Applied Color

30 Jan 2011
Our FurnitureOur Home AccessoriesLatest Trends posted by Nan Tofanelli

Whenever we go to market, I carry around cuttings of all of the upholstery fabrics that we either have on our showroom floor or pieces that we have on order. I do this so that we can put new “rooms” together in our displays. The cuttings get brought out when we are shopping for accessories, like pillows, lamps, pottery, artwork or when we are looking for rugs to go in the rooms. 

When I look at most of the cuttings, I have to admit that other than the textures of them, for the most part they look a little neutral (I won’t say boring). Not a real impressive array of colors!

I like to be able to change looks in our showroom and nothing changes it more dramatically than color. So I usually (and unconscienciously) end up choosing neutral fabrics for the upholstery. Then I add personality and drama by selecting a wall color, art, an area rug and accessories in whatever flavor I am trying to relay. And that is what gives you excitement! 

This market we experienced an amazing, visual display of colors. Compiled with our neutral fabrics, all of a sudden…magic happens. Our once cream sofa becomes the canvas backdrop for a rainbow of ideas.

We found eye popping colors in rugs, like these one-of-a-kind wonders from our source in India.




We also purchased an array of colorful ceramic lamps in popsicle colors.

We found bright, inspiring art to fill our walls.

And when everything finally arrives to our showroom, we will be painters and apply the colors as to the blank canvas below...

Fashion Modular Sofa modern living room

modern living room design by new york interior designer Amy Lau Design

Central Park West Apartment modern living room

modern living room design by philadelphia showroom usona

Millneck Showhouse contemporary living room

contemporary living room design by new york interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Glenn Gissler Design contemporary living room
This will be an exciting spring!
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Our FurnitureOur Home Accessories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

Remember Scott?  Scott (aka Scooter) travels often.  He goes to China once every six weeks.  With a small business, a wife and a new baby he certainly is busy. 

We've been working with Scott for about 5 years but he's been dealing in Chinese antiques for much longer than that. Each trip helps him find and import fresh merchandise on a frequent basis for his customers... and his pieces go quickly. In the past few years, however, he's seen big changes in the availability of his product. We see this need for his selection of antiques first hand with just how quickly his pieces leave our showroom.  And we understand why... we all love having unique and hard-to-find items in our homes.

So when we went to San Francisco at the beginning of the month, we spent some time Scott.  Whereas, the true antiques are becoming scarce Scott still manages to find beautiful pieces that have long and detailed histories. Here is a sneak preview of some beautiful pieces that are going to be arriving soon in our showroom.



Most of his pieces have been refurbished to make them usable in modern day.  At the showroom we all like to be knowledgable in the pieces we have on display but especially Scott's finds as they have such beautiful stories attached.


 These screens are works of art hanging above your mantle.  They also make fantastic headboards.

And we couldn't resist the avocado armoire.  Surprisingly neutral in color, it will make a statement in any room.

Email us or write a comment in the box below if you'd like more information on any of the pieces seen here... and we'll be sure to let you know when they arrive.



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Our Favorite PlacesOur FurnitureOur Home AccessoriesLatest TrendsOur Stories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

With full stomachs after enjoying breakfast at The Butler and the Chef we continued on our journey of scouting out the great stores of San Francisco. With notes on stores written years ago, some given to us by friends, other stores seen only in print and online, we google-mapped each location and started our journey. 

A few highlights...

Robin's new place of business... HD Buttercup in SOMA.  

Robin had the day off to tour with us but we were happily greeted by our old friend and past Nantucketeer, Neisa.

HD Buttercup's flagship store is in L.A. and they just opened their San Francisco location with Robin helping lead the team.  (As you can see, no heater here either).

Zonal on Hayes offers a lot to take in.  Local art, found objects and reclaimed pieces make this store intriguing and elaborate.  

We love how they group their antique collections together.

Our list then lead us to Cisco Home and Marc Jacobs... who could resist this window filled with colorful rainboots?

We then headed down a little alleyway to see if Nan's memory served her correctly in finding one of our old vendors.  She found it and then slipped through the secret door.  

We also found one of the locations of the famous Blue Bottle Coffee Company.

I wanted to try a cup for myself but didn't want to wait in line... it was just way too cold outside.

We did take the time to admire the neighborhood's sidewalk planters

and the dogs waiting for their owners to get their coffee.

On the way to the next stop we took in a few neighborhoods... never getting out of the car though.  Again, it was too cold!

And we just couldn't take a trip to the city without visiting Sue Fisher King.  We were there just in time for their January Sale and found some great deals!

There you have it.  The Research and Development part of our day was completed.  We then headed to Union Square to take in some sale shopping (boots, really).  



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