Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Restoration Hardware Lighting Sale

Restoration Hardware, one of my favorite stores, is having a big lighting sale. Currently, they are offering up to 25% off ALL lighting.

That’s right… that means that this lighting fixture is available to you at a reduced rate….

Meridian Chandelier

Meridian Chandelier $1499

And THIS pendant can be yours for a reduced price of $1145-$1795.

Victorian Hotel Pendant-Lighting

Victorian Hotel Pendant

Add some romantic gothic touches to your entryway or hallways with this stunning piece.

19th Century Salerno Streetlight Pendant-Lighting

19th Century Salerno Streetlight Pendant

Bring a little Napa Valley into your dining room with this fixture.

Wine Barrel 6-Arm Chandelier-Lighting

Wine Barrel 6-Arm Chandelier

And how FUN is this pendant? I love this fixture!

Maritime Pendant-Lighting

Maritime Pendant

And still sticking with the maritime theme…. I think I like this one even more than the previous one! I can several of these hanging in a study.

Royal Master Sealight Pendant-Lighting

Royal Master Sealight Pendant

And finally, for a simple lantern effect…

Filament Pendant-Lighting

Filament Pendant

Restoration Hardware remains one of my favorite catalog/online and in store shopping places for good reason… great design and well made products.

For a great article on lighting, please pop on over to Cote de Texas’ article on her Top Ten Design Elements… Lighting. You won’t (ever) be disappointed!

Hope your week is happy!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Poking around Sotheby’s

Have you ever poked around the Sotheby's Auction House? It’s loaded with such gorgeous furniture, art and more than you can ever imagine.

On a recent visit to their site, I came across a sale they were having from a Paris Flat. Specifically, Photographs, Furniture and Works From a Parisian Flat, Avenue Montaigne.

To have such grandeur and luxury in your home would be incredible. But, why the sale? It looks like everything is going! It’s quite a lot. Here are some of the offerings…

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SECRÉTAIRE À ABATTANT EN BOIS CLAIR ET LAITON DORÉ, TRAVAIL AUTRICHIEN BIEDERMEIER, VERS 1830-1840
[SECRÉTAIRE, BIEDERMEIER, C.1830-1840]

Estimated at 3,000-5,000 EUR.

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VASE EN BRONZE
JAPON, ÉPOQUE MEIJI (1868-1912)
[A BRONZE VASE, JAPAN, MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)]

Estimated at 600-800 EUR.

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BERENICE ABBOTT (1898-1991)
1898-1991
BROOME STREET, NEW YORK, ANNÉES 1940
[VINTAGE SILVER PRINT. MOUNTED AND FRAMED.]

Estimated at 4,000-5,000 EUR.

I love this print! It’s so Moulin Rouge, isn’t it?

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GRAND LUSTRE EN TÔLE PATINÉE ET BRONZE DORÉ, TRAVAIL DU NORD DE L'EUROPE DE LA FIN DU XVIIIE SIÈCLE - DÉBUT DU XIXE SIÈCLE
[A LARGE PATINATED TOLE AND GILTBRONZE CHANDELIER, NORTHERN EUROPE, LATE 18TH CENTURY - EARLY 19TH CENTURY]

Estimated at 50,000-80,000 EUR.

This chandelier is gorgeous. The gilting, the patina, the design!

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LIT BATEAU EN ACAJOU ET BRONZE DORÉ D'ÉPOQUE EMPIRE, D'APRÈS UN DESSIN DE PERCIER ET FONTAINE
[A GILTBRONZE MOUNTED MAHOGANY BED, EMPIRE, FROM A SKETCH BY CHARLES PERCIER]

Estimated at 10,000-15,000 EUR.

I can’t imagine sleeping in this beauty though… it’s so formal!

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BAS-RELIEF DIONYSIAQUE EN MARBRE À DEUX FACES, ART ROMAIN, VERS LE 1ER SIÈCLE APRÈS J-C
BAS-RELIEF DIONYSIAQUE EN MARBRE À DEUX FACES, ART ROMAIN
[ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF DOUBLE SIDED WITH DIONYSIAC DECORATION, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.]

Estimated at 9,000-13,000 EUR.

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PAIRE DE FAUTEUILS CONFORTABLES À DOSSIER EN ÉVENTAIL RECOUVERTS D'UN GAUFRÉ DE SOIE RAYÉ OR, TRAVAIL MODERNE
[A PAIR OF CONFORTABLE ARMCHAIRS COVERED WITH SILK, MODERN]

Estimated 600-1,000 EUR.

There is that beautiful chandelier and bronze vase in the background.

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MARCUS LEATHERDALE (B.1952)
b.1952
RANI USHA OF JODPHUR, 1992 (SÉRIE BHARAT, INDIA)
[SILVER PRINT, ED. 1/10. MOUNTED AND FRAMED.]

Estimated at 1,500 – 2,000 EUR.

This photograph is hauntingly beautiful. I would love to have this piece. Her gaze tells me she has quite an interesting story to tell.

Go checkout Sotheby's for yourself. I have to live vicariously through those that can afford these items, but it’s nice to have a peek into their lives.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Do You Bouf?

This summer, while reading English House & Garden, I came across a webwatch link called Bouf.

Bouf is a new online marketplace selling housewares and accessories from around the world. The products offered are from independent designers and are all available to you.

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Created by Alex Griffin two years ago in England, Bouf was created to offer original artwork and design pieces to the market at prices that aren’t affected by the middle-man.

Bouf's products stand out from the crowd and cannot easily be found elsewhere. They offer limited edition items, design innovations, luxury goods, debut (new-to-market) items, iconic items, custom-made or bespoke items, rare goods, exclusive lines, collaborations and one-offs. Their goal is not to create a large flea market (like eBay), but a specialist selection of the world's most distinctive design, including house wares, art and gifts.

I am quite impressed with the selection of designer furniture, textiles, accessories and more. Take a look at some of the offerings.

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Maia Lasercut Lampshade with Cascading Glass Crystals. Very elegant and has the look of constant movement.

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Bespoke Handpainted Vintage Cabinet. I think this cabinet is lovely. It can be used in a myriad of places, including a teenagers room or an fun, young entryway.

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Sponge Light Fixture. These remind me of jellyfish, but with a bit more sparkle!

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Stucco Leather Wallpanel. I think this is just gorgeous. Available in custom sizes and colors, I think I want one for my dining room and a few for my living room!

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Oak Radiator Bench. What a really unique way to hide a radiator! We don’t have a radiator in our house, but if I did, I would definitely think about covering it with something like this dual purpose piece.

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Walldots Wallpaper. The graphic design of this wallpaper is both relaxing and striking at the same time. i.want.it….

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Allium Table Lamp. I’ve seen paper lamps similar to this before, but none with this dandelion motif that makes me want to blow on it and make a wish!

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Merino Wool Black Bird Pillow. This pillow looks so soft and cozy that I was immediately attracted to it, but add that black bird sitting in the corner and I was smitten.

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Table OM. I love, love, love the fretwork cutouts of this table that looks like they extend into the ground. Cut out of plywood, I think one could easily paint this any color to suit any decor.

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New Objectivity Stool in Hair on Hide. This stool is fantastic! The cutwork in the base is beautiful and that combined with the hide on top give this piece a richness.

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White Sunburst Mirror. We’ve all seen the sunburst mirror, but I haven’t seen it in white! I love it! It’s very refreshing and crisp.

A shipping cost caveat: Since Bouf is located in England, but the designers are from all over the world, if the Seller of the item is located in a country outside of your own, you may be subject to import duties and taxes which are levied once the package reaches your country. A small price to pay for such spectacular designs, don’t you think?

I now Bouf. How ‘bout you?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

St. Helens Wine Country Home

When a Colorado couple moved to wine country in California, they wanted to bring their contemporary sense of style to their home. They hired Maurice Lombardo of San Francisco’s Taylor Lombardo Architecture firm to help them.

They found their perfect house in St. Helena. A concrete table offers the perfect place to dine with friends and enjoy the beautiful countryside. The fireplace in the back also serves as a wood-burning pizza oven.

On the left, a vintage Knoll bench upholstered in Hermes leather sits along the back wall. Eames plywood chairs offer a fun juxtaposition against the rustic picnic style table. On the right are Michael Taylor chairs in the dining room.

Although the cabinets are country-styled with their stylized feet and bin pulls, the marble brings in a bit of contemporary style.

The living room opens to the patio beyond. Low profile furniture around the fireplace and the simplistic furnishings give an Asian zen feel.

Another view of the living room. The artwork was found by the owner in Palm Springs. On the right, their concrete entranceway is filled with light from the stairway windows.

In the master bedroom, a large window seat looks out to the spectacular view.

A special kids space was created in the attic area. What a perfect place to do homework!

What a beautiful home and beautiful place to live!

All pictures and story from California Home and Design magazine, May, 2009 here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Parting shots of summer

Hamilton Design Associates

Cool summer breezes blows through the white billowing draperies into all the crevices of the living room, swirling around the fireplace and through the wicker chairs whose shapes undulate with the motion of the wind.

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Stylist Tony Hutchinson

Wild flowers brighten your tables from kitchen to patio and whisper sweet nothings to you at every glance.

Hamilton Design Associates

The soft bed adorned with silken pillows and cozy cotton awaits your heavy head. You wake to the warm whisper of morning coming through the French doors.

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William Shaw Photography

The cool taste of sherbet on your tongue refreshes you on a hot summer afternoon and makes you feel like a kid again.

Hamilton Design Associates

Laing on the floor, putting your puzzle together, you realize that hours have passed and that you haven’t worried about a thing except where to place that next piece.

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Barry Dixon Inc.

Morning peeks around the curtains into your private breakfast area. As you sit sipping your tea, you ponder how you are going to make it out of your pajamas this morning.

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Stylist Tony Hutchinson

Floral patterns bring back childhood memories of slipping into your bed in the evening, listening to the crickets outside and falling asleep to the rhythms of nature.

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Stylist Tony Hutchinson

Your summer novels are piled high in great anticipation of long evenings by the open window, letting the wind gently blow your pages one by one.

I hope your summer has been as wonderful as mine.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Winner and Outfit to Room #3

We have a new winner for our Junkmarket Style contest! Debbie Smith from Love the Decor is our new winner! Congrats Debbie!

I’ve been itching to do another outfit to room post, so here we go again… these are fun to do. Enjoy and if you find a better matching room…let me know!

All dresses from Blanka.

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Point, Click, Home. Elle Decor.

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I couldn’t decide which I liked better… this one….or

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this one. So I posted both! The Ugly Betty Set. Archie D’Arrico, Set Decorator.

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Williams Sonoma Home Collection here.

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Designer Rafael de Cardenas, Elle Decor, October 2008.

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Designer Molly Luetkemeyer.

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Notice the scallops on the bedspread matching the pattern in the dress.

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Barclay Butera Design.

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s home. Featured in SO CHIC: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces.

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Metropolitan Home, October 2007. Designer: Ron Marvin. The pattern in the rug made me pick this one. It mimics her dress pattern.

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Hamilton Design Associates.

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Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design

Have a wonderful week!

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