OK, OKL: Here's my Chair Crush....

My friends over at One Kings Lane want to know what my favorite chair is--which, by the way, is kind of like asking about my favorite ice cream flavor.  (Hint:  Most of them.) 

I triple heart chairs.  All kinds of chairs.  Lounge chairs, slipper chairs, dining chairs, library chairs, wing back chairs, Louis XV, Eames, chinoiserie. You name it.  I have a thing for chairs because they encourage us to slow down, chat, read a book and break bread with people we like.    

But which chair do I really L-O-V-E?  Well, it's no secret that, although I may flirt with many chairs, the one I truly admire after all these years is this McGuire cane back dining chair by Barbara Barry.  Not only does it have classic, understated style, but it's amazingly comfortable.  People can sit all evening in this chair and that's exactly what you want in your dining chairs.  There's nothing worse than a dining chair that looks fabulous but has everyone jumping up the minute they're done eating because it just don't sit well.  I love to entertain and I want my guests to hang around!  

Well, hello there, handsome!  You're a tall drink of water ;)

Speaking of chairs you could easily fall in love with, I took a look at One Kings Lane's selection and, well, holy cow!  My heart went pitter-pat.  Take a little peek at some of these swoon-worthy sweeties:

  

 


But, why take my word for it?  Why not take a visit over to OKL yourself and see all the head-turning accent chairs they have to offer?

Thanks, One Kings Lane, for letting me share my Chair Crush!  That sure was fun....

And I want to wish all of my sweeties a a very Happy Valentine's Day!  Lots of love, Andrea

I'm Tickled Pink to be Featured on Lee Jofa's Website

Am I blushing?  If so, the color is definitely Nancy's Blushes 278.  That's one of Farrow & Ball's 9 new colors.  

By they way, I've been waiting all summer for the new F&B colors, ever since I stepped into the charming Stockbridge showroom in Edinburgh and they told me they were coming.....

But, talk about serendipity.  I checked my email as I arrived at my San Diego Kravet/Lee Jofa showroom for the long-awaited launch of the new Farrow & Ball colors.  That's when I heard the news that my pink La Jolla nursery was being featured on the Lee Jofa website.

This nursery features a crib treatment in Lee Jofa's New Shiraz, as well as Farrow & Ball's soft pink Toile Trellis wall covering.  I worked with my good friends at Leontine Linens to create a custom monogram of back-to-back B's and beautiful crib beddings for this special baby girl.  A custom rug of a Louis Parterre 17th century garden design re-colored in all shades of pink and coral sets the tone for the space. 

Thank you to Lee Jofa for publishing this nursery.  This is a space that always reminds me how fortunate I am to do work that makes people happy. 

 

Groovy 70s Style. Are you Diggin' It?

If you're in the mood for a fun little trip over the long weekend, why not boogie back down the shag-carpeted road to the 70s with Houzz' Becky Harris and her article,  The 7os Are Back, Can You Dig It? 

I'm not sure I'm going to be designing cocktail pits any time soon, but I sure do appreciate Becky including me in her article.  It's true, I do love a bit of Lucite now and then!

 

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Happy Anniversary to the Urban Electric Company!

I'm thrilled to tell you that my great friends at the Urban Electric Company in Charleston are celebrating a special milestone:  A decade of American craftsmanship. I placed my first order with UECo nine years ago and instantly fell in love with both their handcrafted lighting and their incredible service.  This is a company in a class by itself, as you'll see in this celebratory anniversary video.

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Thank you, UECo, for including me in your celebration.  Happy, happy birthday and many more!

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The Urban Electric Company's Garrison Wall Light

The Urban Electric Company's Garrison Wall Light

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My New Paint Touch-Up Kit

Since I completed my True Colour Expert Certification with Maria Killam this year, a lot of my business is color consulting. I really enjoy creating balanced interiors, where color flows harmoniously from one space to the next. Here's a great idea from Iris Interiors so you can always have a little touch-up paint on hand. Thanks, Iris!

My Slow Luxe Life, Unplugged and Recharged

I just spent a week unplugged.  Not wireless, but totally unplugged.  Off the grid.  As in no iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iPod or other devices. First, my husband and I spent a few days in Texas with my parents and my 99 year-old Grandma Lola.  Fortunately, there was not enough time for a Scrabble game because she still beats me every time.  It must be all that practice doing the New York Times crossword puzzle....

After that, we headed to my parents' cabin in Ruidoso, in the mountains of southern New Mexico.  We loved being in the cabin and in the pine forest, hanging out on the porch with my folks and starting the day together with a long hike.

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The deer and elk, by the way, live on the river facing their cabin and they come right up to the house every morning. As always, I was inspired by my mother's design sense.  While my parents' home in Texas is edited and sophisticated and the cabin in Ruidoso is full of unusual collections and it's a bit intentionally rough around the edges, both homes have a distinctive narrative.  They tell the stories of their city life and their country life, their family and friends and they tell the stories of artisans and craftsmen who have contributed to them.

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The cabin is full of art done by local artists (friends of my parents), books, family photos, quirky collections like my mother's paint-by-numbers, embroidered testers, Western bronzes, bears in trees and the menus she collected when we lived in Paris.  In anyone else's hands, it would be a horrifying hodge podge, but Phyllis May's curatorial eye organizes all this into something so wonderful you don't ever want to leave.

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Moving on, we spent the last few days of our vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with my brother and sister-in-law and our cute, cute nieces, Tessa and Samantha.  Hiking through the mountains in the morning is awe-inspiring.  It reminded me of something I was told years ago and try to remember:

All of your design problems are solved in nature.

What do you think of that?  Is Mother Nature ever "off"?  How are you inspired by nature in your own design?

Happy to be back and feeling quite energized by my technology break!  Have a great week.....