Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Celebrity Apprentice Decor!

The Apprentice has been a mixed bag the last few seasons. But this season, they’ve added the “Celebrity” component with the likes of Lennox Lewis, Gene Simmons, Piers Morgan, Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, Trace Adkins, and Carol Alt. And another nice twist is that the winning project manager receives a donation to their favorite charity. The charm and chemistry of the celebrities have made for one of the most entertaining seasons yet.

Over the years, the one main constant on the show has been the impeccably furnished suites in the Trump Tower. Here are some photos from the decidedly mid-century theme this season:

Charmed circle tables from Global Views; Zig Zag console table and deco eucalyptus wall panels from Global Views; stackable bookcase from Global Views; carpet from Carpet One Floor and Home; widescreen LCD television from Samsung.

French lounge chairs and deco chevet cabinet from Global Views; Pirouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas; carpet from Carpet One Floor and Home.

Charmed circle tables from Global Views; spool stools from House Eclectic; French lounge chairs and deco chevet cabinet from Global Views; Pirouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas; carpet from Carpet One Floor and Home.

Charmed circle tables from Global Views; spool stools from House Eclectic; Clifton loveseat, Brayden console table and Brayden side tables from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; eclipse planter from Smith and Hawken; French lounge chairs, chiseled bird’s egg vases and blue tube vases from Global Views; Carpet One Floor and Home; widescreen LCD television from Samsung.

Brilliant Book of the Week:

I’m sure everyone has either heard of or dealt with the “green” movement; whether it be buying energy efficient appliances to recycling or even gutting a home and replacing as many items as possible with green products. The following book will help all those eco-friendly, do-gooders do a good job creating an environmentally friendly home.

Check it out!

The Healthy Home: Workbork” by Kimberly Rider. (Click the title and link to Amazon!)

I can’t tell you how much great information this little 190 page book has! From huge renovations such as changing your bedroom carpet to hardwood, or small projects, like making your own pillows, and quick fixes, adding house plants for air purification, you can convert your whole household into a place that is clean, safe, and friendly to the earth. So shoo away those meanies who’d call you a greenie–they’re not the ones with “The Healthy Home!”

Happy Reading!!

It’s In The Details

Nailheads make the Carmen caliente! By Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

A mark of great craftsmanship is all about attention to detail. It’s easy to make a sofa and just call it a day. It’s another thing to make a sofa and then make it fabulous. That’s where little details make all the difference. Try some of these to punch up your next upholstery challenge.
Nailheads: These little babies offer a bit of sparkle to an otherwise basic sofa. Plus they outline a sofa nicely to show off the shape. Another good point? Nailheads will “macho” up an otherwise feminine sofa creating a nice balance between Mars and Venus.

Theo is regal in red tufted velvet. By Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Tufting: Looking for a Victorian sitting room kind of look? Button tufted is your go to detail. Craving something a bit more 21st century? Grid tufting is a subtle detail that looks sleek and modern. (Need a visual? Check out the Gabriel…)

Contrast welt makes Perry perfect! By Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Contrast Welt: Who says you’re limited to one fabric? Accent the silhouette of your sofa with contrast welt. It’s especially great for beachy furniture. Nothing beats a slipcover in soft blue with white welt! Personally, I think the Reese Sofa, below, would look fantastic with contrast welt on just the base. (Hint, hint Mitchell & Bob!)

The carved wood trim makes Hanna heavenly! At High Fashion Home. 

Carved Wood Trim: Talk about impact! Carved wood with an antiqued painted finish gives a super elegant look to just about any piece. Pair it with a fabric with drama like velvet or silk brocade. Nobody will know you didn’t just ship it over from Paris.

HF Weekly Obsession: All Buttoned Up

Buttery arteries? Bad. Buttery leather? Mmmmmm… Gustav Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

You know that girl who could put together an outfit that was almost too much, but her last minute restraint made the entire outfit genius? Welcome to the chair version of that girl. Meet Gustav. The leather creates supple pleats in the button tufting (five buttons. no more, no less.) that is so exaggerated- almost a caricature of the traditional, sophisticated wingback. The wings meet the rest of the chair with a dramatic swoop. Rolled arms and nailheads add more detail to the piece taking it just to the edge and then… genius. You’d think with so many details it would go too far, but restraint is shown in simple feet and a cozy cushion. It’s a bold piece to be sure. But who wants to be timid?


Stump Table by Ironies, Photo from Elle Decor January/February 2008

I seem to be on a nature streak lately. I’m ready to plant some flowers, soak up the sun, and drag my friends to the park for a picnic. Lately the weather isn’t cooperating. Apparently April Showers occur every month of the year. I guess it’s time to improvise. Tree stumps are everywhere lately, whether au natural or decked out. These versatile pieces can blend with your style whether hippie chic or uptown elegant. I’ve added pictures of my favorite pieces, but there are all sorts out there so don’t be afraid to shop around (like mama said). Just beware of woodpeckers.

West Elm’s Natural Tree Stump Table

Goldberg Short Lamp at High Fashion Home, $329

Resin Tree Pots at High Fashion Home, $39-109

Name You Should Know: Angela Adams

Oriental rugs don’t work for everyone. I long for something a bit more retro, colorful, funky, etc. Any adjective that doesn’t mean “traditional” would work here. Luckily, Angela Adams is here to save the day. While her collection of ready made rugs are awesome, the custom made rugs are truly awe-inspiring. Brilliant colors, elaborate scenes worthy of a canvas, and the luxurious fibers won’t scratch your feet (or your behind). Now, I know a rug can be a hefty investment (especially for young hipsters like me who are just getting started). That Angela is crafty. She’s got stationery, journals, prints and more for cool kids who want to represent without draining their savings. No more excuses for a house full of neutrals!

Kohler Products for Less!

I’m a big fan of Kohler. They make excellent bathroom and kitchen fixtures with timeless designs. Instead of going to your local Lowe’s store to buy your favorite, personality defining Kohler product, try shopping online at is one of Lowe’s major suppliers for bathroom and kitchen fixtures. So if you ever special order a Kohler bath tub from Lowe’s, you’ll be receiving a package with on it. Do yourself a favor and save 10 – 20% (not including sales tax) by going direct to!

For more inspirational ideas from Kohler, check out the photo gallery of the 2007 Dwell Harlem House Project.