Friday, May 28, 2010

Design Within Reach

Lei ChicGreat hair, cool clothes, killer Pradas—you’ve undoubtedly mastered grown-up style. But your furniture is still suffering from growing pains.

A threadbare futon and hand-me-down dining set from your parents? That may have worked back in college, but it’s time to stop kickin’ it so old school.

So check out Cathy's Marketplace, the just-launched local shopping website offering up a mix of upscale new and gently used furniture, home accessories and artwork.
Everything on the site is filtered by interior designer Cathy Lee, co-owner of RSVPstyle, the Honolulu-based home décor company known for its tip-loaded website, do-it-yourself instructional DVDs and decorating workshops.

Sellers submit their pieces, which are inspected for style-killers like scratches, stains and broken bits and then posted at deep discounts. Buyers can then purchase the items from them directly via the site.  

Furniture styles range from contemporary and shabby-chic to Asian and island-inspired. Current finds include everything from an ebony dining table slatted with funky grooves to a Korean Elmwood medicine chest to a hand-painted French Rococo nightstand.

And the accessory mix is equally eclectic. Think tropical oil paintings, carved wall mirrors, and modern floor lamps—even a Swarovski crystal chandelier and a four-and-a-half foot tall teak Indonesian gong.

Plus, Lee posts weekly videos loaded with helpful hints for common design dilemmas like room coordination and making the best use of small spaces, using items taken from the website.

Just what you need to get your home looking as good as new.

Cathy's Marketplace. For more info, email



Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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