A Trend to Rediscover: Tie Dye

Tie Dye Pillow from Jayson Home and Garden



Last year, in order to honor their 40th anniversary, Maya Romanoff introduced three patterns to in a return their roots in tie dye.


Spring 2011 Runways…


I’m not sure what it means…but I am constantly finding things I like at PB Teen…hmmm…


Tie dye leather…that’s right, leather.  Check out the etsy shop here.


I love this quilt from John Robshaw…and the tie dye mixed with other patterns – not hippie at all!


And of course…John Robshaw country home from Lonny Magazine.  www.johnrobshaw.com


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I’m Obsessed: Eames Rocker Chair

Herman Miller – The Eames Rocker

Plastic, plywood, play. The fertile, curious minds of Charles and Ray Eames invented the modern American furniture vocabulary. Along with other visionaries like George Nelson, the Eameses brought new materials, new processes, and a new attitude to interior design. And they often did it by playing with form and structure in an inventive, childlike way. Charles encouraged experimentation among his staff, saying that he wanted “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.”  —HermanMiller.com



from Design Sponge







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Top 10: Bar Stools

In no particular order…a variety of barstools from the handcrafted to minimalist…


2 by 3 from Geiger

Available from Geiger


Pierre Duthoit

from Yanko Design



Lazy by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

B&B Italia


Knitted Stools



Heidi from Established & Sons

Established & Sons



Daniel Heer Stool from Matter Matters

Matter Matters



The Four Seasons Stool by Knoll



Alison Berger Glass Stool

Alison Berger is represented by Holly Hunt

Fjord Stool by Patricia Urquiola

Jean Stool - Various Colors

The Jean Stool available from Architonic


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“Office” furniture…at Home

I used to have Knoll Flat Bar Brno chairs around my dining table…and  because I think they are so beautiful, it always amazed me when someone who was at my house for the first time would inevitably ask why I had office chairs in my dining room.  Oy Vey!

Fast forward 10 years and although the Brno chairs are gone (I sold them to a client) my house is still a mix of “office furniture” and what one would traditionally categorize as residential furniture.  That juxtaposition of both is what, in my opinion, makes my space a reflection of me.  I love the modern classics and at the same time find myself drooling over a traditional chesterfield sofa..so, in my own house, I’ve decided not to assign labels or function to furniture or lighting…

I think I might need the HM Eiffel chair for my bathroom!

Bathroom: Eames Eiffel Chair

Dining and Living Room: Herman Miller

Dining Room: Herman Miller - Eames molded plywood chairs

Repurposed File Cabinet (from DesignSponge)

Living Room: Pedestal File Cabinet as End Table (from Apartment Therapy)

File Cabinet as a Nightstand


Dining room: Eames Aluminum Group Chairs and Knoll Saarinen Table



Dining Room: Knoll Brno Chairs - from Met Home

Living Room: Swan Chair and Knoll Mies Day Bed

Living Room: The Bob Chair from Coalesse

Dining Room: Emeco Navy Chair

Bedroom: Tolomeo Task Light as a Bedside Lamp

Living Room: Knoll Brno and Day Bed

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Bespoke: Based Upon

Based Upon is a London based studio of artists designing and hand-making large reliefs, sculptural furniture and applied decorative surfaces.

based upon Composed creates large-scale artworks, often integrated into interior spaces. The globally acclaimed works are made by hand in layers of metal, resins and lacquers in based upon’s London studio.

“Based upon” the Classic Panton Chair (sorry for the pun)


Plum Blossom Cabinet from the Form Collection


Table from the Planes Collection


Cracked Cube


Bespoke Wall Treatment


Bespoke Doors for an Apartment in Rome

Click Here to Learn More:  Based Upon




Design Trend: Global Influence

In general, I’d consider myself a modernist…but I have to admit that I love the idea of traditional and global prints as accent pieces to add something unexpected and unique.

It’s no wonder this is a trend for 2011.  The patterns tend to be nostalgic bringing a sense of comfort and a relaxed quality.  The deep colors from natural dyes…the imperfect perfection of hand crafting.. and the fact that you could have something that’s one of a kind…bring it on!

(via Home Shopping Spy)


Anthropologie is featuring global collections in home and fashion.


Ikat mini bowls from Anthropologie




This bedroom scene from Wisteria blends a French Country Headboard,  a Suzani bolster pillow and a Moorish side table.



Above:  Pillows from John Robshaw – an updated spin on the exotic and handmade that’s sophisticated and still authentic.


Robshaw’s Aqua Rali Blanket  – Vintage blankets from around the world.


Nico Sari Bench from Global Home NY.


Beni Ourain Moroccan Rugs (via Elle Decor)



(via Femita)



Roost Kilim Pouf from Velocity  Art and Design


Chinese Console Table from Wisteria


Casamidy – Ixelles Bench



Suzani throw from Jayson Home and Garden



From Apartment Therapy –  what’s old is new…by snatching up old suzani fabric and repurposing it into upholstery.



And…more suzani…

This image from Design Manifest


Roost Kikar Lamp from Velocity Art and Design


Kara Mann…the master of mixing modern and global pieces to create spaces that are inspired and edgy.


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Designing with Steel

Having just recently specified Hot Rolled Steel for a restaurant project …I found myself curious about other ways that steel is being used as a finish material.  So, I did what I do best…and scoured the internet for information and images…  Here are a few things I discovered:

Hot Rolled Steel:

  • Hot rolled steel is formed to shape while it is red-hot then allowed to cool. Since red-hot steel shrinks as it cools, the final product is not perfectly uniform. The surface of the metal is slightly rough and the thickness may vary a few thousandths of an inch; as a result, metal work which is structural only is commonly done with hot-rolled steel.Cold Rolled:
  • Cold rolled steel is made by passing cold steel material through heavy rollers which compress the metal to it’s final shape and dimension. The result is a very uniform, smooth surfaced product. Cold rolled steel is suited for steel products such as railings or machinery which will be painted .
  • Five Twenty Two Industries – out of Oakland California:  They specialize in Architectural Steel and furniture as well as Structural work and can work with Stainless Aluminum mild steel and bronze.

    Hot Rolled Steel Fireplace Surround

    Tiburon Handrail Bracket in Hot Rolled Steel

    Modernist Countertop

    Hot Rolled Steel CountertopsOriginally Posted in the NYT in October -this modernist house features Hot Rolled Counters and Shelf Lumber for an economic yet chic kitchen. Decorative Metal Arts out of Seattle is a custom metal fabrication shop creating custom furniture and architectural metalwork for residences and businesses.Hot Rolled Conference Table Top

    Media Cabinet

    Hot Rolled Steel Media Center

    Detail of Media Center

    Flux Design out of Portland Oregon

    Library Shelving

    The sides are clad with hot-rolled steel plate and all the vertical seams were fully welded and ground to a clean, crisp edge.




    I ran across this cool steel stair when browsing a website called archinspire.com




    From Unica Home – The Henry table which is a dark stained oak top with blackened steel base.


    And of course, the most beautiful steel windows and doors…Hope’s Steel Window and Doors

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    Learning the Ropes: Designing with Rope

    Typically, rope in interior design suggests a nautical style or a cottage in Nantucket…but…rope is now emerging as one of the chicest materials in interior design.

    Of course, the master of transforming rope and jute into the most amazing works of art is Christian Astuguevieille.  Here are a few of his wonderful pieces…

    Rope Commode – available at Holly Hunt



    Astuguevieille Mirror for Couture Lab


    Rope Room Divider – originally posted in Remodelista

    Wood ceiling beams at Zengo New York  are suspended with heavy rope.

    Zengo NYC


    Mirror with Black Rope – Peter Marigold


    Rope Mirror from Restoration Hardware


    Rope Chandelier from Anthropologie


    Rope Bannister – originally posted by Remodelista


    Avido Restaurant – originally posted at Simon Food Favourites


    Pendant light fixture from Ikea

    Drapery tie back from Restoration Hardware


    This is actually a DIY shelf idea…




    Refined + Classy = Plaid? YEP!

    Turns out…that for 2011, plaid is the new black.

    Style.com - Menswear Shows in Paris, Milan, Florence

    Style.com - Menswear Shows in Paris, Milan, Florence

    Flor  – Tartan Floor Tile


    Matteo Home – Plaid Shams


    Bedding at Ace Hotel


    Ace Hotel – NYC


    Knoll Saaranin Chairs in Tartan Plaid


    Elle Decor


    Herman Miller Eames in Plaid


    Retro Plaid Sheets from West Elm

    Designed by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son


    And…Rockmount Ranch Wear / Flannel Plaid Sheets from PB Teen









    Shower Curtain from PB Teen


    Vintage Tartan Bookplates – could be traditional OR modern!  from CSM Art & Frame


    The New School – Hip Classroom Chairs

    The Crack Series Chair from  Concepta


    The Wing Chair from Design House Stockholm


    The Beetle Chair from Drill Design


    The Parker kids chair from Land of Nod…cute!!


    Vintage 1940’s Schoolhouse / Classroom Chairs in Birch and Steel.  As seen on Factory 20.


    The School Chair from Gus Modern


    Restoration Hardware Baby & Child



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