My First Coffee Table

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By: Dale

As a first-time coffee table buyer, I wanted to make sure I looked at pretty much everything on the Internet with at least one flat surface and a sufficient number of legs to keep it standing.

After looking at thousands of coffee tables, and I honestly mean thousands; from DWR, West Elm, CB2, Crate and Barrel, Room & Board, Lumens, YLiving, Uncommon Goods, Pottery Barn, Dwell, ABC Carpet & Home, Organic Modernism, Blu Dot, and countless others, I was getting a little discouraged. Continue reading

Dining Room: Under Construction

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By: Dale

It’s been a year since I’ve moved into my new apartment and now I remember how hard it is to turn a house into a home. It’s been slow, but it’s about to get real.

After figuring out how to never put my shoes on standing up ever again, the next room we needed to tackle was the dining room. The space behind our couch we initially envisioned as an office, so she could do real people work and I could talk to all of you on the innanets — but the location, lack of door, and flow of the space made it more useful as a dining room. But neither of us had a dining room before, or an actual dining table to fill it with…  Continue reading

We Need A New Republic

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By: Dale

It was Memorial Day weekend, the very last day of the exhibit, but I was determined to make my way to A New Republic; I’d been promising myself since February that I would see it. It was hot. I stickily walked down from my apartment to the Brooklyn Museum with my camera strapped tightly over one shoulder. I didn’t really know what it was about, but I knew it was “really good”, in that way that your friends tell you when they want you to see it for yourself. I wasn’t quite prepared. Continue reading

Let There Be Light, and Other Things: The Best of ICFF

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By: Dale

ICFF is huge, not only evidenced by their occupation of the first and third floors of the Javits Center or by their gigantic banner, but because they are the crown jewel of New York Design Week.

Luxury furniture designers from around the world come to display their best, and next, greatest designs. Here are a few of my favorites straight from the showroom floor, and since I’m a lighting snob, they’re almost all lights. Continue reading

A Cardboard Lifesaver

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By: Dale

When I first moved into my new place, a few things became apparent. Quickly.

I knew exactly what I had too much of (anything made from paper), too little of (forks), and ultimately what would drive me insane (sitting on the floor to tie my shoes).

The paper, I couldn’t get rid of fast enough, I contemplated fire, and I’m still not sure how I lost or disposed of that many metal forks, but there are less of them now and I have learned to cope. However the last problem really got to me. Continue reading