Furniture

color story: burgundy tones

burgundy outfit

Maroon.  Wine.  Oxblood.  Raspberry.  Is it just me or are these colors everywhere right now?!

Dramatic.  Romantic.  Passionate.  Fierce.

From the streets ….

oxblood blazer and pleated skirt

…..to the red carpet.

emma stone red carpet oxblood

Awesome chunky burgundy scarf from Lulu Love’s Etsy Shop!

chunky burgundy scarf

Julie from the fashion blog Sincerely Jules wears it well.  Love these pants.

burgundy pants

I came across this amazing DIY  home dye job.   I love it, but I think I will just live vicariously through her blog post.

burgundy hair

Red has never been one of my favorite colors, so I’m not so sure if I could pull these looks off.    I think my fashion sense is too neutral and “normal”   What do you think?  I must not be the only one that feels this way!  Maybe I need to step out of my comfort zone….

Okay,okay…..here’s something I can live with – nail polish!

oxblood nail polish

OPI.  Going to CVS to get this ASAP.

You may ask: How does dark red look in a home?  Great.  Fantastic.  Wonderful.  But under one condition –  don’t overdo it.     A little goes a long way.

burgundy door

This red exterior door is welcoming yet sophisticated.  Painting the whole house this color would clearly be another story.

Because deep reds are so bold, first buy a rug or other accessory to “try on” the color.   I love this Amy Butler rug because it uses a peachy coral and a light pink to offset the red.

Amy Butler Caracas rug.

Lots of red items out there, here’s my faves:

burgundy tones inspiration board

1: Amy Butler Caracas Rug

2: Mitchell Gold Beverley Banquette

3: Leaping Hare Cushion from Helcat Design on Etsy.com

4: West Elm Ikat Diamond Napkin Set (NOW ON SALE!)

5: Burgundy Squirrel via Mazerandvee on Etsy.com

6: CoachMadison Dotted Op Art Wallet in Crimson

7: Zara Long Quilted Jacket (NOW ON SALE -69.99!)

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(All images link back to their original source, if known)

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color story: brown + gold

Nothing says  “IT’S FALL BABY” more than brown and gold.  I’m serious.  These 2 colors are just so beautiful together.  Brown gives a classic, warm feel while gold brings the look of royalty.  Together they bring sophistication and style.  (Example:  Picture a Louis Vuitton bag…..What colors do you see? BROWN & GOLD. Coincidence? I think not!)

I wish I looked this good playing on my phone. Fascinated with the stacked bracelets.

This living room is well dressed.  Notice the cream colored sofa and how well it goes with the two colors.

Mmmmmm.

Gold marble Saarinen table? Yes!

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Inspiration board with lots of treasures just for you!

1: Palomino art via Z Gallerie   2: Fabrics via Duralee (top:  32181-67 ,  bottom: 180933H-104)  3: Ghana Vase via Z Gallerie  4: Brown Velvet X Side Table (avail to the trade only – ask me for details)  5: Sofa via Bentley Churchill (avail to the trade only -ask me for details)  6:   Franklin Media Cabinet via Dwell Studio  7: Mira Collection via Z Gallerie   8 : Richard Nixon Throw in Camel via Jonathan Adler  9: Handmade Wool Rug via Overstock  10: Linden Ottoman via Z Gallerie  11:  Alston Pillow via Z Gallerie  12: Tulip Leather Chair in Honey via West Elm  13:  Paper Mache Bowl (Brown/gold) via Etco on Etsy.com  14:  Antler Candleholders via West Elm  15:  MK5659 Golden Runway Watch via Michael Kors  16: Riding Boots via Tory Burch  17:  Gold Log Stool via the Future Perfect

(All images above link back to their original source, if known. )

Seaside Retreat

Simple lines.  Crisp white.  Comfortable yet sophisticated.  What’s there not to love about this Cottage in Seaside, Florida?

 It’s home to the founders of the dreamy beach town, Robert & Daryl Davis (who also are husband & wife – truly incredible people!). 

It also feels somewhat like home to me!  I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of the furniture/fabric selections for this home, assisting the  talented designer, Susan Byrd.

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If you love this look, make sure you check out Pizitz Home & Cottage – many of the items can be purchased from them! 

Happy Weekend friends!!

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(Photos taken by Romona Robbins, courtesy of VIE People & Places Magazine.)

Bentley Churchill 2012 Highpoint introductions

There’s nothing more I love than a good quality furniture manufacturer.   

 So if you are not already familiar, let me introduce you. World: meet Bentley. 

At Bentley Churchill, the only answer they know is “yes”.   You can customize ANYTHING.  3″ taller?  8″ longer?  No problem!  Every piece has their standard spring down fill with 8 way hand tied spring construction.  Plus, they have an awesome array of fabrics. 

So, let me tell you what……. I love this sofa.  Simple. Contemporary. Clean lines with the curved side arms.

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I’m a total fan that they have some great new pieces that are reminiscent of vintage ones. 

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A mid-century modern lovers dream.  *Sigh*

Dear ottoman with lucite feet: come into my life.

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Check out their website  for more pretty pictures from the Spring Highpoint Collection.

 

(Bentley Churchill is exclusive to the trade, so contact me for more info!)

high / low project

Since I’m obsessed with bargain hunting (what is the point in paying full price if you don’t have to???), I decided to do my own little high / low project experiment.

Check it out below:  the items on the top are from high-end design sources, totaling over $8,900.   The bottom is a collection of items I found online to create a similar look,  but for a LOT less – like $5,700 less!   Unbelievable – almost 65% off.

 

 

HOW CAN THIS BE??

I bet I know what you’re thinking right now:  How can there be such a difference in price?  There’s many different reasons and it can get pretty complex.  First of all, contrary to common belief, it isn’t usually because of an exorbitant designer markup.  (Most designers or stores price items at or around the suggested retail price.)   There’s less overhead selling online than there is with a physical retail storefront.   Most of the online discount retailers are dealing so much merchandise they can afford to cut the price margin way lower than the retail price you’d see in stores.  Also, although stylistically they may look similar, the manufacturing process and materials may not be as high of quality.

For example, the sofa on the high-end project is a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa, and the one in the budget friendly side is from Pottery Barn.  Pottery Barn’s upholstery line is made by Mitchell Gold, but since PB sofas are mass-produced, the detailing is less refined and fewer seat and fabric options are available………. so the price point is lower than a custom produced sofa from Mitchell Gold.

MY RULE OF THUMB

So which items are best to buy discounted, and what should you splurge on?  For me it’s simple:  Anything small like lamps, pillows, accessories, or end tables are a great idea to get for less.  These are things you can swap in and out easily.  It won’t break the bank AND it gives you the freedom to update your look more often.  Upholstery that you spend most of your time in (such as a sofa or your favorite chair) should be something you splurge on, because you want it last a long time and be comfy!  Bedroom furniture, cabinets, and other large casegoods are also important pieces – look for a sturdy material that is contructed well.  You may pay extra, but remember the old saying: you get what you pay for!