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.
Remember these epic doors from my Gotcha Copper post?
I'm all about brass. I can't get enough of brass. Brass brass brass brass brass BRASS! But I have to admit, I want all of these copper pieces (even if they would clash with all my brass).
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!
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
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.
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.
My sister just emailed me a link to a website for bespoke glam furniture. Jimmie Martin makes furniture that is more theatrical than my taste, but there are moments of genius. I love how he breaks up the image of the dogs.
After sifting through the images on the website, I found a few stand outs:
But some of the stuff is a waking nightmare!
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:
Check out these necklaces from Brevity. I think they are fantastic. I feel confident that I could give this as a gift to anyone who likes nice things (provided I have their signature).
Supposedly you just send them the signature, and then voila!
I saw a post about porcelain paint pens on Apartment Therapy, and this line caught my eye:
"Your toilet should be really excited, or very, very afraid."
If you see these pens used on anything other than tableware, let me know.
Need I say more?
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?
But the strangest thing of all is this massive (overpriced) LARPing tent, that is moments from being swept out to sea.
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.
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.
Or do something crazy:
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.
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:
There are infinite pictures of these chairs looking good:
They look amazing:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 1333 - Has 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.
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
...for this chess set.