home accessories

Scouted! Getting Handsy

It’s not like I set out to be a collector of sculptures and household whatnots in the shape of hands… it’s just that they always seem to beckon! I have a few spread around the house, and here was a bunch I had accumulated for “future projects” (that I of course could not part with) and finally made a little vignette out of in my bedroom.

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The big one is my favorite – a vintage mold from a rubber glove factory that I found in Healdsburg on a weekend trip to Sonoma a couple of years ago. (Nothing like prowling an antiques store after a couple of glasses of wine!)

This week we installed two sets of brass curtain tie-backs in a kids’ room for some fun clients, and they add such magic to the room! This is all I can reveal of that project for now…

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….but I am happy to share resources for some of the best handy home accessories I have come across lately for giving a room some life.37781564_025_b

Anthropologie Handheld Tieback // $48

 

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Shades of Light Need a Hand Wall Sconce // $89

 

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Kelly Wearstler Saints Hand in Burnished Bronze // $225

 

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hodihomedecor Hand Hooks (Set of 2) // $56

 

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Areaway Reality Hand Hooks (Set of 3) // from $225

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Show Me 3 // Leaning Blanket Ladders

The stylist in me loves a leaning blanket ladder! Where most pieces in a room are usually only 18-30″ high, here’s a tall piece that can add a bit of vertical interest to a space.  I like one as a towel-rack in a bathroom or pool-house, a place to hang pretty scarves and textiles in a bedroom, or a spot for a cozy display of textured blankets in a living room.
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The trick to styling a blanket ladder is that less is more. And unless you like looking like a doctor’s office, leave off the magazines!
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HIGH // Teak Ladder // Jayson Home // $450img26o

MID // Found Rustic Wood Ladder // Pottery Barn // $250

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LOW // Wood Ladder Decor // World Market // $60

A leaning blanket ladder can skew modern or rustic depending on the material used and the sleekness of its construction. It isn’t my style to jump on every design trend that comes along, but when a statement piece such as this can be found for $50 (or a DIY version can be thrown together for even less), I am happy to lean in!

Design Inspirers // QuiltCon West

Though I have never quilted anything, in the last few years I have often admired quilts as spectacular pieces of art. Alissa Haight Carlton is a fabulously creative lady I know, and she’s the one who told me about The Modern Quilt Guild. It’s a huge organization, and among its members are some seriously talented artists who are passionate about this medium. Alissa is the MQG’s executive director, and they mounted QuiltCon West 16 in Pasadena last month. Along I went for some general visual inspiration, and I was not disappointed.

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Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Not your grandma’s quilt, right?  I am so inspired to put some of these kinds of modern quilts into some fresh interior spaces.

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Let’s Connect by Christopher Thompson

When I think of elements you would find in my favorite kind of interior designs, I think of engaging art…interesting fabrics…tactility…warmth…pattern…geometry – all things that are inherently a part of many a modern quilt! 

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Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer

I would love to design a quilt for a project – as a wall-hanging, or something to cover a bed. Given my enduring obsession with textiles, I imagine that choosing the colors and prints of the fabrics and arranging them into a pattern would just be a slice of heaven.

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The Big Swirl  by Betsy Vinegrad

My all-around crafts-iest friend is Scott, and he has actually been part of a quilting circle for years. He made a very fine QuiltCon companion, and I think we have found a new tradition.  Scott is a big fan of Hillz, so this was obviously his favorite.
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Something I did not expect to find at QuiltCon (although it totally makes sense) was the most glorious array of cotton fabrics I have ever seen in one place.

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So many of them spoke to me, and I had to completely restrain myself from snapping up bolts of the stuff for pillows. (As a matter of fact, now that I look at these pictures, I’m having a lot of remorse about that restraint!)

How sweet would all these pink prints be in a soft nursery? The mama cats carrying their kittens in their mouths is everything.

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Another fantastic find at QuiltCon West was the work of Aussie textile design goddess, Kim Andersson. Check out her website to see all the wonderful prints she has designed.

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I wish I knew where to buy these Good Hair Day pillows readymade!  At least you can find the fabrics and the patterns to quilt them yourself on Anderrson’s site.

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Speaking of hair, I did buy just a few yards of some gorgeous textiles at QuiltCon. I had them made into pillows immediately.

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The indigo print can work in so many styles, and how about these ladies for some special design magic?

Show Me 3 // Shaggy Stools

HARK!! It’s a room, calling out for a fuzzy little perch.

How can you not smile when you see one of these sheepskin-covered stools? A shot of texture and a dash of whimsy that can be moved anywhere in a house where an extra seat is needed. These three can skew earthy or glamorous, depending on your design.

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HIGH // Bianca Stool // Overstock // $640

 

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MID // Mongolian Lamb Stool // West Elm // $400

 

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LOW // Natural Flokati Stool // World Market // $80

I like to imagine a pair of these stools under a lucite console table for a textural contrast…or a single one sitting beside a free-standing bath-tub.

Show Me Three // Wishbone Chairs

Portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming-style chairs inspired mid-century furniture designer Hans Wegner in his design of the iconic Wishbone chair. This is why faithfully crafted or inexpensively knocked off, this style works to give a room a combination of Scandinavian minimalism and exotic flair. The bentwood form is sculptural, and the rush-seat offers an interesting textural contrast.

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HIGH // Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair // Danish Design Store // $1,000

 

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MID // CH24 Wishbone Chair  // Hive Modern // $600

 

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LOW // Baxton Studio Wood Dining Chair // Overstock // $170

A Wishbone could be a dining chair or an occasional chair, and although I’m showing you wood tones here, colorful versions abound. A set of Wishbone-style bar stools in a white painted finish is at the top of my wishlist this Christmas!

 

 

 

Scouted! // Floor Lamps at Target

I’m at Target frequently out of household necessity, so naturally, I scout the furniture and accessories each time. Over the past 5 years or so, it has gotten better and better. This season, they are particularly nailing it with the floor lamp offerings. I’m seeing the kinds of modern classic styles I have been pinning for years, at a crazy low price point.

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1.// Threshold Seeded Glass Industrial Floor Lamp $89.99

crosbyschoolhouse2.// Threshold Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp – Black $49.99

adjustablependant3.// Threshold Adjustable Drop Pendant Floor Lamp – Ebony $89.99

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4.// Threshold Tripod Floor Lamp – Antique Brass $79.99

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5.// Threshold Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp $79.99

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6.// Threshold Globe Arc Floor Lamp – Antique Brass $129.99

So many rooms out there are hurting for light, or at least a tall piece with a bit of presence. These are my picks for solid styles at a super-reasonable price.

Recently Completed // Woodland Nursery Preview

Nurseries for friends instantly get “pet project” status with me!  Whether this baby would be a boy or a girl was to be a complete surprise, so every choice had to be loosely gender-neutral. We also had to incorporate a dark wood crib and dresser, handed down from two older siblings, and make them feel fresh – and maybe a bit softer. As I shared concept ideas from all over the map, the already glowing mama lit up over this gorgeous Sleeping Fox rug from Anthropologie. I love the tone it set: playful, yet soothing – with lots of nuanced color for us to riff on elsewhere in the design.

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1. Multi Dots Bin // Petit Pehr 2. Alice in Wonderland Print // Etsy 3. Velveteen Rabbit Print // Etsy 4. Harry Potter “Always” Watercolor Print // Etsy 5. Where the Wild Things Are Print // Etsy 6. Moravian Star Pendant // ATG Stores 7. Silent Fox Rug // Anthropologie 8. Garland // Land of Nod 9. Laura Frisk Woodland Creatures Pillows // Etsy 10. Tanga Toggle Knob // Anthropologie

We picked a warm white for the walls (Ralph Lauren Paint’s Tibetan Jasmine) as a quiet neutral backdrop for colorful focal points. Craftsman Greg Mauro built custom library display shelves for the walls, which we painted in a gradient of Ralph Lauren greens. I am looking forward to posting a picture when the project is professionally shot. In the meantime, here are the paint chips. These are good woodsy, leafy greens.FullSizeRender (2)

Personal touches are really what make a nursery design special, and I love finding out about what is meaningful to my clients. The art we sourced from Etsy was based on the family’s favorite children’s books. You just can’t go wrong with Alice riding a flamingo!

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New hardware elevated the old dresser, and broke up the heaviness of the piece with a contrasting white. Some fun felt garland strung over the crib brought the exuberance. And World Market had this adorable set of owl hooks for $14. Whoot!

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A beautiful set of hand-made wood-block print pillows by artist Laura Frisk was the finishing touch, and another affordable custom element. I got to pick the colors for each creature, so everything is cohesive with the rug.

IMG_2732 And how cute is this? It was a lovely touch, included with the pillows by Laura Frisk. I love supporting talented artist-entrepreneurs!
FullSizeRender (4)A little cherub now dwells in this woodland wonderland nursery. It’s a girl – with an adorably gender-neutral name! I think this spirited but sweet design suits her very well.

Thanks to her mama for allowing me to share the details!

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Scouted! // Kelly Wearstler

Oh yes, I love me some Kelly Wearstler! It’s not so much the designer’s maximalist design aesthetic that inspires me as it is her creativity and personal style.

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She strikes me as one of those people whose eyes are always open, whose mind is always churning, and who lets the fearless ideas flow.

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Browsing through the Kelly Wearstler store in West Hollywood the other day, I got to scratch my itch for geometry, the human form and luxurious materials in design. These are my favorite home accessories from her online store.leg throw

Classic Legs Luxe Throw – these soft alpaca wool throws are better in person.

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Marble Trapezoid

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