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July 19, 2007

Back to school

It seems to come earlier every year -- the invasion of back-to-school supplies in every major store around the country. Here are a few cool finds for the college-bound crowd from Chiasso.

Chiasso_chair Mesh chair in blue.

Chiasso_book_holder Hang-up book holder


News rack

-- allison

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July 18, 2007

Ha! Getting Mugged

These new mugs from Thorsten van Elten really gave me a chuckle. They're high quality porcelain, nothing odd about them––until you take a sip. The bottom reveals an animal snout: dog, pig or rabbit. A good way to start the day, for $20 through Charles and Marie.

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July 16, 2007

Inside Out Glasses


As I tumble headfirst into the parade of weddings that make up a summer, AlissiAMT's Inside Out Glassware Collection really catches my eye.  Kudos to Alissia for the shot glasses and champagne flutes, but where oh where can I find a similar set for everyday beer, wine and mixed drink drinkin'? An expanded collection of these elegant silhouettes could be just the thing to quench my thirst for a stylish gift that gets some use. Until then I shall search for comfort in the little liqueur variety.

Find dealers through AlissiAMT and expect to pay about $48.00 for a set of two shooters and $60.00 for a pair of flutes.

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July 13, 2007

Get Lucky


163981aeddde2It's Friday the 13th...scary...So i'm looking for lucky products meant to restore the day's harmony and balance. To get superstitious folks onto the 14th without a hair amiss, we'll start off with cleanliness. Is it really next to godliness? Maybe, and that may be why I found so many lucky products that were actually soaps. Clean body=good fortune.

Check out triple milled soaps from gianna rose in four-leaf clovers or horseshoe shapes for about $10.50; or, from Unica Home, the Lucky Gnome Soap, $7.  Made of natural linden berries, the Swedish "lucky gnome" is formed from an antique soap mold from the early 1900's. 

2952273177cac Disorganization brings bad fortune. So keep your papers under control with the Lucky Break bronze paperweight. About $140 through Walteria Living.


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July 12, 2007

In the dog house

As I previously stated -- I love my dog, I really do. He is spoiled, pampered, and catered by all who cross his path. And during these lazy summer days, he accompanies me almost everything -- especially if it involves the outdoors.

While outdoors he spends hours running, chasing, and playing -- and once exhaustion hits, he plops down on a cozy stretch of grass for a sun-soaked nap. At times I worry about his comfort -- but I don't know if I would go this far (plus he wouldn't fit)...

Magis_dog_house_2 The Magis Orange Dog House -- for $900 your modern canine can relax in style.

Love it or leave it? Post your comments below!

-- allison

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Rel Daybed


A great looking minimalist daybed at a reasonable price. What's not to love? This stripped down version earns extra design cred with the extension of the frame up and around the back to create pared down arm and back rests. By AmeriDesigns Inc, the Rel Daybed retails for $1250. Consumers can purchase through Residence Furniture, for wholesale go to AmeriDesigns.

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July 11, 2007

Reader's room - What a view!

Room_makeover_2 A Pure Contemporary reader, and Contemporary Furniture customer, shares their modern room makeover.

Situated on the Lake Erie waterfront, our condo gets an unobstructed view of the boats traveling up and down the channel each day. At night the view becomes sensational as the sun sets to west in direct view of my windows. I love my view from the windows -- and now I love the view inside our condo. To liven up our space we teamed up with our designer Christine Kenyon of Advance Furniture and mapped out what we wanted to do.

I wanted a central living/entertaining area that wouldn’t obstruct the view looking out. Christine suggested the organic look of American Leather's Menlo Park. This curved sectional sweeps throughout the center of the room, allowing easy access while providing ample seating. Facing the windows overlooking the lake, the couch also faces a maple wall unit. The maple hardwood floor and kitchen cabinets, as well as the maple-based coffee table from Elite manufacturing, unify the space together.

While the area is soft and warm in color we added splashes of red ultrasuede for excitement. The back pillows and the seats of the Elite manufacturing barstools boost the color palette for an exciting flare. The finishing touch is the custom carpet from Carpet Creations. Christine designed the perfect rug to sweep along with the sectional, be simple in design, and tie in all the elements of our home.

-- allison

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The pitter-patter of good furniture

Maybe my biological clock is beginning to tick -- or maybe my sister's is just so loud that it is unavoidable -- but whatever the reason, I've found myself searching out the most desirable design for little ones.

My latest must-have items come from Celery – a company whose focus is as much on pleasing parent’s pocket books as it is on pleasing kids.  Constructed primarily of bamboo and low VOC paint (releasing low amounts of pollutants and are virtually odor free), the products are as friendly on the environment as they are on the eyes.  And if you’re planning on more that one bundle of joy, the price points aren’t that bad either.

Check out a few of their products:

Celery_crib_chalk_panel_2 Celery_dressing_table


Above: crib with chalkboard end panel; Lullaboo changing table; Lullaboo rocking horse.

-- allison

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July 10, 2007

Modern Modular Minimalist Wardrobes

I'm really taken with this line of wardrobe's from Spain's Nueva Linea

This version's sliding doors are done in a wenge stained wood but choices abound including ash, oak, glass and more. Plus, just look at what those smooth gliding doors are hiding - a bevy of hiding places for the most beautiful clothes. Add one of these to my closet starved pad and I'd never postpone putting laundry away. Promise.


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July 09, 2007

Modern Hot Spots


Two stainless steel oil lamps fused to a slate base make up the Tabletop fireplace by Gido Wahrmann for Carl Mertens. It's a wholly balanced centerpiece with cold stainless steel, organic slate rock and, when lit, flames. We think it would look good anywhere, at any time, indoors or out. And the price isn't bad either.

Each lamp is 7.5" long and the base is 10" x 14"; $350 through Carl Mertens.

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