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Some amazing pieces we saw on Day 2 of the High Point Market in North Carolina.
A beautiful display at the gorgeous Bernhardt showroom, voted best of the show.
Susan checking out the bright, fun poufs at Surya.
An umbrella holder shaped like an umbrella. How cute.
loved the customizable, shabby chic pieces at Steven Shell (a London importer).
I love malachite! Reminds me I meant to write an entire post about that.
why shouldn’t a lamp base have a fun geometric pattern?
I’m literally obsessed with these. Simple forms at their best… And extremely reasonably priced! Contact me if interested.
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!
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!
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.
Been looking around for shower curtains for a client who is willing to bring a sense of humor into her bath. Here’s a few of the funnest (yes, it’s a word!) that I found.
Splish splash shower curtain, $39 at cb2.
Love my Gene Kelly. Singin in the Rain shower curtain, $15 at Amazon.
Exploded flowers over chevron, $44 at Urban Outfitters.
The Going Swimmingly shower curtain has ladies in retro swim caps and suits. $30 at Utilities.
A play on the UK slogan. $49 at Cafe Press.
Yellow submarine shower curtain, $32 at Linens n Things.
Dwell Studio fabric shower curtains in loads of patterns available from Maison Boutique’s etsy shop.
Talk about the elephant in the room. Thomas Paul curtain, available at 2modern.
Pen drawing of a street scene, $69 from Marimekko at Crate & Barrel.
Banksy on my shower curtain? Yes, please. $49 at cafe press.
How to over-intellectualize your bath: David Eggers shower curtain, $65 at The Thing.
And here are some fun shower curtains for kids’ bathrooms:
The Cat in the Hat takes the tub. $47 at Pottery Barn Kids.
Totally awesome dinosaur shower curtain, $39 at Overstock.
Unicorns and peonies, $66 at Dwell.
Rain, rain, go away shower curtain from Land of Nod.
Custom shower curtains available on the House of Henderson etsy shop.
Any other nominations for most fun shower curtain? Comment away.
Hello, readers! It’s been pointed out to me that I haven’t posted in awhile… I’ve been mad busy with a special class in kitchen & bath design I’ve been taking! The bad news is, not a lot of posts… the good news is I now have loads of ideas for those areas of the house. I’ve been looking at a lot of kitchens, and I have to say that the ones I’m most drawn to have some old world, cottage-y, colonial elements as a wrapper with modern, sleek, 21st century kitchen tools neatly housed inside. I think I’ve pretty much got the formula down… it consists of:
a) a natural color combination of white and wood
b) stainless steel or integrated (with cabinet panels on front) appliances
c) some open shelving for (well-organized) dishes and glasses
d) farm sinks or wall-mounted sinks and faucets
e) timber beams/reclaimed wood structural elements or cabinetry
f) barn lighting, and
g) gleaming copper pots and pans (use in actual cooking optional).
Add it all up and what do you get? Kitchen perfection!
Here’s what I mean–
LOVE THIS. Timber beams and columns, reclaimed wood, a few open shelves, a HUGE throwback sink with wall-mounted faucet, barn pendant lights, and beautiful modern appliances snuggled neatly within its rustic housing. On a technical note, here the condenser for the refrigerator is inside the unit, so you’re losing some frig capacity in return for not having to look at the vent above the refrigerator.
Farmhouse flagstone and weathered wood is the perfect backdrop for a La Cornue oven range, with exposed stone as the perfect backsplash.
If this kitchen were a boy, I’d marry it. Sleek and modern work surface inside a medieval castle!
This one pretty much hits the nail on the head. Love the painted wood paneling across the ceiling, reclaimed wood as the island support, and beautiful little stainless wine cooler.
Timber ceilings, wooden cabinet fronts, a kind of modern spin on barn lights, and the black-framed windows add just the right amount of country. From Elle Decor.
A former House Beautiful kitchen of the month has timber beams, a La Cornue range, stainless steel nestled inside wood panelling, and great modern elements like a sink with 90 degree corners and a restaurant-style faucet to better get at those dirty dishes.
An irregularly shaped curved kitchen. A headache for your contractor, but WOW. I particularly like the oven, combining timber and brick with a stainless steel backsplash. I’m also becoming a fan of the shelf-above-the-cooktop. Good for visual interest and also seems practical for easy access whilst cooking.
Another House Beautiful kitchen of the month showing La Cornue cabinets and pot rack — incomparable for adding instant old-world charm. The cabinet front to the right of the sink is just a panel on top of a fully integrated dishwasher, so you order it from your appliance vendor without a front panel, and your cabinet maker attaches it along with the rest of the cabinetry.
This kitchen from Southern Living shows a stainless steel work surface right next to a rustic kitchen table with a simple wooden bench and antique-looking Mexican-style chairs.
White Corian boxes inside flat-fronted wood cabinetry give a modern kick to a rustic structure. Here the designer decided to show the refrigerator condenser above the Sub-Zero… so there’s more space inside but a visible vent. The placement of that structural column vis-a-vis the island is a little irksome though, isn’t it?
This sort of thing is the reason I subscribe to English Home. Can’t get more adorable than this little vignette, complete with cocker spaniel. Don’t know how practical those little oven doors would be when you have a 25-lb turkey but it sure is cute. I also like how the pans and lids are hung, as it’s often annoying to try to root through your lids looking for which one goes with which pot.
Why Windsor Smith is my hero. Talk about old world meets new world. Antique French chairs, open shelves, an oversized farm sink, some seriously high end appliances, and a modern, rectilinear hood. There’s a lot going on under that table and a missed opportunity for storage, but there’s so much storage elsewhere in the kitchen that I suppose they don’t need it under their island (ahhh, the luxury of space!). This was from the 2011 Veranda showhouse.
Last but certainly not least, we have Mick De Giulio’s former kitchen of the month from House Beautiful… a total stunner which is actually none other than a repurposed stable. Love the variety of work surfaces (soapstone, butcherblock, marble, and staninless… after all why should everything be the same when it’s serving different purposes?) and the way the appliances work in seamlessly with open shelves and mission-style cabinets. I like this one so much I’ll even post the detail shots:
Speaking of De Giulio, he actually designed House Beautiful’s famed Kitchen of the Year for 2012, featured in their most recent issue… and if you haven’t seen it yet, you have my full permission to run out to your newsstand and get it right now or, for New Yorkers, it will be open starting next week in Rockefeller Center (July 16-20). See you there!
Birds are supertrendy right now… and at ICFF, they were everywhere!
Let’s start with my favorite piece of the whole show, Tweet. Designed by a recent graduate, Jiin Kim these clever outdoor stools come in a variety of colors. Even comes with a nice metaphor: Kim explained that when the sun creates a shadow, it depicts a bird sitting in her cage… then when someone sits down, the bird is then freed. Perfect for any small outdoor space or even indoors as a cute side table. Place a sconce above to create the shadow all day long.
If a diagram of an actual bird seems too literal, check out Seugull, a collection of LED light fixtures by QisDESIGN. This thin base on a slight angle to reflect a bird taking off or in mid-flight. I love the sleek lines, and the wings actually move to any angle you like. It comes as a floor, table or suspended lamp.
Cuckoo clocks have been around for hundreds of years, but most traditional designs will not fit with today’s interiors. Italian company Diamantini & Domeniconi brings the cuckoo clock to the 21st century with fun and modern colors and patterns.
British company Surface View was showing gigantic wall murals, including this one of a flamingo. Could be a unique background for a more formal dining space.
Surface View was also showing this Yellow Bird sketch.
A black and white graphic pillow makes a great pop in a contemporary room or nursery. The pillow below is from Charlene Mullen for De La Espada.
There you have it! Look forward to seeing more creative aviary-inspired designs.
Next up at the ICFF… transforming, folding furniture. I love innovative designers who think outside the box in terms of thinking about how furniture can best work for us today, rather than just producing the same old chairs and tables we’ve seen so many times. A lot of these pieces are also great for apartment-dwellers or anyone whose space is at a premium.
My favorite is the awesome Leaf folding chair by Hoboken-based company Folditure…
that is actually comfortable, folds down to be only 3/4″ inch thick, and you can actually hang in a coat closet:
4 chairs only take up 3″… or according to the company, the width of a winter coat. Kind of brilliant.
Next up is my dream desk by Danish company Milk…
which has a hydraulic system that lifts and lowers at the touch of a button. The boxes on the desk can be customizable to be a smartphone charging station, a pen/pencil holder, storage, or even an integrated trash bin. The desk also features amazing cord management (an obsession of mine, as noted previously on Roomology) for computers and task lamps…
as well as a little front slot for your iPad. LOVE.
I also liked this end table by Ohio-based objeti…
…which opens up tackle-box style to reveal hidden storage trays…
not a bad party trick. Also from Ohio, we had what looked like an offbeat piece of found art…
oh wait! It’s actually a chest of drawers:
Definitely unexpected, even moreso that the drawers operated so smoothly (a juxtaposition to its rough-hewn appearance). From Ohio designer Mark Moskovitz.
The next up is a simple idea executed beautifully with great materials and clean modern lines. This wood end table…
transforms into an upholstered chair…
and transforms again into a storage cube.
Not rocket science, but I appreciate all the thought that went into this piece. From Kuwaiti company Al-Hamad Design.
That’s all for now! It’s a beautiful day in Brooklyn, hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
This past weekend was the ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, a yearly furnishings extravaganza at the Jacob Javits Center. It’s an amazing maze of newly released designs from around the world. I’ll be doing a couple of segments on trends we spotted there, starting with… stuff made out of paper/cardboard! Now this trend isn’t exactly new… my fave architect and designer, Frank Gehry, introduced his Wiggle Chair several years ago, a series of cardboard swoops that can be thrown straight into the recycling bin after you’re through with it:
But this year, paper was popping up EVERYWHERE. This awesome display from Canadian company molo is actually completely comprised of paper!
Molo has an expandable paper product that can be made into space partitions or even furniture:
Here’s Susan sitting on top of one of their stools, which is a wheel of paper with a felt top.
Next up, we saw this display of pendant lights, also made of cardboard, from New Jersey-based Carton Planet (well-priced at $50-60).
I loved this display of cardboard figures from Japanese designer d-torso…I think they would be a great arts & crafts project for kids to build, color or paint, decorate, and then recycle when they’ve had their day. What child doesn’t want a 7′ tall horse?
OK, so this was not actually a product for sale, but I thought that the backlit wall of this display booth looked really awesome, and was delighted upon closer inspection to find that it was made of crumpled strips of paper. I thought it was cool-looking maybe for a DIY to add texture to a space on a budget.
This clever table lamp is actually a light within a notebook…
You can flip the page for a different background…
Or even create your own…
at the designboom mart.
So then after I left the fair, I was shopping with a friend at cb2 when what did we stumble upon…
Their ‘upcycle’ pendant lamp, made of circular discs of cardboard (currently on sale for $99). I think it has a cool industrial look…
Stay tuned for more from ICFF…