06 June 2010

back to biznets (mostly)

maison21 must admit due to recent events, he's been ignoring his biznet somewhat (with sincere apologies to my clients, FYI). so this weekend, we got things back on track by putting in a call to our inner junque whisperer® to come out to help us with a current project. our IJW® obliged us by producing (amongst other things), a set of these fabulous hand-carved faux bois chairs for a client's dining room. they may be a little rough around the edges now, but once their finish is refreshed, and we add a fun and colorful modern fabric, they will be showstoppers- you'd never know we obtained them from a sketchy source. we guarantee they'll look like a million bucks, but at a significantly lower price tag! (side note- in our deep dark past we worked at a furniture showroom that sold a similar, if not identical chair, and we purchased FOUR for a third of the cost of what a single chair sold for waaaay back when- can't beat that!)

this is one of my favorite things about a design project- finding inexpensive, yet cool, old things and rehabbing them to complete chicness. these wrecks will look great- trust.

the quirky hand-carved faux bois detailing was what sent us over the moon when we saw these chairs. pretty darn unusual, and since several other elements of the room are being ordered straight from a catalog, it's important to have some standout vintage style happening.

we're using 3 of our faux-bois chairs around a saarinen style tulip table (to keep things feeling modern) and instead of the fourth chair, we are using an upholstered bench along a wall. space is tight in the open plan kitchen/dining area so a settee style bench is more versatile to squeeze in more than four guests when needed, and also an upholstered piece along the one small wall of the space visually looks a bit more finished than a single chair.

this photo is the original saarinen table, offered by knoll, but we'll probably use a reproduction version for budget reasons. hopefully NOT the ikea version- we have it in our own kitchen, and hate it. it's wobbly and if you even *look* at the laminate wrong, it peels off...

a snippet of our floor plan to give you an idea of the tight space we are working with. you can tell just from the floor plan that a banquette style bench works better then a single chair on the side of the table next to the wall.

to keep things feeling mixed up, above our modern table and the quirky faux bois chair/bench combo, we are hanging a big ol' french reproduction lantern from wisteria, a total bargain at @249.99. we first saw the lantern on brooke's blog way back when, and thought it was one of those "more dash than cash" items which can really help make a room sing, so we filed away it away for future reference (and when we say "sing", we mean sing on a budget- it's not so hard to make a room sing when money is no object!)
the bargain wisteria lantern- see it in action @velvet & linen. i think it's interesting how a contemporary antique reproduction can be used in a traditional way by brooke, and then used in a more modern way by moi. decorating is like cooking- you can give the exact same ingredients to 6 different chefs, and somehow each will turn out completely unique, yet equally tasty dishes!

last, though we spent a good portion of the weekend getting caught up on work, we of course spent lots of quality time with our new friend. many of you have written to ask how we are getting along (and to see if he has a name yet), and the answer is, we are getting along famously- he couldn't be a bigger love bug, and sadly outside of "good boy", he doesn't have a name yet. it will come, in time.

he-who-is-yet-to-be-named on our unmade bed, meaning richard is *under* same bed- he's still scared of the new guy...

what other blogger will show you pictures of himself in his jammies? after we went outside sunday morning, we crawled back into bed together, me to read, new guy to nap. he slept for almost an hour curled up against me, with his head on my shoulder. luckily my camera was on the nightstand so i could snap a self-portrait to immortalize the occasion, bed hair and all... i've been joking that i should name him 'tissue' because he's been so good at helping to dry my tears!

11 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

Great score on the chairs! Nothing like the IJW® for a great score.... You have to heed the call.

The new baby is darling. I'm voting for Oliver as the name.

jones said...

God does send unexpected healers. He is a beautiful boy--maybe BB would work as a name? I really like the mix in the kitchen space--the lantern is the unifying force.

Margaret said...

Unbelievable. His eyes have softened so much since you adopted him. Match made in Heaven. So happy for you! And "Tissue" is an adorable name!

Tracy said...

Those chairs are going to be awesome when they're done. And the lamp is incredible.

The little guy looks so comfy! Hopefully Richard will adjust quickly.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

New Guy is quite the looker. Congratulations. Like P-D's vote: Oliver. Nice ring to it.

Good find with the chairs. I always pass things like that by. Mrs. E. has the eye.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...what a sweet boy. Nothing better than a dog laying it's head on you to sleep. You both look happy.

camdesign said...

Oh my your NKOTB is sweet, I am very happy for you...Richard will get over himself soon enough, in our house it took about a week or two for the girls to come around, he just needs to let you know he's not pleased...
Names...he looks like a "Burton" to me, can't tell you why, just does...
Enjoy your naps for now, loved the picture, bedhead and all.
Regards, Carol Ann

honey living said...

i'm so glad you found tissue :)

the room you're assembling promises to be fabulous - the perfect meeting of vintage and modern. can't wait to see it finished!

Coco and Emma said...

He is adorable and in the last photo you can see that he is so happy and relaxed. Congrats on your latest adoption.

La Maison Fou said...

What a great project. I love the chairs and yes they will be fab!
Ok that last pic is so darn cute! I agree completely, he must know that you saved his life! What a pretty boy!
My son and I are voting for :
Griffin or Oscar..... maybe also Ozzy.

You are so lucky to find him Christian. god bless.
L.

Dianne said...

Your new baby is a sweetie.