Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Time for another TZD trend alert … and I love what Brooke put together for us this time. Take it away, Brooke!
I adore when a timeless design motif is re-thought and re-invented — and the classic ‘knot’ motif is popping up in unexpected places this season. The ‘knot’ is a sophisticated classic — think Tiffany earrings and cuff links — yet can also be relaxed and casual, especially in the nautical sense. What is it about our fascination with the knot? I wonder if it is human nature’s innate desire to be intertwined with another; after all, we use the saying to tie the knot. Here’s a sampling of my favorite knots — in fashion ….
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… and in décor!
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To which one of these lovelies shall I forever tie myself? Traci beautifully styled her guest room dresser with this vintage Dorothy Thorpe pretzel candleholder. It’s sophisticated and timeless, which is so true to her personal style.
Ahhh, I love to meander my intertwined worlds of fashion and interior design! Until next time …
Gah! See what I mean?! I’ll take one of everything, thank you very much. Which knot is your favorite?
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Y’all, I am so excited to share a fantastic new furniture resource that is designer-friendly, well-priced and — stop the presses — in stock. Seriously. Take a minute to pick yourselves up off the floor.
I’ve never been to PreMarket before (hello, what have I been missing?!), but Vaughan-Bassett invited me to High Point for a sneak peek of their brand-new line, Artisan & Post. Artisan & Post is focused on providing high-quality, solid wood furniture with on-trend finishes and 10 to 12 day delivery times. It almost sounds too good to be true, right?!
While you’re still absorbing that zinger, take a moment to consider this fast fact. Vaughan-Bassett has been proudly made in America for the ninety-seven years. Let’s put furniture aside for a moment. How many companies can say that they’ve endured and prospered through World War II and the Great Depression? And survived the intense pressure to manufacture overseas? I don’t know the answer, but I’m guessing it’s a pretty small list.
Artisan & Post was inspired by the quality of Amish-made furniture — coupled with a recognition that consumers are increasingly used to the satisfaction of our “buy it now” mentality. Too often, I see homeowners happily (!!) willing to sacrifice style or quality, simply because certain large retailers can deliver in a short period of time. Waiting ten to fourteen weeks can be a tough — and I mean, tough — pill to swallow, especially once you’ve written that big check. Heck, I get it! I’m addicted to Amazon Prime for the same reason. But — unlike furniture — my Amazon orders are typically not the types of things that I keep for years to come. Options like Artisan & Post combine the best of both worlds, which means homeowners finally won’t feel compelled to settle for less just because they can have it now.
There are two collections in the new Artisan & Post line — Artisan Choices and Maple Road. Artisan Choices, the first (and larger) collection, is made of solid cherry and solid oak and offers five different finishes and eighteen hardware options. Maple Road, the second collection, is made of solid maple and offers three different finishes. Both collections feature beds and a variety of case goods, including dressers, chests and media pieces. Best of all, the pieces are nicely scaled — offering alternatives for both smaller, cleaner styles and larger, more traditional footprints.
I’m particularly fond of the Classic Dark Oak finish in the Artisan Choices collection (shown above) and the Maple Syrup and Weathered Gray finishes in the Maple Road collection. I envision a certain large retailer — who shall go unnamed, but may already have been the subject of recent unpleasant news — getting a run for its money! For my design projects, these pieces are particularly well-suited to secondary bedrooms and vacation homes. It’s both the scale of the case goods and the price point that will work so nicely in those projects.
I was so impressed at the quality construction of Artisan & Post’s furniture, especially given the value price point. When I’m evaluating quality construction, the first place I look is the drawers — because that’s where you can tell if a manufacturer has decided to scrimp or to invest.
Let’s take a look! Artisan & Post’s drawers use English dovetail construction, dual, ball-bearing undercount guides, and a piston-activated soft-close mechanism. Dreamy. Perhaps that is the answer to my children’s inability to close a drawer?!
Designers, take a peek during next month’s High Point Market. For me, Artisan & Post fits a niche not currently in my little black book of resources. The good news for everyone — designer or not — is that you can expect to see Artisan & Post on the floor of local retailers by Memorial Day!
All photos by moi. Thank you to High Point Market Authority for the opportunity to work with Vaughan-Bassett as a sponsored blogger!