Posts Tagged 'House Beautiful'

House Beautiful and the Green Chair Hunt. It’s on.

Kate in her Kravet Parisian Side Chair  - Green Chair event by House Beautiful

Kate in her Kravet Parisian Side Chair - Green Chair event by House Beautiful

It’s day two – and the last day – of the House Beautiful Green Chair Scavenger Hunt. I had the pleasure of finding out yesterday morning via Twitter that there was going to be a green chair sitting in the sidewalk just under a mile from my home office. This was at 10:17. Chair drop was supposed to happen in 3 minutes! What did I do? Yes, I ran. I ran like the wind. I ran like a herd of cattle being chased by a hyheana (wait, does that happen?). And full speed at that. It sure showed afterwards. Imagine dizzy spells and panic attacks while driving down I-66. It’s been a while since I went for a run. Ugh, I was ridiculous. But back to the Green Chair story.

I did not get the chair. Kate did. I was damn close however. She was perched dead front of The Phillips Museum where the Tweet hinted we should be on the lookout. As I arrived, several 20 and 30-somewthings were waiting around, uncommunicative, as if there was gong to be some special secret drop off for each of us but we pretend to not know what that might be as if to elude the others. All of a sudden, Kate runs, I see the chair and if I still had enough wind in my lungs by that time (I was almost wheezing), I may have been able to sit on that green throne. But, alas Kate made out to the finish line and was bombarded with House Beautiful peeps hurling up video and still cameras to get the right angles for the magazine. There she sat, large smile and beating heart, on a Kravet Parisian side chair upholstered in a celadon fabric. I’m a bit envious at this point. But it’s okay. It’s was the thrill of the hunt for me. I did walk away with a neat canvas bag from a Benjamin Moore rep who appeared out of thin air. In the bag were some top notch paint brushes and the Aura line fan deck. I already have two but hey, three is a great number.

I walked home with a skip, not a sulk. And am excited for all of the other chair winners throughout Washington DC. If only I was 19 and ready to chase down a chair all day with some friends. And fight to the finish to get the throne. Without breaking a sweat. Or shortness of breath. Furniture fans will do anything.

There is still time to win a chair  – even if you’re not in the DC area. Go to House Beautiful to learn about the online version of a scavenger hunt! 

Some Rules are Meant to be Broken.

Thank you House Beautiful for your Designer Tip of 10 Decorating Rules to Break. I’ve certainly have had my own share of rule breaking when it comes to interior and exterior design. And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one on the wild side! Ready to break some more?

Old Rule #1: Use Only One Type of wood in a room. I’m not a matchy matchy kind of gal. Mixing woods can make a room so much more interesting and dynamic!

Eclectic and deeply lacquered library designed by Miles Redd.

Eclectic and deeply lacquered library designed by Miles Redd.

Old Rule #2: The Most Important Piece of Furniture is the Sofa. So wrong! I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me, it’s the way the room comes together and serves it’s purpose, beautifully. Some living rooms can go without a sofa – my sister-in-law prescribes to that rule with the use of four comfy lounge chair encircling a center table. The room called for this type of treatment. Head to the family room for some lounging time.

Designer Dan Marty feel the same way - love this cozy room with no sofa!

Designer Dan Marty feel the same way - love this cozy room with no sofa!

Old Rule #3: Play it Safe in Small Spaces. Sometimes big is better. Believe it or not. I think an oversize pattern in a cozy dining room or powder room can really make the space sing. On occasion a small and uninteresting room can be made more exciting with the addition of a large-scale treatment.

Designer Victoria Neale agrees that a bold print can make a smaller, less-used room and exciting space to spend time.

Designer Victoria Neale agrees that a bold print can make a smaller, less-used room and exciting space to spend time.

Old Rule #4: Every Room Needs a Rug. Not every bare floor or newly finished wide wood plank floor needs to wear a hat. Uncover these rooms if you like and leave the rug to the bedroom where bare feet really appreciate the softer feeling. Removing a rug from a kitchen or dining room and can open up the space and keep it cleaner in the long run.

"Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful," says designer Eric Cohler.

"Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful," says designer Eric Cohler.

Old Rule #5: Furniture Styles Should Match. Who told you that? Not Mr. Wolfe! Like Vicente, I lean towards layering of textures, colors, styles rather than stick with a single one digit. Add some decorative lighting and accessories to dress up the various styles and voila… instant interest!

With layering, decor choices will have a much longer life," says designer Vicente Wolf.

"With layering, decor choices will have a much longer life," says designer Vicente Wolf.

Old Rule #6: Always Put a Coffee Table in Front of the Sofa. I think we can all agree that sometimes, a single table just does not cut it. We might be crowded in this house and need a bit more maneuverability. Pull up an ottman topped with a lacquer tray, spread out a few nesting tables with various heights, or even scatter some small stools.

Vicente Wolf knows where a coffee table goes in this home.

Vicente Wolf knows where a coffee table goes in this home.

Old Rule #7: Vintage Pieces are Best Left “As Is”. Whoever invented paint is a genius. Thank you Thank you Thank you. With anything old and maybe a bit beaten down, a good shellac in any color will work wonders for updating your room and adding life to you loveliest pieces.

This bed went from blah and brown to bravo and black.

This bed went from blah and brown to bravo and black.

Old Rule #8: For a Small Bedroom, Use Small Furniture. This is no doll house. Small scale anything can make a smaller room seem like a Barbie retreat. Adding height and width to a cozy quarter will feed your room like a plant – grow grow grow! Now it’s not so small is it?

I've always loved this image of designer Melissa Warner's own West Hollywood bedroom

I've always loved this image of designer Melissa Warner's own West Hollywood bedroom

Old Rule #9: Dining Chairs Should be a Part of a Matching Set. Whether it be a round or rectangle, a dining table could more than one style of chair. Make sure they have the same proportions and maybe the same style, wood, leather or metal to keep things cohesive. But just as you imagine tall backed chairs flanking the ends of medieval dining tables, here to can we mix-it-up a bit with introducing a bench, accent chair or upholstered arm-chair to the dining equation.

This Saarinen base rectangle table has room to grow with the varied seating by designer Vicente Wolf.

This Saarinen base rectangle table has room to grow with the varied seating by designer Vicente Wolf.

Old Rule #10: Children’s Art is for the Fridge. You might have a resident artist in the house. So flaunt his/her skills! The mere abstract nature of a child’s painting or drawing can be that one accent you’ve needed in the dining room or even above the master bed. The colors and brushstrokes of a child can make the most boring of rooms the new favorite spot in the house.

"Display drawings ina colorful frame or white frame with mat. They are full of spirit and meaningful", says Eric Cohler.

"Display drawings in a colorful frame or white frame with mat. They are full of spirit and meaningful", says Eric Cohler.

Rainbow Bowls.

Last week, I cruised through the jam packed aisles of TJMaxx. I scored a prefect black trench coat and two of these fun 24 oz. Rainbow Bowls by Norpro. Quite the coincidence since I found these same festive bowls listed in the April issue of House Beautiful. To get this blend of colors, hand dyed wood layers are laminated together and then hand-turned to form the smooth bowl. They will be perfect serving ware for my addiction to trail mix (mostly the kind with the peanut butter chips in it) or a perfect portion of tortilla chips.

Rainbow Bowl

My new set of Rainbow Bowls.

Same ones shown in next months issue of House Beautiful!

Same ones shown in next months issue of House Beautiful!

The New Top 20.

Interior designers permeate our landscape as much as Starbucks stores infiltrate our city street corners. House Beautiful brings us their next wave of in-demand designers for 2010. Grab your hot coffee and get inspired from this article.

Chillin’ Filicia Style.

As part of this year’s Designer Visions: Cinema Style, Tom Filicia, designer and Style Network host, created a showhouse apartment inspired by the movie The Big Chill. Each room is obviously full of smart and creative ideas from this top interior designer. Here are a few of the shots from the gallery at House Beautiful that I’d love to share with you. Rolling!

The entrance. I love the Phillip Jeffries grass wallpaper for texture and lux.

The entrance. I love the Phillip Jeffries grass wallpaper for texture and lux.

This is gorgeous! Look at the off center striped runner and thick knotted rope.

This is gorgeous! Look at the off center striped runner and thick knotted rope.

This unique chair is nestled against the Ironies Escada table.

This unique chair is nestled against the Ironies Escada table.

Who says a TV has to hang above a media cabinet. A new take on a focal point.

Who says a TV has to hang above a media cabinet. A new take on a focal point.

A simple and inviting bar. The artwork is divine!

A simple and inviting bar. The artwork is divine!

White Zeus Silestone vanity. You can never go wrong with white and grey in the bath.

White Zeus Silestone vanity. You can never go wrong with white and grey in the bath.

Show My Feet The Color.

I love this rug. It was in the August issue of House Beautiful and the more I flip through the pages again and again, the more it continues to grab all of my attention. For sale from ABC Carpet & Home (one of my favorite retailers on earth), this multi-color Ikat style rug is handmade in India using vegetable-dyed silk from vintage saris. It retails for $4,299.

Haryana Ikat Rug | ABC Carpet

Haryana Ikat Rug | ABC Carpet

Best in Show.

The newest issue of House Beautiful has a spread produced by Orliben-Dor about one of my favorite subjects ever – Dogs! Actually, its a few suggestions for obtaining a roomful of dogs. Wallpaper! Whether its your powder room, dining room or the hottest doghouse on the block, check out these blue ribbon winners!

My favorite of the pack, the St. Hubert by Pierre Frey shows our noble friend in a classy drawing.

St. Hubert (in Shadow) | Pierre Frey

St. Hubert (in Shadow) | Pierre Frey

The flocked silhouettes pop against metallic paper. There are three colorways available from Osborne & Little.

Best in Show | Osborne & Little

Best in Show | Osborne & Little

Adopt Me! he says. These dogs need a home – even if its got kids with dirty paws. Vinyl coated and ready to be loved, this pattern from Tyler & Friends will not fail to amuse.

Adopt Me in Red Coller | Tyler & Friends

Adopt Me in Red Coller | Tyler & Friends

A pen is just as good as a paint brush. And this line drawing of cute contrasting pups in Cobalt blue by Thibault Design is top dog.

Best in Show in Cobalt | Thibault Design

Best in Show in Cobalt | Thibault Design


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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