Friday, October 30, 2009
I found these wonderful frog feet tulipieres at Market and couldn't resist buying them in green and white for the booth. I'll have a few on hand at the Holiday Open House; just in time to decorate your table, mantle or buffet for Christmas! $98 each.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you're in the market for fine furnishings (admittedly a bit fancier than those found at AAI), you may want to make a trip to High Point next weekend for the Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman factory sale.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can find great deals (up to 80% off) on floor samples from this to-the-trade-only manufacturer of case goods and upholstery. To get a feel for their line, visit their website at www.ef-lm.com.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But perhaps these lovely gift-holders will put you in the Holiday spirit a little early? They're soon to be shown at AAI at Hunt & Gather.
Velvet stockings with Greek key border; $65 each. Quantities will be limited, so contact me if you're interested in pre-ordering to ensure a festive mantle this Christmas!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I was thrilled by the amount of new rugs that I saw at Market this year. From living rooms to nurseries, I've been asked a lot lately for suggestions on beautiful- yet durable- rugs. While I usually gravitate towards the elegant simplicity of natural fiber rugs, they are not always the best option when children and pets abound. Yet it's sometimes hard to find alternatives that are pleasing to the eye, mind and wallet.
Solution: this incredible line of indoor/outdoor rugs, which can be sprayed down with a hose to clean and are chic enough for even the most refined of rooms yet so kid and pet-friendly.
This same company also makes an adorable line of kids' rugs that had me wishing for a nursery (or two, or three) to decorate. Made of cotton, they are easy to clean and soft on tiny knees and elbows.
For your more adult-focused rooms, I found the following lines which offer gorgeous options of floor coverings in hooked, needlepoint and reversible styles. Many can be made in custom colors; send them a fabric swatch and they'll match the colors of your rug to it.
There are more market finds to share, so stay tuned...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Yes, we're a month into Autumn, but this chair and ottoman bring back the joy of summer. Perfectly paired with a cold drink, a good book and sand on your feet.
Chair and ottoman with seashell fabric (navy & white) with navy linen piping. $375 for the set. Shown at Hunt & Gather.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
1. 100% virgin wool Pendleton throw; houndstooth pattern in kelly green, torquoise, navy and cream. Approximately 5'2" x 5' 5"; mint condition. $145.
Classic with an edge; love it.
2. Vintage Lennox butterfly jewelry tray. 9 1/2" diagonally. $35
3. Original watercolor of London, framed and matted. 12" w x 14 1/2" h. $125. Perfect for the Anglophile in your life.
4. Small gold-leafed, carved mirror. 9 1/2" square. $45. It would be great in a collection on the wall or as an unexpected reflection in bookshelves.
And that's all. There could have been much more, but there's only so much room in the overhead compartments of commuter planes. The next trip to New York may require driving; or setting up a UPS account.
So many fabulous finds, so little space; sounds about right for New York!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Ruthie is my favorite. True confession: when I went out to LA a few years ago, I wrote her a letter saying how much I'd love to come by her shop and meet her. I never got a response, but I like to think that it was lost in the mail. It's a long journey from the east coast to the west, no?
Potential rejection aside, I still think she's one of the best designers out there, and her new website is quite pretty, so check it out.
I am wondering what happened to her book, The LA House. It was supposed to come out in 2008, but never did. Amazon.com has a release date of December 31, 1975. Interesting.
If you have answers, do share. Style Court posted this teaser last year. One thing's for sure; when it finally does hit the shelves, it will be worth the wait.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
A few things to share:
1. It's fall! Pumpkins are everywhere, and I am loving this multi-colored display on Lexington Avenue. The metallic ones were spray painted by the shop owner, but look so elegant and natural. However, I'm still partial to the white pumpkins, which are my favorite. I can't wait to get some for our porch at home!
2. We visited the Chelsea Flea market on Saturday. It's a fabulous spot for unique finds, and I purchased a few goodies for the booth, which I'll share with you this week.
3. I visited the New York School of Interior Design during my visit. To say that I was impressed is an understatement! From the beautiful century-old campus on the upper East side to the tantalizing course descriptions (Modern Architecture & Design, Great Women Designers, Economics of Taste & Style and Mixed Media Rendering, to name a few) and stellar alumni roster (including two of my favorites, Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio), the school has so much to offer design lovers like myself. If you've thought about going to school for interior design and want to be in New York, I highly recommend looking into the NYSID programs. I'd love an opportunity to continue my studies here someday!
Stay tuned for information on my New York purchases for AAI. Many thanks to Zack & Tracy for hosting us this weekend; y'all are truly the best.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I just found out about a wonderful event here in Winston-Salem called Restore Spaces. Sponsored by the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, the event features local interior designers who create sample "rooms" using items from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The event is aimed toward showcasing the great pieces you can find at the ReStore (one of my favorites!) and all proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.
The event takes place on Friday, October 23rd, from 6:30-10:00pm at the Habitat ReStore (341 Witt St., Winston-Salem, NC). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.restorespaces.com. In addition to touring the creatively resourceful rooms, you can enjoy food, libations, dancing and music.
I wish that I had found out about this in time to participate in designing a room, but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations and supporting this important organization as a spectator. Hope to see you there!