Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Breaking The Design Rules: Scale

Barry Dixon in House Beautiful
Photo Credit: Jonny Valiant

Sometimes breaking the rules leads to the most beautiful spaces. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Field Trip to Four Hands Furniture Outlet

Four Hands Furniture is a supplier for numerous retail stores across the country. We have a showroom here in Austin as well as a warehouse where they have sales a few times a year.
If you're not familiar, they carry things similar in style to Restoration Hardware but at a scale more suitable for most homes.

They're having a warehouse sale that started today so I went to check out what they have. It was a bit like Black Friday. A whole lot of ladies speed walking to stake claim on that coffee table across the room. Lord help you if someone had a stroller!

Here are some things that caught my eye.

I like the camelback shape of these linen wing chairs. And there was a surprise.....

A tiny drawer! For the remote..... or your pistol. $1220.

This chair was cute with the nailhead detail. I think it was around $250.

Barrel back leather chairs were surprisingly comfortable for their small size. 28"w x 32"d. $625 each.

These square club chairs were extremely comfy! $695 each.

These were cuter in person. They look a little "waiting roomish" here. $595.

Cute grey linen chair with nailhead detailing. $599.

These didn't last long! $660 each.

Loved these Rattan chairs. $130 each.

Adjustable leather stools, $275 each.

Kitchen Island with bluestone top, $675.

I looooooved this Bluestone Dining Table! $1,120.

Another Bluestone table.

Concrete and metal console table. $560

Wood X base coffee table, $595

48" coffee table, $299

Many cute side tables.

This table was fab. 11 1/2 feet long for $730.

This table was yuck but interesting, $995

Lots of lighting.

A big ball??? $$249

A myriad of overdyed rugs. 8x10's were around $1300.

I loved this navy and gold color combo.

Black and brass bookcase.

Metal cabinet, $549. Would be pretty in a bathroom with all white towels.

Overall, lots of pretty, well made pieces with a  healthy dose of trendy, yuck-o things. If you're in the Austin area, it's worth a look!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Home Tour: A Hospital becomes a Home

Beth and Chris Collier bought a boarded up, historic building once a hospital and later, a nursing home.  Both have ties to this building in Washington, North Carolina once known as the Tayloe Hospital. Chris's grandfather and great-grandfather were doctors there and Beth's grandmother lived there when it was a nursing home.
Their initial tour of the boarded up building included a discovery of hundreds of dead pigeons in the attic!
 While most people wouldn't even consider an undertaking of this magnitude, Chris and Beth, an interior designer, painstakingly renovated this beautiful Georgian building for their family. It also serves as their studio for their furniture line, vanCollier.  Take a look!

Their front door was once the ambulance entrance.

Beth chose to paint their foyer red as a nod to Albert Hadley's famous New York City apartment. 

Beth and Chris perched on their Jeannie Ottoman.

I adore these cowhide barrel chairs from the Collier's furniture line. The extra-long tapered candles on the antique sconces add a bit of formality. Love them!

Rich aubergine marine paint on the study walls.

Beth, working in their light filled studio.

The building's elevator is original and is used to transport their finished furniture pieces.

The original fire escape, now provides natural light and a peak outside this bathroom.

They have some beautiful furniture and lighting in their line. See more here!

You can read the full article in Garden and Gun.
Photography by Patricia Lyons

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kitchen Trend Spotting: Matte Black

I love a white kitchen. But for years, there has been a formula. White cabinetry + Calcutta + Subway + Stainless = Pretty Kitchen.
I'm really enjoying the shift in using other materials and colors.
All of these kitchens have used matte black range hoods and they are awesome. The hood is the "fireplace" of the kitchen and is a major focal point.
I'm loving these kitchens! (I know, a lot of them are still white...baby steps folks!)

Artistic Designs for Living

Photography by James Braund. Styling by Indi Foord for Real Living Magazine

Architect: Ridley Wills. Interior Design: Bill Brockschmidt & Courtney Coleman

Photography: Justin Coit, Domaine Home

Photography: Michael Partenio

Custom Hood, Megan Winters. Werner Straube.

Interiors: Adam Hunter. Architect: Steve Giannetti. Photography by James Ray Spahn

Carter Kay Interiors

Urban Electric Company

Urban Electric Company


Betty Lou Phillips

Lyndsy Woods, L Kae Interiors. Hood by Raw Urth Designs