Monthly Archives: December 2011

I scoop Elle Decor

OK, so I’m thumbing through my December 2011 “high-style holidays” issue of Elle Decor, and what to my wondering eyes should appear?  The very same tree stump table previously featured on Roomology (the Arteriors stump table seen here).  Being a devoted Elle Decor reader, imagine my pride.

Gold tree stump table

Arteriors gold tree stump table

On another note, good to see that stump tables are still alive and well.  In fact, they appeared two more times in the same issue, once as the pedestal to the lovely dining table that graced the cover, and once in a grouping that created an improptu coffee table.

Tree stump pedestal dining table

Love this use of tree stumps as the pedestal for a dining table

Tree stump tables elle decor

Broosk Saib's three-stump cocktail table

Tassels schmassels… in search of non-frou-frou drapery tiebacks

So, I’m working of a project now that has large, wonderful windows and I need to tie back panel draperies so as not to hide them.  BUT, the room is modern and a little masculine, and the typical cord or tassel tiebacks (while I love them) just won’t suit.  So I’ve gone out in search of alternatives.  These ended up having a surprisingly equestrian theme, which was unintended, but I love anything preppy so that’s fine by me.

Ian Sanderson tiebacksI love the stirrup-shaped hardware on these shaped leather tiebacks by Ian Sanderson (to the trade).

Rustic rope and metal from who other than Restoration Hardware.

Like beautiful bracelets, and even monogrammable.  From Couture Window Fashions.

I bet in Scotland all curtains are held back by these.  Tartan tiebacks from Etsy.

A malachite coaster turns into a holdback, via CreateGirl.

 Cute as a button and less than $5: DIY from the hardware store, as shown in Country Living.

I totally dig these little horses.  From Sears.

$29 dining room makeover with LED lights





So, my friend and I went to IKEA seeking a light for over her dining room table. We wandered through the aisles listlessly, bored by the endless white globes with their plastic covers and Chinese-lantern inspired shades. Finally, from the back corner, I saw a twinkly circle of light that drew me closer… and then I shocked my friend, and another innocent bystander who was shopping next to us, when I started jumping up and down and yelling, “Get this one! Get this one!”

What I was looking at was the IKEA Glansa LED lamp, a brilliant, warm halo of sparkliness that I am positive is the answer to anyone with an IKEA budget’s dining space. It costs $29.99, was easy to hang with a hook from the hardware store, and brings with it all the benefits of LEDs….

1.NEVER CHANGE BULBS! That’s right, the tiny bulbs of this fixture are built right in.
2.LASTS TILL YOU’LL NO LONGER WANT IT. LED bulbs last 8-10 years. Because they’re built into the unit, when the bulbs run out of juice, you can just throw the entire unit away (recycling what you can, of course). We bet after 8-10 years, you’ll be ready for an entirely new look.
3.ENERGY EFFECIENCY WITHOUT ICKY COLORS. Although the photos were taken with my iPhone, you can still see the warm, yellowy glow coming from these lights, a refreshing change from the highly efficient but usually bluish tones of compact fluorescents.
4.INSTANT SPARKLE. LEDs are tiny lights… even if you have a lighting unit with a larger surface are, this is just composed of an array of LEDs rather than a larger bulb fixture. So, LEDs give the feeling of tiny candles or points of light, perfect for a dining table or entertaining space.
The IKEA Glansa pendant lamp = LED love for $29.99.

Roomology goes to Cortona


I fell in love with Italy from after watching Under the Tuscan Sun in 2003.  That movie convinced me to move to Italy in 2005 for a year and after traveling back and forth the past few years, I finally made it to Cortona this summer.  From the city center of Cortona, the locals pointed up a hill to where Frances Mayes’ real Bramasole was (not the house they used in the movie).  So I ventured out one morning and after what seemed like the longest and hottest walk of my life I finally reached it!  And it was easily ten times more beautiful than I had imagined.

It was not until I got home that I realized Frances Mayes worked with Drexel Heritage to create a furniture line that was influenced by the pieces she found in Bramasole.  Here are some of my favorites from her line…

The Celebration Tavola Table

What a great piece for a foyer.  I can picture it with a huge vase of sunflowers.

The Welcome Home Chest

The details on this piece are so romantic.  It would make any room more inviting.

Chateau Upholstered Arm Chair

The simplicity of this chair  can add regality to any dining room and the contrast between the upholstery and frame  accentuate the beautiful profile.

The hike from Cortona to Bramasole… not too bad.

Roomology loves: ping-pong tables in interior design

So, a little confession: my family is slightly obsessed with table tennis. Over Thanksgiving break, we spent hours and hours at the table. Then I open Architectural Digest, and what do I see smack dab in the middle of Ellen DeGeneres’ and Portia de Rossi’s foyer?

Amazing! The modern, shiny chrome lines of the ping-pong table are the perfect contrast to the antique rug, tribal art, and natural elements in the room. BUT EVEN BETTER, THE TABLE IS IN THE FOYER! It says to anyone walking in the door, “You are here to have fun. You don’t have to be formal here. Let’s play!”

Jonathan Adler put a ping-pong table in his house as well:

via Hooked on Houses

Love how he changed the surface (I’m guessing wallpaper?) and used Saarinen-esque pedestals.

Finally, apartment therapy posted a roundup of designer ping-pong tables, including this photo where the table is made formal via a sheet of glossy black plexiglass (not to mention a player in a bowtie and two models in cocktail dresses). The designer tables that accompany the post are exorbitant, but worth checking out. For the rest of us, here are some table options.

A basic rally table that folds for storage, $150 from Amazon.

You can set up the tabletop right on your dining table, and clear it away for dinner parties. $130 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

For those of you with cash to burn, I love the black and red design of this Sportcraft table, $569 at Target.

Don’t forget some fun paddles (this set at Alice Supply Co) and colorful balls (from GOGO).