Monday, December 29, 2008

The Sultan of Bling

Seeing as I am no Decorno in terms of blog readership, I still get pretty excited to receive the occasional comment and e-mail from far-flung customers and readers. A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to receive a lovely e-mail from Albert Sultan, aka the Sheik of Chic. (Got to love the name, right?)

He has an amazing new online vintage furniture store and, yes, we sell vintage furniture too, but this guy is like a mini-1st Dibs with some of his pieces. Here are some of my favorites:

Check out his site,, to see more. Albert, if you're out there, all I ask in return for this posting is the Renzo Rutili credenza.

Friday, December 26, 2008

It's On

Yep, Christmas is only one foot in the grave and we are already on to the next big thing: our floor-model sale on all new (i.e., non-vintage) furniture and lighting.

If you've had your eye on anything in the shop as of late, stay mindful; to keep things interesting, we are holding a progressive sale, so the longer the sale, the better the deals.

Here's the skinny:

DEC. 26 - JAN. 9: 15% OFF

JAN. 10 - JAN. 20: 20% OFF

JAN. 21 – JAN. 31: 30% OFF

Act quickly to ensure you get your heart's desire for a discount, or hedge your bets in the hopes that the object of your affection is still around for the final days.

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Merry

Barney's New York holiday window

Happy holidays to you and yours...thank you for making our first year so fabulous!

Here's hoping you wake up tomorrow to find everything on your list under the tree, or elsewhere. In a perfect world, here's what would be waiting for me under mine:

1. The magnificent Javier Bardem

2. Need I say more?

3. Tony Duquette Pagoda Lamp reissued by Baker

4. Petal kicks from Christian Louboutin

5. Pair of vintage turquoise lamps for my Living Room from Downtown in L.A.

6. 19 from Adele, my new music crush

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Holiday Hours, Come Snow or High Water

Here in Seattle, the snow has thrown holiday shopping plans for a loop.

But we decided, if you're game, so are we. That's why we're planning to be open every day until Christmas, with extended hours, snow or no.

Here's the skinny:

Sunday, 12/21: 12-5
Monday, 12/22: 11-7
Tuesday, 12/23: 11-7
Wednesday, 12/24 (Christmas Eve): 11-7
Thursday, 12/25 (Christmas): CLOSED
Friday, 12/26: 11-5 (and a return to normal business hours)

Lose the cabin fever and come do some shopping! See you then.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Words to Give By

Sometimes I wonder if the shop is merely a front for me to buy all the things I love but can't afford to keep. Design books are one of my weaknesses, and I've collected a batch of my current favorites--all of which, conveniently enough, are for sale at Revival Home & Garden. Coincidence?

Surprise your favorite design aficionado with one of these under the tree and you're guaranteed to be rewarded with a gigantic smile.

1. Tony Duquette

Not a new book, but my favorite design book of all time. Hands down, one of the most inspiring designers of all time. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

2. High Style

A glossy, glam effort from the masters of glossy and glam, L.A.'s Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield. Another one of my favorites, this is filled with colorful, over-the-top vignettes from the pair's fabulous California shop, as well as some of their memorable design projects that include the home of former Seattleite Courtney Love.

As an added bonus, the book is beautifully made, with a gilded fabric cover. Never hurts.

3. Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste

Another of my favorite of the new crop of design books....highly readable, great projects influenced by the current Regency madness but all with a timeless underpinning, and informative to boot. After reading it, Ms. Kemble rose a few notches to the upper heights of my favorite designer list.

4. Defining Luxury

Fabulous eye candy.... I want to move into that room on the cover every time I look at it.

5. Inspired Styles

A great premise, this is a compilation of favorite rooms by loads of current top designers including Kelly Wearstler, Michael S. Smith, and more.

6. Regency Redux

An exploration of the hot hot hot Regency style from a historical perspective, written by one of the leading experts on the period (who also has a great new blog, BTW)

7. The New Traditional

A wonderful first book from the new master of cool, serene interiors (and former lawyer!) Darryl Carter.

8. Charlotte Moss: A Flair for Living

A beautiful book from tastemaker extraordinaire Charlotte Moss.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

That's Amore

In a strange but delightful turn of events, we were featured in the November issue of Italian Architectural Digest (not sure whether to punctuate that with a "! "or a "?").

If there are any fluent Italian speakers out there (yes, I am talking especially to you young, handsome male Italian speakers), take a look and let me know what it says.... All I've gleaned is ITALIAN ITALIAN ITALIAN ITALIAN "Leah Ball Steen" ITALIAN ITALIAN ITALIAN "Hollywood Regency" ITALIAN ITALIAN ITALIAN "Seattle."

And if previously mentioned young, handsome male Italians could send a recent photo along with their translations, that would be swell.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

More in Store

In addition to stocking up on stocking stuffers, we've been stockpiling more vintage pieces for your consideration. (I've officially exhausted my stock of "stock" phrases!)

Our current favorite? A pair of vintage nightstands with "bamboo" detail and awe-inspiring new orange lacquer finish. My favorite detail? A "breadboard" pullout for all your nighttime necessities.

Vintage resin Buddha lamp with stunning custom pagoda white linen shade.

Coral wall mirror with gold detailing....Dorothy Draper would be proud.

Pair of vintage lemon-yellow crackled-finish ginger jar lamps with new custom black linen shades. The picture doesn't do justice to the intensity of the color...snap these up fast before they mysteriously migrate to my living room.

And though not vintage, we have a few new items that could fool the untrained eye:

Pair of brass sconces with crystal chain (which can be removed if you hate) and...

A pair of these charming gilded stools with cranberry silk cushions.

New or old, we've got you covered.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Window Dressing

I couldn't be more excited about our lovely new holiday window, featuring a few of my favorite fabric lines and products from the shop--fabrics from Rubie Green & F. Schumacher, and chairs from MetroSofa and a customized piece from Martha Stewart's line for Bernhardt.

Special thanks to stylist extraordinaire Hope Misterek for her eye and muscle. (Side note: the blatant rip-off of House Beautiful's recent cover --i.e., the paper bells--was all me.)

Come by and check it out in person!

Crack Ups

Thanks to DailyCandy for the love thrown Humpty & Eggberta's way. These little beauties are handmade by hipster L.A. designer Helene Ige and her mom (how cute is that?) and come in two different sizes. I defy anyone not to utter some sort of high-pitched squeal or at least an "Awww..." upon seeing them.

The perfect gift for your favorite egghead. (Sorry.)

Mention you saw them here and we'll give you 20% off to thank you for humoring our bad puns.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

By Design

Wanted to share pics of this fabulous chair I recently helped a client customize...we added a new coat of lacquer and a fantastic textural fabric from one of my favorite fabric houses, F. Schumacher, to transform a sweet vintage French side chair into a sassy, fresh focal point of her guest bedroom.

I was so pleased with how it turned out that I briefly contemplated keeping it for myself and telling her the upholsterer lost it...but in the end, she got her chair.

If you want to breathe new life into your furnishings, let us know; we would love to help!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stop the Madness

I just learned (courtesy of my source for all breaking decor news, Decorno) that Cottage Living has gotten the axe as well! On the plus side, my monthly magazine-reading time has now been substantially reduced. Guess I will have to start paying attention to my children again. (I kid.)

Image from Cottage Living

As seen in December's "Domino"

We have been working like mad for many a moon now to get our Web site up and going, but it looks like we are still a week or two away (maybe sooner...keep your fingers crossed!).

With Thanksgiving approaching, we are ever so thankful that the items shown above appear in the December issue of our beloved Domino magazine, crediting our humble shop for ordering purposes. Naturally we were hoping people could simply hop on over to our Web site and buy them, but now it seems it won't be quite that simple.

If you saw the items and are interested in purchasing one (or, better yet, more), here's the skinny:

1. The resin stag head is featured in the medium size, measuring 16"H. He sells for $55, and he has two friends: a smaller version, measuring 7 1/2" for $25, and a larger version, measuring 20" for $120.

2. The gold and coral costume necklace is from Kenneth Jay Lane and retails for $100.00.

If you're interested in purchasing either, drop us a line at or ring us at 206.763.3886. We will be happy to help you!

With any luck our site will up by the time the issue drops and all of this will be moot, but we are not betting on it.... Murphy's Law and all. Damn that Murphy.

When Black Friday Falls

Turns out it's more than a classic Steely Dan song, it's also the morose-sounding name for the shopping day after Thanksgiving. (We think Black Friday should fire their branding consultant, BTW...)

With the day quickly approaching, we thought we'd update you on our holiday hours. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, we will be open from 11-7, Wednesday through Saturday; Sundays we remain open from 12-5. We'll keep up these extended shopping hours through the end of the year, in the hope that it will help to make the season bright.

To further ease your holiday pain, we are also happy to offer free holiday gift wrap for all purchases...except for perhaps the Porter's Chair.

Additionally, you, gentle reader, are cordially invited to our first-ever (yes, we weren't open last year but just go with it) after-hours holiday shopping extravaganza! Saturday, December 6, from 6 - 9 p.m., we are hosting an invitation-only shopping event featuring warm cocktails, festive treats, and an even more festive 10% discount on all purchases. Consider yourself invited!

Stop by to snatch up a big batch of just-arrived gift items for all those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list....and maybe pick up a little something for yourself, too. (You deserve it. You work hard.)

Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Did anyone see this post on Apartment Therapy last week?

I read it and thought it was jumping to conclusions a bit prematurely...what do you think?

First Blueprint, then House & Garden, now.... (gasp) Domino? What does that leave us--Veranda? Egads.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Clothes-ing for Business

We are simultaneously sad and excited to be partnering with our friends at to carry items from their amazing Northwest clothing lines at the shop--sad because is closing its doors so that owner Alison can focus on her full-time stint as shopping editor for, but excited because we get to look at her beautiful clothes all day...and help you discover them, too!

Come check out items from such high-style lines as Prairie Underground, Alula, Elroy & Reif. Get them while they last (i.e., before I end up taking them all home!)

Mean Melamine

One of our fave items at the store, Thomas Paul melamine plates in assorted colors and patterns, was featured front and center in Kelley Moore's latest King5 entertaining segment. This time around, Kelley uses the various designs to customize Thanksgiving place settings around guests' personalities. Great idea! And no broken plates this year...even better.

Watch the video clip here.
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