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extra seating - stackable chair

If you find you need extra seating, but don't like ugly folding chairs, then this West Elm chair is an excellent solution.  These good-looking, modern, bent wood chairs are stackable, so they have a small footprint in a storage closet or the corner of the room.  Their design is somewhat reminiscent of an Eames molded plywood chair, and they come in three attractive colors: birch, white, and walnut.  Better still, they are currently on sale for $84 (normally $99).  

set of 2 $168
set of 4 $336


wall clock

This is a great-looking wall clock, made of plywood and MDF (medium-density fiberboard).  16" diameter.




To me (and I know I might be alone on this) hardly anything is better than Halloween.  I love the creative costumes, its unique color scheme (black + orange = awesome) the sweets, and especially the decorations.  

One great way to turn your house into a home is to decorate it for the holidays.  Pulling out the things that you only use that one time a year makes it feel special.  The extra thought that goes into it is what makes it feel like a true home, and not a rental apartment.  

Case in point: Christmas.  If you take the time to shop for, pick out, erect, decorate, and light a tree in your residence, it will instantly give it that warm, cozy feeling of being home.  So, since it's October I'm dedicating this post to fun Halloween-themed items you can put in your home this month!

this could be used alone as a centerpiece, or as a serving dish.  The orange is bright and festive.  $34.95

for the sophisticated trick-or-treater  $6-$29

you get it, awesome.  $19.95


the do-it-yourself: paper bag luminaries

and of course, the classic, Jack-O-Lantern


Marimekko bedding - Seireeni

I am a big fan of the design house Marimekko.  Since its beginning in 1951, Marimekko has been a powerhouse in textile design.  Their textiles can be seen anywhere from fashion to interior products, such as bedding, window treatments, towels, and table linens.  Often colorful, whimsical, and bold, they have a very distinctive style.  To read more about Marimekko's history, please click here.

When first I saw the Seireeni Bedding available from Crate & Barrel, I  was struck by its boldness and pizazz.  This is for someone wanting to make a (loud) statement.  It was designed in 1964 and is still stunning in 2010.  
Full/Queen Duvet Cover $119
King Duvet Cover $139
Pillow Sham $34.95

Also, those glass lamps are fantastic.  $219


Stephens Lamp

This is a very cool accent piece lamp.  It has a structural feel and is a sizable scale to add some dazzle to a room.  Remember, lighting is like the jewelry of interior decor, and this one really sparkles.

From the catalog: "Classic mid-century silhouette lightens up a steel birdcage antiqued to a brass glow.  Putty drum shade in polyester.  Requires 150W bulb. 

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