Milo Baughman, Check!

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve moved up in my design journey.

In the process of collecting and decorating, I’ve been able to hit milestones, if you will. Milestones like, acquiring my first authentic piece of art, purchasing a true antique, devising and executing a full kitchen/bath remodel… and now I am thrilled to say that I can add a new notch in my belt!  I have purchased my first piece of furniture history!!

I am the proud owner of two gorgeous Milo Baughman barstools!!

Do you remember my barstool musings?  You can revisit here.  But after hours of searching and visualizing, I just couldn’t make a decision.  It’s like I knew that something great was on the horizon and I just had to be patient.

Behold the loveliness.

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These babies weigh a ton!!  But they are so shiny and pretty.  Ahh, I’m in love.

Well, I’m in love with everything except the upholstery.  One stool has been badly bleached by the sun.  Does anyone have any tips for fixing sun damaged fabric?  I’ve got a few ideas, but some help would be much appreciated!!

And for those of you who are like, “Ok, I’ve heard of Milo Baughman, but what’s the hype,” let’s us dish about this iconic American designer.

Inducted into the Furniture Hall of Fame, Baughman is most credited for offering modern pieces at affordable price points.  He was a master of using glass, chrome, burled wood, and lacquer – usually combining the mediums.  His design philosophy was that furniture should enhance the atmosphere of the space and improve the quality of life.

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You’ve probably seen his pieces and just not known it… Any strike an “oh yeah”?!

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Cube Chair

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Cantilevered Sofa – This is from the 70’s!  Can you believe it?!

This Chaise is so damn sexy.

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Ellipse Chair – Pretty epic

And for fun, here are some of interiors with his iconic pieces

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Cheryl Burke Interior Design

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eclectic-living-roomDying to know the paint color of this fabulous room??  Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor.

Obvs these are just a few examples, but it should give you an inkling of the genius involved.  Now you will spot imitations all over the place, and if you’re lucky, like I was, you will be able to take home a beauty of your own.

So what do you think?  Are you a fan?

Happy Creating!!  Ciao-sies, Jessica

 

Long Narrow Hallways

I think about my hallway about as much as a coach debates their line-up… slight exaggeration?  Honestly, I think not, my friends.

Oh, my hallway.  I love it for the mere fact that it does get me from point A to point B.  But hallway, you are so narrow.  And hallway, you are so dark.  And by golly, hallway, you are so very long.  Why, oh why?!  What can possibly be done to inject some personality into you?  You just might be the space in the house I spend the most time in, (yes, there are LOTS of trips from point A to point B around here).

Here in lies my dilemma… there are many options and yet zero solutions.

Meet my hallway (again)

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It’s L shaped, so you run into the dead end, with two bedrooms on each end.  Or, of course you can turn left and head to the pool bath or master bedroom.

No windows = no light.  We do leave the doors open, but it’s still not enough.

While spending my few moments of peace thinking about this hallway, I’ve managed to amass a pretty nice list of “maybes.”  And maybe, it might help you too on your long narrow nemesis!

Make the Floor stand out – The easiest to do!  Add a runner, duh.

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Embrace the darkness or lighten it up… all with just a change of paint color.  Not too hard to do!

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Create a Focal Point at the end of your Hall – Much harder if there’s no space (Hello!!), but not impossible.

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Create, or fake, architectural interest.  Uhmm… getting tougher…

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Light that mutha UP!  (Yes!  I say only to remember that my ceilings are not all that tall.  Poo!)

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And maybe, if you still have strength left, Tackle the Ceiling.

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Or just hang some stuff… I’ve seen mirrors (which kinda creeps me out), photos of all sorts, kids artwork… whatever you like!  Sounds so easy, but it’s not (of course).

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Most of these hallways, though, employ two or three of the options for maximum amazingness.

So back to my hallway pondering.  What do I want to do?  Well, I’ve decided that I’d like to use the hallway for one of my new burgeoning obsessions – Art.  Not just any kind of art, I’m really loving installation art.  How or where it will play, I’m not entirely sure yet, but I think that’s the direction I’m going to go.

What do you have in your hallway?  I’d love to hear your ideas!!  Or maybe see a few pictures of your favorites!

Happy Obsessing Creating!  Tootles, Jessica

 

2015!

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for being so supportive and being the best co-pilots ever!

2015 – Here we come!!

securedownload-1 copyCan you guess which ones are mine?  It’s like Where’s Waldo… only SO MUCH EASIER.

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Enjoy the last few days of the holiday bliss, (or in our case No School!!).

Monday we get back to work!

Happy Creating!  Jessica