Baby Got Back…

…Backsplash that is.

The options for backsplashes has  exploded over the years.  New types, styles and shapes of tiles continuously hit the market.  In addition, other creative materials are available such as mirror, wood cladding and metals to name a few.  I recently came across a new idea that was truly brilliant…..FABRIC.  I know you are imagining stains and greasy messes hitting your precious textile backsplash that you painstakingly picked out and applied to the wall.  Don’t worry because the fabric can be made in-destructive if you sandwich it between glass before applying it to the wall.  Glass makes the fabric maintain its vibrant color and it is easily cleaned.  Adam Rolston of Incorporated Architecture & Design achieved this for a couple’s Manhattan apartment that was finished to evoke their memories of life across the pond in London-town.  Adam commented that it does take a skilled glass company to accomplish but the feat can be done for any space if the fabric isn’t too thick.  Check it out in this cozy country kitchen in the city.

Lee Jofa’s Lauretta fabric

Mixing cabinet finishes adds interest

Color pop on the shutters adds dimension and controls natural light

Love the Ceaserstone countertop. So there really is a world outside of granite?

*All photos provided by House Beautiful

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Ohh Horchow

Horchow’s new ads for the warmer season are popping up in media depicting what it calls “the new kind of elegance”.  I have always held this brand in high regard because it critically chooses only the best and then places it all together in one centralized catalog.  If you are not familiar, The Horchow Collection is the oldest luxury catalog around and just for an idea of the level of luxuriousness, it falls under the silken corporate umbrella of Neiman Marcus.  Although overall pretty pricey at first glance, it is a great place to get ideas of what is new and haute.  The collection is very lux yet still inviting due to the warm, textured fabrics and the mixture of modern lines with traditional details.  They even brought mod sexy back with good ole wood paneling.  Here are some of my favorites in the new arrivals:

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Center entry table $1,699

Candice Olson (love her) dressers $2,149

Mona Velvet sofa $4,999

Mona Velvet sofa $4,999 and Berger chair $2,249

Cozy Harper pillows $120

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Dining chairs $1,299

Capiz Flower Burst Pendant Light $690

Night & Day Pendant Light $2,220

Mercury Candelstick Lamps $295, Isabella Console $5,599

*All photos courtesy of Horchow Collection

Who knew knotty pine was still where its at?

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New Rich Friends

I had to introduce you to my two new best friends and they are rich….very rich.  At High Point Furniture Market I was introduced to these high brow movers and shakers that go by the names of Fine Art Lamps and Dorya.  Upon walking into their showrooms I was overwhelmed by their well-heeled exemplification of fine living.

Fine Art Lamps creates some of the most unique lighting I have ever seen.  From sculptural lamps to architectural chandeliers, they do it all.  The company’s roots date back to the late nineteenth century and it has assembled the best engineers, designers and craftsmen that have honed the skills to bring the  most magical of ideas to fruition.

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Fine Art Lamps Allegretto Collection

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Fine Art Lamps Celestrial Collection

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Dorya started constructing furniture and millwork for big corporations in 1979.  The company entered the residential market in the late 1980s and has since carved its niche at the top with its big money style.  With palaces, embassies and presidential buildings in its repertoire, if you can afford these pieces then you have really made it in life.  The flowing patterns of the rich woods and sumptuous fabric inspire you to fight for that corner office.  Check it out and melt.

Dorya Contemporain Collection

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Dorya Heritage Collection

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Dorya Contemporain

It must be nice to be rich…very rich.  Now I understand why NeNe Leakes announces it every chance she gets!

The NeNe Mantra: Julia Duffy Show