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West Elm Spring 2011

Just another reason to be exciting about 2011 and what it shall bring - I am really digging the new collection for Spring 2011 from West Elm.     The following items are already on my wish list.  Topping the list is the great Windsor Chaise pictured above.

Parsons Mirrored Console Table

JOHN PAUL PHILLIPE ART RUGS...just amazing - love the line version as well as the neutral color version.

John Paul Phillipe Sketch Rug

John Paul Phillipe Art Rug

Ellipse Metal Canopy Bed

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Industrial Pendants

Upholstered Dhurrie Slab

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Industrial Metal Cabinets  and Foxed Nightstand

Images from West Elm

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Victor Klassen Furniture & Doors

Victor Klassen, started by the artist/scupltor himself, features innovative wood-working technique from exterior doors and other wood doors, to coffee tables, home accessories and other unique modern furniture pieces. These contemporary styles always exude a life of their own. They get their inspiration from the blend of natural forms and the illusion of movement, which is why their artistic furniture designs curve and flow with an exquisite rhythm.  Speaking of simulating movement through dynamic form...the stunning buffet above features is a personal favorite featuring ubiquitous sweeping curves and integrated pulls.  The following are just a taste of the wonderful pieces on the site:

Curve Table

Skeletal Sofa simply wow!

Nook Coffee Table (also available as console and breakfast tables) _

Doors: Wave and Chaotic All of their pieces incorporate the best quality materials including premium grade Red Cedar and American Ash which are mainstays in their collection. No wonder they pride themselves on modern furniture pieces that are perfect for longevity and stability.

Enjoy your journey through their site by clicking here, and be immersed in the artistic work of Victor Klassen.

IMAGES by Victor Klassen

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Hunted House in Washington, DC

The U Street Corridor area is quickly becoming one of my favorite sources for furnishings.  The Hunted House is located on U Street near some of my favorites including, Room & Board, RCKDNY. Located on the second floor of a row house on 14th street, the shop feels more like a home than vintage furniture shop.  A hand-selected mix of eclectic and mid-century furnishings are displayed in vignettes, showroom style.

Pair of Ceramic Lamps - already envisioning these with a great modern drum shade

Danish Modern 2-Seater with Teak Frame

Danish Modern Desk

Glass Top Cocktail Table hmmm...I saw the matching end table in Rehoboth

Walnut Side Table

Check out the Hunted House site by clicking here.

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Well Built, Washington, DC

Well Built, a new DC furniture shop focused on sustainable, modern furniture.  Loving their dedication to helping people realize that great design can be responsible to the environment.  Check out some from of my favorites.

Hepburn Bed

WD3 Desk

Double Octopus Pendant Also available in White

Deer Collection Side Chair

Sonic Classic Wood Clock

Many of the furnishings at Well Built are available in a variety of finishes.  Check out their website by clicking here.

IMAGES from Well Built

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Just Looking Upscale Resale in Rehoboth, DE

While in Rehoboth on a mini vacation, I discovered a gem of an antiques shop. I was in the store shopping for about an hour. I knew I had something was up when the owner ended up putting me to work. I helped him move some chairs. Ultimately, it was time well spent as I found some great things. The above was my favorite - this African serving tray. While I didn't buy one this time, I just love it! Check out the following other great finds:

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FOR THE BAR...

Incorporate vintage pitchers, shakers, decanters to add sophistication for the bar. Had to buy this great wood/chrome ice bucket with matching tongs.

Mid-Century Chrome Side Table

Hat Box and Shoe Form

Hat boxes take me back...my grandfather had the best hats and the boxes were always really amazing. I couldn't resist the shoe form which makes a great paper weight.

Creepy Old Portrait

Not sure why but I was drawn to this piece.

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Vases, bowls, oh my!

I always love to check out vintage accessories - if you choose carefully - you can enhance the decor of your place. I had to have the small black glass vase and the large grey ceramic vase. Both are the sort you might find at West Elm or Crate and Barrel, at a fraction of the price.

Mid-Century Magazine Rack

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WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK

This marble slab lamp only needed a new shade. And the oval back chair, reupholstered would make a great desk chair. The set of four splat back chairs were so charming and would be stunning with an upholstery update as well.

1960s Desk

ODDITIES

I absolutely had to have the Speedaway sled. Despite growing up in New Orleans where there are no hills and it rarely snows. And I like the irony. The vintage (working) projector was also tempting but the sled blew it out of the water.

MORE BARGAINS AND MORE ADVICE

When you are prepared to buy several things, you have leverage...so, try to get the price down! Also be on the lookout for backrooms where items are discounted. The vintage frames above were $2 a pop. It just so happened that they were running a sale on vintage books, $5 all you can fit in a shopping bag. I filled 3 bags...thanks mom for teaching me how to pack...I got a lot of bang for my $15.

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