Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shop Like a Design Blogger: Odi et Amo


Today I'm thrilled to announce the beginning of a new weekly guest blogger series entitled "Shop Like a Design Blogger". Each Thursday, I'll be inviting one of my favorite design bloggers to detail their favorite design resources, be they for fabric, furniture, trimmings, art or accessories. But ultimately, I think what these ladies will show you over the next few months is that home decor shopping isn't just about having access to "under the radar" boutiques (though those are great fun to discover) or trade-only items, but ultimately about being creative and thinking "outside the box", keeping your mind open to surprising sources...and even about having a little patience.

I thought I'd kick off the series myself and round up some of the resources that I've had the most success with in decorating my own homes (both old and new). While many of these have been featured on this blog in the past, I hope at least one or two will be new to you.

1. Plum Cushion: For pillows. If you want beautifully made pillows made out of gorgeous designer fabric (and for a reasonable price!), look no further than Plum Cushion. Melanie's Etsy store is usually well-stocked with some of the most popular fabrics (think KWID's Imperial Trellis or Chiang Mai), but Melanie also accepts custom orders and your own fabrics. But perhaps the best part of all is Melanie's personal (and prompt!) service.

2. Avid-Home: For great prices on trendy favorites. I scored the Windsor Smith fabric that I used to recover this stool from Avid-Home for about half the price of retail. If you're not looking for fabric though, Avid-Home also has a great selection of on-trend furniture and home accessories. If you're in the DFW area, Avid-Home also let's you pick up your orders, saving you the cost of shipping.

3. One King's Lane: For steals on just about everything. I'm a huge fan of sample sale sites: Gilt Group, Ideeli...I'm a member of them all. As an avid decor enthusiast, my favorite though is OKL. Sure, the selection can be random, and you have to act quickly if you see something you love, but just like a great outlet or discount store, if you're patient and keep checking in regularly, you're bound to find an amazing deal on something you love (like when I found this Anglo-Indian inspired coffee table for my living room last month!). Like all sample sale sites, OKL is members'-only, but if for some reason you aren't yet a member and are interested, just e-mail me and I'll hook you up.

4. Mod Green Pod: For eco-friendly fabric and wallpaper. One of my major pet peeves is that so many great fabric lines are trade-only so I'm always fond of fabric manufacturers who sell directly to retail. And even better if the fabrics are eco-friendly, colorful and feature great patterns. I purchased MGP's "Grand Jubilee" in cream (now discontinued) back in 2008 and used it to recover a very sad-looking wingback. Now, this once hand-me-down is our favorite chair in the house. MGP also sells a great line of vinyl-free wallpaper, and their "Grand Jubilee" pattern in Earl Grey is classic and modern at the same time. It's definitely the kind of pattern that would appeal to wallpaper-phobes.

5. Osborne & Little: For wallpaper. Is it just me or do the Brits seem to do wallpaper best? There are few patterns in O&L's extensive collection that I don't love, but my favorites include Summer Palace (shown above), Walk in the Park (how amazing would that be in a laundry or mud room?!), Coronata (for a dining room ceiling!), Bedlam (I am loving purple right now), and Banswara (also loving peacocks!). Unfortunately, O&L only sells directly to trade in the US (not so in the UK!), but you can always find a friendly designer to hook you up. In fact, I had Susie over at Maddie G. Designs purchase 3 rolls for me and she was a total doll to deal with and gave me a good price.

6. Williams-Sonoma Home: For everything, but especially linens and small accessories. There's little at WSH I don't love. Yes, it's not cheap, but it's quality and I'm becoming increasingly convinced that it's better to go without until you can afford what you love (at least up to a point) than to have a house full of a bunch of crap. Last fall I splurged on WSH's pagoda bedding for my master bedroom, as a housewarming present to myself. And I gotta say, every night that I get into bed, I'm thankful that I did it.

7. Benjamin Moore: For paint. I've used just about every major brand of paint available, painted more rooms than I'd care to remember, and I can honestly say that BM (especially their no-VOC paint) is my favorite. The coverage is great, the color range vast, and even using a deep purple (Purple Lotus, shown above) or red (Moroccan Red -- in the old house), I didn't have to do more than two coats. I know the prevailing belief is that Farrow&Ball is the best you can get, and while I love the colors and their depth, I don't think the coverage is as good with just one or two coats as dear old Ben.

8. Ethan Allen: For quality furniture at mid-level prices. I remember when my folks moved out to the 'burbs in the late '80s and my mom had most of their new, much larger home filled with (almost entirely) Ethan Allen. So when it came time to decorate my own house in the 'burbs, I had a (perhaps unfair) association of Ethan Allen as stuffy, traditional and terribly dated. And I suppose there are pieces there that fit all of that description perfectly. But there's also some amazing, on trend pieces (like the Rand chair, above) that are priced on par with the likes of Pottery Barn and Crate&Barrel, but are of far, far better quality. And, unlike both of those retailers, Ethan Allen has a much broader selection of fabrics, trims and finishes. So the end result is a look that's far more custom than anything else in Ethan Allen's price range.

9. TS & Company: For vintage furniture at a great price. Over the past few years I've bought several pieces of furniture from TS and Company (an Ebay seller out of Gainesville, FL). Not only are their prices reasonable, but they ship to you door (none of this Greyhound freight business!). Particular strengths are midcentury and Hollywood Regency, but they often have great campaign and chinoiserie finds as well (like this great dresser I scored back in January).

Next Week's Guest Blogger: Holly from Things That Inspire!

37 comments:

Christy said...

Awesome post Averill! And I'm so excited that you're going to interview other design bloggers for this series - it's going to be one of my favorite posts of the whole week, I'm sure!

Did you link up to that dog wallpaper with me in mind? Because, um, I LOVE IT! I WANT IT! I HAVE TO HAVE IT! Unfortunately, I have nowhere to put it right now so I just have to hope and pray they sell it whenever we move into our next home and I am able to use it!!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I like this idea. Thanks for all the great resources. I like to find unique items for my home that you don't see in every store.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Wow, Avid Home's selection of sunburst mirrors is great! This is a great series and I can't wait to read the other bloggers' selections (and share my own later on as well).

Southern Aspirations said...

Fabulous post, Averill! And there was a new resource in there for me! Totally agree with you on do without until you can get quality. I think you save in the longrun. (PS I did go back and buy the sea life paintings at OKL yesterday!)

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

Beautiful images from your own home, Averill. And I must say you've set the bar quite high! Looking forward to seeing where the others send us.

Karena said...

Great post and terrific selection of resources Averill.

Karena
Art by Karena

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Loving this series!! :) Great way to start it off with a bang!

Design Darling said...

oooh, can't wait for this feature to take off! i just added you to my list of "on the daily" blog reads :)

Nichole@40daysof said...

I'm sure you have posted about these in the past, but it was great to see it all in one place. These are definitely resources that I need and will use. Looking forward to all of the posts in this series.

SogniSorrisi said...

What a great idea for a series! I am always looking for new ideas and sources. Thanks so much for sharing some of your's.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Averill fabulous job. Great pics and the last one surprised me. I too have purchased many things from TS & Co., including my dining room buffet. I so agree about Benjamin Moore paint and definitely, the Brit's do wallpaper better. Looking forward to next Thursday.

Cheers!

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

Love your recs!!! And sooo true about the wallpaper!

Cristin said...

Such a great list! Love WSH, OKL & O&L too. Looking forward to following the series.

xo,
cristin

Patty said...

Fantastic selection, I love the pattern on those cushions!

Laura Mattal said...

I just came across your blog today--what a great post! I didn't know about Avid Home, but now I think I want every single table lamp they sell. Also, your purple wall is absolutely fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading future posts!

Kathysue said...

Averill this is a great idea and will be sure to be a hit in blogland. We all want good tried and true resources. Looking forward to every thursday. Love this idea!! Happpy Thursday to you Miss Averill,Kathysue

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Wonderful round up of sources and descriptions of why you like them!

Thursdays are looking so good!!!

Fran said...

Love this idea for a series! I'm always on the lookout for new resources. I'll definitely be following! Thanks again!

VictoriaArt said...

Oh Averill, I love the idea! It's just like chatting with the best friend who happens to be in the same field as I!!!
Can't wait to see what's coming on Thursdays!

XX
V.

emily said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful the resources.

ashlina said...

what a great series! love it woman. thanks for sharing your faves.

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

Love hearing about your resources!

Kellie Collis said...

That wallpaper is magic! x

The Zhush said...

Amazing! Great idea! Thanks for sharing all these resources, love posts like this. (In love with that purple room...would love to see more) Can't wait for Holly's picks!

LesleySW said...

Great series. I love it! I'm going to include this post in my Sunday roundup at www.TheDesignFile.net. Can't wait to see the others.

LesleySW said...

Averill - May I use a photo from this post as part of my Sunday roundup at www.TheDesignFile.net? Thanks, Lesley

Emily A. Clark said...

Great list! So excited to be part of this series.

And. . .if you have time today, I would love for you to stop by my blog and give me your opinion on my powder room plans :)

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Great post! Already in love with this series!

Style Redux 2 said...

You've made a great start to this fun series.

Nikki Barnard said...

Hey what a great post! I didn't know about Avid Home, but now I think I want every single table lamp they sell. Also, your purple wall is absolutely fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading future posts!

Things That Inspire said...

I am hard at work on my post - I took a photo at one of the places this week, and had three customers ask me what I was doing!

My slant will be somewhat different than yours, but that is what makes this series so great!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Awesome series and great picks! I am staying tuned.

Sanity Fair said...

I'm SO excited about this series! And so delighted to be participating. These are wonderful choices to get things started! Those blue and white pillows should be mine...

Design Esquire said...

Excellent post, and I'm really excited about the series. Thanks for all the resources, and I just love your style.

Sarah Klassen said...

You know how excited I am to be a part, as well as read this series! I think this is such a wonderful idea - both for the sake of businesses but also for fellow readers :)

Can't wait! Thanks for sharing some of your great resources...

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

What a fun and informative post...I'm really looking forward to reading this series! Janell

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

Mod Green Pod is so cool! All of their stuff is green,eco-friendly..they're Austin based.

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