Monthly Archives: October 2012

High Point Day 4

Last but not least!

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Fun drawer interiors at Mr. Brown by Julian Chicester.

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An extremely comfy chair at Regina Andrews– and very well-proportioned for the city.

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Also from Regina Andrews, this gorgeous reclaimed desk.

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For my sister, the doctor… A truly creative chair back at Go Home.

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VW pillows!

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Love these contemporary prints from New Century Art.

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Tray tables were a huge trend this market! They were everywhere. They make serving easy, are very mobile, can be stowed away when not needed, and are very well-priced. I like this wood and white contrast at Interlude.

Phew! That’s all I got. Was a great show! The bottom line… I need a store so I can bring all this fun stuff to NYC!

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High Point Day 3

Ok, I know I’m behind, so these are gonna come rapid fire now.

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Can’t tell you how happy I was with the clean, unfussy forms at Bernhardt.

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Love this for a kids room! From American models.

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From the Conde Nast collection of photos.

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Gorgeous lighting at Ralph Lauren Home.

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Can’t tell which I like best!

High Point Day 2

Some amazing pieces we saw on Day 2 of the High Point Market in North Carolina.

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A beautiful display at the gorgeous Bernhardt showroom, voted best of the show.
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Susan checking out the bright, fun poufs at Surya.
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An umbrella holder shaped like an umbrella. How cute.
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loved the customizable, shabby chic pieces at Steven Shell (a London importer).
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I love malachite! Reminds me I meant to write an entire post about that.
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why shouldn’t a lamp base have a fun geometric pattern?
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I’m literally obsessed with these. Simple forms at their best… And extremely reasonably priced! Contact me if interested.

Celebrity sighting at High Point!

We ran into Thom Filicia last night!

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High Point Day 1!

Susan and I are at High Point, NC, one of the largest furniture shows in the world! There are hundreds of showrooms here, so we’re exhausted, but wanted to share some of the great things we saw!

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Should I buy this??? Comment and let me know! Awesome horse print at left bank art.
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Gorgeous starburst light at arteriors.
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a play on a drum kit… The high hat table.
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flat woven geometrics at Nourison.

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Cowhide stools! At Sunpan Modern.

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Love this unique chandelier from Luna Bella.

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A gorgeous lacquered tray table from Bungalow 5.

My Mantle Makeover

So, my dear readers, I know I’ve been completely negligent about writing recently; HOWEVER, it is with good reason as I just moved to Park Slope in June!  Brownstones galore, amazing architecture, beautiful gardens… I’m completely obsessed with my new neighborhood.  Just check out my gorgeous block!

A brownstone from the 1890s!  I swear I’m in heaven… just look at this fireplace in my living room!

I’ve been slowly starting to really get my new place in order.  First on the to-do list… that wall right above the fireplace.

Hmmm… what to do there?  I had been looking at buying an art print or large photograph… but then, in the course of discussing a project with a client, I remembered how much I love using rainbows in design (as previously discussed).  No, I’m not 5 years old, but there’s something just so psychologically calming about things being grouped by color.  I’m gonna study it someday.  (That’s a lie, I’ll never study it… but I can still hypothesize.)

ANYWAY… so when I was unpacking my books I came across my Munsell Student Color Set from design school.  This was a book from my colors class that talks all about the color spectrum and ways we perceive color… but it also includes a color analysis where you analyze each hue and the different shades and intensities, like so:

BINGO!  My mantle idea was born.  Got a bunch of plain white frames at IKEA that fit these things PERFECTLY and went about framing them…

Looks so easy right?  Except that IKEA’s smaller Ribba frames are impossible to hang!  I had 8x10s and the frame is so deep that there is no way to get a nail to reach the little picture hanger.  Such a shocker, IKEA is usually so well-designed.  IKEA, why have you forsaken me?  How the hell do you hang this?  I check out the website, it says, “can be hung vertically or horizontally.”  But HOW?????

Turns out I’m not the only one to put this particular problem in the Google.  I find out the best way to hang these is with Command velco strips.  2 stores later, they’re mine.

I am now such an enormous fan of these little guys that I don’t know if I’ll ever buy another picture hook.  They just stick right to the wall and supposedly you can remove them with no residue if you’re patient in the removal.  Plus because they’re velcro you can have multiple chances to get everything perfect.

Now.  A few words about gallery wall hanging.

1) Start in the middle and work your way out.  I was doing a set of 9 pictures so it was 3×3, very symmetrical with a clear center.  In this case, I wanted to make sure you have the middle one centered in the midpoint.  If you’re doing a less regular grid or an eclectic flea market look, you have more flexibility in deciding how they’ll all go together but you still want to start with the middle pictures when you hang them up.

2) Put a margin of 1 1/2″ inches between frames both ways.  Yes, an inch in a half.  I know it sounds picky, but it’s the right amount, don’t argue.

3) Use a level.  I’m in love with my iHandy app… highly highly recommend!  Also helps to have a friend who can help you eyeball.

4) Stand back and look at it after each picture.  If you mess one up, no problem.  If you mess all of them up, you’ll want to take a sledgehammer to your wall.

And now, for the final result!

VOILA!

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I’m notorious for changing my house every three days but I don’t think I’ll get bored of this for a while.  It feels clean and modern and interesting… it actually looks kind of techy too, like a speaker output.  I spruced it up with my favorite Blomster candle holders ($14.99), some books, and these gorgeous hydrangeas.

Here’s some artsy pictures my friend Kim Byrne, photographer extraordinaire, took…

Allright, that’s all for now!  Hope you enjoyed.

xoxox
Susie