Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Cupcakes

Happy Halloween!
Everyone loves cupcakes, and there is no better way to celebrate Halloween than with "Scaryyy" Cupcakes!

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Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Art Of The Table

"The Art of The Table" presented by Gumps. This is a preview and benefit for DIFFA's "Dining By Design Table Top" to be held at the San Francisco Design Center on Wednesday, November 18th 2009. DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids. There were four top designers asked to design a vignette of table tops. Martha Angus, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Ken Fulk and Claudia Juestel. This wonderful opening night was Thursday October 22nd. It was a great night that was over flowing with 450 people attending the event. There was also a panel discussion with the four designers answering questions led by Diane Dorrans Saeks of the blog The Style Saloniste. It really was such a fun and exciting night.

Of course the star for us was the table designed by Martha Angus. Her table was called "NtRain" and it was just so beautiful and sparkling fun! It had a mirrored dining table with etchings from Sarlo. The Gustavian and Loius XVI chairs were upholstered in Pink and orange and were from Therien. Double rugs were from Ikea, light fixture from Aargon Neon, china on the table is by Alberto Pinto, silver is Puifocrat, and the crystal is by Saint Louis.

Of course, if any one was wondering where Cassandra was while Melissa and I were at High Point, now you know. She was just a little busy helping Martha with this wonderful event and another show house "The Millennium" that opened the next night October 23rd 2009. We will be posting on that event next. We of course missed her dearly, but what exciting experiences Martha is showing Cassandra in the design world.

To check out another post on this event, go to Katiedid's blog post here.
*Images compliments of Gumps, Martha Angus and Peter Medilek

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Suzanne Kasler is our last designer we will be highlighting from the Hickory Chair show room. Suzanne is a wonderful designer from Atlanta, Georgia, where she has a high-end residential interior design firm. In April 2008 she launched a line of furniture for Hickory Chair along with a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort. She also has a collection of rugs with Safavieh and an art collection that we viewed and love from Soicher Marin, along with a collection of fabrics from Lee Jofa. Her Book "Inspired Interiors" launched Oct 20, 2009, while we were at High Point! We were so excited to be able to go to the book signing at Hickory Chair. Suzanne Kasler was in her beautiful appointed library which we just died over. She just could not have been nicer and jumped right up and gave us a few shots with her on her lovely sofa "The Emory" with its wonderful lines and cool flange welt.

Suzanne Kasler designs with a very natural palette adding a splash of color. Here are some of the chapters in her book that will help you get a feel for the style in which she designs. "Luxurious Ease, Architectural Elements, In the City, In the Country, Classic Elegance, Sophisticated Simplicity, Objects and Details, Color and Light, At the beach."
Suzanne says " her dreams are about design." Her signature color is white but adds soft moody colors to accent her interiors. She uses these accents colors in repetition throughout a house to give it flow. These colors often have a undertone of gray giving her interiors peaceful appeal. Some of the ways she uses this added hint of color can be seen in grosgrain trims that she applied to a french dining chair or her gray upholstered head board.
Suzanne is also a collector of objects, one of her favorite pieces to collect is the Eiffel Tower. They can be seen throughout her book and in the Hickory Showroom. She states, "Objects carry Emotions." One of her prizes possessions is a beautiful antique French chair with wonderful crackled orange leather with a craved wooden frame in a washed white finish. It is the inspiration for her Ansley chair. While we were with Suzanne, Thomas O'Brien popped in to tell her that he had purchased her Ansley chair in the orange leather color way. She told us "Thomas O'Brien is the reason I came to Hickory Chair!" She said this with such admiration, she told us to please put that in our post.
We enjoyed our short time with Suzanne Kasler and have been reading her new book "Inspired Interiors" from cover to cover. Her array of interiors and talents are amazing.

Ansley chair with orange leather.

Emory skirted sofa with Flange welt.

*Images compliments of Suzanne Kasler, Hickory Chair

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alexa Hampton: "The little LBD"

Melissa and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down for a little intro and chat with Alexa Hampton. What a wonderfully sweet and out going women she is. She is the daughter of the late Mark Hampton word renowned interior designer. I would say design runs in her blood. She is president of her fathers design firm.

When Melissa and I sat down with her she was just so open and refreshing. She has a furniture line with Hickory Chair, fabric line through Kravet, rugs through Stark and lighting through Visual Comfort. She was debuting a new furniture collection at this Fall 09 market. We were lucky enough to be able to get a photo and even have Alexa seated in our favorite piece from the collection, the "Grant Chair." It was the first piece of furniture my eye went to when we walked in the show room. The Grant chair has a distinctive horse shoe back with nail head trim. Alexa stayed seat in that chair when we spoke to her. She told use about the design process for her. She started design at 13 years old and she went on to graduate from Brown University and then did graduate work in art history at New York University's Fine Arts in Florence Italy and New York. She is an accomplished painter and renderer. She said that she will sit down and draw a design but says that over time it takes on a life of its own. It turns into something of it's own, it has its own personality.

Alexa started to design for Hickory Chair in 2005. She likes to think of her collection as the perfect LBD- little Black Dress. She makes classic pieces. You can dress her designs up and you can dress them down. You can do a lot with them. You can make your own statement with her pieces depending on what you accessories with. Again you can dress them up or down depending on your life style. This works for us! Her collection was just stunning and we had so much fun viewing it. It is a collection of forms from Swedish, Anglo-Indian, English Regency and modern periods. We hope you enjoy looking at her new collection.

Harrison Three/Four drawer Writing Desk
Kingsley Bed
Gustav Round Dining Table

Grant Chair

Gustav Rectangular Dining table

*images compliments of: Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair