November 18, 2013

Nursery design: 10 dos and don'ts

Are you with child? Congratulations! I'm not (thanks, IUD!), but my dear old friend J is, and she asked me to do a post on nursery design. I'm happy to oblige, especially since designing a room for your darling offspring sounds like one of the best things about being knocked up.

Credit: Fawn and Forest

So here's my bossy list of nursery design dos and don'ts: 

1. Your nursery need not have a "theme."

2. Please, no faux stuffed taxidermy on the wall, like a giraffe head jutting glumly over the crib. 

3. Please do install dimmers, or at least use lamps with three-way bulbs. Blackout shades are awesome and you can make them look swell (check out these instructions for making the cloud shade below). Adding curtains gives you more options for controlling light, and heavy ones can help block street noise and peripheral light when the shade is down.

Credit: little green notebook

November 15, 2013

Benjamin Moore's bestselling red paint colors

Trends tend to be fascinating — I think most of us are inherently interested in what others find interesting — and if you're paint-obsessed like me, it's fun to keep a eye on Benjamin Moore's bestsellers page.

The company updates this list frequently, and colors jostle for position. Two months ago, for example, Benjamin Moore Merlot Red and Moroccan Red were bestsellers; today, they've been pushed aside in favor of Deep Rose and Hodley Red. 

Bestselling red paint colors,

Some warhorse colors remain permanently popular, though, including straight-up-now-tell-me Benjamin Moore Red 2000-10.

I couldn't find any good interior shots of this color, but it's very to similar to Million Dollar Red:

Benjamin Moore red paint colors,

Below, two shots of Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red:

Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red,
Credit: Archer & Buchanan Architecture

Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red,
Credit: The New York Times

October 25, 2013

Shopping in New York: Flair

Last month I had about 24 hours in New York to window-shop my little heart out, and it was so fun. Gorgeous weather and caffeine-fueled ogling!

I began my afternoon at La Colombe's cafe in Tribeca, where I sucked this baby down. Several years ago I used to order La Colombe's Nizza blend for the ol' Bialetti, but then realized maybe I shouldn't drink 12 ounces of espresso every morning.

The La Colombe on Church Street is very well-situated, ogling wise, given its proximity to Kirna Zabete, Isabel Marant, and Barney's, but the spot I most enjoyed post-coffee was Flair

If you dig intense black-and-white decor and have serious cash to drop, this is your place. (Lamp above here. Boxes here.)

October 24, 2013

Sofa makeover, part 2

Good lord, it's been a month and I haven't uttered a PEEP about the sofa makeover. It's like I've been busy or something. Only I haven't, unless by busy you mean watching the now-extremely disturbing Downton Abbey or catering to my cat's every whim. 

So, the sofa. We waved goodbye to the old gal on an appropriately misty morning last month, and the strong furniture folk from The Straight Thread carted her away for her facelift.

September 24, 2013

Sofa makeover, part 1

Hello! Here begins the story of our sofa makeover.

Sofa makeover, via RoomLust

Sarah inherited this 1940s sofa from her grandmother. It's a very sentimental piece but also has awesome lines, beauteous wood carving and brass nailheads. It's stellar.

Sofa makeover, via RoomLust

The problem, obviously, is that the poor sofa is broken and sad. Once regal and super comfy, now its arm is hanging by a thread, it's saggy, and the down stuffing is crying for help. It needed a makeover, like, yesterday.

Sofa makeover, via RoomLust

At first we hoped we could fix the sofa and salvage the original upholstery, but several experts told us, "Nay." Not with that sad broken arm, no; the fabric couldn't be saved.

September 20, 2013

Benjamin Moore Elmira White

Benjamin Moore Elmira White. A popular warm greige with a slight yellow cast.

Designer Brad Ford on Elmira White:
"The nice thing about it is that it's still a warm neutral, but it does have a brightness to it. It's really reflective and adds the warmth I like, but doesn't feel dark at all... It's a perfect blend of beige and gray and will complement literally any color palette you choose to introduce in the room. You can't wrong with this one."

Benjamin Moore Elmira White, via RoomLust

Um, what if you lived here? I'd expect to find a string quartet playing Mendelssohn in the coat closet every time I came home. Above, walls are painted Elmira White and the trim and ceiling are painted Benjamin Moore Ivory White.

September 17, 2013

On the cheap: Use bathmats for a rug

Y'all know we love cheap shit. And Miles Redd.

So we went majorly gaga for this:

Use bathmats for a rug, via RoomLust

Custom velvet-upholstered bed, Saarinen table -- but! That rug is made of stitched-together IKEA bathmats.


The trick reminded us of something designer Tom Scheerer did in his bedroom, below, when he sewed together inexpensive straw mats:

Tom Scheerer's bedroom, via RoomLust
Credit: Michael Mundy, Domino

September 16, 2013

Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red

Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red, via RoomLust
To get walls this shiny, use a tinted primer and seven coats of high-gloss Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red. Credit: Peter Rymwid

Moroccan Red! Just slightly dusty. One of Benjamin Moore's bestselling reds.

Here's what interior designer Alexa Hampton says about Moroccan Red:
"...Dining rooms are traditionally red, and this is the red of the riding jackets in British hunting prints, the red of the proverbial redcoats — the military men everyone went gaga for in Jane Austen's books. In addition to making Kitty Bennet swoon, red conveys a sense of royalty."

The Duke of Wellington by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1820

Hubba hubba!

Below, designer Inson Wood used seven coats of high-gloss Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red in this 2011 New York City showhouse:

Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red, via RoomLust
Credit: Peter Rymwid
Above, painting by Larry Zox.

September 12, 2013

From the Domino archives: Wall brackets

PEOPLE. Let's talk wall brackets. 

Remember this amazing photo?

Modern blue + white living room: 'Galapagos Turquoise' by Benjamin Moore

It's the Manhattan apartment of decorator/event planner/florist-to-the-stars Antony Todd, from the April 2006 issue of Domino.

There's a lot of rad-ness happening here, from Benjamin Moore Galapagos Turquoise to the earthy palette and sense of restraint, but let's not forget that wall bracket. It's a less-obvious alternative to a big mirror or piece of art. It also echoes the color scheme of the room, and, along with the screen, helps balance the scale of the oversized lamp.

Above, brackets draw the eye upward and repeat the room's symmetry. They're also helpful for displaying a collection, in case you have a penchant for blue and white porcelain.

More advice from the April 2006 Domino issue:

Domino is coming back!

Oh my god. Y'all. We have been PANTING ever since we read the news that Domino is coming BACK.

Domino style: Deborah Needleman's gorgeous TriBeCa loft
Domino editor in chief Deborah Needleman's Tribeca loft

Behold, per Women's Wear Daily:
This fall, possibly as early as September, the Domino brand will be dusted off and resuscitated in the form of an e-commerce site with a quarterly print magazine, according to several sources. 
Efforts to jump-start Domino shifted into high gear in the last couple of months and are set to continue in coming weeks as the new venture is shopped around to advertisers and vendors. 
[celestial music]

White and yellow bedroom: Domino magazine

Rumor has it that Michelle Adams (co-founder of Lonny, former Domino staffer) will be helming Domino 2.0, with the help of Beth Brenner, lately of Traditional Home. 

That's news to our ears, since Lonny has quasi-sucked since Adams, below, departed.

Ideas for small spaces: White curtains + faux paneling + modern fabric + tidy storage

Anyway, whilst we wait for the launch (and pray it's not some fabrication of our poor addled minds), Sarah and I thought we'd revisit some of our favorite Domino issues in a few posts, beginning with this one over HERE.