Classic Chairs with a Twist

We were recently featured on the New England Home Design Blog Website, as a guest blogger. They have an eye for great design, and being a guest blogger, was very special to us; I hope you enjoy! Two weeks ago, I talked about blending antiques with more modern decor styles. Today, I am going to expand on that, by discussing a trend in the same vein, and one that I love: taking antique and traditional chairs and revamping them in fresh, modern and creative ways. There is nothing more pleasing to me then combining design styles; it is the most interesting and successful way to create your own look. I have selected a few of my favorite pieces where designers have used colors, textiles and finishes to update their traditional pieces. I hope you are inspired! Here is an example of how you can transform an antique wing chair, into a current and fresh look. Bunny Williams has created a new identity for this chair by upholstering it with a clean and unexpected jumbo patterned print. I love the choice of a bright and crisp detailed fabric; it adds perfectly to the overall composition and uniqueness of the chair. The frame has been finished in a clean white glaze; a perfect way to offset and simplify the ornate and intricate moldings. These touches have not only been able to create a current look out of a classic, but also a one of a kind piece. What more could you ask for!? Here is a bold gesture! Jonathan Adler has taken so many iconic design motifs to create this funky and one of a kind modern look. The delicate moldings and detailing in the antique chair, are offset perfectly with the bright geometric upholstery, and in addition paired with the sleek mirrored side table. The attention to detail in this space is just impeccable. He has done a marvelous job of combining all of these styles in a way that not only reads as a whole, but complements one another. These traditional chairs by Amanda Nisbet have been left in an antique wood finish, however reupholstered in patent Peacock blue leather. Another attention to detail, are the round silver nail heads, which are featured on the seat of each chair. Just through the bright color and additions of the nail heads, these chairs have been given a complexly updated and unique look. This...
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Reinventing Timeless Antiques

We were recently featured on the New England Home Design Blog Website, as a guest blogger. They have an eye for great design, and being a guest blogger, was very special to us; I hope you enjoy! Often in the design world, people tend to be focused on creating looks that are entirely trendy. Currently, most of the trends lean toward the sleek and modern. The problem with designing spaces that are completely trendy and current, however, is that everything comes in and goes out of style. What’s beautiful today might look dated in a few short years. The cure for this is a more eclectic design scheme, one that blends the au courant with the classic. What I love the most is being able to incorporate and reinvent timeless pieces into new and modern interiors. To me, this is great design. I have selected a few spaces which showcase ways that antique and traditional pieces have been incorporated in fresh and current ways, creating a look that will withstand the test of time. I hope you enjoy! I am so in love with everything about this space by Jonathan Adler. All of the antique furniture and accessories that have been selected are perfectly paired and updated with modern, fresh, bright colors and fabrics. The finishes and materials being used are perfect. Between the mirrored furniture, transparent acrylic and the tufted velvet ottoman, this space has such a rich feel to it, while not appearing heavy. Alexa Hampton has modernized the design of this space by adding an unexpected, funky animal print fabric, along with modern art. These small touches have added life and given the space a more current feel. Here is a perfect way in which you can totally transform the look of a traditional room, filled with classic furniture pieces. By using bright white and calming, warm colors paired with antique furniture, Timothy Whealon has been able to achieve a simply beautiful space, that will surely withstand the test of time. Here is an example of how you can use artwork to update a traditional look, from Amanda Nisbet Design. The traditional sofa, wallpaper and antique chandelier have been given a more current look when paired with the contemporary art hung on the wall. Another element that gives a fresh look in this space is the contemporary stenciling on the floor. The contemporary mirror, sconce and accessories lighten up the formality of...
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Out of the Ordinary, but Beautiful Furniture

Sometimes I will look at a piece of furniture and wonder if it is meant to sit on and be used, or if it is just there for display. I have taken a look into pieces which not only serve a function, but also are an eye catching design! These little sitting stools from Bleu Nature, are just so creative and out of the ordinary. They truly look as if they have been taken directly from Mother Nature with no man-made work. They are made from driftwood and silver grainy leather. These would be perfect for a beach home or even a home with a rustic touch of nature.  This collection is the perfect combination of organic and industrial, with a hint of elegance. This side table from Corbin Bronze is just so quaint and whimsical! Made from Bronze and Natural Patina, it is the perfect accent to add a strong bold gesture to any sitting area. This chair was designed by Jarrod Lim, and is a perfect example of creativity at its best! He has reinterpreted the Koi fish scale pattern, into a welded steel frame for the chair. All of the details that have been put into the creative process and creation of this chair stand out so much. It is the perfect chair, and can be used in either indoor or outdoor environments. I would love to see a grouping of these placed in a pool area! Now that you have experienced these one of a kind designs, I hope that your creativity has been triggered and remember like always, It’s all in the details. If you have any further comments or questions please contact me here. Related Sites: Bleu Nature Corbin Bronze, LTD Jarrod Lim...
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Bringing the Indoors Out Take Two!

Branching off of the post that I had done last week I wanted to bring in some inspirational images that could get you started on ways in which you can lay out, select fabrics and accessorize your own outdoor spaces! This outdoor living area is just so eclectic, colorful and quaint! The arrangement and colors are perfect for a small gathering on a summer day. All of the vignettes have been perfectly arranged and the teal screen has literally been able to create the illusion of a room outdoors!Green is a huge color trend that I have been seeing and paired with the bright orange has created such a sunny and cherry look. The combinations of the yellow toned light and dewey orange and green color scheme placed beyond the ocean pool is reminiscent of a sun set, absolutely picture perfect! If you are trying to introduce bright colors like these through textiles, a perfect way to offset it and tone down is to pair with more subtle delicate furniture like you can see here balancing everything out. If you love fun and bright colors but do not want to be saturated in it, adding a hit of pinks and olives like has been done in this arrangement is for you! Pillows are such a great flexible way to add subtle spice to any seating area. I love the ways in which they have worked off of the beautiful landscape & flowers to pull the colors into the furniture and upholstery. This dining table is just to die for! I am so in love with the accessories and color arrangement that have been laid out on the table. The colors remind me of peaches and green apples, could not be more fresh and summery! The delicate rod iron coral chandelier hung above adds such a playful look. Here is another great way that you can add color to a table setting; a mosaic design! They are just so fun and creative. The accent pillows and colored flowers and pots really tie everything together. If you are looking for a more clean and classic look, this type of arrangement and use of greenery is perfect for you. The green walls along with all of the planters have created a secret garden effect this is just so simplistically beautiful. The clean white linen paired with the straight accents of brown are...
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How “American Style” Design Has Transformed the Bar Stool

This is my second blog post on “American Style” in Interior Design. At a time when we want to keep America working, I want to bring awareness of the many incredible, talented people here whose art is anything but home spun. The featured artisans create long-lasting items of intrinsic value in the highest quality of work. In this post, we are spotlighting the great, American Interior Design piece found in every home, the bar stool. I have selected a full range of bar stools from uptown chic to down-home country. Each one of these bar stools reflects the diversity of “American Style” and is made in America.  They prove, even for the bar stool, that “American Style” is anything but ordinary. This Lucite bar stool would look great in a contemporary setting, in either a kitchen or bar area. This bar stool would work great in a warm climate, because of the webbed back, which allows the breeze to flow through. This bar stool could be placed in a contemporary or traditional setting, depending upon whether you leave it a natural wood color, or paint it high gloss and remove the three medallions in the back. This bar stool has such elegant lines and would look incredible in a living room bar area. I like the scale of this bar stool; it has great presence while being petite in size. This bar stool has such classic lines that lend it to either traditional or contemporary settings depending upon the finish selected. I like the mix of the wood, leather and rush back on this bar stool. It has a wonderful country look without being cutesy. This is the navy blue blazer of bar stools; your classic “fit any style” bar stool, depending upon what materials you use and the finish on the wood. This stool is knee slapping funny. It makes me want to put on my cowboy boots and start line dancing. I would love to design a honky-tonk man cave around this bar stool. I have great respect for designers who balance art and function and create pieces that are not only essential, but transform a room. In the rooms I design, I look for “American Style” artisans like this, because for great Interior Design, “it’s all in the details.” Did I prove it to you with these “American Style” artisans and their bar stools? Related Sites...
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Dining Chairs as Exciting to Look at as to Sit In

My Interior Design philosophy is, “it’s all in the details.” Nothing proves this statement more than dining chairs.  They make a big impact in transforming a room. Here are nine examples of dining chairs as exciting to look at as to sit in, and the type of rooms they can make come to life. This chair would look great in a Country Kitchen with an antique farm table. It will only get better looking with wear and tear over the years. This chair smacks of old Hollywood glamour. I love the X design in the back legs that suggests the sensual flirt about a woman’s crossed ankles. Thischair would look stunning in a Dining Room with Chinoiserie wallpaper. This chair has combined a traditional French design for the legs with a more contemporary interlocking circle back, which makes it terrific for either a traditional or transitional setting. This chair has a Damask pattern cut into the back, which would create a beautiful shadow line on the floor from sun beams. This chair would look terrific with quilted, patent leather upholstery in a contemporary setting. That is me next to the chair from Guy Chaddock & Co. It is perfect for an upholstered chair at the head of a table because the scale is smaller, which makes it easier to move the chair, and it is very comfortable. This chair is a new interpretation of the classic Klismos design. It would look great in a traditional to contemporary setting, depending upon the appropriate finish selection. This chair looks like royalty. It would be spectacular in a glass atrium, with the film crew from “Merchant and Ivory” bustling around for a movie scene. I never lose my enthusiasm for picking out beautiful dining chairs. If you would like to see how I use a chair and make a room come to life, let me show you how “it’s all in the details.” Do you think these chairs are as exciting to look at as sit in? Related Sites Aesthetic Christopher Guy David Iatesta Dennis & Leen Diane Paparo Studio.  In addition to making great chairs, Diane Paparo Studio also writes a great blog. Ferguson Copeland, Ltd. Guy Chaddock & Co. Kravet Furniture McKinnon and...
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