Saturday, September 18, 2010

Have a seat...

Upholstered furniture is my absolute favorite blank slate to create upon because it combines several of my favorite things: fabric, trim and tailoring. The only rule when designing upholstery is that it has to not only be comfortable to sit in but it needs to look comfortable too! A sure fire way to keep people out of your living room is to fill it with stiff furniture, like those elegant wood-framed sofas, perhaps passed down by a grandmother or two... They just don't invite you in!
After you have met that criteria, the sky is the limit! Well tailored upholstery is a great place to add that WOW factor that takes a room up a notch. These are the type of details that customize your look and are  immune to the wear and tear of life....a boxy Crate and Barrel sofa and a well tailored sofa with sculpted arms and a tufted back will hold up just the same against a a little girls slumber party, I have tried it!
Here are some of my favorites:

I love this bedroom from Just want to dive right in!
I designed this chair to incorporate this fabulous red alligator fabric I found to compliment the yummy cut red fabric from Scalamandre.

I love the back height of this chair, just high enough to rest your elbow.  This one is from Robin Bruce furniture.

A tufted sofa can work in a living room or a is not necessarily a more formal look, it just shows you thought enough to add a little extra touch. This one is from Robert Bruce furniture.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Welcome Home

Welcome back! I feel like the fall is really my "new years" fresh start. I guess I am still in the Back to School mode after all these years...even though none of my children are really there yet! What better way to be welcomed home then by this fabulous pink lacquered door. It pinpoints my philosophy that your foyer, and for that matter, your front door is the first thing your guests, and you, will see. So let it set the tone for the rest of your house. This one is from Kelly Wearstler and I love it!

Foyers are a great place to add those unique finds that may not have a specific purpose but are just so chic. Like this,  Muirfeld Bench from

Add some really fun fabric...maybe kelley green or hot pink...and it would be a knock out! Without too much to lure little ones or their teenage siblings into hanging out in the foyer, it is one of the "safest" places in the house to add some Wow! Happy hunting!

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