Monthly Archives: February 2012

elements of a coffee table

coffee table style
A few weekends ago at the Antiques Garage, I bought two regency tables to use as a pair of coffee tables, so of course I have styling on the brain. Coffee tables are a front-and-center place to display your personal items–favorite art books, meaningful trinkets–but you also want to keep it a little functional. Shamefully, some of our dinners are eaten off our current (tiny) coffee table, so I can’t really justify doing some flamboyant tablescaping with objets (omit the C when you’re feeling fancy), when some days, I need to clear the table for Chinese!

So here are the basics: a few pretty books, a really nice candle to burn whenever you want the day to feel a little special, coasters (good ones!), and a tray or dish for the random stuff that surfaces. Or if you’re an heiress, your ruby collection.

{The Well-Lived Life  / Muse Blanc Candle – Jonathan Adler / Metallic Leaf Tray – C Wonder / Celestial Coasters – Anthropologie}

judy aldridge’s new home

Judy Aldrige, mom of fashion blogger Jane from Sea of Shoes, recently moved into a new place and it already looks ah-mazing.

A bit of a secret: I totally judge people based on their coffee table arrangements. If I ever walked into a house that had what looks to be a rhinestone monkey doll laying on the table, I would be mighty impressed. Mighty.

The dining chair fabric blows my mind. It’s vintage Jack Lenor Larsen–the pattern is Aurora. (You can see his current collection here). I found a swatch of the fabric here.

Notes here: how glamorous is glass for a fireplace screen, cowhide on a Louis chair is absolutely inspired, mad love as always for a brass and lucite table, and do I spy a daybed draped in fur? Nevermind the giant brass antelope. Op-u-lent.

To see the rest of Judy’s place, click here and here.

rifle paper co. nyc print

rifle print
I’ve been waiting for Anna Bond to release this NYC print since seeing it on her blog earlier in the year. I always love her choice of pinks, plus the teense of whimsy in all of her illustrations.

On a sort of related note, I’ve noticed I have an absurd accumulation of NYC-themed prints and ephemera. I can’t stop! It’ll be my decorative undoing.

{New York City Print – $40}

a pink dining room

marie claire maison
For a while I was so over Ghost chairs, now I’m firmly back in the love camp, particularly when they’re a rosy hue. Definitely like them best when they’re in a setting with lots of character. And that pink wall! I wish.

One Kings Lane is having an excellent rug and accessories sale right now. I scored a rug for my entry for under $30, including shipping! Need an invite? Click here.

{Original Image: Marie Claire Maison via From the Right Bank}

just not feeling it

designers guild tassels
I’m in a bit of a funk. I think I had a delayed quarter life crisis when I turned 25 this summer, because of, well, a real life crisis this summer. So I’m just now getting to the “oh my gosh what is my life doing?” thing.

I’m laying a little low for now, while I try to get my bearings. I did have a fun day this week at the D&D with Jenny, where I ogled way too many $90/yard fabrics. Above are some tassels from the Designer’s Guild showroom. Their line is my jam.