Classic Obsession: The Rope Chair

I love chairs. I have a tendency to want to buy cool vintage chairs all the time.  Sometimes I have to be physically restrained from just “snapping up” a cool little chair at every turn.  I DO have limited basement storage and no need for any more chairs.  However, chairs are such a great way to convey your style and add some interest into an otherwise bland space. They are little works of art! Especially when they are unique and/ or vintage! I currently am kind of obsessing over vintage Hans Wegner rope chairs.  The texture and modern lines are so appealing. I do need a chair for a corner in my master so maybe…

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Victoria Hagan’s Nantucket house has two of them that break up all the upholstery in her living room.

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Making Old New & Tag Sale!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love using antiques in almost every project I do because it adds so much life and patina to a space unlike anything else. And while flea markets and antique fairs are fun, they are a lot of work and time. We love to use 1st Dibs, Etsy and Ebay to source from our desks, but there are two other sites that sell not only vintage items but also gently used designer items that you can have for a fraction of the retail price.

The first is Viyet. I met one of the founders in Los Angeles while doing a panel discussion and she was so lovely. The premise to this site is for designers and owners of high-end furniture to be able to consign pieces they don’t want, need to sell, etc. Also showrooms sell some of their floor models on here, which is fabulous! You can shop by showroom here.

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Simple Ways to Decorate “Green”.

Considering the environment when designing a home has become more and more important to people as we understand the greater impact how we live has on the environment.  It’s no longer “trendy” but something every person should think about when building and decorating their space- from tiny to big!  One of the reasons I partnered with resource Natural Spring Water  on their eco home remodel sweepstakes (you can still enter until May 12th! NO PURCH NEC. 18+. ENDS 5/12/15. Rules here) was to help spread the word about green design.  So here are some quick and easy tips that help incorporate green design into your space in big and small ways- every little bit counts!

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1. Low VOC Paint– Using this type of paint reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds in your air, and in turn is far less smelly! Almost every major brand has a low or no VOC formula, so pick your favorite color and have it mixed in that formula! This is a very easy choice to make when doing home renovations.

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2. Energy Efficient Lighting- When replacing fixtures think about using energy efficient ones (and LED bulbs).  The not only make great looking fixtures now that use less energy, but also bulbs that emit soft, lovely light, unlike the first generation LED’s which were harsh and ugly! They may be more expensive up front, but last far longer and reduce your energy bill.

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3. Adding Greenery– Simple adding a few houseplants to your home can help you have cleaner air, while adding great color to your space! Types that help eliminate VOC’s from your home’s air include the spider plant, aloe plant, snake plant, ficus and bamboo palm.  Plus every space needs a little green life to make it look complete.

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4. Low Flow Showerheads, Faucets and Toilets –  You can find showerheads and faucet that help conserve water while maintaining nice, strong water pressure! Look for items with the WaterSense mark for those approved by the EPA.  There are SO many choices available from all the best brands.

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5. Reclaimed Wood Details- From reclaimed wood for flooring, beams and construction materials to using old barn wood tables decoratively, using older wood is both green and an amazing way to add texture and depth to your home. As you know from reading this blog, I LOVE reclaimed wood furniture and beams, so there is no compromise here!

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6. Employ Antiques– Nothing is greener than using something that already exists instead of buying something new! Shopping online vintage sources like Etsy, eBay and 1stDibs is great, as is scouring your local flea market and tag sales.  And don’t be afraid to paint something with great lines that is an off-putting color (with low VOC paint of course, if you want to be really green.)  Every home should have something antique or vintage in order to keep the space interesting and unique!

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7. Buy Organically Made Furniture–  There can be a lot of icky chemicals in furniture (especially true with upholstery and mattresses) but there are some great companies that construct their furniture from environmentally friendly materials. All you have to do is a little bit more research into what goes inside those cushions!

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8. Be wary of furniture made of MDF- Of course, a piece of furniture here and there made of MDF is fine (and helpful to the old decorating budget).  But too much in your home can be unhealthy as MDF can emit formaldehyde into the air, which is a known human carcinogen.  Budget furniture companies like IKEA are looking into using alternatives to make their furniture, so this may be a thing of the past with some inventiveness.

Designer Feature: Lisa Hilderbrand’s Charleston Project

When I saw this stunning kitchen in Traditional Home last month I had to know more. Designed by Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors (and sister-in- law of famed Nantucket writer Elin Hilderbrand), this was a second project for the designer and client Sarah Hamlin after they moved from Connecticut to Charleston (which I’m considering right now with this winter weather.)  It’s such a compliment when I client hires you for a second home, and I loved to learn that the family brought many of the items Lisa purchased for their previous home with them!  This space is a great study in combining various styles, time periods and textures.

But first, let’s all have a moment of silence for this Lindsay Adelman chandelier in the kitchen.
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A Trip to Ramble Market

Last weekend Andrew and I made a little trip to Waltham, MA to check out Ramble Market, a new hot spot for affordable and interesting vintage and antique wares in the Boston area.  A collection of various vendors, this space-while on the smaller side-really packs a big punch with lots of interesting finds at different price points.  And since antiquing can be my favorite form of cardio (Brimfield being the marathon of the sport) I love searching out new, hidden resources not only for me but for you too!
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