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Lotus Bleu will be having a sale throughout the month of February so that they can make room for the new additions to their collection. The new pieces aren't really new at all, rather, they're reinvented. For instance, In the photo to the left there's a slipper chair in the bottom left-hand corner. Although it was designed in the 1950's or 60's, it's been updated with a beautiful and bright silk-screened linen pattern of colorful flowers and leaves, which give it it more of a modern appeal. Embrace this great weather and bring some of the outside in, al la vintage prettiness and floral linens. Sale runs through February. Select items between 20-40% off.
Things are abuzz at the courtyard of Limn, where for the next month they'll be unveiling sales upon sales in their "30 Days of Discounts" event going on now. Expect to see items for designers such as ArmaniCasa, B&B Italia, Tom Dixon, Zanotta, and many more. Products available include furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories... really it's quite a selection. Limn's San Francisco showroom is located at 290 Townsend Street right by the Caltrain station, so make sure to stop by!
A mix is always better - mixed nuts, mix CDs, mixed drinks - we'll take 'em all. And it seems that Kim and Johnelle Mancha, the mother-daughter team behind Mignonne, feel the same way. The selection at their Oakland store is a mix of new items, vintage finds, and repurposed pieces that are all equally desirable. And right now, all furniture is 30% off through February 3rd. Another reason to head over? The ladies of Mignonne have added furniture refinishing to their list of services.
Urban Outfitters has always been a great place to score funky and cool home accessories on the cheap. They recently added a bunch of fun new items to their website, and most of them are quite kitschy, which (with limited applications...) can help give an otherwise drab interior a little spunk and cleverness. Check out the top 5 Kitschy items at Urban Outfitters:
1) Hot Lips Phone, $20
Ever find yourself staring longingly at the walls of the BART stations downtown? Blame Heath Ceramics, the company behind those beautiful undulating white tiles. But now that they've introduced a new line of more affordably priced tiles, you might be able to stop gazing and start grouting in your own home. The just launched "Modern Basic" collection is available in two sizes (2x6" and 3x6") and six different glazes at $16.50 a square foot.
Luxury living in San Francisco is a difficult life to achieve. Sure, we've got the shops and the restaurants, but the real estate market offers slim pickings. But wait! Now is your chance to score (or at least get inspired by) a rare piece of prime real estate. Le Grand Dame is her name, and she's a 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian. And She's just steps from historic Alamo Square Park! And since it was all done up pretty by a local designer, you can move in without having to undergo a financially exhausting remodel (yuck). The skinny: In addition to the 2 fireplaces and amazingly beautiful hardwood flooring, the house also has 6 (count that: 6!) bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths, a living room and a parlor, gourmet kitchen and a south-facing garden on an oversized lot. <
Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year seem to have gotten it right - after all, wouldn't you rather wake up on the first day of the year surrounded by flowers instead of empty beer cans? Exactly. Stop by the Conservatory of Flowers, where from now until February 8th they are celebrating the new year with a botanical bounty of artfully arranged floral displays, all created for this year of the Ox. You can also attempt your own arrangement at home, which, depending on the flowers used, may bring luck to you in the upcoming months. Here's a list of several commonly used plants and their meanings:
Peach Blossom - Luck
Kumquat - Prosperity
Narcissus - Prosperity
Chrysanthemum - Longevity
Want to add a little classical pop to your otherwise neutral interior? Are you as over Marimekko as I am? Then black & white pillows might be the way to go. Check out my top 5, after the jump!
1. Blah Blah Cushion, $125
From designer Donna Wilson. 100% lambswool. Feather and down insert.
17" x 17"
2. Salvor: Mini Owl Pillow, $55
Handprinted water-base ink on 100% cotton broadcloth pillow. H 14"
3. Ant Pillow, $170-$180
From designer Bev Hisey. 100% wool. 16"x16", 11"x18", or 14" round