high point highlights: henredon

Aubriot 6901-48Remember when I gushed on and on and on and on about Celerie Kemble‘s collection for Henredon?  Well, it’s just that good.  Can you blame a girl?!  Unlike some furniture companies, however, Henredon is not a one-trick pony.  Yes, Celerie’s pieces are amazing … but there’s lots more amazing where that came from!

Aubriot 6900-49One of my High Point highlights was definitely the introduction of Henredon’s new Aubriot collection.  Designed by French interior architect and designer Patrick Aubriot, these new pieces — in addition to Patrick’s Rue de Seine collection for Century Furniture — have an Art Deco feel that I am crazy for.  I mean, just look at the 6901-48 Chest!   The custom hardware alone is enough to make me a happy designer.  I tend to use sideboards in formal dining rooms as a more modern alternative to the china cabinet, but — if you really need display storage — an all-glass front cabinet gives a similarly updated look.  And you can see there’s nothing stuffy about the Aubriot 6900-49 Cabinet!

Aubriot 6901-40Need a sleek cocktail table?  The Aubriot 6901-40 Cocktail Table fits that bill!  

Westbury Manor 4300-21Of course, there are plenty of homes (and clients!) that prefer a more traditional design, and Henredon’s Westbury Manor collection speaks to that need.  The finish on the Westbury Manor Sideboard (4300-21) is incredible.

Westbury Manor 4300-42Don’t scroll too fast and overlook the amount of detail in this Westbury Manor Table (4300-42)!  The woodworking is just divine.

Westbury Manor 4300-48On the Westbury Manor Chest (4300-48), you can see the same dedication to detail.  Plus, the veneers are simply outstanding!

H1451 BernardHenredon also introduced three new chair styles that range from modern to transitional to traditional.  The shape of  H1451 Bernard is fundamentally classic, but — with narrow arms and inset wood — this isn’t your mother’s arm chair.  (Somehow “this ain’t yo mama’s arm chair,” said with a swagger, sounds better in my head than when I type it.  Darn those English teachers hammering lessons into my head!)  

H1452 NatalieThe Natalie Chair (H1452) is much more streamlined and would work in a variety of design schemes.  I’m inclined to use the Natalie Chair on projects ranging from soft modern to fresh traditional.

H1460 NewportAlthough the H1460 Wing Chair looks strictly old school, the stretcher bars on the frame tell a different story.  Don’t they add an amazing amount of interest to an otherwise ordinary chair?

Henredon Embroidered Fabric from IndiaOh, and there’s a benefit to being sister companies … or at least having the same great taste in fabrics.  Look what brand-new fabric showed up at Henredon, too!  Celerie must have liked this fun embroidered stripe as much as I do.

Merida Catalyst_Pink_Grapefruit_Wool_LinenDo you recognize the Catalyst rug, which is part of Celerie’s collection for Merida?  Mereda is a TZ fave for the highest-quality natural fiber rugs and textiles, all of which are made at Merida’s mill in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Here, Celerie used the Pink Grapefruit colorway, but Catalyst is also available in Topaz-Amethyst (blue and lavender), Zebra (browns), Blue Gray (grays) and Finch (yellow).  When designers have multiple licensed product lines across various categories, I love to see those showrooms “cross-merchandized.”  Is that a word?  If not, it should be.  You really have the opportunity to see how that designer’s vision fits together!  In the Henredon showroom, Celerie used lamps, accessories and occasional pieces from her collection for Maitland-Smith and rugs from her collection for Merida — not to mention personal beautiful family photos.

Of these new introductions for Henredon, which one speaks the most to your design style?

Thank you to High Point Market for pairing me with four companies, including Henredon, as a sponsored blogger.


how to create a home office in a small space

Ta-da!  The Holiday 2014 issue of New York Cottages and Gardens has arrived, which means Lisa Mende and I can finally share the Big Reveal of our Ronald McDonald House of Long Island project.

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Ronald McDonald Home OfficeDuring times of personal crisis, it can feel as though time has stopped.  But somehow the world keeps turning … which means bills still arrive, phone calls need to be returned and appointments must be made.  As difficult as it is to deal with those things during a crisis, it’s even more difficult to manage when you don’t have a space in which to work.  To address that need, Lisa and I created a shared business office for families to use during their stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

RMHLI Business Office BeforeDo you remember where we started?  It was such a joy to turn this dingy, cramped space — not even 100 square feet — into a warm, cozy office for families to conduct personal business.

Cocoon by Kerry Steele“Cocoon,” the gorgeous original painting by Kerry Steele, served as the inspiration for our entire space.  Lisa and I hope that families staying at the Ronald McDonald House feel sheltered and “cocoooned” as they fight the illnesses that brought them to Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.  I pray that those families feel enveloped, supported and strengthened by the love of everyone who worked on, donated to, and cared for this amazing house.

RMHLI Office Interior Before 2Do you need a home office that nurtures your spirit?  This project shows that even the smallest space can be transformed into a beautiful and functional office!

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Home Office ShelvingOver the next few days, I will share five key design techniques that Lisa and I employed to transform this “tiny hovel in the corner” (what I jokingly refer to as our specialty).  Please reference all prior conversations about the Traditional Home showhouse at Adamsleigh.

1.  Float the furniture

2.  Think UP … and modular

3.  Texture, texture and more texture

4.  To quote Mies van der Rohe, “God is in the details”

5.   Lighting is everything

Lisa and I are enormously grateful to everyone who donated, sponsored or otherwise contributed to the Ronald McDonald House project.  I will share more on the blog about these companies and extraordinary individuals, but for now, please join me in thanking Thibaut, Kravet, Stanton, Duralee, Kerry Steele, Hunter Douglas, Taylor Burke Home, Currey & Co., Bunny Williams Home, the adorne collection by Legrand and House of Laurence.

From the bottom of my heart, merci!

For more photos of the newly designed spaces at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, be sure to pick up NYC+G or click through to the online gallery.  Interior design by Lisa Mende and Traci Zeller.  Photos by Marco Ricca Studio.  

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