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4.13.2014

pic(k) of the week: roman and williams

Jenna Lyon's former Brooklyn brownstone is one our favorites. When it went on the market, I feared what the new owners might do with it. There was no need to worry. They hired top design firm Roman and Williams who preserved the historical character of the space while putting a new spin on the interiors. I am especially impressed with the changes they made to the kitchen. Check out the entire renovation at the New York Times

{interior design by roman and williams | new york times, april 9, 2014}

4.12.2014

50% off floor models


Get 'em while they're hot! To make room for our new Redford House collection, our current upholstered floor models are all 50% off! From top to bottom, Leif Chair: originally $1828 | now $914, Woodland Settee: originally $2632 | now $1316, Hansel Chair: originally $1698 | now $849. Check out the warehouse tab on our webshop for more information on these stunning pieces.

4.08.2014

magazine monday: domino

We are huge fans of demilune tables and this space is a perfect example of where to use them. In this room, a pass through was created between the fireplace and the back of the arm chairs. The question then became what do you do with the space on either side of the fireplace. Demilunes offer the perfect solution. They are shallow so as not to impede into the walkway, serve as a surface for a table lamp or decorative object and they ground the wall mirrors. By creating this pair of vignettes on either side of the fireplace, the pass through becomes secondary and the living space is visually extended - and who doesn't want a bigger living room!

{interior designed by suzanne and lauren mcgrath | domino, spring 2014}

4.04.2014

pick of the week: markham roberts

Going that extra mile to accessorize when all the main furniture pieces are in place is really what makes a space feel complete and a house feel like a home. Strip away the items on the coffee table, the pillow and throw on the sofa, the plant on the end table, and the photograph leaning on the floor. Despite the large scale dramatic art, funky hall chairs, textures sisal, tufted velvet, and glossy table the space feels stark. Accessorize with books, travel mementos, plants, and other collected treasures. It makes all the difference!

{ interior design by markham roberts }

3.31.2014

magazine monday: vogue magazine

I can't get enough of this Paris duplex owned by Lauren Santo Domingo, contributing editor on vogue.com, co-founder of Moda Operandi, and Perrier water heiress. It's incredibly sophisticated with it's backdrop of historically preserved white plaster walls and stained original parquet floors. The drop dead gorgeous shell is filled with fabulous furniture, lighting, and decor. So many different styles are expertly mixed together, focusing on a basic color palette with individual pieces that really pack a punch. I'm head over heels for this entire apartment!

{ interior design by francois catroux | vogue, september 2012 | via habitually chic }

3.26.2014

tip of the trade: table lamps

Table lamps are one of our favorite ways to add personality to a room. We love that they're a decorative accessory and a functional object all rolled into one. We've pulled together a round up of our go-to tips and tricks for table lamps. We've also assembled more of our favorite interiors featuring great table lamp inspiration on our pinterest page.
>Place a matching pair on either end of a console and watch the room transform. Whether it's behind a sofa in your living room or flanking a mirror in your entry, the lamps will add height and soft ambient light.
  
>Add a little whimsy with a small-scale light whether it be funky, vintage or funky and vintage. Think of it more as an accessory and tuck it just about anywhere.
>Shine some light on the subject with a reading lamp for your desk that has some pizazz. Rather than settling for something humdrum and utilitarian, seek out a little light with some real personality.
>We always love a good sconce for bedside reading (and have even done a pair of sconces and table lamps together), but if you have the room for it, table lamps are your opportunity to add pattern and texture. Go the old stand by route and do a matching pair or mix things up with two unique finds. Either way, you can't go wrong. 
>Go for the unexpected. Have a little spot in your powder room? Try a mini lamp. A little extra room on your kitchen counters? Try something sculptural. No spot is off limits just as long as you can plug it in!

A few final table lamp tips... 
>The shade makes all the difference. Make sure it's sized appropriately! Go basic with linen or paper or jazz things up with a woven wood or a print. Add details like a ribbon at the base. Our go to source for shades is Newport Lamp + Shade Company. Patrick really knows his stuff!
>Have fun with finials. Don't be afraid to change them out for something fun. They're like jewelry! 
>If you're up for a little extra work, look into having outlets put into your floor close to where you'd like to place a lamp. You'll avoid unsightly cords running in all directions to your wall outlets. 
>Swing by the shop or check out our webshop for an ever changing collection of vintage lamps as well as a rotating selection by Jill Rosenwald, Caravan Pacific, and Stray Dog Designs. Check back often as we're always getting in some fabulous new finds. 

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3.24.2014

magazine monday: living etc

Last week, we were talking about black walls. Here they are again in a bedroom. I love that the homeowner (Ali Cayne of Haven's Kitchen) went beyond just simple black paint. Instead she used a Venetian plaster. The finishes uneven color and texture creates a dreamy backdrop just perfect for all the layers of white.

{living etc, april 2014}