Courtesy of Buzzfeed.com
From Buzzfeed’s article “33 Insanely Clever Things Your Small Apartment Needs”, with thanks to Katy Wolk-Stanley, The Non-Consumer Advocate for pointing it out. Because sometimes, especially when you live in a really small space, you just need some things to make life easier, and these clever items do exactly that.
Not all of the items shown in this Buzzfeed post are beautiful, but they are all divinely functional and useful, especially in a small home, and wonderfully carry out the “useful” part of the mandate of the fabulous William Morris, who opined that one should “[h]ave nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This mantra of the Arts & Crafts movement has been a touchstone for designers and style mavens ever since. Personally, I believe that as much as possible should be both beautiful and functional. There’s simply no need to sacrifice style for practicality.
A few prime examples of practicality from this terrific post (that also happen to be beautiful and/or unobtrusive – because this is, after all, a blog about interior design, and aesthetics definitely matter!) include the following:
Vertical Wine Rack, courtesy of Buzzfeed.com and wayfair.com
Under Cabinet Knife Drawer, courtesy of Buzzfeed.com and americanwoodworker.com
Couch Arm Wrap, via Buzfeed.com and Etsy.com
If you’re ready to create a beautiful home that is also tremendously practical and functional for your lifestyle, whether your style is contemporary or traditional, and you’re not into doing it yourself, please drop me a note to get started!
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Posted in Designer Pick, Furniture, tagged bronze, contemporary, custom, end table, Furniture, hammered, hammered bronze, occasional table, polished bronze on October 31, 2013|
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White bronze nesting tables
Every so often, a piece of furniture comes along that can only be described as a work of art, or jewelry for the home. These beautiful nesting tables are a prime example of this breed of goods – and vastly prettier in person than the images show. The gleam of the highly polished metal base contrasts with the sparkle of the hammered finish of the tabletops in these distinctly contemporary pieces, while the detailing of the bases recalls more traditional design – crenellated castles, anyone?
The weight lets you know you are truly dealing with a quality piece, as does the sheer perfection of the finish and attention to detail. The finishes are like silk.
This is a magnificent melding of form and function in a pair of petite tables that will be at home almost anywhere.
Made of bronze, these nesting tables are available in a variety of polished and patina finishes (11 in all), including the three shown here.
Size: 11.5″ square x 20″ high
Please contact me for pricing if interested in adding these jewels to your own home.
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From time to time, I come across some extraordinary antique finds and showcase them here on my blog. This is one of the more unusual and important chandeliers I’ve seen, and is in flawless condition. Scroll down past the description for closeup views, which show the detailing and sparkle.
The famed Salviati company was instrumental in the revitalization of the Murano glass industry in the 19th century, starting with the development of a method of making mosaics with glass (tesserae), which subsequently found their way into some of the most important and well-known buildings in the world, including the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome, l’Opera in Paris, the Houses of Parliament in London. The company is also credited with the rediscovery and preservation of flameworking (lampwork), aventurine glass (also called goldstone), and opal glass.
One of a kind amber crystal chandelier designed by Giulio Salviati (1843-1898) and manufactured by the Salviati company in Murano Italy. This chandelier is the only one known in existence made by Giulio and it was part of the Salviati museum in Venice Italy until removed about 30-35 years ago by the gentleman the present owner acquired it from in Venice. The gentleman that acquired the piece from the museum lives right across the street (main canal) from where the Salviati museum used to be and had it installed above his dining table that oversees the Grand Canal. The piece has remained untouched since installed and is in mint condition with no pieces missing, and is fully functional. The chandelier is currently in a warehouse in Italy; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Price Upon request
Excellent original condition; no pieces are chipped, broken, or missing.
83″ high x 67″ diameter at the widest point (height does not include the chain or rod)
Number of items: 1
Materials/Technique: Amber Murano Glass and Crystal
Item source and information believed to be reputable and accurate, but authenticity not guaranteed by Hoechstetter Interiors.
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This stunning hand-painted 4-panel screen with a scene of an Italian boar hunt would be spectacular in any room of the house, either as a room divider, to hide an unneeded door or unattractive architectural “feature”, or even just hung on the wall like the artwork it is. The soft, soothing blues and greens combine to create a trompe l’oeil image that will make small rooms look larger than they really are.
W90″ x H80″
Retail price: $10,065
Hoechstetter Interiors price: $7,811.43, plus freight
(Prices subject to change without notice.)
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