Shopping for a console table is sometimes a little boring, they can be pretty basic… most having four legs and a top and not much more. Looking for something a little more exciting is my specialty and you’re in luck because a few local gems have broken through the four legged fog and grabbed my attention lately. Of course I’ll share them with you, cause I’m nice like that.
Monarch $899. This bad boy is hand carved and the front is actually four drawers. Beautiful and practical.
Urban Barn $599 This fella is made from reclaimed teak salvaged from plantation properties in India. Ethical and Exotic
Winners $799. This guy’s a master of storage and organization and looks good doing it!
Another Design interpretation/inspiration from a song and music video that I can’t stop loving. Check out this look it’s kinda creepy/sexy. Pop me an email if you want shop details for any of the items.
Did you know that Chintz & Co have a virtual attic full of treasures and fabrics just waiting for you! I make a trip to the Victoria store a couple times a month to visit my favourite chair and to fall in love with new things…. but I just recently spotted the “Attic” on their website where they feature reduced furniture and accessories. How did I not know about this?? Pic is the link as usual
Not to be outdone, the fabric department also has a sale page where I picked up a few metres of this last weekend for an insane price!
When discussing design choices with clients I often encounter confusion between the styles of furniture they are looking for. Most of the misconceptions centre around contemporary vs modern furniture styles so I thought I would highlight a few examples of the various styles that are likely to stay with you as you shop and discuss furnishings amongst yourselves Photos via
First, good old Traditional. Traditional does not have to be old looking, it needs to have the refinement and traditional lines that make it a classic. These upholstered chairs are great examples of traditional style. They are Traditional due to the overall traditional lines, rounded arms, ornate feet, button tufting and nail head details but could be at home in both traditional and contemporary interiors depending on the upholstery choices. Remember – it’s the lines and the details – not the fabric.
Next, let’s look at Modern. “Modern” is generally used in design circles to represent pieces and style from the 1950′s and 60′s AKA mid-century. Modern pieces are defined by their stylistic properties such as an organic design, use of unusual materials and generally the ability to mass produce. These examples below are modern due to the spare ergonomic design and combination of materials (bent wood and leather) used to create maximum comfort with the smallest possible footprint in your room. Modern pieces are classics today because they have enduring timeless qualities that remain relevant. Not every design from this period is a classic…if you accumulate the wrong modern pieces you drift into retro territory which is another post.
Finally, I look at Contemporary style furniture as the furniture that is being mass produced today. Generally the best styles are clean and sophisticated and tend to incorporate elements of both traditional and modern design…. although there is a large portion of contemporary furniture that is really REALLY BAD…so beware. These contemporary pieces combine casual over-sized comfort that is popular today with traditional styling in the chair and a half, while the more sophisticated arm chair blends traditional legs and nail head details with a slick sweeping arm detail. Keep in mind (as with traditional and modern) that the cream of the contemporary crop of today will endure so choose wisely and you will have a piece you can live with for a long time.
Some people are afraid of colour, but if I had to pinpoint a design scheme I shy away from…it is white. It may be my big lovable (and sometimes dirty) dog or my penchant for eating grape Popsicles in bed but I’ve never had white jeans (well except that brief stint after seeing Dirty Dancing in the eighties) and I’ve never had a white couch or bedspread either. Don’t get me wrong, the clean crisp feeling white emotes is very desirable, I guess I just know my limits This amazing beach house by Ascher Davis Architects has done white right. So bright, casual and inviting. Each room is punctuated by a bold hit of colour or black and the overall effect is that the house feels like summer! Now if only Summer would arrive on the west coast! photos from elle decor
I know I know, I’m a little obsessed with Million Dollar Decorators, but it’s been a slow couple months and I need entertainment! I’m not so interested in Mary McDonald’s work, but I’ve decided I want to be friends with Nathan Turner so he can decorate my *fantasy* simple yet elegant Spanish style beach mansion… Check out some pics below of the house he did for his friend Melissa. This is apparently how you live if you are an L.A. Divorcee. Good to know! (Photos via Bravo)
I was caught in a downpour last night in the inner harbour. It was especially annoying because I had taken the time to blow out my hair straight..grrr. maybe I should have had this lamp from Only Human with me? Looks like an essential west coast home decor accessory!
Would you like some wine, cheese and bread? Check out my latest acquisition…a fab serving platter/chopping block with a natural edge. The warm colour of the wood and the organic shape make it the perfect accessory for my slightly retro right angled kitchen.
Next Stop Charelli’s on Foul Bay Rd for some amazing local cheese and serrano ham (pic is link to their amazing shop)
Don’t forget some bread from Fol Epi at 398 Harbour Road in Victoria (no website, you just have to go!)
And of course a little wine! In fact, last week I had a wine consultation from a sommelier friend of mine, so I have some exciting white wines chilling that I’ve never tried before!