Friday, December 9, 2011

2012 Pantone Color is revealed! "Tangerine Tango"!

Every year around this time I begin to get excited about what the upcoming Pantone color will be!  It has been revealed that 2012's color will be "Tangerine Tango"!  The reddish-orange color "provides the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward".  What could be a better color to bring in the new year?!  There's an element of encouragement in orange as well, and right now is the best time for an encouragement boost in everyday life.  Whether it's fashion, home design or product design, I am looking forward to that jolt of happiness and encouragement when I see the new Pantone "Tangerine Tango".

How fun are these rooms?!  This color has got me excited already!  I am excited to be seeing it more often.  Even just a pop of tangerine brightens up a room in a sophisticated yet fun way.

Like the sunset, tangerine has varying hues.  All of which are beautiful.  Get your ideas flowing for tangerine tango for 2012!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Inspiring Pumpkin Carvings!

Halloween is quickly approaching. The leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and the air is so crisp and chilly! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is pumpkins! Not one is the same size or shape. They are fun to carve, and yummy to eat! (The flavor and pumpkin seeds that is). Every year I wish I could carve multiple pumpkins because there are so many different ideas I have! I do my best to just focus on a few though =) I was browsing the internet for fun and different alternatives than the actual carving of a pumpkin and saw these!

This reminded me of fruit carvings!

I love the idea of this kitty

Fun, simple and creative!  And not messy at all

Some more carving "tattoo inspired"

How clever!? and simple!
Also simple and clever.  Insulation for a 'brain'.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Randolph's Market Festival 2011!

This past weekend was the Randolph Market Festival full of antiques, art, fashion and more!  There was a little something for everyone.  Although it was rainy, it didn't stop us from going out and having a great time.

                           Out door as well as in door booths
                                           Checking out all the old rustic decor
                                       Bought this set of 8 to sell in the store!
                                                       Fun chairs
                                                        In door booths

We can't wait for the next antique fair! Enjoy your week and stop in to see our fully stocked store and studio =)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tricia Guild !

Tricia Guild is a British Designer and founder and the Creative Director of Designers Guild, an International Home and Lifestyle company. Tricia Guild is known mostly for her bold and original fabric and wallpaper collections as well as her work as a designer and manufacturer on different home interior products.

Looking through a book of hers inspires the creativity in me and uplifts my mood.  The use of bold colors, prints and fabrics with different styles of design is absolutely amazing.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mirror, mirror, on the Furniture!

I have recently become fascinated with mirrored furniture.  It instantly adds chic elegance to any space.  It's perfect for small spaces such as Studio apartments.  Since it is mirrored, the piece can almost seem camouflaged by the reflection of it's surroundings as seen in this picture.

Displaying Vases with brightly colored flowers are fun to play with on mirrored furniture. The color of the flowers really pop!

I found this piece while searching the internet. Just the cabinet and drawer surfaces are mirrored! Creates a great contrast.

If you were planning on mirroring your furniture on your own, this is definitely the easiest way to go since the cabinet faces all have clean edges.

Here are some other pictures I found of rooms with some awesome mirrored furniture! It's fun to see how people decorate around them.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is an Egyptian born Industrial designer living in New York.  He dabbles in everything from Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design etc.  Everything he designs whether it's in clothing, product or interiors has a futuristic flair to it.  I came across his name while searching the internet years ago.  From then I feel in love.  

You're probably familiar with the Kone Vacuum by Dirt Devil?  He designed that.  Or how about the Method soaps you can buy at Target or any drugstore?  He designed that packaging as well.  To date he has had some 3000 objects put into production.  Time magazine called him the "Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas".

Kone Vac and Method Soaps

"Kurve Restaurant" New York City, 2008

"Market Restaurant/Bar"... Atlanta, GA

"Semiramis" Hotel/ Athens

Aren't these amazing? Karim is an amazing, iconic and unique designer to say the least. You should visit his website to see all his extraordinary designs! Have a great week!

Chic Antique

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New London Style

This is where I New London Style. It was London's diverse cultural melting pot that created this 'vintage eclectic twist with minimal modernism' style of Interior Design.

I was looking through a "New London Style" book and was amazed at how drawn I was to every aspect of this style. It's said that "The rule is, there are no rules" when it comes to New London Style. Mix recycled retro pieces with polished industrial flooring, Victorian chairs upholstered in bold prints, the possibilities are endless. There's vast room for your own creative flair. Instead of searching for high end pricey pieces, this style is more recognized for pieces that are more personal to you. Eclecticism at its best.

Hand printed wall papers, Decorating with graphic prints, and bold upholstered vintage pieces of furniture are just some of the ways to a New London Style space.

Nothing matches, but it "goes". Each piece/print, stands well on its own.
Mixing old with new. Although the furniture and accessories may be old, they are refinished with a modernized pink color scheme contrasted against the dark gray chair.

Whoa! Loud pops of modern color contrasted with rich wood grain furniture, clear plastic desks and retro Eero Saarinen inspired round chairs.

Modern, Vintage, Eclectic, Unique, Creative and Inspiring..........

Those were some images from a New London Style book. Kind of reminds you of Chic Antique, right? Well we have a lot of pieces here that would work in a New London Style below:

Eclectic Owl Lamps
Vintage Wall paper. Looks great in a frame, on a piece of furniture or covering a wall!

Distressed bright white antique shelving.
Graphic print upholstered side chair.

 You can add your personal touch to a New England Style room by having a custom piece done by Chic Antique in any way you fancy! =)

Have a great week~ Lauren