Get the Look: Bookshelf Bazaar

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:




Brave Space Design Tetrad Mega Shelving, $700 – $3,500 at Design Public
Fabric Magazine Holder, $16.95 at Tiny Living
Madison Loop Ladder Bookshelf, $129.99 at Target
Blu Dot Chicago 3 Box Shelf, $799 at Design Public
Trig Five-Shelf Bookcase, $169 at CB2
Index Four Bookcase, $3,200 at Design Within Reach
Kartell Bookworm Bookshelf, $1,148.46 at All Modern
Flybrary Bookshelf by Umbra, $31.50 at Umbra
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

Get the Look: Zebra Swatches

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

Bottom row: Blue/Lavender Zebra fabric at ebay; Peyton Collection Zebra fabric in lime, $8.98/yard at; 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.


Get the Look: Zebra Pieces


Shopping Guide

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,
Zebra pattern cowhide rug (7’x5′), $475 , Modern Dose
Plush zebra rocker, $80,

Get the Look: Indian Inspired Accessories

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.

As for 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.



Buying Guide

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
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.

Get the Look: More Grey & Green Wallpaper (Because I Am Obsessive)

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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