Grange Furniture recently asked me to participate in a contest for a chance to win a trip to Paris for the January Maison et Objet, and I’m pleased to announce the voting has begun! I, along with three other bloggers, have created virtual vignettes using Grange’s popular “tray chic” coffee table, which I have to say is quite inventive and fun. Please take a look at their website to see the various finishes and colors, and start creating your very own unique tray chic table today. More importantly, click here to see my vignette and vote (by “liking” my vignette) for me so I can see what Paris is like in January!
While shopping around with a client yesterday I came across some fantastic side tables, one of which I’ll have to show you once we install a pair of them in her apartment! It made me think about all the other great side tables out there and how hard it is to choose the perfect side for each project. These are a few of my favorites but I’m constantly finding newer creations out there that make me jump for joy (not really but I get excited!) and I hope each and every designer keeps ‘em comin’. Nothing is complete without the perfect side!
Would you believe me if I told you this came from Ikea?
Sometimes it takes a simple drum to create the perfect beat
The Edgartown side from Oomph! and the best part is you get to choose the color that works best
An Italian iron and glass table can add an amazing dimension to the room
The Piedmont side from Bungalow 5 is perfect for bedside
The Greenwich side table is perfectly preppy and pink. Also from Oomph
The Berkely side is also from Bungalow 5 and is a definite favorite
After a long stroll and tour of the showrooms mentioned in my last post, we finally landed (and i mean we were able to sit back and enjoy some southern BBQ) at Hickory Chair where we chatted with Alexa Hampton, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O’Brien and Suzanne Kasler. They took us through their showrooms to explain how their lines were evolving and what was new to market this year. I could go on forever about each and everyone of them but I won’t bore you with babble and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Belle King Bed by Alexa Hampton
Thomas O’Brien’s upholstered bookcases and luxurious velvet sofa with nailheads
How amazing are these Anastasia benches by Suzanne Kasler?
Hickory Chair is known for its timeless style since 1911 and in celebration of their 100 years in business they launched a new 1911 collection which is a must see. These twin beds below are enough to make me want kids so I have someone to put in them!
The draping adds a little drama where drama is needed!
Gorgeous breakfront that’s available in different finishes. Another great thing about Hickory Chair is that there are many custom options so you can make each piece your own. Notice the blue in the interior of the cabinet – such a pleasant surprise when you open it up.
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Simply divine. All of it! Hope you are enjoying my photos from the tour of the showroom. They say that pictures are worth 1000 words, but I can tell you that after having seen the Hickory Chair showroom in person, I can be certain that they live up to their reputation. Each piece is crafted with quality, style and their consumer in mind. Most importantly, they believe that building trust with their customers is most important so you know you’ll be treated with the best service when shopping at Hickory Chair.
The First Congregational Church of Darien is having their annual Antique Show this Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on numerous vendors who bring a variety of antiques that include furniture, art, ceramics, estate jewelry, silver and more! There’s something for everyone so stop by to find a rare treasure that you can take home. For more information and directions please visit the website at: http://www.darienantiqueshow.org. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the fabulous things you can find:
one of a kind starburst mirror
gorgeous silver candesticks
for the sailor in your family
chest of drawers
One of the best aspects of the bedroom is the bed where you lay your head every night to sleep. It’s the one thing and the one place you can honestly say you’re going to use every day – hopefully for at least 8 hours. With that being said, why not make your bed a stylish and comfortable spot to rest and install that upholstered headboard you’ve been dreaming about. They come in all shapes and sizes and the best part is you can dream up and create your own shape! If you’re extra crafty and can handle a big project there are all kinds of instructions on the internet that show you how to make your own headboard. However, if you know what you want but don’t quite have the patience or the skills- ask your local upholsterer to make it for you. Take a look at some of the different headboards below and decide which style best fits your head!
Nothing fancy or tricky about this post. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things that I’ve come across over the past few months while shopping for clients. It’s a mixed bag of things so enjoy..
This cabinet made me want to jump for joy when I found it – how great are those GIANT polished nickel knobs?!!
Simple yet elegant. The shape on this lamp is just perfect.
A great polished nickel pendant from Restoration Hardware for the kitchen
The image doesn’t do this fabric by Kelly Wearstler justice. It’s stunning in person!
Ishtar fabric by Vevrain
Otomi bedspread which comes in a rainbow of colors at Jacaranda
Robin Bruce Greenwich sofa (which also comes in a chair w/ an ottoman)
Cosmos rug that I purchased for a clients nursery
Gorgeous mirror made out of simple rustic wood
Twinkle sconce from Chameleon
Rivoli pendant from Chameleon
Malia slipper chair from Four Hands
Moorish rug from ebay
My obsession for Nate Berkus has grown after viewing his collection on HSN. He has the best collection of modern, stylish pieces at affordable prices and what’s great about HSN is you can pay in installments. A shoppers dream! I’ve selected my favorites from his collection but you need to take a look at HSN yourself to find some of the best deals out there. There’s no excuse to put your home decorating project on hold anymore.
luxury silk throws $34.95
bamboo and glass coffee table $199.95
dhurrie chevron rug $29.95-$399.95
gold poof $99.95
tufted headboard $349.90
hexagon cocktail ottoman $399.95
leather studded table $199.95
slipper chair $329.90
handcrafted orbit lamp $129.95
tufted slipper chair $399.95
I went to an event tonight at Pierre Frey hosted by none other than Pierre Frey (grandson to the man who founded the company in 1935), Nicole Gibbons (author of So Haute) as well as Joshua Greene and Alex Kale (founders of Shagreene). The event had a magnificent panel that included the following four extremely talented designers:
Not only is Nate Berkus filled with amazing decorating advice, talent and good looks but he’s also one of the better spoken, easy going and funnier (is that a word?) decorators I’ve come across in awhile. It’s nice to know that there are people out there who can decorate your home with a sense of style yet still have a great sense of humor about life. I’d work with Nate any day!
Steven Gambrel established his firm in 1995 and has done wonders ever since. He spoke a lot about texture and surface materials, something he’s “obsessed” with at the moment. He’s obviously remarkable at what he does and a true artist/designer who’s looking to create amazing homes for great clients. Another one I’d work with..
Laura is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar TRU Design which creates elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home. She has a wonderful presence about her that seems somewhat modest. Something I admire in talented designers. Laura has been extremely successful in creating high end products for the home such as furniture, tile, carpets, lighting and much more. Another one to keep your eye on!
Jessie Carrier and wife Mara Miller
Most recently Carrier and Company was named one of the country’s “Top 20 Young Designers” by Traditional Home and if you browse his portfolio you’ll know why. Jessie was rather soft spoken and felt very small against a larger panel of great designers but with out a doubt deserved the recognition that Trad Home gave him.
Now for the dirt…
Tips for designing and decorating your home:
1. Keep your interests, favorite colors and surroundings in mind when choosing home furnishings
2. Stay consistent with your project, your vision and stay focused until the project is complete
3. Keep quality in mind when purchasing things and don’t just buy something because it’s less expensive – go for the throw or the side table that’s going to make a statement, last a lot longer and make you happier in the end
4. Focus on a combination of colors that you like instead of just choosing one. If you like greens and blues, make it your palette
5. Be passionate about your choices and select items and finishes that you’re crazy about!
If I had to choose one of these designers to work with or decorate my home I’m not sure who I’d choose. They all have their own flare and their own style that would make any home great. Take a look at some of their work below and see if you can decide who you’d want to hire..
Nate Berkus apartment
Nate Berkus Bedroom
Nate Berkus Kitchen
Steven Gambrel Living Room
Steven Gambrel Bedroom
Steven Gambrel Bedroom
Laura Kirar Living Room
Laura Kirar custom designed carpet
Laura Kirar barrel lounge chairs designed for McGuire and used by a good friend of mine who decorated this living room in the hamptons
Jessie Carrier Living Room
Jessie Carrier Bedroom
Jessie Carrier barn conversion
Thank you Pierre, Nicole, Josh and Alex for a great night!
Outside of the weather being HOT in NYC these days there are other things on the hot list for home furnishings that might be exactly what you’re looking for to change things up. ELLE DECOR has featured their ‘What’s Hot! July/August’ list and I’d like to add to it! Below you’ll find my favorite “hot list” items from ED as well as my own “hot list” for the summer. Take a moment to look around your house to see if something’s missing. It very well could be something new and trendy!
Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams tuxedo sofa
Diptyque’s Mediterranean votive collection
Dwell Studio bedding
D. Porthault’s linen coasters
Starlata mirror from World’s Away
Lotus Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball
Chevron rug from West Elm
Bamboo barcart from Zodax
White Lacquer mirror from World’s Away
Piccadilly chair from Serena & Lily
Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis II fabric at F. Schumacher
Horn cube table lamp from The Accessory Store
Dakota Glass table from Julian Chichester
Woven decorative lights from Pottery Barn
Waylande Gregory Leopard Green Tray by Elements
Ebony Anglo Coffee Table by BeeLine Home
Green inlay tray from Treillage
Antelope from Pieces Inc.
This afternoon I went over to the midtown loft on Fifth Ave. and 29th street to check out the Hayneedle Home Showcase. Before getting there, I had no idea what to expect or what type of product I’d be seeing and as I was leaving, I felt pleasantly satisfied with everything I saw. Hayneedle is a leading online retailer of home furnishings and lifestyle products that acts as an umbrella to over 200 specialty stores offering more choices for the home, work and play. They started as hammocks.com and grew from there. They have the widest variety of product and some of the best prices for great quality items. Here are a few items that stood out as great finds for me:
Zuo Modern Chair
Plaju High Back Chair
Babyletto Mercer Crib
Plum Garden Play Table and Chairs
White LED Blossom Tree – This is really cool in person and would look great in any kids room!
4 in 1 game table
Speaking of Hammocks..it’s National Hammock Day at Hayneedle which means you get 10% on your purchase of any hammock and a portion of the sale will support Childhelp in it’s mission to prevent child abuse and treatment for kids. What a great cause and great excuse to buy a hammock to relax in!
Start shopping at Hayneedle today. I promise you won’t be disappointed