Winging It

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In the feast of furnishings, a wing chair is a design staple—and one that’s always welcome. “It’s the mac and cheese of upholstered seating,” says interior designer Eric Hughes. “No matter what style, a wing chair is reliably comforting and comfortable,” he says.

The classic piece boasts a generous size and stately shape that can easily act as the main attraction in a room. Plus, signature blinders—a clever remnant of its late-17th-century origin when it blocked out cold air while boxing in the heat of a blazing fire—make these draft dodgers ideal for fending off winter’s chill. But its substantial stature means moderation is key: The wing chair has a lot of presence, the inside story is to use them strategically, such as against a wall or tucked into a corner so as not to overwhelm a space.

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Fortunately, there are countless styles to suit any taste, from sleekly modern to traditional Colonial and everything in between.

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Baker Manor Wing Chair

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Baker Historic Charleston Wing

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CELINE TUFTED WING CHAIR BY CELERIE KEMBLE FOR LANEVENTURE

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“This would work well in a city apartment because it’s lean and slim,” offers Hughes, who’s a fan of the chair’s crisp lines and handsome walnut frame. He also admires its shipshape silhouette and its comfortable angled back.

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CH445 WING CHAIR BY HANS J. WEGNER FROM SUITE NEW YORK

“The exaggerated wingspan is a little avant-garde, and the aerodynamic shape gives the chair a Jetsons flair,” Coyle opines. “It’s fashiony and fun,” she says, adding that its sleek lines and large size would work well in a modern home. Coyle also loves how the lack of customary rolled arms gives it a distinctive look.

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BARKAM WING CHAIR BY NATHAN TURNER FOR ELITE LEATHER

“This is the chair I’d like to talk to at a party,” says Hughes with a laugh. The artful proportions and the “contemporary way the nailhead trim is used give it personality in a classic setting.”

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BIG CHAIR BY JENS RISOM FROM RALPH PUCCI INTERNATIONAL

“This is the big daddy of all the chairs here,” Hughes asserts, citing its “generous bones.” He calls its wings “futuristic” and “podlike,” creating a sheltering effect. As for the unusual angled wood base, he says, “the legs have an artisanal feel, like Noguchi.”

Pink and Purple and Camouflage All Over

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Please enjoy this blog re-posted from Don’t Miss It!  I have posted about world artist Agata Olek several times in the past and to date I have never seen anything liike this before.

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A dream room… A masterpiece of Olek!
The opening of The End is FarCrochet Artist Olek’s latest exhibition is one that I will forever remember.  I saw Agata Olek‘s last show in 2011, see post here, and while that show inspired me this one completely blew me away.  The numerous multi layered crochet panels, covered objects, were stunning, but the live swinging mermaids took Olek’s opening to another level!
 
The End is Far symbolized so much growth and achievement for Olek following a very eventful year, where she was placed on house arrest  after a dispute with an aggressive guy in a London bar.  Between court appearances she was able to create, exhibit, and learn internationally, making 2012 her most prolific year as an artist to date, despite her trying creative and financial circumstances. With that said, this show felt like a complete celebration of her freedom, and reminded us all how precious and incredible that is.
Don’t MIS The End is Far at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, February 23- March 23, 2013.  Learn more about the exhibit and artist here.
Enjoy,
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Guarding the door before the opening!
Swinging mermaid at the entrance of the gallery!
Crochet Buddhist Skeleton, my favorite piece!
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My favorite saying.
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Panoramic of the incredible room, live mermaids included!
Me, thrilled after seeing the show!
Our elevator person upon exiting!
Olek herself!
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Let Them Eat Cake

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Enjoy this post from December 2011…

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OZZO designs a line of modern home accessories and lifestyle products for the contemporary interior designer and distinguished collector.

Designer, Gary Cacchione marries his vision of fine art and cutting edge furniture design in his collection

Highly original as well as functional, OZZO creations are more closely akin to art—each work stands alone as a contemporary masterpiece. Fluid forms, bold materials and modern shapes cleverly mingle in this collection of tables and mirrors.

Ozzo pieces are reminiscent of the Memphis Group founded by Ettore Sottsas in 1981.  Known for it’s energy and flamboyance,  Sottsass described Memphis in a 1986 Chicago Tribune article: “Memphis is like a very strong drug. You cannot take too much. I don’t think anyone should put only Memphis around: It’s like eating only cake.”

Pictured to the right an early 80′s offering of chairs by the Memphis Group.

OneKin Revisted

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TriBeCa loft showcases an eclectic mix of styles, check out this re-post from OneKin Design

With its color palate in varying shades of orange, tangerine, tobacco paired with sky, delft and cadet blue the eclectic mix of furnishings create a perfectly balanced look.

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This stunning TriBeCa, New York loft has been designed by Deborah French Designs with a very eclectic, yet cohesive, mix of textures, colors, periods, and styles. Designed as her personal home, the designed has traveled extensively during her life, especially throughout Europe and Asia and therefore incorporated elements from both, as they are integral to who she is and how she has personally evolved both aesthetically and spiritually. Deborah has woven together styles from a diverse mix of history and cultures, including Italy, Morocco, India, France, China, America, Afghanistan, and Africa, creating an environment that is both warm and welcoming yet, at the same time, sophisticated and elegant. Her integration of both ‘high and low’ components within the various elements of the design is a critical factor in creating this perfect balance. No matter where one looks the eye is always pleased and the soul soothed. “Once inside, no one ever wants to leave,” she says.

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When Green Meets Red

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Architectural digest greenroom at the Oscars

In show business, the green room is the space in a theatrestudio or similar venue which accommodates performers not yet required on stage. The green room functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged onstage.

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Baker furniture will again adorn the Architectural Digest Greenroom of the Academy Awards ceremonies. This backstage space at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre is a prime spot for celebrity interviews, presenter pre-stage prep and refreshment.

Fast and Furr-ious!

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How now brown cow?  Or is it teal cow, lime cow or even orange cow?  If your confused don’t be.  Kyle Bunting the leader in progressive hide conversion allows you to have nearly any color cow you want.  With rugs, wallcoverings, furniture, art and pillows the possibilities are endless allowing you to update your decor with these amazing pops of color genius.

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With their groundbreaking collection, Kyle Bunting is redefining how hide is used in interior applications.

Check Out Sofie!

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Hi Guys!  Check out Sofie a blogger from South Africa.  She has some interesting things to say about life, design and fashion!

Welcome to my blog.

My name is Sofie. I am a personal style blogger, living in South Africa,
who is obsessed with sunglasses, cheese, coffee and Chanel!
I also love the people in my life, fashion, beer, nachos, chocolate, seafood and laughing.

Here you can follow my crazy adventures, my everyday life,

dislikes & likes, wants & needs.

’til the Cows Come Home

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I know you have heard the term Rustic Glam thrown around quite a bit lately. Maybe it’s because of all the ‘green’ and the socially responsible ‘recycledness’ that has been creeping into today’s modern, and not so modern interiors.

A true rustic interior tends to be a bit too “lodge-y” as far as I am concerned but I do love the textural furniture, dark, earthy colors, exposed beams and a mounted deer head in small doses especially when combined with an otherwise ‘clean’ interior.  A rustic look can be cozy and clean, but it can go junky cabin in no time. When I say rustic glam, I am refering to a subtle, sophisticated yet still cozy interior that appeals to the outdoor lover confined deep within all of us mavens of mod. I can totally appreciate the outdoor touches, but I’m just not willing to go “cabin in a box” if you know what I mean.

I thought it would be fun to share a few key points that will help you bring in the rustic look while still keeping your love of modern, classic or traditional in check. Here are a few ways to bring in the rustic glam!

Brining in wood elements is the most obvious way to add a few rustic touches to your room.  I love all of the glitzy interpretations of birch, driftwood and Aspen trees out there today. The look can be a fabulous “wood” look or you can always pull the trigger on a real driftwood table or console.

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Image Via: Nautical Cottage  Similar Table HERE  and  HERE 

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Solid Linen or a fun “rustic” print fabric are a few of my favorite ways to bring in the rustic glam look. Simple solid linens and nubby cottons area great basics but what about adding a fun yet sophisticated antler print?  If upholstering your existing or new pieces in a bold pattern isn’t your thing, try bringing in a print with your draperies or accent pillows.  I love this Antler  fabric from  Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa is one of my favorites!!  You can go simple by using it as an accent pillow or bold with drapes!

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A little walk in the woods or a touch of faux bois never hurt anyone…or any room!  Check out the accent wall of this dining room done in Cole & Sons Woods Wallpaper.  It is a sophisticated rustic glam look that keeps the dining room from being too formal. I love the impact it makes.

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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

This Phillip Jeffries GORGEOUS  metallic woods grasscloth is sublime in this boutique dressing room. It was the perfect way to go a little rustic without being too masculine. You can see more of this gorgeous boutique in the latest issue of House of Fifty.

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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

This faux bois rug looks great in this large open entry space. Rugs are a great way to bring in texture and pattern without being to theme-y.  I love how this rug is casual but still works with the more sophisticated antique pieces and architecture of the home.

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Image Via: Talk of The House  Rug Via: Shop Ten 25

Bringing in touches of fur or hide  is one of my favorite ways to go rustic glam. There are tons of faux and real options out there to choose from as well as pieces that can go more girly if you don’t want your room to feel like a dude ranch.

A fur throw like the Lucca here is a soft blend of chocolate and taupe while the Bella (pictured on the bed) has a bit more depth and texture.


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The Bella throw in a super masculine and rustic master bedroom project is paired with a custom walnut bed and red accents.

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And for the hide lovers, there are also tons of options out there. A cowhide rug, upholstered stool or throw pillows are easy ways to bring in the rustic element without going over board.   The metallic hides are some of my favorites and a perfect rustic glam mix.  You can find a few fun options HERE and HERE.

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And I saved the best for last, cowhide pillows. I am a sucker for cowhide and these graphic cowhide gems are from the hide master himself, Kyle Bunting!

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