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.
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.
The new Room and Board store opened two weeks ago in the U Street corridor area of Washington, DC. The building, formerly known as the R. L. Taylor Building, was a Ford Motors showroom. Room and Board purchased and renovated the property to create 36,000 square foot of showroom space. I was like a kid in a candy store checking out all four levels of the showroom. And of course many things caught my eye for use in projects. Additionally, I always enjoy the power of seeing furnishings in person. The following are some of my findings.
It is important to see and experience a piece of furniture before you buy. I loved the Louis leather chair (above) in person but disliked the chair online. A great contemporary take on the club chair and surprisingly comfortable. What is also great about showrooms is how the different room scenes and vignettes can generate ideas. The kidney shape of the Newbury desk (shown above) in walnut worked very well in this tight corner.
The most eye catching scene for me was the living room shown above. I loved the color scheme. The rich camel colored Wells leather sofa paired nicely with the Noguchi table, dark charcoal Wegner wing and easy chair. I loved the use of clustering of the Makenge baskets as artwork.
Oddly, I was perusing the West Elm Fall 2010 Preview catalog and noticed similar bowls, see above photo. Although, I must say that the Room and Board options are far better quality. However the West Elm versions are much cheaper ranging from $29-99, while the R&B baskets are $79-189.
This article barely scratches the surface of what Room and Board has to offer. So, stop by the new showroom at 1840 14th Street, NW. For more information check out the website by clicking here.
I finally had the chance to check out the Eastern Market Flea Market yesterday in D.C. I was a little disappointed by the lack of true antiques and my fave, mid century and industrial pieces. But the area is beautiful and as a professional shopper, I managed to find some great items. The following are my favorites from the trip. Above Thonet side chairs and Industrial stool.
Handmade wood cutting boards – Just amazing!
Handmade Tea Set with Pussy Willow Detail
African Mask and Ebonized table
Modlife, located in Chicago, IL, specializes in mid century modern furniture, lighting, and accessories. Proprietor, Robert Zizzo, travels the country for unique finds. The collection includes items by renowned designers of the 20th Century including Eames, Ed Wormley, Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman, Hans Olsen, Paul Evans, Eero Saarinen and Tommi Parzinger. Here is just a sampling of items that caught my eye. Above, Eames Aluminum Group chairs – Love the color combo here
Vintage Overman Sofa reupholstered in white leather
Danish Modern Walnut Credenza
Cubed Chrome platform chair in chocolate stamped leather & velvet
Danish Modern Sette Bench
Images from Modlife
Bythreads, based in Copenhagen makes these really awesome slim, journal sized laptop bags made of quality materials including full-grain leather, environmentally friendly materials, and neoprene. The cases are sleek and simple and 13 or 15″ MacBook safe, tempting me to go out and buy a MacBook to justify the purchase.