Posts Tagged 'furniture'

Top Bedside Tables for a Patient of Perfection.

There are three things left to purchase to perfect my bedroom look – an upholstered bed and possibly two bedside tables. I have two great ones now but could use a little discreet storage {ahem}. I’ve given myself to the end of the year to make it happen. I like the symmetry of a bed being squeezed by two of the same thing… It gives me  a sense of order before bedtime. After peeling through the latest Serena & Lily catalog, which just gets better and better, I rest my eyes on the Ceylon Side Table. A symmetrical, functional, and stylish bed side table with storage. Then I thought, but I still like that other one from Bungalow 5. Or that one from Oly Studio works beautifully. I want to experience them all. That’s the fun of being a decorator. An eternally practicing patient of perfection. =)

Ceylon Side Table

A clever pullout shelf and roomy drawer get points for functionality. Ceylon Side Table, $395 | Serena and Lily

Jacqui 3-drawer side table

I've always loved the Jacqui 3-drawer side table in White, $ | Bunglaow5.com

Madmen meets Megan. Yes, I adore this nightstands masculine shapes, warm finishes and illuminated stooge cubby. And hats off to local designer Thomas Pheasant. | Baker

Madmen meets Megan. Yes, I adore this nightstands masculine shapes, warm finishes and illuminated stooge cubby. And hats off to local designer Thomas Pheasant. | Baker

Nora Side Table in Limed Oak

Nuts for nailhead trimmed wood furniture. No drawer but a round container or tray would add some discreet storage. Nora Side Table in Limed Oak, $650 | Worlds Away

Ebony, brass plated steel, and caned shelf table, 1st Dibs

I love the openness in a crowded room with the coming together of ebonized wood, brass plated steel, and caned shelf | 1st Dibs

The maple grey stain on this hardwood side table updates a simple and classic design and looks great with silver or gold accents. | Room & Board

The maple grey stain on this hardwood side table updates a simple and classic design and looks great with silver or gold accents. | Room & Board

Anna Bedside Table | Julian Chichester, $2,500

This single-drawer bedside table features beautiful fretwork over an Eglomisé backing. Anna Bedside Table | Julian Chichester, $2,500

Ikea Hacking Gone Glamourous. And Gorgeous.

I found this dressed up dresser on Houzz when looking for storage solutions for a clients nursery (paired here with the Crate and Barrel Colette upholstered bed). What looks a lot like other manufacturers fine goods, the solid wood $30 IKEA Rast dresser is reinvented  into a high contrast two-tone jewel using just primer, a couple top coats of white paint, walnut stain finish, and new hardware. All very easy on the purse strings or wallet. Here’s how you can save a couple bucks and spend just a a little sweat creating this DIY dresser.

An Ikea dresser all grown up. Perfect here as a bedside table with the Crate and Barrel upholstered bed.

Start with the simple solid wood IKEA Rast dresser:

Ikea Rast Dresser

Gather the following items:

  • Kilz all-purpose white primer for the drawer fronts
  • Minwax Poly Shade in Royal Walnut (Stain and Polyuerathane in one can!)
  • Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove in Semi gloss for the drawer fronts.
  • A foam roller for the paint, and two brushes for the priming and staining.
  • 6 ring drawer pulls (see my selection below)

Start by painting the face of your drawers with a nice, even coat of primer. While the drawers are drying, move over to the frame of the dresser and start staining with the Miniwax. Use long even strokes and thin coats. Wait a few hours, then add a second coat of stain. Once that’s done, add the second coat of primer to the drawers. The drying time is fast for primer, so you should be able to apply the semi-gloss paint to the face of the drawers. Wait an hour or so, then apply a second coat on the drawer fronts. I’d leave everything to really dry overnight. Once the sun rises the next day, slide the drawers into the frame, and add your new shiny drawer pulls.

To match the picture above, these six shiney brass ring pulls should do the trick for the drawer fronts. This old polished brass drawer pull can be found at Hardware Hut and cost $7 each:

Add six brass ring pulls to accessorize the drawer fronts. These are from Hardware Hut and cost $7 each.

If gold tone is not your game, this modern brushed nickel drawer pull would suit the lines of this dresser beautifully for only $3.99 each:

Belwith Camarilla Drawer Cabinet Ring Pull (Satin Nickel)

 

And as with any weekend project, make sure you’ve got a full tummy, plenty of space to work, good ventilation, and a drop cloth to lay down because you’re about to get a little messy. It’s all worth it in the end.

Changing the Configuration in Furnishings.

Belgian-born Charles Raphaël’s free and fluid ‘Multiple’ table was a winner at the Kortrijk Design Biennale last year. The table features a group of identical solid-beech vertical elements that are held together by a magnetic system allowing the user to easily change the configuration of the piece, in turn creating a number of different possibilities for the design. Make it a square, or break it up into bunching tables, the table can be formed to whatever creative puzzle you desire. Way cool.

Multiple Table

multiple table

End Grain Furniture.

Coming this year is a line of beautiful handcrafted furniture called End Grain Furniture. Created and designed by my very own first cousin Michael Rupich (Holla!), this line is sure to be a go-to source for unique furnishings. Stay tuned!

End Grain Furniture

Thursday at the Home Goods Store of Serious Deals.

I cruised through the Home Goods store today, and jackpot! I found so many great finds, however, not anything I truly NEED at the moment {serious bummer as I think I need everything}. If you’re near a Home Goods store this weekend, find yourself some of these super finds that I really really wanted. I’ll be very envious.

I have always loved Oly Studio’s Pipa Cocktail table since the moment I saw it… but today I spotted what could just be this piece’s “look for less” in a black (can be changed to white if required). Seriously only $400 folks!

Pippa table knock off at Home Goods

And then I came across some other well-priced and equally adorable finds. Like this gold garden stool that was just $30! Oh why oh why can’t my storage unit be just another 10 feet by 10 feet? {wink}. PS.. these pic were taken with my cell while zooming around this store… sorry about the blurries.

Metallic gold chinese garden stool

In keeping with my warm metal kick, I just loved these squat lamps with a hammered looking base and bronze tweed-like shades for $49. There were two… wish I had somewhere to put them. Argh!

Gold and brown hammered metal lamp home goods

Then I slipped by these two lacquer nesting trays in a color combo that would be perfect to organize the trinkets in my nieces adorable pink and green bedroom. Sorry Steph, would have bought these octagon babies if the left edges {unseen here} were not nicked. Bummer!

Palm beach green and fuschia pink octagon tray

These ginger jars with quatrefoil cutouts looks great in so many stylish interiors – especially filled with a clean white candle for romantic ambiance.

white oriental filigree ginger jar

Bamboo and rattan get permanent ink in my book of lifetime favorite materials, so when I stammered by an aisle of accent chairs, this pair of folding black director chairs with bamboo-like frames is an ideal pull up chair for next weeks Thanksgiving gathering. And then again at next Summers fire pit party!

The Hunt Goes Outdoors with Holly.

I’m really like Holly Hunt’s outdoor furniture collections. My vendor list for outdoor accessories and furnishings seems to grow and grow each season with the addition of new and high quality outdoor and casual indoor furniture lines. Holly Hunt’s teak and powder-coated metal pieces have a tailored and fresh contemporary palette and are hand-crafted to last a lifetime. Open the windows and doors wide and see for yourself… for years to come.

Banyan Sofa

Banyan Sofa

Boardwalk Stone Side Table

Boardwalk Stone Side Table

St. Croix Chaise

St. Croix Chaise

Andros Barstool

Andros Barstool

St. Barts Alta Dining Table

St. Barts Alta Dining Table

St Croix Armless Lounge Chair

St Croix Armless Lounge Chair

St. Croix Round Dining Table

St. Croix Round Dining Table

St. Croix Dining Arm Chair

St. Croix Dining Arm Chair

Grand Finale Sale at Grandinroad!

Wire confections for outdoor furnishings have always been on my Top Ten list. I think it’s the nostalgic material, sculptural beauty and colorful powder-coated finish that makes them most attractive. The Cecelia Collection, a contemporary nod to the 1950’s style wire furniture, is on sale at GrandinRoad and would be oh-so-cute on an urban balcony or nestled among planted palm near the pool (think Miami beach here girls and guys). There are three colors to choose from! The $199 table includes the sculpted base and tempered glass top. And for only $119, you’ve got yourself a seat to sit in (add the outdoor seat cushions for just $19 more).

Cecelia Chair, $119 plus $19 for cushion | Grandinroad.com

Outdoor Cecelia Chair, $119 plus $19 for cushion | Grandinroad.com

Outdoor Cecelia Table, $199 | Grandinroad.com

Outdoor Cecelia Table, $199 | Grandinroad.com

People, you know this deal is not going to last. I know the stock sure won’t. Get on the wire. Fast!

Weatherproof Rooms.

To have a porch is divine. It’s surely good for the soul. Some homeowners take their porches for granted and use it as storage or a place to stash thrash. Not me. I would love love love to create an outdoor space at my home that can be used year-round.

These large opening panel doors are divine!

These large opening panel doors are divine!

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

In our mid-Atlantic East Coast climate, my ideal outdoor room would include a large fireplace, unique outdoor rugs, accent pillows, durable and comfy upholstered lounge chairs and sofas, recessed lights, lamps, candles, wireless speakers, mirrors, potted plants, and all the friends you can muster over.

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

A clean space that truly is both indoors and out.

A clean and pretty space that truly is both indoors and out.

This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

Love the brightness. This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

When the winds pick up late in the fall, just shut outdoor blinds, pull drapery closed, or roll-down clear panels to help keep the warm air in and cool drafts out.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

It’s quite a luxury to be able to have a space like this but I am a diehard for blending indoors and out, so a retreat that mixes the best of both worlds sings my praises… t0 Mother Nature.

Take me to the mountain tops! What a treat this would be!

Take me to the hilly deserts! What a treat this would be!

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

Images used are from various magazines and online sources.

As Good as Gold! Let the Rush Begin!

Metallic isa mainstay in fashion and home design. Every season, editors exclaim “Silver is Sweet this Spring!”… “Bronze is Back for Good”… “Deck the Halls with Silver Balls!”. I say stop the press and stick with metallic for good! We all need something shiny in our life, and the smooth luster of decorative metal makes my mouth water. I have to declare that I am leaning towards the warmth of gold for my own personal interiors. It looks fantastic year round – up against linens, wools, chocolate, fuchsias, and rich indigo. I’m not afraid of a little eclectic either. I have polished nickel reading lamps, brushed silver drawer pulls, antique gold wall mirrors, and a gilded bar cart. However, the autumnal season is upon us and surely, editors will be shouting “Gold is Hot this Fall. Again!”. So be it. And embrace it. Wear it, and turn it on.

French Decor Chair, $1,650 | Serena & Lily

French Decor Chair, $1,650 | Serena & Lily

Nuvem Round Wire Basket in Gold, $32 | Alessi

Nuvem Round Wire Basket in Gold, $32 | Alessi

Serpent Brass Bracelet, $615 | Robert Cavalli

Serpent Brass Bracelet, $615 | Robert Cavalli

Gilt Tile in 4" x 8" by Michael Smith | Ann Sacks

Gilt Tile in 4" x 8" by Michael Smith | Ann Sacks

Vine Side Tables, Price TBD | Robert Bristow for Ralph Pucci

Vine Side Tables, Price TBD | Robert Bristow for Ralph Pucci

Silhouette Column Library Light in hand-rubbed brass, $525 | Circa Lighting

Silhouette Column Library Light in hand-rubbed brass, $525 | Circa Lighting

Turquoise Lava Vase, $745 | Vivre.com

Turquoise Lava Vase, $745 | Vivre.com

Sheba Wallpaper in Gold, $150 roll | FlavorPaper

Sheba Wallpaper in Gold, $150 roll | FlavorPaper

Woodcut Wall Tattoo in Gold, $59 | Surface Collective

Woodcut Wall Tattoo in Gold, $59 | Surface Collective

Givenchy Gold Croc Embossed Leather Flap Clutch, $716 | Bluefly.com

Givenchy Gold Croc Embossed Leather Flap Clutch, $716 | Bluefly.com

Golden Suzani Pillow, $175 | Jayson Home & Garden

Golden Suzani Pillow, $175 | Jayson Home & Garden

Golden Burberry Peep-toe Twist Pumps, $495 | Zappos.com

Golden Burberry Peep-toe Twist Pumps, $495 | Zappos.com

Kenneth Cole New York Pinstripe Dial Watch, $175 | Nordstrom

Kenneth Cole New York Pinstripe Dial Watch, $175 | Nordstrom

Gold and Silver Wool Rug, 8' x 11' is $1,253 | Safavieh

Gold and Silver Wool Rug, 8' x 11' is $1,253 | Safavieh

Gold Bamboo Flatware, $114 for a 5-piece setting | Ricci Silversmith

Gold Bamboo Flatware, $114 for a 5-piece setting | Ricci Silversmith

Put a Cork in It. Then Have a Seat.

Cork is a material best known for preservation of many things, from an open bottle of wine to protecting out feet with comfortable flooring in heavy traffic areas. Love it or hate it, corks sustainable uses are growing like… cork. At 3Rings.com, a designer named Daniel Michalik is noted for his beautiful and organic furnishings created from reclaimed waste material from the bottle topper industry.

I’ve got my eyes on his spacious Cortiça chaise  ( 72” x 20” x  26”), which balances itself to support human weight while remaining pliable to allow for rocking and relaxing.

The Cortiça Chaise as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Cortiça Chaise as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Sway stool leans slightly with the natural movement of your body. Also make a perfect balancing seat to keep that core engaged at the office.

The Sway Stool as designed by Daniel Michalik.

The Sway Stool as designed by Daniel Michalik.

I love the idea of repurposing and with my love of wine from all over the world, I surely would be able to contribute enough corks for one of those stools. Or make it two… so I have someone to sit with. =0)


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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