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Entries by Interiors by Patti LLC (113)

Thursday
Nov032011

Accessories: Mercury Glass

 I am enjoying the popularity of mercury glass accessories and holiday ornaments that are so prolific in the stores this fall.   

These vases from West Elm  make a charming sparkly holiday arrangement. 

 

  Pretty lamps from Pottery Barn would work in a variety of spaces. 

Hurricanes in various sizes from Ballard design make versatile display pieces throughout the year.  Think how pretty they would be at Valentine's Day. 

 

Add some vintage charm to a cabinet with these knobs from Anthropologie.


If you would like to collect antique mercury glass here are several gorgeous pieces available on 1st Dibs http://www.1stdibs.com/

 

 A sweet powder box on etsy.com would be perfect for my collection of boxes.  Might just have to have  it!

 

Photo credits:  westelm.com, potterybarn.com, ballarddesign.com,anthropologie.com 1stdibs.com, etsy.com

Monday
Oct312011

Happy Halloween!

 Decorate  and get your treats ready.  A few quick ways to get in the "spirit".

 

Photo credits:  craftsbyamanda.com, marthastewart.com

Sunday
Oct302011

One for the Guys:  Recliners

I was having a discussion this week with a client about furniture for  a family room.  Of course the husband mentioned a recliner and his wife just rolled her eyes.   The truth is that recliners are comfortable chairs and everyone likes to sit in them.  It's their  bulky clunky look that has given them a bad rap.   So, I am going to bat for the guys today.  Let's take a look at some recliners that don't look like recliners. 

Bradington and Young has several very attractive options.

 

Sam Moore also has chair designs that would fit the bill for looks and function. 

 

 

Check out Motioncraft by Sherrill for some attractive space saving wall hugger recliners. 

Remember to consider placement of a recliner in your room to avoid seeing the reclining mechanisms.  

 

Photo credits:  bradingtonandyoung.com, sammoore.com, motioncraft-furniture.com



Friday
Oct282011

Steve Jobs and the Eichler

Little did I know that Steve Jobs was inspired by his time living in an Eichler home and was inspired by the simplicity of the design.  Just ran across this article in Apartment Therapy for those of you who are Jobs and Apple enthusiasts.  

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/architecture/growing-up-eichler-steve-jobs-and-his-childhood-home-architizer-159561

 

 

 

Sunday
Oct232011

Modern Architecture: The Eichler


Joseph Eichler was a visionary builder who erected thousands of "affordable" modern homes in the Bay Area and Southern California from the late 1940's to the early 1970's.  Although not an architect he was quite a visionary and hired some of the most influential architects of his time, A. Quincy Jones and Claude Oakland. 

Eichler's post-and-beam homes defined "California living" after WWII, and his firm pioneered the notion of open floorplans and indoor-outdoor design, with walls of glass making the distinction between interior and exterior practically melt away. Many Eichler homes feature vaulted ceilings, atriums, in-floor radiant heating (revolutionary at the time), and prolific use of natural materials like teak and redwood.

Enjoy your tour of "The Eichler". 


 


Several Eichlers are now on the National Historic Register such as this home in Green Meadows community in Palo Alto.

 

Many Eichlers are  being remodeled and are priced in the millions, sharply up from the orginial $10,000 asking price when they were built.  

 

Photo credits:  marinmodern.com, Blog.lpainc.com, Eichlernetwork.com, morewaystowastetimeblogspot.com, googleimages.com