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Oct 18

The Source for Cheap Tile Everybody Should Know About

If you’ve ever looked into tile prices, you probably know that materials can destroy your renovation budget in no time. My jaw hit the floor when I saw the prices on some of the beautiful tiles popping up in Pinterest. Honestly, who is out there paying 50, 75, or 100 bucks and up, per square foot? (And when the manufacturer website doesn’t even tell you the price, you know the old saying is true—if you have to ask, well, you can’t afford it.)

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May 18

How This Couple Combines Fashion Industry Know-How With Woodworking for Stunning Designs — Etsy Seller Spotlight

We don’t necessarily think of fashion and woodworking as going hand-in-hand (unless we’re watching Sex And The City circa the Aidan and Carrie days). But Rosie Kovacs and Hayes Shanes, the couple behind Brush Factory, credit their backgrounds in fashion and design as part of what sets their handmade furniture and home goods apart. But there’s also plenty of substance behind their gorgeous editorial shots and designs. All their furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood using centuries-old techniques.

We spoke with Shanes to find out more about how Brush Factory got started, the craziest custom request they’ve ever gotten, and why Larry David would probably approve of their shop.

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May 18

How Element Clay Studios Makes Her Clay Creations Look Straight From Nature — Etsy Seller Spotlight

Heather Knight got started by making things she would want in her own home. Her business, Element Clay Studio, started as a way to supplement her income. Today, her line of nature-inspired ceramics is her full-time job, something she says was due, in part, to her decision to sell on Etsy.

“I received such great press and visibility that I was able to make it my full-time job within a year,” she says. Her creations all come out of a converted shipping container on her property in Savannah, GA. She is helped out by her husband Mike, who takes care of customer service, keeping her websites updated, and generally helping out around the studio.

We talked with Knight about the story behind her shop’s name, how she stays inspired, and where she shops when she’s on Etsy. Take a closer look below:

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07
Jan 18

Cat's Out of the Bag: 8 "Secret" Shopping Sources Designers Love — Shop Like a Decorator

For me, shopping for decor is a weird, paradoxical experience. I find myself wanting to have unique things. And yet, I’m the first one to share my sources when I find amazing stuff at chain stores. I think that’s because a) I’m not in high school, so I’ve fully come to terms with the idea that copying is a compliment, and b) When companies are getting it right, especially in an unexpected area, they deserve some love. Who knows, maybe more sales will mean they’ll create even more amazing pieces in the future? And if you have the same accessory or sofa as your best friend, everyone brings a different styling aesthetic to the table, right?

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22
Sep 17

The 12 Best Online Sources for Buying Lamp Shades

The great thing about lots of lighting, from pendants to table lamps, sconces to chandeliers, is that all it takes to reinvent a fixture is a new shade. Options for replacement shades run the gamut—neutral versus bold colors, patterned versus solids, pleated versus smooth. Heck, you can even choose something with fringe or ribbons on it if you’re into trim. The biggest question isn’t what but where to find the best shade.

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