March 5, 2010

the rest of the blue chair hunt

Posted in furniture, life adventures, magazine tagged , at 1:07 pm by Brit

I love that I was caught up in the whirlwind of House Beautiful’s recent “Blue Chair Hunt” contest. Even though I didn’t win big, it felt good to win at all…I never win anything!

Here are some images of the other chairs that I coveted but did not score:

'prentiss chair' by bernhardt interiors found at south street seaport

arhaus furniture giles ocean blue chair found at columbus circle...this was my favorite

crate & barrel village azzuro...congrats jon!

la-z-boy 'carlyle reclining chair' in blue found at brooklyn heights

lee industries' 1703-01 chair in majestic blue found in greenwich village

room & board's 'cole' chair found in cooper square

Check out more images from House Beautiful’s Flickr Photostream.

Which is your favorite?


March 4, 2010

house beautiful’s blue chairs

Posted in life adventures, magazine tagged at 4:12 pm by Brit

Funny how my last post was about free furniture, because, I had a little bit more free furniture luck shine down on me again today.

House Beautiful has been sporadically placing blue chairs around NYC the last two days, in honor of their upcoming “Blue” issue. They have been giving hints of the chairs’ whereabouts via Twitter, and I have been furiously following their tweets.

Alas, they never ventured towards the Murray Hill/Flatiron District by my work (they were, however, only a few blocks from my apartment on the Upper East on Tuesday. Drats!).

With each tweet, I crossed my fingers. Finally, the very last stop was posted. Rockefeller Center. I’m not near there, but I figured, what the heck. The prize? A beautiful Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ‘Wyatt’ chair. Obviously worth skipping lunch for, so I set off.

'wyatt' by mitchell gold + bob williams

Two other chairs were being given away, but they were kids’ chairs and, since I don’t have kids, my mind was set on the MGBW one.

I get there with 15 minutes to wait. I linger, my eyes frantically searching around the ice rink, ready to pounce on any blue chair I saw. Little did I know, another design savvy tigress was snooping around. The chairs finally arrived and she was just a bit more fierce than I. The chair was beautiful, but not worthy of a hospital trip (and to tell ya the truth, after seeing it in person, I’m not sure it would have fit in my apartment).

It was like an insane version of musical chairs. But with a single, oh-so-lovely chair. But I lost the big prize.

I then thought of my senior editor, who just gave birth to two beautiful babies, and claimed one of the kids’ chairs as my own on her behalf. She appreciates good style, and I know little Hunter and Penelope will one day enjoy it.

"avalon child’s chair” from target

I’ll post more images from the blue chair hunt later this week!

Congrats to all the winners and thank you House Beautiful! What a fun contest!

November 9, 2009

metropolitan home folds

Posted in magazine, news tagged at 4:55 pm by Brit


Is it bad that I’m starting to become numb to these breaking news stories? Only one shelter mag left at Hachette now, my former place of employment, Elle Decor. Here’s hoping that someone will stay afloat through all of this.

R.I.P. Met Home

October 1, 2009

in love with lonny

Posted in magazine, news tagged , , at 3:50 pm by Brit

I heard about Lonny a few months ago and have been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival since.

It’s an online magazine put together by former market editor of domino magazine, Michelle Adams (who also has a beautiful eco-friendly textile line) and photographer Patrick Cline. Lovely ex domino staffer Kate Townsend Simpson graces the cover  of the first issue that promises 174 pages of decorating ideas.


You “flip” through the website as if it’s a real mag (though there are mixed reviews about that).

Eddie Ross, former EIC Deborah Needleman, and Rita Konig all contribute. And if you’re wondering where they came up with the name, it’s a combo of London and NY.

Honestly, I really like it though am a little annoyed at the whole “getting around” aspect of it. The scrolling and zooming aren’t the most effecient. And it’s eerily reminiscent of domino. As much as I loved domino, I can’t help but think that they should have been a tad bit more original.

What do you think of it? Does it fill the shelter mag void for you?

September 11, 2009

country living home collection

Posted in decorating, designer, magazine tagged at 2:51 pm by Brit

I was invited to a sneak peek of Country Living‘s fall home collection for work, so I thought I’d share. I have to say, the designs are beautiful. The perfect mix of country and modern flair. The best part is that the every day person can actually afford it. By the end of this month, the collection will be available at all Kmart and Sears stores nationwide, with items priced from $3.99 for candles to $359 for dining room furniture.

The collection has four distinct looks: Modern Countryside, Blue & White, Red & White, and Faded Antique. Each look spans traditional and modern country sensibilities. Basically, they took inspiration from the beautiful interiors that grace the pages of Country Living magazine and turned it into an affordable line that you can bring into your own home.

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I really love the feminine ruffles and down-home charm of the Red & White look. And who doesn’t love hat boxes for storage? Plaid mixed with toile equals best of both worlds in my book.

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The Blue & White look is oh so sweet. The color combo is classic, I love the mix of different hues from pale periwinkle to deep navy.

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You can barely see it, but this sweet little bench has beautiful nailhead trim around it. Is it too early to add this to my Christmas list??

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The Faded Antique look is as pretty as East Tennessee in the fall. The subdued florals and stripes reminds me of a simpler time.

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The Modern Countryside look is reminiscent of a romantic garden. It’s by far the most “modern” of the four designs, but still manages to keep that comforting feel to it.

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There are things I love about each look, it’s really hard for me to decide which one I like best. Which one is your favorite?

August 26, 2009

country couture

Posted in inspiration, Lovelies, magazine tagged at 10:42 am by Brit

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is grab a coffee, curl up on the couch, and dive into the September fashion issues. It’s just a simple indulgence for me. The photography is so inspiring,  and with each turn of the page I feel whisked away to a world of shameless beauty.

One of my favorite stories appeared in Vogue. The model? Juicy Couture co-creative director, Gela Nash-Taylor’s romantic English countryside manor.


Left: The Jacobean drawing room, with its Queen Anne chairs and Chippendale sofa, is fit for royalty. The curtains are in Robert Kime for Chelsea Textiles “Hardwick” embroidered cloth.

Right: The antique fabric at the windows, antique toile on a Victorian slipper chair, and an 18th-century mirror on the mantel make Gela’s daughter’s bedroom perfect for a princess.


In the Chinoiserie Suite, de Gournay wallpaper and a Victorian four-poster bed with custom hangings.


The chandelier is like icing on this decadent bath.


Left: An 18th-century needlework sofa against a 17th-century French bargello work in the Medieval Suite.

Right: A 19th-century Sicilian chandelier and a harlequin set of Régence bergères in the loggia.


Seriously, these photographs are like chocolate for the eyes…dark chocolate.


August 6, 2009

southern accents magazine folds

Posted in magazine tagged , , at 1:51 pm by Brit


I’m heartbroken. Time Inc. has decided to fold Southern Accents.

This is the magazine where I began my journalism career. I learned so much from the wonderfully talented editors there. This magazine will truly be missed.

July 29, 2009

upstate farmhouse escape

Posted in decorating, inspiration, Lovelies, magazine at 3:18 pm by Brit

Lovely pictures of a charming upstate New York farmhouse found in Country Living





I am totally in love with this room, they’ve got the whole romantic-chic thing going on. I love the velvet Empire sofa and the oversized intricate mirror (for a similar mirror that’s a little smaller, check out this one from Brocade Home).












I wouldn’t normally go for this seagreen color, but it actually works in this kitchen (Benjamin Moore’s Chameleon).














The equestrian-inspired trend comes and goes, but I will always adore it. There’s just something so classic about it.













I love the idea of using nature in your decor scheme. If it wasn’t illegal, I’d totally head to Central Park and scavenge some branches! 











This makes me want to sip sweet tea and listen to the crickets at night. Thank goodness I’m going to get my fill of the country in a few weeks when I take the boyfriend down to TN to meet the parents!


February 23, 2009

new home mag launches

Posted in magazine tagged at 12:30 pm by Brit

fresh home magazine

fresh home magazine

This brand spanking new magazine was on my desk this morning. I haven’t had a chance to really dive into it, but the pages I did scan through piqued my interest. Published by Reader’s Digest, Fresh Home is focused on DIY home ideas. I don’t foresee this being the next Domino, but it’s definitely recession-friendly and has a lot of great tips, including a guide for painting which will help me with my current project. Look for it on newsstands on February 27th.

January 9, 2009

r.i.p. country home

Posted in magazine tagged , at 4:12 pm by Brit


Another beloved shelter mag has received the chopping block. Oh, when will it end?!