Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
There's a phrase used to describe TV shows that are past their prime known as "jumping the shark". It's a reference to a Happy Days episode where Fonzie jumps over a shark tank on waterskiis wearing his de rigeur leather jacket. Sometimes people take a good idea and push it just a bit too far.
That's how I feel about ikat--it has jumped the shark. I liked it well enough on outdoor furniture. It was fine on a pillow or two. But now I see sofas like the one above in full on ikat and my reaction is not, "oohhh, ikat" but more like, "ewwww, ick."
I know, it's the height of fashion right now. And while it makes sense on this season's ubiquitous maxi dress, I would not recommend investing $2000 in a Bergere chair with fuschia and purple ikat fabric, as seen in this month's House Beautiful. I wouldn't recommend the $200 maxi dress either.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Unfortunately, this put me off lacquer as a category for a while. But I've found some very fun accents that are the perfect foil for just about any room. Designers tend to use the phrase "a pop of color" a bit too much, but these trays and vases provide just that. It's the same idea as adding a necklace or purse in the season's "it" color--you're fashion forward without going bankrupt. I found these items on www.pearlrivermart.com and www.target.com.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I heard a voice in my head that sounded a lot like Linus' in A Charlie Brown Christmas saying, "all it needed was a little love." I put the chair in the back of my car and brought it home. And there is sat, looking at me forlornly, until last weekend when I finally made good on my promise to make the chair cool again.
The best part? This chair cost me under $5 to redo. The fabric was left over from a client's project and they graciously let me keep it. The cushion was actually from an old sofa cushion sample we had at the store that I cut down. The only thing I actually paid for was the stain to redo the finish.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Even if you have the room, it just seems silly. It makes it much harder to build a comfortable conversation area since the size of the table forces your seating to be much further apart than it should be.
There's also the issue of how to dress the table once you've got it in the room. Such a large surface invites clutter-the sworn enemy of good design. And yet, a simple arrangement of 3 items (of varying heights, of course), looks sparse on such a large table.
So trade in your huge table, downgrading is the chic thing to do these days, or haven't you heard? Unless, of course, you're living in a 5,000 sq. ft. home with lofted ceilings. Then, you need to call me so I can help you furnish it beautifully.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Every morning on my commute to work, I drive past Corona Park in Queens and I have taken to slowing down as I pass the cherry blossom trees. Elegant branches with cheerful pink flowers. One of these mornings I may be forced to pull over and sneak a few to enjoy.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This picture shows a pair of cobalt glazed ceramic garden stools in a living room. It repeats the same color used on the pillows and the rug. But you can easily find these garden stools in a host of colors, patterns (such as a blue delft) and fretwork design to coordinate with your style. And they come in just as wide a range for pricing. Antiques, of course, will set you back a bit but you can find inexpensive ones at Pearl River Mart for about $150.