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Design Line: Spring Blues

26 Feb


Blue Curacao is Spring 2011’s whimsical take on turquoise. Seen on the runway by the likes of Peter Som, DKNY, and Versace, this shade’s versatility is perfect for welcoming spring. Evoke lazing in the Caribbean tropics or spice  up earthy tones with patterned, worldly prints.

Keeping up with color trends in your wardrobe might seem mandatory, but accenting your home with goodies has the same spring awakening effect.

Look out for my next installment of Design Line Budget Edition, when we tackle another spring staple , and Color of 2011,  Honeysuckle Pink.

I’ve compiled this  list of 15 of my favorites for sprucing up your digs for less than $100:

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Design Line: Strawser & Smith, Inc.

17 Feb
This is one of my favorite off-the-subway detours in Brooklyn.
Inevitably, when you step inside this showroom, you immediately start envisioning a dream house fitted with strong, sturdy, and beautiful things. Strawser and Smith present an impressive collection of handcrafted pieces reminiscent of  industrial factories  It’s like a mid-century museum, featuring a motley of perfectly proportioned tables and benches constructed of reclaimed wood and steel, 1960s pecan-hued leather armchairs, and delicious collectibles, such as old subway marker signs. The giant industrial relics are re-purposed old factory and machine parts re-fashioned into functional design for home, office, and loft. Cleveland Art, masters of the trade, are worth checking out, especially for you L.A. folk.  Check their website here.

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As you walk into the store, there’s an almost macabre sensation, maybe it’s just anatomical drawings or the vibe of  mid-century medical lamps or the cast aluminum U.S. Navy-commissioned barber chair. There’s also an old school bleacher bench recalling football games in the Midwest

The 1920s wall-sized world and survey maps accent the earthy and steel tones of the furniture.

Note: Between February 9-18, Strawser & Smith will only be open by appointment only!

Don’t forget to look around at the house itself! High ceilings are stationed on earth by roughhewn wooden pillars, and what seems like exposed brick for miles. I love going in when it’s afternoon, beautifully-lit, west-facing, receiving gorgeous afternoon sun.

Tarnished elegance nailed on its head!

All photos courtesy of the Strawser & Smith website. For more information, check their FACEBOOK.

Paz,

Nandini