May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Look for Less!

Budget Wise Home blog looked at a nursery this week and did her own look for less.  The color scheme is classic, blues with a dash of white and complementary color orange!  The orange color, on trend this season, really pops in the room and is judiciously used in only a few pieces:  the chair, a painted dresser, a storage cube.  Check it out! 

The one thing that designer and blogger Heidi Smith didn't find to replicate the look for less was this chair:


Nothing like a challenge!  Except, I haven't found the same chair either.  It certainly has a retro 1950's vibe, doesn't it!  The "egg" chairs below, all based on the original 1958 design by Arne Jacobsen, have a similar spirit and feel to this chair, but are different enough to be cousins, not siblings.  I didn't find anything that was closer in look to the chair in the image, above.  Maybe you can!

A gorgeous red - no orange unfortunately - "egg" chair knock-off at Overstock.com in leather:

This chair is on sale right now for $675.  I selected it because in addition to being a swivel chair, it has a nice high back, wide seat and curvy arms, so it projects a similar kind of "enveloping comfort" ambiance as the orange chair in the original nursery design.  There is a similarly styled chair also at Overstock for about $100 less in red wool - it also comes in other colors (but no orange, alas):


This chair is $561.  I can easily picture this chair in blue, white or even the black in an interpretation of Sarah Richardson's nursery.

A google search for "orange egg chair" yielded many results, here are a few:

The "Commander Chair" from EQ3.  I found this in a post at Ginormus blog from 2009. This is about as close as I got to the original chair used in the Sarah Richardson designed nursery:

Nice thick seat cushon and extra padding on the head rest/neck area at the back.  Color looks very close, too.  I looked at a website that I believe is the current EQ3 but did not find any chair like this.  EQ3 has a section its website that is replicas of famous furniture (like Eames) - and very pricey, too.  I doubt this chair would have qualified as a "look for less" unless the chair in the top photo cost $5,000!

This Lexington Modern chair was found at Amazon.com for $699 in orange.  They call it an Arne Jacobsen egg chair:


The Danish Design Store has a replica Arne Jacobsen egg chair in orange wool for $7,028!!!  Not kidding.  I didn't post a photo of it; don't know how long the link will work.

Here's a vibrant orange boucel cashmere wool Arne jacobsen egg chair replica by Kardiel.com for $639:


The wallpaper was another challenge!  The original paper used in the nursery is Crayford Paisley by Ralph Lauren Home.  No price is listed!  I did, however, find Crayford Paisley for $49.00 for a single roll (sold only in double rolls) for $49.00 at Classic Wallcoverings, Inc. The less expensive paper she lists that gives a similar list is from Target, "Blue Desire," $75.00 for a 56 square foot double roll. 

Can I find a similar look for less?  Hmmm....

Here's the original Ralph Lauren Home Crayford Paisley - Porcelain wallpaper:


A double-roll of this paper (56 square feet) would cost $98.00 at Classic Wallcoverings, Inc. (see above).

This is Blue Desire from Target at $75.00 for a 56 square foot roll, the paper that Heidi suggested:


I found this blue paisley at discountdecorating.com.  Blue Mountain Paisley and is about $48.00 for a 56-square foot roll.


I think something lighter and brighter, though...


This is Chesapeake Swirl Wallpaper from the Field Guide book and is priced at $57.00 for a 56-square foot double roll.   This pattern caught my eye because it has rich and intricate patterning like the Ralph Lauren paper and the lighter, brighter blues.

Something similar in feel in a lighter color, from wallpapermore.com, English Cottage by Sandpiper Studios, $60.00 for a double-roll:

2 comments:

  1. pretty sure that chair is the karlstad swivel chair from ikea. it doesn't appear to be available anymore.

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    1. Thanks so much! I didn't even think of looking at Ikea, but that should have been the first place I started for stylish options at great prices!

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