Cyber-decorated space; online shopping
Your duvet is drab, your teapot is cracked and your couch, well ugly. You have no time to shop in town let alone jet to a Bohemian-inspired boutique in Paris. Enter, the Internet. Be it midnight or noon, pajamas or power suit, thanks to the world wide web, you can shop from the comfort of your home or office.With the help of some local design experts, weve compiled a go-to list of Web sites where you just might score the perfect pillow or maybe a lovely lamp. Natalie Smith, a residential designer at Slifer Designs, took time off from buying light fixtures to spend nearly an hour sharing some of the secret sites she has bookmarked on her work computer. The Internet makes her life infinitely easier, she said and is by far a designers quickest resource. Martin Nordin, a designer at Wm Ohs, a high end kitchen showroom and design firm in Edwards, e-mailed us a handful of his favorite, go-to decorating sites. Weve listed sites for each category: kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom and were willing to bet theres at least a few you havent visited yet.
http://www.inmod.comYou wont find any ornate Asian carpets here, but there are plenty of retro, Pop art inspired or even shag rugs to choose from. Check out the plethora of pendant lamps sure to up the visual ante of your living room.www.fusionhomestore.comFusion Home is a store in Ventura, California, and lucky for Internet shoppers, a Web site, too. Find Asian and European furnishings like Bamboo room dividers and woven fiber runners for your dining room table.www.bellacor.comIf you need a mirror, this is THE site to visit. There are more than 1,000 choices so youll likely find something to grace your living room wall.
http://www.completelystainless.comThis site specializes in, you guessed it, stainless steel. From uber-contemporary tea pots (with matching sugar and cream containers), to round fruit baskets and wine racks, this site sells hundreds of stylish, shiny products at reasonable prices.www.horchow.comThough this site could fall under any of our four categories, weve put it under kitchen. Why? Because theres a set of Italian pots and pans that are the perfect shade of pale pink. Even better, a $10 donation will be made to the National Breast Cancer Association for each purchase. You can also find snazzy print storage containers, which may or may not make last nights lasagna look appetizing.www.michaelaram.comSometimes something as simple as new hardware (read: knobs) can revamp tired looking cabinets and change the whole feel of a kitchen. Choose anything from pewter toned pebbles ($16) to Nickel bamboo pulls ($14.50) to grace the front of your cabinetry.
http://www.allmodern.comFrom whimsical prints to muted classics, Calamity Jane to Aztec Medallion prints, allmodern.com has great accent pillows, along with contemporary home accessories. Check out their streamlined bedroom furniture, and sleek, modern fireplaces.www.foldbedding.comAlong with bold, Wallter paintable wall applications in circles, squares, fish and even butterflies, this site features high end bedding. Find wool bedspreads, pillows and throw blankets all characterized by bold colors and clean lines.www.inhabitliving.comIf youre admittedly sans design skills, check this site out. You can design a bedroom from duvet cover to throw pillows and even wall art in one fell swoop. They claim over a million possible designs for their BuiltBy Lamp, pictured here. Dont forget to check out the Sample Sale link where one-offs, discontinued and excess merchandise is sold at killer prices we found an art piece that was normally $126 for $49. Woo hoo.
http://www.shanghaitang.comThis site, an offshoot of the Shanghai Tang chain of department stores, is known for unique Asian imports. Maybe a Ginger Flower soap set ($40) will make your next guest feel ultra welcome.www.westelm.comThis site has been touting their new line of organic cotton towels and bath mats, made with earth-friendly dyes. Towels that are good for you and the planet how much better can it get? You can even get them monogrammed if youre super fond of your own initials. Be sure to check the sale section of the site, where you can often score a bargain buy or two.Arts & Entertainment Writer Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or email@example.com.