my “secret” source for occasional furniture

Quick!  Have you heard the name “Pearson Furniture?”  If you are not a designer or otherwise in the industry, my guess is that it’s not at the tip of your tongue.  If it is, you are probably thinking about their incredible upholstery.

Hamptons Showhouse Traditional Home Design by Jennifer Connell and Photo by John BesslerWell, I love their upholstery, too.  Their wide range of traditional and transitional styles means you can find the right choice for just about any project.  And don’t even get me started on the showhouse rooms Pearson has sponsored.  This one was designed by Jennifer Connell in the 2012 Hamptons Designers Showhouse.  Jennifer used the 165 Bench with custom dyed hair-on-hide from Townsend Leather, the 1633 Dining Chairs (check out the killer base on those numbers) and the 2394 Bench.

Traditional Home Adamsleigh Eric Cohler Photo by Peter RymwidOf course, I had a “front row seat” to the Traditional Home Showhouse at Adamsleigh sun porch, which was designed by Eric Cohler.  How many ways can you say “LOVE?”

As fantastic as the upholstery is, however, I’m just as crazy for Pearson’s occasional program — and I think we should be singing its praises far more often!  The tables in those showhouse rooms make a huge statement.  The 9743 Cocktail Table in Eric’s room was one of my Style Spotters finds, so you already know I’m a big fan.  And who doesn’t love a great bunching table?  The 9651 Bunching Table in Jennifer’s room is endlessly versatile.  She also used the 9839 bookcase and the 9674 Side Table.

Pearson New Introductions Fall 2014In my Diptic, the top two photos are also existing favorites (the 189 Bench and the 9882 Mirror), and the bottom two are new introductions for Fall 2014 market (the 9753 Chest of Drawers and the 9688 Occasional Table).

Pearson Console Table DetailThe 9753 Chest of Drawers is also available as a console table (9752) and a bedside table (9754).  I cannot wait to see them in person.  Look at the gorgeous herringbone pattern on the shagreen inlay.  Talk about attention to detail.  You can see all of their new introductions on the Pearson website, but I’ll be taking tons of photographs and sharing them on the blog.  If you can’t wait … follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks!  So hand over that press pass, and I’ll see you at market!

Do you have a favorite Pearson style?

Hamptons Designer Showhouse room designed by Jennifer Connell; photo by John Bessler and Jonny Valiant for Traditional Home.  Adamsleigh room designed by Eric Cohler; photo by Peter Rymwid for Traditional Home.  Product photos via Pearson Furniture.  Thank you to High Point Market for pairing me with four companies, including Pearson, as a sponsored blogger.    

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when does modern make a traditional room sing?

Bunny Williams 2009 Kips Bay ShowhouseI love the idea of introducing one modern piece of furniture into an otherwise traditional room.  It’s almost like a jolt of energy that wakes up the rest of the design!  Bunny Williams’ gorgeous living room in the 2009 Kips Bay Decorators Showhouse epitomizes that concept for me.  The room is so beautifully designed … but doesn’t the red Arne Jacobsen egg chair make everything else pop?  Both the style and the color are so unexpected, yet somehow harmonious at the same time.

W Schillig Jill ChaiseLucky me, I am one of the High Point Market sponsored bloggers … which means I get to act almost as a reporter.  With my press pass in tow, I’ll be visiting four showrooms to get the scoop on their latest and greatest.  Of course, this is on top of the many showrooms I visit every market!    

Schillig Blacklabel ChairW. Schillig is my first stop, and I’m excited to experience their modern European styling.  Perhaps one of their pieces could be just the ticket for your traditional project!  They pride themselves on refined simplicity and relaxed sophistication, coupled with top-notch German engineering.  I snuck a peek at their European website, and I’ll have to ask why their Don Pasqualle chair — part of the “Black Label” collection — hasn’t made it stateside.  I’m digging the gorgeous eggplant color.  They have more than 150 colors to choose from, which makes this designer’s heart goes pitter-patter.  Even Crayola only has 120 colors in its big box!  Plus, they only use the top 4% of hides, so you aren’t sacrificing quality for color.

W Schillig Allie Motion SofaI’m also going to check out their motion furniture … because heavens knows I get requests for recliners, especially in the “man cave.”  I simply cannot specify a recliner-that-looks-like-a-recliner (you know what I’m talking about!), so I want to see for myself how the German engineering functions.  I’m already intrigued by their “Ergofit incliners,” which are designed to provide full recliner comfort without taking up quite as much room.

I think the “one dose of modern” trick works best with chairs … but a modern motion sofa would be the answer to many people’s media-room-dreams-come-true.  I may or may not be intending to curl up in a recliner to rest my tired tootsies after days of non-stop walking!

Over to you.  Do you have a mix of styles in your home?

Top photo by Raeanne Giovanni-Inoue for The New York Times.  Product photos via W. Schillig and W. Schillig USA.  Thank you to High Point Market for pairing me with four companies, including W. Schillig, as a sponsored blogger.  

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