After visiting the International Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center a few weeks ago, I have come to some conclusions regarding the latest, greatest themes in Home Furnishings.
Faux Wood Lamp Shade
Wood, wood and more wood. Unfinished wood of every dimension was a hit at the show. Utilized in innovative ways to make this old standard look updated and interesting.
Wood Cutting Board by Canoe
The big Herman Miller sale has come and gone, and while I didn’t end up with a pair of Eames molded plastic chairs for the dining room (since there’s no new dining room table to put them at quite yet), I am, however, anxiously awaiting the arrival of my shiny new Eames Hang-It-All!
I fell in love with Charles and Ray Eames years ago when I was assigned to write an article on mid-century masters. It was one of my first magazine assignments, and I remember spending the day at a local independent shop filled with the classics I had only seen in photos, and learning about Eileen Gray, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and of course, the Eameses.
That was the day I truly fell in love with mid-century design, and vowed to eventually fill my home with a modest collection of all my favorites. Needless to say it’s been slow going, but I’ve wanted this mini icon for my office for a while. And you know, sale! And free shipping!
Nature, nature, nature… the most popular theme in design today. Many of the products seen on the market now are a reflection of years of concentrated work by young artists of our time. These delicate lights made of bone china are inspired by the aloe plant. Created by New Zealand born Jeremy Cole , each lamp illuminates and decorates in a fantastical way.
Last week was Earth Day and it reminded me about the need for a ceiling fan in my living room. I already have one in several other rooms in the house.
Ceiling fans are a very energy efficient way to cool your home. They work by increasing air movement and helping your body lose heat. Installing fans can also drastically reduce your air conditioning costs, since they consume approximately half as much electricity as air conditioners. Turning your fan on and your air conditioner down a few degrees will result in an overall cost savings.
So if you live in a hot climate and don’t own one you should ask yourself why.
Coat Trees by Usona
I found the link to Usona while thumbing through a favorite shelter magazine and was pleasantly surprised to find some whimsical, colorful and useful ideas on their website. I love to see a company utilize brights in their line up of designer home furnishings and accessories. More often than not home product is blurred by the beige brigade. I can see integrating the coat trees shown above in a group but I am pretty sure I would get upset if someone actually hung a coat on one of them.
Viento Chairs by The Chair Factory
I just love the name of this website, it makes me think of the Walt Disney movie “Anastasia” when Micky cuts a magical broom in half and it can’t stop reproducing itself. thechairfactory.com offers chair after wonderful chair to choose from. We all know that “You can’t survive on chair alone”, so the site also has many other colorful furniture categories. The bright plastic theme is emerging throughout the furniture world as a fresh Spring trend.
Last weekend, while en route to a concert, my husband and I stopped at the Apple Store in Memphis to check out the just-released iPad (totally awesome, by the way) and pick up some accessories, namely, new cases for our iPhones. Which for me is easier said than done, because for the past year-and-a-half that I’ve had this phone, I’ve yet to find a case that I actually like, let alone love. Therefore, my phone has been naked, until we discovered some really cool cases by Uncommon.