leah's ebay find: hulanicki wallpaper

I interviewed Barbara Hulanicki awhile ago for an article I wrote on the resurgence of Lucite in home furnishings, and I’m embarrassed to admit that at the time I had only a vague sense of her place in the world of fashion and design. In fact, her stature as a style icon and visionary only truly hit me later, when I visited an exhibition featuring items from her legendary Kensington boho shop, Biba, at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Hulanicki has long since left swinging London behind in favor of an interior design business in Miami. But her signature style still carries quite a bit of cache in the UK, where she’s created a line of glam-nouveau wallpapers and textiles for British high street chain Habitat and wallcoverings company Graham & Brown.

Sadly, the Habitat papers aren’t available in the U.S., but you can purchase the Graham & Brown designs for $60 a roll from the G&B website — or for only about $36 each with Buy It Now on eBay.

See more of Leah’s great finds at her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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leah’s ebay find: hulanicki wallpaper

I interviewed Barbara Hulanicki awhile ago for an article I wrote on the resurgence of Lucite in home furnishings, and I’m embarrassed to admit that at the time I had only a vague sense of her place in the world of fashion and design. In fact, her stature as a style icon and visionary only truly hit me later, when I visited an exhibition featuring items from her legendary Kensington boho shop, Biba, at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Hulanicki has long since left swinging London behind in favor of an interior design business in Miami. But her signature style still carries quite a bit of cache in the UK, where she’s created a line of glam-nouveau wallpapers and textiles for British high street chain Habitat and wallcoverings company Graham & Brown.

Sadly, the Habitat papers aren’t available in the U.S., but you can purchase the Graham & Brown designs for $60 a roll from the G&B website — or for only about $36 each with Buy It Now on eBay.

See more of Leah’s great finds at her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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site we're psyched about: designlabshop.com

I recently stumbled upon the fantastic designLAB SHOP via Design*Sponge, and have since had a blast sifting through all the great vintage items available on the site. The owner of the site, Cara Piscitello, has a shop by the same name in Bellingham, WA. I’ve added it to my list of must-see shops if I ever find myself in the area. For now, I’ll satisfy my craving with a little surfing and perhaps some cyber-shopping. I’ve got my eye on this cheery yellow grid mug. I can just imagine starting my day with a cup of coffee in this brightly colored cup. — Erica P.

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site we’re psyched about: designlabshop.com

I recently stumbled upon the fantastic designLAB SHOP via Design*Sponge, and have since had a blast sifting through all the great vintage items available on the site. The owner of the site, Cara Piscitello, has a shop by the same name in Bellingham, WA. I’ve added it to my list of must-see shops if I ever find myself in the area. For now, I’ll satisfy my craving with a little surfing and perhaps some cyber-shopping. I’ve got my eye on this cheery yellow grid mug. I can just imagine starting my day with a cup of coffee in this brightly colored cup. — Erica P.

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Fresh flowers truly brighten my mood. Waking up next to a vase of tulips starts my day off right. Opening my front door to a bouquet of pretty purple irises just makes me smile. The obvious downsides to my love affair with fresh-cut flowers is their hefty price-tag and short life span. For these reasons, I wanted to learn how to make the most out of my occasional flower indulgences.

I seplaceed the web for information and inspiration, starting with choosing the perfect vessel. The blog Pollen Nation by online florist Serenata flowers had this one completely covered. This comprehensive post features eight main rules for choosing the proper vase.

While anyone can plop flowers into a vase, a florist knows the key to making a beautiful arrangement. I wanted to see how it was done, so I seplaceed YouTube for a quick video how-to. I learned some simple tricks watching Meghan Carter of AskTheDecorator.com receive a lesson from floral designer Vickie Wenstrup.

After finding the perfect vase and laboring over the arrangement, I don’t want my flowers going limp too soon. Check out these 15 tips that will make cut flowers last longer on DoItYourself.com. — Erica P.

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