Archive for June, 2013

June 18, 2013

Dining Chair Round Up

by Gillian

Anyone with small children will tell you that they are capable of destroying anything – I speak from experience! I would advise anyone with kids to consider a dining chair that can easily be wiped down and NOT an expensive fabric covered chair. Here’s my round up of top dining chairs for families:

amanda leather chair

Amanda Leather Chair

polaris aluminum chair

Polaris Side Chair

ryan side chair

Ryan Side Chair

alden side chair

Alden Side Chair

eames molded wood side chair

Eames® Molded Wood Side Chair

saarinen leather chair

Saarinen Executive Side Chair

eames molded plastic

Eames Molded Plastic

Louis Ghost chair

Louis Ghost Chair

tulip chair

Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair

brno tubular chair

Brno Tubular Chair

metal schoolhouse

Metal Schoolhouse Chair

Hagen Painted Chir

Hagen Painted Chair

forma painted chair

Forma Painted Chair

klismos

Klismos Dining Chair

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June 4, 2013

The Evolution of My Living Room

by Gillian

A few weeks ago I told you all about my current obsession – Aerial Beach Photography for my LR walls. Well, literally the next day One Kings Lane had a Grey Malin sale and to say I was excited would have been a huge understatement. I immediately selected a print and added it to my cart and then patiently waited 2 weeks until it arrived. While I was waiting I did some research on framing. I wanted  a floating look, with super high shine and started reading about the different methods available. I decided to use Laumont Photographics after reading their reviews and speaking with a sales person there.  I opted for the “plexi sandwich – A premium mounting material, Plexiglas is a flat and smooth surface, is both archival and durable. The “sandwich” combination of front and back mounting acquires the look of  frameless “floating” presentation for your photographic prints. Face-in mounting is expertly done in the Diasec-style silicone based process, which provides a crystal clear appearance for your presentation. The back is then mounted to plexi and lastly, a backing brace is attached in order to hang the piece for display. Available in AR anti-scratch, clear, matte, UV (OP-3) and non-glare surface types.” The framing took about 10 days and I am thrilled with the results.

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This is a side view of the piece – you can see the plexi is about 1/4″ thick and then there’s a wood mounting bracket attached to the back of the piece which mounts to a bracket on my wall. DSC_5922-001

And now that the art is up on the wall I’m ready to reveal my new living room. But first here’s a look back at what it looked liked when we moved in 5 1/2 years ago before kids. (Ollie was such a small pup)…

Living Room

Here’s what our living room looked like 5 years & 2 kids later….

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And here’s what it looks like now…

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I was tired of the browns and blues so to the shock of my husband I decided to go with greys & purples. But now that it’s all come together I think he actually likes it! If this wasn’t a rental apartment I would definitely have installed crown molding and probably changed out the parquet floors, and installed some more ceiling lights and….oh I could just go on and on…

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