For some reason, it never occurs to me to buy multiples of home decor items. Jeans that fit well, I almost automatically buy two pairs, but I hadn’t considered doing the same thing in the home until I saw this clever DIY about buying multiple inexpensive rugs and fitting them together so it looks like one custom area rug. When there’s a pattern repeat, if you match it up well, the effect is almost flawless. That’s one thing for rugs, but this Haviland Table by DwellStudio proves the concept works with furniture, too.
One of these French-Deco-inspired beauties would make quite the end table, but putting three together for a coffee table effect heightens the drama and really calls attention to those gorgeous curved legs. The lesson is: Less isn’t always more. Sometimes more is more!
I have positive associations with lily pads for some reason. (I looked at a lot of Monet paintings as a kid?) All I know is that when I saw Blu Dot’s Lily Pad Coffee Table, it seemed right somehow.
The three surfaces at different heights would be ideal for entertaining, I’d think — just imagine that artful spread of napkins and nibbles! And it may even keep clutter at bay in everyday use. If one “pad” is for magazines or glossy hardcover books, one is for remotes and coasters, and one is for flowers or other decorative items, you’d certainly have an easier time editing and arranging. As it is now, my long Danish modern model is less a “coffee table” and more an “old New York Magazine graveyard.” Maybe three really is a magic number.
Let’s do a little furniture math, shall we? (Relax, there won’t be a test.) Marimekko + the lines of this Dering Hall find ÷ time = ??? Give up? The answer is this quirky vintage settee from Coco House & Company I peeped on 1stdibs.
Its almost regal, throne-like shape made me recall the Muirfield bench, and who can resist such a playful fabric pattern? Plus, it has a vintage pedigree, which makes it doubly cool. I have to say, I think this settee is greater than the sum of its parts.
I know most people use their coffee table to display great art books or obelisks or whatever, but if I had a coffee table like the Capri from Coleen & Company (as seen on Dering Hall), I don’t think I’d put anything on it. It’s a statement in and of itself!
The turquoise color and hand-painted faux tortoise pattern may not be for everyone, but fortunately these tables are made to order and available in any custom color, size, or finish, so you can be as bold or traditional as you like. Me? I’ll stick with the turquoise tortise, thankyouverymuch.
Friday was payday for me, so it’s hard to ignore all the sale alerts that have been flooding into my email inbox: Fab, The Foundary and, of course, One King’s Lane. I don’t have a particular need for any of these APF Munn pieces from One King’s Lane, but I want them. (And seriously, get a load of those bargains!)
Between the facets and prisms, these finds are glam, deco and even a touch rock and roll. Plus, I hear that mirrors really help to add depth and dimension to a small space. Mirrors, mirrors on the wall, which is the fairest of them all? I’m pretty sure it’s gotta be an APF Munn.
I saw this sleek floating shelf/desk — the MAMBA by Victor Vasilev for MDF Italia — on Pinterest the other day, and it struck me as the fantastic version of the floating desk how-to that Kayla posted earlier. They’re both space-saving and do double-duty as desks or shelves, but MAMBA has a little extra oomph.
The lines are clean and the shape is definitely serpentine (could the name MAMBA come from the deadly snake?), plus there’s a lamp built right into the unit. Genius! If good looks could kill, the MAMBA would be the end of me.
I’m swiftly making progress on my 2012 goals, how about you? I had a hair appointment yesterday, and went with the red color I talked about trying, so I can check that item off of my list. (For the record, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.) Next item on the list? Writing a novel. I didn’t jump on NaNoWriMo last November partially because I didn’t have a good writing space at home, and was dreaming of a gorgeous green desk. Now, I think I may have a new favorite dream setup. This John Reeves Design Aqueduct Desk:
It’s so visually strong and classic, isn’t it? (Naturally so, since his site describes the Aqueduct Collection as being “inspired by the tiered repetition found in iconic British and European Roman Aqueducts.”) And I could put all my inspirational books on the matching bookcase! While it’s fun to dream of having enough space or budget for these beauties right now, I think this is the year I will write that novel regardless of my surroundings.
I’m just a girl who cain’t say no to bold patterns and bright colors, but this West Elm chair by Brooklyn-based designer Paul Loebach is simplicity at its best.
The mod seat suits my taste perfectly, and the country legs are an unexpected twist. Even better, right now these chairs are on sale. Which makes it even more tempting for me to buy one or two in support of my designer “neighbor.” (Brooklyn, represent!)
[Via: Country Living]
Yes, we’re all past the “put a bird on it” phase of home decor, but what if the bird in question is a cockatoo? And what if there are two of them? And what if the piece of furniture looks as awesome as this settee I spotted on Anthropologie?
This settee is both totally classic and totally kooky. Check out that intricate embroidery! It’s a lot of look, but I can see this fitting into an Anna Spiro-designed home — and I think she’d know just how to balance it out and make it work.
Maybe it’s a natural reaction to working on the Internet, but I feel like I’m becoming more attached to older technology and physical objects. Don’t worry, I’m not going full Steampunk on you, but things like vinyl records have a quaint, retro appeal. I bought my boyfriend a little Crosley portable turntable for Christmas, and I’m surprised how much we use it now. We must have purchased at least 20 records already! The only downside is what to do with them when they’re not in use. That’s where this Volume Storage and Display Unit from Test Collective would come in handy.
I love that this piece is both decorative and practical. There’s ample room for the turntable on top, record storage underneath and those clever slots for showing off the really cool or arty covers. (I’d put our M83, St. Vincent and Al Green up there, for sure.)
How about you? Do you still own any vinyl? If so, what’s your favorite thing to listen to? Or your favorite album cover?