Beyond pairing two disparate styles to sound cool…I am really inspired by spaces that draw from the rich hues of Renaissance and Neoclassical paintings. I gasped when I saw the Dark Side advertorial in Elle Decoration UK shot in the Salvatori Showroom in Milan. The dark gray walls allow colorfully rich furniture and accessories to pop much like the dark backgrounds and colorful figures in the paintings of Jacques-Louis David and El Greco. My next place will take cues from this rich environment. I particularly love the office with the Vincenzo di Costis and modern trestle table by Cassina.
Images: Elle Decoration UK
One of my New Years resolutions: Get better organized. Relying on my iphone, sketchbook, and work calendars had become cumbersome to say the least. I realized that despite all of the wonderful tablets, phones, and other gadgets that I couldn’t rely on technology. I am a paper and pen kind of guy especially with my need to sketch and create lists pretty much constantly. So, I had to go old school and find a planner that combined calendar, project to do list, and sketchbook with some flexibility to organize by project.
The Circa system by Levenger was the answer – essentially a flexible notebook system that allows you to create the planner or notebook that works for you. The ring binding with custom holes allows you to move around pages. I was sold but alas – while the weekly planner and project to-do list inserts were available, blank pages for sketching were not. Almost a deal breaker until I did some research online and found that Levenger finessed the technology originally designed by Rollabind who sells blank pages. Everything came together and I am pleased with my choice!
I even found a way to customize the cover. My model making skills came in handy as I cut some illustration board and glued down some fabric samples…the front and back cover are different but I dig the results.
Bring it on 2011 – I am ready!
My advice: everyone works and thinks differently. Be creative and you can find a system that works for you!
Image Credits: Levenger
Just another reason to be exciting about 2011 and what it shall bring – I am really digging the new collection for Spring 2011 from West Elm. The following items are already on my wish list. Topping the list is the great Windsor Chaise pictured above.
Parsons Mirrored Console Table
JOHN PAUL PHILLIPE ART RUGS…just amazing – love the line version as well as the neutral color version.
John Paul Phillipe Sketch Rug
John Paul Phillipe Art Rug
Ellipse Metal Canopy Bed
Upholstered Dhurrie Slab
Industrial Metal Cabinets and Foxed Nightstand
Images from West Elm
I was finally able to read my December issue of Elle Decoration UK. I was stunned to find that 1. H&M has a home collection and 2. the products are available in the online shop. Not to mention that 3. the advertorial presents inspiring spaces for him and her. I thought to myself, yes, 2011 is looking pretty good.
H&M brings their low price tag and attention to trends to their Spring collection for the home. While they are sticking to accessories for now, I foresee them venturing into furniture. Check out some of my favorites from the collection.
And a shot of the storefront of the London flagship store – ugh – yet another reason to be bummed that I don’t live there.
I love the holiday season, especially because of the cheerful decorations. This weekend, I went crazy decorating. As a single guy, I wondered how I could balance incorporating Christmas (my holiday of choice) cheer and not going overboard. I figured that I would share how you can do just that.
1. Keep it simple – my place is small so I settled on 3 holiday statements – a tree, a wreath, and garland. Also keep the decor simple as well.
2. Create a budget - prevents overspending
3. Go real - while a personal preference, there is nothing like the smell and look of a real Christmas tree, wreath and garland
4. Get inspired - what do recall from your childhood? I started with how much I loved our large Christmas trees growing up. Rather real or fake, the tree was always at tall and full. Image above from Apartment Therapy….great color palette and love the oversize ornaments
Here are some great options that inspired me this season.
Fruitfully Luxe I love this palette of rich cherry red, violet, plum, blackberry blue, and teal. Image from Apartment Therapy
Monochromatic and masculine. I love the ads for Macy’s this season featuring stylish duds in an equally stylish christmas back drop. Note the great tone on tone gifts in chocolate and silver….Love that combination this season as well. Image from Glamour Boy
My tree of choice this year and perhaps for years to come is the Concolor Fir AKA White fir. The trees tend to be quite full and quite wide in diameter but the overall look is phenomenal. Here are some ideas for trimming the tree.
Silver with subtle pops of color
Love the gold and silver in the Macy’s tree and the pool of ornaments is fun touch – imagine integrating your gifts too.
My favorite wreaths and garlands incorporate magnolia leaves. Perhaps it is because I am from the South.
Crate and Barrel Centerpiece Wreath Champagne
Out of the Box
NM Lodge Wreath (R)- masculine and certainly a conversation piece, although I would loose the dangling spruce cones
My favorite wreaths and garlands incorporate magnolia leaves. Perhaps it is because I am from the South.
Copper Ribbon Garland by William Sonoma – WS has great combos for wreaths and garlands
Pottery Barn Magnolia Garland and William Sonoma Triple Berry Garland
Vintage Beaded Glass Garlands – combining these will provide the look of the garland in the Macys ad I love.
Crate and Barrel Jingle Bell Garland
So have fun decorating this season but remember to keep it simple and classic so your decor will stand the test of time.
A couple weekends ago, I checked out Chartreuse & Co in Frederick, MD. There is a reason why this place made the Great Day Trips in the Washingtonian. A collection of different vendors in a barn filled with oddities and unfurnished or finds. Additionally, on the property, there was another barn filled with discards or works in progress as well as a shed filled with architectural finds. My favorite shop and my reason for the trip was Madison and Mabel (the image and below are of the shop). Great industrial and modern finds.
Of course I had to make a few purchases…but I controlled myself.
Purchased: Crates from the discards barn ($15 for 3, similar to above)
Purchased: Industrial Pendant and Eames DCM Dining Chair (let’s just say they were a steel)
Tempting: Vintage Steel Magazine Rack and Glass Pendant Lamp
So definitely check out Chartreuse & Co for a day trip or you can even just pop in a couple hours…they mentioned cocktails at their Holiday Tag Sale happening this weekend!
Victor Klassen, started by the artist/scupltor himself, features innovative wood-working technique from exterior doors and other wood doors, to coffee tables, home accessories and other unique modern furniture pieces. These contemporary styles always exude a life of their own. They get their inspiration from the blend of natural forms and the illusion of movement, which is why their artistic furniture designs curve and flow with an exquisite rhythm. Speaking of simulating movement through dynamic form…the stunning buffet above features is a personal favorite featuring ubiquitous sweeping curves and integrated pulls. The following are just a taste of the wonderful pieces on the site:
Skeletal Sofa simply wow!
Doors: Wave and Chaotic
All of their pieces incorporate the best quality materials including premium grade Red Cedar and American Ash which are mainstays in their collection. No wonder they pride themselves on modern furniture pieces that are perfect for longevity and stability.
Enjoy your journey through their site by clicking here, and be immersed in the artistic work of Victor Klassen.
IMAGES by Victor Klassen
The U Street Corridor area is quickly becoming one of my favorite sources for furnishings. The Hunted House is located on U Street near some of my favorites including, Room & Board, RCKDNY. Located on the second floor of a row house on 14th street, the shop feels more like a home than vintage furniture shop. A hand-selected mix of eclectic and mid-century furnishings are displayed in vignettes, showroom style.
Pair of Ceramic Lamps – already envisioning these with a great modern drum shade
Danish Modern 2-Seater with Teak Frame
Danish Modern Desk
Glass Top Cocktail Table hmmm…I saw the matching end table in Rehoboth
Walnut Side Table
Check out the Hunted House site by clicking here.
Well Built, a new DC furniture shop focused on sustainable, modern furniture. Loving their dedication to helping people realize that great design can be responsible to the environment. Check out some from of my favorites.
Double Octopus Pendant Also available in White
Deer Collection Side Chair
Sonic Classic Wood Clock
Many of the furnishings at Well Built are available in a variety of finishes. Check out their website by clicking here.
IMAGES from Well Built
While in Rehoboth on a mini vacation, I discovered a gem of an antiques shop. I was in the store shopping for about an hour. I knew I had something was up when the owner ended up putting me to work. I helped him move some chairs. Ultimately, it was time well spent as I found some great things. The above was my favorite – this African serving tray. While I didn’t buy one this time, I just love it! Check out the following other great finds:
FOR THE BAR…
Incorporate vintage pitchers, shakers, decanters to add sophistication for the bar. Had to buy this great wood/chrome ice bucket with matching tongs.
Mid-Century Chrome Side Table
Hat Box and Shoe Form
Hat boxes take me back…my grandfather had the best hats and the boxes were always really amazing. I couldn’t resist the shoe form which makes a great paper weight.
Creepy Old Portrait
Not sure why but I was drawn to this piece.
Vases, bowls, oh my!
I always love to check out vintage accessories – if you choose carefully – you can enhance the decor of your place. I had to have the small black glass vase and the large grey ceramic vase. Both are the sort you might find at West Elm or Crate and Barrel, at a fraction of the price.
Mid-Century Magazine Rack
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK
This marble slab lamp only needed a new shade. And the oval back chair, reupholstered would make a great desk chair. The set of four splat back chairs were so charming and would be stunning with an upholstery update as well.
I absolutely had to have the Speedaway sled. Despite growing up in New Orleans where there are no hills and it rarely snows. And I like the irony. The vintage (working) projector was also tempting but the sled blew it out of the water.
MORE BARGAINS AND MORE ADVICE
When you are prepared to buy several things, you have leverage…so, try to get the price down! Also be on the lookout for backrooms where items are discounted. The vintage frames above were $2 a pop. It just so happened that they were running a sale on vintage books, $5 all you can fit in a shopping bag. I filled 3 bags…thanks mom for teaching me how to pack…I got a lot of bang for my $15.