Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ballard Designs - Trellis Leaner Mirror - $299 (Comes in rubbed cream off white or rubbed black black. 70"H x 22 3/4"W) (above)
I like this mirror..,.the quatrefoil design is reminiscent of a Moroccan pattern or Mediterranean design. I would lean against a wall as decorative piece in a dining room or hallway. Cute. Don't you think?
Monday, January 26, 2009
My mother is looking to revamp a dining area in her home...she's asked me to come up with a few concepts. She asked me a few months ago actually.
Well my mom's birthday is this month...so as a birthday gift...I am giving her this concept for dining room furniture. Now, just want to point out, this is why I could never be a decorator...my mom is actually looking for furniture for a breakfast area in her kitchen...I instead got carried away and found pieces for a luxurious modern formal dining space - all from Maison Luxe in Seattle. A French inspired dining space...my mom is a total Francophile; she just got back from Paris and Biarritz last week. Anything that reminds her of France seems to put a smile on her face. So while she is looking for breakfast nook furniture, maybe the French theme here will do... right? So much for the exercise of "listening".
Anyhooo, I will chat with mom and find out whether any of this is appealing to her...will keep you posted. While this isn't quite what you were looking for...I hope you enjoy.
(Aside: To those of you who are thinking..."Is this all that Coco is getting her mom for her birthday? Wow...Cococozy is actually Coco-unthoughtful and Cococheapy!"...rest assured this is NOT the only gift my mom is getting!)
Sarah Armchair - on sale $857.50; regular $1225 (Directoire style hand carved wood upholstered armchair. Shown in Antique White finish with ivory leather fabric) (above)
Maison Luxe - Catalonia Chandelier - on sale $1575; regular $2250 (6 light black chandelier. Black crystals on black frame. 28"diamenter x 33.5"h) (above)
Oliver Ottoman - on sale $1610; regular $2300 (Upholstered hardwood ottoman, bench or stool with turned wood legs. Nailhead trim. Dark brown or Silver finishes available. Shown with faux zebra print pattern) (above)
Maison Luxe - Emerald Cut Rug - on sale $77/sq. ft; regular $110/sq. ft (Kelly Wearstler collection wool rug...custom sizes, color and material available) (above)
Dominique Cabinet - on sale $3377.50; regular $4825 (One piece entertainment center with clear glass, split doors. Three adjustable shelves. 39.5"w x 18"d x 90"h. Shown in Antiqued white finish; comes in Chalk and Dark brown Antiqued white, Chalk, Dark brown (gold/silver detail available))(above)
Maison Luxe - Blaire Floor Mirror - on sale $2380; regular $3400 (non-antique floor mirror with white shell frame. Comes in dark shell as well. 39.5"w x 85"h x 1.5"d)(above)
P.S. Did I mention that everything on Maison Luxe's website is 30% off through the end of January?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Pottery Barn - Capiz Pendant - on sale $199.99; regular$249 (Chandelier or pendant ceiling light with square shells set in a bronzed frame. Made of iron frame with ceramic socket. Capiz shell shade has iron frame and uno-style attachment. Black-plastic cord. Machine-applied oil-based finish) (above)
Capiz is a province in the Philippines which is in part known for its eponymous shell. The Capiz shell is flat, semi-translucent and has a mother of pearl glow to it. The Capiz shell is "in" for lighting and home decor...the shells cast a pleasant glow in any room.
Here are two Capiz shell chandeliers or pendant lights that could cast a wonderful glow in anyone's house...and create even more of a glow, when the buyer looks in their wallet and finds they've actually saved quite a bit!
Maison Luxe - Serena Drum Chandelier - on sale $1785 (thru 1/30/09); regular $2550 (Capiz shell chandelier with antique brass detailing. Includes canopy and 3' of chain)(above)
A dark brown old world Moroccan style pattern is stenciled onto white walls in a modern living room. A traditional wing backed armchair is upholstered in black and white fabric with a bold skull and bones design. Hardwood floors, an off white sofa, a taupe sofa, metal and glass coffee/side tables complete the look. (above)
The ultimate mix and match spaces...two living rooms that blend several styles to create one. I like the idea of an eclectic style. When well done, it can mean a freedom from a particular rigid decor style...allowing the home owner to blend, mix, match, patch and meld together an elegant and interesting space.
A 1920's style icon, the Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise Longue lounge chair ($3410), is centered in front of the fireplace in this minimalist living room. Two very classic bergere Louis XV style bergere armchairs are placed in front of a large bay window. Walls are painted a soft butter cream color with bright white trim. A modern painting over the mantel makes a strong colorful statement in the simple room. (above)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Room & Board - Marie Arm Chair - on sale $279; regular $379 (upholstered tight back and seat arm chair in doe off-white/grey fabric. Dark wood stained legs in cognac brown)(above)
These three chairs are great staples in home decor. Upholstered in neutral fabric all with stained wood legs. Classic but modern at the same time.
The Marie Arm Chair is perfect for a dining room or surrounding a small round breakfast table. The Cameron Chair would work as a comfy arm chair in a sun room or family room. The Astoria Chair has a mid century modern feel with a distinct shape...I might add one in a corner as an accent in a bedroom.
Oh did I mention...these chairs are all on sale.
Room & Board - Cameron Chair - on sale $699; regular $799 (arm chair upholstered in off white natural fabric. Wood legs) (above)
Room & Board - Astoria Chair - on sale $499; regular $649 (upholstered accent chair in oyster color fabric (off-white). Wood legs with pecan stain) (above)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Chain Rug -5'x8' - on sale $139.99; regular $349 - Pottery Barn, Princeton Market Fair store, (609)419-0099 (Display model is last one left. Oversized, almond-toned links connect across the navy ground of our looped rug in a refreshing seaside style. Made from self-bound pure wool) (above)
Was breezing through the Pottery Barn store in Princeton, NJ this weekend...running through with NS and her two adorable daughters (after having been over to the mall to buy a gift for the girlies). We were running because the cute little two year old was having a not so cute little two year old type of meltdown...we had to get out of the mall, the store, the parking lot, just out of any public space immediately. Everyone was staring...
"What's the problem?", I thought as I glared back at the appalled shoppers, "You've never seen a two year old throw a temper tantrum in a store?". As I was racing through the store holding the bubbly little four year old's hand, CM (my goddaughter), I overheard a little boy disdainfully say, "Boy that doesn't look fun." Hmmm.....
Once we reached the door, there was a sigh of relief from all of us, including from 4 year old CM...no more mean customers in Pottery Barn staring us down! Oh did I mention, that the minute we stepped out of the store, the baby stopped crying (only for a minute, but that minute would have been very helpful when we were inside). (Oh, yes ...also forgot to mention...flew into Philadelphia on Saturday and have been hanging in New Jersey with NS and her family (which includes her husband, her 14 year old son NSJ, her darling 4 year old daughter CM and lastly and with the most lung power the cute little two year old AM (whose middle name is "Storm" (really)) .)
Anyhoooo, as we were literally sprinting through the store and as I was trying to keep up with NS who was in full mommy "get my kid out of the store mode", and as I held a child's hand, and as I juggled several huge packages, and as I shrunk under the gaze of the sneering leering intolerant shoppers who clearly for that moment forgot there are larger issues in the world today than a two year old who is screaming her lungs out in a store, I did manage to glance to my left for a nanosecond and notice a great rug in Pottery Barn...it was this Chain Rug. A family was eyeing the rug...the father glanced at me as I was running and eeked out a smile full of pity for me, NS and NS's two daughters.
I like this rug...reminds me of a horsey Hermes accessory. Looks kind of like horse bits strung together (oh, did I also forget to mention I rode horses for almost five years and like horse things for home decor?). The Pottery Barn website describes the rug as nautical in nature though...could be that too.
So when I got back to NS's house, I immediately hopped online only to find that Pottery Barn was saying that the rug was no longer available. No longer available? I just saw it in the Princeton store? How could this be? Quelle jour! Needless to say, I had to wait until the next day to call the Pottery Barn store in Princeton to find out the scoop on this elusive Chain Rug.
Blue and off-white Chain Rug shown in room with red leather chairs, a white sofa and blue and white accessories (polka dot pillows and striped throw). (above)
Okay...it is the next day...am waiting on the phone as a friendly Pottery Barn employee looks for the rug (her name is Monet). There are no more left, she says...the only one that seems to exist is the one hanging in the store!!!
Apparently it came in two different colors - the blue and white shown in this post and a brown espresso and off-white.
Okay...I'm stressing out...should I get, should I let blog readers get, should I leave it behind...oy...? I think this one is for you guys.
THERE IS ONLY ONE CHAIN RUG LEFT IN THE AREA AND MAYBE THE COUNTRY (and it is not available online). Here is the hook up on this last Chain Rug. It is a 5'x8' rug, in the blue and white...here's the kicker...it is on AMAZING sale...it was $349 and now it is on sale for just $139.99! Call the Princeton store if you want it at (609)419-0099...ask to speak to Monet or the store's manager...because it is the display rug!
I put the rug on hold for me...but I am actually going to take it off of hold and allow one of you to snatch it up!
Good luck...may the games begin...let me know who gets this rug...!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
In a Santa Monica bungalow, light blue living room with a green ceiling are reminicent of colors from the ocean. Fireplace surround is tiled with custom European yellow, blue and green ceramic Moroccan style tiles and a high gloss black and white painted mantel. (above)
I was browsing through Woodson & Rummerfield's fab design site which includes an online retail shop when I wandered onto the website's interior design section. Interior design afficianados Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield have combined modern and vintage styles to create a new style that they call Modage.
In a beach bungalow in Santa Monica, Ron and Jaime combined the old and the new to create a breezy beach cottage with loads of character and charm.
Love this little house...hmmm...some food for thought for my little house...maybe add some color into the mix?
Breakfast area features a built in wine bar, a white top and metal base round dining table, white lacquer Frances Elkin "loop" chairs with the iconic circle back and upholstered green seats and a fanciful chandelier. (above)
Dining room is the ultimate in modern simplicity with dark teal green brown leather host chairs, black high gloss wood side chairs and a simple long black rectangular dining table with metal legs. (above)
The master bedroom is a study in pink and brown. A white wood carved bed with pink and brown bedding provide a striking contrast to dark brown chocolate walls. (above)
Guest bedroom is a study in blue with Robin's Egg Blue Chrysanthemum wallpaper making a striking statement on the walls. A light blue tufted headboard, blue bedding and bright blue tufted bench evoke the colors of the ocean. (above)
What are your favorite picks from this beach bungalow? Click on comments link right below and let me know!
All photos in this post courtesy of Woodson & Rummerfield
Friday, January 16, 2009
West Elm - Overlapping Squares Coffee Table - on sale $129.99; regular $249 (White metal and glass coffee table. Weather resistant. Powder coated steel tube and sheet base. Tempered clear glass top. Dimensions: 36" square) (above)
I have a metal and glass coffee table in my living room and now I think EVERYONE should have some table that is some version of these two materials blended together. I like a coffee table with a glass top and metal frame because it seems light and airy...not heavy and overwhelming like some solid tables.
Now to wax on about this table in particular...I think this table was meant to be outdoors for a patio or poolside lounge area or a garden, but I would definitely take this table right inside. The lines are clean to but the overlapping squares add an element of design that alludes to traditional Chinese furniture styles and/or retro Hollywood glam furniture. I like. I like even more at almost 50% off!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A variety of blue prints are used in this traditional dining room...including blue toile wallpaper, upholstered dining chairs upholstered in a blue and white stripe fabric, Asian inspired ceramic blue and white lamp and garden stool and a several blue and white pillows. (above)
Here are three striking rooms from California based interior designer Barclay Butera... The glue here that thematically ties these rooms together...is the color...blue.
The decor styles here and the use of blue are clearly rooted and inspired by European, American and Far East traditional styles...with the use of the blue and white patterns making a classic statement that works in almost any modern household.
A guest bedroom features a delicate blue and white stripe wallcovering or wall paper on all walls, blue jaquard bedding, blue and white Chinese ceramic garden stool and a dark brown wood mahogany sleigh bed to compliment all of the blues. (above)
Bold blue pillows, vases , pottery and table accessories provide a colorful blue splash in a primarily white open living room and dining room area. (above)
These photos were sent to me by Julie Du Brow, Barclay Butera's publicity firm. Thank you Julie for these!
Brocade Home - Petite Laser Cut Chandelier in Citron - on sale $349; regular $499 (Steel, acrylic and glass construction. Hardwired. 3.5'' cord. Simple assembly required. UL listed. 60W candelabra bulbs not included. citron green. 16"w x 20.5"h.)
Hmmm....I like this little chandelier... very cute, affordable and girly. Where would I put? Well maybe I don't have room...but perhaps you do? It is 30% off...a little ceiling light worth thinking about at this sale price!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I really like this Oly lounge chair. A reproduction of a French armchair or fauteuil. A tres luxe and tres chic lounge accent chair. Upholstered in a faux animal print...think this could be a great accent chair in a living room.
By the way, everything on the Maison Luxe website is 30% off right now...including quite a few Oly pieces and many Kelly Wearstler rugs.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wisteria - Louis XVI Two Drawer Dresser - on sale $839.30; regular $1,199 (Louis XVI style two drawer dresser with fluted legs and made of natural Chinese oak) (above and below)
A dresser fit for a king...or a queen...or a person who just wishes she was a queen...or for a person who wishes she was a queen but who lives in a tiny small house in the Hollywood Hills that is the furthest thing from a royal palace and who holds court in front of a computer screen all day and has no chance in he_ _ of ever becoming a queen and is getting angry as she writes this and thinks of the life she could have had if she were a queen but instead has now morphed temporarily into what seems to be a bitter blogger (who doesn't like the idea of being called a blogger and would rather be called a queen because every time she mentions she has a blog in public people look at her strangely and the people wonder "why is she a blogger, I thought she had another job...what is a blogger? Is that like a strange person who writes stuff about their life all over the internet?")... Okay enough...sorry...I digress (as usual).
This dresser is four feet wide and less than three feet high, small for some...but perfectly sized and stately for others. This two drawer dresser could work in most any room and with almost any decor style. A perfect dresser for a bedroom, a credenza or buffet in a dining room or a storage piece in a living room or den. Its classic Louis XVI style legs and fluted detailing could make it a piece worthy of being crowned a household favorite! Oh yes, did I mention it is 30% off!
A New York City nursery changes for the better with a space saving solution from Area Interior Design. (above)
As the owner of perhaps the smallest house in the entire United States of America, I know a thing or two about space saving and double duty home furnishings or solutions. Every piece of furniture or built-in has been carefully crafted or selected to fit my small home with the idea of saving space.
So when I came across these brilliant photos...I was thrilled to see how a posh interior designer did her own version of space planning for clients...Janine Carendi of Area Interior Design features two really wonderful space saving ideas on her interior design firms website.
An easy solution - create a stackable table and benches that can double as counter space or provide seating in an eat-in kitchen!
Food for thought for those of us hungry for more space! Thank you Janine and Area Interior Design for the great custom ideas!
Photos courtesy of Area Interior Design
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Exterior Pieces home furnishing and accessories store in Atlanta Georgia's Buckhead. (above)
Can't remember how I discovered it...but one day a few months ago I happened on the website for Atlanta based Pieces A fantastic website featuring vintage and antique furniture and accessories that are all very chic and traditional and have also been freshened up to look bright and new. The website is easy to manage because furniture pieces are organized by color, type and/or material. Looking for something in brown or white or metal or lucite or a sofa or a side table or a chandelier...it is easy to search through the store's stylish selection on the website.
After browsing for about a half an hour on the website, I realized that Pieces is both a website and a store! An actual place with a real personality...a tangible building with a street address and everything (thought bubble: "Like the good old days", she thinks but doesn't dare to utter in hopes no one finds her old fashioned or figures out her age (hint "she" (me) is under 90 but over 25...hmmm....) as she hearkens back to the time before the internet...). I love the internet and the virtual world of home furnishings and all...but I also delight in finding a great store or shop and actually physically browsing through a space...touching, seeing and smelling the sights and sounds...hence the perhaps strangely overly exuberant reaction to Pieces actually being a website and a real furniture store (I should probably be over exuberant about a lot of other things happening in the world during this time...but for today my exuberance is about Pieces being a store...so there...)!
Anyhooo...love the Pieces website so much, I wanted to find out more about this southern store...my Los Angeles place of residence made it a little difficult to actually get to the store...so I decided to turn back to modern technology to investigate a bit further into this shop via the internet. What better way to find out more about a place than to ask...so I asked Pieces store owner Lee Kleinhelter a few questions about her amazing trendsetting store and website.
In today's SHOP WATCH Q&A, Lee tells a bit about the store's background and how she transforms and restores vintage pieces to bring them to life. Here's what Lee has to say:
COCO: How long has Pieces been in business?
LEE: 4.5 years
COCO: Why did you decided to open Pieces?
LEE: I had a design and art history degree, worked for interior designers and loved the industry, but wanted to be more a part of a product. It was all timing and it kind of happened. I didn't spend my life wanting a store, it was more of something that evolved and I love it. Its so much fun to find interesting pieces and update them and bring them back to life.
Inside Pieces furniture store in Atlanta (above)
COCO: Are you the only owner of Pieces?
LEE: Yes, I'm the only owner. I felt there was a need and a lack of interesting furniture available in the retail market. Everything was either very fine antiques or mass produced items that can be found everywhere. Both are great, but wanted to show customers there are other options. Its all about mixing and editing a space and using interesting pieces.
LEE: The majority of the items at Pieces are vintage. They range from the 40's, lots of the 60's and even 80's. What sets us apart is that these items once we've upholstered them, wired or painted them in some way, makes them one of a kind. It’s a lot more work to find pieces and change each one of them, but it’s also the best part. You wont see them in every store. They are special! I wanted to offer items that are there and ready to go, you can touch them, experience them and take them home. Its not something that is ordered and the next week we'll have five more. When sold, that's it.
LEE: I look for interesting lines in a chair or table. Something that could work in lots of spaces and its all about the shape. I really don't worry about age, or where it came from. To me, its about finding things that are unique and functional for people to use. Like the great pair of white end tables we just got in. They are so versatile and could be used in a bedroom, family room or any space.
Front desk inside Pieces in Atlanta (above)
COCO: I love EVERYTHING on your website. What would you say is the store's style...what "style" are you selling to customers?
LEE: I don't want to sell a style or a trend. I think its about seeing things a little differently and more clean. Not be afraid to use color, or mix old pieces with new, but its all about editing. People tells us they are inspired when they walk in. It doesn't take much to change a space. It could be some great pillows that completely change the direction of your space and that's all you need. I believe in flow and that your living space should have some what of a clean concept and then add one fantastic piece here and there.
Pair of White Cane Chairs - $2700 (Carved faux bamboo legs painted white. Cane back. Upholstered in camel colored leather with nailhead trim)(above)
Trellis Pillow - $385 (Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis fabric covered pillow)(above)
White Tufted Sofa - $8200 (Vintage tuxedo style sofa with new white leather upholstery and diamond tufting. Wood base with existing finish. 29H x 79W x 32D) (above)
COCO: What is your favorite item in the store right now and why?
LEE: I have so many favorites. They really all are, since I get attached to so many pieces. I love the white tufted sofa. Its one of those that I almost took home with me, which can be an occupational hazard! Its a really clean line and the tufting on seat and back was worth the expense. Its beautiful and would look great in so many spaces.
COCO: Do you ever have sales? If so, what time of the year?
LEE: We do, but there isn't any particular time of year.
Louis XVI Medallion Armchair - $1942 (French made fauteuil with white finish on wood. Brown upholstered fabric on chair) (above)
Pair of Green Glass Lamps - $2700 (Green reverse painted glass with original gold details. New custom gold paper shade and gold ball finial)(above)
COCO: Your website is awesome...one of the best I've seen out there for home furnishings...how did you come up with the website concept?
LEE: Thank you, the website needs to be great and helpful b/c we do a lot of business with out of state customers that have never been in the store. We really worked with what we have. The design evolved from finding things we wanted to improve from the previous website and how to navigate more efficiently. The technology changes so quickly and we work with someone who has created a website that’s extremely easy for us to edit and use daily. A lot of the design stems from our logos we use in the store is continued in our business cards, stationary and matches. We really wanted people to get a feel of the store even when they can't be there.
Lucite Desk - $4280 (30H x 42W x 24D. Original hardware, lucite sides and lucite pull. Desk surface newly painted white semi gloss inside and outside. One front drawer has three containers in drawer to accommodate smalls supplies)
Pair of Faux Bamboo Side Tables - $2600 (21.5H x 26W x 26D. Faux bamboo legs, base and doors with raised faux bamboo. Newly painted white semi gloss inside & out. Original round loop pulls with new dark finish)
Pair of Geometric Metal Side Chairs - $393 (above)
COCO: What is the best part about owning this store?
LEE: The best part for me is finding great pieces and seeing how great they look when we've changed them, then helping them find a great home!
If you are ever in Atlanta, here is the information for the store:
3234-A Roswell Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Please, if any you are lucky enough to actually go to the Pieces store in Atlanta...write me and tell me what you find! Can't wait to hear.
Thank you Lee for the pictures and the answers! A wonderful store story!!
All photos in this post courtesy of Pieces Inc.