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Campaigning

Starting a few years ago, I became a total freak for campaign furniture.  If you aren't in the loop, campaign furniture is a style which evolved as a way of making high quality furniture portable, so that it could be taken to war or on a African safari or on some other fabulous journey.  

You can recognize campaign furniture because it typically incorporates design elements such as hinges for making the piece more compact, brass bumpers and other protective hardware, and drawer pulls that are flush with the surface.  

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on  The Buzz On Antiques

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on The Buzz On Antiques

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

A year ago, it was time for me to man up and buy an adult couch.  I was set on a brown leather chesterfield (what's not to like) , but then I stumbled on this campaign sofa at Danish Modern Noho.  It's as if it had been lying in wait for me.  I walked into the store and it jumped up and bit.  My life peaked that day.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Well, this whole post came about because I was so pleased to spot a campaign chest in Anjelica Huston's Broadway-Producer office on the show Smash.  I give it a standing O.

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Warming up to open cabinets

Smash - Season 1, Episode 9

Smash - Season 1, Episode 9

This kitchen is in a struggling-bohemian-bro-pad on the television show Smash.  Even though it is a curated wreck, I still find is charming.  I think the reasons it pulls it off, even though it is a houseware bramble, is the lack of branded logos (because showing that on tv is a nightmare).

I always thought that the only way open cabinets could work is if they were functionally useless or if the kitchen owner was a neat-freak.  Drew Barymore's Flower Films kitchen is an example of the neat-freak scenario.   It's immaculate and everything has a little basket or bin.  Bla bla bla yes I know that this picture is styled.

Kitchen at Flower Films

Kitchen at Flower Films

Even though these thee kitchens are more colorful, they are just as styled.  I am a pretty Type-A about kitchen disorganization, so I think I could live like this, but be honest with yourself.  Could you keep this up?  Could you make anything other than cereal and milk in these kitchens?  

But then I found this image on Southern Living , and it made me feel like real people could have open cabinets and they be both functional and lovely to behold.  True, they are still keeping their logos to a minimum, and this room is clearly styled, but it gives me hope.  

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The windows are a Smash!

Smash - Season 2, Episode 8

Smash - Season 2, Episode 8

I le-le-le-love this wall of windows from the TV show Smash.  The set is supposed to be an Off-Broadway-No-Money-Theater-Office.  It looks trendy, gritty, and masculine.  It gives the set dimension and depth.  It's a cool counterpart to the slick Wall-Street-Wealth-Wall-Of-Glass offices, that we are all familiar with.

The concept is so easily femmed up with more decorative or stained glass windows.  I have also seen it where the windows are not secured together in a wall, but connected on hooks and chains.  This makes the wall more porous.  It becomes less of a wall and more of a room divider.  I stumbled on one in a trendy artists loft that was used to separate the kitchen from the living space.   

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When I started writing, I was focused on talking about vintage, re-purposed windows, but then I found this post on Susty Life, and it opened me up to thinking about windows as room dividers in general.  I just had to share with you these images because they are to die for.  

Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa. Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain

Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa. Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain

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