Wednesday round up

Wednesday Round Up Guest Post: Folded Furniture

::  Inspiration Photo  from  Angela Chrucziaki Blehm's  living room - an artist just north of Atlanta.

:: Inspiration Photo from Angela Chrucziaki Blehm's living room - an artist just north of Atlanta.

This week we're back with another roundup from Jessica Davis! And today it consists of folded furniture!

 

Two weeks ago we did a round up of tubular furniture which seems to be enjoying some popularity of late.  Something else we have noticed returning from the 70's and 80's is furniture modeled after folded forms. Have you picked up on this lately? It's a great way to add something sculptural but also comfortable to your space. Here is our roundup of some of our favorite folded pieces.

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Wednesday Round Up: Ceramics

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I’m ceramic-obsessed and you should be too. There are so many amazing ceramists at work in just about every major city. This is a round up dedicated specifically to home goods - but I highly recommend you browse each of these ceramicists tableware as well. It’s fantastic! I often wish I had the room in my home for all the dishes that I want to own.

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Wednesday Round Up Guest Post: Tubular Furniture

Concept Image via  Sight Unseen

Concept Image via Sight Unseen

Is it just me or have you been noticing a lot of tubular furniture lately - whether it's something that has a tubular metal frame or something that is upholstered sort of like a pool noodle, or even channel tufting - I am seeing cylindrical shapes everywhere. This week's roundup features some of my favorite tubular seating furniture that will add a bit of funk, flare, and retro vibes to that room you've been having difficulty with by making it pop! With round edges, clean lines, and simple designs, these pieces are sure to make a statement. A couple of these pieces may seem unconventional, but they are sure to add that 'wow' factor to any room, whether it be a dining room, living room, or even a game room. And don't be thrown off by their looks alone. They may seem a bit bold to some, but tubular pieces can fit in to a wide variety of styles, from boho, to eclectic, to mid-century, and even minimal modern.

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Wednesday Round Up Guest Post: Poolside Loungers

Now that we have a pool, I've been in the process of furnishing it. While we had outdoor furniture before, the style doesn't really fit our new mid-century home and we needed some additional pieces, namely pool lounge chairs.  I wanted something with a clean mid-century feel that didn't feel cheap but that ultimately was cheap because I had to purchase four of them and have a lot of other items in my house budget.  I was torn between fabric cushions and mesh. While both are great, in the end we decided on mesh which dries faster and can be hosed down (having dealt with muddy dog paws on our previous outdoor cushions).  I also decided on powder coated aluminum. I love what wood brings to an outdoor space but figured this could be a maintenance nightmare.  Here are some of the options I was considering: 

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Clockwise from top left: West Elm Halden Chaise Lounge :: CB2 Lodi Sun Lounger  ::  Overstock VidaXL Sun Lounger :: West Elm Portside Lounger :: Amazonia Garopaba Lounger :: Christopher Knight Modesta Lounger (this is the one we ended up purchasing)

Stay tuned for my next round up of beach towels to use with our poolside loungers!

#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Counter Height Stools

Jessica Davis here again.

I've been on the hunt for a pair of fun stools for the end of our kitchen island at the #hotlantamidmod.  Luckily for me there are lots of counter height stools out there on the market now.  However, I think a lot of people still get confused about what size stool to buy for a kitchen.  Here are a few guidelines:

A typical chair is about 18" high and it sits at a table that is about 30" high so usually the amount of space you have to tuck your legs under is somewhere around a foot or so (and tables and counters often have a 3-4" apron hanging below).

So a typical kitchen counter is about 36". Using that same math, a counter stool would be about 24-26"  If you buy a 30" stool your legs will be squished under the counter (or won't fit at all)

Similarly bar height is another 6" taller at 42".  So you want a 30" stool here. If you got a counter height stool for an actual bar height counter you would be sitting with your chin on the counter. 

Size aside, I also like stools to be wipeable and lots of times I prefer backless so I can slide into the bar without moving the stool far out from the counter. Here are my faves right now. 

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#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Bedside Sconces

Today Jessica Davis, founder and creative director of Nest Studio, is bringing you a thorough round-up of gorgeous and affordable bedside sconces.


from Griege Design

from Griege Design

Recently I've spent a lot of time looking at bedside sconces for our master bedroom and also for the kids' rooms. I really love a sconce at the bed. It offers directional lighting so one person can sleep while the other reads and it keeps our nightstand surface uncluttered which is key if you have a small nightstand.  Here are a few of my favorite bedside sconces right now (so many great affordable options).

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#Wednesday Round-Up: Memphis Inspired Interiors

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

If you are child of the 90’s like I am, you are probably familiar with Memphis-inspired design, from your trapper keeper to your attire in first grade. Or how about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Saved by the Bell? These wacky brightly colored, shape-filled motifs were everywhere when I was a kid, so it might seem weird to see nods to them now, nearly 30 years later.

While I don’t have time to get into a total history lesson here, please note that Memphis-style actually began in Milan in 1981 spearheaded by Ettore Sottsass. You can learn a lot more here and here on your own time.

But I am really digging this new Memphis-inspired style that seems more appropriate for my minimalist loving contemporary designs. I think the key here is to do it subtly, that’s why I decided to do a low-key Memphis-inspired round up for this week. One thing that you can add anywhere, which I’m sure you know is very on-trend right now is terrazzo. This was a major inspiration of the Memphis movement, as it was once an unfashionable flooring material which they began using in furniture pieces such as tables. Terrazzo seems to be everywhere these days, and likely warrants a round up all of its own.

I think I’m much more enjoying this current re-boot of Memphis style as the focus is generally more on the shapes and the colors are more toned down that what they were in the 80’s and 90’s.

Dusen Dusen is a major player in this revival, with collaborations with West Elm a few years back, and currently Keds and Uniqlo. I’m loving everything they are doing, and yes, I just bought a pair of their Keds from the last place I could find them in my size, thanks ban.do!

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#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Having a Matisse Moment

Today’s post comes from an old colleague of mine from my first design job in LA nearly a decade ago. Jessica was a project manager at Wilson Associates in 2009 when I started. I often talk about how lucky I was to have found ANY job in the design and architecture world in 2009 and am so grateful to have not only had a paying job, but to work with some of the very best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Since then, Jessica has made major moves, literally and professionally. I’m delighted to share her fun round up on my blog today.

Jessica Davis is the Owner and Creative Director of Nest Studio - a boutique design firm specializing in luxury hardware, and residential and hospitality interiors. Jessica is based in Atlanta, Georgia and South Orange, New Jersey. Take it away, Jessica.

illustration by  Abbey Lossing

illustration by Abbey Lossing

I've been noticing a lot of Henri Matisse inspired items of late. I think it's sort of the more organic reaction to all of the colorful yet structured Memphis modern stuff going on.  In any case, I'm digging it and here are a few of my favorite iterations.

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Wednesday Round-Up: Round Coffee Tables

Sometimes a space calls for a rectangular coffee table, other times, it calls for a round one. My new space in Boston has a rather small living room of which a round coffee table was definitely called for. The first one in this round up from West Elm is one I wish had been around when I was purchasing for my new space as I would have definitely bought it! Instead, I bought this one. But I love all of these! Leave me a comment to let me know which is your favorite.

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