About 5 years ago Faith had the pleasure of working with David Ellison, the man behind the Lorimer Workshop in Rhode Island, to build a farm table for her house. This huge, lovely table is now the centerpiece of her home, constructed of salvaged wood from an old train station, with all the character that brings. She can't speak highly enough of David, who considers the kitchen table to be the heart of the home; building these tables for people's homes is akin to a mission for him - not just a business. His prices are very reasonable, and he builds heirlooms to treasure.
We heard from a Canadian furniture designer who is making a trip to Chicago soon to meet with potential retailers for their normally to-the-trade brand. They are hoping for some leads and sent us a good question: What are some of Chicago's most reputable contemporary-furniture stores I can look into? Please share the shops the you would recommend in the comments below...thanks!
If great minds think alike, then I think we'd all agree on one thing: blue and brown go perfectly together and are the greatest pair since pizza and beer.... I don't think I'd really call this color combination a fad, and I can't quite call it retro either. The thing that really turns my crank is the pairing of a warm dark with a cool light, and readers of this column will know that dark brown is one of my favorite colors. The first photo was taken chez moi, and my accent wall was the first column I ever wrote for this website. Here I combine brown with blue in the accents: robin's-egg blue pillow cases, the backing on my grandmother's quilt, and an oil sketch by artist Brian Gilmartin. Jonathan Adler has created a large portion of his inventory in blue and brown, including these throw pillows in retro patterns. The last photo is from my friend Richard, an editor in L.A. He painted his dinette in Ralph Lauren Edwardian Burgundy and Benjamin Moore Sea Foam, and tied the two together with vintage drapes. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.
How many times have you been shopping, seen something beautiful, or cool or cute or on sale, snatched it up, and then later realized you didn't really love or need it? Learning to shop conscientiously, or not at all, is liberating, better for the environment, and essential if you live in a small space. Here are some of the things we've learned on our own journey. Before you set foot in a supermarket, mall, or any other store, have a clear objective and a shopping list ... and stick to it! If you're the type of person who just can't resist a spontaneous shopping trip, keep a master list of things you are 'Allowed' to buy in your wallet or smartphone at all times. You can still have fun shopping, but the point is to refrain from extraneous purchases. How, where, and by whom was it made? How long will it last, and will it biodegrade someday or sit in a landfill? Also consider such questions as, Do I truly love this? How exactly would it enrich my life? Will I feel the same in a year, or even a decade? Before purchasing something on sale or at a discount store, ask yourself whether you would buy it if it weren't on sale. Is it on your list? Do you need it? What makes it a 'Good deal'? Once you get to the store, there's no need to meander; stick to the section(s) relevant to your list, make your purchases, and leave. Not only are you living simpler and saving money, but you're also saving time! Participate in activities that don't involve shopping. Do you have any other tips for buying only what you love and need?
In the early 1600s an upholstered settee was ordered for Knole, one of the great historic English houses, and became an important prototype for the sofa. The Knole sofa, also known as the Knole settee, was commissioned not as a snuggly sofa, but as a kind of royal throne. The Knole sofa was a close cousin of this kind of chair, and may have developed first. The original settee was probably ordered for Knole between 1610 and 1620, soon after the estate had been purchased and renovated by the Sackville family, who still own it. Subsequent versions of the Knole sofa featured finials at the top of the sides and back, and decorative tasseled ropes tying the sides and back together, which could be loosened to allow the sides to angle down. The characteristic depth of the seat and the high enclosing sides and back may have also lent themselves to a certain kind of behavior - descriptions of Knole-style sofas often suggest that they offered the ladies of the house and their illicit gentleman callers privacy from the servants. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier at home on their Knole-style sofa. Knole-style sofas have remained popular in traditional interiors. My favorite historic owners of a Knole-style sofa were Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, who were once photographed lounging on theirs with their cat. A contemporary interior with a modern Knole-style sofa. Many traditional furniture companies still make Knole-style sofas, including some who mistakenly spell it 'Knoll' - Florence Knoll was a 20th-century designer whose own sofas looked nothing like the Knole settee! It's definitely a traditional look, but most new ones are pretty comfortable - do you think you'd ever get one?
In the market for a kids' table and chairs set? There are some great choices out there and we're adding another one to your list. We really like the look of this simple Chalk Table set. The table top includes an insert with a chalkboard surface. The insert can be flipped to reveal a regular table surface. Instead of chairs, the set includes two bench chairs. Who can resist the bright orange color? Get it here for $90. Image: Giggle.
Last year I rented this urban cottage in Brooklyn to be in the same neighborhood as my kids. Now they drop by all the time and it makes me very happy. For the downstairs I used bright colors to create a vibrant atmosphere, while the upstairs is very quiet and serene. The light throughout the house is strong and beautiful. I had to start from scratch on a shoestring budget, so my little cottage is filled with thrift shop and consignment store finds, hand-me-downs, and a few modestly priced new pieces. I did treat myself to a few special things for the living room, including the striped fold-down desk.
With all the vacationing and staycationing at Apartment Therapy this month, we thought we'd show you how to create a luxury hotel room of your own right at home. For your luxury hotel suite ensemble you'll need a few things to make your vacation day indoors perfect. We bookmarked some great finds from an online store called Linen Place. 'You'll first want to pick up some down pillows and a duvet. There is a summer weight option down duvet if you or your mate run hot. Another item that will keep you in bed all day are 1000 thread count Egyptian sheets. Throwing in these curtains'>black-out curtains from Target, time will seem irrelevant. We have the same curtains from Target and would never go back to everyday drapes. For this staycation, we like to get the room nice and cold, order delivery from our favorite Indian restaurant and catch up on our Netflix.
I need help with my bathroom! In the spirit of kitchen and bath month, I offer my space to you, AT readers, to transform. What I'm left with is a tiny space that's completely covered in yellow wall tile and clay red industrial kitchen floor tile. The claw foot tub is in decent condition, but the outside has been painted many colors and is now silver with black feet. A new and much larger mirror is going to replace the existing one, so I'll probably move the bamboo floating shelf down. I'm afraid that since the bathroom is so small, colored or patterned shower curtains will be overwhelming...but I'm open to suggestions. What colors would work in the space? What else can I do to improve what I'm stuck with? Thanks, kiddo katsu.
There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character- and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop. Doesn't that look amazing? Talk about adding character to a space! This is such a great spot to pretend you're enjoying a coffee or catching up on a magazine in a hip downtown lofty coffee shop. To see how Shannon created this old look in a new space visit the full blog post on AKA Design + Life.
Dear AT,. My living room has turned purple. I used my painting as inspiration for colors, but made the mistake of getting a couch & loveseat in a deep purple and painted the trim to coordinate. The room has so much trim that it turned purple and made the walls look to pink. 'I got the rug and random curtain to try and 'blue' the room up since I like blue waaaay more than purple....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions.