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  • Writer's pictureWendy Elizabeth

A few of my favorite things

I love those bits in magazines that tell you the Editor’s favorite picks for the months. So, for this week I thought I would list a few of my favorite decorating items and websites. Things that I either covet or already own.

Artichoke Lamp

Created by Danish architect Poul Henningsen, in 1958. I am not sure what it is that I love so much about this lamp (I don’t even like artichokes) but the design is one that is also studied and admired world wide. It is truly timeless and would look at home in any setting (modern or traditional).

Photographs by Ted Scott

Ted Scott photographs and digitally enhances the sights and sounds of New Zealand, it’s people and landscape. I have several of the 8 x 10 prints in my home. One of my absolute favorites is a composed photograph of Sheep and Sailboats. Ted’s photographs can be purchased for a very small amount of money and the quality is exceptional.


Made to order by a company called Cool Sofa’s. Fabrics, design and size can all be custom made for a very good price. The website allows you to experiment with your designs on the computer and you can request samples of the fabric for a very nominal fee.

Handmade and Vintage Items

A website devoted totally to entrepreneur’s who make or sell handcrafted and vintage items. Everything from handmade stationery to jewelry and clothing. It is all unique and there is the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a home business. Many things can be custom ordered to your specifications.

Leaf Garland Lamp

The second pendant lamp on my list (I actually had five but narrowed it down fearing a bit of a fetish). This lamp has been on my “to buy” list for about 10 years. In silver, I know that it would probably look a little crazy in my house but I love the ethereal shapes of the leaves, the whimsy of it.

Linens, china, glassware, utensils, furniture, lighting, countertops, flooring

Everything can be found at Ikea, either online or at the store. Items are less expensive and better quality than mid-priced retail stores. The only downside is that the turnover is huge, buy when you see it as it may not be back for a while. All furniture can be tested out at the store and usually ordered in many different styles and colors. If you want style within a budget then this is the place to go.

Thrift Stores, Habitat ReStores, Mission Stores, Salvation Army etc

I love wandering around these stores. Several pieces of furniture in my home were bought here, usually the price of delivery was more than the cost of the item. If you are looking for something specific it is best to go often, dealers are always scouting these places for antiques and great bargains they can re-sell at an amazing profit. The best things to buy are sofas and chairs (reupholster or change the pillows if needed or add taller legs if they are too low) dressers, bookshelves, china and vintage kitchenalia.

Lady in Red by Rose Thummel

I bought this painting several years ago and I never tire of looking at it. It’s never too late to start a wish-list. Keep a website file in your computer (or just cut out pictures from magazines and pin them to the wall). I am almost certain that one day what you want will find it’s way into your home…

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