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Glamorous. Elegant. Simple. Chic. Words that accurately describe Baker Furniture. Their look; although always evolving with new introductions, is unmistakeable and timeless.
The Baker Showroom at High Point this Furniture Market was downright lovely. Even though the rooms were simply styled, I was blown away by the thoughtfulness of the detail in finish and design. Elegantly appointed and perfectly tailored, the vignettes reminded me of a classic Chanel suit.
With talent like Thomas Pheasant, Barbara Barry, Jacques Garcia and Laura Kirar, how can the collections be anything but wonderful?
Modern or traditional; outdoors or in, Baker really does it well. After countless Furniture Markets over the years, I still get excited to see something truly beautiful.
Whoo hoo! Fall Furniture Market 2013 is wonderful! I will be here several days and I am loving the details and finishes this time.
I have so much to share so I will have to break it up in a couple of posts…I ran into several design crushes on Saturday–including:
Bravo’s Flipping Out, Interior Therapy and Property Envy Star- Jeff Lewis!
Adore him, and his style. We both had our handy Pocket Listerine Sprays with us (best invention ever) and I’ll admit I was a little star struck. Which is why I have psycho eyes. He is very funny and incredibly handsome in person.
We also went to Henredon to see another of my faves…Celerie Kemble! She has a new collection out for Henredon and I adore her style and her creative details (which I will detail in another post). I wrote about her genius in a previous post here.
Regular readers will remember that the post I wrote from last High Point Market that featured some delightfully zany photos of Alexa Hampton and myself acting incredibly professionally.
High Point Furniture Market can be so SERIOUS…so we buck that trend.
As soon as I walked into her space at Hickory Chair (I couldn’t wait to get there to get her new book signed by Miss Fabulous herself)…the shenanigans started. I’m not sure what it is about her that I love so much…her totally warm, hilarious spirit, her personal style or the amazing interiors and furniture that she designs.
Let’s talk about the showroom. Delicious layers of eggplants, plums and leaf greens. I mean…Fantastic. Even though the wallpaper is patterned, it provided almost a solid backdrop for the prints and furniture.
Alexa is feeling colorful these days and her pattern mix is playful and still sophisticated.
I adore the base on this chair. It seems Moroccan inspired to me and I love the funky chevron mixed with the delicate print.
Alexa’s Natalie Chair has always been a favorite and I love it white with a small stripe to play on the tri flutes on the frame.
Occasionally- we like to do karate.
Simon Bench– get over to my bedroom! Putting a plaid on a tufted bench is gutsy. But Hickory Chair’s upholsterers are masters and if anyone can line up a plaid correctly on a diamond tufted top, they can!
Love the mix of patterns and textures on the bed. The plum velvet is wonderful!
Rich and inviting- The oxblood velvet sofa blends beautifully on the Indian inspired wallpaper. I really love that color for Fall.
The Grant Chair gets a gorgeous twist!
If you watch Homeland (Showtime series) that is filmed in here in Charlotte, you may have noticed these Grant chairs in the doctor’s office where Dana (the daughter) goes for her psychologist appointments. In Homeland, the chairs are shown in white and I love them in this leather.
Make sure you get a copy of Alexa Hampton’s latest book- Decorating In Detail. It’s gorgeous and you can pre order it on Amazon–it comes out November 5. I was very excited to get an advance copy!
I’ve had a lot of books signed over the years but this inscription from Alexa might top the one from John Loring of Tiffany (who inscribed it to “Holly GoLightly” for me)…. Thank you Alexa! I heart you lady!
She is my soul sister…after all, who else can I hide behind furniture with and play Charlie’s Angels? Not to mention, she designed the furniture!
Until next time Alexa—and I might bring Laser Tag to next Furniture Market–I heart you.
A couple more picture of the Hickory Chair Showroom–
Lindsay and I taking a break. It’s tiring looking at beautiful stuff. (Not really we just got up super early).
Grooving on this minty console with gold detailed hardware-swoon!
Blue and White is a delight…Look at that HEADBOARD. Yummy!
I adore this no color/color. It’s a greyed out plummy pink and it sends me straight to the moon. In velvet? Someone get me a chair. I feel faint. Oh, well here’ s a nod to the 1980′s in a watercolor printed chair!
Coral and cream is a dream!
White and Black gives me a heart attack! Oh it’s so chic! Yes, yes, yes!
Oh butter velvet- where have you been all these Markets? The custom mounted light on the bookcase? Just one more reason I love Hickory Chair. I can do almost anything for my clients with their custom capability.
I think my rep told me this was Kingwood. And what king would (not) want this table? Simple, lovely and sophisticated. The grain is insane.
Aren’t you glad my new boots match the leather on this fab Suzanne Kasler “X” bench?
Well, that’s it for now friends…I am sure you are reading everyone’s delightful Market wrap ups…I’m not sure if they are rhyming or have fun pictures of Celerie Kemble and Alexa Hampton but I’m going to check out some of my recommended reading friends.
Check back, or better yet, sign up for a free subscription to my blog. I will show you the rest of my High Point finds.
Hello friends! Today is fall break for the Beans and it got me thinking…first of all how is it already the middle of October? And secondly–(insert Jaws theme song here) the holidays are approaching–EEEK! As much as I love seeing my family there is a lot of prep to get there.
I don’t think it’s too early to start preparing our guest rooms for the upcoming round of visitors.
I love it when clients ask me to work on a guest room. Here is a glimpse of a recent guest room I designed. This room is on the lower level of a large home and it looks out onto the patio where the pool and the outdoor kitchen/entertaining areas are located. Even though there are a lot of windows, it has the tendency to feel dark since it’s under an overhang from the story above.
The goal was to keep it light and cheery with washable bedding, (that’s one of my favorite bedspreads), light walls and bursts of poppy. There’s a comfy swivel chair for reading or watching television and guests have access to a dining area and living area in the other part of the lower level.
It’s a calming, transitional retreat and I would gladly stay here!
Another guest room that I designed has a totally different look but also feels cozy and warm. This guest room was done for a client of mine who wanted to incorporate family mementos to give her guests a trip down memory lane. There are some new elements as well (no one wants to stay in Granny’s attic) and I like the mixture of the two. Repurposing old suitcases for an end table and reupholstering an antique wicker chair (real wicker!!) adds a vintage feel. I chose an embroidered sheer for the panels and we incorporated an antique quilt for the bed. The bed tables are old bamboo pieces and even though they are small, they have shelves below for an extra book or magazine.
It was a fun room to work on and as an avid 1920′s-1930′s fan, I like to imagine sitting at the dressing table and getting ready for a night at a supper club. I watch way too many old movies!
What do you have in your guest room?
No matter how your guest room is designed, the most important thing is to make your guests comfortable!
Here are some simple suggestions to do just that.
I always like to put on a comfy robe at the end of the day or after a shower but they take up so much room in a suitcase that I often forgo packing one. This is a great robe from Robeworks and is a worn by the guests at the Venetian, Canyon Ranch Spa as well as lucky ducks who stay at Oprah’s. There are many colors to choose from (and you could add a monogram) but this one happens to currently be on sale.
Of course you will want a hook to hang that fabulous robe on–I love this adorable Scottie hook from Anthropologie. Even if you don’t provide a robe for your guests, I like to have a hook for guests to hang their pajamas or whatever else they fancy.
Who likes to iron? Not me. I’m a lefty and doing almost anything that requires dexterity is a problem for me. So I steam practically everything I own. If it needs a crease, it’s going to be a long morning! I have a large garment steamer (and I love it) that I obviously can’t take with me so I travel with this mini steamer. I would love it if it was at my destination so I wouldn’t have to worry about drying it fully before re packing it to leave. Why not put one in your guest room?
I like my creature comforts when I travel and I have a bed time routine that includes reading to wind down. Nothing bugs me more than not having proper reading light for my tired eyes at the end of the day. It’s great to have a 3 way lamp on the bedside table for guests to be able to choose the level of light they want.
So you don’t have a 3 way light next to the bed? No worries. I love my book light. I use it mostly when Mr. V wants to conk out early and I am engrossed in one of the 17 books I am reading. But I also use it when traveling just so I don’t have to worry about what kind of light my destination might have.
Another great thing to give your guests is a place to charge their iPhone and/or iPad. It’s so nice when I don’t have to look for a place to plug mine in and then ultimately have to move a piece of furniture or leave my phone on the floor where I am bound to clumsily step on it!
I like this option (even though it’s not that gorgeous) since it combines charging both iPhone and iPad as well as integrating a clock with the ability to play music from my iTunes.
Perhaps the most simple but oh so appreciated is a box of tissues in a guest room. I really like this pretty linen tissue box cover (because the tissue manufacturers will NEVER come out with a design I like).
I love to have a tray on the dresser in a guest room. It can be used for my guests to put their personal items or they can put it on the bed to have their tea next to them or corral magazines and books. These trays are gorgeous and there are a multitude of options.
Lastly, the best way to welcome someone is truly make them feel like you want them in your home and that you are happy they are there.
The easiest ways to do that are providing soft bedding, clearing out a couple of dresser drawers and making room in the closet with empty hangars. If nothing else, at least your guests feel like you remembered they were coming! (That is a story for another time).
I would love to hear what you do to make your guests feel welcome!