Monday, November 3, 2008

Our House is a very, very fine house

We have taken a "Leave it to Beaver" looking house to, what I hope and believe, a Swedish farmhouse sensibility.

I love lots of clean, open space and the soft gray's and blues are very calming.

I practically got my MBA on floors and how to refinish them.  We ended up liming the wood and waxing over it.  Turned out really pretty and light, but w/o the '80's feel.

Each furnitre piece is spotlighted as there aren't many, which represents both pressure and a need for great patience to find exactly the right item.

I am fairly obsessed with original, premium condition when we use vintage, as in the small Saarinen side table in the living room which is paired back with a bench from France circa early 1900's (World Interiors was my inspiration, I actually copied it, literally).

The kitchen/(real) living room has two rather large scale sofas, that are very architectural and angular; very deep with high back and sides, which are, of course, covered in white linen slipcovers.

The kitchen table was brought in from Paris, and it is 118" long with a stone top from the '50s (it took eight movers to put it in place, seriously) with a repurposed wood base, supposedly from the late 1800's (a la Axel Vervoordt, who j'adore!).

My current pursuits involve:

barstools - so hard to find - have looked at Bertoia, but so uncomfortable, this is a tough one

entrance chandelier - have two turn of the century Swedish mentality chandeliers in the dining and breakfast rooms, so am a bit stumped on this one

dining room table - need round and thought that I would do a vintage Saarinen, 60", white marble, but this has been almost impossible to source, my backup is an organic, in feel, wood table that is very old or from repurposed wood.  I have also looked at Lucca NYC, but really have a hard time buying anything new

Any ideas? 

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