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Site Spotlight: Modern Throw Pillows at Simply Cushions

Ever wonder where to buy those Nordic style throw pillows you see in those beautifully sparse Scandinavian rooms posted all over Pinterest and Instagram? Try Australian (and New Zealand) shopping site, StyleCarrot partner) Simply Cushions.

Taking a break for the angst ridden events of the day, I perused Simply Cushions, which offers over 300 different modern throw pillows made from 100 percent cotton linen. I particularly love the geometric designs with restrained palettes. 

If you like to be kinda coordinated, the site offers them in groupings of four and six. This is a selection of my favorite modern throw pillow styles from Simply Cushions:

Nordic Style Pillow Covers By Simply Cusions

Simply Cushions also offers kid-friendly throw pillow designs. I have always loved British illustrator Ashley Percival’s owl characters. So cute. (And I didn’t realize Ashley is a guy til I went to his site just now.) I don’t have little kids anymore but I think many of these cushions could work elsewhere.

Modern Kids Throw Pillows by Simply Cushions

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Site Spotlight: Modern Clocks at Purely Wall Clocks

Australian retailer and StyleCarrot partner Purely Wall Clocks offers a huge range of clocks—they offer over 250 clock designs.

Most are modern wall clocks though there are also a number of retro clock designs too. My favorites are the Scandinavian inspired minimalist designs, as well as the highly graphic black and white clocks. The site also features a number of oversize, large scale wall clocks.

Here’s a sampling of modern clocks from Purely Wall Clocks:

Scandinavian Style White + Wood Clocks

Modern Scandinavian Style Wall Clocks

Scandinavian style clocks feature natural materials such as pale wood as well as reclaimed wood, both paired with white. There are ball clock styles, cut lattice work designs, round clocks in solid frames, and even wall clocks shaped like houses.

Graphic Black + White Clocks

Modern Black & White Wall Clocks

Taking cues from school or office clock designs, one might think graphic black and white clocks would be the most straightforward, but maybe not. Some of these clocks have fun with numbers, dashes, and blank space.

Modern Multicolor Rainbow Clocks

Modern Multicolor Wall Clocks

It’s never to early to teach kids to tell time, the old fashioned way. These multi-color wall clocks are super fun for playrooms or nurseries. A color for every number, or just plain mayhem.

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Site Spotlight: Modern Furniture at Interior Secrets

Australian shopping site and StyleCarrot partner Interior Secrets, which launched in 2009, features an array of sleek furnishings for homes and offices at competitive prices. In fact, it’s said to be Australia’s most comprehensive online collection of modern design.  

The site offers pretty much every kind of modern and contemporary furnishings from dining chairs, desks, tables, entertainment units, beds, nightstands, and also lighting, accessories. While many of the furniture styles are clean-lined, they also carry a selection of rustic, reclaimed furniture and industrial style furnishings. 

Here’s a survey of favorite modern furniture styles.

 Modern Dining Chair Replicas

Interior Secrets showcases a wide range of modern dining tables and chairs, including molded plastic Eames replicas (upholstered and naked), Jens Risom lookalikes with webbing, and Scandinavian styles in natural wood. There’s a good array of light and dark wood finishes as well black, white, and a well-edited selection of colors, plus counter and bar stools too.

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Modern Office Furniture Eames Jacobsen Replicas

If I were outfitting a workplace with modern office furniture I’d definitely go for a clean and tailored look. (It might help combat my midday napping tendencies brought on by my cushy sofa.) Interior Living carries the most popular modern desk chairs in fun, vibrant colors, as well as desks, workstations, and sleek office storage pieces.

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Contemporary Entertainment Media TV Units

The modern entertainment center has evolved. The hulking, wall-hogging, black and mahogany veneer monstrosities of the ’80s have given way to long and lean media units that can hide the clutter of today’s smaller cable boxes and Apple TV consoles while providing a resting space for flat screen TVs should you not opt to mount them on the wall. These contemporary media storage centers from Interior Secrets have a bit of a mode, ’60s vibe.

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Replicas Of Modern Furniture And Lighting

Sometimes buying signed original just isn’t an option. Interior Secrets sells replicas of iconic modern furnishings. Lookalikes include Finn Juhl, Eero Aarnio, and Le Corbusier chairs, George Nelson clocks, and Jean Prouvé and Isamu Noguchi tables, among other favorite modern furniture designs.

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Just In: Lumens Modern Lighting Sale Going On Now

I seem always to be researching lighting for one situation or another. (Currently I’m choosing lights to brighten up and modernize our Florida condo.) Luckily  sites like Lumens make choosing modern lighting easy, from basic fixtures to on-trend statement lighting. This StyleCarrot affiliate has asked me to create a post on its modern lighting sale, going on now. (This post is sponsored, but I am a devoted Lumens customer.)

The Lumens lighting sale offers 40+ modern lighting brands at up to 40% off.  I’ve combed every lighting category in the sale for my favorite picks for modern chandeliers, modern pendant lights, modern sconces, flush mount fixtures, table lamps, floor lamps, and more, from brands and designers including Artemide, Tom Dixon, Muuto, Sonneman, Flos, and others.

Some of them I have been coveting for years, others I am lucky enough to own. I helped a friend choose #1 for the playroom in her Manhattan apartment and it looks fantastic —clean, curvy lines with some shine. I really wanted to install #3 in our house on the Cape, but had to go with something less expensive; I still love it though. I’m a sucker for anything resembling gray flannel or concrete so #4 is a fun fave (plus I got to visit the Muuto offices on a press trip to Copenhagen).

Speaking of Danish Design, the matte black sconce (#13) by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen is a longtime classic. And I’d definitely label #7, Tom Dixon’s copper pendant, a newfound classic lighting option. And one more… I included #8—spare brass sconces with a white glass globe— by contemporary lighting design master Michael Anastassiades in a design mockup for my family room makeover (see “related posts” at the bottom). This could be the perfect opportunity to purchase a pair.

Here are my 15  favorite modern lighting styles from the Lumens lighting sale.
Modern Lighting Ideas On Sale At Lumens

Modern Lighting Ideas On Sale At Lumens


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1 Model 2097/50 Chandelier by Gino Sarfatti for Flos

Solo Pendant with Disc by Intueri Light

Logico Mini Triple Linear Suspension Light by Artemide

Under The Bell Pendant by Muuto

5 Molecular 15-Light Chandelier by ELK

Orb 5-Light Pendant by Sonneman

Copper Pendant by Tom Dixon

IC Wall/Ceiling Light by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

9 Puck Slim LED Flushmount by Sonneman

10 Fiori Flushmount by ET2 Lighting

11 Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide

12 Elise Floor Lamp by Pablo Designs

13 AJ Wall Sconce by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen

14 Muffin Table Lamp by Brokis

15 Lina Diamond Wall Sconce by Rosie Li Studio

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Site Spotlight: Hunter’s Alley

In late January, the team behind One Kings Lane launched a new venture, Hunters Alley. Hunter’s Alley is  an online resale marketplace that features one of a kind antique and vintage, handmade and crafted, and contemporary pre-owned items.

Individuals and professional vendors sell finds and designs which are lightly vetted. A specific seller and  his or her finds are highlighted daily up front, and users can follow sellers they like best. One can also “love” an item, causing the gray outline of a heart to fill in red, which is very satisfying. “Top 10 Most-Loved” items are featured on the home page, pulled from the pieces with the highest number of “loves.”

Hunter’s Alley curators also pull together themed sales. Recent collections have included: “Space-Changing Art,” “Romantic Safari,” and “Handmade for Entertaining.” Prices start at $25, and new items are added every day at 10am ET. Each seller has a profile, with a bit about themselves, and the aggregate of their offerings.

The design is crisp and clean, much like OKL. The products are mostly silhouetted on a white background (though not all of them), and some tend to get a bit blurry when enlarged on the product page, but still, the good news is that it displays large enough to get a good sense of the item. There’s not a ton of items on there yet, but it’s still new, and there’s enough to make it worth a browse (and if you get lucky, a buy).

Hunter’s Alley has more personality than Dering Hall (though I love that site too), which skews somewhat closer to 1st Dibs (big fan, been browsing since its inception, though high prices means I’ve never bought). Given Hunter’s Alley more accessible price points and products, fun tone, and of course, the success of parent company One King’s Lane, it’s a definite hit.

Here are my current top picks on Hunter’s Alley:

Vintage Furnishings Decor Hunters Alley


1. Vintage Moroccan Rug/Wall Hanging, $850

2. Møller Danish Teak Side Chair Model 78, $499

3. Danish Modern Side Chair, $199

4. French Green Sunburst Double Espresso Cup, $36

5. Handmade Stoneware Salt Spoons, $20 

6. Bliss Framed Art Print by Kristi Kohut, $64

7. Handpainted Antler, $98

8. Modernist Tripod Candlesticks, $45

9. Kaj Franck White Mushroom Bowl, $89

10. Mid-Century Blue Liquor Decanter, $85

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