Perfect Picks for Pretending:if only purchases

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Amazon Tiny Home Kit . Allwood Bella Cabin Kit . $17,800.

I spend a good deal of my time fantasizing about beautiful objects, exotic places, and different ways of life.  I love my life, and find great joy in the make believe.  It’s one of the reasons I enjoy travel so very much.  To step into another culture, to talk to other people about their lives and paths – fascinating.  It’s healthy to imagine, don’t you think?

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A little runner to put in that tiny house.  Lulu and Georgia.  2 x 3. $58.

This weekend of Sales, Sails (I am on an island after all) and Sales, had me troving the internet for steals, and deals.  I ask that you keep in mind the relativity of a deal, based on the items I’ve carefully curated, some of which buyers would conduct months, or even years of research before taking the plunge – I might buy on a whim.

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CB2 x GOOP . Boucle Chair. $899. (ready for ship October 2018)

Judge away if you will, life can take you in funny directions, if only you are willing to let it.

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Fiat Jolly . 1959.

Amazon – by the way – is taking over the world, and while it makes me nervous, I find it AMAZing that they can ship me a home for free.  So I’ve decided to stuff my worry down into my toes, and save it to my favorites list.  Later today I may just put it into my shopping cart and click send.

Happy Labor Day!

Perfect Picks for People Like You and Like Me

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Zara Home . Golden Sphere Coffee Table $199.

Take three parts obsession, mix with two parts curiosity, and one part spending problem and you’ve found someone – ME –  that finds a lot of things.  Things that I fall for, quickly, like a crush.  I know it’s just as likely to be a passing fancy.  Two primary reasons for that are money, and space.  It’s true that some of those obsessions keep me up at night.  Some find their way into my dreams, and skip along into my waking hours.  These I know will likely not leave me alone until I find a way to make them my own.  Least you think I get whatever I want, I’ve been doggedly hanging onto the idea of the Jean de Merry sea urchin chandelier in wrought iron.  This I spied for the first time in 2007, eleven years ago.  I want it nearly as badly as I wanted it that first time I walked into BG on the 8th Floor of Bergdorf Goodman.

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Zara Home . Rattan Cage Coffee Table. $199.

Sometimes the anticipation is nearly as good as the actual getting of the thing.  Sometimes…but other times I just want it immediately.  This week I came across a few gems I thought I’d share.  First, Zara Home has put out a collection that is really affordable and super cute.  The Golden Sphere Coffee Table, and second the Rattan Cage Coffee Table, both $199.

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Seraphina Velvet Bed . CB2  $1099.

CB2 has a simply angelic, tufted bed called the Seraphina Velvet Bed, in a soft off-white that will send you into pillowy clouds of heavenly sleep.

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Voila Custom Seating . The Wing . NYC.

And last but not least…Voila – a contract design and furniture fabrication shop.  Voila in deed.  If you can imagine it, which I do ALL the time – they can build it for you.  How cool is that.  The Belgian founder, Katrien Van der Schueren first brought her skills procuring and framing prints to the LA in 2008, and later added staging, furniture design, and events to the line-up.  I wonder if she has plans to open on the East Coast?  While I feel entirely worthy of the pieces, the price of shipping these days is a killer.

Some day – until then, I’ll dream a little dream.

Pretty in Pink

 

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The Company Store . Heart Felt . $24.00

I was ridiculed for considering writing about love, and for relating it to one of my very favorite palette’s – PINK.  Ridiculed until I erased all reference to it.  How inconsiderate of me to write about a subject, a feeling that other’s might not have …. but while the aggrieved party isn’t paying any attention, I am in fact going to write about it.  Who doesn’t love the innocent hue that is pale pink, a simple heart, a cheerful pouf, a garland that hangs from an otherwise dull cabinet or lonely hearth.  Who could possibly object to loving things that are lovely?

Left:  CB2 Simone Blush Chair $499.  Right:  Quince Branch

Sometimes I even love things that are not lovely.  I call them “good ugly”, but today’s post is about the truly pretty.  It’s about hearts and flowers in the form of furnishings and fabrics that make me happy, and if love is worth its salt – it will make you happy.

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Cole and Sons . Magnolia Lavender – Lee Jofa

It often starts by shopping in the baby section, it sometimes makes it way into kids.  By Preteen it’s too cool to be represented.  It makes an appearance now and again in the world of adult decor, but is often relegated to a single small space – a powder room, a guest bed, a walk in closet where one dresses.  Why when the color makes me so happy should it be delivered in such small doses?

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The Rug Company . Harrington . From $3740.

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day – almost – so I am going to celebrate this warm in the cheeks hue as if I were a kid again.  Here are some of my happiest petal pink, and blushy brights for you to view.

Coastal Cane Brings the Cool

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Bungalow5 . Bay Arm Chair . Zinc Door $976.

Have images of dark wood, and stodgy interiors when you think about cane in any iteration.  Banish the dodgy, and slide into the cool washed out, contemporary, and fresh takes that cane has to offer.  From seating to sideboards, canes breezy take on the traditional is all it took to turn this Cape Cod girls head.  For those of you that have been following the saga of the Manse, you know I am preparing to furnish this place the moment the construction is done, and I want to do it right.  Sometimes the things that have been around for the longest, survive because they adapt.  Cane could just be one of those things.

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CB2 . Tayabas Cane Side Chair . $499.

Derived from the the Rattan Plant, and indigenous to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia, this vine grows in the rain forest.  It’s thorny bark attaches to trees and leaves as it seeks the sun – so appropriate – growing between 100 and 300 feet. It’s incredibly flexible, and stripped from the bark, in long lengths it makes for a wonderfully strong material that can be woven into intricate patterns.  Perfect for hot climates as the screen lets the cool breeze whistle through its openings, keeping you cool.

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Horne . Air Sideboard. $1150.

Brought to prominence in the height of the Victorian Era – if that doesn’t sound a little old school to you, it should, it dates back much farther than that.  Tibetan Warriors, Peruvian Princesses, and though I can’t validate it, I would bet that the Romans and the Greeks played a role in its prominence.  They always do…..  Cane has stood the test of time.

Left:  1stDibs . Desk Chair by Pierre Jeanneret Punjab University $4800.  Right:  Serena & Lily . Cayman Pendant $498.

This latest pairing with contemporary frames, and white washed finishes is coastal perfection.  It’s so hip, I’m inclined to consider it for the city.  Here are my picks.

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Serena & Lily . Harbour Cane Bed . $1598.

 

Happy Summer.

Relatively Small: small solutions furniture

None of my properties have broken the 1000SF mark.  The largest at 935SF wasn’t the one that felt the biggest and the smallest –  525SF didn’t feel the smallest.  Layout is everything when it comes to the livability of a space.  Natural light and high ceilings also contribute to a feeling of expansiveness even if you don’t have a sunroom off the kitchen or a game room for the kids.

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Pint Sized . 525 SF

At 708 SF property No. 4 feels smaller than I’d like.  The living room is petite and as I have mentioned there is no room for a dining table.  All around, furniture solutions will play a big role in my comfort and overall happiness in the space.  Fortunately I have learned a thing or two about furnishing small spaces, and new clever, creative and well designed solutions for those of us that choose to live small, arrive like welcome house warming gifts to the market all the time.

Tried and true small space hacks include:

Lucite Chairs – they stack, disappear, and can be used in endless ways from desk chairs, to living room seating,  at the dining table, or tucked into a corner of a bedroom.  I also use mine as a stepping stool – it supports up to 300lbs.

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Barely there.  The Louis Ghost . Phillip Stark for Kartell

Side Tables – placed side-by-side they eliminate the challenge of a large single coffee table, and can be broken apart and moved around to accommodate a guests cocktail or an Hors D’oeuvres platter.

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Suzanne Kasler’s Living Rm. uses upholstered stools and small coffee tables for interest and versatility.

Stools and Poufs – seating in small spaces is always a challenge.  Multi-purpose furniture is a must.  Whether you choose an inexpensive garden stool, upholstered piece or a pouf, whether you display a flower arrangement, a stack of coffee table books,  or rest your weary legs after scurrying around the kitchen preparing cocktails for an impromptu get together, I take seriously the adage – you can never have enough!

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Pouf an extra spot for someone to sit.

Some of my favorite new to market finds include a modern take on an old European favorite – The Gossip Chair by Oomph.  Oomph really understands how to design these tiny little petite-fours that they call chairs and have them comfortably accommodate a a 6′ tall, 285lb man.  No small accomplishment.  Having used their Slipper Chairs in two separate applications – both in narrow living room spaces – I can attest to their elegance and functionality.  If you must gossip – do it in this chair.

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Oomph . Gossip Chair $3630.

CB2’s Recluse Desk is contemporary cool – hung on a wall, and disguised as an objet d’art. Clever and functional.  Now that’s sexy.

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CB2 . Recluse Desk $449.

In my hunt for a dining table solution, my friend recommended a company called Resource Furniture.  Who knew a 17″ console table could expand to a 115″ dining table.  Now that’s brilliant.

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Resource Furniture . The Goliath Console . price upon request.

As I prepare for another busy week, I’m hoping for a dash of that inspiration to float my way.  Happy Sunday.