Archive for July, 2011

All-American Style with Coco+Kelley

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What goes around comes around, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the design world. Both fashion and interiors are consistently inspired by past, and the recent trend of returning to our Western roots (think chambray, lace, and artisan inspired pieces) is a perfect example of historically influenced All-American appeal…

Pieces like a vintage milk bottle being re-imagined into stackable measuring cups or a streamlined lighting fixture that mimics oil lanterns show a modern take on the past. Other pieces, like rich leather and practical chambray, never seem to lose their appeal. For a girl from the West Coast, this is my own version of Americana, influenced by images of the gold rushes in California, mid-century modern style and a love of time-worn classics.

*all home products and horseshoe earrings via anthropologie, chambray shirt by elizabeth and james, boots by belstaff

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The New All-American Coastal with Erika Ward from BluLabel Bungalow

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Wow!  It’s been an exciting month here on the blog.  Today I have the lovely and talented designer and blogger Erika Ward from Atlanta.  I absolutely love coastal style and I’m so glad Erika is sharing her version today! – Tobi

The Coastal decorating theme has always been an important part of the American lifestyle. Whether you consider yourself a permanent resident of Alys Beach or a yearly visitor to Palm Springs, coastal décor is easily recognizable and instantly sends your thoughts packing for the next vacation.  Cabana stripes, watery blue hues, slipcovered furnishings, seashells, and nautical references all help to evoke thoughts of all-American coastal living.

While this traditional look is timeless, current trends in the marketplace reveal some equally suitable furniture and decor for a seaside retreat. Let’s take a look:

Introducing “The New All-American Coastal.” It’s a look quite different from what we are accustomed to, but it exudes most of what we love about coastal décor, nature.

1.| First spotted at Atlanta’s January Market in Trowbridge Gallery, these framed linen, hand-embroidered textiles by Ankasa appear to be symbolic of fossilized sea life.

2.| An unlikely departure from a lounge-y slipcovered sofa, Room and Board’s Murray Sofa in Teal is just as hardworking as its casual counterpart. Its form is streamlined and better suited for those with a more modern aesthetic. 

3.| West Elm’s Glass Jug Table Lamp made of mercury glass takes cues from water’s reflective qualities. It’s shiny surface also bounces sunlight across the room and provides a touch of glam without being too girly.

4.| 100% Linen Blackout Panels provide a look that is effortlessly chic and also help postpone the early sunshine when you’ve had a late night.

5.| Brownstone’s Verona Coffee Table cleverly combines natural elements to create a piece that tests the boundaries of rustic and modern design. It’s weathered wood exposes the beauty of decay while the stainless steel legs mimic the reflective qualities of the table lamp.

6.| Accent pillows delight our tactile senses without taking too much attention from the overall design. Mongolian lamb’s wool plays a supporting roll to Stella in Mellow Blue by Adam and Viktoria with its luxurious crushed velvet motif. Its palette provides color direction for other possible accessories.

7.| Bring the outside in with Snug Furniture’s Cloud End Table Lo. It’s not your grandmother’s wicker furniture.

8.| The Cloud Lounge Chair offers yet another unexpected twist into the coastal mix. Outdoor furniture allows you to enjoy your investment in quality furniture year round.

9.| Without introducing another color to the scheme, the Spectrum Rug in Cream by Company C brings white sand to your living room and adds another layer of interest with tufted squares and circles.

Thank you Tobi for the opportunity to share my interpretation of The New All-American Coastal. While it deviates from the norm, it opens our minds to unlimited possibilities which in itself is the foundation of our fair country.

Erika Ward

BluLabel Bungalow – An Interiors, Fashion, and Lifestyle Blog

All-American Tabletops with Kathryn Greeley

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Welcome back to another day of great All-American spirit here on Tobi’s Blog.  Today, we have an amazing expert here to talk about tabletops.  I’ve known Kathryn Greeley for years and I absolutely adore her!  I’m sure you will be inspired.  -Tobi

The Vintage All-American Tabletop

I love to entertain and setting the table is my favorite part.  My collections include this Calico pattern in red, white and blue.  Perfect for an All-American party in the summertime. 

I keep this china at my lakehouse and I use it quite often.  Its vintage charm just screams Americana!  Pairing it with cobalt blue glass adds the perfect spark!

The flags flying on the tables once flew at Arlington National Cemetery.  What an honor to have them flying at my party!  As a patriotic party favor, each guest received an American flag beach towel.  I hung the towels on the chair backs and tied them with blue ribbon.

 The Calico Pattern was manufactured by Metlox/Poppytrail/Vernon of California between 1949-1955.

This Liberty Milk Co. blue milk bottle could have many uses on the tabletop.  It’s perfect for holding ice water on a hot summer day or it could stand in as a beautiful vase for flowers.

A vintage rolling pin is a perfect table accent.  In adition to the vivid blue color, it reminds us of years past and sparks conversation among guests.

If you’re looking to start collecting a summer tabletop, I truly recommend Calico.  It’s as American as apple pie.

The vintage tabletop above is from my forthcoming book The Collected Tabletop.  In the book you can learn more about this table and many others!  The book is available beginning September 1st.  If you’d like to pre-order a copy from the author, you can do that HERE


Today, I’m also featuring the second part of this post on my blog.  The New All-American Tabletop will show you how to pull off a patriotic look using all new items.  And if you leave a comment on The Collected Room blog today, you’ll be entered to win one of ten condensed, 30-page Advanced Reader’s Copies of my book.  Hurry over!  I’ll be selecting 10 names at random later today.

The New All-American Tabletop and Giveaway Entry