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Online Hot Spot: Emerald Fish

Comments Off 23 March 2011

Heddie Chu is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and a founding member of NC2, an architecture and interior design firm in San Francisco. So when it comes to design, we listen to what Heddie has to say! She’s lived all over the world, so it’s no surprise that she started Emerald Fish, an online global style collective. “We collect beautiful design products from cultures all around the world and make them available to everyday consumers. We believe that appreciating beauty is universal, and can lead to understanding and appreciating each others’ cultures.”

The Emerald Fish team curates and features design objects and tabletop accessories from over 12 countries, including one of a kind vintage finds from Europe and Japan, and fair trade items from Africa (Uganda and Rwanda). Most enjoyable is Emerald Fish Tales, the company’s blog with commentary about design, travels, cultures, and traditions from around the world.

We asked Heddie to “go fish” and share her most recent favorite finds!

Korean Decorative Placemat ($30)

As a kid growing up in Seoul I loved these placemats. You can use it on the table or frame one as a wall hanging. I like to use it when I entertain and mix it with different table pieces from other countries. It helps start up the conversation and makes the table feel festive.

Rwanda Plateau basket – red ($48)

Our socially responsible baskets from Rwanda were made by women who couldn’t afford much for their family. Now, just doing their traditional crafts with local materials, they have turned into business owners. Each basket has a name of the woman who hand-made it. If a customer can hear a story and understand a culture he or she did not know about before…we are happy!

Emerald Green Moroccan Style Bottle Tall ($80)

Emerald is my favorite color, and this bottle is a great start to a design collection of green glass objects. We have a variety of these on our website and I love them both as decor and as functional carafes.

French Silver Tray ($100)

I enjoy serving tea to my guests, either in the afternoon or as a dessert course after a heavy meal. This tray is so pretty you can use it to serve charcuterie, or even a roast…just put the meat in the middle and surround it with the roasted veggies. Delicious!

Black Deco Box ($138)

These trinket boxes have old world glamour, but the colors and lines still go beautifully with contemporary objects. You can fill it with your favorite hard candy and put it on your coffee table. I also use these boxes with mirrored trinket trays, just like our parents used to have.

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HOT SPOT: Chic Antique in Chicago

1 Comment 26 August 2010


Nesting Newbie fan, Kristen, sent us this message about one of her favorite hot spots in Chicago…

“Just passing along some Chicago buzz. There’s a new furniture boutique in the Lakeview neighborhood in the Windy City. Chic Antique sells really amazing, refinished antique furniture. You can also bring in pieces of your own to have them refinished by the owner Crystal (who’s also an interior designer). They do free local delivery which is a plus, and nothing in the store (that I’ve seen) is over $500. Really unique stuff that you won’t find anywhere else. Cute kitschy accessories too!”

This caught our attention, so we pinged Crystal to find out more, and she sent over these images of what’s inside Chic Antique right now…

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Crystal modernizes old pieces through bold colors, materials, and hardware to give them fresh face lifts that will fit into the chic modern homes of today’s generation. Hmmm…that turquoise trefoil side table with the white marble top is talking to us…let’s check out more.

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Ooooh…that white chair with green graphic cushion, oh, and that black chest of drawers with the gold detailing and cool hardware…okay, we’re seeing where she’s going with this!

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More turquoise (a favorite color!)…and lots of great finds.

But is Kristen right about the prices? Crystal says that prices range from $4 for vintage jewelry to $475 antique dressers. Most chest of drawers and dressers range from $250-$475. That’s really affordable for one-of-a-kind!

We asked Crystal to take us through a piece’s transformation…

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“I found the mid-century chest of drawers at a flea market in the suburbs of Chicago, and decided to give it some pizazz with a white and fuchsia high gloss split finish. (I made half the dresser white and the other side fuchsia.) Then, I replaced the wicker door inserts with funky zebra printed cotton fabric. I added some mid-century vintage knobs and..ta-da!”

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“It sold pretty quickly and, since then, I make sure that I always have a statement piece in the store to show how creative I am with older outdated-and-you-want-to-pass-by pieces. I also try to remake things into a variety of decor styles, so there’s something for every preference…whether that’s shabby chic, contemporary, traditional or super glam (my personal favorite:).”

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Crystal takes great care to find well-made pieces constructed of solid wood with dovetail joinery. So, for interesting, affordable and quality furnishings and accessories for your home…seek out this very HOT SPOT!

Chic Antique
Lakeview East: 3435 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL. 60657


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