Friday, November 27, 2009

Golden Oldies

If I had a set of antique dining chairs kicking around my basement.......... I'd be painting those babies gold this weekend!

I LOVE this mix, its sophisticated and glam and set in a contemporary or modern interior - its simply perfection.

Photo by:  Carol Reed
Chairs:  Elte

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sourcebook: September & October

ELEGANT - Ashbury Lamp from Crate & Barrel.  The glaze has a beautiful crackle finish and the shade is a gorgeous ivory silk.  The perfect accent lamp in  heavenly master bedroom. Crate & Barrel, $289

Every month I search high and low, on-line, in-store, and off the street for products and materials for my client's projects.   I make hundreds of carefully considered recommendations over the course of a month, some months its more furniture based sourcing some months its more building materials and hardware - it all just depends on my current projects.   Of course not all the options I source over the month actually make the cut.  The past two months I've been more in the sourcing stages so not as many final specifications and purchases have been made compared to recommendations.  But here’s a peek of just some of the winning picks that I’ve specified or purchased over the past 2 months,,,,,these are things my clients have purchased, things that I’ve specified for clients and things i’ve purchased for my own use.

These items are in random order and are from more than one project.  I do have to say that I'm deliberately selective in what I chose to share with you from my sourcebook as I can't give away all my secrets ; ) nor can I share all of the items I've specified for a client's project - so this is just a small sampling of things I particularly love for various reasons and items I think could be incorporated into many homes. You'll have to wait patiently for the 'After' photos to see just how these pieces were pulled together and where they now find home.

RARE FIND -  Vintge Grete Jalk coffee table from Toronto furniture store  Zig Zag

STYLISH READING - A beautiful coffee table book, from ELTE

SPLUGE -  Custom toss cushions for a sofa, made from this fabric by KRAVET called Lemon Drops, 26853.

GREAT FIND -  A moravian star fixture from Home Depot just $139.

TUB LOVE....this sleek contemporary drop-in style tub by DURAVIT from Gingers.  I love that its low profile makes it easy to get in and out of for all ages, especially in a tub/shower combo set up and its nice and low  for when mom and dad are bathing the kids.  But the best part is the price at only $456.  Honestly, I thought there was a digit was missing...


HIGH STYLE, LOW PRICE - Yes,,,,,another TOTO Acquia.  

TIMELESS -  Cararra bianca marble and noir basketweave mosaic floor tile for a bathroom.

ORGANIC - Acacia wood platter from Crate & Barrell.

CLASSIC CHOICE - Caesarstone countertop in Raven.

NATURAL TEXTURE - Seagrass ottoman from Pottery Barn.

DESIGING MINDS...think alike.   One of my best friends who is also a designer and I both have  birthday's  in the month on October.  We always get together to celebrate and usually exchange small gifts  - this year she gave me this lovely set of  Nigella Lawson measuring cups which I just ADORE, the perfect addition to the pale blue set of Nigella mixing bowls she gave me years ago.  And I gave her..........well,,,the exact same thing, but in cream!   It was truly a testament of how well we know each other and of our mutual appreciation of cooking and design. 

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