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Entries by Interiors by Patti LLC (112)

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

 

 

 


Tuesday
Oct182011

Creating Dramatic and Welcoming Entries

Your entry is one of the most important areas in your home. 

Here are a few ideas and inspiring entry halls. 

Choose interesting flooring and/or wall treatments to create visual interest and drama. 



Choose a  wall color that will create a contrasting backdrop for interesting furniture choices. I love this hot pink sofa against the chocolate walls. 

For smaller entry halls, select an interesting chest.

Create a focal point in an entry with a great piece of art,

Or a collection of bold eye-catching accessories!


Create a serene entry by choosing a striking wall  color, a handsome hall table and a novel chandelier. BTW this looks like it could be Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue (HC 143).  I have used it several times and it is always a big hit.

If you want a big WOW factor take a cue from Tobi Fairley's red foyer.  Use bold color, pattern, lighting and accessories.  This will definitely make your vistors want to see more.

Photo credits:  housebeautiful.com, tobifairley.com, pinterest.com, googleimages.com