23 Jun 2010

Library: Lounge Seating

We’ve decided to add a lounge chair to our library – the decision was easy, since I don’t think we’ll have room for anything else.

If I could have my way, I’d put an FK87 grasshopper lounge chair in this room. I’ve loved this piece for years, but sadly my wallet wouldn’t be too pleased if I took the plunge.

Ditto for Poul Kjaerholm’s PK22 Easy Chair (or any PK pieces for that matter). You never know, though. I’m going to keep my eyes open for a good vintage find. For now, I’ll just admire the shots below.

Even though the Eames lounge chair is totally overdone, I do love it. There’s a reason it’s a classic. It’s comfy and stunning and would do the trick nicely. Same goes for the Knoll Womb Chair. Once you sit in one, you’ll understand why you keep seeing these pieces all around.

Above: Photos care of Plastolux

21 Jun 2010

Library: Set the Tone

Onto the Library. In our house, this room is going to border our living room. The main floor is going to be pretty much wide-open. But I’m really excited about this space; it will offer a little cozy corner to escape to when need be. While the rest of the floor will have white walls and be airy, this space is going to have dark wood shelves and charcoal walls.

The sliding doors will likely stay open most of the time, but they’re there if needed. We’re not talking about a big amount of space here, but just enough to house our books, a built in desk and a lounge chair of some sort.

I’ve posted shots of bookshelves before, but here are a few more to get some inspiration going.

Below: Photo care of Roger Davies
Below: Architect Peter Eisenman care of Dwell Magazine
Below: Photo by Mikkel Vang
Below: Delson or Sherman Architects
Below: Photo from The Brooklyn Home Company
Below: Diane Von Furstenberg’s Hampton’s home. Photo from Habitually Chic
Below: Photo from Sarah Blee
Below: Design by Magdalena Keck
Below: Design by Feldman Architects

17 Jun 2010

Living Room (and beyond): Rugs

Okay. Now for some shameless self-promotion. I’ll be putting one of my own rugs in our living room (how could I not, really?). We’ve settled on a Wheels design in grey tones. I’d like to try a wool / silk blend and am having some samples made as we speak. The design will remain as that seen below:

Below: Oliver Yaphe Wheels Rug in Charcoal

Other pieces will be scattered throughout the rest of the house. In the entranceway, we’re going to put a Duncan Runner. My daughter currently has an Alphabet Soup rug in her room, but I’ll likely move it to the nursery and add an Ali rug or some other form of stripes to her bedroom.
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Above: Duncan runner, Ali rug

For the library bordering the living room, I’d like to add add a Madeline Weinrib Mandala Chenille Rug. I love the charcoal one shown below, but I’m toying with the idea of using a white piece since the room itself will be quite dark. I can’t really go wrong, though, her entire collection is beautiful.
Above: Madeline Weinrib Mandala Chenille Rug. Available at Y&Co.

16 Jun 2010

Living Room: Floor Lamps

This is starting to get fun. There are some amazing floor lamps available. I’ll probably pick something once all the other furniture is in place, since I’m not sure what we’ll really needed at this point – but here are some pieces I’ll definitely keep at the back of my mind:

Below: BDDW Floor Lamp. This is one of my all-time favorites. My sense is that we won’t have the room for it, but if we do, I’d take the plunge. After years of pining after this lamp, it might be time to bring it home. Available in Canada through Hollace Cluny. Photos care of BDDW and Lindman Photography.

Below: Zeitraum makes some pretty damn beautiful furniture and the High Noon light is no exception. I was recently smitten during a visit to Avenue Road in Toronto. Oh I do love it. This piece will fit in the same camp as the BDDW lamp – wait and see!

For some smaller options, I’d go with one of these:

Below: Tab Lamp by Barber and Osgerby; Kelvin F Lamp by Antonio Citterio. Both produced by Flos.

Below: Arne Jacobsen Floor Lamp

Below: Foscarini GigaLite Floor Lamp

Below: Eileen Floor Lamp by Misewell. Gorgeous!

Below: Jielde Signal Zig-Zag floor lamp. I adore these fun and classic pieces. Photo care of Morten Holtum