Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Things and Places to Put Them

Since I came across so many things I loved at the Las Vegas Market, and I didn’t want to cram them all into one post (because who has the time to read a post that long) today I’m featuring furniture (not seating) and accessories.

The first showroom we wandered into was full of Jonathan Adler accessories. (We even saw a few items that were used in our hotel rooms at the Cosmopolitan.) I love these modern interpretations of some of our favorite animals.

LVMarket2014_003 I am a total sucker for anything made with natural wood grain on display for all to see. This is a great dining room table for spaces on the smaller side.LVMarket2014_004Speaking of natural wood grain, this showroom was full of it. And they took it one step further: a lot of the pieces here had one or two edges that looked as though someone had sliced a tree and left a side unfinished. I loved this detail about these tables.LVMarket2014_009 They also used these little butterfly notches in all their tables, which doubled as structural reinforcement and aesthetic design detail.LVMarket2014_010 I think this chair is so interesting and organic looking. Probably not the most comfortable, but definitely a conversation piece worth having in the right space.LVMarket2014_011 These are paper! Not cut to look like this, just made like this. The showroom rep suggested them as room dividers or artwork. Very cool.LVMarket2014_013 LVMarket2014_014How about these books carved from wood? They don’t open, but would still look awesome on display in a living room or home office.
LVMarket2014_018 These sculptures are great modern pieces for a mantle or large bookcase.LVMarket2014_020 More accessories to love, especially the combination of white and gold in the shelves on the left. And don’t you just love that rhinoceros pillow on the right?LVMarket2014_028 Sometimes it’s the simple things done well that get me excited. I thought this grouping of pillows was a well curated collection of shapes and patterns.LVMarket2014_030 Cow hide? No, it’s wood! So striking, I love the high contrast wood grain.LVMarket2014_036 This photo does not do this table justice. It is a shimmery silvery metallic with some kind of layer of acrylic over top. It felt like it would be very durable, yet it looks so delicate.LVMarket2014_047 This credenza is so unique, with metal sliding doors and circular handles the best part is in the next photo…LVMarket2014_052Just look at the texture! This material covered the frame on all sides.
LVMarket2014_053 This is more or less the headboard I want in my bedroom at home. (Hopefully soon!)LVMarket2014_068 There were a few vignettes I really enjoyed at the Market, like this one. It just looks so cozy. Again with my love for natural wood grains, and the unexpected use of chrome I mentioned last week.LVMarket2014_089 This combination of wood and lacquer is really interesting, and actually reminded me of a wood and marble cheeseboard my sister gave me for Christmas.LVMarket2014_091 What a great outdoor dining solution for a small space, like many of the small gardens and patios here in LA. The benches mimic the pattern on the table top, and they tuck under the table perfectly like puzzle pieces.LVMarket2014_094I LOVE this bold area rug!! Now, where can I put it?LVMarket2014_097 Another fun vignette, at the entrance to the Jaipur rug showroom.LVMarket2014_099 These plants may all be fake, but lent plenty of inspiration for the real thing. I would love to have a little collection of these hanging planters, maybe with some air plants or succulents.LVMarket2014_100 Books at an angle are so much more interesting than books straight up and down!LVMarket2014_112 This tree trunk stool looks like it would be surprisingly comfortable.LVMarket2014_118

This media cabinet is so pretty. The shape is definitely a little mid century modern. But there’s also an element of unfinished or reclaimed wood on the left, and beautiful finished natural wood grain patterns on the right.LVMarket2014_153 So, I did a double-take on this one. It is literally made entirely of carved marble! I’m guessing it is incredibly heavy to transport.LVMarket2014_188 A little glamour for the bedroom. I love the gold star knobs and the combination of te dark wood frame and white drawers. LVMarket2014_190Next week it’s all about lighting, so stay tuned! 

What was your favorite piece this week? What were you surprised by?

 

 

Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Pretty Places to Rest Your Bum

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to the Las Vegas Market with my co-workers to see the latest in furnishings and home decor. This was my first trip to the Market, and it was enormous! There was so much to see, and admittedly we barely scratched the surface. With our limited time there we had to be strategic and mainly focused on the vendors and manufacturers we use frequently, with the goal of seeing what’s new this year. Since there was so much to see, and so much I want to share with you, I’ll spit it up into three posts. This week, the focus is on seating. Here are some pieces I found unique, interesting, or that I just really liked a lot (in no particular order).

I like the wrap-around metal work on this cozy club chair. Plus, it’s not a huge chair, and since a big city like LA has plenty of small spaces, it’s the perfect size for a space like our little house, or really any of the apartments we’ve lived in here.

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I love the design of the wood on the back of this dining chair, and combined with the exposed screws and bolts holding it together it feels a little like the arts and crafts movement and yet a little bit modern industrial.LVMarket2014_150 This is an industrial take on a mid-century modern classic. The metal prongs on the back of the chair remind me of leather belts.LVMarket2014_146 LVMarket2014_147 Who doesn’t love a good ol’ chesterfield sofa? The leather here looks a little pre-weathered, which I love.LVMarket2014_117

And speaking of chesterfield sofas, is this not a gorgeous interpretation of a classic? We were all dying over how beautiful this sofa is. The leather is gorgeous, the upholstery is perfect, and the lines of the sofa are accented with chrome from one front corner, all along the top of the sofa, and back to the front corner on the other side.The sofa is basically cantilevered over it’s base!LVMarket2014_080I am often a sucker for burlap (despite a mild allergy to it that I discovered after making burlap pillow covers) so I appreciate this combination of a modern wing chair with an upholstered burlap back. And look at how pretty the linen-look of the white fabric on the front is next to the burlap and nail heads!LVMarket2014_113 LVMarket2014_114 Ok, so maybe I wouldn’t put this in my house, and it might not be the coziest chair to curl up with a book on, but isn’t it interesting? A very art-house club chair, deconstructed, as though I’m looking at it with x-ray vision.LVMarket2014_106 A little Danish modern, a  little flying nun, there’s still something really appealing about the curves of this chair. And did you notice it only has 3 legs?LVMarket2014_090 I noticed quite a few vendors at the market combining natural materials with really sleek, silvery modern elements. I think the alligator leather upholstery with the brushed nickel base on this chair is quite striking.LVMarket2014_086 And how about the sweeping lines of chrome on this leather arm chair? I also love the detail of the upholstery seams  on the outside arms framed visually by the chrome frame of the chair.LVMarket2014_082 I saw a few sofas with flanges at the seams, like this one in a kind of foggy gray leather. It’s casual and interesting, but still makes quite a statement. Even though it’s very masculine, I can still envision it in several different kinds of spaces.LVMarket2014_081 This outdoor lounge set has a unique, modern organic feel to it while still being suitable to outdoor wear and tear.LVMarket2014_075 LVMarket2014_076 I thought this club chair was interesting. IAlittle industrial, a little art deco. As you can see, this was not the first time I saw chrome being used to make a statement at the Market.LVMarket2014_067 Sometimes it’s the simple things… I thought these patterned cow-hide ottomans were great!LVMarket2014_057What can I say? I’m a sucker for beautiful wood details, curves, and comfort, all three of which this chair has.LVMarket2014_038This side chair might not be the most unique in the world, but I loved the choice of pattern on the upholstery.
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And in a complete style 180, I found this chair charming, especially with the great choice of color. I love coral.LVMarket2014_183 I feel like I see industrial drafting stools just about everywhere these days, so I found this geometric, modern take on them to be very refreshing, and much more unique.LVMarket2014_137Stay tuned next week for more of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market!

Which of these is your favorite? What do you love about it?

This Week I Loved…

A bratwurst lunch in downtown LA.
wurstkucheThis home-cooked meal with bacon-wrapped pork.
homemademealStreet art filling in an otherwise missing concrete brick.
streetart This RauschenbergDSCN3334 …and this Frank Lloyd Wright furniture at the Huntington.DSCN3349 The mountain view from my desk and my new job with an interior design firm in Pasadena. Woo hoo!viewfromwork My funny cat sleeping.DSCN3485And this. (I heart Stephen Colbert.)

http://www.hulu.com/watch/519451

Wonderful Wood Antiques at The Snivling Sibbling

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The Snivling Sibbling storefront

Last weekend while wondering around Eagle Rock, I discovered a wonderful antique store called The Snivling Sibbling.  The hubby and I were out and about, and decided to head down to Eagle Rock to find a little lunch joint. When we were done we did a little exploring by foot. Of course I have driven by The Snivling Sibbling many times and have been curious, so I was excited to walk in and see what this shop was all about. Low and behold, it was filled with treasures!

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an overall view of the shop inside

When we first arrived, we were greeted by small sampling of what the store has to offer, lining the sidewalk out front. Something about the entrance also reminded me of the charming old antique stores you might find on a road trip through the small towns of West Virginia.

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The Snivling Sibbling entrance

The shop is not big in size, but it is packed with wonderful antique and vintage furniture, all very reasonably priced and in fantastic condition.

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some treasures at the front of the store

You can find everything from chairs, to tables, dressers, mirrors, and bookshelves. There is even this beautiful art deco bed headboard and foot board (which I definitely would have snatched up if we had had a full sized bed in the house anywhere).

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art deco headboard and foot board

Delightful accessories have homes all around the shop, peppered over the furniture until someone joyfully takes them home.

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accessories are scattered throughout the store

And when you go, don’t forget to look up! Hanging from the ceiling are accessories, furniture, and art, all worthy of snatching up.

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more treasures hanging from the ceiling

In fact we took this chair home, which we found hanging up above. It is the perfect antique addition to balance out some of the more modern aspects of our living room, and looks great in front of our Bachelder fireplace. This chair is probably more similar to the age of our home than most of the furniture we’ve decorated with, and I feel like it brings a bit of nostalgia into our sitting area.

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one of the treasures we were happy to take home with us

The shop was also filled with beautiful mirrors. Some were hanging on the wall, others on the floor propped up against something else. I fully plan to go back for one as we continue decorating our home.

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one of several beautiful mirrors for sale

Jeff, the store’s owner and operator who we met while we were there, had just gotten a few new antiques in and I found his team out back polishing and preparing them for sale.

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a recent arrival, being prepared for sale

I fell in love with this chair, being polished up out back.

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gorgeous chair, probably Victorian, just arrived and being polished up

Before we left, we decided to also pick up this end table. By its original design, it was probably meant for a sitting room. (The little door on the front has a small cigar rack built into the inside.) But I decided to use it in the bedroom. It has a beautiful femininity to it in the wood carving design and the top border, but the rich warm wood makes it elegant and mature.

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another treasure we delightful snagged, now our bedside table

And again, much like the chair, this end table is about the same vintage as the house, so it keeps with the charm of all the lovely vintage details we love so much about our house.

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a beautiful addition to our work-in-progress bedroom decor

What’s your favorite antique store find? Do you have a favorite antique store in the LA area that I should go check out?

Going Back in Time at Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage

Over the weekend, the hubby and I ventured out to Pasadena to visit Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage. We want to put a door into an existing doorway between our kitchen and dining room, which is easier said than done. In the process of measuring the doorway and then searching the more obvious places to buy a door like Home Depot or Lowes, I learned that the doors used in the 1920’s are actually ever so slightly smaller than today’s standard door sizes (by fractions of an inch!) So I began a search for an antique door of the proper size (29 ¾” x 78 ½ “) and came across this veritable treasure trove of salvaged goodies from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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They have everything! From fireplace mantles, to old butler pantries, to lighting fixtures, to furniture and hardware galore! I was in heaven walking through the store and trying to imagine from what type of home each of these unique pieces may have originated.

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And there were rows upon rows of old doors. We found the perfect one! We really wanted a glass door, so as to be able to separate the two rooms without cutting completely cutting off the flow of the house. We found this 10-light french door, which will be the perfect entry into our kitchen (which has white cabinets and siding, and grey walls). All it needs is a coat of white paint to match the white we used in the kitchen. I can’t wait to ave it delivered and start working on mounting it!

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Here are a few of my favorite things that we saw in the store. I can’t wait to go back again and see what else appears there!

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I found this chair charming, with it’s leather seat and brass buttons. While it may not be the most comfortable seat for a house guest, it could make a great conversation piece for the antique furniture lover.
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This is just one of many fireplace mantels they had. With it’s it’s natural wood grain proudly displayed and the beautiful carved wood detail, this one take me back in time!

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I have mentioned my love for the Arts and Crafts movement before, and this gorgeous buffet is no exception! It’s wood is in beautiful condition, and it’s natural red tones make for an exceptionally elegant addition for a formal dining room.

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I just adore these kitchen canisters!

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This cabinet just begs to be taken home! (And we almost did… who knows, there’s still time!) I am absolutely in love with the wood inlay, which is almost a bit more Art Nouveau than Arts and Crafts. And the velvet lining inside seems to be original, and in fabulous shape! I can just imagine some mustached gentlemen pulling out his favorite Brandy snifter while puffing on a delicious cigar.

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There is a butler pantry in the Gamble House that looks just like this! If I had a great big kitchen, I would slide this right into it!!

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There were beautiful displays of stain glass hanging throughout the store, all saved for someone (maybe you!) to take home and put in their own window.

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There was also a plethora of hardware! Door knobs, hinges, cabinet hardware, keys… you name it!

Have you ever been unexpectedly led to such treasures? Where do you look for antiques in your town?

Why I love… Danish Modern

1.Danish Modern Walnut Lounge Chair Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin - signed2. 

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Danish modern design was at it’s height from the 1940’s-1960’s.  It featured clean lines, minimalist designs, and originated in Denmark, of course. Generally the designs of this style really took into account how the human body would interact with the chair, and so you’ll find the proportions to be just right. I’ve noticed more recently that a lot of these designs are coming back, popping up in some of my favorite furniture stores, even the more popular ones like Crate and Barrel and Room and Board.

As a new homeowner and amateur interior designer, I have been loving furnishing the home my husband and I bought recently. It’s a modestly sized house, so finding the right size furniture to fill the space but also allow enough seating for lots of entertaining (which we love to do!) has been a challenge. In my search for an accent chair for the living room, I have found myself consistently leaning toward danish modern designs, and preferably vintage. Here’s what I love about the chairs I’ve been finding:

  • beautiful use of walnut and teak
  • smooth wood, almost baby soft
  • broad curves to compliment a very few sharp angles
  • use of thin pieces of wood, so as to not look bulky; in a small living room like mine, this keeps it from closing off the space leaving the room feeling airy and light

Even though they aren’t super squishy over sized loungers, they still look plenty comfortable for long conversations over a glass of wine or scotch. Plus, the elegance of the wood and the striking style are bound to strike up a conversation about design, which I am always happy to chat about!

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Found Images:

  1. Etsy – Object of Beaty
  2. Room & Board
  3. Apartment Therapy
  4. Furniture Fashion