The Dining Table

Earlier in the week Betsy wrote a post about the dining set her roommate inherited. How could they upgrade it?

Might I suggest…

Painting the chairs and the base (?) white and applying this fabric

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The fabric is Kravet Streetwise in Cafe. I found it at Modern Fabrics and on Ebay. I thought this fabric would jive well with the House Beautiful kitchen Betsy admired from the tiny kitchen post.

blue ceiling kitchen

This image from the recent Flor catalog also got me thinking about Betsy & Kate’s dining area.

Flor dining area

Looking at the table above made me think that if the table top isn’t in acceptable shape, maybe it might look great white and the base could be left black.

I think I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the stylists for the Flor catalog are pretty damn good in my opinion. There is a really strong mix of modern, antique and traditional in that catalog, free inspiration comes in the mail every few months.

Liberty of London for Target

strawberry thief Liberty of London

Liberty of London will be coming stateside on March 14, 2010 to a Target near you. The collection will not be limited to clothing, home and garden goods will be included.  Those of you that can’t get enough of Liberty’s florals will certainly be drooling.

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Tonic Living

Its at Aubrey+Lindsay’s blog, (the champs of the Ikea Rast Overhaul), where I read about Tonic Living. All this talk of fabric swatches for $1 is what drew me in. I went and I ordered.

I ordered this outdoor pillow for the little sofa on my porch, this little ditty was $9.95 on clearance and I couldn’t pass it up.  There were several other cute pillows on sale that were $10-$12 each.

farrow_spa_single Tonic Living

And because I’d like to recover some vintage club chairs (in the next 10 years) in my living room, I ordered these samples for a buck a piece.

emilio-sand Tonic Living

 

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I am really taken by a classic ticking stripe.  The example given below is the very sophisticated and timeless loveseat at Lauren’s apartment from Good Bones, Great Pieces.  This apartment was featured in this month’s issue of Traditional Home.

striped loveseat Good Bones Great Pieces

Truthfully, I’m terrified of upholstering those chairs in something trendy, incurring all that expense and hating them a couple of years from now.  It’s so tempting to trick them out in some graphic print but I must resist.

Michelle Adams Extravaganza

Last week I got a little bored with my daily blog reading list. So I decided to venture out and choose some other blogs I had either been meaning to read for a while or just travel down some different rabbit holes.

For about 30 minutes I felt like I was trapped in the Michelle Adams vortex, which was perfectly ok with me. In fact even as I write this post, I had to refocus because I started to get sucked down another hole that started at M.A. Belle.  Maybe you’re wondering who Michelle Adams is or maybe you’re thinking oh here we go with another blogger posting about Michelle. Either way I felt like TEOT would be remiss if we didn’t give Michelle a little of our time.

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This is an image from the feature on Michelle, in her apartment in Harlem.  Michelle says those are IKEA tab top curtains which she fashioned rings to.  Before Domino folded, they began overhauling Michelle’s apartment for a possible shoot there but it obviously didn’t happen. Michelle continued the process but on a much smaller budget.

Let’s take a look at the whole spread of Michelle’s apartment from the July ’09 issue of Real Living.

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the estate of things chooses michelle adams apartment

the estate of things chooses michelle adams apartment

the estate of things chooses michelle adams apartment

the estate of things chooses michelle adams apartment

Michelle is the owner of Rubie Green, an environmentally conscious fabric design company.  Rubie Green recently introduced their own line of organic bedding.

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Diane Bergeron home in Vogue Living Australia, Rubie Green’s East Village used on pillows

Michelle also maintains her own blog, M.A. Belle.  There are lots of juicy tidbits of info to be found there like the Tastemakers sale conducted by former Domino editors Dara Caponigro and Tom Delavan earlier this year.

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And finally if all that isn’t enough inspiration, Michelle and her friend photographer Patrick Cline, will introduce the online decorating and lifestyle magazine Lonny this month. The magazine is named for both of their favorite cities, London and New York.  One of the first features is Eddie Ross‘ new farmhouse, sounds like a winner. I’m definitely stoked.

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Lonny Magazine cover

I hope I didn’t miss anything, Michelle has got a lot going on!

Modern Fabrics in Charlotte

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Modern Fabrics reclaims fabric from the cutting floors of some of the most acclaimed furniture companies including Maharam, Knoll, Kravet, Designtex, Bernhardt and more. They offer all of this at 50-75% off the list price. 

They have recently opened their online store making them widely accessible. Not only is the price right and the product high in style, Modern Fabrics is also reducing the manufacturers impact on the environment by rescuing these beautiful fabrics when they otherwise would’ve been tossed in the landfill.

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To sweeten the deal even more especially for those of us living in NC, Modern Fabrics has a retail location in Charlotte in the South End Design District.  The shop is located at:

128 East Park Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Between South Tryon & South Blvd
Hours: 11am to 7 pm Wednesday – Saturday

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Fabric Check

Oh where oh where does the striped fabric come from?

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Does anyone happen to know what the fabric is on the long pillow?

Etsy Seller of the Week: Daisy Janie

The past few days I have been searching for fabric for my next sewing project.  I have been checking all of my Etsy favorites looking for just the right print. I checked in with Daisy Janie’s shop tonight and found her new fabric collection.  I’m pretty excited and wanted to share. Just in case you couldn’t tell, Daisy Janie is our featured Etsy shop of the week.

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Jan Dicintio did not dissapoint with her new designs, ready to brighten any interior and prepare a home for Spring.  The Urbana Collection is printed on smooth organic sateen. Jan says the collection would hang beautifully as drapery or translate in to clothing or personal or home accessories.  Jan, the new Urbana Collection as well as all your work is beautiful!  

 

 

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the estate of things chooses boxwood metro

 

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the estate of things chooses daisy janie

 

the estate of things chooses daisy janie

Peter Dunham Projects & Textiles

I am loving Peter Dunham’s Cruz fabric in Pacific (blue), this is Cruz in green

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The Cruz fabric was used to make a window shade for a Santa Monica bath makeover featured in Coastal Living.  The same fabric was also applied to the backing of the interior of the medicine cabinet.

Another Peter Dunham textile, the Starburst fabric that has stuck with me

 

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While we are talking about Dunham, we should also take a look at some of the interiors he designed…

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the estate of things chooses peter dunham interior

 

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the estate of things chooses peter dunham dining room

 

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