Monthly Archives: February 2014

Decorating Look for Less: Tulip Table

The Saarinen Round Dining Table (designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll) is a go-to piece for interior designers. It’s a wonderful mid-century modern piece that can work well with many different aesthetics. The basic version features the cast aluminum base with a bevel-edged laminate top.

Saarinen Round Dining Table, White Laminate Top, $1,879.00
photo credit: DWR

The “deluxe” version features a beautiful white marble top from Italy. $2,868.00.  It’s also available with customized choices (other marble tops, wood tops, black base, etc.)

photo credit: DWR

These are fantastic if you can work it into your budget! However, if not, there are some fairly decent options to get the designer look at a value price!  Here is Ikea’s Docksta table… only $199.00!  The base doesn’t have quite the same elegant lines and the table edge isn’t beveled, but for $199 can you really complain?
photo credit: Ikea

If you have your heart set on marble…here’s a reproduction on Amazon made by LexMod for only $843.35.

photo credit: LexMod at Amazon

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s nice to have a day to appreciate your loved ones, especially in these hectic times when it seems like we are all busy, all of the time!
photo credit: Wikipedia

It’s not too late if you’re still in need of a Valentine’s Day gift.  Here are a few last minute ideas.

Godiva Chocolate Bear, $25.  Here in NY you can find Godiva at Hudson News and Barnes & Noble.  This guy is so cute… the bear is made by Gund and he comes with 8 tasty heart shaped chocolates (milk and dark).
photo credit: Godiva

Of course it’s probably too late to have flowers delivered, but you can always pick some up.  Even grocery store flowers can be quite alright!  Certainly better than nothing.  Here in NYC you can buy roses on the street today.  It seems tons of enterprising people have decided to sell roses on street corners… very handy for last minute gifts!


Another classic Valentine is fragrance!  It’s easy and fast to just run into a department store or Sephora and pick one up.  I like See by Chloe and Bond No. 9 I LOVE NEW YORK for Earth Day (women) and Bleu de Chanel (men).

photo credit: Bond No. 9

Last idea, and super easy… is just run into a wine shop and pick up a nice bottle of Champagne.  Champagne is always correct as far as I’m concerned!  And you don’t in fact need to spend a lot… one of my favorite Champagnes is Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV.  My local wine shops have it for about $35 – 37.  It’s a great value.  The non vintage releases regularly score over 90 points (WS) and was one of WS’s 2012 Top 100 Wines.  I know most people automatically go for Veuve Clicquot, but I think this is just as good and a better value… and, the red label is perfect for Valentine’s day too!

photo credit: Piper-Heidsieck

For next year… don’t leave it to the last minute!  A really amazing gift is a set of luxurious Italian sheets like Virtuoso or Lyric by Peacock Alley!  Unlike chocolate, flowers, perfume or Champagne, these will last for years to come!

Architecture: La Maison de Verre

From time to time, we’re going to do posts on architecture that we love.  So today, we thought we’d start with La Maison de Verre in Paris.  Verre means glass in French… which I’m sure you could guess anyway by the glass block facade!  This was a private home built for a French doctor completed in 1932. It’s a great example of early modern style.

photo credit: New York Times, François Halard

The design was a collaboration by Pierre Chareau (a furniture and interiors designer), Bernard Bijvoet (a Dutch architect) and Louis Dalbet (a craftsman metalworker).  It is made of steel and glass blocks.  Amazing for the time!  It is located at 31 Rue Saint-Guillaume in the 7th arrondissement. You would never guess it’s there because it is hidden behind a typical looking street facade that leads to a courtyard where the Maison is.  You can read more about La Maison de Verre here and here.