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Vintage Side Tables – Available Now


Sexy 1950s era side tables in stock now @ A Life Designed! – $175

These retro beauties make perfect side tables for a couch or chair and can also be grouped together to form a unique coffee table. Lightweight with a beautiful pearlescent look top surface, these versatile tables are being sold as a set of three only. (3 tables for $175.00)


dimensions: 16″ across x 15″ tall

Click the red store button at the top of the page to shop these and all of our carefully curated Rough Luxe Decor, perfect for the home or retro-inspired retail environment.

A Life Designed

Price shown does not include shipping charges. Email us at to arrange shipping if outside the Scottsdale/Phoenix AZ area.

NOTE: These pieces are vintage and although we pride ourselves in hand picking the best possible pieces, they all will show “character marks”, minor dings, and dimples acquired over years of service. Please look carefully at all photos and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchasing. Thank You!

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Follow ‘A Life Designed’ on Instagram


Hang out on Instagram? Well then, stop on by and say hello!

Recently it was brought to our attention here at ALD that we should post more pictures on our Instagram account. To that we replied, “what Instagram account?” Frankly, we had completely forgotten that we had started an account over two years ago and, in that time, managed to post exactly one photo. Impressive… Not.

It was then brought to our attention that despite our “one photo input” we already had 103 followers. Huh? Well now, it’s about damn time we joined that party!

So next time you are ‘Instagrammin'” look us up at alifedesigned. We promise to be better about posting fresh, fun stuff!

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Thought for the day… Nate Berkus


“Here’s to the things that lift us up, anchor our lives — and tell the world who we are.”

“That’s what I love about building a home for myself and what I love about building a home for other people. The recipe isn’t all that complicated: You just have to add your life, your travels, your memories, the people you’ve loved, the people who’ve loved you back, all the stuff that’s crossed your path along the way—and then mix.”



“At the end of the day, my attachment isn’t to my new home—which is just a series of rooms and walls—but to the things that fill it. Which is why I know that if for some reason I ever ended up living in a studio apartment again, I’d be happy. Because I would have only what I need. But in my case, as a lifelong aficionado of stuff, what I need is the exact same thing as what I want. So here’s to the things that lift us up, anchor our lives — and tell the world who we are.” — Nate Berkus



(All images: Nate Berkus)

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Hey Designers…. Please Stop Beating This Typeface to Death!

hand typeface

Psst… Hey you. Yes you, overworked and chronically underpaid graphic designer. Come here, I want to tell you a little secret. Despite what you may have heard, imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery. It’s just imitation!

Lately, everywhere I look, I am seeing graphic designers taking the easy way out with the repeated overuse of this typeface and slight variations thereof. Please, I beg of you… Stop!


I first spied this font used in Kinfolk, one of the many navel gazing, hip indie ‘lifestyle’ magazines that are currently so popular among the under 30-somethingartisanal twee set.


Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the font itself. As is usually the case, it was a fresh look the first few times I saw it used. But now, like lemmings to the sea, designers everywhere are forcing it down our throats to promote everything from tanning, to coffee… organic foods to fashion and beyond. I can almost hear the client or creative director now; “make my brand look hip.” And the stressed out, (creatively lazy?), designer thinks to themselves, “No problemo, I’ll just use the Kinfolk font!” Yawn.



But this over-baked design trend doesn’t just stop with font abuse. No, apparently this typeface MUST be overlaid on top of softly out-of-focus, sun-drenched 20-somethings, their smiling faces cropped tight. Again, yawn.


Creatives! As a fellow pixel pusher, I realize that project deadlines and client demands are often relentless and hugely unrealistic, but come on! There are thousands of fonts to choose from out there. Take a chance, think outside the box and who knows?… Perhaps you will create the next slavishly imitated and copied design trend. Good luck with that.

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Vintage Metal Trunk — Available Now!


A one-of-a-kind piece, this vintage metal travel trunk is true Rough Luxe perfection. — $250

The patina and industrial details on this versatile trunk are amazing. Use as storage, a side table or coffee table. However you decide to use it, this unique nod to the past is guaranteed to make a bold design statement. Continue reading…

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