Monday, August 29, 2011

I've Finally Come To Realize...

...resistance is futile.

I have been working on what I will do with my living room when I finally get my couch reupholstered from a blue to chocolate brown. I'm happy with the brown since I wanted the fabric to be something more neutral and versatile than blue and I really wanted to change my colors up a bit since I ALWAYS gravitate toward blue for myself. Then I went and found this curtain fabric and all my resolved went out the window.  It's funny that it was available in another colorway that my friend who was with me loved but I didn't like at all.

Blue rooms are nice though, they generally calming and since that is what I really like, I'm embracing it.

{photos: House to Home}

Friday, August 26, 2011


I haven't felt much like blogging this week.  Instead I went to a couple new thrift shops I have been meaning to check out for years.

The first one was a 9,000 sf warehouse that I tried to go to a few weeks ago but had no idea actually where it was {I have a dumb phone so I couldn't look it up on the go}.  They had a few mid-century pieces which were kind of cool.

They have a ton of higher quality furniture at low prices considering the quality, they are not a bargain but they were well priced.  It seems like someone cleaned out their mcmansion judging by the size of a lot of the furniture.  This demi-lune chest was probably 42" high. 

They also had a couple of pieces I liked and have my eye on, like the footstool below.  The price goes down in a month and if it's still there when I remember to go back in a month or two, it will be meant to be.

I really like these gold sconces I found at a different thrift shop.  The metal finish would need to be changed but I like that they are slightly boaty {this is an actual term, google it!} and slightly art deco.

I also got business cards from pixelimpress on Etsy.  I have covered my last name only because I'm looking for a full time job while also doing small jobs on my own.  My current employer doesn't care but I'm not sure how future employers might feel about me doing my own thing.  It's also why I'm slightly undercover on this blog.

It's hard to tell but the cards are on a fabric memo of the fabric for my sofa.  I ordered the fabric from Kravet 4 years ago and am on the list to get my sofa redone but the wait time is 8-12 months.  What's another year, right?  The price is about $350 for the reupholstery, new cushion {it has 3 but I want to change it to just one}, tons of tufting and nail head trim.  You really can't beat the price, I spent more on the fabric.

This is the same sofa I have {except it's in really faded blue velvet and has saggy cushions}.

I really can't wait.

In the meantime, I've been working on redoing my cane chairs.  I have them stripped of their upholstery and broken cane.  I just have to sand one of them, add the cane, paint and finish the cushions.  With the hurricane possibly coming, Sunday looks to be a good day to get indoor things done.

{images: #1-5 jeanine, #6 - Details}

Monday, August 22, 2011

Duralee Window Display

I was at the Design Center the other week and saw that Duralee had updated their window.

I love the fabrics on the front pillow on the chair and the floral pillow on the floor.  It's funny that I almost never go into the showroom even though I really like their fabric selection.  The last time I tried to go in it was about 15 minutes before closing and that was not nearly enough time to browse {especially since I needed things for a client meeting the next day}.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, August 19, 2011

More Romo

So I posted my dismay over Romo discontinuing of one of my favorite fabrics, and here is another that I love.

It's actually the floral wallcovering below found in Serena's bedroom on Gossip Girl.

I used to visit the showroom to "check on" this one.  I might need therapy, don't judge me.

{images: CW via Nest Design}

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Anthropologie Window Display - The Neverending Afghan

I love this window idea. I have a tiny afghan in the same chevron pattern {in orange and white} from when I was a little kid so it's for more reasons than one that I'm loving this design.

The fact that the pattern is taken off the wall and to the window and floors makes it that much better.  It's kind of reminiscent of this window but taken to another level.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Door Detail

There's something about French houses and their architectural details that I absolutely love.  I was watching Merci Pour Le Chocolat and spied this door with some amazing panels.

{photo: netflix}

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

W Hotel London

I have a confession: I love disco balls. I had one in my old car for a while and it bounced the sunlight around in a way that made me very happy. My favorite burrito restaurant has one too, it totally doesn't belong but it's funny that it's there and has stayed there for years.  The fact that there are millions of disco balls all over the lobby of the W hotel in London makes me happy too.

via Flickr

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I really love that desk chair.

via Flickr

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They are auctioning off the bicycles below {see photo link for more info}.  I really like the one with the metal tires which I believe is designed by Ron Arad.

via Harpers Bazaar

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fabric Hoarding

So I recently found a local shop that has super cheap fabrics that are actually worth buying {there are plenty of places where it's hit or miss and usually I miss, but this one so far has been good}.

I stalled for 2 weeks before finally going back and buying this blue floral Robert Allen fabric.  It's a bit more serious that I usually go for but I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I bought 12 yards thinking I would use it for drapery in my new place {and once I get my sofa reupholstered} and the whole 12 yards cost about the same as a pair of drapery panels from West Elm.

I got to thinking about what I would put with this fabric if I did buy it and realized I just happened to have a yard of this yellow chevron fabric for pillow covers should I want them.  For the price I can afford to have a set of winter draperies and summer draperies, which is good since I have some pillow fabric I'm dying to use that totally doesn't go with this.  This is where my fabric hoarding tendencies come in. 

The other fabrics are these Romo fabric memos that I've had forever thinking I'd buy some actual fabrics some day since I lovethemsoverymuch.  Unfortunately, while I've been making up my mind to get them {they are super expensive} they have been busy discontinuing the line so unless Romo has a secret stash they want to sell {or donate} to me, I'm working with two small pieces.  I thought it would go nicely with this houndstooth fabric that was in my pile {yes, you will see me on tv soon}. 

I know this is a terrible photo and I need to wash/iron these fabrics.

If that's not enough, I also bought a few yards of this Dwell Studio fabric because they had it, it was super cheap, and I've always liked it.  It may go on a chair but I'm not sure.  Not the best strategy for a fabric purchase but I'll find a use for it, I hope.

{photos: #1&2 - jeanine, #3 - Calico Corners}

Friday, August 12, 2011

The End

After 3 months, I have finally run out of ICFF photos to post.  As usual I'll probably find some stragglers to put up later, but for now I'll leave you with this last photo.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Espacio Sami Hayek

I've been referring to this photo as the mystery booth photo since there was no one around when I arrived and I didn't really remember seeing a name or sign. Some serious sleuthing {which is hard over 2 months later, things kind of get fuzzy} led me to Espacio Sami Hayek's website and I found it!

I really liked these pillows.

And I also liked my fancy Photoshopping job in the corner.  I managed to get the tools out and put the floor in.  Sometimes I can do this, sometimes I can't.

This time I could!

{photos and photoshopping: jeanine}

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Soho Hotel, London

The Soho Hotel in London is has some amazing spaces.  There is tons of color and each room is different.  Here are some of my favorite areas, starting with the Events Reception.  I love that rug.

The Drawing Room.

Black and White Room.

A Guestroom {and my favorite, I love the colors used}.

A Junior Suite.

An Apartment.

It's interesting that the Firmdale Hotels seem to have dressmaker mannequins in the guestrooms.  It was called a "signature touch", but I'd be interested to know why.

{photos: The Soho Hotel}

Monday, August 8, 2011


This vintage-inspired wallpaper from Dupenny is adorable and would look amazing in a powder room or dressing room. There are a few different styles; burlesque, 50s housewife {shown below}, and splash! but I really love the 1920s glamour paper.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, August 5, 2011


I'm sort of in love with these futuristic crown lights from Formfjord.  A part of me thinks they would need a very modern space to live in, but then again....

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Anthropologie Window Display - Cascading Circles

I checked up on the Anthropologie window displays the other week and found this...

It's quite pretty but I'd hate to be the one who had to string all those circles.

{photos: jeanine}

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Birka Daybed

I have a fondness for cushions that are sewn as this daybed cushion below, by Lichterloh Kunsthandels, an Austrian company specializing in furniture from the 20s to the 70s.  I'm not sure what it is but something about the style {especially of the edges} always catches my eye.

I didn't get as excited about the legs as I did the cushion which is why I photographed the piece as I did but if you are interested, the whole daybed is here.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hotel Murano

I found this image of what could possibly be the largest sofa in the world at the Hotel Murano in Paris. I decided it would do for my regular hotel post. Just the sofa though.

Hotel le Murano à Paris, salle du restaurant

Hotel Murano Urban Resort

{photos: click photo for source}

Monday, August 1, 2011

Flowerpot Pendant Light

I thought these little pendant lights looked very Pantone-esque {happily 60s/70s} and I was surprised to see I was right.  They are the Flowerpot VP1 Pendant Light by Verner Panton.  At the time, I didn't remember seeing them around before but I have seen the larger ones, it was the size that threw me off.  I'm totally in love with the desk lamp, someday I hope one of those finds it's way to my desk.

{photo: jeanine}
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