More importantly, I love the hunt.
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The challenge is taken to a whole new level when mixing these pieces with new furniture
and/or more modern interiors
We finished it off with vintage books. Another one of my Go To finds!
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I have had people ask me to be on the lookout for specific things.
Bottles are another item that are easy to transport and store and are affordable.
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So I spend a decent amount of time scouring the city (and the internet) for wonderful art. No big deal, right? Whateva.
Ok, honestly I spend a LOT of (personal) time looking for art. A lot. It’s bad. I buy book after book after book. Whenever Amazon or Oprah says “read this book,” I buy a copy. You may ask, “And how many books have you plowed through recently?” Answer: Zilch. HOWEVER…I have had some amazing art finds cross my path. Picture it: me finding a vintage, scribbly, black-and-white ink drawing on eBay, showing it to a client, buying it, and finding that the signature reads “Pollock, 1954.” A good deal? Maybe. A fake? Quite possibly. A rad piece of original art?? TOTALLY.
Check out said art below…
I promise I’m making a point here, and it is this: Some people will spend a respectable amount of money on original art. Others will spend a…somewhat less…respectable amount on their art. Either way, with proper curation (and some helpful, awesome styling tips) your featured art can look simply stellar, no matter the size of your financial investment.
So let’s mix things up. Let’s tweak our frame of reference and enlarge it to include what I’m dubbing “humble art.” What is humble art, you ask? Hmmm. Let’s see…..Etsy prints, student projects, flea market treasures, phone pad doodles, Sunday afternoon craft time, magazine clippings, framed personal collections, friend art, prints of famous originals, eBay auction items, estate sale scores, kindergarten masterpieces, finds from your grandma’s closet….to name just a few.
You understand, we’re being somewhat polite here–“humble art” does not encompass those spectacular “splurge” pieces. We are not talking about that fabulous painting you proudly and preciously hang in your entryway (the one you saved up to buy after telling the kids Santa wasn’t coming this year).
Take another example, in this case a flea market treasure: four vintage lithographs of soldiers in various uniform.
No signature, no series numbering—nothing to make these categorizable as “fine art.” And yet, the coloring of the uniforms and the jaunty posing of the soldiers is undeniably interesting. Now take these pieces, pair them with gold leafing and navy blue and…wham!
Kinda great, right? The key is taking interesting art (in all it’s semi-pedigreed glory) and, with good styling and color pairings, make it stand out and work within a space in a new way.
A few other examples…
Not just a zebra doodle, friends. Nay. When paired with trophy urns, found feathers and weathered metallic accents it becomes the ultimate statement in bachelor pad chic.
I’m almost positive this black-and-white art was homemade. But accompanied by brazen mustard-yellow lamps and simple tablescaping it strikes a wonderfully austere-yet-playful chord. And what a pretty chord. One of my favs.
Lastly, take this dining room. Underscaled but elegant. Dark and moody, glamorous and inviting. If my life story ever gets turned into a movie, this would be the film set. And Ryan Gosling would be the lead star. And Lindsay Lohan would finally get her life back on track…. But I digress.
Now consider the art: expertly hung on the wall, amidst glowing sconces, radiating taste and sophistication. I can honestly tell you that while some of those life sketches are probably valuable, several are eBay finds! And through classy framing choices it all works towards a charming conclusion. Just melts my heart.
The moral of this tale: don’t be afraid of art with a questionable pedigree. Buy pieces that you love and are likely to love for years. The best pieces are the ones that speak to you, the ones that tell you a story. And remember, a murky history just makes the story all the more appealing. Cheers!
Active in the Little Rock design scene since 2006, Joshua Plumlee is passionate about reimagining elegant interiors with a focus on original artwork and an unconventional approach to luxurious style.
Homeowner Bill Hardin came back to the neighborhood where he grew up to find this historic Fayetteville home, which he renovated with the design guidance and expertise of Dale Trice of Florida. In the living room, pleated linen draperies recede against the soft white walls. A pearlized paint finish highlights the room’s original millwork, which was also left intact during the renovation. The French painting of a jazz musician is from Boswell Mourot Fine Art. “Mr. Hardin has a very keen eye for design,” says Trice, “he wanted the interiors to feel updated; not necessarily modern or traditional, but somewhere in the middle.” Find more before photos of the rest of the home and read the full story online here or find a copy of the May issue on newsstands.
This month’s Friday Favorites, from the At Home in Arkansas team to you. Happy Friday! (Click on images for links…)
Kelly Fraiser is following interior designer Beth Davis on her buying road trip, which you can check out too: http://blog.bethdavisinteriors.com.
Stuck inside in the snow in northwest Arkansas, Diane Carroll has outdoor living on her mind thanks to Things That Inspire. She says, “My pick for this week…because it’s so cold here in Fayetteville, and sun sounds wonderful…and we’re now about to begin working on our Outdoor Living issue, and I need inspiration.”
Paulette Pearson’s Friday Favorite is a recently discovered blog called Mrs. Lilien. “Mrs. Lilien is a hoot, and her blog pure eye candy with mouth-watering fashion and home design images.”
Laura LaRue has the winter blues, so her Friday Favorite is a post about yellow! She says, “Absolutely love all this yellow! So cheerful and my house could use some cheering up this winter. Also, love this picture. We featured that home by designer Tobi Fairley in our magazine.”
Kathy Condrey’s current crave is white, Swedish-style…lots and lots of it! Kathy says, “I love this style! I wish I could use more white in my house; it is so crisp and refreshing!”
Katie Rawlings loved this fabric tutorial, which she found on the home design blog of interior designer Beth Davis. Katie says, “My new addiction: fabric! I am like a kid in a candy store these days! I want any bright colorful print that I can get my hands on. I especially love mixing prints to make a statement. Some much fabric so little to cover!”
Don’t forget to enter your home in our 2010 Arkansas’ Best Contest for a chance to be featured on the pages of At Home in Arkansas magazine!
Kelly Fraiser says her closet could use a boost from the Closet Factory. “My shoes are in need of some serious organization.”
Spring is in the air, and on the table, thanks to this inspiring post Diane Carroll found on Young Designs. “A wonderfully green way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next year. Could up the ante from green beer and bagels to a beautiful spring party.”
Paulette Pearson thinks lemon yellow, especially as interpreted on A Life More Fabulous, is one of the happiest colors. “I once heard you should have an element of yellow in every room, and I think there’s some truth to that.”
Laura LaRue fancies this space featured on Delight by Design. “Love all the open space…helps me to justify to my husband that we need to knock down a wall!”
Lauren Strother is looking forward to spring when she can don some of these pretty, feminine skirts, which she found on The City Sage.
New Orleans-based designer Tara Shaw (center) is debuting her Maison line to be sold exclusively at Cobblestone & Vine in Little Rock, and Kathy Condrey couldn’t be more thrilled. Check out Providence Ltd. Interior Design for details.
Check out Katie Rawlings’ Friday Favorite on the Beth Davis Interiors blog. “Mirror, mirror, on the wallâ¦ I want them all! I have a wall in my dining room dedicated just to mirrors, all shapes and sizes. Would love to add one of these!
I am thrilled to write my inaugural post for The Traveling Designer with Tobi Fairley. With this exciting blog series I will bring to you all my favorite finds, shopping destinations, delicious meals, chic hotels and behind-the-scenes design news from around the globe. Iâll take you inside industry events, designer showhouses, furniture markets and much, much more.
So letâs jump right in with one of my favorite places in the worldâ¦New York City.
I had the great pleasure of designing a tabletop in April, along with 30 other designers including Philip Gorrivan (table shown above), for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala. I donât know about you, but I jump at any chance I get to trek up to the Big Apple and get a little taste of city life.
My home base is usually the Carlyle Hotel. The hotelâs style was created over the years by design greats like Dorothy Draper and Mark Hampton and is still very chic today.
It is perfectly situated on the Upper East Side at 76th and Madison Avenue. Itâs conveniently located near great restaurants, and itâs a stoneâs throw away from here.
The Carlyleâs own restaurant and bar is a local hotspot for drinks and afternoon tea.
And speaking of restaurants, I rarely make a trip to the city without a visit to a few of my favorites including the Kelly Wearstler designed CafÃ© BG at Bergdorf Goodman. Itâs the perfect spot for lunch!
Other favorites are Park Avenue NYC which changes its interiors and menu seasonally, and Sant Ambroeus, a see and be seen locale serving three delicious Italian meals a day and where I sat next to her on my last visit.
From Pantone to Eddie Ross, everyone is saying the hot colors of the season are turquoise and orange. Eddie set the tone with his window display for Bloomingdaleâs New York around the time of my visit.
This seasonâs color trends of turquoise and orange were right on the mark showing up this spring and summer in New York fashion and design windows alike from Coach to Crate and Barrel to Gucci.
And speaking of turquoise, I bumped into Marjorie Skourus (designer of this fabulous turquoise chandelier) who was launching her gorgeous line at a cocktail event with the Dennis Miller Showroom at 200 Lex, one of the two New York to-the-trade design centers.
Design openings and events like DIFFAâs spring Dining by Design happen in the city daily. For the design industry there is never a lack of inspiration or new product ideas in New York. I was invited to two exciting design openings while in town.
First my friend and Arkansas native Brad Ford brought me to the new Rose Tarlow showroom opening at the D&D Center. It is a beautiful showcase of Roseâs designs mixing natural wood tones with neutral fabrics for a timeless and sophisticated look.
And speaking of fabulous, I had the pleasure of attending the Juan Montoya book signing at Frette linens on Madison and 66th Street. Juanâs gorgeous new book is a must-buy.
With his unassuming and kind personality, you would never know Juan designed one of the most popular rooms (I agree) at the 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse.
The Mark Hotel is newly opened and designed by famed French designer Jacques Grange.
The black and white marble floors are stunning.
serves the best Kumquat Mojito ever. Be sure not to miss their rosemary popcorn. It is de-lish! The Jean-Georges restaurant inside is impossible to get into, with at least a month wait for reservations. Iâm hoping to dine there my next trip.
In all its simplicity, Maialino is a feast for the eyes, and the Italian-inspired fare left our taste buds soaring. And remember, you must save room for a bite of the olive oil cake, more moist than any butter cake youâve ever tasted. I promise itâs worth the calories.
Well, there it is, my latest trip to the Big Apple in a nutshell. I hope you will check out some of these great places on your next visit. And Iâll be back soon with lots of exciting tips, trends and topics from other exciting cities. Iâm off to pack now for another excursion. Until we meet again, Happy Travels!
Kelly Stamps is the charming writer of the widely read and well-loved blog, Kelly’s Korner, where she keeps loyal readers entertained with tales about life as a mom to her baby girl, Harper. Since we highlight kid’s fashion in our August Family Homes issue (check out our adorable kid’s fashion online), we asked the expert Miss Stamps to stop on by and let us know how she dresses her daughter so well on a budget. Here are a few of her clever tips.
I knew when I had a little girl that my favorite thingâespecially when she was youngâwould be dressing her up. Iâm a huge fan of smocked dresses, swing tops and ruffle pants and custom outfits. I especially love all things monogrammed.
I do love dressing her up each day but Iâm also on a budget so Iâve had to find ways to dress her without paying a fortune. I did a lot of internet browsing and found brands that I loved. Ragsland, Kellyâs Kids, Petite Ami, Potato Saks, Bailey Boys and Orient Expressed are just a few of the brands I adore. So I began to shop eBay for those brands. I watch for my daughterâs size and sort by lowest price first and I have found many great deals this way. Nice clothes for toddlers are usually only worn once or twice so everything I have bought has looked brand new.
Another thing I do often is search eBay for âmonogrammed Hâ items. That is my daughterâs first letter of her first name and I have found many custom outfits for bargain prices.
I also found well-dressed children a little older than Harper and offered to buy their hand-me-downs. There are also many great consignment stores in Arkansas as well as events like Rhea Lana and Duck Duck Goose that come to the area a few times a year.
There are many cute childrenâs boutiques in our state and it is fun to shop and look for sales or find special outfits for full price. Just a few that I have visited are 3 Monkeys in Rogers, Bella Jacks in Fayetteville and Saraâs and Pink and Blue Avenue in Magnolia.
Dressing a child well doesnât have to break the bankâyou just have to shop smart!
Hi Friends! Itâs me, the Traveling Designer, back with another adventure. This time I am taking you inside the interior design world with a trip to High Point, North Carolina and neighboring Greensboro for the nationâs largest furniture market. High Point market is “to the trade,” which means it’s for designers and retail buyers only and not open to the public. But I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes for a little peek. If you see things you love, then you can likely find them through a designer or retailer in your area.
Each year High Point Furniture Market is held for a week in the spring and again in the fall. This is one place I find the latest and greatest in interior design and home furnishings for my fabulous clients around the country. Twice a year here on The Traveling Designer, I will be bringing you highlights from High Point market. And since fall market will be here before we know it, let’s get you up to speed on High Point, the market and the great eats and treats in surrounding areas.
If you’ve never been to the High Point Furniture Market, it’s hard to even imagine the millions of choices in design that await you there. Unlike markets in Dallas or Atlanta where showrooms are housed in a building or two, the High Point market encompasses blocks and blocks of the city including several multi-story high-rises along with many small downtown store fronts like the lovely Oly Studio Showroom shown above.
One of my favorite stops at each market is Interhall, the main floor of the International Home Furnishings Building, where many of the hottest companies show their wares. In fall of last year, Barclay Butera’s Interhall display (shown above) was stunning. Walking the aisles at Interhall is a way to see the latest, hippest and most trendy items at market. With the plethora of manufacturers to choose from in High Point, finding the good stuff is sometimes like finding a needle in a hay stack. It’s great to know you can always go to Interhall and find some of the hottest picks of the show. Some of my favorite Interhall finds over the last 10 years include Barclay Butera Home, Bungalow 5, Dransfield and Ross, Julian Chichester and Shine Home.
There are so many other amazing manufacturers represented at High Point in their own large showrooms that I can’t even mention them all. But there are a few stand-outs that I am sure to see each and every market including Hickory Chair Furniture (this is part of their lovely Suzanne Kasler collection shown above), Oly Studio, Visual Comfort Lighting and Soicher Marin artwork. If I see just these four each season, I go home with a slew of new ideas and inspiration for my work and feel like the trip was a success!
Also fun were these great quatrefoil stools from Dransfield and Ross.
And Barclay Butera hit a home run with both his collections. His Barclay Butera Home collection didn’t disappoint with graphic patterns and his amazing wing chairs.
And his new Barclay Butera Lifestyle collection gets the award for Most Bang for your Buck!!
What many people that visit High Point Market don’t know is that there is much more inspiration in the area than just at market. And if you are not a designer or a buyer but happen to be in the area, be sure to try out these great places to sleep, eat, drink and shop! High Point and neighboring Greensboro are great little towns with fabulous restaurants, great shopping and cultural experiences that make the bi-annual trip to North Carolina not just work, but a truly enjoyable experience.
The chic Proximity Hotel is much more sophisticated than you would expect in an area this size. Located in Greensboro, the Proximity is the first LEED Platinum hotel in America. And for those of you who are not familiar with LEED design standards, this means the hotel has an extremely high rating in eco-friendly and sustainable design elements. So not only is it hip and cool, it is earth-friendly too.
Nestled inside the Proximity is a fantastic restaurant with a menu and wine list that would stand up in many an urban city. Printworks Bistro’s menu is based on fresh, local ingredients and creative comfort foods prepared in the French Bistro Style.
One of their specialities is muscles and the fries are to-die-for!
Also high on my dining choices in Greensboro is Bistro Sophia. With a sophisticated menu and an amazing sommelier, Bistro Sophia brings beautiful salads, high quality fish and meats paired with savory sauces, yummy side dishes and lovely desserts. And if you are feeling a bit daring, I suggest letting the sommelier surprise you with a wine selection. Bistro Sophia’s goal is to bring relatively unknown but superb wines to the area and it is great fun to discover new favorites upon the sommelier’s recommendation.
When you need a little retail therapy, there is no shortage of great shopping in the area. The Shops at the Friendly Center is an open-air mall and is home to places like Anthropologie, J. Crew, White House Black Market, and much more. It was a life-saver for me in October when my luggage didn’t arrive with me and I had to give a talk to 300 people the next morning at 7:30 am. The Friendly Center was one-stop shopping for my entire new wardrobe!
And if local merchants are more appealing to you, you should definitely check out Downtown Greensboro. On Elm Street you’ll find loads of antiques, jewelry, quaint coffee shops and local boutiques that are recommended by my fellow Traditional Home’s Top 20 Designers to Watch, Kristen McGinnis who resides in New York, but calls this area home.
So there you have it, a taste of High Point. I’ll be bringing you my favorites from the fall market in October, and, until then, I will be bringing you more exciting trips to other fabulous locales.
I’m off to pack…Happy Travels!
Hi all, it’s The Traveling Designer and I just got back from the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas.
Vegas, the home of casino gambling and some of the world’s best shopping, was also home to me during the summer of 1998. I was there doing my interior design internship for Yates-Silverman Casino Design Firm.
I usually visit Vegas at least once a year. My recent trip was for the Las Vegas Market where I was on a great discussion panel with some designer friends talking all things social media.
Lucky for me, one of my favorite Vegas hotels is located not far from the Vegas Market. The Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property, the Encore, are always my pick for the perfect place to stay.
It doesn’t hurt that the Wynn and Encore spas are some of the best in the country.
And now let’s talk about the shopping. I know it’s hard to believe, but I may prefer Las Vegas shopping more than New York City. The Chanel boutique at the Wynn (there’s one in the Encore too) always has the latest and greatest offerings inspired by Coco herself.
And if you don’t get your fill of shopping in the Wynn, there are many more options. Located across the street is the Fashion Show Mall with fabulous department store shopping including Neiman’s, Saks, Bloomies and more.
The Forum shops at Ceasar’s palace houses great brands like Gucci, Ferragamo, and the home of the little blue box, Tiffany’s. You’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Rome with the Forum shops Italianate decor and replicas of some of Italy’s most famous fountains.
If you haven’t already spent your life savings, down the way at the Bellagio are more luxury shopping locales. And be sure to see the gorgeous Dale Chihuly anemone ceiling. It will take your breath away!
When you are finally finished shopping at the Bellagio, you can have lunch at one of the many restaurants and then take a walk around the lake and see the impressive fountain display.
There are as many fabulous restaurants in Vegas as shopping destinations. What are my favorites, you ask? Well the Steve Wynn Steakhouse for starters.
And when you take the kids, a trip to Serendipity 3 is a must! It is similar to the famous New York eatery but is executed Vegas style. I love the pink and navy color palette and the over-the-top design details like the fun lighting fixtures.
The world-famous frozen hot chocolate isn’t bad either!
American Fish at the impressive new Aria hotel and casino is uber hip and the food is delish! The menu is quite sophisticated, which makes it a little hard to decide what to order. But everything my family and I tried was fantastic, so don’t be intimidated. As long as you like seafood, you can’t go wrong!
And while at the Aria, take the tram over to the connected City Center. It is a plethora of you guessed it…more shopping! And some exclusive shops at that. The Tom Ford boutique is a sight to see both inside and out.
And if you just can’t spend another dime, no worries. The city center is a feast for the eyes. I found design inspiration everywhere including these gorgeous agate covered steps.
And the unique and impressive tree house sculpture and Mastro restaurant at the City Center are a must-see!
The lovely wooden curves of the structure are awe-inspiring.
And the dining experience is quite chic.
I love the bright yellow decor in the tree house and adjacent dining room. Aren’t those glass chandeliers a wow?
If a show is in order one evening, there are many to choose from. This time, I opted for the new Cirque de Soleil tribute to the King. I am a huge Elvis fan and Viva Elvis was highly entertaining, so if you are a fan be sure to check out this fun performance.
And when you are exhausted from all the shopping, eating, gambling and shows in Vegas, a trip to the pool might be in order. It’s how I finished up my fabulous recent stay at the Wynn.
The views of the stunning pool and pool-side cabanas were all it took to get me in the mood for a fruity drink while lounging on a comfy chaise. And the Wynn pool is very kid-friendly, so don’t be afraid to take your little one along like I did.
Well there you have my latest Vegas excursion in a nutshell. It was full of food, fun and lots of design inspiration. I hope these recommendations come in handy on your next trip.
Now, I’m off on another excursion to the East coast. I’ll be back soon with more highlights, but until then…Happy Travels!