Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Thursday, November 17, 2011

before & after: the statement furniture piece

Stat­ing the obvi­ous here, but big houses usu­ally have big rooms. Big­ger is not always bet­ter, espe­cially when left with a long, long, long wall space with­out any dis­cernible func­tion. A space that needs to anchor half the room, but has a foot­print only 18 inches deep because it abuts the pri­mary path­way through the room. The pre­vi­ous home­own­ers inserted a con­sole and mir­ror ensem­ble best suited to a funeral home. Folks, please don't try this at home.

before image underscale console

funeral home console

No mat­ter the size of the room, func­tion­al­ity is key. The con­sole above offers none. Now check out the solu­tion: ten feet (!) of lus­cious red lac­quered, antique Chi­nese awesomeness!

red lacquer sideboard image

red lac­quer side­board just shy of 10 feet long! photo: Michael Partenio

This beauty is cour­tesy of Antiques by Zaar — THE source for design­ers in search of fab­u­lous antique Chi­nese and Tibetan fur­ni­ture pieces. Owner Ruth Olbrych has the goods, the expe­ri­ence and the knowl­edge. Noth­ing excites a room like an antique so lovely it could be cus­tom! Antiques are key play­ers when work­ing toward a mix of peri­ods and styles in any space. Chi­nese antiques in par­tic­u­lar are an afford­able choice to bring that feel­ing of collected-over-time to a newly dec­o­rated room. With an excit­ing range of col­ors and pat­terns, Chi­nese and Tibetan antiques case goods mix hap­pily with other wood tones and Ori­en­tal rugs.

If you would like help blend­ing antique Chi­nese fur­ni­ture into your home, email Ruth or myself. We'd love to help!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

cmi — in the news

Many thanks to designer and Houzz con­trib­u­tor Pan­gaea for includ­ing my room in her idea book fea­tured today on the Houzz.com home page!

To visit the ide­abook titled "11 Ways to Cre­ate a Mul­ti­pur­pose Office Space", click here. Pan­gaea points out when space is short, a great option is to fit a home office into a sec­re­tary desk, like the Hallings Sec­re­tary from Hick­ory Chair. This clas­sic, designed by Thomas O'Brien, melds beau­ti­fully into tra­di­tional or more con­tem­po­rary rooms.

Family Room, Reinvented #3

The Hallings Sec­re­tary from Hick­ory Chair

When more space is not an option, make the most of the space you have!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

flower power — from the odegard collection

I def­i­nitely have a thing for side tables with char­ac­ter, and these are great exam­ples. From Viya Home, the Stephanie Ode­gard Col­lec­tion includes sev­eral organ­i­cally inspired tables, but these three wield the strongest flower power!

My per­sonal favorite, the sculp­tural beauty of this piece is undeniable.

 

viyahome odegard

via viya home

Its more demure cousin, less a bloom than an bud.

 

viyahome odegard
via viya home

A lit­tle edgier with a chrysanthemum's extravagance:

 

viyahome odegard

via viya home

Which do you find most inspirational?

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Friday, September 2, 2011

furniture friday — from chelsea textiles

Despite 'tex­tiles' in the name, Chelsea Tex­tiles also has a lovely fur­ni­ture line of rang­ing from Gus­ta­vian to mid-mod to lac­quer. This one piece melds all those styles. The color is Gus­ta­vian, the styling is mid-mod and the legs are lac­quer! Add it's curvy gor­geous­ness and the fact that, to me, it looks nearly a crib for cod­dling grown-up girls — I'm feel­ing the love!

Chaise longue with curved back in lacquer - via chelsea textiles

Chaise longue with curved back in lac­quer — via chelsea textiles

Chaise longue with curved back in lacquer - via chelsea textiles

Chaise longue with curved back in lac­quer — via chelsea textiles

Chaise longue with curved back in lacquer - via chelsea textiles

Chaise longue with curved back in lac­quer — via chelsea textiles

What do you think? Check out the full line here and let me know if you have a favorite piece.

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