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What to do on a cloudy Sunday afternoon? A visit to one of the many amazing museums the city has to offer is always a good call. It was a toss up between the Frick and the Met. Then I remembered that my credit card offered free admission to several museums the first weekend of each month. Bargain in place, dilemma solved.
During my trip to Kansas City last month, I planned a visit to Urban Mining Housewares. I hoped to find some vintage glassware but reminded myself to stay open-minded because flea markets are not a place to go with firm agenda. I like glassware because it's easy enough to transport or ship back home.Two years ago, on a visit to Cleveland, I found a fabulous set-8 glasses, ice bucket and chrome carrier in excellent condition for $28. Never mind that it would have easily cost me double that in NYC.
I'm one of many fans of Ron Marvin's design aesthetic. His work is proof that it's possible to design a masculine space without sacrificing style. Take the room pictured left: no bright colors, nothing over the top but still both attractive and practical. One thing that I noticed right away, and that I've brought up several times before, is the mix of materials to create visual interest. Here you've got glass, metal, wool, wood and faux fur (just on the pillow) all in neutral tones. Lonny magazine has more of Ron Marvin's styling tips in their current issue.
Image courtesy Lonny Magazine
Many blog entries have been devoted to Nancy Meyers and her beautiful interiors for films. She's the writer and director behind movies such as "Something's Gotta Give" "The Holiday" and "It's Complicated," among others. Who wouldn't want the beach house from "Something's Gotta Give"? (Though I do still wish there were more images from the character Harry's Manhattan apartment--so chic!) I found a short but insightful interview with her in Elle Decor which explains her thinking behind the interior desi
I'm headed to Kansas City for the Home Run Derby, but while I'm in town I want to check out some of the other sites. Thankfully, I have a helpful city guide to point me in the right direction for tasty eats and great design. One place on my list is Urban Mining, which runs a special sale the first weekend of each month. Conveniently enough, right when I'm in town. I would be foolish not to take advantage of such an opportunity.
When I went to Cleveland two summers ago, I picked up some fabulous vintage glassware at a shop called Flower Child. If I find anything like the sets from last month (pictured right) at a reasonable price, I will pick some up. And then pack it very carefully to ship home!
Images courtesy of Urban Mining website
Blue is one of those colors that never really goes out of style. After years of teal, peacock, and Tiffany blue, however, there's a resurgence of cobalt and royal blue in design. I got some great ideas from ZGallerie's site and found lots more browsing online. Most people gravitate towards nautical, but cobalt is beautiful with red (Tobi Farley did a beautiful room in a Richmond show house with this palette), canary yellow or even orange, if you're feeling brave.
One trend I noticed throughout the new issue of Lonny Magazine were sunburst mirrors. This one here is overscaled and dramatic.
During the two and half years I spent working out of Stamford, I made a point to check out the shops in nearby Greenwich regularly. They always served as great inspiration for collecting and displaying beautiful pieces.
One store, in particular, that always made my "must visit" list is Privet House. This picture at left shows some simple glassware and silver, but so artfully done.
And now they're part of the Target "Shops" both online and in stores. Here's a few lovelies I found in coral, my favorite color for spring.
I saw this image over on Furbish's website and wanted to share. It's from Lily Pulitzer's booth at Hight Point. I'm not normally a pink girl, but this particular shade caught my eye. It's really more of a coral-y pink and the overscale trellis pattern is dramatic, to say the least. The heavy use of white on upholstery, furniture and the lampshades help quiet it down. If you look close, there's some pretty detail work on the desk which I bet you could replicate with some O'verlays on an inexpensive painted item.
Meadowbrook Manor bar
I was a little surprised to learn (via Twitter) that HGTV is launching a furniture line. Then again, the same way I know it's just a matter of time until Dr. Oz has his own brand of vitamins, I should have seen this coming. Why? Because people will buy it based on name recognition alone.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.