Saturday, August 22, 2009

Well-Made Dining Chairs from Jessica Charles

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We were shopping for some dining chairs for a client the other day and we were surprised to see how much shoddy stuff is out there. Really. If you can pick an upholstered chair up with one hand it usually means it's not that well-made. In our experience, with most upholstered furniture, the more substantial it feels the better it is made. Solid furniture is made with solid wood, well-padded seat and sturdy construction.

So with that in mind, we recommend that if you are looking for high-quality dining chairs, take a look at Jessica Charles. It's a small division of Hancock & Moore, a very prestigious furniture maker in North Carolina. The style of Jessica Charles slants toward the more classic side, although they have introduced more modern designs of late.

Here are some samples:

The chairs are not cheap. They run about $650-800 per chair, but we think they are worth it.

To see the entire collection, visit Jessica Charles web site.

Modern Office Accessories

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We were looking for something cool for our desk the other day, and let's face it, Staples is really not the place to go for stuff like that.

So we were thrilled to see a line called Prestige Identity at the LA Mart. Despite the boring name, it is actually a very hip European company specializing in modern gifts and accessories.

Take a look at some of our favorites:

This is actually a bookmark.

A magnetic for paperclips.
Don't you love these photo holders?
This is a USB card holder. Elephant bookends.

Most of the items are quite reasonable. You can buy them directly on the Prestige Identity web site.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Glamorous Furniture from Julian Chichester

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We first saw Julian Chichester furniture about 10 years ago. At that time the line was really small and very quirky; it still is.

An English company, Julian Chichester furniture has that glamorous-but-not-too-chi-chi quality about it. Ten years later, they are still around so they must be doing something right.

Take a look:

You can see the full catalog here.

At this time we do not have pricing information yet, our apologies. If you need assistance, email us we'll be happy to contact the company for you. Just know that it's quite pricey...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Marvelous Mirrors from Made Goods

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Certain things in life you'd think would be easy to find, but they are not. Do you find it so? Say the perfect black dress, for example. With so many black dresses out there you'd think it's easy to find the perfect one, right? But nooo...

We find mirrors to be like that too. Most mirrors out there are so gaudy, so UNinteresting, that we get bored just looking at them. This is why we were so excited to see this new line from Made Goods at the New York Gift Show this week. The line is FABULOUS!!

Take a look:

We don't have the pricing information for this line yet but we promise to post it as soon as we do. In the mean time, if you want to see the rest of the line, check out Made Goods web site. If you need help in purchasing it, drop us a line (the company only sells to wholesale).

Monday, August 17, 2009

Unique Lamps from Regina Andrew

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We thought we show you some really pretty lamps from Regina Andrew today. We found her at the High Point Furniture Show last year and we thought her stuff is very unique. The line is constantly updated with new stuff-which is really nice.

Here are some of our favorites:

In addition to lamps, Regina Andrew also carries a decent collection of decorative accessories and furniture as well. To see the complete line, visit Regina Andrew web site.

Ideas for Loft Furniture

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We like the minimal look when it comes to decorating a loft. Something about a loft just DEMANDS a minimal look. Anything else doesn't seem right.

At any rate, we think minimal doesn't mean boring, and it also doesn't mean cheap imitation of Corbusier or any of the mid-century masters. We think it can be original and elegant.

We came across Maria Yee furniture a few years back and we thought we show you her stuff. Her furniture has a refined quality that we like:

To see the complete product line and find a dealer nearby, visit Maria Yee web site.

Pretty Cottage Furniture from Somerset Bay

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When we get stressed out with our daily life, either from running our business, managing our finances or just dealing with life in general, our mind always wander off in some far away places--where life is a bit simpler and you can just sit on a porch sipping lemonade or something.

In our fantasy today, we're at a little cottage somewhere in the South, by the lake. And in our cottage, there are some really pretty furniture, of course. We're tired of the shabby chic look though. That is so 80's. Now the updated cottage style is just as soft and pretty and colorful...

Take a look at the furniture from Somerset Bay and you'll see what we meant:

All of the furniture can be custom-finished in delicious-sounding colors like creme brulee, carmel chew, butterscotch, roasted marshmellow..

To see the complete product line, visit Somerset Bay web site.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Soft & Pretty Decorating Scheme

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Our taste has evolved over the year. As we watch decorating trends come and go, we've concluded that certain styles just stand the test of time better than others--especially if they are updated.

Recently we have gradually gravitated toward softer, prettier decorating scheme. We find it more relaxing; and not so trendy that you have to change out your stuff every three to five years.

Here are some of our latest favorite things:


Flowers by NDI
Rug by Surya
Lamp by Jamie Young
Chair by Nathan Anthony
Artwork by New Century
Chandelier by Arteriors

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