Amara recently asked me to share a “Tweet-able” design tip for decorating a luxury NYC apartment. After I turned in my 140 characters, I stumbled upon on an article in Country Living magazine featuring the fellas from Madcap Cottage. (They said almost the same thing, only in more characters!) This theory is exactly why I felt comfortable filling the tiny #ABCDJewelBox with a few oversize pieces.
As you may recall, I am planning to fill the dining room wall with a vintage Hollywood Regency sofa and our TV wall with a vintage 9ft long Amish Meetinghouse table. They are big pieces for a little space, but because of their scale they will actually make the room feel much larger. **Last week? More like two weeks ago. It took me longer to press publish on this post than I had originally intended.** I’m currently working on having my red leather 1920’s stacking bridge chairs resurrected. Do you see how the seats are giving way in the chair on the far left? As you might recall, I had them in both our Soho loft and my single girl apartment on West 12th Street – I used them daily as my dining chairs and over time their age took a toll on them. I have this crazy vision of pulling the meeting house table from the wall and serving dinner for 12 in our little Jewel Box for our “house cooling” party. (House cooling on our way out as opposed to a house warming when we move in!) And in other tiny NYC apartment news…I have been scoping out various trestle tables for in front of the dining banquette.Originally I envisioned a French Bistro table, but I am completely open to other options. Recently I found this zinc top table at RT Facts in Kent, Connecticut. They make them onsite, custom to your dimensions. You’re telling me instead of hunting for the perfect sized vintage table I could have one custom made at a great price? I could totally embrace that. Of course, I stopped by RT Facts the other day to see them in person and on my way out the door I noticed they had the perfect marble top bistro table with fog-grey painted art deco legs sitting out in the garden. Since I can’t seem to get it out of my mind, I’ll have to call back on a price for that one too before I make a decision.This is the custom queen sized day bed that I want to have made. I know, I know. Nail heads. AGAIN! I realize that they might be overkill since I already have those oversized ones on the banquette sofa. But at the end of the day I am thinking about where this daybed might live in the future. It’s likely that in it’s next lifetime it will be in a guest bedroom, or a study that doubles as a spare bedroom. I have to keep in mind that this #ABCDJewelBox situation is not forever (as in: renovate, stage it, sell it and throw a house-cooling party ASAP) and it’s improbable that it will ever be in the same room as that sofa again. I can not think of anyone that I’d rather have make this bed for me! I am headed to The New Traditionalists showroom next week to look at their fabric swatches in person and place my downpayment. As I mentioned before, the piece will be in leather. (Did you know they moved from Soho to NYDC recently?) My original inclination was to have it made up in Navy blue leather, but I might be swayed towards a mossy or kiwi-green apple color if it looks right to my eye. Either color would play nicely off of Persian carpets that we already own, so I envision once I see the swatches in person that it will become an easy decision. I also plan to visit The New Traditionalists factory in Torrington, Connecticut while my piece is being constructed. The factory is a twenty minute drive from The Country House and I find their historic building architecturally very interesting. I’ve always wanted to see inside the building and this will be a super cool, once in a lifetime opportunity to do so. Seeing how they make my day bed would be quite fascinating! Would you be interested in seeing the process of how fine furniture is made? I’ll have to bring my camera and bring you along for the process.