We received an email from Doreen that I HAD to share: I love everything mid-century modern and therefore, I thought I would share a recent find with you. I went to a local antique/thrift store last weekend. I had been hoping to find a mid-century modern chair one day here in Columbus, GA. Never thought, I would! My luck was about to change this time! I went in and could not believe that they had a Chromcraft chair for sale that was in good condition. Now comes the best – the price tag! It was priced for $38 and I ended up getting it for $30!!! Can you believe it! As soon as I bought it, I went home and cleaned up the whole chair and polished the chrome base. Even though I kind of liked the retro cushion cover it came with – it was dirty and it did not really fit in with my decor. Therefore, I re-upholstered it with a black and white fabric that I had gotten from IKEA. I took before and after pictures that I am going to attach to this mail. I paired the chair with another recent find. The white chair I bought new and I love the look of both chairs together. The two black and white pictures you see on the wall behind the chairs are old Abercrombie & Fitch boards and I just made the frames myself.
She did such an amazing job on the chair, and her vignette is fantastic! Love the huge framed ads and the frames are perfect. Kudos to you Doreen!!
We also received an email from Jen who is looking for some advice on her living room: I am hoping you and your readers can inspire me. I am having a mental block regarding what colors to interject in the attached room (paint/trim, window coverings, accessories). I have searched through endless blogs, magazines, etc, and I am having a real hard time. We are keeping the furniture (minus the speakers/lamp/entertainment center). We are adding in the loop media center/file hutch from crate and barrel. Our style is organic modern and we want this room to feel warm and cozy.
For more information check this post she published on her blog. She has removed the wallpaper (YAY!) and is thinking about bright white trim, dark warm gray below the chair rail, and light warm gray above the chair rail. I was thinking more brown tones as opposed to grey (and I always lean towards grey) because of the fireplace colour, but if the carpet is grey, then I would go with a grey with alot of brown in it (and I’m seeing orange accents, mixed with maybe some acid green). I would keep the colour below the chair rail only slightly darker than above, because it just emphasizes the narrowness of the space. It sounds like Jen is putting her new entertainment stand where the existing one is, which I’m not loving. I would put it to the left of the fireplace, and maybe have the couch to the left of it facing the far window, and chair in front of the patio doors, angled towards the couch. Narrow rooms are very tough to organize as I know very well having lived in a couple narrow houses. So if anyone has any suggestions please leave a comment for Jen!
Sarah Cihat, ceramist and home designer in Brooklyn, NY emailed us the following:
“I wanted to pass along the work of my sister, Suzanna Ivey. She is an interior designer in my home state of Tennessee. One of her photographer friends took some images of her latest work and I wanted to send it along for consideration. I’m very proud of her and love that we both are creative women from the same family working in the home design field.”
Now how sweet is that? I was more than happy to plug Suzanna’s work on Sarah’s behalf. They are both very talented women (Sarah’s Rehabilitated Dishware line rocks!). While the home below is a bit more traditional than I tend to gravitate towards, there are so many elements to note, like the green walls in the first photo (my boyfriend and my twin sister have both used a similar shade in their homes), the beautiful window treatments throughout and WOW, that glamourous bedroom (LOVE). Thanks Sarah, and Suzanna! (These gorgeous photos were taken by Sarah Dobbins – check out her site, and her blog).
Over a year ago artist, stylist and designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design emailed us with some photos of her home that her and her husband were renovating. We were happy to post them, and to my delight, she emailed photos yesterday of the completed renovation! To quote ABCD: “now that the renovation is complete, we are moving on to a new project”. HUH??? When you see the photos below of this phenomenal NYC apartment, you too will be asking how she could possibly leave this. There’s nothing I don’t love about her home. It’s an eclectic mix of styles that works so well together, bold use of colour throughout that stands out against the white walls, the dramatic artwork, those to-die-for hardwood floors, and don’t get me started on that kitchen and bathroom (I’m pretty sure I had a dream recently about that exact bathroom). Thanks for sharing these with us ABCD!
This is the great room (*sigh*…a great room would be really great) where ABCD works, and she and her husband Scott live in the back section.
I love her home so much that I wanted to include more photos that she took over the holidays that show other angles of the spaces. Just more eye candy. DELISH.
More photos from Lena Hyde featuring her beautiful home. You’ll find Lena’s details in the post below. Double sigh. Stylish home and great photographer to boot. Oh and mother and wife and she has that wonderful daybed (above) as her sitting area in her master bedroom….
It’s official. I’m jealous. Lena Hyde sent us photos of her home, gorgeous photos of her gorgeous home. So many beautiful images that I hope you don’t mind if I do two posts on Lena. Before we all die of feelings of inadequacy I must point out that Lena is an extremely talented photographer who captures children in all their joy and beauty. She blogs (you’ll find the link on her website) and is also the force behind Design Aglow, an online resource for information and products directed at professional wedding and portrait photographers. Love how Lena uses photography in her home! (Don’t forget to click on the images to see them in their glory.)