Huston & Company: Custom Tables of All Sizes and Styles

Huston & Company is a father and son run small business based in Kennebunkport, Maine and I’ve talked about them a bunch because we’ve done a lot of work with them– from tables for my own home and office to many variations of tables for our clients as well.  Dining tables are one of the top items I always encourage my clients to spend a good chunk of money on. You can save on chairs – after all, they get spills on them and you can get a decent quality chair for not a ton of money.  However, a dining table should be solidly made, enough so that it can last a lifetime or three.  The quality of their tables falls squarely in the “heirloom” category. You can see these being passed down to your kids after a lifetime of growing up eating at the same table.

This is the round version of the Newton table, which was a design we came up with when creating a table for my office.  I love this table, it’s the perfect blend of modern and traditional and the brass accents are just incredible.

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An Unexpected Palette

I saw this room on Instagram last night (designed by Allison Elebash) and found the palette of medium/ light blue and blush to be really unexpected in a family space. I would typically think of these tones as too sweet and baby-ish to pair together in an adult space, but it TOTALLY works and looks fresh and interesting!  The painting by Sally King Benedict certainly adds some grown up funkiness, and the woven textures of the sofa ground everything.

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Round Up: Retail Sofas & Sectionals

In our work we do use a lot of “to the trade” only goods, but not always! Many time we mix custom items with retails goods, because lets face it, even people with bug budgets don’t want to spend a lot of furniture for all their spaces! There are so many great retail options these days for sofas and sectionals– many with the ability to choose between lots of various fabrics too to make it more custom for your space. Here’s a roundup of styles we love that will be classics for a long time!

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Using Fabric & Grasscloth Wrapped Furniture

When considering furniture for our design projects (and for my own home), I love to include grasscloth or linen wrapped pieces whenever possible. Beyond the obvious fact that they bring texture to a space, these materials also help to elevate a design by mixing so beautifully with other finishes such a wood, lacquer and stone. For example, I was struggling with what finish to choose for my bedroom dresser when I had already selected a wood bed and white lacquer side tables, and natural grasscloth was the perfect fit as it blends well but also avoids it looking like a “set” of furniture.

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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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