Design Books

Monday, August 29, 2011

Get it here
Not too long ago I got this great design book by Emily Chalmers, who is now pretty much my idol along with Emily Henderson from the design show, Secrets from a Stylist.  I'll stay on point though and tell you about why I'm obsessed with Flea Market Style

First of all, the title.  I am an obsessive flea market goer.  Back in New York, I lived across the street from an awesome flea market and went every single week I was home.  I've found everything from a $100 vintage Louis Vuitton speedster to shabby chic dressers (for a friend).  If you're back east, GO, its every Sunday on 76th and Columbus.  I promise you, I don't disappoint. 

Since moving to LA, I've had to adjust to the flea market situation out here.  At first it drove me CRAZY, but I think I've acclimated pretty well.  First things first, I only know of one flea out here that is every Sunday, which is the Melrose Trading Post, in Hollywood (read: farther than 5 minutes away, and thus an ordeal.)  All the flea markets out here only happen on the 1st or 3rd Sundays, ie. you can't just hit the same one every week.  I found out which fleas are when though, so I'm pretty much set since its now in my calendar as reoccurring events.

Oh--and my other beef with LA flea markets:  they're not free.  You have to pay anywhere from $2 to $15 bucks, depending on when you get there (earlier=more stuff=more expensive).  Not a fan to pay for entry, especially when you're there to spend money, but unfortunately I am not the be all end all of Los Angeles flea markets (as much as I would like to be).

Flea Market Style is all about found objects and how to incorporate them into every room.  The pictures and examples are glorious, and are the epitome of that eclectic flea market look that I so lust after.  As far as decorating goes, I find it really hard to pare down a collection because I like to dabble in everything (lanterns, old motor oil cans, flower frogs, books, cocktail shakers, old signage, etc.).  It's tough for me to have a focused collection, and I'm learning how to best incorporate my collection of objects so it flows cohesively throughout my space.  My favorite thing about found objects and decorating with flea market finds is that you create a unique space that is all your own.  Sure, other people may have vintage coffee tins and gas cans (yup, left those ones out...), but 1) it is highly unlikely that they will have the exact same one as you, and 2) I guarantee that the way the space is decorated and how the objects are used will be completely unique.  And that is what I love so much about going to flea markets, you dig and bargain and come home with things that your friends aren't going to have.

So after ordering Flea Market Style, I'll admit, I went on a little bit of a book binge, and also grabbed these other design books (they have yet to come):

Undecorate by:

Design Sponge by: Grace Bonney
Modern Vintage Style by: Emily Chalmers
Pale & Interesting by: Atlanta Bartlett
Decorate by: Holly Becker
Do you have any of these guys already?


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lately, all of my energy has been going to Pinterest.  Are you pinning yet?  Because it is seriously addicting.  I've turned most of my friends onto it, who were skeptical at first but now rarely come up for air since pinning is clearly the most important thing to be doing right now.  I have a bulletin board at home that is a crazy hodge podge of all the design elements, patterns, colors, etc. that I am lusting after.  Pinterest is an online version of this.  Since I am constantly looking online at design websites, and about 20 times a day see something and go "I want that!", pinterest has seriously been a game changer for me.  Check it out folks, my site:

And now to the heart of the matter--I recently found this amazing website for art.  When furnishing a place, one of the last things that comes in is wall art.  Sometimes I get so intimidated by artwork--a lot of it is expensive, and if you want it framed?  Forget about it!

BUT--I did find this awesomely amazing website called 20X200.  The idea behind this site is art for everyone.  Artwork starts at just $20 (a steal!) and goes up from there.  Their formula is as follows: "(limited editions × low prices) + the internet = art for everyone"

It's a brilliant concept, really.  Below are some of my favorites:

Butterfly Chair
by Karen Barbour Buy Here

Well-being 1
by Valerie Roybal Buy Here
YES (You Complete the Picture)
by Trey Speegle
 Buy Here
prettymaps (paris)
by Aaron Straup Cope Buy Here
The Bison Constellation
by Alexander Beeching Buy Here
And here's my other tip.  You don't have to have a print framed professionally in order for it to look good.  If you want an easy fix, Michael's sells some nice gallery frames with the matte included for a very reasonable price.  If you're willing to put a little work into it, you can find great frames from any store, and purchase the matte to go in them from craft's stores like Michael's.  West Elm also has some good lookin' frames with removable mattes in paper and linen for a reasonable penny.  Matte adds depth to an image, and creates a more classic and streamlined look.  Give it a try--and stay tuned, I may be going on a 20X200 shopping spree!
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