I always look forward to escaping the Missouri heat and humidity by heading back home to Vermont in the summer. There's nothing I'd rather do than tube down our clear (cold!) rivers, eat real maple creemies, and hike in the woods.
Location: South Kensington, London
Specialty: Patchwork Home Furnishings
Price Range: $$$
Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Squint's new showroom in South Kensington. Squint has been a fixture in the edgy Shoreditch design scene for years, but with their price point they were long overdue for a stunning showroom in the West End.
Furnish Me Vintage is tucked out of sight on the second floor of an antique mall in St. Petersburg, Florida. What it lacks in curb presence is made up for in a well-curated selection; this place is a mid century enthusiast's dream. The large space (7,000 square feet) is filled with vintage finds, from all the big names like George Nelson, Paul McCobb, and Jens Risom.
Mass produced and flat pack furniture is great when you're starting out, if you move often or if you'll take trend over quality. When you really want to start planting roots, however, it can be nice to invest in quality, handcrafted furniture that you'll appreciate for years to come. From desks and chairs to sofas and lighting, these are 10 of our favorite handcrafted resources.
I recently picked up a boucherouite rug while abroad, and then I discovered this awesome chair that's upholstered with one. To get my dream living room, expand the seating to include one very comfortable couch that I've already tested out, add fun pillows and a great lamp, and anchor it all with a rich rug.
Last week I put together a dream living room that will probably never come to fruition. It was based entirely around my desire of owning a blue velvet sofa. Since that's out of the question (Curious as to why? Read prior post here), but a new leather couch is in my distant future, I thought this would be a fun exercise to repeat based on that premise.
My parents bought their place back in the early 1980s, and it was purchased fully decorated from a couple who had a taste for deco and what I'd later ascertain to be a near-limitless decorating budget. There were mirrored surfaces, white marble floors, modern crystal chandeliers, Creamsicle-colored velvet armchairs, and more. But all those elements paled in comparison with the monkey room.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a scrap of pink or purple in my own house. And my walls haven't seen floral since my childhood in the 80s. There is something appealing however about taking a left turn from your usual decor and embracing the opposite once in awhile. We all get in ruts, and it's nice to branch out.
From sea to shining sea and every limpid pool in between - blue represents peace and calm to me. Deep indigo, nautical navy, electrifying cobalt, cool cerulean, tantalizing turquoise and the most subtle of sky - each imbued with a wonderful wistfulness, the promise of refreshment, of longing and delight.
Queen, for a day. From Lady Stark to dragon-rearing silver-haired beauties, bawdy dames and ladies in waiting, the women of Westeros and beyond the Wall are no Disney Princesses. They're strong, exotic, armored and sexy. Who wouldn't love a room where any of these women would feel at home, plotting their next move and making those silly kings feel like they wear the crowns in the family?