You would not believe the things that get pitched to design bloggers. It’s quite entertaining, actually. My inbox is currently flooded with holiday decorating ideas and just-in-time-for-Merry-Christmahanakwanzika product launches that don’t quite fit within the scope of what I’m about here. It’s obvious that some people aren’t really reading blogs before submitting story ideas.
True story: The strangest thing I’ve ever been approached to write about was a lamp. I’m sure all it takes is a quick spin through the archives to see that my love of good lighting runs deep. Good is the operative word here. I like fixtures that are artfully designed; functional when they’re on and beautiful when they aren’t. I swear on the soles of my favorite boots, someone invented a white lamp that you shoot on and off with a matching infrared remote “pistol.” (I’m not pointing you to it. Google “lamp with gun remote”, if you’re that interested.) It originally sold for over $330.00. Some of the biggest design and tech sites picked up this little nugget and ran with it, but I doubt it was in the way the PR firm hoped.
All that being said, I want to bathe in new introductions from fabric, furniture, finish and fixture companies. I like to run my hands across textiles, sit-test sofas and twirl around in office chairs. I like to touch tile, man handle marble and open doors and drawers. No doubt there is surveillance footage from every showroom I’ve ever been in of me getting handsy with the merchandise, and I’m sure more than a few uniformed dudes have paced back offices muttering, “Her, again. She touches, but she does not buy.”
It’s hard to make an informed choice on the basis of an internet photo or a tear sheet. Maybe the image of a fabric is a completely different shade on your computer than it is on mine, or maybe we can’t get a proper read on a paint color unless it’s applied in your space with your lighting. The worst? Purchasing a piece of furniture without one of us knowing whether or not it’s comfortable for everyone living or working in the space. This is why designers haunt showrooms and stock sample rooms so high they can barely turn around.
Every now and then, a gem of a new introduction comes across my lap desk that I feel like I can accurately represent to you; something that I haven’t laid hands on yet, but can tell exactly how it feels just from looking at it.
Imagine getting an email that starts like this:
“As snow gently falls outside the window, there is nothing better than sprawling out in front of a lit fireplace with a hot cup of tea in hand and a classic jazz record softly playing in the background.”
With an image like this attached:
Created by the dynamite Chicago team at Soucie Horner, headed by interior wizards Shea Soucie and Martin Horner, in conjunction with local purveyor Oscar Isberian Rugs, SHIIR developed 30 patterns in three distinctly different styles. I’ve chosen my favorite carpet from each collection to share with you.
The Heritage Collection was inspired by old French textiles, Persian rugs and Venetian book bindings. This beautifully deconstructed pattern is named Venetian Damask:
It manages to feel vintage and fresh at the same time, kind of like me after one too many Moscow Mules.
The Origin Collection takes it’s nod from primitive geometrics. Made with a flat wool base, the grouping is woven with a raised silk pile, adding a very sumptuous texture.
I would put this in a room I don’t use very often, just so I’d go in there more. I’m pretty sure I would stretch out on the floor and vegetate, maybe even grow sprouts like a potato.
While it was really tough to choose a favorite from the Adaptation Collection, it was impossible to choose a color, so I’m sharing three to show you how one pattern can look completely different, depending on how bold you want to go.
This is Passage:
Watchet is soft and subtle. The sheen comes from silk pile woven on top of a fine wool base, which is only one reason why I want to be rolled up in it at nap time.
There’s nothing subtle about this Peacock:
I’m drawn to it because it’s makes a big bold statement, and because it likes me back, I think.
I can see Cardamon in a richly paneled library:
Obviously, Shea Soucie and Martin Horner have talent to spare. Be sure to stop by Soucie Horner, Ltd. and check out their luxe website and design portfolio. You are bound to walk away inspired!
and at luxury purveyor Dessin Fournir in New York.
No doubt, you will find me frolicking among this finery in the future.
Beyond the thrill of instant attraction, I was not compensated for this post.
Love at first sight is priceless!
All images property of and provided by SHIIR.