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2014 has been a year of reinvention. A new outlook, new behaviors, new friendships. And exploring a new style. Transitioning from a cozy three bedroom colonial in upstate New York to a modern beach condo in southern California gave me a chance to reimagine how I’d like my environment to look and feel. Here’s a list of 10 sources that gave me inspiration as I’ve been nesting into my new home, and some top picks from each.

This content is an excerpt from a book I’ll be publishing soon, documenting my journey of personal transformation and experiments in life design over the past year. If you’re interested in knowing more about that, feel free to send me an email at emergentbydesign [at] gmail.com.


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1/ grounded
a local favorite of mine for modern, clean design. they carry furniture and accessories from brands like Herman Miller, Knoll, Modernica, and DwellStudio. i’ve found all kinds of unique items there, from candleholders to birdfeeders to flatware.

J Schatz Egg Bird Feeder, $165 
Jonathan Adler Muse Votive Candle Holder
lolo flatware, $79 
Modernica Ceramic Cylinder with Wood Stand, $149  
iittala essence red wine glass, $40/set of 2 
Sagaform Pix Travel Mug, $14 


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2/ ligne roset
this place challenged my notion of what a couch is. the asymmetrical ploum sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec is described by the designers as “like a ripe, voluptuous piece of fruit”. sitting on it is like sinking into a fluffy cloud.

Ploum Sofa, $6,365 


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3/ west elm
pulling in a moroccan style coffee table and tribal patterned rug helped me bring in a bohemian element to an otherwise modern decor. also found some super fun animal plates there that i used to serve thanksgiving dinner.

Carved Wood Coffee Table, $349 
Carved Wood Side Table, $249 
Bubble Knit Pouf, $249
Kite Wool Kilim, 5×8, $299 
Dapper Animal Plates, $10 


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4/ lofty coffee company
besides getting a long black or pourover there almost every single day, they have some great travel mugs and coffee equipment for sale. (they also sell bags of “Keeping It Classy Espresso Blend”). 🙂

Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker, $25
KeepCup Brew Limited Edition Cork, $32 


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5/ SoLo

a 4,000 square foot warehouse located in the cedros design district, solo is divided into merchant spaces featuring various styles of home design, from mid-century modern, to asian antiques, to california casual. also a great selection of coffee table architecture and design books.


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6/ design within reach

i love the classic Eames lounge and ottoman. and the sapien bookcase by Bruno Rainaldi (though i found an acceptable knockoff version from world market for half the price). roveconcepts.com sells a knockoff of the saarinen oval table for a quarter of the price.

Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman, $4,559 
78” Saarinen Oval Dining Table, $7,857


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7/ world market

good for decorative accents, pillows, table linens and stuff for entertaining. i found some nice outdoor furniture here for my side patio.

Cala Hammered Coffee Table, $299 
Papasan Chair Frame & Cushion, $69/ea.
Green Abhati Hanging Lantern, $16-$24 
Small Red Pouf, $39 
Elin Tower Bookshelf, $149


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8/ ikea

swedish meatballs and white design studio furniture.

ALEX Drawer unit on casters, $119 
LINNMON Table, $39 
ALEX Desk, $159 
ADDE Chair, $12.50


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9/ anthropologie

not just for women’s clothing, anthro has a surprising selection of things for house & home, with some really great accents for kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. found cool wall hooks, coasters, and plates.

Mooreland Dessert Plate, $16 
Sechura Towel Collection, $8 – $48 
Octopus Garden Shower Curtain, $148 
Monogram Mug, $8 
Celestial Coaster Set, $32 
Fox Forestry Hook, $22 


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10/ pier1

wall decor, mirrors, baskets, candles. i completed my outdoor patio sanctuary with a double swingasan chair, room divider, and a bunch of of outdoor lanterns.

Ghanti Room Divider, $399 
Carved Wood Mirror, $149 
Double Swingasan, $469 
Logan Lantern, $39 
Champagne Jeweled Lantern, $32 
Heera Console Table, $269 
Caravan Gem Hanging Lantern, $71 
Moroccan Lanterns, $17-$27 


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