Archive for the ‘Thrill of the Hunt’ Category

An Open Letter to One Kings Lane

April 2, 2009

kings lane logo.png

“Dear One Kings Lane: Has the devil sent you? Are you trying to get me in trouble? As if I didn’t face temptation enough with insider fashion sales from Gilt.com and RueLaLa, you had come along and lure me in with your luxe home decor offerings at jaw-droppingly deep discounts. You make me feel special with your invite-only membership, and you test my resolve with incredible prices on everything from covetable DwellStudio table linens to sweet sheet sets from Serena and Lily.

one kings lane sales.jpg

So maybe we can strike a bargain. Since we know I’ll be stalking your website 24/7 anyway, maybe I could put in a request for some brands I’d like to see in the future? Collections that I drool over but can’t bring myself to pay full price for, like decoupage plates from John Derian, uber-riche home accessories from Bottega Veneta, delicate ceramics from Astier de Villate, and exotic skin pieces from R&Y Augousti. C’mon, hook a girl up. It’s the least you can do. Yours affectionately, Anne.”

one kings lane wish list.jpg

Want an invite to One Kings Lane? Email me at your own risk! anne@annesage.com

Want Blissliving Home for free? Today’s the last day to enter this week’s giveaway!

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!

suzani city sage dressing room.jpg

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!

suzani city sage dressing room.jpg

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

Absolutely Loving: Marni for the Rug Company

March 6, 2009

marni rug company.png

There are a few design houses that I could easily build an entire wardrobe from, and Marni is one of them. So it comes as no surprise that I would happily outfit every room with one of Marni’s gorgeous creations for The Rug Company. Rugs really do have transformative powers; they can set a foundation or take center stage, and these Marni designs manage to do both at the same time!

marni rug company city sage 2.jpg

A roster of furniture and accessories in neutral hues lets bold purple swirls take the lead, but these supporting pieces are no shrinking violets! The wood sofa‘s plump cushions in mocha velvet add cozy texture, and a worn ottoman and classically shaped side table create the air of a space that has come together over time. Lighting and a sculpture in traditional black and gold are at once playful and restrained.

marni rug company 3.png

As with many high end textiles retailers, The Rug Company allows you to specify the exact measurements of your rug. I love the long, slim shape of this floral number—the better to admire those wide plank floors, my dear!

marni rug company city sage 3.jpg

Of course a conventionally proportioned rug is just as special if the pattern is as stunning as this one. A glass-topped table allows you to admire every inch of broadloom wool beneath your feet, a mod chair provides unexpected dinner seating with retro flair, and a sleek gold chandelier keeps things from getting too cutesy. A mix of tablewares—some in amber glass and horn and others in melamine—maintain the union of granny and glam.

marni rug company 5.png

In the bedroom, jumbo blossoms in cheery pink and teal pop against a backdrop of cream and ecru. A studded headboard with ladylike lines lets you mix and match fuzzy mohair throws and embroidered pillows as the mood strikes! Nesting tables lacquered a brilliant robin’s egg lend ample space for nighttime necessities, and a very Hollywood mirror says ‘I’m ready for my close-up…’

marni rug company city sage.jpg

All interiors images courtesy of The Rug Company.

Absolutely Loving: Marni for the Rug Company

March 6, 2009

marni rug company.png

There are a few design houses that I could easily build an entire wardrobe from, and Marni is one of them. So it comes as no surprise that I would happily outfit every room with one of Marni’s gorgeous creations for The Rug Company. Rugs really do have transformative powers; they can set a foundation or take center stage, and these Marni designs manage to do both at the same time!

marni rug company city sage 2.jpg

A roster of furniture and accessories in neutral hues lets bold purple swirls take the lead, but these supporting pieces are no shrinking violets! The wood sofa‘s plump cushions in mocha velvet add cozy texture, and a worn ottoman and classically shaped side table create the air of a space that has come together over time. Lighting and a sculpture in traditional black and gold are at once playful and restrained.

marni rug company 3.png

As with many high end textiles retailers, The Rug Company allows you to specify the exact measurements of your rug. I love the long, slim shape of this floral number—the better to admire those wide plank floors, my dear!

marni rug company city sage 3.jpg

Of course a conventionally proportioned rug is just as special if the pattern is as stunning as this one. A glass-topped table allows you to admire every inch of broadloom wool beneath your feet, a mod chair provides unexpected dinner seating with retro flair, and a sleek gold chandelier keeps things from getting too cutesy. A mix of tablewares—some in amber glass and horn and others in melamine—maintain the union of granny and glam.

marni rug company 5.png

In the bedroom, jumbo blossoms in cheery pink and teal pop against a backdrop of cream and ecru. A studded headboard with ladylike lines lets you mix and match fuzzy mohair throws and embroidered pillows as the mood strikes! Nesting tables lacquered a brilliant robin’s egg lend ample space for nighttime necessities, and a very Hollywood mirror says ‘I’m ready for my close-up…’

marni rug company city sage.jpg

All interiors images courtesy of The Rug Company.

Shopping Trip: Ottomans

February 24, 2009

gasl_green_rooms_07mar_08.jpg

As promised, here’s a round-up of my top picks for ottomans. This was a tough post to put together—you wouldn’t believe how many lovelies are out there. Choosing my favourites was difficult indeed! I would happily welcome any of these into my home…

ottomans city sage.jpg

Button up! Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring; midnight blue velvet shakes up a straightforward cushion top. Handy castors make this oversized round ottoman pretty and practical, while sleek metal legs render white leather even more glamorous. Pistachio linen and spindly legs channel Victorian kitsch, and if I didn’t already have a tufted couch then this sexy limed oak piece would be in my shopping cart for sure. And doesn’t this nubby oatmeal number remind you of a very stylish marshmallow?

gasl_fabricpalette_06oct_02.jpg

Perhaps you’d like your ottoman to have a little more personality? Stick with conventional shapes but push the envelope with funky colors, fresh patterns, and fabulous detailing.

ottomans city sage3.jpg

I don’t know if this zebra ottoman is black with white stripes or white with black stripes, but I do know that it’s absolutely gorgeous! Bright, punchy flowers summon springtime, and a chartreuse chain print lends preppy appeal to a familiar shape. A studded, patent leather bench gets an R-rating, creamy vanilla leather updates an ancient animal foot motif, and smoky grey velvet begs, ‘Put your feet up!’

main.jpg

Or maybe you’d like to walk on the wild side? Cozy caramel cowhide injects a ‘home on the range’ vibe, while the jumbo knit of these floor cushions offers irresistible texture. Handloomed dhurrie, woven wool kilim, and organic cotton Suzani all suggest a flair for the exotic. Finally, I can’t help but recall Little Miss Muffet and her tuffet when I see this outrageous orange pouf, though there was nothing in the nursery rhyme about tangerine vinyl!

ottomans city sage 2.jpg

Image Credits: 1. Domino 2. Domino 3. Living Etc.

In the Bedroom with Diane von Furstenburg for The Rug Company

February 13, 2009

diane von furstenburg rug company 14.png

I had so much fun with my virtual shopping trip inspired by Alice Temperley’s collection for The Rug Company, I thought I’d do a little Valentine’s Day round-up based on Diane von Furstenburg’s gorgeous rug designs! So what’s your Valentine’s Day bedroom style?

diane von f3.jpg

It’s all about refined girly romance with this fun and flirty heart rug. A tufted velvet headboard is perfect for long, loungy breakfasts in bed. Store your collection of silky pink underthings in this curvy chest of drawers. Vintage suzani pillows and a handblown glass chandelier add artisinal flare, while softly scented lotions and potions are gentle enough for the even most delicate lady!

rug company diane von furstenberg 3.png

Perhaps you’d like to spice things up a little more? A sleek leather fainting couch and a leopard rug are just what the doctor ordered! African wood pedestal tables march to the beat of a jungle drum, and a flashy floor lamp provides glam mood lighting. A needlepoint pillow pays homage to the days of disco, while a sexy massage set says, ‘Are you trying to seduce me Mrs. Robinson?’

diane von f2.jpg

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and have a great weekend no matter what your bedroom style!

Dream the Impossible Dream: Philip Lim Cropped Trench

February 12, 2009

philip lim jacket.jpg

Okay, so I promised only to invest in sensible, timeless classics this year. But that doesn’t stop me from craving this completely frivolous of-the-moment trench from Philip Lim! I’m loving the abbreviated length, the shoulder details, the casual drape. And that tiered ruffle cape has sent me into convulsions of ecstasy! I’d wear it with my new favourite jeans, a clean lined yet brightly colored shopper, and a pair of punky studded flats to offset the avant-garde girliness of the trench.

Tell me: what is your most impractical desire this season?

Absolutely Loving: Alice Temperley for The Rug Company

February 8, 2009

Binder1_Page_091.jpg

I was beyond thrilled to learn that London darling Alice Temperley is the latest fashion designer to produce a collection with The Rug Company. New York Magazine describes Temperley’s runway pieces as ‘bedazzled party dresses for the fearless London “It” girl’, and the textiles she has designed are no less lust-worthy. The look is worldly boho glam—and I couldn’t resist a little shopping trip inspired by Temperley’s gorgeous creations!

city sage alice temperly.jpg

A traditional chesterfield and a teapot in deepest cobalt honor Temperley’s English heritage, while a woven tapestry blanket and cloissone bowls look smuggled from the sultan’s palace. A handwoven iron coffee table complements the global feel of the Temperley rug, and to keep things from getting too serious, an oversized lamp strikes a whimsical note.

city sage temperly 2.jpg

I secretly wish I had a long lost great-aunt living in Boca Raton, her house filled with kitschy pieces like this peach velvet settee–it’s such a swinging spot to toss Temperley’s stunning pillows! Add some polish with a mirrored side table, and heed the call of the wild with a zebra mirror and a peacock lamp. In the words of that other celebrated Londoner Austin Powers, ‘Very grrr, baby!’

Top Image: Elle Decoration UK

Spotted: The Perfect Sofa

January 28, 2009

200901282225.jpg

I am the world’s pickiest sofa snob. My list of requirements is a mile long. Most important? A bench seat—I hate getting swallowed up by that gaping crevice between separate seat cushions—and low arms, so as to prevent any Edith Ann moments. After seeing the Presidio Sofa on a recent trip to Williams Sonoma Home, I am convinced that I have found The One!

presidio sofa.jpg

It doesn’t hurt that the floor model at the store was upholstered in a gorgeous glazed linen—
the surface had a touch of pearlized sheen that was so subtly glamourous! I’d complement
the Presidio’s clean lines with some Moreno Nesting Tables from Crate and Barrel (though if I’m dreaming, I’d much prefer these Moon Tables from Ochre). Then for fun I’d throw in something over-the-top girly like the Sophie Chair by Oly Studio. Now if only I had $3,000 lying around…

Tell me, what are your sofa requirements?