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Barry Dixon Michael Bench Two Ways

Today I was flipping through the January issue of Interior Design Magazine.  The Highpoint market overview section highlighted this bench.

Barry Dixon Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth Michael Bench

It was designed by Barry Dixon for Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth.  As shown above, it has a premium cerused oak finish and a cotton/polyester blend fabric.

Barry Dixon used this piece in the 2009 CharityWorks GreenHouse.

Mclean VA 2009 CharityWorks GreenHouse Bary Dixon

Photograph by Gordon Beall via SIPA Blogs.

What do you think, a peek of it here in the recent Renovation Style Magazine feature on Anna Kohler’s home?

Anna Kohler Renovation Style Barry Dixon bench

Image via La Dolce Vita. Photo by Susan Gilmore for Renovation Style.

Do you like it?  I do.  I think it would be great in front of a fireplace or in a long townhouse where the aim is to break up two spaces without hindering flow and visibility.  I love the bolsters on either end and the sort of rustic/industrial vibe it has going on.

There is another version with a back (see below).  For some reason, I am picturing this sofa in a lake-house.  Or maybe a mountain cabin….

Tomlinson Erwin-Lambeth Barry Dixon Sofa

Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth has a user-friendly website where non trade customers can view the furniture lines.  I like that they also show their fabrics on the website.  (Am I the only one who gets so frustrated by the lack of product information on many of the trade websites?!?)

They also have a good explantion of why their products are classified as eco-friendly–something that seems more important today than ever before!  As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions on this or anything else you see on the blog.

Have you seen this mirror?

I can usually track down a source in quick time.  But, for the life of me I cannot find this mirror (or a reproduction).  I first saw it in this Spanish Colonial Revival designed by Kathryn Ireland and featured in Veranda

Veranda Kathryn Ireland Spanish Colonial Revival

Photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda.

Here is a close up of the same mirror.

Kathryn Ireland Sunburst Mirror Veranda

Photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda.

Right around the time the Veranda article came out, I noticed there was a very similar mirror in the Ballard Designs catalog.  But, the item went out of stock almost immediately and is no longer offered.  I was worried about quality at the time, but now I am kicking myself for not ordering it to see if it would work. 

Then, surfing through design blogs, I came across this Suzanne Kasler bedroom.  The mirror looks similar.

Suzanne Kaslet via Matters of Style Blog

Suzanne Kasler via Matters of Style.

Then, I was searching for something else the other day and here it was again!

Suzanne Kasler via All the Best Blog

Suzanne Kasler via All the Best.

I want this mirror for over my mantel so badly.  I don’t even typically like sunburst mirrors….so I cannot even put into words what it is about this mirror that I love.  My husband is strongly against a mirror over the mantel.  But, I love this mirror enough to purchase and have it hung…subscribing to the “better to ask for forgiveness than permission principle” that has served me well in the past.

I’ve emailed both of the designers, no luck there.  I know that Suzanne Kasler is designing a line for Ballard Designs, so I am hoping my reproduction will show back up in an upcoming catalog.  In the meantime, if you stumble across a source, I’d love to hear from you!

Dining Room Rug Sneak Peak

One of the first design blogs I found was KATIEDID.  I love her blog and particularly loved her feature on Jay Jeffers’ designs in the Modern by Design 2009 Showhouse.  I thought everything was gorgeous (and spent hours on Jay Jeffers’ website after I read her post).  Particularly, I absolutely loved the rug he used under the game table in the below room.  It was supposed to look like the cross section of a tree stump.  I wanted this rug and set out to find the source.  I did not have to look far before I found Mark Nelson Designs.

Jay Jeffers Mark Nelson Designs Stump Rug

Photo by Matthew Millman. Design by Jay Jeffers.

So, I contacted him.  He was wonderful in explaining the process to me, answering my questions, sending samples for me to touch and feel, etc.   So, basically the process was….

  1. Contact
  2. Rough estimate of price (e.g. Am I in the realm of possibility or am I dreaming).  Mark was great, he offered three options with a wide variance in price from the top to the bottom.  The difference was in the materials, of course.  The options at the varying price points were wool, semi-worsted wool, and silk and wool.  Of course, the showhouse rug was silk and wool.
  3. Once we determined this purchase was realistic, I sent Mark paint and fabric swatches from the room.  From there, I received a box from him with samples (so I could figure out what type of materials I wanted to use) as well as a plethora of “poms” in various color possibilities.  I spent a while finalizing the perfect colors and finally made my selection.  I sent everything back to Mark and sent over a purchase order and a 50% deposit.
  4. Many weeks later, I received a “strike-off” of the rug.  This was my chance to give final approval, make any changes, etc.– sortof speak now or forever hold your piece!  I LOVED it.

Jay Jeffers Stump Rug Modern By Design 2009 Showhouse

So, that’s where we are in this process.  But, I recently received an email from Mark.  My rug is being put on a ship tomorrow!  It will arrive in a month.  From there, it will go to a local carpet workroom.  They’ll cut a custom rug pad (which Mark included with the rug) and will deliver it to my home.  I’ll post pictures when it arrives.  To say I am excited would be an understatement!

So, do you have a vision? A rug you’ve seen that would be perfect if only a few colors were changed, materials were slightly different, etc?  Do you want to start from scratch and design your own rug from start to finish?  I’d love to hear about it.