Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gotta Love No. 36 - The Tulip Table

In 1956 Eero Saarinen, a Finnish American architect and industrial designer, introduced his Tulip Pedestal Table.  It was produced by Knoll and, along with his Tulip Collection of chairs, is still manufactured by them today.  A pure true classic for sure!

In describing his inspiration, Saarinen is quoted as saying, "the underside of typical chairs and tables makes a confusing, unrestful world.  I wanted to clear up the slum of legs."

In no irreverence to Saarinen, I love his Tulip Table best when mixed with a combination of leg styles. Not his vision, but an interpretation of design styles melded together to create a beautiful tribute to a classic, in a fresh way.

This room is divinely done to perfection.

Sleek, sleek, sleek!

Though the Tulip table can't be ignored it almost seems to disappear.

So "just right".

Bravery achieved!  Well done.

No matter the space - the dream of owning a classic can be achieved.

It holds its' own in this space, proudly.

Wonderful interpretation!

Classic skirted sofa, Chippendale side chairs, Tulip table = stunning!

No other table could pull this off!

Vicente, you get me every time!



Image Sources:  Elle Decor, Live it at Home, Vicente Wolf, Veranda, Designers Call, Elemants of Style, Design Manifest, Tom Sheerer, Summerfield Design, House Beautiful, Tumbler, Mark D. Sikes, Pinterest, Design Chic

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

House Crush No. 3 - Lakeside Worthy

I have the utmost respect for the vision of a truly talented architect.  Their eye for placement and design is amazing.  When one has a natural talent for something we can't understand why it is hard for others to do what one does, naturally and effortlessly.  But I also like how it puts into prospective the importance of recognizing that natural talent and ability and respecting the translation from talent to a finished work of art. 

The collaboration of the architect and interior designer on this property is one such work of art.  I have a house crush!

 From the street level facade to the back property dream view this home has me at hello.

Never once did these talents forget the location and view this home should offer.  Never once.

The harmony of the architecture and color palette make it a resident, not a visitor on this property

At every opportunity the beauty of what nature is offering up is visible to those who call this home.

At every opportunity, one is invited to ponder.

Invited to ponder and dream, but always be reminded not to miss what is just outside.

The view from this room is stunningly surreal.  One cannot possibly walk in and out of this room without lingering at the window for just a minute longer.

 Yes, I have a house crush!  Thanks to Visbeen Architects and Benchmark Wood Studio.

Image Sources:  House of Turquoise

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 28 - Slipcover Rules

I am rethinking the look of slipcovers.  My initial reaction to slipcovers has not been favorable, but I have collected a number of images that show slipcovers done right.  So in keeping an open mind about them, I've developed "must rules" when it comes to using slipcovers. 

Slipcover Rule No. 1 - Above all else the slipcover must be impeccably tailored and sewn. 

Slipcover Rule No. 2 - The fabric must be of the finest quality fabric, preferably 100% linen.

Slipcover Rule No. 3 - The slipcover must enhance the frame it is slipped on to.   

Slipcover Rule No. 4 - A slipcover is not a bandage. Ties on a slipcover have a purpose and shouldn't look like they are being used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of the wood legs or arms of the furniture piece.

Slipcover Rule No. 5 - Less is better. Forget the cutesy bows and ribbons. Let the wood frame be exposed in all the right places.

Pure class.


Just enough.

Like a fine tailored suit.

Classic linen stripe.

Simplicity = fine results.

Well done.

Vintage chairs with fine Belgian linen, well tailored.

Wood exposed in all the right places. Not just on the side chairs - 
note that settee in the window.

Image Sources:  Veranda, House of Turquoise, Pinterest, Schumacher, House Beautiful, Slipcovers by Shelley, Bruce Barone, 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rooms I Love No. 7 - Because they Inspire Me

This Rooms I Love chapter is my most diverse yet.  No tie in with each other...they just inspire me.

I love the way the seating faces the beach, not a tv.

For those of you that know me, no explanation needed.
For those who don't, if your heart isn't leaping and you aren't trying to
crawl through your computer screen, check your pulse.

Call me crazy but I totally see a creative genius at work in this room.

Do you see the TV?  Love that you don't at first gawk!

Oscar del a Renta, you do have a lovely room, sir!

It is a hallway, but it does make you want to linger, indeed!

A mean game of cards must happen here often!

This room, can you and I run away together?
 (With a few good books and a bottle of wine?)

A music lover's dream?  No a secret passage lover's dream!

Image Sources:  Houzz, Objects in Space, Oscar de la Renta, Urban Curator, Thomas O'Brien, House of Turquoise, 

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