Ever wonder how those images you see in catalogs always look so wonderful, with just the right mix of accidental treasures next to season’s new collection? Imagine a walk-in-closet, organized with a selection of colorful plates, one-of-kind vases and the most eclectic selection of curios you’ve ever seen. That’s what it looks like inside of Sandy Chilewich’s prop closet. The designer, founder and creative director of Chilewich — our go to source for gorgeous yet practical placements, runners and rugs — Sandy’s studio features floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with objects collected over the years from around the world. When a stylist wants to use something that is too rare or precious to own, they often dip into the vaults of other collector heavens to borrow or rent pieces. Some of Sally’s recent finds, above, came from a small shop in Greenwich Village, called the Porcelain Room. For more of an inside look at the creative process behind Chilewich, check out Sally’s board on Pinterest.
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Did you look the calendar today? Thanksgiving is next week! If you’re schedule is like ours this baby is creeping up on you fast. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving posts from years past that may be of use this holiday season.
Above, the most yummy Brussels sprouts, ever.
More Thansgsiving help from Shelterrific:
Katie D. and I wondered past the construction zones on Manhattan’s far west side last week to take a cruise around the annual International Gift Fair. It’s two enormous floors of everything from bedding, tabletop, stationary, and more Christmas tchotchkes than you ever dreamed possible in one place. It’s also a place where some of our favorite home-goods designers turn out to show off the newest additions to their catalogs — all the things hitting store shelves in the next couple of months. We started working on our wish-list for the coming season. Here are some of the things that we love most:
Faux cowhide placements, $20 each, from Chilewich, available now on their site. Can’t wait to serve a vegetarian feast on these!
Candlewick covers from Pine Cone Hill. Reminds us of the chenille bedding our grandmas had and we can’t wait to get. Available in five colors, shown here in Dove.
New, vibrantly-colored indoor-outdoor rugs from Dash & Albert.
Insanely cool dinosaur bedding from Dwell Studio. Do we have to be a kid to have?
More NYIGF picks coming soon!
We have a rug problem in our kitchen. Namely, we need one but everything we put there gets crazy stained. The spot — spanning from the sink the end of our new dishwasher (ah… the dishwasher) — gets a lot of traffic. Spills happen constantly. Also, no matter what kind of rug pad we put underneath, it slips and slides. My seplace is on: I need something washable that stays where you place it. Ideally it would be a bold color — like yellow or red or perhaps a combination of the two. You can sort of see our old Ikea rug in this photo below. This rug was wool — bad idea. Before that we had a cotton rag rug. Frequent washing turned into real rags.
I’m thinking of splurging on a rug by Pappelina. We have a runner from them in our upstate place. It’s works great in a mud room. The only that’s holding me up is the price — about $300 at Royal Design. I suppose it would be worth it for the kitchen rug of our dreams. But it is completely plastic. All plastic. Is that a good idea?
Another brand I’m considering is Chilewich. I’m a big fan of their products. Their rugs and mats are lovely; if only they came in brighter colors…
Dash & Albert? But they are only cotton — won’t they stain and slip?
Any other suggestions? Help!
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I’ve been trying — as many of us have, I’m sure — to spruce up our beyond-hideous deck for prime summer enjoyment. It’s a great space, don’t get me wrong — it’s just in dire need of a couple of repairs and a new coat of paint or two. But in the meantime (or at least until it stops raining for a few days) I’m planning on just covering it up with a cute indoor/outdoor rug. I’ve scoured the web for some options, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far, ranging from $35- $200:
Dash and Albert have a stunning diamond rug, above, starting at $34 for a 2’x3′.
I love the candy apple red design on this Henri Floral Rio Mat from Cost Plus World Market, $40 for a 6’x9′.
I’ve always been a fan of Chilewich placemats and runners, but I’m absolutely in love with these 24″x36″ spun vinyl utility mats, $75.
If your tastes tend to the more traditional side, perhaps this trompe l’oeil Persian rug floor mat (made from polyester and foam) from Urban Outfitters, $148 for a 66″x46″, is a good choice.
I love the bold geometric design of this indoor/outdoor rug from Overstock.com, a large 7’10″x11′ for $178.
Last but definitely not least is the ultra-cool reversible pegboard rug from CB2, 5’x8′, $200.
I’ll probably end up getting more than one — what doesn’t go on the deck will be great in our sad dungeon of a basement! — Megan B.