House Beautiful

more daybed love

Just wanted to drop by to draw your attention to these two cuties. I won't wax on again about my longstanding love affair with the daybed, but if you are unfamiliar you can hop over to this post to get up to speed. 

First up is this fantastic piece from West Elm. It's part of the Parsons line of furniture -- which is all genius. The styling here is very pretty as well (except for those lame cushions on the floor on the left -- what's up with those? How come nobody in creative said -- what's up with those, let's photoshop them out.) But I digress. I could also see this done up with some pretty block prints. the lovely Chatri quilt and sham combo from John Robshaw. And speaking of block print quilts I've got a little beef with West Elm over its discontinuation of almost all of its print quilts. Makes me sad. If you are quick you'll still find some for sale on the web site.

And here's the Parsons daybed all naked so you can see the bonus -- a trundle bed. Yay, so perfect! 

And then there's this excellent piece, the Jamie daybed, from West Elm's sibling PB Teen. I don't mind revealing that it's a bit of a favourite secret source. No need for kids or teens in your life to find good stuff there. The task lighting, carpets and some of the bedding all have appeal beyond the teen demographic. Mind you, the styling here definitely says "teen".

It's much easier to imagine the possibilities of this thing -- and to see its virtues more clearly -- when it's stripped back. Love that it has a back (so much better if you need it to do double duty as a sofa) and because it's upholstered and slipcovered it looks a bit more substantial than the WE version. This one comes in full (shown) or twin size. 

For the record, one of my favourite daybeds seen in editorial:

This is the NYC studio of Ellen O'Neill. The daybed is upholstered in a muted toile but what I really love is the undoneness of this styling. We in the print biz can't often get away with this sort of thing. But O'Neill is a styling superstar. Trust me, if you consume design you've seen her work often and her own homes even more. I tip my hat to her, to photographer Thomas Loof and to House Beautiful for this wonderful editorial. You can see the rest of it here

PS. Just in case you were wondering, this is not a sponsored post. No posts here are sponsored, ever. I take no advertising and I write what I like. That's all.



who styled it better? smith vs cohler

The console table is second only to the mantel as a tableau for beautiful bibelots. Remember when these 2 images ran in the same issue of House Beautiful? I had great fun flipping from one to the other trying to determine which was my fave. Here's my review.

designer: Cal glamour girl Windsor Smithphotog: Victoria Pearson.

Loves: 1. the table itself is all marble and gilt gorgeosity. 2. the fashion photo - glorious. 3. Orange as an accent colour (but more on that later). 4. the photo composition and lighting are flawless.

Beefs: Styling. 1. jumble of vintage empty bottles - meh. 2. a stack of Hermès boxes screaming at me "Hey, look how rich I am. I've got a bunch of stuff from Hermès!" OK, the colour is fab, but those boxes are the most overworked prop since the chunk of coral. 3. Windsor, why are there riding boots in your master bathroom? huh? I can only think of 2 reasons: either a) you are knocking me over the head again with the Hermès narrative. or b) you and Mr. Smith get up to some shenanigans in your master suite with the wearing of boots. (if so, I don't want to know about it). A styling colleague (and sometime reader of this blog) and I once agreed -- tomatoes and red peppers don't belong in the living room. Likewise, riding boots don't belong in the bathroom.

designer: NYC designing gentleman Eric Cohler. photog: Jonny Valiant

Loves: 1. this console could wipe the floor with the other one -- check out those legs! 2. the art, the art, the art, the art. Um hello, a Picasso etching beside a junk shop sketch. genius. 3. the mini easels. they give great presence to the smaller pieces. 4. The painting leaning on the floor below the table -- nonchalance = confidence. 5. the way the shape of the sculpture echoes the shape of the table legs - sexy. 

Beefs: a blossom or leaf or some speck of nature would be welcome here.

So, the winner IMHO is Eric Cohler's lovely console. I know, it's a shocker, especially since the bloggonet is all quivery over Mrs. Smith. But don't get me wrong, her whole place is wonderful, but in the console styling smack down, I'm going with Cohler for the win. BTW, His place is right up my alley too -- it's all Farrow & Ball and Cole & Son and great legs and layering and collections. Am looking forward to hearing him speak in Toronto this week.