In our work we do use a lot of “to the trade” only goods, but not always! Many time we mix custom items with retails goods, because lets face it, even people with bug budgets don’t want to spend a lot of furniture for all their spaces! There are so many great retail options these days for sofas and sectionals– many with the ability to choose between lots of various fabrics too to make it more custom for your space. Here’s a roundup of styles we love that will be classics for a long time!
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When considering furniture for our design projects (and for my own home), I love to include grasscloth or linen wrapped pieces whenever possible. Beyond the obvious fact that they bring texture to a space, these materials also help to elevate a design by mixing so beautifully with other finishes such a wood, lacquer and stone. For example, I was struggling with what finish to choose for my bedroom dresser when I had already selected a wood bed and white lacquer side tables, and natural grasscloth was the perfect fit as it blends well but also avoids it looking like a “set” of furniture.
Our renovation is moving along nicely (I cannot wait- this room is going to change our lives!) Along with the new space, I’m changing some things in the living room since we won’t need a sectional anymore (tv going into the new room which THRILLS me because now you won’t see a TV above a fireplace right when you walk into the house- a total pet peeve). This will be more of a “formal living” space. Although I use that term loosely because how formal can you be with a toddler running the joint? While I’m still going to be careful of finishes and fabrics (and sharp edges) I want to make this space feel more grown up and “me”.
While pondering this change, I had decided I needed new side tables regardless. The modern burl cube tables I had were fab, but I needed something with storage now that I have an ottoman instead of two level coffee table. You know, a spot to keep remotes, magazines and books. So I worked with the fab peeps at The New Traditionalists (a favorite vendor with amazing traditional-with-an-edge style) to create the perfect new side tables that work great now and will be amazing in my newly decorated space too.
I chose the Side Table No. 7 for its clean lines, lower shelf and large drawer. I specified the exact size to fit my space. When it came to finish, I knew I wanted a slightly off white and after seeing their bevy of samples chose China White for the body. I toyed with grasscloth drawer fronts (you can send COM goods to apply to their pieces) but instead went with their Fine Linen painted finish in Edgecomb Gray with Brown. It looks a lot like grasscloth but is wipeable! Perfect for Henry’s sticky fingerprints that seem to be on everything these days! The interior of the drawer I had done in a sweet grey-blue (Benjamin Moore Smoke).
I also chose their brass tassel pull (LOVE). And the details are fabulous. Everything is designed to your specifications in New York and then made and finished in Connecticut.
As you saw a few weeks ago in our office reveal, we have a new conference table in our space–my new design with Huston & Company that hits their website today! The inspiration behind this came from the desire for a simple, farmhouse style table that had a little bit more style. Bill and Saer at Huston (who make my original design, the Gates Table) helped me refine the idea down to this simple shape but with some really interesting details to it. Borrowing brass accents from Campaign style furniture and a modern leg design that cuts through the top of the table, I think the finished product, called the Newton Table (after our town where we live and my office is), is INCREDIBLE.
Right now Huston & Co. is offering 10% off all Newton dining tables through July 30th! See details and restrictions here.
Seeing all the imagery coming out of High Point right now is making me very sad I’m not there! My schedule is NUUUUUTS these days and I just couldn’t work int he trip. But I am living vicariously through Instagram and rounded up some of my favorite images of the new goodies coming out soon! Click the link below each image to find out more from the original Instagrammer!
Everything Mark Sikes does I love.