Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Yeah..that totally works!

I've been sitting around a lot this weekend with hot tea and crackers by my one side and a sniffly, sneezy hubby on my other side. We're quite the pair this weekend. But what better excuse to catch up on some DVR'd shows, flip through the piles of magazines I keep meaning to spend time with and pulling fun images off of the web?

I'm no Oprah (darn it), but I thought I would share some of my favorite things.

I should save the best for last. But I just can't.
This chandelier is made from love letters written on Japanese paper. Swoon.

Antique Chinese lantern, French 40's deco table, 50's inspired chairs.Oh my. Yes. Yes. and Yes.

And this. Love the table although I'm not sure why. Probably because the chairs that were picked to go with it are genius. Any ideas about how else this table could work?

Just my personal opinion, but separated, each piece doesn't do all that much for me. But pulled together like this, there is a magic, don't you think?.


This style chair paired with this style table creates a striking juxtaposition although I think we've all seen this kind of thing so much by now that its unexpectedness is expected . Here, I'm all about the wall decor. It's a 6 foot diameter 18th-century gilt piece that is guessed to be from an Italian church.

Now, each piece in this vignette does do something for me.A dark stained bamboo table with Louis XIII chairs covered in what looks like sculpted velvet?  Pulled all together like this it's sumptuous yet earthy. Feminine balanced with masculine (or visa versa). And that Calder-ish mobile puts me right over the edge straight into design heaven.

Well, like most, if not all of you, I have dozens of files and folders full of images like these. I could go on and on. But I think it's time for some more tea before calling it a night. Maybe tomorrow we'll take a look at  some other rooms, like foyers. I love those! Don't you?
Did you enjoy checking out those rooms? I'm sure there were elements in them that caught your eye that I missed. Let's hear about it! There's always so much to learn from each other and it's a lot of fun, too.

All images courtesy of House Beautiful


Marija said...

These are some terrific images - I don't think I've ever seen any of them before! Second to last image is easily my favorite. The 18thC gilt piece was cool even before I knew it was 18th century!

Maria Killam said...

I have the sniffles and a scratchy throat so I guess somethings going around, great images! And by the way the other 297 were quite bad actually!! That's why it took so many to get at least 3 good ones!!

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

Hard to imagine, Maria, that you could take anything but a good pic!

Marija - Welcome! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the images!

Unknown said...

Oh I just love that ram dining table. Its such a surprise! And who cares if your not Oprah, we ALL have favorite things!

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

Yeah! I like your thinking, AB!

A Different Karen said...

In the last photo I like how easily my eyes go from the sand-colored velvet chairs to the fireplace just beyond. Fluid transition. Same color; 2 different textures.

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

I agree - that room is VERY easy on the eyes!!

inspiration is all around even where we least expect it