My New Living Room Plan + The New Traditionalists

Our renovation is moving along nicely (I cannot wait- this room is going to change our lives!)  Along with the new space, I’m changing some things in the living room since we won’t need a sectional anymore (tv going into the new room which THRILLS me because now you won’t see a TV above a fireplace right when you walk into the house- a total pet peeve).  This will be more of a “formal living” space.  Although I use that term loosely because how formal can you be with a toddler running the joint?  While I’m still going to be careful of finishes and fabrics (and sharp edges) I want to make this space feel more grown up and “me”.

While pondering this change, I had decided I needed new side tables regardless.  The modern burl cube tables I had were fab, but I needed something with storage now that I have an ottoman instead of two level coffee table. You know, a spot to keep remotes, magazines and books.  So I worked with the fab peeps at The New Traditionalists (a favorite vendor with amazing traditional-with-an-edge style) to create the perfect new side tables that work great now and will be amazing in my newly decorated space too.

I chose the Side Table No. 7 for its clean lines, lower shelf and large drawer.  I specified the exact size to fit my space.  When it came to finish, I knew I wanted a slightly off white and after seeing their bevy of samples chose China White for the body.  I toyed with grasscloth drawer fronts (you can send COM goods to apply to their pieces) but instead went with their Fine Linen painted finish in Edgecomb Gray with Brown. It looks a lot like grasscloth but is wipeable! Perfect for Henry’s sticky fingerprints that seem to be on everything these days!  The interior of the drawer I had done in a sweet grey-blue (Benjamin Moore Smoke).

I also chose their brass tassel pull (LOVE).  And the details are fabulous. Everything is designed to your specifications in New York and then made and finished in Connecticut.

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My New Table Design With Huston & Co.

As you saw a few weeks ago in our office reveal, we have a new conference table in our space–my new design with Huston & Company that hits their website today!  The inspiration behind this came from the desire for a simple, farmhouse style table that had a little bit more style. Bill and Saer at Huston (who make my original design, the Gates Table) helped me refine the idea down to this simple shape but with some really interesting details to it.  Borrowing brass accents from Campaign style furniture and a modern leg design that cuts through the top of the table, I think the finished product, called the Newton Table (after our town where we live and my office is), is INCREDIBLE.

Right now Huston & Co. is offering 10% off all Newton dining tables through July 30th! See details and restrictions here. 

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Missing High Point!

Seeing all the imagery coming out of High Point right now is making me very sad I’m not there! My schedule is NUUUUUTS these days and I just couldn’t work int he trip.  But I am living vicariously through Instagram and rounded up some of my favorite images of the new goodies coming out soon! Click the link below each image to find out more from the original Instagrammer!

Everything Mark Sikes does I love.

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Three Pretty Perfect Porch & Patio Looks!

A few of you asked that I do a post about outdoor furniture after seeing some great items in catalogs you’ve been getting. Well believe me, I get the same ones and was thinking about this too! I want to give my little patio a freshen up for the spring/summer and my new office has a small, narrow urban patio we want to style up as well. So this was needed!

So here are three looks using some of the items I’ve had my eyes on lately- I’d love to know which board is your favorite look?
GLAMOROUS/ FEMININE: I saw these gold daybeds in CB2 and died– and love this look that is glamorous and modern and yet natural and feminine too. Also those Frontgate dining chairs are INSANE for outdoor furniture!
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MODERN: Black, white and green– graphic and yet a perfect compliment to nature! I love the black metal sofa and chairs as they are contemporary with a traditional soul.  The bistro style loungers are durable and so cool and the ping pong table doubles as a dining table when you take the net off! Genius!
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COASTAL:  Probably the most popular look for outdoors, blue and white with woven textures and wood is a classic combo! You just can’t go wrong with this look- even if you’re landlocked!
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A few tips when buying outdoor furniture:

  • Pay attention to the materials– some furniture labeled “outdoor” is only for covered porches and spaces that don’t get direct abuse from the elements so make sure what you are buying is for the type of situation you have!
  • Buy covers! I didn’t for years and my furniture got ruined– even if it says “all-weather” it’s always good to have covers for those really bad days (or if you leave your furniture out through winter!)
  • Outdoor fabrics have come such a long way in recent years- you aren’t limited to just solids and striped anymore.  Other than retailers, also check Etsy for custom pillows made from designer outdoor fabrics (search ” outdoor pillows” with fabric brands like Schumacher, Quadrille, China Seas, Kravet, Duralee and Peter Dunham!
  • Don’t buy everything in sets– unless it’s a mix and match set like this one below from World Market.  Combine fun chairs with a more simple table and pair a streamlined sofa with woven or more styled chairs. Mixing materials and textures creates a more custom look.

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A Surprisingly Beautiful Celebrity Furniture Line

Typically I avoid any sort of special “celebrity designed” line of goods. When a “star” tries to cross into product it can be awkward, unless its a natural reflection of their talents, of course. Still, even knowing how particularly skilled (read: insanely talented) Ellen Degeneres is at interior design (she has a whole book out on the subject and her houses have been featured in numerous design magazines) I was still very hesitant to check out her collection for Thomasville. And I LOVE Ellen. Like, LOOOOOOOOOVE Ellen.  But finally this week I peeked at the site and was TOTALLY and pleasantly surprised at the collection.  Its a strong mix of mid-century and rustic-modern and there are quite a few fantastic pieces that stand on their own or also serve as super tailored basics.  I guess I was taken aback at how artistic and yet simple it all is.  And so I thought I better share it with you (this is in no way sponsored!) I believe Thomasville has many fabric choices to work with for their upholstered pieces so don’t let a fabric shown deter you :)

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