Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Fancy adds same-day delivery in NYC to encourage impulse buys

Email I got this morning from The Fancy

Email I got this morning from The Fancy

My favorite website just got even better. The Fancy, a social e-commerce startup, just added some kick-ass features to their service (see the email I got from them this morning). Below is a post about how this new functionality fits into this evolving industry from Eliza Kern at Gigaom.

The Fancy plans to add same-day delivery on items shipped to customers in New York City, as a way to differentiate the design-oriented e-commerce company, and to get customers to take the plunge and make a purchase.

 

The Fancy

Just last week, I wrote that one of the biggest challenges for design-oriented e-commerce companies like Fab and The Fancy isn’t pleasing the user or helping them discover cool products — the companies have those experiences down. Rather, it’s getting the user to actually hit “buy” for items they want, but maybe don’t immediately need.

On Tuesday, The Fancy plans to announce same-day delivery in Manhattan for no additional cost, with plans to expand throughout NYC, which the company hopes will push the consumer a little closer toward completing those transactions.

The Fancy is a NYC-based e-commerce company that sells high-end and design-oriented home, fashion, and travel items. In quickly browsing the site, you scroll through a grid of products that could include everything from Beats by Dr. Dre, awall-mounted fishbowl, a Helmut Lang maxi skirt, a waxed canvas lunch bag andBreaking Bad-themed art prints. We explained the idea behind the site last year, when it was just getting started.

Bloomberg recently reported that The Fancy had raised $53 million at a valuation of $600 million from investors including American Express and Will Smith, and that the company was doing $3 million in revenue a month. At the time, Om wrote that the company has been part of the trend toward the “Pinterest-ization of the web,” where companies use design to influence what we buy and how we think about their items, and where consumers buy things based on social interactions and suggestions from friends and followers online.

So why would a company like The Fancy care about same-day shipping? There’s been a flood of recent interest in the idea of same-day delivery as a key differentiator for e-commerce companies. Farhad Manjoo wrote for Slate recently about the glories of Google’s same-day shipping when you don’t plan ahead, or when you run out of something like toilet paper — there are times when tomorrow just won’t cut it. And there’s no question that fast shipping through Amazon Prime has helped the e-commerce giant dominate the retail market, as Om pointed out in a recent post.

For The Fancy, it’s obviously not about delivering you toilet paper when you need it. The company isn’t selling “must-have” items (unless you forgot someone’s birthday.) Instead, it’s more about convincing you to take the plunge on that Helmut Lang skirt — and assuring you that if you do, it’ll be in your hands as quickly as it would be if you ran over to Barney’s to pick one up yourself.

We’ll be talking about the impact of design on commerce and technology at ourRoadMap conference in November 2013, which you can sign up to get information on when tickets become available this summer.

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19 Couches That Ensure You’ll Never Leave Your Home Again

Who doesn’t love sitting in a comfy couch? I know I do. That’s why I’m re-blogging these 19 Couches That Ensure You’ll Never Leave Your Home Again. Number 18 is BY FAR my favorite. Enjoy 🙂

1. Classic Sectionals

Classic Sectionals

Get this sectional in a soothing slate gray for classy canoodles. Starting at $6,024, from Bassett Furniture.

2.

From Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

3.

From Pottery Barn. On sale now for $6,000!

4.

Lounge sofa from Crate and Barrel.

5. Uber-Deep Sofas

Uber-Deep Sofas

The self-proclaimed “deepest sofa in Seattle” is a whopping 55” deep. $2,780 from Couch Seattle.

6.

Three-piece sectional by Pottery Barn.

7.

An extremely deep sofa by Philippe Starck. (No relation to me…notice the different spelling)

8.

Get it here by special order.

9. The Cuddle Couch

The Cuddle Couch

For two-person sleepovers, if you know what I mean. From Elite.

10. The Movie-Pit Sofa

The Movie-Pit Sofa

For the V.I.P. (Very Important Pedestal for wine glasses). From Tetran.

11. Elegant Tufted Couches

Elegant Tufted Couches

$7,195–$9,575 from Restoration Hardware.

12.

$4,495 from Z Gallerie.

13.

Here is a smaller, cheaper version. $2,295 from The Room Service Store.

14. Outdoor Lounge Furniture

Outdoor Lounge Furniture

$999 from Amazon.

15. Lived-In Basement Seating

Lived-In Basement Seating

It don’t need to be pretty, it just needs to get the job done. Get it here.

16.

$9,436 from All Movie Replicas.

17.

The DIY Home Theater Way

Two identical sofas smashed up against each other.

18.

Giant pillows for epic cat cuddling. These are $279 apiece.

19.

 

Ottomans that perfectly fill a room so the floor is a GIANT BED.

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The Trendiest Apartment in NYC goes to Jamie Drake!

Jamie Drake

Working at Stark has given me exposure to the best designs from the best interior designers in the world. Some of the spaces they create are absolutely mind blowing. I saw this post on Elite Daily about famed interior designer Jamie Drake‘s NYC apartment and needed to share it below. Enjoy 🙂

This Could Be The Trendiest Apartment In All Of NYC

Living trendy isn’t always a bad thing. If anything, you’re leading the pack rather than being on the following end. When it comes to real estate and condominiums in New York City, there are tons of different style options for both interior and exterior decor. You might walk into someone’s home to find your surroundings fairly traditional and minimal, then you could walk into another apartment get hit with an array of funky furniture and colors.

Jamie Drake’s trendy NYC apartment is the latest property to be put in the spotlight due to its rampant trendiness and borderless attitude. There are very little boundaries when it comes to the decor of this apartment. Clashing colors and odd shaped furnitures are methodically placed around the home, making it one of the sickest apartments we’ve ever seen in the city.

One side, furnished with a 13-footlong sofa and a cocooning Milo Baughman lounge chair, is meant for watching the television encased in the unit; on the opposite side, the cabinet houses a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and an L-shaped sofa provides seating for cocktails and conversation. – Adelto

It’s almost as if Drake were given a blank canvas and told to paint his heart out. If you were wondering what Jamie Drake does, he’s a superstar designer — that pretty much says all you need to know. His clients include many celebrities and New York’s own Mayor Bloomberg. Jamie Drake says that people will stop by his house after dinner just to revel in in the environment he’s created.

One of the cool things about this apartment is that the building has en-suite garage capabilities, which means if Jamie Drake really wanted to, he could park his car right in his living room. However, Drake thought it’d be a better idea to use this space for an extra living area, especially considering space in NYC is hard to find to begin with. Check out designer Jamie Drake’s trendy New York City apartment.

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22 Brilliant Ideas For Your Tiny Apartment

As a follow up to my last blog post, I figured I’d stick to the BuzzFeed format and re-blog another one of their posts called 22 Brilliant Ideas For Your Tiny Apartment. This is especially relevant for anyone like me living in New York City. The only thing missing from this list is a great Stark rug like any of these. Enjoy 🙂

No matter how tiny that studio apartment is, nothing beats having your own space. Here are some actually feasible ideas that don’t involve remodeling or a completely unrealistic warehouse loft.

1. Place a curtain around the bed.

Place a curtain around the bed.

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It’ll give your sleeping space some tranquility and a nook-like feel.

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2. If your workspace only consists of a laptop, just use a bookshelf instead of taking up space with a desk.

If your workspace only consists of a laptop, just use a bookshelf instead of taking up space with a desk.

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3. The curtain separator works for a kitchen too.

The curtain separator works for a kitchen too.

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4. Use a piece of plywood to build a makeshift wall that you can place a desk against.

Use a piece of plywood to build a makeshift wall that you can place a desk against.

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5. Or a pull-down screen.

Or a pull-down screen.

Doubles as a surface to project movies on!

6. Put the bedroom under a gigantic canopy.

Put the bedroom under a gigantic canopy.

It’ll give the illusion of a private fort.

7. Use your TV to mentally separate your sleeping space from your entertainment space.

Use your TV to mentally separate your sleeping space from your entertainment space.

Also: love the accent wall in the “bedroom.”

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8. Opt for sliding doors for closets and bathrooms.

Opt for sliding doors for closets and bathrooms.

They require less space than swing-out doors.

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9. Repurpose an old window for kitchen separation.

Repurpose an old window for kitchen separation.

Also: a kitchen island on wheelies can provide some much-needed counter and storage space.

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10. A chest doubles as a coffee table and as storage.

A chest doubles as a coffee table and as storage.

11. Set your bed up against a wall so you can prop pillows up when you need to use it as a couch.

Set your bed up against a wall so you can prop pillows up when you need to use it as a couch.

12. Make a couch that swivels into a bed.

Make a couch that swivels into a bed.

You can finally get that dreamy sectional you’ve always wanted. Get the DIY here.

13. Use seating as an opportunity to store as much stuff as possible.

Use seating as an opportunity to store as much stuff as possible.

Instead of plain old chairs, opt for seating that serves double duty, like storage ottomans and storage couches.

14. Make use of a ladder in dead space behind a door.

Make use of a ladder in dead space behind a door.

You can hang things off of it, like a throw or a winter jacket.

15. Use your window as a projector screen.

Use your window as a projector screen.

If you’re not the type to watch television but still want the option to screen movies in your apartment, buy a white screen for your windows that double as blinds.

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16. Place your sofa against the bed.

Place your sofa against the bed.

17. Chaise lounges are a good alternative to regular-sized couches.

Chaise lounges are a good alternative to regular-sized couches.

They’re generally shorter than full-sized couches and are more versatile than a loveseat. And if you get two of them, you can sandwich them together into a makeshift bed.

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18. Turn your bed into a movie pit with a heavy dresser or console.

Turn your bed into a movie pit with a heavy dresser or console.

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19. A ceiling-hanging clothing rack takes advantage of your vertical space.

A ceiling-hanging clothing rack takes advantage of your vertical space.

The one shown here doesn’t look bulky or monstrous, and you have enough vertical space to stack things like shoes or books underneath.

20. Don’t have space for a couch? Giant pillows on the floor can be laid out when you have guests over.

Don't have space for a couch? Giant pillows on the floor can be laid out when you have guests over.

And then put away when you need the floor space. SO COZY.

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21. Build a super simple foldout table that’s mounted to the wall.

Build a super simple foldout table that's mounted to the wall.

If you have basic carpentry skills, you can make an incredibly simple kitchen table that folds back up onto a wall with some wood and some hinges.

22. Put your bed on lockable casters.

Put your bed on lockable casters.

This way, you can easily wheel it to be used as extra seating in the living room, or against a wall when you need some floor space to do an impromptu yoga routine or gymnastics flip.

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36 Things You Obviously Need In Your New Home

I saw this article on BuzzFeed and felt it was definitely worth re-blogging. Enjoy 🙂

1. A Fire Pit IN THE POOL

2. A Door That Turns into a Ping-Pong Table

A Door That Turns into a Ping-Pong Table

Shouldn’t every door be a secret Ping-Pong table?

3. Chilled Produce Drawers in the Kitchen

Chilled Produce Drawers in the Kitchen

4. A Wine Cellar Trap Door

A Wine Cellar Trap Door

5. A Sleepover Room

A Sleepover Room

6. A Door Handle That Automatically Turns Off Electricity and Gas When You Leave

A Door Handle That Automatically Turns Off Electricity and Gas When You Leave

7. A Swing-Set Dining Table

A Swing-Set Dining Table

8. A Built-In TV for the Bathtub

A Built-In TV for the Bathtub

9. A Glass-Encased Fireplace

A Glass-Encased Fireplace

10. A Loft Hammock

A Loft Hammock

11. A Hot Tub That Flows from the Inside to Outside

A Hot Tub That Flows from the Inside to Outside

12. A Huge Round Bedroom Window

A Huge Round Bedroom Window

13. A Stained-Glass Door

A Stained-Glass Door

14. A Library Staircase/Slide

A Library Staircase/Slide

15. A Bone-Shaped Pool for Your Dog

A Bone-Shaped Pool for Your Dog

This dog can hardly contain himself.

16. A Waterfall in the Bathtub

A Waterfall in the Bathtub

17. A Waterfall in the Hot Tub

A Waterfall in the Hot Tub

18. A “Swimpond”

A "Swimpond"

It’s a man-made swimming pool that self-cleans and doesn’t use bleach or chemicals.

19. A Two-Story Closet

20. A Bed That NEVER ENDS

A Bed That NEVER ENDS

Aptly named “The Eternity Bed” for sleepovers that last forever.

21. A Movable Balcony

A Movable Balcony

22. A Fridge-Enveloping Pantry

A Fridge-Enveloping Pantry

23. A Staircase That Wraps Around an Aquarium

A Staircase That Wraps Around an Aquarium

24. Stairs You Can Walk Under

Stairs You Can Walk Under

25. A Glass-Encased Basement Pool

A Glass-Encased Basement Pool

26. A Bar You Can Swim Up To

A Bar You Can Swim Up To

27. A Compartmentalized Bathtub

A Compartmentalized Bathtub

For couples that love to bathe together but hate the idea of cross-contamination.

28. Bathroom Lights That Resemble Stars

Bathroom Lights That Resemble Stars

29. Sparkly Bathroom Tiles That Resemble a BeachSparkly Bathroom Tiles That Resemble a Beach

30. An Overflow Bathtub with Fireplace

An Overflow Bathtub with Fireplace

31. A Creek That Runs Through Your Hallway

A Creek That Runs Through Your Hallway

32. A Built-In Drying Rack

A Built-In Drying Rack

33. A Glitter Staircase

A Glitter Staircase

34. A Staircase That Lifts Up to Reveal a Secret Room

A Staircase That Lifts Up to Reveal a Secret Room

35. A Giant Twirly Stainless Steel Slide

A Giant Twirly Stainless Steel Slide

36. A Slide Shortcut into the Pool

A Slide Shortcut into the Pool

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