Showing posts with label Chairs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chairs. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Fresh Spring Look from Lee

Have you seen the new Lee ad that ran in the April issue of House Beautiful?


Love that green! It reminds me of the new shoots that are sprouting everywhere, announcing the end of Winter. While it's never Winter in Key West, I live in the DC area, and we're SO ready for some warm sunny days!

From what part of the world are you visiting? Are you waving goodbye to snow and ice?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cottage Chinoiserie?

I've always been drawn to Chinoiserie in design. Both in my home and in my work. Such as in my collection of Chinese rose famille porcelains and several Chinese tables. For clients I often used black lacquer Chinoiserie tables and furniture, and screens with fretwork designs.

All that stopped when we came to the tropics because it seemed out of place. But inspired by Anne Harwell's designs, I searched and found these rattan Chinoiserie chairs which I love.



The rattan makes them tropical and yet they give the oriental flavor. We also like the fretwork design of the fabric.

Oh - and those pretty flowers?


My mothers day gift from Kate. Hope you're having a lovely week.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Comfort and Style

It's Spring Break in my school district - so anything I post this week will be done while children tear my house apart (as I write this I hear screams and running water upstairs - I'm afraid to go look...)

So I'll just post a few pretty pictures here today.

My mother feels very strongly that beautiful interiors can also be comfortable - and she won't order any sofas or chairs for the shop that don't offer a comfy place to sit. Of course, this is a bit ironic since I remember a college boyfriend claiming that there wasn't one comfortable chair in my parents' house...but that was before they moved to Key West!

I did a little browsing through some lovely rooms that embrace this attitude, and her are my favorite images:









Happy Monday!




Source: Belle Maison, Brabourne Farm and House of Turquoise

Friday, March 19, 2010

Liberty of London: The Real McCoy

After beginning the week with Target's wildly popular Liberty of London line, I thought we'd end it with a look at my Liberty of London favorites from their website.

First - the rich textiles:












And how about these throw pillows? I love them on their own or as a set:




The little sketch books make me wish I sketched:



I think I'd look smashing (that's old school British for "awesome") in this apron...


...AND in these scarves:




The perfect little sundress:


Is this shower cap too much?


I'd like a cup like this for my toothbrush:


A girl can never have too many bags:




And finally - two lovely pieces of furniture:



I think I'm all Liberty of Londoned out now. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My New Favorite Chair

This should come as no surprise since I've already confessed to having a bit of a chair obsession...but I saw this and just had to order it for the shop.


Isn't it gorgeous? Who says wicker is for grandma's porch!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chair Love Affair

I've always had a thing for chairs. Carved French armchairs, small slipper chairs, bamboo chairs, cozy to curl up in upholstered chairs, interesting veranda chairs... I love them all. And they often serve as a source of inspiration for my room designs.

They can be so graceful and full of character, and a good one will have a perfect balance of form and function. The chairs at our shop are all selected to feel as good as they look. Comfort never has to be sacrificed for style - the two can easily be achieved simultaneously.

Here are two styles that are particularly popular (I didn't have time to take pictures in the shop, so I had to pull these from the web - hence the boring upholstery):



But we were able to snap a few photos around our house yesterday. Here is one of the new veranda chairs that we got of our loggia lounge area:


It's a perfect spot for curling up with a book.

Here is a carved French chair in our living room that we've had forever:


The cushions have changed many times over the years, but the chair never gets tired or dated looking.

Finally, here is a little slipper chair that I fell in love with when it was just a torn, threadbare mess in a dusty old "antique" shop (don't you love how so many junk shops claim to sell antiques?)


You would never know it just looking at this chair, but it is one of the most comfortable seats in our house. Something about the seat cushion and the angle of the chair back. I've read many a novel in that chair.

While I don't think I could cram one more chair into my little house, I've discovered that I can still feed my obsession with pictures of chairs.

There are some great renderings out there and Kate introduced me to one artist who does some wonderful silhouettes and watercolors: Anne Harwell of Annechovie.


I love the aqua background in her piece above and it would fit right in with our room sets at the shop. Apparently it was also featured in the new Nancy Meyers movie, It's Complicated. I doubt I'll see it until it's available on Netflix, but I loved everything about her set design for Something's Gotta Give.

I also like this one with the fun lime textile and stack of design books:


It looks very much like my dining room chairs.

And my daughter knows me well. For my Christmas/birthday present she gave me a set of chair accessories including Anne's note cards...


...and this Annechovie chair tissue box from Shandell's:


I simply can't get enough. In fact at one point in our marriage my husband actually said, "Enough, no more chairs!"

What about you? Do you have any design obsessions?

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