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The latest news on AnthologyHouse sales, new pieces available in the AnthologyHouse online storefronts on Etsy and Chairish, and updates on interior styling projects.

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The Rustic Eclectic Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

Earlier this year, I was introduced to a new client through a mutual friend (thank you Traci for the referral) to talk about how I could help her make over the dining and living rooms of her early 1900's craftsman home in the Ballard neighborhood.  

At our initial consultation, it was determined my client had an appreciation for vintage from her old dining chairs, tribal tapestries, and German books.  She had grown tired of having to cover her old table with a tablecloth, and the chairs while beautifully reupholstered, weren't comfortable for daily living.

So I began the hunt for a new table while keeping in mind I didn’t want it to distract from her melon hue walls and gorgeous box ceiling and wainscoting.  I initially checked out some walnut tables that had a mid-century modern vibe but ultimately, we decided on a rustic farmhouse table from Restoration Hardware.  It seats her family of four and 2 guests comfortably.  

Next was finding chairs that balanced out the heaviness of the large table.  I selected six white Eames plastic chairs.  Not only are they easy to clean, they are also very versatile and modern.

The client already had a custom built buffet in the dining room and besides this piece, a newer Restoration Hardware pendant light and brass bar cart that would remain.  Everything else could go and my task was to fill the space with fun, eclectic, vintage pieces that would compliment the new dining table and chairs.  I started with a pair of white sculptural table lamps from Schoolhouse Electric.  They remind me of origami and are the focal point of the table.

To round out the rest of the buffet table, I filled a West Elm terrarium with succulents, displayed a pair of vintage Italian porcelain doves, and leaned a vintage octagon shaped brass mirror, deer print (client had), and brass 'hello' sign, also from West Elm, against the wall.

Next up was her brass bar cart from Restoration Hardware.  I kept the orange going and added hints of cobalt blue with barware accessories.  The vintage oil painting featuring a vase filled with orange flowers is from Stuf.  Vintage Culver glasses and gold ice bucket are from AnthologyHouse.

Just to the right of the bar cart is a large window with a small sill, just enough space to display a vintage Danish candlestick and pedestal milk glass container filled with a small fern.

Directly across from the window on the opposite side of the room, I placed a muted yellow side table and a vintage metal stool.  On top of the table and stool are a few personal effects of the clients including a family photograph from the 1962 World's Fair and some German books.  The orange pitcher is vintage and was made in Italy.  The wooden Danish candlesticks are also vintage and a recent find.


And above the table and placed on top of the chair rail are beautiful woven God's eyes that the client's children made.  I love how they lend color to the space and their colors tie in perfectly with the vintage painting.

In the corner next to the side table is a small metal stool that hails from an 1895 Ice Cream Parlor.  I picked it up from Stuf.  Topping the stool is an old book and soy candle.

So that ends my tour of this revamped dining room.  Next up this Fall/Winter we will be sharing pics of the soon to be redesigned living room. Until then I welcome your feedback on the dining room. Do you like how I blended the old with the new?  Do you have a favorite picture?  

Shop AnthologyHouse : 4 Vignettes

Alyse Hufford

I'm preparing the shop for vacation before I temporarily close on Thursday, June 25th.  I had a blast styling four vignettes with various pieces available for sale in the shops on Etsy and Chairish that if you order by Tuesday, June 23rd, I will ship on later than Thursday, June 25th.  And with that I bring you the vignettes - Tropical Glam, Guy's Game Night, West Palm Beach, and Chinoiserie Chic.  Which is your favorite?

Vignette #1 : Tropical Glam

 1.  Crane Print (email if interested)  2.  Vintage Culver Valencia Decanter & Wine Glasses

Vignette #4 - Chinoiserie Chic

Finalizing the Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

Well it didn't take long for my client and I to agree on wallpaper for her dining room - we went with Serena & Lily's Palmetto pattern in olive/turquoise.  It compliments her existing orange hue walls nicely.  Now I'm just trying to convince her to wallpaper the whole dining room to add a little more drama to the room and also play off her white wainscoting.  Wink. Wink. Mary-Kelly-Dining-Room

The client already recovered the seats of her vintage 1940's wood chairs (I attempted to find a similar chair style online for this design board) with Drygoods Design fabric.  The reclaimed wood dining table from Restoration Hardware will be delivered by the end of this month and once we have the wallpaper in place, will get to work styling the rest of the room.

Since my client already has a brushed brass bar cart from Restoration Hardware, it will be fairly easy to style it up with some vintage cocktail glasses, shakers, decanters, and other barware goodies.  The buffet table (attempted to find similar for this design board) will also remain as she had recently purchased it from a local artist.  It will be flanked by Schoolhouse Electric Lily Table Lamps.  I'll then finish out styling the buffet with new and vintage accessories.

We will also replace her existing deep red roman window shades with white curtain panels, supported by walnut and brass curtain rods.  I personally like the horn finials from Anthropologie and think they'll add a touch of whimsy to the space.  And lastly I included a ceiling pendant option to replace her existing craftsman style pendant.  I adore Schoolhouse Electric's Vega 5 Chandelier in antique black and think would lend a modern industrial vibe to her room.

Stay tuned!

Selecting Wallpaper for a Craftsman Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

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I was recently contacted by a client about assisting her in making minor interior updates to her Northwest craftsman home.  She already has a great canvas to work with - an updated kitchen and bathrooms, newly painted walls with beautiful white crown moulding, and gorgeous hardwoods throughout the home.  Over the next few months, we will replace her dining table, cover one of her dining room walls with new wallpaper, and give her dining and living rooms a facelift with modern and vintage accessories and window dressings.

Working with her dining room's existing wall color - Devin Lil' Melon - she would like an accent wall with blue print wallpaper that will compliment her orange walls.  She initially selected Serena & Lily's Palmetto Wallpaper in Olive/Turquoise however we want to see some more designs that give off a modern, playful vibe before we make our final selection.

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We've broadened our search and are now contemplating these additional options from Farrow & Ball, Anthropologie, Abnormals & Anonymous, and a few more from Serena & Lily.

We are waiting for samples to arrive before we narrow down our selection.  I'm leaning towards two of these designs but won't know until I see them in person.  Do you have a favorite?  Which would you choose?

A Northwest Ranch Gets a Revamp

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom.  The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office. I'm thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.

With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room.  She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you'd see in a Cliff May house.  She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay),  so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.

I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes.  The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.

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The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe.  She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.

 

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I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug.  Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.

So which look do you prefer?  Which option would you choose?  I'd love your feedback!