EAMES SHELL LOVE

I’ve always loved Eames shell chairs ever since my friend, Moe, introduced me to them way back in college. Enjoy this great little movie about how they’re produced. It always reminds me of when Mr. Rogers would go to factories and they’d show a production montage. Umm… I mean that in a really good way.

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MILO BAUGHMAN: DESIGNER OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

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Here are a few of his works:

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You can read more about him here and his furniture is still available from Thayer Coggin.

RISING FURNITURE

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Shazam! Robert Van Embricqs’ Rising Table

 

Here’s how it all went down:

First, I stumbled across Robert van Embricqs’ “Rising Furniture” on Pinterest.  Then I quickly googled his work and proceeded to gasp.  Aloud. I literally even said, “Holy cow!” like I was watching a David Blaine Street Magic special.  This was all kind of awkward because I was riding on the Acela’s Quiet Car [cue the grupmpy businessman sighing and pointing to the Quiet Car sign across the aisle].

Anyhoo–this Van Embricqs is one serious design wizard and he is throwing out some hardcore woodworking magic.  His work is so smart it makes me feel like I should have studied harder in school.  I’ll shut up now and just show you the goods.

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Smarty-pants, Robert Van Embricqs sitting in his amazing creation.

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When you’re not using it–you can flatten it out. I think I’d like to see it with different portions stained different colors. Or perhaps a light wood sheet (birch) mixed with a dark wood sheet (walnut).

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re table drawing

 

See it all in action here on youtube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET’S BRING IT BACK

So–I’m back after a long hiatus.  Let’s not make a big deal out of it.

You know what else is back?

Macrame’!  Who knew?

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LOVE

A few years ago on vacation at the Ace in Palms Springs, I ran across an installation by awesome macrame’ artist, Sally England.  To be totally honest–I wasn’t in Love (with a capital L) with the piece in Palm Springs but it was interesting enough that I wanted to know more about the artist.  So, I got a name from the kindly lady at reception and googled her and then I was in LOVE, glorious love, with Sally England’s work.

Basically, Sally takes macrame’ from being a kooky Bible camp medium and translates it into something modern and fresh.  There is lots of rad stuff on her website but my favorites are these very geometric, repetitive patterns.  So clean.  So crisp–yet handmade feeling.

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I like to try to trace one rope with my eyes. Until, I go cross-eyed.

I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly to do with my super-fandom for this.   While I haven’t checked the prices of Ms. England’s stuff–I’m assuming that it is out of my budget at the moment.  Thus, I’ve dug up some online tutorials on knotting that make me think I might be able to DIY something.  The folks at A Beautiful Mess sure make it look easy in their tutorial.

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[GULP!]

7 Easy Steps that you repeat a few hundred times.

7 Easy Steps that you repeat a few hundred times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm… I’m sure it’s like anything else where it’s only scary when you get started.  I might just need to get my nerve up a little while longer before I tackle it.  Look at the potential payoff though!

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Well–hello there, you large scale wall-hanging beauty. Welcome to my imaginary future bedroom.

 

LEARNING TO LOVE YARN

I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my life to have a few people that have loved me enough to carefully craft me hand-knitted/crocheted throws and blankets to keep me warm in the cold, cold world. These throws have been in an array of geometric patterns and typically are composed of the most “masculine” colors imaginable (maroons, beiges, army greens, and burnt umbers). I have outwardly gushed over the care, skill, time, and thoughtfulness required to produce these gifts but (if I can confess here) I have always felt a pang of resentment over having to haul around these bruise-colored mops of yarn.

In fact, they have generally caused me to have a broad dislike and general heebie-geebie regarding any embroidered or knitted blanket. All of that changed, however, when I ran across the amazing blog written by the talented, savvy folks at Purl Soho, purveyor of fine yarns and knitting supplies.  Their projects use bright, sophisticated color palettes and their styling for their photos takes traditionally “granny” crafts and makes them into chic pieces that can work in traditional or modern decors.

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They make ME want to learn to knit or crochet or whatever the process that makes these things is called.  Okay… Okay… Maybe I need to do some research first.

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BLOG LOVE

While delayed in Logan Airport yesterday due to Snow Storm Saturn, or the Snowquester, or whatever the kids are calling it lately–I ran across homemade-modern.com and fell instantly in love with it.  Creative DIY Blogger, Ben Uyeda, has chronicled a series of awesome crafty projects for the home.

Ben seems to have cloned himself to optimize DIY productivity.

Ben seems to have cloned himself to optimize DIY productivity.

Basically, Ben’s driving passion is sustainability.  His projects have a proclivity towards reusing and recycling, but generally seem to have a common theme of easy to acquire materials that only require a moderate level of skill to assemble into high style products for the home.

Here are a few of my favorites:

You can make these geometric candles from spare crayons with downloadable form templates.

You can make these geometric candles from spare crayons with downloadable form templates.

If that candlemaking made you thirsty--have a drink from these recycled wine bottle glasses.

If that candlemaking made you thirsty–have a drink from these recycled wine bottle glasses.

If you're a little more adventurous--how about tackling this industrial table from plumbing fittings and knotty pine?

If you’re a little more adventurous–how about tackling this industrial table from plumbing fittings and knotty pine?

Seriously, nice work.  I look forward to new updates!

 

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Still Beach Dreaming

Even though I’ve been back from Mexico for almost a week, I still can’t stop daydreaming about the beach.  These prints by Malin Gray aren’t helping either.

Lisbon Umbrellas

Lisbon Umbrellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One day–one of these will hang in the guest room of my beachy retreat.

Blue and Yellow Chairs, South Beach

Blue and Yellow Chairs, South Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although, in reality–I’ve already gone from Playa del Carmen to Manhattan to working this week in Toronto.  So my current situation looks more like this:

Top of Aspen Mountain

Top of Aspen Mountain

Summa Summatime

Sea of Glass by Philip Barlow

Sea of Glass by Philip Barlow

I just returned to the frozen tundra of New York City after a week in beautiful Play Del Carmen, Mexico.

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There’s nothing like 5 days of sun, sand and tropical drinks to delude yourself into believing that winter won’t be so bad and that summer must be right around the corner.  Similarly, that is how these large-scale, instamatic-style paintings by Philip Barlow make me feel.    Enjoy!

Delight by Philip Barlow

Delight by Philip Barlow

Radiate by Philip Barlow

Radiate by Philip Barlow

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FROM IKEA TO MYKEA

One of my favorite scenes in Fight Club is where IKEA catalog graphics pop up all over Ed Norton’s apartment while he talks about a home full of IKEA being the ultimate satisfaction of 90’s yuppy desire.

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It’s no secret that we, here at the Decor Experiment laboratories, are big IKEA fans.  There is no greater single source for affordable furniture basics, BUT nobody wants their place to look like an IKEA showroom.  Fortunately–the most exciting aspect of IKEA, however, is the adaptability of its product line.  There are tons of ways to modify IKEA products to adapt them for their needs.

Now–there are even companies that specialize in helping you customizing the look of your IKEA furnishings.

The savvy seamstresses at Knesting.com offer tailored slip covers in specialty fabrics for many IKEA chairs, sofas, footstools, and pillows.

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The crafty kids at Panyl.com sell vinyl veneers custom cut to IKEA door sizes so that you can customize your casegoods.

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Two great ways to escape the IKEA showroom living room dilemma and create smart looks at reasonable price points.

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GOING HALF-SIES

The easiest, least expensive way to make a high impact change in a room is paint– and if you want a dramatic impact—why not consider going half-sies on your wall color? This is such a great idea for stretching your decorating budget in a new house.

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I’ve often spent the night in tiny office/guest rooms in friend’s and family’s new apartments/houses. You know the room; it’s a tiny square room with white walls that they can’t really afford to decorate– so they just store their old computer desk and their futon (or whatever they slept on when they were single) in there and call it a day.

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What could be easier and cheaper to make a big difference in that room than a paint treatment like this? Let’s break down what it takes to get this look (assuming you already have white walls and can make a trip to IKEA for the accessories):

  • A couple gallons of paint ($60)
  • Painting equipment (pan, rollers, brush, tape, tarp) ($20)
  • Color coordinated sets [2] of curtain panels ($40)
  • Sewing machine (or seam tape) ($8)
  • White bedding (hopefully you have some—but let’s say $100 for IKEA/Overstock/BB+B sheets, duvet, and pillows)
  • Matching sconces ($40—IKEA)
  • Some sort of bedside tables ($20 IKEA Lack series)
  • 3 matching frames ($30)
  • Any photos that you want to print to frame
  • Bed (we’ll assume you have that)

That comes out to about $320 and a day of work to make a guest room that you’d be proud of. If you topped it off with a couple bottles of water and a black and white cookie wrapped in cellophane on the bedside table and your guests will think you’re Martha Stewart.

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