One Kings Lane

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 28, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Sales

Fish Coasters

{Eduardo Garza Green Fish Coasters}

Everyone loves a great sale.  Bluefly?  Haute Look?  Love them both.  One Kings Lane is just the place to go for great private home decor sales!  One Kings Lane features sales of various brands, each sale lasting only 72 hours.  Right now, sales include Eduardo Garza, Missoni Home and Calvin Klein Home.  You’ll never become bored with One Kings Lane….because every 3 days there are new great things to browse through!  Plus, all items have a fairly decent markdown.  Here are some of my favorites being featured right now…

{Eduardo Garza Red and Blue Coral Tray}

Red and Blue Coral Tray

 

{Eduarza Garza Black/Silver Outline Coaster}

Black/Silver Coasters

 

{Eduardo Garza Orange/Blue Fish Tray}

Orange/Blue Fish Tray

 

{Eduardo Garza Medium Gray Land Turtle on Tall Stand}

Shell

 

{Eduardo Garza Gold Leafed Mirror with Amethyst Points}

Mirror

 

{Missoni Francesco Throw 60}

Missoni Throw

 





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Haute Lighting

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 28, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Lighting

Shell Pendant Lights

Who knew that Neiman Marcus had such an interesting array of lighting, not unlike their chic and varied array of clothing, shoes and accessories? Although I am a big fan of both NM and it’s wonderful kid sister store Cusp, I really do not pay much attention to their home decor.  However, a NM lighting ad popped up on the side of an online tabloid I was reading (hey, a girl’s gotta have her guilty pleasure!) so I had to click!  Sure enough, Neiman Marcus has some very cool lighting.  Take a look!

Pieced Metal Pendant Light

Glass Ball Pendant

Comet Pendant Light

Milk Glass Chandelier

Upside Down Chandelier

Drops Light

Globe Pendant Lights

Orbit Shade Lamp

White Driftwood Lamp

Marais Lamp

Sea Urchin Lamp

Bare Branch Floor Lamp

Mirrored Sconce

What are your thoughts?  Do these light fixtures and lamps live up to the illustrious Neiman Marcus reputation?  Or should they stick to what they do best, outfitting stylish women?





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One Man’s Trash…

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 27, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Art

Teruya

…Is another man’s treasure!  These two artists demonstrate how beauty can be found in the most unexpected items and call attention to the wastefulness of our increasingly “disposable” society.  Artist Yuken Teruya has taken paper fast food bags and turned them literally into life size forest dioramas.  These are truly spectacular…I’d love to see them for myself!

 

Teruya

 

Teruya

 

Designer Scott Jarvie also created a beautiful work of art out of some most unexpected objects…drinking straws!  Can you believe this amazing lamp, entitled “Clutch Light,” is created entirely out of plastic straws?  It gives new life to thousands of non-biodegradable plastic straws which would otherwise have  sat in a landfill for an eternity…

 

Jarvie

 

Jarvie

 

I also couldn’t help but notice Jarvie’s piece bears a striking resemblance to the work of one of my favorite artists, photographer Maggie Meiners.  Check out her photos from her “Childhood Contemplation” series.  

Meiners

 

Meiners

 





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Restoration Hardware

So I have been receiving the Restoration Hardware catalogue quite frequently these days, and I must say I am very conflicted about it.  As much as I love their new, revamped design aesthetic, it worries me that this look has seen its day, that it is no longer on the cutting edge anymore if it is appearing all over every page of this catalogue, and certainly others like it.  It is actually quite startling that almost every page of the catalogue looks exactly like something I myself might have designed over the years!  I mean, I think it is wonderful that Restoration Hardware is bringing these beautiful designs to the mainstream American public, but does that then indicate that this whole design aesthetic is at the tail end of its “trend?”  Does this mean that this style with its heavy focus on interesting architectural accessories- that once was so unique, chic and often hard to find in their original forms- has trickled down to mass merchandising and is no longer recognized as so inventive?  Here are some images from the latest catalogue…tell me what you think about this conundrum!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware





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Designers Guild

Some of my most inspired moments take place on the elliptical.  It really is the only time of my day when I am actually forced to sit, well I guess stand, still for an hour.  Therefore, to make the time pass quicker and to take my mind off my burning thighs, I comb through just about every magazine I can get my hands on.

Today’s magazine was the September issue of Town & Country.  Although not usually my first choice, I found some very fun wallpapers/wall coverings!  Well really I came across a segment about Designers Guild, and was then prompted to browse their website.  Got my work out in and found some potential materials for a new client’s home…now that’s killing two birds with one stone!

Leopold in Chartreuse

Leopold Chartreuse

Leopold in Charcoal

Leopold Charcoal

Check out this fabulous pattern in a room!  So fun!

Leopold

Padgett in Acacia

Padgett Acacia

Padgett in Delft

Padgett Delft

Padgett in Noir

Padgett Noir

Here’s a better view of the Padgett wallpaper in a room.  Isn’t it so striking?  Especially with that pop of purple and green…wow!

Padgett

I just love Padgett so much I had to show it to you in one more room!

Padgett

Because I love purple…I just had to throw this one in here.

Tolmer Viola

Tolmer Viola

 

This Tolmer wall covering comes in about a zillion colors.  Well, not actually a zillion…but a lot.  Here’s some more fun ones.

Tolmer Ocean

Tolmer Ocean

 

Tolmer Moss

Tolmer Moss

Doesn’t Designer’s Guild just have the greatest papers and wall coverings?  Not to mention furniture, fabrics and floor coverings, but those are all posts for another day :)





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Delectable Decor

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 17, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Decorating

Fishtail

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the interiors just blow you away?  Where the decor is as delicious, or even more so, than the food itself?  My intern Colette was in New York this past week, and  we met up and were in love with the interiors at David Burke’s Fishtail.  The unique bilevel restaurant is located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side, and still retains a homey feel.  Although Colette and I very much enjoyed the food, it was the creativity and attention to detail that really got her excited- I took my cue from her as the restaurant was her choice.  Take a look at some of the pictures of Fishtail…it’s just fabulous!  I love the red lacquered walls and the various fish and oceanic references throughout.  And the abundance of interesting light fixtures!  Just fabulous.

Are there any restaurants whose interiors make you salivate?

Fishtail

Fishtail

Isn’t this a great grouping of paintings?  So fun and lively!  Such an interesting blend of classic and whimsy throughout the restaurant.

Fishtail

What a light fixture!  Complete with the concave silver papered dome.

Fishtail

Fishtail

This was the light fixture above the stairs.  Anchors?  Bubbles?  Balloons?  Buoys?  Whatever it is, I love it!

fishtail1

fishtail2

Isn’t this wall so amazing?  So simple and so sleek, but this white textured wall is anything but boring!

fishtail3

fishtail7

fishtail8

The private seating alcove where dinner was mauled!

Fishtail

Of course had to include at least one picture of the food.  No, this is not a hamburger.  This is a cookie s’more!  Can you spot the cookie, chocolate and marshmallow in this picture?  Oh yes, and complete with a scoop of banana ice cream!  Worth another peek…or definitely a taste.  Head on over  NYC MG readers!  Us Chicago gals will be baaack.

fishtail9





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Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 11, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Celebs, Magazines

John Mayer

As previously mentioned on MG, September’s Elle Decor looks very promising!  I was excited to see that the cover story about John Mayer’s posh NYC pad was online and ready for viewing on the mag’s website.  As a John Mayer fan, I was very excited and quite intrigued as to what Mayer’s home would look like…would it be a vision of sleek modernism?  A surprising ode to traditionalism?  I was happy to see that it was a manifestation of Mayer’s eclectic and often unexpected persona.  I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert this spring, and almost more striking than his sheer talent was his intelligence and dry humor.  Like Mayer himself, his home reflects deep thoughtfulness and leaves you wanting to experience more.  Can’t wait to read the full article/see additional photos in the September issue that arrived on Saturday!!

John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer





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Staycation Time

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 09, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

james

It’s that time of year again…that time right before school starts when I am itching to get away but feel both too busy and too overwhelmed by choices of destinations.  I am craving a vacation, but I don’t want to deal with the hassles of traveling: airport lines, airplane food, traveling, jet lag….this is a cycle that I am sure most of you are familiar with. Therefore, I have become very fascinated with this whole idea of a STAYcation- a vacation in one’s own city.  Why do I need to travel when I have a beautiful city with fabulous attractions, hotels and restaurants right at my doorstep?  And with hotel rates better than ever, now is the time to indulge in a little staycationing.  For example, the James Hotel in Chicago is offering their “American Summer Sale,” during which a 650 sq ft 1 bedroom Apartment Suite featuring a living room with separate bedroom, wet bar, dining niche, plasma screen TV with Cable/Satellite, comp WiFi connection, Stereo with Ipod or MP3 docking capabilities, and Kiehls bath products is $272 a night, and a Deluxe Room is $172 a night!  Sounds perfect for a girls get away to split with 1 or 2 other people…or,  to catch up with some of our other harried couple pals…

Plus, I just think the James looks so amazing!  So sleek and cool…I would really feel like I am a world away when I am really only several miles from my home…

Check out the James and tell me what you think!

James

James

James

James

James

James

Doesn’t it just look like a friend’s cool, urban loft?  It’s so chic yet so comfortable and inviting…I may have to book myself a staycation right away!





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Cool Finds at Etsy!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 06, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Furniture, Lighting

Light Fixtures

Before bed I like to curl up with a good book, a new design magazine, or get lost on etsy.com.  Kind of like eBay but with really cool (well actually not everything is all that cool…it takes some dedication and major sifting to find the true gems) artisan creations, vintage and refurbished pieces.  Etsy is comprised of hundreds of thousands of sellers from all over the globe and features products ranging from furniture to clothing, art to jewelry.  You name it, someone on Esty probably sells it!  There is even a section titled “Weddings” that features jewelry, hair pieces, artwork….all sorts of artisan creations pertaining to weddings!  No one in my family is getting married though, so I focused my search on furniture.  266 pages of furniture!  I could only get through about page 75 before I started doze off, but here are some of my cool finds!  Click on the picture to be redirected to the page on Etsy and be sure to read their fascinating stories!

Arm Chairs

Blue Chair

Quartz Light

Vintage Aluminum Folding Desk

1950's Slipper Chairs

Mid-Century Barstool

Light Fixture

Conga Lamp

Camel Chair

Vintage Club Chair

Simone Victorian Chair

Vera Vintage Bench

Light Fixtures

Rocking Chair

Have you MG readers ever been to esty.com before?  And if so have you ever made a purchase?  I’d love to hear about your cool finds!





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Totally FLORed

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 04, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Decorating, Floors, Furniture

Flor

Today I received a letter from a man who had seen a room of mine (pictured above) and was inquiring about the sofa.  It caught his eye immediately, he said, for the fabric reminded him of a sofa his family owned in his childhood home.  This man had not need seen the photo in a magazine or on my website, but in a page of the Flor catalogue.  It occurred to me that I too am often struck by certain pieces that are a part of catalogue sets….and not necessarily the piece that is for sale!  The Flor catalogue in particular does a fantastic job at creating unique and memorable sets.  These are some of my favorites that include certain standout pieces that sell themselves as much as they sell the rug!

I just love this photo from their catalogue.  It was actually just featured in CS Interiors!  Probably love it so much because I have in fact used these lucite chairs in a home of a client recently. :)

Flor

What a unique desk!  How beautiful is the bluish tone of the glass against the chocolate wall?  And the chairs really pull the two tones together nicely.  I saw this piece at the Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair in the Spring.  Some lucky person now owns it….

Flor

Love this lamp!  And loving the richness created by the dark stain of the wood combined with dark blue walls, paneling and door.

Flor

Fantastic chairs!

Flor

Such a great table and chairs…cool chandelier we’re getting a glimpse of too!

Flor

Mirrored  bar table as coffee table on wheels?  Gotta love that!   And how about the shape and simplicity of these sofas?  Fantastic!  Plus I’d love to see more than a glimpse of the dark brown/black sofa we’re seeing in the background!

Flor

Take a look at this drum-shaped coffee table as well as the end table in the corner.  And how could you miss the awesome chair?

Flor

I want more than just a glimpse of the fun and funky bright yellow accent wall in this dining room!

Flor

I love everything that is going on in this room…and the room peeking out behind it!

Flor

I love the cool “urban chic” effect of the exposed brick wall, sleek furniture and of course the bicycle hanging on the wall!

Flor

I can’t help but love these plush green velvet chairs and the pop of blue velvet pillows.  Wonder what the fun lucite table we’re getting a glimpse of is?

Flor

Bottom line:  if you see something you LOVE in a catalogue, whether or not it’s the product being sold, look at the resources in the back to find out what it is!  Or, just contact the referring company.  What do you have to lose?  We have found  and ordered the fabric for the inquiring man that inspired this post-  and he is now so glad that HE did!

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