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Meet Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams released a new book, Let’s Get Comfortable, packed with practical advice for creating a well-designed home, including loads of layouts so you can flex some muscle and rearrange your furniture to maximize your space. Although I’m not big on their overall decorating aesthetic because I tend to like things a bit more playful and less grown up, I do love a lot of their furniture to mix in my eccletic home. MG + BW furniture is classic and known for its exceptional quality, so most pieces fit in with a myriad of styles.

Except from Chapter 5, Create Comfort To Suit Your Style

To celebrate their new book, you are invited to an evening reception and book signing to meet Gold & Williams, on Thursday, March 15th, from 7-9 p.m. in their Boston showroom located at 142 Berkeley Street. If you’re like to attend, please R.S.V.P. by calling 617.266.0075.

If you cannot make the Thursday event, you can attend their second area event on Saturday, March 17th from 1-3 p.m. in their new Natick showroom on Route 9 at 395 Worcester Street in Natick. Please R.S.V.P. for that event by phone or email at rsvpnatick {at} mgandbw {dot} com or 508.650.1400.

Live outside of Boston? Click here to view other book signing locations.

While we’re on the subject, I’m feeling a Spring purchase coming on. Every March, as far back as I can remember, I get the urge to freshen my space with something new. I’m thinking of a nice table or a real splurge, a new sofa, this year. Hmmm. I love the Baxter and the Dexter, I wish they had one cushion along the bottom vs. two. I cannot handle cushions on the sofa. Throw pillows, yes, but back and bottom cushions, no. I love the tufted back sofas and the single cushion along the bottom – hard to come by – but I absolutely love those.

As for fabric, a grey or beige tweed would be perfect, that way I can freely mix and match pillows and throws to change the mood. I think that when you invest in a piece of furniture, you should keep in mind that your style changes throughout the years. If you invest $2,000- or more in a sofa, you want to ensure that it’s something you can live with for awhile. Plus, you don’t want a pattern that fits a current trend, only to look dated in a year or two. My advice: stick to a solid neutral. You really can’t go wrong.

View all of MG + BW furniture online, including the great chairs and tables shown, all my personal favorites.

(images from mg + bw)

Posted in shopping, travel on March 13, 2007

Saltwater (London)

Ah… Saltwater. Refreshingly chic. Not to drink, but to wear. And what a cute storefront in giddy London. I love the painted brick walls, hardwood floors, and those windows… Sometimes I wonder if my second calling is commercial space design. I’d love to work on a fashion or home store design project someday. Just once. It seems so easy, although I’m certain it’s not because so much has to be taken into consideration that goes far beyond mere styling. Building codes and the fact that it’s a public space alone is a planning nightmare. But still. In fact, forget the whole store idea, I’d take a window display, wouldn’t it be fun to do a window for your favorite store? I wish more retailers would have contests for local students and designers that awarded them with the prize of designing a window. What fun! I digress… Back to Saltwater!

I love mixing and matching, but imagine hosting a party and wearing a dress that matches the tray that matches the pillows that matches the… Oh, nevermind. I love the new fashions out for Spring at Saltwater in England, and the fact that you can really serve up your fashion, on a tray, only adds to the appeal for me. Fun!

(images from saltwater)

Posted in fashion + accessories, shopping, travel on March 13, 2007

Lillibule Ceramics designed by Sylvie Fuller

Lillibule Ceramics is one to watch. Designed by the talented Sylvie Fuller, this limited run, hand screen-printed tableware in white bone china is attracting a lot of press lately. And for good reason. Her current collection features a swirly dragonfly motif and can be called feminine, fun, charming…Yet practical and oh so stylish. Sylvie also offers bespoke ceramics, textile design, and hand-painted wall murals. And for you UK shoppers, free shipping for a limited time, visit her online for details.

Thank you Sylvie for the tip!

(images from sylvie fuller)

Posted in Handmade on March 13, 2007

Deyrolle (Paris)

Deyrolle in Paris is another source if you’re on the prowl for charts, and I owe a huge thank you to decor8 reader Muse for pointing them out to me. Insects, botanicals, anatomy, they have charts on everything you can imagine and they’re priced between 18- 150,- euros, available for purchase at their store in Paris or right here online.

Here’s a glimpse of their store, have you ever seen so many stuffed animals in your life? And we’re not talking plushies here people…

This place has total taxidermy fever. I don’t know if these animals are completely recreated from man-made materials, or if they’re formed using actual animal parts, but Deyrolle gives me the creeps. I do love the wall color though, and would definitely visit them just for the whole scare factor (plus I love the vibe, it’s cool I think). For me though, I’m sticking with the charts only (wink).
Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this post. As for Deyrolle, no clue what’s going on there. See no evil, hear no evil… (fingers in ears – la la la la la.)

(images from deyrolle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 13, 2007


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