Saturday, October 30, 2010

Upholstered Beds- Classic to Custom

I've always been fond of upholstered beds. I love the character that they can bring to a room. They can be simple, ornate, classic, trendy, traditional, modern, masculine and feminine. Basically they can be what ever you want them to be.

Here is a faux leather bed from This Tuscany Villa Dark Brown Faux Leather King-size Bed has classic lines at a bargain price. It is a wonderfully masculine look that any man would love.

Home Decorators Collection has added custom upholstered beds to their options. They offer a variety of forms from nail heads to no nail heads, wing back, etc. Their fabric options are somewhat limited, but you may find something you love. They do offer coordinating pieces to go with the beds. This Kenter Custom Arch Bed is one example of what they offer.

Ballard Designs offers more options for you on upholstered beds. In addition to the more than 125 fabrics that they offer to their customers, they also offer the COM or Customers Own Material option for a truly custom look. For their standard fabrics they have a very user friendly website that allows you to easily search by fabric category and color and then view your bed in that fabric selection. This way you are more likely to know what you are getting with the scale of the fabric on this item. This Louisa Bed is shown in the Ikat Medallion

I love what can be done with truly custom upholstered beds done through workrooms. This bed by designer Jennifer Flanders is stunning. I just love the detailing that she created with nail head trim.
Here is a beautiful bed found on the House Beautiful website. Elegant and so feminine.
Here is a pair of custom upholstered twin beds by ARDEN Interior Architecture & Design done for the 2010 Hampton's Designer Showhouse.
Consider adding some drama by upholstering the foot board too. I love the nail head trim detail on this upholstered sleigh bed. With it's neutral color and classic styling, you just can't miss with this one! 
Since I am more fond of traditional design, that is mainly what I focused on in this post. I have seen many lovely upholstered beds done in more modern styles as well.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Portland Visit

I was in Portland on Sunday shopping in the Pearl District when I discovered to my delight that Portland has a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams signature store. I had to visit this fabulous store.

They have such fabulous furniture. Their store displays are set up just like the vignettes in their catalog.

I love this bed. It makes me want to crawl inside and take a nap!

While the furniture is pretty fabulous, I just love the mirror over the sofa.

Classic clean lines are all about this look.  

I love this totally Hollywood glam look and the Donnabella 4 door chest.

I love this Suzanne chair. This is their hip version of the traditional wing chair.

There are too many things to love about this vignette. Where do I start? The alligator art? The leather cocktail ottoman? The pair of gold Too Sexy Sadie chairs? The modern Stratton chairs? I just can't decide what I love the most.

I love the clean lines on this sectional sofa. The Kirk swivel chair looks pretty great too done up in this Greek key inspired fabric.

I love this color combo of white, gray, and yellow. Fresh and fun!
Here's a totally masculine room that I think most women could love too. Their Gustave leather chair and Chester sofa look great together.
Another totally inviting bedroom vignette. It looks so relaxing and serene. The soft gold velvet and tufted back keep this Cassidy swivel chair from looking too modern. I love the traditional look with modern touches. 
These Cedric etageres are so practical and would make any display look good. Definitely use them in multiples to maximize their impact.

I will be signing up for a designer account with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams so if anyone wants to order any pieces from this wonderful company, give me a call. They ship nation wide. 480-775-1500  

Also while down in the Pearl District, our group grabbed a bite to eat at Henry's Tavern. The food was great and the decor was even better. I loved the exposed brick, bold striped window treatments, custom light fixtures, and wonderful custom art by an artist named Molly. Just a very warm and inviting space! 
I'm looking forward to going back to Portland and exploring this beautiful city. Hopefully with a little less rain next time!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Designer Show Homes

There is a decorator show home going on that is interesting to take a look at and get some ideas for your own home.  Many of the rooms are over the top and not my personal taste, but most rooms are worthy of taking some aspect of the design as inspiration for incorporating into your own taste. This dining room by Cullman & Kravis in the New York Kip's Bay Decorator Show House is formal and fun with it's turquoise ceramic accents.

The Shippen Design Show House has design more to my personal taste. This show house is based in Stamford, Connecticut and features a lovely formal living room by Jack Fillips.

The Cape May Show House this year is a bed and breakfast that was designed. Bedrooms were not part of the show since it is still an operating B and B. The New Jersey show house is over now, but will be decorated for the holidays and reopened for viewing November19- January 2.

Are there any other decorator show homes going on now that people should know about? Comment and let everyone know.