Monday, January 31, 2011

Color and Design Trends: 2011

Aqua-Chiffon - OLYMPIC PAINTS, Douglas Fir/2028-20 - BENJAMIN MOORE, Blood Orange - SYDNEY HARBOR PAINT CO, and Peony/2079-30 - BENJAMIN MOORE
"Brighter colors, all mixed together --
blues and greens, oranges and pinks."
Victoria Hagan

"Large-scale photography,
especially of the natural world"
"Paint, paint, paint! 
Painted furniture,
painted walls in offbeat colors,
painted floors à la Sybil Connolly."
Suzanne Rheinstein

"Mykonos - the blue of the beaches, the energy and spirit, the fresh and casual all-white design, with shots of bright color. I came home and wanted to change everything in my life."
Stephen Shubel

"Animal-print velvets"
Alexa Hampton

Douglas Fir/2028-20 - BENJAMIN MOORE, Brinjal - FARROW AND BALL
 "Delicious, brash color combinations:
Lime and aubergine.  Chocolate and orange. 
Cerise and turquoise."
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

colour me happy

"Patterned marble floors
in Italian churches and English country houses."
Mary McDonald

diamond and baratta
We're reinterpreting great modernist paintings as patterns for rugs, fabrics, and wallpapers."
William Diamond and Anthony Baratta

"I'm in an Egypt mood."

All quotes from House Beautiful magazine's
"Last Words" column.


Best of the Bold Blue Paint Colors!

"I need a great blue paint color (not navy!)"

The Best Green Paint Colors!

(the new pink-and-green?)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A place for everything...

"A place for everything and everything in its place"
 Will my home ever, ever come close to having things
be where they are supposed to be?!? in, not on the floor,

not lost underneath a piece of furniture for eight months,
and not inside a laundry basket full of clean clothes
that no one has had the gentillesse to pick up and fold!?!?!? :)

God Bless. :)

Well, one can hope.  And pray.

And in the mean time,

find inspiration

in these clever storage solutions.
And I'm not talking about carefully styled vignettes.

justin bernhaut for domino magazine

I'm talking about picking stuff up off of the floor

and off of the counters and putting it away!

I'm talking about the stuff you use everyday.

The stuff you don't have time to squeeze into a perfectly-aligned stack of boxes before you run out the door in the morning.

I'm talking about finding new places in your home
you can turn into storage. 

And while it's great if you can have built-ins installed,

you shouldn't have to have built-ins
in order to keep your house free of debris!

We all have things we need to access daily.

Let's try dispose of what we can,

and find permanent locations for the rest!

....too much to ask?!? :)

Now, if I could only take my own advice. 
Last but not least, this post is dedicated to Jayne and Mindy...
whose homes give me hope!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Apothecary Cabinets

Remember the Friends episode
with the Pottery Barn 'Apothecary Table?' 

Well, the apothecary cabinet
-- defined as "A low chest with small drawers that was originally used to store herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes"-- 
has become a much sought-after piece of furniture! 

Apothecary cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, and are most commonly made of wood or metal. They include multiple, small drawers whose standardized labeling systems are most recognized by their rectangular, metal label compartments.

"Apothecary is a historical name
for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses materia medica to physicians, surgeons and patients — a role now served by a pharmacist or chemist."  The cabinets found today are mostly 19th-century items originally used to store herbs, drugs and other similar substances.

This is the stuff of the early 20th-century science classrooms and library card catalogs,

 of  Deyrolle and old-timey Drugstore Chic
and even Steampunk.

The home office of Lambertson-Truex, shown above, includes an apothecary style cabinet cleverly mounted above the desk
(all the better to see and access)!

Apothecary cabinets are versatile pieces;

 they work well in entry halls, office spaces, 
living and dining rooms, and what have you.

This vintage cabinet was cleverly incorporated
into a contemporary kitchen. 

Age and use have endowed these pieces with a certain patina.  
Their resulting charm and character 
allow them to become focal points in a space.


The warmth and texture of the above piece is at wonderful odds 
with the space's sleeker, more contemporary elements.

This metal piece was imaginatively styled with fencing masks, vintage glass pieces in varying shades of purple, formal menswear hats, and paperwhites!

The warm wood tones of the above chest
are a pleasant foil for the cool blue walls.

19th-century, Victorian odds and ends
recall the above piece's origins.

Although that particular Friends episode is over ten years old, 
Pottery Barn currently offers several pieces with the apothecary cabinent look.  Above is their Andover cabinet in RedTheir Shelby Accessory Tower and Anderson Media Console also fall into this category (click titles to access site). 

Current offerings at ABC Carpet and Home include this

Antique Country Mahogany Apothecary Chest, England c. 1870
A very charming antique bank of chemist drawers from England on a new custom-made base (to give the piece a viable 30" height). The drawers have old grain-paint fronts, lending a terrific look. Old varnish improves the country "look". The mahogany top and sides also have a rich color and patina. The 32 drawers of varying sizes each have an old chemical label. Could be used for an entry piece, or a server or sofa table. Looks great everywhere!    Price $8,850  
Briggs House Antiques   566 E Boston Post Road   Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Mid-19th century Faux Bois cabinet
with unusual decorative base with new limestone top, no back
Price  $4,200     Condition*  aged but fine , no back, sides as seen  
Measurements:   height: 39.25 in.  x  depth: 13.25 in.  x  width/length: 9'2" 
Materials/Techniques:  wood      Creator: unknown
Ruby Beets    25 Washington Street PO BOX 1174   Sag Harbor, NY 11963

 I wish I'd asked for my grandfather's piece which sat idly in our childhood playroom for twenty years, as it has long since disappeared!...Here's hoping you'll find one in the attic or flea market!