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Anthropologie Curtains

About A Boy: Season 1, Episode 10 - Single mother's hippy-ish townhouse. 

About A Boy: Season 1, Episode 10 - Single mother's hippy-ish townhouse. 

I have been looking for curtains a lot lately, and Anthropologie does an outstanding job.  They make curtains that are textured, livable, and rich.  But they are soooooo expensive.

Marrakesh Curtains  - $108-$169 per panel

Marrakesh Curtains - $108-$169 per panel

Fringed Toulon Curtains  - $88 to $149 per panel

Fringed Toulon Curtains - $88 to $149 per panel

Striped Linen Curtains  - $148 0 $208 per panel

Striped Linen Curtains - $148 0 $208 per panel

Appliqued Lace Curtains  - $188 to $248     ARE THESE JUST FOR MILLIONAIRES!

Appliqued Lace Curtains - $188 to $248

 

ARE THESE JUST FOR MILLIONAIRES!

Perfect for a forest glade

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Something about this sofa makes me happy, and I am normally not into contemporary furniture.  It has tasteful whimsy.  

It's called the Borghese Sofa and costs $5175.  WOWZAH!

The text on the website is fantastically pompous:

"The stone pines of the Villa Borghèse in Roma serve as the guiding aesthetic for this light sofa by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for fellow French design house La Chance.  It's no wonder that Noé started out as a sculptor. His work embraces the ideals of "niwa," the bijoux garden at the heart of a traditional Japanese home."

Ha!  So heavy handed.  I love it!

Hello Neighbor

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I had no idea that the furniture maker, whyrHymer, was just around the corner from me (figuratively).  They make beds/chairs/tables/etc, but it's their lighting that really stands out.  Each piece is more lovely than the next.  

The table lamp with the brass rods has my name all over it.  Maybe I should go into the shop and just write my name on the bottom of it to make sure that they hold onto it for me until I'm ready to spend $625

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Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Is a journal a good gift?

A while back I stumbled onto Book Journals, a company that makes lovely journals out of old books.  I have been itching to buy  one as a gift, but for the life of me I can't think of anyone who would really use one.  

All the books are spiral bounds with blank pages (and a few of the book's actual pages) between the front and back cover.  All the books are under $20. And they are all unique! Just look at how lovely they are: 

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Unexpected Anthropologie

When did Anthropologie.com become such a great source for interesting furniture?  There are so many unexpected and outlandish pieces.  Can you believe that this is a chain store with a branch in your local mall?

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 $698

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But the strangest thing of all is this massive (overpriced) LARPing tent, that is moments from being swept out to sea.

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Chalky White's Chesterfields

Boardwalk Empire lost me half way through season three, but due to their recent Art Direction Emmy win, and the death of some tedious characters, I decided to give season four a go.  

Good decision.  The first episode has scenes in the upstairs offices of Chalky White's club, and he is a fan of chesterfield sofas.

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I have wanted a classic brown leather chesterfield for some time.  This sofa has perplexing duality.  It seems very formal, but invites you to sit down and relax.  It is used in the most masculine spaces, but has feminine curves.

When I think retail, my mind goes right to  Restoration Hardware, but you have to pay top dollar for that type of perfection.  The sofa to the right is about $3000, and you can't find something comparable for much cheaper (please let me know if you do).

If you are into the style, but willing to compromise, you can find less expensive options in fabric....but not cheap.  

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Or do something crazy:

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

IKEA throws a curve-ball

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Just when I thought IKEA had been relegated to starter apartments, they bust out this beauty.  It's the their Stockholm Sofa in green velvet for $999.  Everything about this sofa is current (other than the legs...maybe).  The velvet is fantastic.  The color is perfectly unexpected.  The shape and side pillows look awesome, and comfortable. 

I can't believe I'm saying this, but.....I want and IKEA sofa. 

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I can't get enough of Susanin's

A while back I wrote about my favorite auction house, Susanin's, in Chicago.  They have fantastic things in each sale and they are really reasonably priced.......but not if you include shipping to LA.  I should probably resist perusing their auction catalogs, but I can't!  Here are my top picks in the current sale: 

$50/$100 - PAIR OF GESSO AND GILTWOOD WING FORM SCONCES. With plug or wire mounting application 36" x 13"   The lamp I will see again, but that lamp shade is one in a million.     

$50/$100 - PAIR OF GESSO AND GILTWOOD WING FORM SCONCES. With plug or wire mounting application 36" x 13"

The lamp I will see again, but that lamp shade is one in a million. 

 

 $200/$300 - PAIR OF GESSO AND GILTWOOD WING FORM SCONCES. With plug or wire mounting application 36" x 13"    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!  THESE ARE BANANAS!  THEY ARE MUST HAVES!   

 $200/$300 - PAIR OF GESSO AND GILTWOOD WING FORM SCONCES. With plug or wire mounting application 36" x 13"

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!  THESE ARE BANANAS!  THEY ARE MUST HAVES! 

 $200/$300 - KILIM CARPET. 17'3" x 9"10"    If only I had a room that could fit this beast.   

 $200/$300 - KILIM CARPET. 17'3" x 9"10"

If only I had a room that could fit this beast. 

$200/$300 - EARLY 19TH CENURY PAINTED MINIATURE PORTRAIT. In an oval gilt frame. Together with two framed painted photographs (frame: 10.5" x 12.5") Frame: 3.5" x 2.75"    When it co   mes to art, I'm normally in the "bigger is better camp", but something about these really grabs me.

$200/$300 - EARLY 19TH CENURY PAINTED MINIATURE PORTRAIT. In an oval gilt frame. Together with two framed painted photographs (frame: 10.5" x 12.5") Frame: 3.5" x 2.75"

When it comes to art, I'm normally in the "bigger is better camp", but something about these really grabs me.

 $100/$200 - ARTIST UNKNOWN (20TH CENTURY) INTERIOR SCENE. Oil on canvas. Unsigned. Frame: 44" x 36". Stretcher bars inscribed 'Koch' Canvas: 36" x 29"       This one was pretty much painted for me.....maybe I should just buy it.  NO!

 $100/$200 - ARTIST UNKNOWN (20TH CENTURY) INTERIOR SCENE. Oil on canvas. Unsigned. Frame: 44" x 36". Stretcher bars inscribed 'Koch' Canvas: 36" x 29"

  This one was pretty much painted for me.....maybe I should just buy it.  NO!

Designer Chairs: A do and a don't

Amazon is an amazing resource for knock-off designer furniture.

For example, you can purchase these Eames Eiffel style chairs for $90 a piece.     Can you believe it?!

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There are infinite pictures of these chairs looking good:

New York Times Magazine via  Feathered Nest

New York Times Magazine via Feathered Nest

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And then there is the Bertoia Chair.   You can purchase the side chair for $90 and the diamond chair for $120.  This is a ludicrous steal for such striking design.  

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They look amazing: 

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Marie Olsson Nylander

Marie Olsson Nylander

via retrospec.co.uk

via retrospec.co.uk

They are even used in the set for the TV show, Suburgatory....sort of.  I know that these are actually Eiffel Wire Chairs.  Think of them as a hybrid of the Bertoia and Eiffel chair.    

Suburgatory

Suburgatory

However, Bertoia chairs are EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE!!!! Oh my gosh I couldn't believe it!   

Maybe the diamond chair is okay because it is more of an accent piece that you would sit back in, but the standard chair is unbearable.  If you need to lean forward to eat or work at a desk it cuts into your thighs and starts to hurt right away.  The pad doesn't do anything to help the situation.  

Therefore, I can't recommend this chair to anyone, no matter how attractive it is.  Please be warned.  

Love affair with a Fiddle Leaf Fig

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I have been coveting Fiddle Leaf Figs since I read about them a year and a half ago on Emily Henderson's blog.  I have just the planter, and just the spot, but I have been doing long stints outside of the country, so it never seems like a good time to bring a new plant into my life.     

The reason fiddle leaf figs have run away with my heart is their scale and irregularity.  They have large stiff asymmetrical leaves and can grow in unexpected ways. They are contemporary sculptures, but alive. 

Emily Henderson's old living room

Emily Henderson's old living room

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Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler 

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Fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata ) is native to western Africa.  It grows in lowland tropical rain forests.  As a houseplant, it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit.  

It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. To qualify for this ludicrous award, it must meet the following criteria.  

  • must be available
  • must be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use
  • must be of good constitution
  • must not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
  • must not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
  • must not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Once I learned about fiddle leaf figs, I started seeing them everywhere: in IKEA, in Home Depot, in people's homes, and in television and film sets.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Long Beach: Amazing of course

As always, the Long Beach Flea Market and local antique malls totally delivered.  We walked away with two rugs, a dining room table, and ten assorted chairs.  Mission accomplished.  

Our best find was a rug dealer who was selling inexpensive kilim rugs.  We ended up purchasing two that I did not photograph, but my favorite was this 6' x 9' pink and blue one, which was under $200.  Hillary and I started to rationalize that maybe we need it buy it for our the nursery of our future little girl.....and then we realized we were crazy.   

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Wondrous Long Beach, CA

Hillary and I love the Long Beach Flea Market.  We don't know why people go bananas for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Long Beach is much less expensive and less stressful.

Hillary and I are planning on heading down there this weekend, so I thought I would let you in on a Long Beach secret.  If you don't find what you want at the flea market, there are many other great places in Long Beach to continue your search.  Make a day of it!

Here are some of of the places on our Long Beach circuit: 

Warehouse 1333Has a great mid-century furniture and smalls.  Ask for a discount and the just might give you one.

Grandma Darling's Antique Mall - Not worth going if you are in a mid-century mood, but if you have a taste for something older, then have a look around.

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Long Beach Antique Mall I & II - These two antique malls are virtually across the street from each other. They are stacked with mid-century finds (which is all anyone from southern California seems to want).  The first one has more soda machines and signs, and the second one has more furniture, but both are worth a pop in.  

Downtown on 4th St there are more antique and furniture stores, but they are pricey, so Hillary and I don't stop by often