Are You Ready to Get Your Purple On?

Again, Pantone picked a color of the year without calling me. Geez.  Radiant Orchid -- a warmish purple color that is closer to mauve than eggplant.  Oh please let it not be as popular as mauve in the 80s, or I am going to hang up my decorating hat for good as I am still traumatized by visions of mica, mauve and grey rooms rattling around in my head.  My aversion to lavender may also be due to the fact that I overdosed on purple in 8th grade when I wore nothing other that this color for a year.  It was the equivalent of eating a box of Twinkies and never touching them again.

Despite my lack of love for radiant orchid, I am helping Meg Braff put together a room with curtains and beds with fabric close in color to Pantone's pick  -- it does look really pretty (as usual the talented Ms. Braff knocks it out of the park) -- but please do not ask me to do more than a sprinkling of any shade of purple outside the boudoir:   An eggplant Spitzmiller lamp, purple throw or even an Quadrille upholstered chair is my absolute max.  That said, here are some images/items that may help you get your purple on:
Purple and blue and yellow room by Alex Papachristidis, Photographer: Tria Giovan. Note the lovely valance on the window.
A little deeper than Radiant Orchid, but they are Christopher Spitzmiller AP Alex lamps

Radiant Orchid Ovo Table Lamp, Lamps Plus $99
Liza Calhoun Pulitzer also a little bluer than the mauvish Radiant Orchid.

Here we go, closer to the Pantone color.   Pick this up here, from Cabana Home $270

Agate Coasters from West Elm $59

Hmm, I think this was one of those HGTV specials make over your room in a day, but I cannot remember who the decorator was... Anyone? One purple lamp Spitzmiller(?) and a throw.

Quadrille, Henriot Floral fabric

Jeffery Bilhuber uses Henriot floral on a chair-- gosh he does everything with aplomb.


China Seas, Raffles Reverse

 Here are some images form Lindsey Coral Harper from the Cathedral Antique Show Inspiration house in Atlanta in 2012. . . Shout out to Julie from Belle Maison for running a story on this room and directing me to Ms. Harper's website.  The paint color as Julie notes, is Mulberry by Benjamin Moore (2075-20), if you want to run out and get it.
Lindsey Coral Harper

Lindsey Coral Harper

Meg Braff, Up a Tree Wallpaper

Savafieh Palmer  Ottoman $250


Home Bar Essentials

Its party time! With New Year's Eve approaching fast and furiously, I thought I would share my bar essential check list before that last minute run to the liquor store...

Bar Tools

Bottle Opener                                    Coasters                                                Jigger

Bar Spoons                                        Cocktail Shaker                                    Muddle
Champagne Bucket                           Cocktail Stirrers                                    Paring Knife
Corkscrew                                         Cocktail Napkins  (cloth)                      Serving Tray 
                                                          Ice Bucket  & Tongs
5. Serving Tray from 1stdibs
6. Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set...$89.95 (sans the muddle)


When glasses are concerned, I really think you can get away with Martini, Old Fashioned, Highball, Brandy, Champagne and Red & White Wine Glasses...



How you stock your bar should reflect the preferences of the primary tenders:  My husband is a scotch drinker and I love champagne cocktails. . . The brands below were selected because we like them or we they are favs of our friends and family…

Type                                                What's in My Liquor Cabinet 

Bourbon Whisky                                                                Six & Twenty;  Makers Mark
Champagne                                                                        Veuve Clicquot
Gin                                                                                     Bombay; Tanqueray
Rum                                                                                   Bacardi
Scotch                                                                                Johnnie Walker Black
Tequila                                                                               Patrone 
Vermouth                                                                           Cinzano;  Martini (dry & sweet) 
Vodka                                                                                Grey Goose; Smirnoff 
Wine                                                                                  Lots and often
Fancy Liqueurs --                                                              Chambord, Pernod, St. Germain,                                                                    
                                                                                           Bailey's, Kahlua, Grand Marnier

Garnishes & Mixers

This all depends on what you are serving, but for a good mix, don't forget the following:

Sugar Cubes
Fruit Drinks (OJ, Cranberry)
Soft Drinks
Club Soda
Water (still & sparkling)


Bar and Counter Stool Picks

Merry Christmas everyone!

Counter stools are the jewelery of your kitchen that is why you have to choose simple classics or change them every few years.  Much to my husbands chagrin, I like to change mine every few years and I am gearing up for some new ones. . . I am constantly looking for bar and counter stools for others, so I thought I would share some of my favorites:

1. Rattan.  This pick from McGuire Furniture was also on the Elle Decor top 10 barstool list, and it is easy to see why, this curved rattan baby is super chic.

Geometric Barstool by BassamFellows (also comes in Counter height)

37"h x 12.5"w; 18.25"d; seat height: 29.75";  price: $1,080 c.o.m.;mcguirefurniture.com

 2. Wishbone.  It seems that every Tom, Dick and Harry of the decorating world is churing out wishbone stools, but no matter I am still liking them. Here are hi lo options:

Bungalow 5 is always turning out well priced fun pieces and this wishbone counter stool is no exception.  I am liking the limey color.  

Bungalow 5 Oslo Limed Oak Barstool, (also comes in counter height). 31"h x 18.5"w; seat height 31"H; price: $520

Also liking the lines of this World Market  Natural Bowen Wishbone Barstool and quite the steal at $90 bucks (my guess is you can't have too large a fanny or these will probably not make it very long). 

World Market Natural Bowen Wishbone Barstool (one height only)
Height: 43.7";  witdth 22"W; depth 22.4"; Price: $89.99  Worldmarket.

3.  Rattan, again.  Red Egg is always a favorite.  These come in a wide range of colors, and if you have a fondness for all things Asian, rattan or trelliage these may fit the bill...

Indochine Bar Stool & Counter Stool
18w 47h 23d, 18w 42h 23d; $644 at Cottage and Bungalow


4. Bent wood cane.  A classic.  Two options, Crate and Barrel & Design With Reach.

Love this fun color from Crate and Barrel
Vienna Green 24" Barstool
16.5"Wx21"Dx37.5"H;  $169; Crate and Barrel 


Great lines from Design Within Reach -- they also have a nice red and turquoise if you are into color.
Thonet "ERA Counter Stool"

H: 39" W 16" D 20" Seat H: 24"; $225; DWR
5. Upholstered Stool.  Saw these two markets ago from Noir and still think they are good looking.  Noir Barstool (also in counter stool height)
32" high x 17.5" square; $820 at Clayton Grey Home

5. The Bistro Chair.  Bistro chairs have become quite popular again and here are two one from Williams Sonoma and the other from Palecek.

Williams Sonoma 
Parisian Bistro Woven Bar Stool $395
20” x 20” x 45” high.

 I just adore this Palecek Patio Paris Bar or Counter Stool.  $605.  Find it here.
 30" or 24" seat height

Here are Some Fab Options from 1stdibs:
Signed Karl Springer stools in chagrin finish:
 Milo Baughman Bar Stools with Brass Footrests

I am swooning over this Pair Ebonized Wood Grotto Bar Stools

Why is everything I adore at 1st dibs?  


My Favorite Chair

The folks from One Kings Lane reached out to me and asked me to feature a seat from my home on my blog, so here it is:

A favorite chair in my house is a hollywood regency styled, barrel backed club chair which I call my "little tub chair."   I found the pair a nearby thrift store and it was love at first sight when I saw those upholstered legs.  Yes, I picked them up for a song, but I made up for it in reworking these babies to be as comfortable as any chair can be...  We placed it right in front of our fireplace with its mate --  a favorite spot for reading, relaxing and having a nice cup of tea.  This chair is the perfect size for my modest house; the mid-centrury proportions are comfortable, inviting and wonderfully scaled to our room.

Hollywood Regency styles can go really big (think Dorothy Draper) or small, intimate and portable.   My Mid Century barrel club chairs are smaller in scale, have feminine lines, low backs with arms that scoop around to the front encircling the seat and slope gently downward with a slight flair.

To say that tub or barrel chairs have been around for a long time is an understatement -- below is picture from an Etruscan throne room from 650 BC. The chair was used in the French courts of the 18th and 19th centuries, but in recent history, the chair found popularity in Art Deco through the designs of Josef Hoffmann who designed a chair to inspire furniture makers for a century.

There have been quite a few modern incarnations of the barrel chair, but they were really popular with the second wave of Hollywood Regency Style in the 1960-1970s, which is origin of my chair...
 A not very cushy chair from the Etruscan Tomb of the Shields and the Chairs, Cerveteri, c. 700 - 650 B.C.
Venetian Painted Wood Tub Chairs, circa 1750-1760, remarkably restrained for the period

A pair of Vienna Secessionist lounge chairs designed by Josef Hoffmann and made by Wittmann of Austria. Originally designed for the Villa Gallia in 1913

1940's chairs attributed to Dorothy Draper

Barrel/Tub chair attributed to Billy Haines c1960s

Mr. & Mrs. Harding Lawrence residence designed by Billy Baldwin, there is a lovely skirted barrel chair with feminene lines
Harding Lawrence Residence by Billy Baldwin and another rounded back chair

So I think my chair is Hollywood Regency in style, with its curved lines.  The current Hollywood Regency style had its modern origins (lets not hearken back to the 18th Century or ancient Greece) in the glamorous golden age of Hollywood movie sets and was initiated by actor turned decorator, Billy Haines.  This style evolved from the 1920's to 40's and saw a second wave of popularity in 1960-1970s -- think Karl Springer and Billy Baldwin.  Classical lines and furniture styles, as well as bold color and Chinoserie accents characterize the movement.  Popular enthusiasts of the past few years are Kelly Wersler, Johnathan Adler, Miles Redd and Meg Braff.

If you like reading about the historical significance of furniture like I do, then be sure to check out One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource page for some fascinating facts about chairs styles through the ages.

By the way, I would probably have more items from my own house on my blog, but I am like the cobbler, my house is always the last on the list for attention as I am always working on someone else's pad.  One of  my New Year's resolutions is to finish up some rooms in my own home...I do have DADD (decorator attention deficit disorder) -- the urge to redecorate when everything seems "finished" because I am sick of it all already.  My sweet husband thinks I should exercise my demons by limiting my services to others. Hah! Not likely.


Saarinen Table and Chairs

Lately I have been obsessing about Euro Saarinen tulip tables and chairs.  These 50 year old designs are classics that still resonate -- the table is especially versatile and gives an instant update to a hoe-hum space. Euro Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.

You can find Tulip tables are on the high end from Knoll and in the mass market by Ikea and other manufacturers.  No matter where you find the table, these look great with a wide array of chairs.  Call me crazy, but I would especially love to see this table with a painted rattan chair...

Via Coco Crazy, kitchen belonging to Carlyn Henry paired the Saarinen table with Bistro chairs.

Here it is with white bentwood cane chairs

Tori Burch had the Tulip Table and chairs in her kitchen with the her custom colored "Arbre de Matisse Reverse" fabric and wallcoverings from Quadrille.
It would look great with these super affordable chairs from Crate and Barrel

Or this chair from Crate and Barrel