Jen S. asks: “Have you ever noticed that most bookshelves are really ugly? I think I’ve finally found a pair that I like, but the whole category of furnishing is due for a revamp. Or maybe truly stylish people don’t use them?”
These bookshelves are clean, functional, stylish:
1 Brave Space Design Tetrad Mega Shelving, $700 – $3,500 at Design Public
2 Fabric Magazine Holder, $16.95 at Tiny Living
3 Madison Loop Ladder Bookshelf, $129.99 at Target
4 Blu Dot Chicago 3 Box Shelf, $799 at Design Public
5 Trig Five-Shelf Bookcase, $169 at CB2
6 Index Four Bookcase, $3,200 at Design Within Reach
7 Kartell Bookworm Bookshelf, $1,148.46 at All Modern
8 Flybrary Bookshelf by Umbra, $31.50 at Umbra
9 Steel Book Truck, $223 at US Library Furniture
10 Thomas Wold Block Party Book Case, $3,990 at Design Public
11 Hancock Bookcase, $199 at CB2
12 Quad Bookshelf, $1999 at Generate
13 Cadman Spine Bookcase, $169 at West Elm
14 Vitra Self Cabinet, from $685 at Unica Home
15 Ginko Shelving by Iannone Design, $1775.00 – $3550.00 at PlushPod
16 Array Bookcase, $189 at CB2
17 Graphic Pop Bookcase, $499 at PB Teen
18 Opus Shelving System, $495 at Design Within Reach
19 Acrylic Bookcase, $3,920.00 at PlushPod
20 Corner Me Shelving, $498 at Design Within Reach
21 Warwick Double Bookcase, $245 at Stacks and Stacks
22 Treku Bookcase, $1,150 at Design Within Reach
23 Cubitec Shelving, $245 – $265, at Design Within Reach
24 BERGSBO Bookcase, $279 at IKEA
25 Offi Ply Grid Shelf, $299 at Modern Seed
26 Sapien Bookcase, $198 – $298 at Design Within Reach
27 Illuzine Magazine Rack, $31.50 at Umbra
28 Scaffold Bookcase, $399 CB2
29 Spine Wood Bookcase, $179 at West Elm
30 Boom Hive Cube, $ at 2modern
31 Kartell Lovely Rita Bookshelf, $293.56 at All Modern Lighting
32 Blu Dot D2 Utility Shelving, from $569 at Design Public
33 Hivemindesign Tier Shelving, $7,200.00 at 2modern
It isn’t always black and white.
Top row: Duralee Auadisiac fabric, $63.50/yard at Decorators Best; Robert Allen Halifax Nation in sky fabric, $56.25/yard at Decorators Best; Rose Cumming Zebrine from Dessin Fournir wallpaper at Webster & Company
Middle row: Moda Silver and Lavender Stripe wallpaper, $44.95/roll at Design Your Wall; KB Wide Zebra fabric in pink, ebay; Scalamandre Zebra fabric in Lime & White, $109.50/yard at Decorators Best
B ottom row: Blue/Lavender Zebra fabric at ebay; Peyton Collection Zebra fabric in lime, $8.98/yard at Fabric.com; Robert Allen Marlowe fabric in cashew, $61.75/yard at Decorators Best.
And for the New Yorker’s out there, the zany zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre in
Masai Red made famous by Gino’s, which is also fun (and a little less jarring) in Zanzibar Gold, $91.25/roll at Decorators Best.
Corona cowhide stool with nailhead trim, $3,500, Candace Barnes San Francisco, 1st Dibs
Blue zebra print pillow (20″x20″), $135, Modern Dose
Pico zebra pillow by Areaware, $24, Velocity Art & Design
Martin Patrick Evan red zebra rug in wool and silk, starting at $7,200, Vivre
Resin zebra head, $285, ebay
Needlepoint armchair in brown zebra stripes, $760, Bellacor
Hayes bench with in cowhide, Plantation, price upon request, Plantation
Jonathan Adler wool zebra pillow (16″x16″), $98, Jonathan Adler
Zebra skin trunk handmade in England, price upon request, F.M. Allen, 1st Dibs
Black & blue wool rug (3’3″x5’3″), $90, Overstock.com
Zebra pattern cowhide rug (7’x5′), $475 , Modern Dose
Plush zebra rocker, $80, Overstock.com
I’m lured by the look. It’s pretty, easy, exotic. Chances are, besides my thesis of yesteryear (on the oh-so practical topic of the cross-dressing between Krishna and Radha in Rajasthani miniature paintings), you probably won’t find an ethnic accoutrement in my house. (We tend toward the starkly modern these days.) But I really do love the lush patterns and intense color combinations.
your decor, don’t by shy. Add color and layers with Indian motifs of lotus leaves, sultans, and scrolls to achieve a look decidedly Indienne. Pillows, duvets, and throws add immediate spice to a room. If you’re feeling incredibly smitten, consider dhurries, hand-blocked wall coverings, an airy canopy bed, elaborately carved doors, or inlaid end tables. Here are a few fanciful, yet refined, furnishings with which to Indian-ize your surroundings.
Carved Tibari Triple Arch, $6,995 at Shikara Design.
Bedlam Wallpaper by Osborne & Little at Walnut Wallpaper.
Handcarved Sandstone Statue of Shiva, $99, Shikara Design.
Leaf Wallpaper in Blue by Katie Ridder at Katie Ridder.
Coptic Pillow by Koko Company, $116 at PillowsandThrows.com.
Lotus Flower Nesting Bowls, $95 at Koo de Kir, Boston.
Anglo-Indian Ivory Inlaid Dressing Mirror from Burden & Izett Ltd at 1st Dibs.
Saltarello Wool Crewelwork Rug, $78.00-$1,098.00 at Anthropologie.
Attendants Wallpaper in Purple by Katie Ridder at Katie Ridder.
Cotton Canvas Ganesh Pillow by Koko Company, $86.40 at The Modern Pad.
Table with Mother of Pearl & Bone Inlay, $6,750, Suzanne Golden Antiques at 1st Dibs.
Here’s another batch. Next thing you know I’ll be off grey and green and onto some other color scheme. But with any luck, I will order a few samples and make a decision. Post your opinions, please.
Wallpaper Pattern Names
Row 1: Osborne & Little Volte Face; Osborne & Little Volte Face; Madison & Grow Eloise.
Row 2: Tres Tintas Barcelona Pajaros; Romo Kenazan; Flavor Paper Huton.
Row 3: Design Your Wall Custom Bamboo; Design Your Wall White & Silver Mylar Geometric Squares; Jocelyn Warner ?.
Row 4: Ferm Living, Wild Flower; Design Your Wall Custom Brown & Green Floral Vines; Romo Simonii.
Row 5: Graham & Brown, Bittern Feather; Graham & Brown, Chrysanthemum; Anderson Como Arts & Crafts Ogee.
Row 6: Graham & Brown Beauty Amethyst Modern; Tres Tintas Barcelona, Pajaros; Anderson Leaf Sprig.
Resources for papers shown here:
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