thatcher Sofa combines a steel frame with unique diamond-patterned upholstery that adds a slightly more traditional touch.

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Need more space to stretch out and seat more people? The Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa gives you room to put your feet up and relax. Warning: This may induce a fat nap.

 

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The Mimico Ottoman is one of those pieces that will serve you in many ways, in a bunch of rooms, for many years to come. Place it in the entryway as a landing strip, where you can take your shoes off and stash them, your bag and other equipment out of view inside. Use it as a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Place it at the end of your bed as a bench and keep an extra throw blanket stored inside. There are so many possibilities.

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The Spanner Chair was designed in 1950 and its playful style has endures. In fact, it was out of production for about 50 years before Gus struck a deal with the Spanner family to bring this beauty back to life.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Our Top Five Favorite Mad Men Design Moments

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Now that Don Draper finally nailed the ultimate account and Mad Men has disappeared into 1970 forever, I’ve been binge watching the whole thing all over again on Netflix. There were so many fantastic moments of graphic design, fashion design, even hair design (and some not-so-good ones, those ’70s staches and sideburns were not doing the characters any favors). But most of all, I loved to watch Mad Men for the spot-on 1960s set design.

There are too many to count; with all that Eames, Saarinen and other mid-century icons lurking everywhere. Here are some of the highlights:

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What does this guy need an office for? No actual business ever happened here, except for a fake phone call to Lee Gardner over at Lucky Strike weeks after Roger had lost the account.

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1) The best moment to me was when Jane Sterling hired a decorator to redecorate Roger’s office, the spot where he dictated that not-so-bestselling Sterling’s Gold. A tulip table, a CJ Corona chair, op art and more iconic items in a black and white palette. I mean, check out that phone!

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“A modern Chinoiserie breakfront, a Dunbar Japanese-influenced sofa, silk Dupioni drapes, Murano vases, and a classic Drexel end table.” — Betty Draper’s decorator

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2) Betty redecorates the living room. Betty hires a decorator that gives her sharp Hollywood Regency style for her living room. Don walks in and moves a lamp around to make it perfect. Then Betty buys a very symbolic fainting couch that messes the whole look up. It’s so appropriate because the poor woman is trapped in an era that squeezes her like a Victorian corset.

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3) Betty goes to get analyzed. Has there ever been a sadder woman on a Barcelona daybed? And did analysts really call husbands to give them the rundown after the wife’s appointment? That was crazy. Anyway, this image is fun to compare and contrast with the fainting couch one above it.

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4) Don flies to sunny L.A. and winds up hanging out with a bunch of European tax evaders in “The Jet Set” episode. According to Curbed, this house is The Fox House, an abode Sinatra rented for 10 years. If that’s not a ringing endorsement that it’s classic California modern, I don’t know what is. The set designers and art director captured that clean white, glass and that unique California cool.

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Bert Cooper’s Japanese-inspired office. No shoes allowed in here. The arrival of new art was always exciting and gave us insight into Bert’s character and tastes. A new Rothko had everyone in the office a tizzy, a Pollack was behind his head during the moon landing, but the best was the sex octopus:

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But the best sex octopus moment was this vision of Peggy Olson, completely transformed, strolling into McCann-Erickson unrecognizable from the young secretary we’d met a decade earlier.

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What was your favorite Mad Men design moment? Please share it with us!

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Don’t Miss This Fatboy Deal!

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Whether you’re craving a colorful hammock to swing in or big fat comfy seats to replace those rickety old lawn chairs, there has never been a better time to stock up on Fatboy’s clever and colorful outdoor furniture offerings.  Now through June 15 2015, spend $600 on Fatboy Outdoor Furniture and save $100.

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This is not your 1970s bean bag. The Fatboy Original Outdoor comes in way cooler colors, is much more comfortable as a real seat and its jacket is moisture repellent Sunbrella™ fabric.

 

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You know it’s the best time of year to lounge and swing from side to side. The colorful nylon on the Fatboy Headdemock Hammock is easy to wipe down, and there’s no need to find two perfectly placed trees — it comes with a tubular base.

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The Fatboy Buggle-Up Lounge Bag is a very versatile piece. You can prop it up to sit up straight, punch it around for a lounge or lay it flat as a relaxing mattress at naptime. The outdoor version has straps that make it easier to lug around and prop up. After you try a Buggle-Up, you’ll never want to sit on wrought iron outdoor furniture again.

Once you start planning out your colorful new outdoor color scheme with Fatboy, you’ll be scooping up the deal before you know it. So get shopping; you only have until June 15, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Kahler Design

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If you don’t know Kähler, you’re going to want to get to know them. The iconic Danish ceramics company has been making museum-worthy pieces since 1839. Don’t let the pedigree scare you though; the Kahler pieces you’ll treasure forever are still handmade by artisans yet are reasonably priced.

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Hand-painted stripes mark the classic Omaggio line by Kähler. A variety of shapes and sizes in a range of colors, the vase collection is made for all sorts of leaves, branches and blooms.

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Omaggio will dress your table with style as well. A favorite is the crisp contrast of black and white with lovely wooden details like the butter dish’s top.

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As an interesting side note, Kähler more recently expanded from making serveware to serving regional Danish specialties in their restaurants in Denmark.

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The Botanica vases have beautiful colored glazes that reflect the light.

Watch Kähler being made:

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Kähler’s Urbania lantern’s windows glow on the table.

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Speaking of glowing,Kähler has a variety of playfully shaped candleholders.

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Kähler’s Ora Table Clock adds sweet charm to any table or bureau top. It comes in white, black, pigeon blue and rose.

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