Feeling especially inspired… only 3 months until our wedding!
One of the blogs I follow is called Good Bones, Great Pieces, it’s is a fabulous little decorating blog from a mom/daughter team. They are great at antiques. And creating really sweet, sopshitcated spaces. So when shopping at Furbish in Raleigh, I came across Good Bones, Great Pieces, the book, and had to get it. One of the chapters in the book is about the wonder that is the settee, which I’d define as a small sofa or bench. Suzanne and Lauren recommend the settee for its versatility. It fits just as easily into a small living room as it does at a dining table or at the foot of the bed.
Just for fun, I asked BC what a settee is. His response was “Is that part of a bedspread.” No, honey, that’s a duvet. “Is it the chair that sticks out” No, that’s a chaise. “Is it a chair in general? Don’t tell me. I need to rack my brains for a second” Why don’t you just read about it on my blog tomorrow?
So world, and BC, here’s an assemblage of some of my favorite little antique settees out there.
“It is a sham, a pillow cover?” “Is it that block thing at the top of the curtains?” “It is a kind of desk?” No, No, No…. “I learned what a sconce is!” Yes, honey, good job. We then played 20 questions and he got it in 15, but only after I showed him pictures. His response: “It’s a type of sofa? That’s a little specific.”
Images (in order) 1 Albert Joseph, 2 C. Mariani, 3 Sputnik Modern, 4 CS Post and Co, 5 Wyeth, 6 Greenwich Living, 7 Pamela Lerner Antiques, 8 Jean-Marc Fray, 9 Porter and Plunk, 10 Pegboard Modern, 11 Haven Interiors, 12 George Subkoff Antiques, 13 Donna Parker Habitat, 14 End of Beige Upholstery,15 Judy Frankel Antiques, 16 Greenwich Living, 17 San Ysidro Ranch photographed by Jose Vila, 18 Debenham Antiques
You guys, what an incredible weekend. First, BC and I had an amazing time at the Bon Appetit Grub Crawl though Williamsburg. Then, my cousin/maid of honor threw the most kick-ass wedding shower/potluck picnic ever. Amazing food and drinks, badminton and croquet, and GREAT friends and company. Emmy had everyone write down travel tips and they took pictures with a Polaroid camera… it’s the perfect memory book for our trip. We’re going to keep adding to it on our honeymoon. Some members of my family were skeptical of a honeymoon registry, but we’re totally loving having our friends and family connected with our trip.
ANYWAYS… lately I’ve been thinking about how fantastic old antiques look in kitchens. I mean, I think most rooms look great with character pieces and bathrooms or kitchens are no exception. Think an old buffet doubling as a kitchen counter top or an old worktable doubling as an island. It’s such a simple, easy way to add warmth to a typically more sterile, and oftentimes, unimaginative space. Here are a few examples I’ve been saving to share with you.
I especially love the combination of more contemporary kitchen cabinets mixed with the older pieces.
To spare BC of my constant “Why don’t we buy this weekend house”, I thought I’d transfer that to you guys. Figure you’d enjoy some real estate babble. The premise of this new feature column is, basically, that I’m obsessed with buying an old houses. They ones I love are in various stages of decay but I see them as little gems in need of some polish. I think I might feature a house every Friday for the summer. There’s certainly plenty of potential weekend homes that I’m coveting. Beginning with a grand old farmhouse in Hortonville.
Hortonville is located about 2.5 hours from NYC, sort of near Callicoon, which is Mark Ruffalo country. As far as I’m concerned, his owning a house out there makes it a viable place for our country home.
The pros: wraparound porch, outbuildings (future guest house, studio and/or pool house?), stone fireplace, hardwood floors and a flat area near the barn perfect the future pool
The cons: only 1.5 baths, wood paneling in one of the bedrooms (ick), fairly small rooms (from the pictures, anyways), outdated kitchen, and a lot of bad decor to get rid of
Here’s what we have to work with:
A lot of good stuff right? The on (good) view of the living room knocks my socks off, it’s what inspired my little mood board below.
AAAAH, I love it so much! Totally relaxing but still sophisticated, timeless and elegant. I imagine this as the kind of space where a few people would be in the living room area reading while a few more would be playing Skip-Bo (my family’s favorite) at the table. The fire would be crackling, the lights would be low, adult alternative music would be piping through the stereo, dinner would be outside on the grill… I can imagine it all so clearly!
Unfortunately this weekend, I won’t be at my imaginary house upstate, but I will be doing some super fun stuff! Tomorrow BC and I are going to the Bon Appetit Grub Crawl and on Sunday, my cousin and maid of honor, is throwing an Italian themed potluck co-ed wedding shower for us! It’s a good thing I’ve been watching my diet this week because its going to fall apart real soon come Sat around 4pm!
Hope you have a similarly delicious weekend!
Listing: 9 Beechwoods Road, Hortonville, NY
All items vintage unless denoted* below. Art via Anne Nathan Gallery, Ken Johnson, Alicia Bock, Coat of Arms via Kristen Buckingham Interior Design, Lantern Light via Wyeth Home, *Sofa via, Jayson Home, Armchair via Bonnie Kielty Neiman, Accordian Wall Lamp via Factory 20, Rug via Jayson Home, Side Table via Howe London, Bench via unknown, *Curtains via Pottery Barn, Table via Howe London, Chairs via A View from the Coop.
Hello! Hope you had a great, long Memorial Day weekend. After my trip down to Raleigh, I returned just in time for a Game of Thrones party Sunday night and a date with my guy on Monday (dinner and we saw the new Wes Anderson movie Moonrise Kingdom.) What a terrific weekend! Now to start this short week off right…
The muse: Fred Astaire
The background: actor, dancer, dandy
The inspiration: When I think of Fred, I imagine a sunny day. It seems like the guy was always kicking up his heels and embracing life. This is my little ode to Fred, punchy colors and graphic fabrics, a room with a lot going on.
The feeling: a little larger than life and oh so bright and happy
The elements: grand staircase, dancing shoes, horses (he was married to a jockey), top hats and a photograph of the Fred and Ginger dancing building in Prague by Frank Gehry.
Sofa via Lotus, Black Chairs via Comer and Co, Photograph via Fine Art America, Victorian frame via ThousandsOPrints, Horse Painting via The Englishman, Jockey trophy via Uncommon Eye, Dancing shoes via Nemres, Coffee Table via Matt Murphy Studio, Brass vases via For the Common Good, Side Table via Jean-Marc Fray, Top hat pendants via MrKate, Staircase via room-galleries, Wallpaper via Kelly Wearstler
In 1968 the Ovalia Egg Chair was introduced at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair. Designed by Henrik Thor-Larsen, the chair was an instant success. It sold for only 10 years and the original editions can sell for up to $5,000!
In 2001, this iconic image brought the spotlight back to the egg. And in 2005, the Egg Chair was re-introduced. The right photograph below is of the original designer in his throne.
The current Egg Chair design looks identical to it’s original counterpart but rencent changes improve the experience of “cocooning” in the Egg.
Um, you guys? Is that Megan Draper in the chair on the left?
The muse: Edna St. Vincent Millay
The background: poet, playwright, feminist,
The inspiration: I read Edna St. Vincent Millay’s biography a few years ago and was so inspired by her will and her work. From what I learned, Millay had a way about her that transfixed both men and women. The critic Floyd Dell wrote that the red-haired and beautiful Millay was “a frivolous young woman, with a brand-new pair of dancing slippers and a mouth like a valentine.” Perhaps, but she also had some serious writing chops:
My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
It gives a lovely light.
Millay was a part of the bohemian set of the roaring twenties in Greenwich Village. She lived in what may be “the narrowest townhouse in NY” and described life in New York as “very, very poor and very, very merry.” Edna gallivanted about town, stood for what she believed in and made history with her moving words and rich poetry.
The feeling: one part bohemian, one part feminine, all beauty
The elements: pine (for Millay’s homestate of Maine), deconstructed furniture, brass, daybed, art deco, remnant of Steepletop and hints of Millay’s poem subjects
All vintage, nothing to scale. Daybed via Alhambra, Chair via Obsolete, Garden stool via RT Facts, Coffee Table via Galerie Andre Hayat, Flowers via Amy Merrick, Buck via Revival Home, Flower frog via Bluebell, Prints via TFTM, Fat Chance, Chelsea Marketeers, Carpet via Woven Accents, Books via Violas Vintages, Candelabra via Habit Schabit, Heart via Gertrudes Vintage, Chest via State Street Signage.