Saturday, September 16, 2006

New Designer at Target: Victoria Hagan

A few items from Target's new collection by interior designer, Victoria Hagan (from top):

Faux Stingray Nesting Tables in buff, $179.99
Ashley Vase, $14.99
Equestrian Sculpture, $29.99
Tate Lamp, $99.99
Equestrian Pillow in blue, $29.99

Tips on Buying for the Cheap at Heart

Smart Money has this article about the best time to buy items from clothes to airline tickets. It's not as thorough as I would prefer, and a lot of the advice is common-sense, but it is a fun, quick read. If you don't have two minutes to read the whole article, here's my summary:

*Buy seasonal goods off season, from wrapping paper to outdoor furniture to clothing.

*Buy new appliances on a holiday weekend, when there is likely to be a sale.

*Wait 6 - 12 months before buying a new technology when it comes to items like TVs or computers.

Via Product Dose

Weekend Sales

Nest, in Snider Plaza, is having an inventory close-out sale through September, 30. Sale items range from Jonathan Adler ceramics to STICKS furniture and accessories. All sales are final.

Nest, 6731 Snider Plaza, 214-373-4444

Crate and Barrel is having a custom upholstery sale September 15 - October 15. They are offering 25% off on over 150 furniture styles and frames in over 2000 fabrics and leathers.

3104 Knox Street, 214-219-1500
5221 Alpha Road, 972-934-1800

Design Within Reach is having a mix-and-match chair sale through September 25. Save 15% when you buy six or more chairs or stools.

4524 McKinney Avenue, Suite 103, 214-521-0100

Bivention Home Recycling Organizer

This handy home recycling organizer from Sprout Home isn't available in the U.S. yet, but hopefully it's on its way. The design allows you to use plastic shopping bags as garbage liners without hassling to keep them open while they are hanging or trying to stretch them to fit a large trash can.

Paintable Wall Applications

I ran across these paintable wall applications from Fold Bedding on Style Hive. I love the look, but they are a little pricey for my taste at $42 for a package of 8. The applications are available in several other shapes, including "retro slats," which had a very cool, architectural look.

Check out the site for inspiration. This is the sort of thing you could do yourself with a lot of time and patience. Since I have little of either, I'm going to hope someone copies these on the cheap soon.