Cottage Love 4

I guess I’m cheating a wee bit because architecturally speaking this isn’t a cottage, but it still has a bit of chic cottage feel to me with it’s mix of high and low – old and new vibe! Either way I like the graphic quality (I’m actually about to shoot a project where I used a similar Kelly Wearstler rug), color use and the overall look of this home by designer Maria Barros. It’s featured in the October/November 12′ issue of Adore Magazine. 
These dining chairs are killer…..I need to find the original designer but for a similar look: Milo Baughman originals pop up on 1st dibs now and then. You’d have to search for a correct dining height.

If I ever need them in my life, these bar stools are on my wish list. They also come in cream leather,  which would be my first choice! Find them here.


I’ve long been an admirer of Milo Baughman’s sculptural metal and wood furniture. He’s  most notably known for his chairs, desks and credenzas. I’m still kicking myself on being out bid on a pair of chairs on ebay about ten years ago. I think they were $200 for the pair. Clearly, now that would NEVER happen! They easily sell for $2,000 plus a pair. Here’s a little back ground on the iconic mid century designer. You can purchase his designs through Thayer Coggin.
milo baughman
Milo Baughman (1923-2003), was a pioneer in modern design and one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. Baughman was brought east from his native California by Thayer Coggin in the 1950s to design the first lines for his collection of related upholstered groups. Baughman’s uniquely American designs were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious. The relaxed and timeless quality of his furniture created a ready and consistent response and his highly influential work continues to be collected and reinvented and revived by designers around the world. Paramount to Baughman’s design philosophy was that good design is enduring design. Baughman’s characteristic restraint does not permit the look of mere novelty to enter in. Rather, he achieved a look that is uncompromisingly modern, but which never violates the timeless standards of classic good taste. Baughman’s work was included in “High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design” at the Whitnery Museum of American Art. In 1987, he was inducted in the the Furniture Hall of Fame.
I love a Milo chair with a tufted velvet seat!!
And current furniture makers inspired by Milo:
Jonathan Adler clearly was influenced by Milo with this credenza.
And this chair is available from Crate and Barrel. It’s aptly named: Milo.

This image sealed the deal..

I’m sure you’ve seen this recent image from Elle Decor or via blog-land..I LOVE this dining room and have been contemplating what I want to do for dining chairs in my home. Louis XVI style dining chairs have been all the rage for a few years now, but I’m still drawn to their classic lines and clean style, they virtually work with almost any “look”..this photo pretty much sealed the deal for me last week. {all of these photos did actually} Ballard Design has a similar style available in a white finish, for a great price. I’m going to cover them in a parrot green linen {see color below}! Another decision off my list – check.

How can you forget this fabulous shoot of Katie Lee Joel’s house in Domino? Love the look and the chairs of course.

top image: 1st dibs (a bit out of my snack bracket) bttm: Ballard Design

My color inspiration..Images: Elle Decor April 2010, House Beautiful, Domino, House Beautiful

In search of..

{many things..but I won’t bore you with that now. (wink)} A credenza. I desperately need some place for our television. Our setup now is a bit scary but I don’t want to jump the gun and waste my money {or time} on something temporary. Ideally I’d like to design something and have it built. It’s either going to be painted or in a limed/cerused wood. Limed wood isn’t an easy find. I also want it to be large enough so I can fit two lamps on either side of the flat screen television. If it’s painted then the lamps will be wood..I’m thinking maybe something like these, from Wisteria but with an ivory shade. If the piece ends up being wood I have the two porcelain {yard sale find} lamps already! Here are some possible inspiration pieces.
I’m not going to go with black but I like the overall shape and idea of the hardware {really loving the hardware on the piece noted below} on this piece.Love the cerused oak used on this one!
Spotted this beauty on I Suwannee a while back. How great is the color that oversized hardware? I would LOVE to find hardware like this…I like the simplicity and scale of this one.

A vintage credenza.

Wish List – 1st Dibs

1st Dibs is such an amazing on line source for custom and antique pieces!
For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of having a
furniture/design boutique.
Maybe I’ll start with an online “First Dibs” website!!
Time will tell!
I’ll be back on Thursday, I’m heading to the beach for a couple of days! Ciao.
Bubble Surface Mounted Fixture: From: Orange

love, love, love this!!!

Warren Platner Chair and Ottoman: Gallery 33

Perfect for the family room or nursery

Bamboo Screen : Mode Moderne
Dining Buffet : Kerson

Settee: Would work wonderfully in my bedroom, Chapman-Radcliff