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Designer wares at big discounts

November 22, 2008|David A. Keeps and Craig Nakano

For those who can muster the enthusiasm to shop, plenty of special sales are scheduled for the week ahead. One, in fact, is already underway: Today is the second and final day that a cluster of Almont Avenue shops in West Hollywood will be offering deep discounts on fine furniture, lighting, fabrics and decorative accessories.

The markdowns will reach 70% at designer Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home store and 50% at designer Joe Lucas' Harbinger. Their neighbor, Nathan Turner, is offering up to 50% off showroom models, including a studded, tufted Flores club chair, reduced from $2,875 to $1,640.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head for 636 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood; (310) 275-1209.

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The Environment Furniture showroom inside the H.D. Buttercup home furnishings emporium has launched a holiday sale, with 20% to 70% off select floor samples, overstock and discontinued designs. The company says the sale will run "through the holidays." Head to 3225 Helms Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 945-5458; www.environmentfurniture.com.

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For those who favor the handcrafted and the locally made, A+R in Venice is hosting ceramist Maria White Mebane's trunk show today. Diners at the L.A. restaurant Jar may know her work: Those are Mebane's tea light vessels gracing each table. The Hollywood-based artist will show a collection of pots and jewelry. The store is at 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (310) 392-9128; www.aplusrstore.com.

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How about some budget-minded modern? West Elm has placed much of its bath merchandise on sale. A square-shaped silver towel ring, normally $24, has been marked down to $15; its coordinating towel bar, originally $39, is $27.

The cotton Ikat shower curtain with a zigzag design, originally $44, is on sale for $30. Organic cotton hand towels in a reversible, two-tone design -- blue/brown, rust/brown or white/fawn -- have been marked down from $14 to $10. Matching bath towels, regularly $22, are $17.

Many of these items are sold only through the company's Internet or catalog operations, but other sales merchandise can be found at the West Elm stores in Santa Monica and Rancho Cucamonga. (888) 922-4119; www.west elm.com.

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