Double Jointed Faucet

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At the Architectural Digest Home Show

I’m working on a few kitchens at the moment, and this faucet from Brizo caught my eye. The cantilevered arm swings vertically and horizontally, with the black hose-like fixture moving just about any way you can imagine, both within and unhinged from the arm. For all its flexibility it looks light and stylish, a true form follows function design. Let’s see if my clients will agree.

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What is an Aeropod?

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At the Architectural Digest Home Show

Dean Jackson is an artist who works in wood. His latest project is a series of 49 sculptures that are inspired by classic cars. They can function as a humidor for fine cigars or a cabinet for your favorite liquors. One is designed to house a watch collection (with built in mechanism to keep the watches wound). Whatever their use, they are peerless examples of the woodworker’s art, and no two are the same. The video describes how the project came to be and how these gorgeous pieces, which he calls aeropods, are produced.

 

 

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Midcentury Italian Retro Style

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At the Arch Digest Home Show

The 1950s return in all their retro glory in SMEG’s delightful collection of kitchen appliances. The bright colors, rounded “space age” shapes and bright chrome accents bring back a simpler time, all with unmistakable Italian flair. Perfect for a client with the right sense of fun.

 

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Where There’s No Smoke, There’s Fire

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At the Architectural Digest Home Show

Hearth Cabinet fireplaces produce no smoke, need no chimney, no flue, no gas line and no electricity, so they can be used virtually anywhere. They feature an alcohol based fuel gel system that is safe, clean burning, and produces a lively, dancing flame. This past winter, despite the cold, we didn’t use our fireplace much, mostly due to the effort involved. This fireplace never gets dirty, never needs to be cleaned, and turns on at the touch of a button. Plus, you save the trees!

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The Furniture Bible

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At the Architectural Digest Home Show

The subtitle of this book, “Everything You Need to Know To Identify, Restore and Care for Furniture” says it all. When I got home from the show I couldn’t put it down. As a certified antique furniture maven, I still learned a lot from the detail and depth of information The Furniture Bible contains. While I have no desire to take on the work of my upholsterers and refinishers, I now have a much greater awareness of the skills and knowledge necessary. And I’ve developed a keener ability to judge what I should or shouldn’t buy, and how what I buy should be restored and cared for. At the same booth I also purchased a furniture care kit, with oils and wax for treating wood and leather, to aid me in my quest for furniture perfection.

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Fixer Upper

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Found this captivating diamond in the rough at a favorite local antique store. Where some might see a hopelessly dilapidated relic, I see an American Empire settee from the 1850s that I can transform into an elegant addition to the right entryway or living room. My restorer will bring out all the beauty in the detailed wood carving. I’ll add a sleek, contemporary fabric to create an engaging counterpoint to the traditional frame, and the result will be a unique piece of furniture with a sense of history and style. It may need a little work, but the result will be spectacular.

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From Toddlers to Tween and Teen

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In the years since I finished their home, my client’s two toddlers have grown to be a teen and a tween. We recently redesigned both rooms to reflect this change. The top two photos feature before and after looks at the tween’s room.

There are design cues looking forward and back, the profusion of stuffed animals illustrating the playfulness of childhood, while the simpler, cleaner, more stylish elements look forward to the teen years. She loves lavender, as her bedding and flooring testify, but her favorite new piece is the faux fur covered swivel chair, from which she can twirl around to survey her new domain. The added custom cabinets provide a desk surface, as well as shelves and drawers that will house the inevitable adornments of a growing girl’s life. Right now you can just make out her large collection of tennis trophies.

The next two photos show the before and after of the (early) teen’s room. She was emphatic about the choice of bedding, and her desire for a mannequin. I put together a bright, buoyant space, with plenty of storage and room to study. The faux skin, blue-dotted wallpaper and soft, thick carpet create the sense of a personal, comfy hideaway. And I love the cool mannequin standing at fashionable attention.

Both girls are a joy to work with. It will be fun to watch them grow into their new bedrooms, to see how the rooms evolve as they do. Right now the designs are a delightful mix of the whimsical and the practical, as these charming girls navigate the tween and teen years ahead.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel?

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As I suffer through another cold, snowy winter, I came across a website featuring a new product that, if it can deliver on its promises, might make the dark days of winter much more pleasant. Using some kind of high-tech system involving nanotechnology, a faux skylight is installed that produces the illusion of a warm, sunny day, complete with sunlight and shadows on the walls and floors. You can choose three different intensities, Tropical, Mediterranean and Nordic, each with the sun at a different angle and the light with a different intensity. The photos are convincing. I’m doing several lower levels at the moment, and I’ll find out more to relay to my clients. For rooms with minimal windows or no windows at all, a skylight with pure, bright blue light pouring in might make the next blizzard much more livable.

 

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Putting Meat on the (Good) Bones

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Recently I posted about an old sofa I’m thinking of refurbishing. It has good bones. My upholsterer Javier is where I’d go to make it happen. Here we are discussing the skeleton of a chair that also has good bones. We work on furniture with greater or lesser degrees of distress. Often the fabric is simply tired, or perhaps it needs to fit into a new design scheme. Either way, working with Javier is a fulfilling experience, as we decide how to make an old piece of furniture new again.

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A Peek Behind the Curtain

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Last weekend was a kitchen marathon. I produced a mountain of cookies for assorted special occasions, not least my son’s birthday. A special package is now winging it’s way to England with comfort cookies that cure all ills. You can see the tools of the baking trade in the photo—aluminum sheets, mixers, measurers, and ingredients—eggs, flour, sugar, all distributed around the counters and tables in my handily sized kitchen. I also cooked a few roast chickens and assorted vegetables for a lunch on Sunday with old friends. For me, cooking like this is therapeutic. I focus on sights and smells, tastes and textures, working by instinct to create something elegantly delicious. Not too dissimilar to my day job in the interior design studio, though the result is a touch more ephemeral. Here’s what my kitchen looks like in a less frenzied state.

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