I don’t know about you but I’m having a hard time coming to terms that Mad Men ends tonight. The show which features big ego characters at a Madison Avenue advertising agency set during the 1950’s-1960’s has rejuvenated a fascination with all things mid-century modern. You can’t pick up an interior design magazine today without seeing a swanky bar cart. It was a staple during the Mad Men era and without the show, don’t think we’d see such a following for them as we do today.
Each week I am transfixed on the show’s set to see what similar pieces I have for sale or sold from AnthologyHouse. Be it an ice bucket, barware, or a coffee table I can proudly say that I’ve sold the same piece that has been featured on my favorite TV show.
And you can still get some Mad Men inspired decor in the shop including a pair of vintage cane chairs, mid century table lamp, Fred Press cheese board, vintage ice bucket, and brass swan planters. All have been marked down to celebrate the end of Mad Men. Here’s to you Don Draper!18.104.22.168.5.
Have you seen Justina Blakeney’s ad for Loloi? Not only do I love the rug they featured in her eclectic boho living room but noticed she has an almost identical giltwood crest mirror to one I currently have for sale on Chairish.
I’m doing some Spring cleaning to make room for some new pieces for the Etsy shop and have marked down E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G including the Vintage Italian Gilt Side Table and Brass Gazelle Bookends. All orders will ship within 1-3 business days. You can see more of the pieces on sale here.
Well it didn’t take long for my client and I to agree on wallpaper for her dining room – we went with Serena & Lily’s Palmetto pattern in olive/turquoise. It compliments her existing orange hue walls nicely. Now I’m just trying to convince her to wallpaper the whole dining room to add a little more drama to the room and also play off her white wainscoting. Wink. Wink.
The client already recovered the seats of her vintage 1940’s wood chairs (I attempted to find a similar chair style online for this design board) with Drygoods Design fabric. The reclaimed wood dining table from Restoration Hardware will be delivered by the end of this month and once we have the wallpaper in place, will get to work styling the rest of the room.
Since my client already has a brushed brass bar cart from Restoration Hardware, it will be fairly easy to style it up with some vintage cocktail glasses, shakers, decanters, and other barware goodies. The buffet table (attempted to find similar for this design board) will also remain as she had recently purchased it from a local artist. It will be flanked by Schoolhouse Electric Lily Table Lamps. I’ll then finish out styling the buffet with new and vintage accessories.
We will also replace her existing deep red roman window shades with white curtain panels, supported by walnut and brass curtain rods. I personally like the horn finials from Anthropologie and think they’ll add a touch of whimsy to the space. And lastly I included a ceiling pendant option to replace her existing craftsman style pendant. I adore Schoolhouse Electric’s Vega 5 Chandelier in antique black and think would lend a modern industrial vibe to her room.
I was recently contacted by a client about assisting her in making minor interior updates to her Northwest craftsman home. She already has a great canvas to work with – an updated kitchen and bathrooms, newly painted walls with beautiful white crown moulding, and gorgeous hardwoods throughout the home. Over the next few months, we will replace her dining table, cover one of her dining room walls with new wallpaper, and give her dining and living rooms a facelift with modern and vintage accessories and window dressings.
Working with her dining room’s existing wall color – Devin Lil’ Melon – she would like an accent wall with blue print wallpaper that will compliment her orange walls. She initially selected Serena & Lily’s Palmetto Wallpaper in Olive/Turquoise however we want to see some more designs that give off a modern, playful vibe before we make our final selection.
We are waiting for samples to arrive before we narrow down our selection. I’m leaning towards two of these designs but won’t know until I see them in person. Do you have a favorite? Which would you choose?
I’m excited to share I’ve just listed some new pieces in the AnthologyHouse online storefronts on Chairish and Etsy. As you can probably tell I’m drawn to black and gold right now and the pieces below reflect my favoritism for this glam color combo.
Today I’m excited to share my top picks from Dot & Bo, an online company that not only offers inspiring furniture and home decor, but beautiful curated collections from their hosts that travel the globe seeking inspiring design. Dot & Bo recently contacted me about becoming an affiliate partner and I’m thrilled to feature some of their pieces on AnthologyHouse.
I personally selected my favorite pieces and bring you a collection inspired by the upcoming Valentines holiday with hints of gold, pink, and white. Do you have a favorite from my top picks? If you purchase an item from my top picks, I’ll share your style pic on the blog and Instagram. Happy Shopping!
I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom. The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office.
I’m thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.
With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room. She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you’d see in a Cliff May house. She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay), so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.
I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes. The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.
The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe. She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.
I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug. Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.
So which look do you prefer? Which option would you choose? I’d love your feedback!
I’m a big proponent that by mixing high and low pieces and vintage with new, you can pull together a space that is a reflection of you. By featuring meaningful pieces, a high end table or chair, and a mix of vintage and new accessories you will give your room a well collected look that is warm and inviting.
One of my favorite retailers that features well priced home decor is Target and their Nate Berkus and Threshold collections offer great pieces that can be incorporated into the home at a reasonable price. Above are some of my favorites that exude a luxurious vibe and with the right mix of old and new, can tie together a high glam room.
If you have a favorite piece you’ve purchased from Target for your home, I’d love to see how you incorporated it into your space. And better yet, if you have a style shot of how you mix high and low pieces featuring a Target piece with a vintage decor item you purchased from AnthologyHouse, I’ll share it on the blog.
Today I share with you a fun project I recently completed for a client’s family and living rooms. This styling project didn’t involve paint or even the purchase of major furniture but rather adding a little bit of old, a little new, and shopping the client’s personal effects to give her family an eclectic, fun space to play and hang out.
Our goal was to add some character to her rooms by doing a little furniture rearranging and adding some decorative accessories. She already had great staples with the oriental rug, grey couch, and white bookcase. And I fell in love with her vintage cognac hue wingback chairs. The space just needed a little color and a change up of some accessories to tie it to the rest of her home.
Below is the beforephoto:
And the after:
To revamp this space, I began with her bookcase and stacked books by color. I then shopped for vintage pieces to dress it up and add some character.
I then removed the side table that was being used as their coffee table and replaced it with a mid-century modern style coffee table. I added some of her personal objects and a pair of vintage brass cranes.
Next up was her new addition at the back of her house. The new family room was a blank space with concrete floors, walls of windows, blue walls, and one lonely dining table. The family wanted to create a hang out area for playing music, socializing, and enjoying meals with family and friends.
I started with the vintage auto shop rolling cart my client acquired and wanted to use as a bar cart. I shopped for vintage barware and accessories to create a cool, industrial looking bar cart.
I hung a velvet pheasant painting above the cart – my client was hesitant at first – and when it was in place she agreed it had to stay.
And finally for this corner of the room, she asked for a set of mid-century style chairs and cozy durable rug. She did not want a coffee table or ottoman as this was a high traffic route for her kids to the back yard. But she insisted we carve out a spot for her guests to sit while she and her husband served up drinks. And I couldn’t agree more, the chairs and bar brought some fun and color to this space of the room.
This area of the 300 + square foot family room is complete, however I still have a little more work to do. The client wants to finish off the other side of the space with a large side board to hold her wares and music area for her vintage piano. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to sharing pictures with you in my next big reveal.