A Modern Classic: The Kartell Masters Chair

I have a Pinterest board called Furniture Design Classics where I collect photos of timeless furniture used in modern interiors. (You should go follow it, if you don’t already.)

One of my favorite pieces to pin is the Masters Chair, designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell in 2010.

Kartell Masters Chair - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Photo via DWR



The intersecting lines on the back echo the shape of three classics created by master designers who had come before Starck and Quitllet. (Hence the name.) From left to right: The Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen (1955), the Tulip Arm Chair by Eero Saarinen (1956) and the Molded Plastic Wire-Base Side Chair – also known as the Eiffel chair – by Charles and Ray Eames (1948).

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chair, Eero Saarinen Tulip Armchair and Charles Eames Eiffel Chair - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Photos via Hive Modern, MoMA and DWR



Can you see the shapes?! I think the Masters Chair is particularly amazing because it’s so beautiful on its own but pays such clear homage to its three predecessors. And like so many modern chairs, it fits seamlessly into almost any interior.

I love to see that curvy, sexy back juxtaposed against a boxy, rectangular table:

Masters Chairs in Jodi and Brendan York's dining room via The Design Files. Photo by Sean Fennessy

Photo via The Design Files



But they’re also right at home on a stone patio with a round pedestal table:

Masters Chairs in Claudio Luti's home via Casa Vogue. Photo by

Photo via Casa Vogue


(I love the way the minty green of the chairs mimics the patina of aged metal. A clever color choice, here.)

And as you’d expect, they’re flawless with a tapered-leg mid-century shape, too.

Heals A/W 2012 collection with BAU pendant light, Zoffany Verdure wallpaper by Melissa White and Masters Chairs by Philippe Starck - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Photo via Bodie and Fou



But let me tell you: for me, nothing beats this casually-placed gold Masters Chair in Lonny executive editor Irene Edwards’ living room.

Lonny executive editor Irene Edwards' living room with a gold Masters Chair - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Photo via Lonny



The Kartell Metal collection was announced back in March, but this is the first time I’m seeing one of the metallic Masters Chairs in a room, and I am absolutely consumed with jealousy. They’re not available until early 2015, so Edwards is one lucky lady. (I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on her copper and leather Palermo Butterfly Chair, either.)

The chairs will come in gold, silver, gun-metal grey and copper, so let’s just go ahead and put the copper on my dream house wish list right now.

Kartell Metal Masters Chairs - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Photo via Kartell



I’m not greedy. I just need one. I’ll put it at my desk, so I can pay bills and clip coupons while I sit in a metallic masterpiece. No big deal.

Which one would you pick? And where would you put it?

PS: I’ve been posting some of my old projects on Hometalk, with many more on the way. Come join me!

Black Friday Sales on My Favorite Stuff

Did you notice my amazing new wool coat in this picture? It’s from J. Crew, and it’s the best thing in the world.

J. Crew Stadium Cloth Coat in Sandstone - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I was in desperate need of a warm coat for New York, so my mom bought it for me as an early Christmas gift, and thank the lord she did, because it saved my life. It feels pretty lightweight, but it’s CRAZY-warm, and so soft and comfortable. I got compliments on it left and right, too.

When we got the coat, it was 25% off, but now it’s 30% off for Black Friday with the promo code HOLIDAY. Uh, that’s $105 off. You should probably jump on that. Just go ahead and buy it NOW. The sale runs until Sunday, but I would guess it’ll sell out fast – I practically had to fight some little woman in the store for mine. FYI, it has a great stretch, so if you’d prefer it a bit more fitted, you can size down. Mine is a size 4, and I was expecting to need an 8! Needless to say, that made me very happy.

Since we’re here, I thought I’d share a few more of my favorite items that are now on super sale.

I also grabbed a super-soft scarf very similar to this one from Gap before we left.

Gap - Cozy Plaid Scarf - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Mine is red and green plaid, but it looks like that one may be sold out at the moment. You should get one anyway, though, because a) Gap’s “cozy” scarves are insanely soft and warm (I have three, so I would know) and b) everything on Gap’s website is 50% off today with the promo code BLKFRIDAY. I repeat: 50% off. Everything. Tomorrow is 40% off everything with the promo code GIFT.

While we’re talking scarves, how perfect is this pastel one from ASOS?

ASOS - Warehouse Pastel Blanket Check Scarf - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

From now until Sunday at 8pm EST, everything at ASOS is 30% off with the promo code TGIBF.

Our coffee table from West Elm is 15% off until Sunday with the promo code SUPERSALE.

West Elm - Box Frame Coffee Table in Mango Wood - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

It goes with everything and it has a really light profile, so it’s great for smaller spaces. Here it is in our house:

Lulu and Georgia Lalita rug and West Elm box frame coffee table - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Another favorite thing from my living room is the Lalita rug from Lulu & Georgia.

Close-up of Lulu and Georgia Lalita rug - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

And yup, it’s on sale, too! Today, Lulu & Georgia is giving 20% off $250+ with the code PUMPKINPIE20, 25% off $500+ with PUMPKINPIE25 and 30% off with PUMPKINPIE30. (And PS: If you click over to the product page, you’ll see that they used three of my photos, which makes me kind of woozy with pride.) See more pictures of the coffee table and rug in our house here.

And lastly, check out this raw-edge tunic sweater from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters - Silence and Noise Raw-Edge Asymmetrical Tunic - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I got it in navy a couple weeks ago, and I’ve already worn it three times. With pants, for the record. It’s really flattering – loose in the right places, but fitted enough in the top and sleeves to not look shlubby. Plus, all sale is an extra 25% off right now, so it’s only $22.49. I’m kind of tempted to buy the other two colors. I’d recommend you do the same.

Now, go forth and shop!

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room (& Bathroom) For Holiday Visitors

We don’t have anyone coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving this year, but if we did, I’d definitely be trying a few of the projects on this list (which I created for BuzzFeed Community) to make our guest area cozy, cute and welcoming.

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room For Holiday Visitors

I can’t be the only person to save guest room (and guest bathroom) decorating for last, right?!

10 Kitchens That Prove Mixing Metals Is Totally OK

As we’ve been making minor updates to our home to make it more attractive to potential buyers, I’ve wrestled with whether to match our faucets to our light fixtures, our cabinet hardware to our doorknobs, etc. I’m a bit stuck between my own eclectic style and the more conservative look that Brookhaven buyers seems to favor.

There’s no question about where I fall in the mixed metals debate. I am all for it. The key, in my opinion, is to make it look deliberate. Your home shouldn’t look like you’ve been swapping out builder-grade features one at a time and haven’t gotten around to all of them. The goal is to create balance by juxtaposing styles and finishes that complement each other.

A note: Because many appliances don’t come in warm metals (and not everyone can afford a La Cornue range or cabinet-paneled pieces), I generally consider stainless steel appliances to be a neutral. There are some exceptions, but I say ignore ‘em.

We’ve done some amateur metal-mixing in our home, but for a master class, check out these insanely beautiful kitchens:

10 Kitchens that Prove Mixing Metals Is Totally OK (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

#1: Chrome, Antique Brass and Bronze
Modern kitchen with Hicks pendants in Rue Magazine (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
With its glossy flat-front cabinets, contemporary chrome barstools, marble waterfall island and mirrored tile backsplash, this kitchen from Rue Magazine could have skewed toward cold and unwelcoming very easily. The antique silver pitcher and bronze/brass Hicks pendants add a lived-in touch. See a few different angles here.

#2: Brass, Bronze and Copper
Smitten Studio Brass and Copper Kitchen (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
In designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s recently updated kitchen, she used warm metals exclusively. Again, those and the rustic wood elements keep the mostly-white kitchen from feeling too cold and modern. See more photos here.

#3: Brass and Stainless Steel
Husman Hagberg Kitchen with Brass Accents and a Stainless Pot Rail (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
With chalky-finish cabinets, subway tile and a farmhouse sink, the overall feel of this kitchen is heading toward country. The stainless steel pot rail (from Ikea!) gives it a utilitarian edge. Photo from HusmanHagberg, via Apartment Therapy.

#4: Silver and Wrought Iron
White and Wood Kitchen from House and Home (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Once more, we see a mix of modern finishes (glossy solid surface countertops, a chrome coil-spring faucet) and rustic elements (reclaimed wood shelves with wrought iron brackets, terra cotta pots, wood cutting board). Modern + rustic is one of my favorite kitchen combos. From House & Home’s June 2014 issue, found via SF Girl by Bay.

#5: Brass, Copper and Chrome
Brass, copper and chrome kitchen - photo by Aubrie Pick (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
In contrast, if you want to mix several metals without losing cohesiveness, it helps to pick one style and stick with it. This kitchen, photographed by Aubrie Pick, uses modern fixtures across the board, which allows for some flexibility in finishes.

#6: Silver and Gold
Philadelphia Modern Bohemian Kitchen by Design Manifest (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Luckily for renters, light fixtures and hardware aren’t the only way to mix metals. If you’re dealing with generic builder-grade finishes, add a collected, custom vibe with gold-framed vintage art and a well-loved rug. See more of Naomi Stein’s Philadelphia loft (one of my all-time favorite homes, FWIW) here and here.

#7: Silver and Bronze
Bronze and silver kitchen by Benjamin Dhong Interior Design (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
For those who think you can only mix warm with warm and cool with cool, I bring you this beautiful kitchen by Benjamin Dhong. The warm bronze cabinet hardware and sconce play well with the putty-colored cabinets and pops of yellow, but the big silver banded globe chandelier takes the otherwise-traditional kitchen to another level. The standout piece would have been a focal point in any finish, but the contrasting metal really draws your eye.

#8: Gold and Polished Silver
Farmhouse kitchen with gold chandelier from House Beautiful (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
I absolutely love the bravery that Tobi Tobin employed when she updated her 100-year-old farmhouse’s kitchen. The high-gloss black cabinets modernize the room a bit, but the visible brush strokes keep things cozy. In this case, I think brass cabinet knobs would have taken away from the ornate gold and crystal chandelier. Using polished silver for the hardware and faucet is the perfect way to keep the eye where it belongs. See more at House Beautiful.

#9: Steel, Gold and Silver
Steel, brass and silver kitchen from Design*Sponge (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Technically, I think those pendants might be glass, but let’s call them gold for simplicity’s sake. In any case, you certainly wouldn’t expect to see them paired with industrial steel bar stools, but there they are, and I think they look fantastic. The flea market stools, glam pendants and brass deer head give a curated feel to what would otherwise be a pretty typical modern white kitchen. See more of the loft at Design*Sponge.

#10: Brass, Stainless Steel and Bronze
Gray and white kitchen with brass steel and bronze from House and Home (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
There’s a lot going on in this kitchen: industrial stainless appliances, reclaimed wood shelves, brass bin pulls, a copper colander, a bronze pendant … And you can’t even see the two gold chandeliers over the table in this photo. Somehow, though, it all contributes to a lived-in bistro style that never feels schizophrenic. It helps that the decor is minimal: The shelves are sparsely-styled, there’s not much on the counters, and even the two patterned fabrics in the room (the roman shades, not pictured, and the rug) are tone-on-tone, close in shade to the lower cabinets. Makes you feel like you could pull off a kitchen with about seven different finishes, right? See more at House & Home.

So, what do you think? Would you try mixing metals in your home? What parameters would you use to keep things from looking crazy?

Mid-Century Chinoiserie Rustic Eccentric PARTY TIME

If you’ve seen my home (or my blog, or my Instagram, or my Pinterest…), you know I love me some color. If I didn’t exercise some degree of restraint, I swear, my house would look like one of those massive 120-ct. boxes of crayons that your friend Ashley had and you were always really jealous of because you only had the 64-ct. box and it didn’t even have a good LILAC option. UGH. I digress.

Recently, though, I’ve discovered that you have to draw the line somewhere. My living room is chock full of brightly-colored pillows, super-saturated art, blue and orange lamps, and even an apothecary jar full of fake fruit. But when I brought in our new rug, all of a sudden, it was too much. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love Lalita. But this girl is a Diva with a capital “D.” She wants to be a star – a STAR! She must have all the attention, and if anyone else tries to capture the spotlight, well … she’ll cut a B. Look out for Lalita. I’ve learned a lot from living with that crazy chick.

So, when Chairish asked me if I’d like to pick one of their bold accent chairs and e-design a bright, colorful room around it, I jumped at the chance to try out my new color wisdom. All of the choices were gorgeous, but I fell for the hot pink and warm teak of this Danish Arne Vodder chair.

Danish Teak Lounge Chair Arne Vodder France and Son

I think this chair likes attention, don’t get me wrong – but she’s OK to share it with her friends. She just wants to have a good time, you know? So, I figured it was safe to include some other color, but not too much. This chair deserves to shine.

My style lately has been skewing a bit ’70s, but this chair has such classic mid-century lines that I figured I’d pair it with a few other MCM pieces.

Mid-century eccentric living room inspired by Danish teak armchair from Chairish
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Watercolor painting | Floor lamp | Leather sofa | Tassel pillow | Cowhide pillow | Tulip side table | Chinoiserie lamp | Lamp shade | Live edge coffee table | Danish teak chair | Area rug

This mock-up is full of items I want to buy, so this isn’t very healthy for me, but let’s move past that.

I started with a large-scale piece of art, as I often do. This vintage watercolor incorporates all my favorite colors, including some great pinks, so I kept the palette in mind as I looked for other pieces. I knew I wanted to use a cognac leather sofa, because that’s all I can think about at this time in my life, so the West Elm Hamilton was a no-brainer. I brought in some brass and a rustic element with the live edge table, which I’ve had pinned for months (and will never be able to afford). To continue the mid-century vibe, I included my favorite side table ever, a Saarinen in black marble. I just love it so much. Some day, when I have a spare $700 … it will be mine. Then, I had to add in some character with a vintage lamp, because I feel like every room needs a little chinoiserie. The dark drum shade keeps it from skewing old lady, in my opinion.

The old me probably would have thrown multicolored patterned pillows into the mix, along with some kind of bright yellow vase or lamp, but this is me showing restraint. I think the black elements ground the design a bit, lending a little bit of maturity to offset the rainbow-tasseled pillows and pops of pink. I was tempted to use a Beni Ourain – I’m only human, for goodness’ sake – but I needed just a little bit more color, so I found this fabulous aqua Moroccan-esque area rug instead.

So, how do you use color in your home? Do you try and keep it under control, or do you embrace the crayon box?