Housewarming party

Posted on Sun, 19 Aug 2007 by KiM

As you all may know, Jo recently moved to a new apartment. Because she lives on the other side of the world and shipping to Australia is astronomical, I thought I’d have a little virtual housewarming party for her. There’s all sorts of things a new place needs – like the perfect furniture and lighting and fabulous accessories to pull it all together. So Jo, happy housewarming, and here’s a few things I picked up (virtually) for you on my internet travels. ENJOY!

So let’s start with some important pieces – couches. Now I know you are in the process of painting your suite, and it’s looking FAB. But where is Mickey the wonder dog going to chill out? I was thinking the Milo sofa from Anthropologie. And you’re going to need a place to nap after all your hard work decorating your new place so I thought a daybed from Mondo Trasho would be super-functional.
You mentionned you can’t find a Malm console table at Ikea so I found you a couple of options. I LOVE this Louis console table from Anthropologie. It’s a tad more exciting than a Malm piece. There’s also the fun West Elm chunky console table. (Oh, and did I forget to mention that at a virtual housewarming the stores will ACTUALLY ship outside of the U.S.?)
Now I think everyone needs that one piece of furniture that’s really unexpected and eclectic to spice things up. So I found you this Nubian side table set from Surfing Cowboys. Half-naked-men side tables ought to work. I also think a screen is a must-have in case you have unexpected visitors and your place is a mess.Perfect to place in a corner and you can chuck the mess behind it. (Ok – maybe not this one for that purpose). Love the pattern of this Mondo Trasho room divider.
Now for some accessories. Gotta have an amazing light fixture over your dining table. So I found you the beauty below from Mondo Trasho. Retro fabulousness. Maybe I’ll get one for me too. And for some mod graphic art I’ll pick you up this Rita Letendre Original Silkscreen from Found Design. Figured it would match your new living room colour scheme.
Every girl needs some fun colourful accessories to brighten up a space. Now because we both love anything Chinoiserie flavoured, I thought some foo dogs were in order. And in turquoise, these couldn’t be more perfect. I know the carpeting in your new place is, well, not so special (especially after the toilet incident) so how about a fun rug to cover it up with?
And last but not least, some “outdoorsy” items. First up is something to keep Mickey company in your new courtyard. I was thinking these limestone dog statues. And I know you don’t drive but if you need to zip around to get to your favourite thrift stores in a hurry, you may need some transportation. So I thought you could fly down the sidewalks in this Ducati Brio 1960 motorscooter. There’s even a little rack at the back to tie your new chair purchases to.

If anyone else has any virtual housewarming gifts they would like to give Jo, please leave a comment with links to your gift(s). What’s a party with only one guest???

kim. says:

😀 forget about the annual event. I hate those annual events. ANYHOO, that console is killer (I too loved it since Nick posted it), too bad West Elm doesn’t like Canadians or Australians! And nothing says homey like a pair of naked nubian tables.

I love the silver light!

Corny Secret Admirer says:

Hey if money is no objective I’ll give you these http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=164155

kim. says:

OMG what awesome chairs CSA! Great find – I’m sure Jo would love those!

Peggy says:

How fun! A virtual homewarming! Kim, I love your picks for Jo’s home. As you know, a girl can never have enough lamps, here is a lamp for her living room.

http://cgi.ebay.com/50s-BAROVIER-Turquoise-Gold-C-de-Oro-Lamp-A_W0QQitemZ200142113328QQihZ010QQcategoryZ994QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

This was great. Thoroughly enjoyed.

IMEDAGOZE says:

Happy housewarming, Jo!

kim. says:

Love that lamp Peggy!

Thanks CSA those chairs are amazing. Peggy how did you know that I crave Barovier murano glass lamps? Thanks everyone for your best wishes 🙂

julia says:

Happy new apartment Jo!

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