We can’t stop looking at this beautiful cottage recently posted over at Apartment Therapy. The home has an excellent sense of style, seamlessly creating an eclectic/shabby chic environment that is cozy, enriching, and welcoming. We love how they integrated tech into their house in an effortless fashion — which is really what Unplggd is all about. After the jump we’ll let you know how they did it and how you can achieve the same look.
The giant wooden desk
This large desk looks well worn and aged marvelously. If you'd like to build your own and save a lot of money, an excellent source for reclaimed wood is your local Craigslist under the “materials” section. Or, if you’re not very DIY-inclined, it is easy to find similar looking styles at your local furniture stores. For instance, this Crate & Barrel drop-leaf table (on sale) is a great interpretation of the desk for a smaller space. You can use various wood treatments to make the new wood look more worn.
The paper lanterns
The popularity of Chinese paper lanterns has been steady for a while now thanks to places like IKEA creating many affordable and accessible designs. We love these paper lanterns that look very authentic and adds a touch of worldly sophistication to the room. You can purchase authentic, hand painted lanterns online from one of our favorite stores in New York, Pearl River.
The vintage lamp
Acquiring a collection of nice looking vintage tech can be just as difficult as it is to do with furniture. The real deal can often require much hunting but in the mean time you can find similar pieces available brand new like this Pottery Barn table lamp.
Other elements we love in the space are the vintage typewriter as well as the task chairs. Clearly this collection did not come about over night so don’t get discouraged if you can’t assemble everything before your next move in a month. Part of the success of the final product is the knowledge of the dedication it took to achieve it. Instant-gratification types need not apply. This is for someone who loves design and doesn’t mind waiting for just the right piece to pop up in an Etsy store or flea market.
Eames wire chairs with the schoolroom-style stacking base can be found in many thrift and vintage shop, alongside reproductions via shops like Modernica.