Archive for March, 2009

For the Boudoir: Kari Herer Photography

March 31, 2009

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Now that I have my own personal dressing room in which to lounge about and eat bonbons (the huz keeps calling it ‘our closet’ but he’ll learn the error of his ways soon enough) I’m on the lookout for feminine (not girly) design inspiration. The Peonies series from photographer Kari Herer fits the bill perfectly; if ever there were photographs that I could design a room around, these are the ones!

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I can’t get over how exquisite these photos are. The textural tone-on-tone details of the petals, the deep blue of the background: they are at once earthy and otherworldly, and they would be a perfect jumping off point for creating a sumptuous retreat. Can’t you just see the color palette of white and midnight blue with touches of soft pink and foliage green? I feel an inspiration board coming on—but it’ll have to wait until I finish packing all my possessions into boxes!

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P.S. Does anyone in the SF Bay Area want an antique pecan wood dining set? It’s yours free if you can figure out how to transport it! Email me: anne@annesage.com.

P.P.S. I apologize preemptively if I neglect to return your comments this week. I promise I’ll be my usual chatty self as soon as we’re settled in the new place!

P.P.P.S. Want a gorgeous Blissliving Home pillow for free? Try your luck here!

So Thrilled! And Some Pretty Pictures Too…

March 30, 2009

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I have the most exciting news: we’re moving to a beyond gorgeous new apartment! Our current place is a nondescript little box, but the new space is in a pre-war building with original details like arched doorways, opulent moulding, and coffered ceilings. My mind is racing with all the decorating possibilities. And these breathtaking images from stylist Lynsey Fryers perfectly capture my ebullience!

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The flat is just perfect for creating that mix of modern, vintage and antique that I so love. And there’s plenty of wall space for all my framed prints and photos!

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The living room is huge, and I’m really looking forward to experimenting with the ideal furniture layout for entertaining guests. A housewarming tea party will definitely be in order!

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What about the kitchen, you ask? For one thing, it has a gas stove—no more wrecking my All Clad pans on an electric stovetop! And there’s plenty of pantry storage to boot.

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Speaking of storage, the apartment has not one but two walk-in closets! I think I’ll turn one into a mini office, with lots of desk space and a bulletin board for inspiration images.

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Maybe I’ll transform the second walk-in closet–the one in the bedroom–into a ladies’ boudoir retreat. There’s going to be some serious wallpapering going down, I can tell you that much!

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The bathroom isn’t much to look at for now, but give me time. I love playing with color in a small space–our last bathroom was a deep heritage red–and maybe I’ll try something brighter this time around!

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Ooh, and I can’t forget to tell you about the exterior—all the windows look onto charming courtyard! Perhaps a cutting garden will be in order?

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At the very least, I’ll be sure to use the yard to host barbecues, outdoor brunches, and Easter Egg hunts. Bear with me this week as we only have five days to move—so posting might be sporadic. But I can’t wait to move in and share some pics of how wonderful it is! In the meantime, don’t forget to enter this week’s Blissliving giveaway!

All images courtesy of Lynsey Fryers—and I owe complete credit to Blair at Delight by Design finding her work!

Carpet Gone Wild with Fun on the Floor!

March 29, 2009

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We’ve seen before how floor coverings can elevate a space from something mundane into something marvelous. And just in case you needed more proof, check out these images from Fun on the Floor. A great online decorating resource, they’ve teamed up with craft guru Danielle Proud (aka “the sexy blonde Nigella of homemaking!”) to transform a Georgian townhouse…using carpet!

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A stairwell becomes even more dynamic with the addition of granny style Afghan squares on the steps and Paul Smith-esque wainscoting. And yes, that is a carpeted moosehead on the wall!

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I love the idea of placing a patterned insert within a solid-colored surround and using that as your guideline for arranging furniture. It creates an instant conversation space—and if that pattern happens to involve monkeys leaping across a vivid red background, it’s an instant conversation piece too!

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Moroccan interiors are famous for their use of layered woven rugs and textiles to create comfort and aesthetic appeal. Channel Kasbah chic with a carpeted backsplash and a fun DIY revamp on the standard folding chair!

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Kids’ rooms lend themselves especially well to carpet treatments; a vibrant playscape gets a little safer with the addition of some colorful cushioning. Plus I have a feeling that the grown-ups have as much fun with this space as the little ones do!

Tour the whole house here and explore Fun on the Floor for more creative home ideas with carpet!

Carpet Gone Wild with Fun on the Floor!

March 29, 2009

BIEGE_LIVINGROOM_010.jpg

We’ve seen before how floor coverings can elevate a space from something mundane into something marvelous. And just in case you needed more proof, check out these images from Fun on the Floor. A great online decorating resource, they’ve teamed up with craft guru Danielle Proud (aka “the sexy blonde Nigella of homemaking!”) to transform a Georgian townhouse…using carpet!

ENTRANCE_HALL_01-012.jpg

A stairwell becomes even more dynamic with the addition of granny style Afghan squares on the steps and Paul Smith-esque wainscoting. And yes, that is a carpeted moosehead on the wall!

GOTHIC_LIVING_RM_DETAIL_01-007.jpg

I love the idea of placing a patterned insert within a solid-colored surround and using that as your guideline for arranging furniture. It creates an instant conversation space—and if that pattern happens to involve monkeys leaping across a vivid red background, it’s an instant conversation piece too!

KIDULTHOOD_MAIN_01-010.jpg

Moroccan interiors are famous for their use of layered woven rugs and textiles to create comfort and aesthetic appeal. Channel Kasbah chic with a carpeted backsplash and a fun DIY revamp on the standard folding chair!

KIDS_BEDROOM_MAIN_01-010.jpg

Kids’ rooms lend themselves especially well to carpet treatments; a vibrant playscape gets a little safer with the addition of some colorful cushioning. Plus I have a feeling that the grown-ups have as much fun with this space as the little ones do!

Tour the whole house here and explore Fun on the Floor for more creative home ideas with carpet!

Squishy and Stylish Giveaway: Blissliving Pillows from AllModern.com!

March 27, 2009

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In life there are two types of people: 1. Girls who love pillows 2. Boys and girls who love girls who love pillows. (You can probably guess which type I am—much to my husband’s chagrin). And Blissliving Home makes pillows that satisfy even pickiest of pillow connoisseurs, which is why I’m so thrilled to bring you this week’s giveaway! The kind people at Allmodern.com are offering one lucky reader the choice of any Blissliving Home pillow priced up to $65! Awesome, right? Here’s what the folks from Allmodern.com have to say about the Blissliving Home line…

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“Add a Dash of Style with Blissliving Home: The spring season marks the perfect time of year for a revitalizing change in our lives and there isn’t a better area to start than in a place where we spend most of our time: home. Given the fact that we are a little more cautious in our purchases during this time of year, this featured décor item couldn’t come at a better time as it not only gives our modern furniture the makeover it needs but it also falls within our budget. Often times it’s easy to feel stressed about how our space looks and we immediately think of uprooting our room’s style and starting from scratch which can be costly and overwhelming. Instead of tearing up the rug and placing ads for our old furniture online, use what you’ve got and bring out your room’s very best features with a decorative accent pillow from Blissliving Home.”

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“The collection from Blissliving Home combines fresh spring colors with simple, modern prints that are sure to add just the right amount of grace and style to any corner of your home. When furnishing a space with this collection, it’s important to step a bit out of your comfort zone and add the boldness of color, texture, or pattern that will really kick your home up to the designer level while maintaining the soothing comfort you enjoy. Choose from a variety of models that feature an organic print reminiscent of the springtime upon us as seen in the Crisanta Citron or a chic style that adds dimension to your space like the Society Rose Gold pillow. Blissliving Home uses only the finest of fabrics such as silks from India and China and intricate cotton jacquard from Italy to provide the very best accent piece for you to enjoy for years to come.”

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You know the drill: just leave a comment on this post before next Thursday at midnight. Then wait with baited breath as I randomly select one reader to win their choice of any Blissliving Home pillow valued at up to $65! I’d suggest starting your shortlist now—there’s a seriously good selection. Below are some of my faves! Now pardon me while I go fluff the pillows on my couch…

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Chairs of the World: The Egg Chair

March 26, 2009

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Welcome to another edition of Chairs of the World. Our subject today? The Egg Chair, a creature whose ubiquity in contemporary interiors rivals that of pigeons in Manhattan. Unlike the spry and nimble Wishbone Chair, the Egg Chair is clumsy and slow to action, and it therefore must rely on camouflage to evade capture. Come with me as we stalk its many permutations.

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Here we see the common brown Egg Chair. Though it may appear dull-witted, this individual has cleverly formed a symbiotic relationship with similarly shaped and hued ottoman—thereby confusing potential predators.

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The arctic Egg Chair develops a white coat as winter approaches. Though easy to spot in the early autumn…

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…it is nearly invisible once the cold light of winter arrives. Isn’t nature wonderful?

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When angered or threatened, the Egg Chair will flush a brilliant shade of fuchsia as a warning to all who dare come near.

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This juvenile specimen has strategically placed a small pillow on his lap in hopes of blending with his surroundings. Clearly he has much to learn about the art of camouflage.

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Perhaps he should take a cue from his older and wiser relative, who has not only shed his solid coat in favour of a pattern, but has also hidden behind the protective cover of foliage.

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Much as a lizard’s body temperature fluctuates according to his surroundings, Egg Chairs in tropical regions have been known to develop fiery hides that mirror the hot climate of their habitats.

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Though clearly past her reproductive prime, this grandmother Egg Chair has maintained her complex floral coat and practically disappears into the rug below her.

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And finally, the most rare sighting of all: a pair of elusive metallic Egg Chairs. Once this couple mates, they will produce spectacularly shiny offspring!

Image Credits: 1. Hotze Eisma 2. Paul Costello 3. Shootfactory 4. Hallie Burton 5. Source Unknown 6. John Bessler 7. Hallie Burton 8. Source Unknown 9. Rachel Whiting 10. House Beautiful via Design Crisis

Chairs of the World: The Egg Chair

March 26, 2009

hoetze julia bird.jpg

Welcome to another edition of Chairs of the World. Our subject today? The Egg Chair, a creature whose ubiquity in contemporary interiors rivals that of pigeons in Manhattan. Unlike the spry and nimble Wishbone Chair, the Egg Chair is clumsy and slow to action, and it therefore must rely on camouflage to evade capture. Come with me as we stalk its many permutations.

paulc22eggchair.png

Here we see the common brown Egg Chair. Though it may appear dull-witted, this individual has cleverly formed a symbiotic relationship with similarly shaped and hued ottoman—thereby confusing potential predators.

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The arctic Egg Chair develops a white coat as winter approaches. Though easy to spot in the early autumn…

hallie burton.png

…it is nearly invisible once the cold light of winter arrives. Isn’t nature wonderful?

rockstar.jpg

When angered or threatened, the Egg Chair will flush a brilliant shade of fuchsia as a warning to all who dare come near.

bessler983egg chair.png

This juvenile specimen has strategically placed a small pillow on his lap in hopes of blending with his surroundings. Clearly he has much to learn about the art of camouflage.

hallie burton 2.png

Perhaps he should take a cue from his older and wiser relative, who has not only shed his solid coat in favour of a pattern, but has also hidden behind the protective cover of foliage.

335798.jpg

Much as a lizard’s body temperature fluctuates according to his surroundings, Egg Chairs in tropical regions have been known to develop fiery hides that mirror the hot climate of their habitats.

rachel whiting via nkp.jpg

Though clearly past her reproductive prime, this grandmother Egg Chair has maintained her complex floral coat and practically disappears into the rug below her.

beale-lana-4_xlg.jpg

And finally, the most rare sighting of all: a pair of elusive metallic Egg Chairs. Once this couple mates, they will produce spectacularly shiny offspring!

Image Credits: 1. Hotze Eisma 2. Paul Costello 3. Shootfactory 4. Hallie Burton 5. Source Unknown 6. John Bessler 7. Hallie Burton 8. Source Unknown 9. Rachel Whiting 10. House Beautiful via Design Crisis

A Little Obsessed: Suzanis

March 25, 2009

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Okay, so I know I’m about a million years late to the party on this one, but ever since my pillows arrived I can’t get enough of these gorgeous hand embroidered Uzbek textiles, aka Suzanis. I stalk them on eBay, I dream about filling my house with them. So what better way to get it out of my system than to design a couple rooms around them?

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I love the idea of dressing up an otherwise neutral contemporary room by draping this breathtaking Suzani throw over the back of a simple modern couch. Keep accessories subtle in palette but rich in texture with a bentwood pendant, cowhide pillows, and an inlaid wood cabinet. Corral the knickknacks from your world travels with a decoupage paperweight and sleek shagreen tray.

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Or add a touch of global flair to a luxe-traditional workspace. Can you believe this stunning green and pink Suzani sold for only $24 on eBay? A glossy black desk and sweet pink boudoir chair make the perfect spot for penning invitations to that charity event you’re hosting. When you’re done, stow your stationery in laquered stacking boxes, then check your lipgloss in a scalloped mirror whose shape reflects the tapestry’s floral design. Don’t forget to switch off the lamp as you leave the room; your creepy-cool bird prints will keep watch while you’re away!

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Image Credits: 1. House Beautiful via Decorno 2. The Style Files

A Little Obsessed: Suzanis

March 25, 2009

city sage suzani 1.jpg

Okay, so I know I’m about a million years late to the party on this one, but ever since my pillows arrived I can’t get enough of these gorgeous hand embroidered Uzbek textiles, aka Suzanis. I stalk them on eBay, I dream about filling my house with them. So what better way to get it out of my system than to design a couple rooms around them?

suzani city sage mid century living room.jpg

I love the idea of dressing up an otherwise neutral contemporary room by draping this breathtaking Suzani throw over the back of a simple modern couch. Keep accessories subtle in palette but rich in texture with a bentwood pendant, cowhide pillows, and an inlaid wood cabinet. Corral the knickknacks from your world travels with a decoupage paperweight and sleek shagreen tray.

200903250726.jpg

Or add a touch of global flair to a luxe-traditional workspace. Can you believe this stunning green and pink Suzani sold for only $24 on eBay? A glossy black desk and sweet pink boudoir chair make the perfect spot for penning invitations to that charity event you’re hosting. When you’re done, stow your stationery in laquered stacking boxes, then check your lipgloss in a scalloped mirror whose shape reflects the tapestry’s floral design. Don’t forget to switch off the lamp as you leave the room; your creepy-cool bird prints will keep watch while you’re away!

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Image Credits: 1. House Beautiful via Decorno 2. The Style Files

Tag! What’s Your Style?

March 24, 2009

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Alek over at From the Right Bank to the Left Coast has started up a super fun game of tag. She challenged me to find one picture that sums up my style–easier said than done, believe me! But then I happened across this lovely vignette and it’s me in a nutshell!

This seating arrangement is epitome of a style that I’ve come to think of as ‘glamorganic‘; polished pieces such as the linen bergere and the starburst mirror play against earthy elements like the stark fireplace and the roughhewn plank floor. It’s a study in contrast: modern and antique, edgy and refined. Definitely the sensibility I try to cultivate in my home and in my life!

So I’m officially tagging Chelsea at {frolic!}, Cassandra at Coco + Kelly, Diana at Please Sir, R. at This Is Glamorous, Jo at A Cup of Jo, and Katy at Katy Elliot, but I encourage everyone to play along! What single image–interior, fashion or otherwise–best encapsulates your personal style?

Image Credit: Living Etc.