Thursday, July 14, 2011

Butterfly Table Collection by The Phillips Collection

Butterfly by The Phillips Collection

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept - a belief that the beauty of an object lies in its imperfections.  

This natural wood furniture uses the irregularities of an organic material as its primary design element.  

"Modern lines + organic materials = a unique point of view" - the Phillips Collection.

Butterfly Coffee Table

Butterfly Bar Table and Bar Stool

Friday, April 29, 2011

Chandelier Do's and Don'ts

I recently replaced the chandelier in my dining room and had a few questions and concerns regarding the appropriate size of chandelier I should use and at what height I should hang the fixture.  Luckily, I ran across these Chandelier Do's and Don'ts by Laura Flanagan from and found her article really helpful.  I thought I'd pass it along to you.  

Pipe Chandelier

Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room, but knowing what size is best and how high to hang them can be tricky. Check out these chandelier do's and don'ts for all the info you need to know about decorating with these gorgeous light fixtures.

DO make sure your chandelier is the right size. A good rule of thumb is to add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. So if your room measures 10' x 15' the diameter of the fixture should be about 25".

DON'T necessarily follow the above rule in dining rooms. Take the size of the table into account. The diameter of a dining room fixture should be about one half to two thirds the width of the table or about a foot less than the width of the table at it's widest point. (In many cases these measurements will be the same).

DO go bigger rather smaller in a dining room. If the fixture seems too large hang it a bit closer to the ceiling so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.

DON'T let it be closer than four feet from any wall if you can help it. Really it shouldn't be closer than 48 inches to any piece of furniture such as a cabinet or sideboard. This isn't always possible in small spaces but it's a good rule to keep in mind.

DO hang chandeliers low enough so they light up the desired area, but not so low that anyone will hit their head.

DO hang a dining room chandelier between 30" and 36" from the tabletop.

DON'T hang overly ornate chandeliers too close to the table. Since heavy-looking fixtures take up a lot of visual space it's okay to break the rules and hang them a few inches higher than the normal standard.

DO hang entryway chandeliers about 7' from the floor in a single story foyer (any lower and tall people might hit their heads).

DON'T hang a fixture so that it hangs below the second floor in a two-story entryway.

DON'T limit yourself to just one chandelier in a very large room. Instead opt for two slightly smaller fixtures.

DO use chandeliers in a variety of rooms. They look great in bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even home offices.

DON'T be afraid to experiment with styles. Sometimes a modern chandelier can look great in a room full of antiques, and a vintage piece can look terrific in a contemporary room.

DO install dimmer switches on every chandelier in your home. They're terrific for creating ambiance and offering a more flattering light.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lighten Up with Jonathan Adler's Havana Collection

Since receiving his first order for pottery from Barneys New York fifteen years ago, Jonathan Adler’s eponymous company has grown to become an internationally recognized lifestyle and home furnishings brand offering tabletop, bedding, bath accessories, furniture, rugs, pillows and lighting.

Jonathan Adler is known for a design aesthetic which pairs modernist forms with bold colors and groovy graphics. The company motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it”, reflects Jonathan’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and panache.

The Havana Collection features polished nickel over steel accents with your choice of black or white powder coat shades with a laser cut perforated design.

Havana Chandelier

Havana Chandelier
Havana Double Wall Sconce

Havana Double Wall Sconce
Havana Triple Pendant

Havana Triple Pendant
Havana Task Table Lamp

Havana Task Table Lamp

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Make your Home Rock with Peacock!

Peacocks are best know for their extravagant tail, which it displays as part of courtship. 

In Greco-Roman mythology, the eyes of the Peacock's feathers are said to symbolize the vault of heaven and the "eyes" of the stars. 

In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi, a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck. Similar to Lakshmi, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.

In home decor, Peacocks just Rock!  Feast your eyes on the Peacock inspired pillows and rugs from Global Views.

Peacock Feather Pillow, Bjorn Square Pillow, Lichen Pillow, Bassett Hall Peacock Pillow, Peacock Rug

Bassett Hall Peacock Pillow, Lichen Pillow

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Global Views - Saw It!

Did you spot the Global Views items in the January 2011 edition of "Interior Design?"  Or how about in the October 2010 "The World of Interiors?"  In case you missed it:

Airline Bench in Citron

Mimi Chair

Monday, April 11, 2011

Global Views 2011 High Point New Introductions, Part 3

More than 2000 vendors are packing up their showrooms at the High Point Market.  Last weeks market was a record breaker with tens of thousands of new product introductions.  This is the last in our 3 part series featuring our favorite new intros from Global Views.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Global Views 2011 High Point New Introductions, Part 2

An estimated 80,000 attendees from 106 countries are working their way through the 10 million square feet of show space at the High Point Market this week.  We're showing you a few of our favorite new introductions from one of the industry's leaders in home accessory and furniture design, Global Views.