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December 21, 2007

Modern Lucite Furniture

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Years of sitting in front of a window turned early lucite furniture pieces from clear expressions of modernism to cigarette-smoke yellow vesitiges of a short-lived trend.

But designer Kendall Wilkinson has stepped up to the plate (as has Kartell and, lately, many others) to reinvent lucite as the modern material it was meant to be. Today's lucite will not yellow, and it's no longer glued together. Plus, minds like Wilkinson's see the fresh paths this not-so-new material can take.

Here are his custom lucite headboard (below) and custom lucite table (top), both available through his shop Threshold.

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December 20, 2007

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December 19, 2007

Modern Glass Art Vases

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These hand-blown glass vases showoff single blooms to their best potential and actually look just as good without.  $72 through Violet.

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December 18, 2007

Color Trends for 2008!

Put down the paint brush! Throw away those swatches! Don't make a single design decision until you check out which hues will shine in 2008.

Blye_bathFeeling blue? Warm blues that remind us of the sky and water will remain prominent in 2008, but be on the lookout for a blacker blue inspired by technology. A rich, deep, dark navy will be emerging.

Looking_green Be green - go natural. Modern will meld with natural in 2008. Stock up on hand-made, un-dyed and unbleached accents -- the more texture and natural imperfections the better. Look for shades of off-white, sand, linen, rock and soil colors, brownish-greens, and all colors found in nature.

Warmer_matallicsYou're getting warmer... Stainless steel, brushed chrome, and nickel may be taking a break. Look for warmer metallic shades of copper and bronze.






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Go global. Ethnic accent colors will be hot this upcoming year. Be on the lookout for Indian, Chinese, and Latin American influences - deep reds, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, golden yellows, and lots of turquoise. Try pairing these with rich brown and natural accents.

Visit the Color Marketing Group for more!

--allie

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Style and Grace

Robert_austin_gonzalez Introducing Grace, the collection of limited edition, one of a kind, sculptural furniture from Robert Austin Gonzalez.

Made one at a time, the pieces from the Grace collection utilizes wood from fallen trees that are sent directly to lathe for carving. Gonzalez allows the grains to split, looking for worm holes and color variations, and allows for the wood's true identity to form.

   

The result -- sculptural focal points for which glass tabletops rest.

View the full Grace Collection.

--allie

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Balancing the Holidays

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Restore a sense of balance to the holiday season with the self-balancing tray from DWR. This tray, or one like it, could have saved my long lost waitressing career, and it could give a clumsy hostess the grace of Ginger Rogers. Yours, for $90.

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December 17, 2007

Last minute shopping

Chiasso_gift_2 If you're like my husband, who has yet to start his holiday shopping, you may find the Chiasso sale useful.

Order by December 21 for holiday delivery.

--allie

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Storage without sacrifice

There will soon be a new addition to my family, and I'm getting a head start on making my home baby-friendly for when the little critter comes to visit -- all the while not forsaking my love of clean, modern design.

My home is virtually clutter free -- everything has a purpose and place. So the thought of baby toys strewn about my pristine pad has caused for a considerable amount of stress. Until now!

Toy_bin The P'Kolino Play Ottoman from Modern Tots serves as a side table and toy bin as well. Available in 8 colors, the black vinyl will fit perfectly in my office.

--allie

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Baby, it's cold outside

I'm stuck inside my home with a wicked cold - barricaded by 16" of snow - with nothing to do but peruse the web.

Heated_blanket It may not be glamorous, but you can't slight its appeal. The 12V heated blanket with power pack just moved to the top of my wish list as my husband and I iron out our (chilly) holiday travel plans.

--allie

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Modern Holiday Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gifts for almost everyone on your list? Take a hint from Pure Contemporary.

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