Posts Tagged 'furniture'



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)

Shabby Chic All Grown Up.

Looking through a website on installing water features in outdoor gardens, I was distracted by a banner ad for fine reproduction French furniture (and I typically never ever click on side bar ads!). Sweetpea & Willow of London offers an online retail store (plus international shipping from the UK) for quality, reproduction classic French furniture at unbelievably low prices. Now, I’m not a shabby chic kind of gal. I prefer more clean, comfortable and eclectic spaces, however, I find the designs showcased at this online store somehow deceptively familiar, pretty, a bit more grown up, and shall we say tres magnifique! Here I go on my France kick again. Whether gorgeous or too garish, I have bookmarked this site for future reference and possibly some minor shopping. Here’s what I would put into my shopping cart today.

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion calls in the troops!, $55

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion gives this accent pillow an airy brilliance!, $55

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are available! $4,982

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are also available! $4,982

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

The Kettal is Hot!

Thank the heavens for expanding outdoor collections in furnishings and accessories. It’s about time the retailers out there realized the market for outdoor living is on fire. I’ve worked in advertising, architecture, landscape design, and interior design, and see a channel of clients from each sector who could use good outdoor design when it comes to “living”. Anything that sits outdoors has to be able to withstand the forces of mother nature and has to look GOOD. So when I came across the fine furnishing collections from Kettal, I added these to my “client ideas” list. Founded in 1964, Kettal has sustained an increasing following of customers in over 60 countries. Their shops in paris, Barcelona, and Madrid are overflowing with top of the line products. Spanish architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola, has a new line at Kettal that would be perfect in the tiny urban landscapes and rooftops of Washington, DC.

I love this chair from the Maia collection designed by Patricia Urquiola.

I love this chair from the Maia collection designed by Patricia Urquiola.

The Maia Collection combines high-tech fibre and a narrow aluminium frame in a light and modern style.

The Maia Collection combines high-tech fibre and a narrow aluminium frame in a light and modern style.

Pieces define their own space and transmit energy with their shapes.

Pieces define their own space and transmit energy with their shapes.

Collections can be personalized with a choice of paint, fabric and glass.

Collections can be personalized with a choice of paint, fabric and glass.

This Kettal collection of aluminum furniture and pergolas is painted with polyester powder.

This Kettal collection of aluminum furniture and pergolas is painted with polyester powder.

Daybed structures and aluminum pergolas that can be personalized and configured with blinds, net curtains, panels and ceilings.

Daybed structures and aluminum pergolas that can be personalized and configured with blinds, net curtains, panels and ceilings.

Laura Kirar Lights Up.

She is at it again. Famed designer Laura Kirar has just released a collection of lighting and accessories for Arteriors Home. Her signature pieces are inspired by nature and objects from her own personal collection using patinated metal finishes, hand carved woods, glazed ceramics, mica and art glass as mediums in her work. A true testament to her favored designs, Laura has collaborated with companies like Tufenkian Carpets, Boyd Lighting, Carnegie Fabrics, Baker, Ann Sacks, Kallista, and McGuire. She’s an artist on fire in the interiors and home products world. Let her light the way.

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Corsage Floor Lamp

Corsage Floor Lamp

Dining Full Circle.

I have yet to find the perfect round dining table for my home. I search the world daily for furnishings – it’s a part of my profession. However, I have the hardest time find the “one” (table that is). As a designer, I am picky picky picky when it comes to choosing the right piece. Especially for myself. In this case, it needs to be round, less than 45″ diameter, prefer a hardwood surface, and coordinate with the clear Louis Ghost Chair (have four of them). It’ll serve three purposes: dining, working, and craft projects.

What I really want is the Julian Chichester Dakota Table with the polished base. But my budget is tight. So that will have to wait until my Apple stock goes through the roof (wink). Ha.

Dakota Dining Table | Julian Chichester

Dakota Dining Table | Julian Chichester

In the interim, I’ve come up with a few reasonably priced options. The search continues… any ideas out there?

Bradshaw Table, $1,299 | Room & Board

Bradshaw Table, $1,299 | Room & Board

Delano Round Dining Table, $299 | Crate & Barrel

Delano Round Dining Table, $299 | Crate & Barrel

Kyoto Dining Table, $999 | Crate & Barrel

Kyoto Dining Table, $999 | Crate & Barrel

Modern Farm Dining Table, $499 | West Elm

Modern Farm Dining Table, $499 | West Elm

Versatility Round Dining Table

Versatility Round Dining Table, $399 | Overstock

Parkwood Round Dining Table

Parkwood Round Dining Table, $499 | Eco-Furniture


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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