Crush of the Week: Marbled Stripe Pillow by Rebecca Atwood

 

I’m a sucker for swirly patterns. While the only marbled item I own are some multi-colored vintage graniteware bowls we used for popcorn when I was a kid, marble designs make me swoon. This week, I came across this beautiful linen marbled stripe pillow made by artist Rebecca Atwood, making it this week’s Crush of the Week.

Rebecca created the marble design by using India ink in the suminagashi technique (“sumi” means ink and “nagashi” means floating in Japanese). She scanned the paper design into a computer and elongated the pattern to resemble the water of shoreline ripples at low tide. The resulting pattern is then digitally printed onto linen with water-based pigments.

The pillow is dual sided. Named Marbled Stripe Pillow in Lagoon, a solid marble pattern graces one side, while the other is a silver linen with an applique marble stripe. Measuring 12 by 16 inches, it comes with a 25/75 down feather insert.

Rebecca Atwood Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY where she creates an original collection of table linens, textiles and wallpaper.

Crush of the Week: Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner’s 1949 Wishbone Chair is this week’s Crush of the Week. Like a favorite movie, I never get tired of this piece. Wegner designed the CH24 Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production ever since.  At sixty-seven years old, its clean, graceful lines and simple design attest to its longevity.

The Wishbone Chair is lightweight, has a characteristic Y-shaped back and a seat made of about 400 feet of  hand-woven paper cord treated with wax. In fact, making one chair is a one-hundred step process.  The frame is made out of sustainable hardwood and available in a several different wood species and finishes.

Oak species in soaped finish

Oak species in soaped finish

The Soaped Wood Finish has a close appearance to raw wood and is made by mixing vegetable oil-based soap in water and rubbing it into the wood and wiping it off.

Walnut species in oiled finish

Walnut species in oiled finish

With a darker, rich patina, the Oiled Wood Finish is  a hand-rubbed vegetable-based oil which will heighten the grain and character. Oil finishes will darken over time.

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If color pulls at your heartstrings, there are twenty-six eye-popping painted finishes. A few favorites include Orange Red Lacquer, Spring Green Lacquer, and Black Lacquer. Shown above are some blue options, but here’s a link to all the available hues.

Each chair costs between $600 (for painted) and up to about $1,450 for lacquered walnut. While it’s nothing to sneeze at, for hand-crafted, high-quality iconic furniture, the price is warranted.

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Beware of the many knock-offs on the market. One of the most telling signs of a fake is the woven seat material. Cheaper replicas often use synthetic cording, like nylon. The weaving should be tight and at near 90-degree angles balanced on all sides, like shown above.

Detail of authentic chair label

Detail of authentic chair label

Authentic chairs are also labeled. This is the current label, but older models are slightly different.

Interiors Need Energy? Look to Mondrian’s Paintings for Inspiration

Tableau_I,_Piet Mondrian [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tableau 1, Piet Mondrian in PD_US via Wikimedia Commons

Even if you don’t know the name Piet Mondrian, you probably know his work. The Dutch painter’s use of black grids filled with primary colors spilled out of the art world and into home decor and fashion — Yves Saint Laurent designed dresses in the 1960s based on Mondrian’s work.

And while Mondrian might seem a bit uptight (he kicked a member out of the De Stijl art movement group for using diagonals), he was a key figure in the development of modernism and the concept of visual abstraction.

If you think along similar lines, his work can uplift your home’s interior in a striking way. Click HERE for the full story on Mondrian-inspired interiors.

Nixing Neutrals to Create a Colorful Craftsman

kitchenFor a couple who decided to name their cocker spaniel Color, a beige and white interior just wasn’t going to cut it. That’s the situation designer Caitlin Murray and film editor Mike Parzynski faced with their historic Craftsman bungalow in Los Angeles.

Murray took charge, introducing colorful accessories against a gray backdrop for the living room, electric blue cabinets for the kitchen and quirky art pieces for the bedroom to amp up the lifelessly neutral home. Click HERE to read the full story…

From Falling-Down Garage to Tidy Guest Quarters

Eric and Marianne Haesloop’s garage didn’t have a lot going for it. The decaying structure took up a prime sunny spot at the rear of the lot. And besides, living in such a walkable neighborhood near plenty of transit lines, the Haesloops didn’t even need garage space. So they said goodbye to the building, demolishing it to create a one-bedroom rental cottage surrounded by a lush garden. Read the whole story by clicking HERE

All in the Family: Industrial-Style Basement in a Historic Home

This Canadian home has seen its share of change in the last 112 years. Originally a large single-family home built in 1903, it was at one point converted into a boarding house; then, in the ’90s, the basement level was chopped up to create two rental apartments.

The homeowners spent years renovating the upper levels to return the building to a single-family home. Recently, they set their sights on the basement, where they envisioned a family hangout space with table games, a lounge area and a decor scheme that exuded vintage fun while honoring the heritage of the building. Click HERE for the full story on their industrial-style basement…

 

Southern Porches Inspire a New Sunroom in Portland

During a conversation about making changes to his client’s living room, architect Richard Brown noticed how the topic soon shifted to his client’s fond childhood memories of screened porches and sunrooms in the South.

One thing led to another, and the project expanded to include a new enchanting sunroom extension, where the client now reads and hangs out with her grandchildren. Click HERE to read the full story!

9 Pro Tips to Creating a Long-Lasting Kids’ Room Design

via J & J Design Group

There’s a lot to consider when your child graduates from the nursery to a big boys’ or girls’ room. Done wrong, kids’ room design can feel uncomfortable and babyish. Done right, it can positively reflect your child’s personality and interests and create a memorable childhood.

Design pros weigh in on nine practical design trends that will help you turn your nursery into a kids’ room design that will last through the preteen years. Click HERE for the full story…

LEED Gold Home in LA with an East Coast Cottage Look

via Tim Barber Ltd.

via Tim Barber Ltd.

Remember Kermit the Frog’s melancholy tune, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”?  For Kermit, being green wasn’t flashy or memorable —and he felt passed over and unappreciated for his “greenness”.

Like Kermit, green design has some hang-ups too. Despite its many attributes, environmentally friendly design is often criticized for its lacking aesthetic. So much energy goes into the sustainable aspects of the project, that the design of the space can sometimes suffer. Not everyone likes the uber contemporary or industrial looks that are so common with green design either. Who wants to build a new home with the soulless energy of a shoebox?

Wanting an environmentally friendly house with all the trappings of a traditional, breezy East Coast summer cottage, this LA homeowner takes a different approach. Click HERE to read the full story about this LEED Gold home with an East Coast cottage look.

Undone in the French Quarter: A pied-à-terre is ‘unrenovated’

via Logan Killen Interiors

via Logan Killen Interiors

One theory about how New Orleans earned its “Big Easy” nickname points to a local gossip columnist in the 1970s who contrasted the city’s easygoing, laid-back lifestyle with the pace of New York’s Big Apple.

Laid back is exactly what New York TV producer-director Chris Fisher thought of New Orleans after he spent time there visiting his goddaughter. And he liked it. Looking for a respite from his hectic New York life, he purchased a unit in an 1820s-era three-story Creole mansion on St. Philip Street in the French Quarter.

The cookie-cutter kitchen and overdoneness of the space didn’t fit with its historic vein. So Fisher hired Katie Logan LeBlanc and Jensen Killen of local Logan Killen Interiors to bring the magic back. Click HERE to read the full story….