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Generate (gnr8) – Fresh Finds!

September 7, 2006

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Step into the alluring world of beautiful things at Generate (aka: gnr8) in Montreal. I scoured their site for a few unique favorites, all special and exciting, fresh, and most importantly, items that you’re sure to enjoy because they are interesting and well-designed. I know that’s what you crave. :) Here are a few of my fresh finds. Let me know if you spot anything else on their site that you find exciting (or as Vincent on Project Runway puts it, if it ‘gets you off’. [cringe] I’m thinking “gets you auf’d” is more like it. I digress….)

When I stumbled upon this stunning pebble-like cacading light fixture, I had to see what other beautiful and unique items Generate had on their website. For $1,699, I won’t be purchasing the ova luminaire light anytime soon, but just look at it for a moment… Emma Welsh did such a brilliant job designing it, the contemporary glow of the white and blue LED lights coupled with the organic unglazed white bone china pebbles – ah, just dazzling!

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Sure, this table may cost just under $1,500 but it’s far too pretty to not post it, especially since good design is good design and who can resist? Brandon Lynne and Dario Antonioni created this lovely botanist table, it speaks to me on so many levels that I’m almost tempted to buy it. Simple, chic, clean, modern – yet feminine and curvy. I love the cutout floral details, especially since the flowers on top are smallish so nothing falls through, and the bloom on the side is larger and more outstanding. Very nice touch. Sah-weet!

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
The dual table is another hot find, I really like circular sofa tables, but with larger sofas, most circular tables seem a bit out of scale. Are you with me here? The dual table designed by Eero Koivisto seems to combine the smooth curves that I love about circular tables with a large surface that I love about larger square and rectangular tables. You can have the best of both worlds. Of course, the hole in the center and the lower table top make it even more appealing, I can arrange books and magazines on the lower shelf and put a large vase with flowers in the center – without stressing over knocking it over with my laptop as I always seem to do now when I place flowers on my table. The dual is also just under $1500.

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Another great table I found is the crochet table from designer Marcel Wanders. It’s $1,100 and, although expensive and small, you can’t help but love the design of it. A traditional crochet pattern constructed from epoxy resin is beyond beautiful in my opinion. I’d like to see two of these nestled beneath a console against a wall. You can pull them out when guests arrive and scatter them around your space for resting trays for cocktails and snacks. Of course, Generate has lots of affordable well-designed furniture and accessories that you may envision in your home. The kick stool from Sam + Jude is quite cool – it has a black leather top, a spot for magazine storage on the side, a stainless steel base, and suspension sprung castor wheels, all for $399.

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Looking for something unique and decorative for your space? Try the ShadyLace Parasol for your ceiling or over the bed. The little bird perched on top certainly completes the look.

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
How about something functional and bright, like the Dish Doctor for your kitchen? Adds somewhat of a perk to washing those dirty dishes!

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Looking for splendid pendants that won’t break the bank? Opt for the Novalite or the Geigerlite, both are $169 and designed by Paul Gurry.

Generate (gnr8) - Fresh Finds!
Generate has many items priced under $200, some under $50. View their more affordable finds here.
Have fun!

(images from gnr8)






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decor8 Reader Questions: Advice for Heather’s Countertop?

September 7, 2006

decor8 Reader Questions: Advice for Heather's Countertop?
decor8 reader Heather is a graphic designer from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She worked alongside her husband, an architect, to build their dream home six years ago. When it came down to completing it, they ran out of time, energy, and of course, cash. As a result, many things were finished quickly and cheaply, their countertops being one of those things, which is where Heather is stuck and could use our help. Heathers writes:

We stained and polyurethaned some birch plywood and that’s been it for years. Now, we are ready for real countertops and we know we want quartz composite (engineered stone) like Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria and others. After that choice, we are stuck, we can’t decide Light vs. Dark, Color vs. Neutral, Big Chunks vs. Small Grains or Solid.

decor8 Reader Questions: Advice for Heather's Countertop?We like a Cobalt selection a few companies carry that has little sparkly bits of mirror and plan to use that in our breakfast area on a new oval pedestal table. My picture shows a table with a blue top that’s a trial run to see if we like a bright blue surface (we do!). We think the blue is great, but don’t want to overdo it on all the other counters.

decor8 Reader Questions: Advice for Heather's Countertop?The butcher block top island will stay. The cabinets are a natural cherry, nickel pulls, stainless range, white fridge and dishwasher, will soon install a new stainless single bowl sink (the way cool Kohler Poise or BlancoPrecision) and a new faucet.

decor8 Reader Questions: Advice for Heather's Countertop?The walls are a yellow orange I had planned to rub with a pumpkin glaze and the ceiling is a steely blue metallic from Ralph Lauren Duchesse Satin. The pantry doors are cypress architectural salvage from New Orleans with clear glass panels, the floors are pecan and white oak wide plank with a medium stain, lots of wood everywhere, maybe too much.

The next project after the counters will probably be to finally install the shaker style crown mold over the cabinets and mosaic tile the backsplash, possibly a cream glass tile palette with some shimmer.

I would love some opinions on the countertop issue. I like a balanced look and I’m leaning slightly towards the lighter neutrals, to offset all the color. My husband and I are used to making design and color choices quickly and confidently, but we are stumped on this one! Advice, opinions, suggestions, fresh ideas, all are welcome and appreciated! The photo of samples were some we have considered, we liked how some picked up on the cabinet color.

Holly, I’m thrilled you and your readers will take a stab at solving my problem. If it is any incentive, I am tired of putting off the counters and am ready to do them NOW, I promise to update you with what we decide and will send photos of installed counters. Will you have any other “before + after” type posts? I’m curious to see what Courtney did about her kitchen curtains.

Advice anyone?

After reading that you want to do a mosiac tile backsplash (lovely!), I must stress the importance of choosing your focal point because you don’t want the countertop and the backsplash both competing for attention because they each have outstanding features (flecks, shine, etc.). Select which one you’d like in the spotlight. Given the details you’ve provided above about the space, I’d say go with a colorful mosiac tile background and the darker gray-blue countertop (I’m not a fan of the cobalt because I think it will look dated over time and if you ever want to sell the house, it’s something to consider). The tile shown in the top row, second position, in your photo looks great. I scoured the web to try to locate something visual so you could get a sense of the outcome, and came across this photo. I wouldn’t go with such large tiles for the backsplash, but I love the mix of colors. See what you think.

(photos from heather for use on decor8)






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Garnet Hill Fall 2006

September 6, 2006

Garnet Hill Fall 2006
Just in! Whether you’re looking for that perfect Hungarian baby bathtub (!) or a perky Autumn-themed doormat, Garnet Hill has lots of newbies that you’re certain to enjoy this season. I’d like to curl up with a good book and wrap myself in this fisherman cable throw, doesn’t it look so inviting? This would be a great present – this throw combined with a book and a box of your favorite tea – perfect for the man in your life. Not shown, but something worth a peek, the monkeypod twist stool is another favorite, very sculptural, organic, functional… Carved from a single piece of kiln-dried monkeypod wood!

Garnet Hill Fall 2006
Garnet Hill now carries Eileen Fisher bedding, which looks so sophisticated and comfortable, doesn’t it? Eileen is known for being luxurious yet unpretentious, straightforward yet informal, spare without being austere. It’s no surprise that her bedding reflects her fashion sense.

Garnet Hill Fall 2006

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Brocade Home – Sneak Peek!

September 6, 2006

Brocade Home - Sneak Peek!The premiere issue of Brocade Home arrived today, and if it had a flavor, it would be raspberry dark chocolate cake. It’s melt-in-your mouth velvety sweetness, with lots of sensual curves from chair legs to seductive sconces and carved headboards. The catalog is 63 pages of delicious furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories, and anything else you need for plumping your nest. Fusing the past with the present, Brocade Home delivers wonderfully feminine design using reproductions of the past. It’s luxury without the hefty price tag, in fact a hand-carved armchair with a coffee finish and jacquard upholstery is $349, swirly scroll ledge shelfing is $39-69, ornate crystal chandeliers are $199-599, and their plusher-than-thou chenille rugs (yes, chenille!) range from $169-699. You can’t help but think that maybe you can actually afford the lifestyle you crave. You can live like a queen in your own kingdom, whether it’s a studio apartment in the Boston or a home in the ‘burbs.

Brocade Home - Sneak Peek!Overall, the catalog layout and typefaces are impressive, you can quickly locate prices, descriptions are thorough, and most items are shown in actual rooms so you can get a sense of scale (vs. basic product shots), and the photography is stunning. It’s Anthropologie, Elle Decor UK, and posh London flat rolled into one. The overall feel is dark, rich, warm, decadent, sexy.

Brocade Home - Sneak Peek!If you want a slice of this posh feminine living, visit Brocade Home online and sign up for their catalog – it’s dessert of the non-caloric kind. :)

View their complete catalog online or request a catalog.

Brocade Home - Sneak Peek!
(photos from decor8)






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Living Etc Home Collection

September 6, 2006

Living Etc Home Collection
In addition to their fantastic magazine, Living Etc now has an online store offering thier exclusive collection of homewares. I really like this ceramic hand holder for rings, sunglasses, keys… The graceful elegant shape is very feminine and also very modern, available in high-gloss white or satin aubergine finish. Their embroidered chrysanthemum bedding is lovely too, don’t you think? Simple, clean, crisp. I can almost smell that ‘fresh from the clothes line’ scent just looking at it… I’d love to see the bed shown below against a deep navy blue wall, keeping the rest of the wall space white. That would really bring out the color of these blooming chrysanthemums.

Living Etc Home Collection
(images snapped by decor8 from the sept 06 issue of living etc)






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