January 31, 2018:

Hola!

Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...

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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