THE GILDED AGE: ROUND-UP OF METALLIC ACCENT TABLES FROM $100

I've been on the hunt for just the right gold accent table for one of my clients, and I realized after rounding all these beauties up that you might want to get in on this too!



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Aside from this stuff, I'm running around like a madwoman these days orchestrating the renovation of my new store space, treasure hunting for all the loads of fine things it will need to be filled with, and on top of all that throwing a birthday party this weekend for my soon-to-be 3 year old boy! (And Beni having a birthday means I have a birthday next week too, because he arrived on my birthday eve. Best present ever!)

Busy times for sure and yes, it's a total balancing act that sometimes feels like it's getting the best of me, but the reality is that I have nothing but gratitude for all this incredible fullness at this moment in my life.

xo,


INSPIRED BY MID-CENTURY FLOOR LAMPS (AND SOME BARGAIN SHOPPING TIPS)

I'm semi-obsessed with vintage mid-century lighting.  It's definitely my favorite era for lighting, and vintage Italian floor lamps in particular really float my boat.  
 
Do you see how the lamps in the spaces below kind of surprise you and how they completely elevate a room?  It's usually the unexpected juxtaposition of such traditional decor paired with such modernist shapes that I love.  
 
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The thing is, all these ahhhhmazing lamps by the likes of Arredoluce, Serge Mouille, Arteluce, and Lightolier run easily into the thousands of dollars on 1st Dibs and Ebay ...
 
 
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LIGHTOLIER $5900 
SERGE MOUILLE $7600
ARREDOLUCE $11,000
$4500 1ST DIBS
 
So here's a little tip, just in case you didn't know it.  Sites like Etsy and Chairish (also Ebay if you're lucky) have authentic mid-century lighting at seriously bargain prices.  Yes there will be those pieces that are marked way up by collectors who know exactly what they have, but you'll also find gems like these, which I compiled in a 10-minute Etsy search ...


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I'm not really buying for myself right now because we're just getting into our house remodel and there's no point in decorating until it's finished.  But if I were I'd be pretty interested.  They're all around $300-$400, which isn't nothing but it's a lot less than you'd pay on 1st Dibs (not quite as pristine, but the price difference is worth a bit of polishing!)
 
Check out the whole selection here ... there are even some for under $100.
 
Last but not least, you can always make it a DIY project.  Like that time I transformed this 1980s mauve floor lamp into a vintage Italian lookalike for my One Room Challenge project ...
  










So please buy those Etsy lamps before I do.  My resolve is weakening by the moment and I've just about convinced myself that I really do need them, if only as inventory for the new store.
 
Enjoy your Monday!  
 
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FIND ME SOON ON DOMINO.COM!

As you might have guessed from my absence this week, I'm up to my eyeballs in the work of designing and planning for my new interiors showroom opening soon here in LA

Yowzas you guys.  It's a lot.  Please bear with me while I get my sea legs as a first-time shop owner ... it's a dream come true, but also a boatload of work heaped onto an already full-to-the-brim schedule. 

So for today, here's a bit of good news and some serious visual inspiration:

I could not be more thrilled to share that I've just become a contributing editor for none other than Domino!  After years of steadfast admiration of those arbiters of great decorating style, it feels fantastic to get to join the ranks of the Domino tastemakers and share some of my favorite decorating tips as well.

I will, of course, keep you well-informed about when my articles are set to hit the Domino site.  But for now, check out these past favorite Domino features that keep me coming back again and again.


 This Manhattan apartment's neutral yet edgy gallery wall just slays me ...



Mad inspiration for decorating all in white ...






An antiques-filled apartment that feels anything but old ...


And soon, little ol' me, in the pages of Domino.  How you like them apples!?

xo,


I'M OPENING A HOME STORE!

You guys.  It's happening!  I am opening my first brick and mortar store in Los Angeles.  I made the final decision yesterday and I'm beside myself with excitement.  I'm quite literally vibrating with all the ideas and plans I have for creating a store environment with the amazing things I intend to showcase. 

Of course it will be a showroom for my line of upholstered furniture, but it will also be much more.  It will be a public space where I can fully and completely express my style and design aesthetic, which as you know is a mix of old and new, traditional and modern, smooth and textured, sleek and funky. 

What is will not be is all mid-century, all traditional, or all boho chic. 

It will not be one-note.  It will not be boring.

What it will be is a scintillating mix of the very best of all of the above. 

Beautiful classic upholstery juxtaposed with iconic mid-century designs. 

Clean-lined modernism layered with global textiles. 

Modern art as a backdrop to elegant traditionalism. 

All the hallmarks of my own personal style as a designer.  I can't wait to show you what I've got in store for you (pun intended)... CANNOT WAIT!

There's much to be done.  The space that I selected now goes through a little renovation before I can even begin to bring in all my goodies.  Here's some of the inspiration I've gathered for the new showroom ...

(all photos via my Pinterest "Showroom" inspiration board)



  





















I'll announce the location soon, but for now here's a sneak peek. Our storefront is in a beautiful historic building in an up-and-coming pocket of LA that I think is poised to become the new Larchmont Village or Sunset Junction.  And I plan to help take it there.



In a little last minute twist, I settled on a store name that surprisingly is not any of the names I recently polled you about.  (I so appreciate all your input and good advice!)  This naming business was incredibly hard for me, I have to say.  It's not just about what I like the sound of, it has to do with web domains and the physical shape of the words and finding a name that is well-suited to logos and signage.  So this is it:
The meaning of the word "clad" dovetails nicely with the concept of upholstery and the general concept of outfitting and layering one's home with beautiful decor and textiles. 




Thank you for all of your support.  I'm beyond excited to have you along as I embark on the next chapter of Rosa Beltran Design and Clad Home.








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