Friday, January 30, 2015

Loving the Lucite and Brass Coffee Table...

A good friend sent me an inspiration photo for her living room re-do, and sure enough, it had a lucite and brass coffee table (the exact Jonathan Adler one I've been eyeing for a while)....So, I wanted to gather more inspiration pics with this fun and versatile furniture piece.  I love that its light and airy silhouette effortlessly floats in a room and allows (the often patterned rug underneath) to take center stage.  And, the metallic brass trim provides a more formal, glam texture to a space.  Although many of these lucite and brass tables are vintage (1st Dibs offers a variety), many designers are making newer contemporary versions (like the Jonathan Adler Jacques collection below)

But, first, I have to study this living room for a while...So much about this room I LOVE!! The indigo/deep-periwinkle blue is so cozy and soothing.  As a side note, we inherited a room in our new home approximately this color and I absolutely love it.  Luckily, our indigo and brick red Persian rug, furniture, coral lamps, etc. all fit well into the color scheme, but I love the quiet calm of this blue and cream room.  The mix of modern (coffee table, shell chandelier) and traditional (tufted sofa, artwork, chinoiserie vases, etc) is refreshing and as it turns out, many of these items are moderately priced via Horchow.  I would not have picked this chandelier outright, but it totally pops against the deep blue paint color.  The large-scale rug provides a fun graphic punch of pattern, and the brass elements (coffee table, sconces) give it a dressy vibe...LOVE this space all around! 

Jonathan Adler Jacques lucite and brass coffee table

A few more inspiration pics of brass and/or lucite coffee tables...

So many fun patterns and colors here...(is it obvious I love the indigo/red combo?)

(Elle Decor)
I love how the bold colors and textiles pop against the neutral (yet richly textured) rug, furniture, walls, window treatments

(coastical via theaestate blog)
This has NOTHING to do with this post, but stumbled upon this and HAD to share!
These peonies are divine!

(Decor Pad)
A dramatic curvilinear shaped coffee table plays well against the round shapes in the rug and wall art....

(Domaine Home)
Glass and brass coffee table is a light, airy contrast to the deep saturated peacock blue velvet sofa...

Lucite and brass coffee table reflects light in this bright, colorful, sunny space...

(Elle Decor)
Brass coffee table is a warm exclamation point in this room full of modern monochromatic patterns...

(Harper's Bazaar)
This modern coffee table mixes well with the other contemporary elements in this room (art, pillows, chairs, chandelier, etc.)

Love the extra storage provided by this  double-shelf

Beautiful light reflection off this layered, geometric lucite coffee table...

(via Vintage Mulberry blog)
Love the look of these two lucite and brass tables pushed together...such an inviting, peaceful neutral space with interesting textural detail
(Elle Decor)

(Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle)
Vintage lucite and brass coffee table gracefully floats above the white hide rug...lovely juxtaposition against the black tufted leather sofa...

(Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle - another view)

(Elle Decor)
Love the repetition of brass elements throughout this room

(Elle Decor)
Another example of the transparent coffee table floating above the richly textured this room!

(House Beautiful - Susan Noble Jones)
Brass and glass table (again) allows you to see the fun zebra hide rug in this eclectic space...

..and again here...(via theaestate blog)

(theaestate blog)
Master-class example of daringly-yet-successfully mixing bold patterns...LOVE

(Tobi Fairley)
Love the mix of metallic finishes, gold, brass, silver - it all works well against the cheerful kelly green

(Tory Burch)
...and again here (love the green and gold/brass combo)

(Tory Burch)
...and again, here 

(Worlds Away gold leaf table)
A fun greek-key inspired silhouette in the brass and glass coffee table...

Rachel Clementi, if you are reading this, thanks for sharing this fabulous inspiration photo and good luck with your home project! xoxo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paddington Movie - A Must See!

The newly released Paddington movie, written and directed by Paul King, produced by (Harry Potter's) David Heyman is a must see! This movie adaptation of Michael Bond's 1958 literary creation was fantastic.  Everything from the heartwarming Peruvian bear-looking-for-a-home-in-England story to the charming and glorious London neighborhoods and landmarks including Paddington Station, Buckingham Palace, The Natural History Museum, Primrose Hill, Portobello Road in Notting Hill to the colorful and quirky (Wes Andersen inspired?) interior design was a delight to watch from start to finish.

It all begins with a clever black and white primitive movie reel of the back story of Paddington Bear's tragic loss of habitat in his native "Darkest Peru."  His beloved Aunt Lucy tucks him into a ship's lifeboat as a stowaway on a journey to London to find a new home.  He is met with wide-eyed curiosity by the lovable and quirky Brown family at Paddington Station, and they cautiously settle on a plan to take him in for the night.

When the Brown family first welcome the bear into their home, I can't help but swoon over the marvelously authentic eclectic-English home interiors and the hilarious antics of polite-yet-accident-prone Paddington. The entry clad in well-worn hardwoods and cozy red stripes (I could swear we had the exact wallpaper in our foyer growing up) to the enchanting multi-story hand painted tree mural traveling up the grand circular staircase...was loaded with design eye candy!

The set included one masterfully-designed scene after the next. Mr. Brown's office was adorned in warm tones of primary colors, complete with indigo walls, tall London-townhouse ceilings, leather furniture, and a Carousel horse, of course!

The children's rooms were convincingly age-appropriate with the boy's old fashioned toy creations and the girl's never-ending wall size photo collage...

The entire house was dotted with authentic artwork in all shapes and sizes (albeit some presumably by their children), which of course I loved... But, it was the master bedroom that really stole my heart (and sadly I could not find a single photo of it - all the more reason for you to see this movie!!) It was adorned with a whimsical, red floral wallpaper reminiscent of the exquisite hand painted Gracie designs, with an artful mix of styles, bohemian accents, fabrics, pillows, etc.  And, don't get me started on that nostalgic kitchen in all its vintage-y retro glory....

...and the heartbreakingly beautiful exterior views of their flat and colorful street make you want to pick up your suitcase and visit (if not move to) London 'straightaway'!!

I just loved the heartwarming story and adorable way Paddington comes to life on screen in this family friendly film. One of the best children's movies I've seen in a LONG time that will delight an audience of all ages....a must see!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Swooning Over Jewel Tone Velvets...

In a recent Season 5 Downton Abbey episode, Lady Mary wore an exquisite sapphire/navy velvet blue coat with fur trim.  So chic and cozy!

Such jewel tone velvets have been a big hit in both fashion and design in recent years.  This sumptuous, saturated-with-color fabric tends to have a luxurious, formal vibe (think Downton Abbey library below).

Get the Look - Downton Abbey
Red Velvet Sofa in Downton Abbey Library

Yet lately, designers have revived its classic look, mixing it with more contemporary elements such as rustic wood furniture, lucite/glass accent tables, surrounding modern art and textiles, etc. If this recent 'trend' runs its course, the timeless nature of the lush fabric and bold, opulent colors will always be a favorite of mine...

A few House Beautiful images of bold, jewel tones including sapphire, cobalt, peacock blues, emerald and jade greens, hot pinks and red velvets...

Miles Redd

Mary McDonald

via South Shore Decorating Blog

Miles Redd

Inspiration from Other Sources...

Elle Decor

Tory Burch Manhattan Apartment

Elle Decor

50's Arm Chairs with Brass Detail from Galerie Andre Hayat 1st Dibs

A few from Style Carrot Blog....

Elena Letterone

Victoria Hagan

Amanda Nisbet

Annsley McAleer

Frank Roop

Hecker Gutherie

Mary McDonald

Romy Schneider at Coco Chanel Paris apartment by Botti

Todd Alexander Romano AD

Emily Henderson
Coco Kelley

Coco Kelley

Coco Kelley
via South Shore Decorating Blog

Beverly Field

Oh Joy Studio Emily Henderson

Coco Kelley

Homey Oh My Blog

Emily Henderson via Homey Oh My Blog

Sally Clark via Homey Oh My Blog

Jessica Waks via Homey Oh My Blog

Homey Oh My Blog

Homey Oh My Blog

And, some lovely rooms with a pop of color, courtesy of these hot pink velvet accent chairs...

Coco Cozy

Jill Sorensen

Melissa Warner


Which (if any) is your favorite of these sumptuous velvets?