25 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Set the Tone

The dining room is going to be the first spot that you see when you enter our house. And trust me, you’re going to see it. The windows were installed yesterday. They are quite beautiful, in my opinion, and way bigger than I’d thought. That’s a good problem to have, but we’re definitely going to need some blinds.

In any event, I’m particularly excited about picking out pieces for the dining room. There are so many possible looks. I love mixing and matching types of woods and styles. I’m not yet sure what size table we’ll be able to fit in this room, but here are some shots to get things going.

Below: It doesn’t hurt that the setting for this room is quite dramatic, but I think these chairs have it all. They’re comfortable, sleek, and I haven’t seen them in thousands of homes. Photo by Richard Powers.

Below: Another totally unique look. Not sure about the comfort factor, though. Photo care of RUM magazine.

Below: Yes, Hans Wegner wishbone chairs are everywhere, but they are beautiful, aren’t they? I love the light wood paired with the dark oak table. Photo by Ray Main.

Below: Another set of Wegner chairs care of Bulthaup. Bulthaup not only makes the most beautiful kitchens, but some pretty fab tables as well – light, durable, sleek. I love this look.

Below: Beautiful Cherner chairs care of Specht Harpman Architects.

Below: Jean Prouve all around, care of Taschen. From the table to the chairs to the lighting – it all works for me.

Below: A practical option that fits perfectly in this space. Design by Burd Haward Architects.

Below: Oh where can I find these chairs? I’m not sure where they’re from, but I love the look paired with a big parsons table. Photo via Emmas Blogg

Below: Bryan Adams Paris apartment featured in Elle Decor. I did a recent posting on the living room in this home. Now for the dining room, which is as equally amazing – old school desks make up the table, Bulthaup cabinetry, and flee market chairs – a pretty creative mix that completely works.

Below: This is the dining room from the home of Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs founder, and her husband, artist, Stephen Ormandy. It was featured in Vogue Australia in their Jan / Feb 2010 issue. The space feels airy and modern, yet lived in. I wouldn’t mind snagging one of those paintings, either.

26 Apr 2010

Kitchen Stools

Now that I’ve got the kitchen on my mind, I figured it would be a good time to think about the finishing details. We’re a while away from buying any sort of furniture, but we will need some good stools for the island.

If price wasn’t a factor, I’d be buying one (or 4) of these:

Above: BDDW Square Guest Stool, Bassam & Fellow Tractor Stool

If I can convince myself to land somewhere in the middle, here are my picks:

Above: Cherner Classic Walnut Stool, Established & Sons Alto Stool; Walter Knoll Jason Lite Stool

If I stick with my budget, here is where I’ll land:

Above: Blu Dot Stool Stool and Timber Stool; Crate and Barrel Felix Walnut bar stool; Ikea Sebastian Stool

15 Apr 2010

Dixie Chic

Browsing through one of the final issues of Metropolitan Home (November 2009), I came across the stunning San Antonio home of Dixie Chick, Emily Robison. It’s got beautiful steel windows, one of my favourite BDDW lights, Cherner stools, and an overall great aesthetic. Who knew?