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Melanie Carlson Lushpad
Melanie Carlson took her obsession with midcentury designs and turned it into a business with Lushpad, an online vintage furniture marketplace. Prettier and easier to navigate than Craigslist, the site can make your Eames dreams come true. Read more
Such a Lush
Lushpad Midcentury Marketplace
Nothing against Craig, but shopping the man’s list is like searching for a needle in a friggin’ haystack.
Or, in your case, a Mies original in a mountain of tacky floral granny chairs, used and abused mattresses, and junky Ektorps.
L.A.-based midcentury obsessive Melanie Carlson felt your pain — and sensed there must be a better way.
So she launched Lushpad, an online vintage and reproduction furniture marketplace, to prove it.
Like a mod, tightly edited version of C-list or eBay, the site connects North American buyers and sellers whose pulses quicken at the site of Barcelona chairs, Eames tables, and Danish modern credenzas.
And skipping the middleman keeps prices lower than those in showrooms, so it’s not just furniture porn.
Plus, unlike that other list, this needle’s free of pricks.
Available online at lushpad.com.
Marisa Mercer, Sheila Mulvihill, and Julia Wilbur Plover Organic
Marisa Mercer, Sheila Mulvihill, and Julia Wilbur noticed a dearth of chic organic bedding in their ecofriendly lives -- so they decided to make their own. Plover Organic gets it right with pretty, vibrant designs in a dude-friendly color palette. Read more
As a kid, you played games on the playground, but adult entertainment takes place in the bedroom.
Well, Red Rover, Red Rover, let Plover come over. A brand new line of organic bedding, Plover was dreamt up by two gals who were disappointed in the drab ecofriendly linen options out there.
Duvet covers, quilts, and shams are made of 100 percent organic cotton and are block-printed by hand at a fair trade factory in India with low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes and hydrogen peroxide bleach.
But the real treat is in the patterns — leaves, confetti, roses, poppies, birds, stripes, and geometrics — all of which look neat mix and matched or on their own. The neutral hues (light blue, sea green, pale yellow, and browns) keep them from being frilly, so the male species won’t object.
Especially if you play a game of hide the salami beneath them.
Justin Brandreth Potter Nettleton Hollow
Raised on a farm in Connecticut, Justin Brandreth Potter was searching the web for botanicals with which to decorate his first apartment. When he came across nothing but crafty junk, he launched Nettleton Hollow, an online shop full of decorative branches, fruits, and foliage. Read more
Nettleton Hollow Botany Boutique
Once upon a time in Litchfield County, Connecticut, a young lad named Justin Brandreth Potter helped herd his family’s cows from rolling green pastures to the local dairy farm.
As they meandered over the meadows and through the woods, they passed through a beautiful valley named Nettleton Hollow.
When Potter grew up, he settled in Brooklyn and yearned to fill his home with pieces of nature reminiscent of his outdoorsy upbringing. So he went searching on the Interweb for branches, grasses, fruits, and pods.
But all he found were junky, crafty options from less-than-stellar online shops. So he opened his own, aptly named Nettleton Hollow. Now all the people in the land can order beautiful grapewood branches, cockscombs, and split oranges to decorate their digs.
And liven up their spaces happily ever after.
Available online at nettletonhollow.com.