Archive for March, 2011

March 25th, 2011

Before & After: new life for an old wingback

We are constantly on the prowl for furniture in antique shops, yard sales or even discarded in a narrow Savannah alleyway.  We found this wingback chair over a year ago and loved the distinct hump at the top of the back.  We decided to emphasize this feature by adding a felt “blanket” to run from front to back.  We had been looking at belts as a layering and securing tool for a while and finally we had the perfect vehicle for it.  With an equestrian inspiration in mind we covered the chair in a tan houndstooth plaid and pulled the accent blue up to the blanket.  We used a total of 4 skinny belts on sale from Urban Outfitters to complete the look.  We also stripped the unique legs and base to reveal a raw lighter wood which we added depth to by washing with a watered down milk paint.

See the below wingback transformation from Inspiration to Implementation.

 

It’s important not to get too “themey”.  We kept this setting from looking too “hunting lodge” by pairing the chair with some other vintage elements but maintaining the crisp modern feel of the white loft space.

 

Notes:

Inspiration image provided by Country Living

Hand dyed felt by Purl Bee

 

March 23rd, 2011

Urban Hip- unisex accessories (and bike)

I love menswear inspired fashions on women and these days things are getting more and more ambiguous.  Accessories, especially, seem to be easily shared between men and women alike.  While pulling this list together,  I noticed a few commonalities between the items- leather, tailoring, a sort of simplicity that embodies both sophistication and casualness, and just a touch of nostalgia.

1.  R6 Gyro Bag

2.  Levi’s Japan Vintage Elk Leather Suspenders

3.  iPad Sleeve- Grey wool felt & brown leather

4.  Uniform Wares 200 Series Calendar Wristwatch

5.  NYC Vintage Cruiser

6.  The Hill-Side Selvedge Lightweight Gingham Check Scarf

7.  Paul Smith Felt Trilby Hat

8.  Ray Ban RB4125 CATS 5000 sunglasses

9.  Tonia Welter München USB bracelet

March 14th, 2011

Roped In


Whether used for function or decoration rope demands your attention.  Fluid and strong- there is a natural beauty in rope’s simplicity.

Try lightly coiling thick rope in glass vases as seen above for an easy tablescape.

OR

Take a cue from Thom Filicia: this Showhouse handrail is both statement and function.

These are a few of my favorite rope ideas:

1.  Entwined Belt

2.  ch25 Chair

3.  Harborside Buoy Ottoman

4.  Lauren Daybed

5.  Rope Knot Necklace

6.  Bubble Chandelier

7.  Coiled Rope Knob

8.  Found My Animal Adjustable Rope Leash

9.  Judd Large Glass/Rope Cloche

10.  Rope & Nickel Tray

March 4th, 2011

“Dipped”

Whether an item is “dipped” in chocolate, paint or gold – there is just something fabulous about the juxtaposition between finish and materiality.

This image, from the late great Domino Magazine, is one of the first times I realized my fascination with the “dipped look”.  The photo features the white/natural Czech side chair looking clean and modern yet warm and reminiscent…GORGEOUS!

Here are a few of my favorite dipped looks:

1.  White Dipped Spoons

2.  Superior Servers

3.  3 Chefs Kitchen Utensils

4.  Chocolate Dipped Pear

5.  Dip Dyed Baskets

6.  Dipped Coiled Necklace

7.  Jack Spade Dipped Coal Bag

8.  Miix Spoon Set

9.  Midas Collection

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