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summer newbies


some fun summer newbies at urban outfitters: some great block letter pillows ($24) and a mum variety ($24) for those in search of something lighter, new ceramic hooks ($10) and the inevitable silhouette version ($10), some fun 1950's style birdcage drapes ($28) and a gorgeous geisha lamp base ($42). pair the geisha with a striking lampshade and you've got yourself a pretty cool lamp. change the shade and you'll have a whole new look. all available right here. enjoy!

[i'm going to prospect park to enjoy some sun. it's too pretty to be inside. ps: i made these last night- i highly suggest them. delish! giada is the best]

[pps: thanks to newsweek for the nice mention in this week's issue: "brooklynite grace bonney is equal parts diarist, talent hunter and advocate for warm, affordable design ideas." thanks!]





Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - what great pieces from urban!
and that recipe looks wonderful. giada is my favorite - i watch "behind the bash" all the time too!

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blurb in NewsWeek! I was very excited when I saw Johnny Depp on the cover, and squealed again when I saw your name.

3:11 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i'm in newsweek?


(what does it say?)

3:22 PM  
Blogger Lori Zimmer said...

whoa crazy newsweek!

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering why you hadn't mentioned it here yet!


5:09 PM  
Blogger Style Court said...

The Geisha lamp is the perfect example of what Grace does so well: find high style pieces at budget friendly prices. To me the lamp seems so Maison 140, especially with all of the various shade options.

And I love Giada too!

7:30 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks, stylecourt :)

it's always a good day when i feel like i find a piece that can be easily transformed into something pretty stylish. even if it comes from urban, which i know can be a hotbed of controversy ;)


7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the Newsweek mention!

UO doesn't deserve your attention. I find the stuff beautiful as well but their history of questionable-at-best practices re: independent designers ruins it for me ... witness:


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to second what Kim said.

While I too love the design of so many of their items (as well as Anthropologie's stuff - same company), between the questionable practices with indie designers and the CEO Richard Hayne's massive donations to Rick Santorum's coffers, the idea of shopping there just doesn't sit well with me.

I'm always surprised at how few people know of Hayne's political history. He's a brilliant businessman, really - sell items that appeal primarily to liberal, educated, indie types, and turn the profits over to the opposite side. Heinous, but brilliant.

11:41 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i pesonally don't care about the company's political leanings. LOTS of companies that people don't know about donate to political organizations or leaders i can't stand. what i find offensive about UO is the way the pilfer from up and coming designers. looking through the current catalog i see tons of copied designs. it's something i'm torn about, but i do like some of the things they have. but politically i don't think it's fair to blame the people who made a pillow for what a larger corporation does. i know people who work for anthropologie, UO and other groups under that umbrella who hate those politicians you named, but can't help what a COO or CEO decide to do. it's a tough situation.


11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI. The pillows featured are handmade for UO by a small indie designer in Brooklyn. Check the website.

2:38 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

oh cool. does anyone else know who it is?


3:34 PM  

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