Acrylic, also referred to as a Lucite or plexiglass or,for those not in the know, just plain clear plastic, has long been a favorite of mine. I don’t know what it is about this translucent material but I love the simplicity and cleanliness of it for the same reasons I love the clarity of a beautiful emerald cut diamond or clear crystal quartz or round glass balls. And the apple does not fall far from the tree as my daughter chose to use acrylic accents at her recent wedding selecting, for example, this clear acrylic ring box over the more typical ring pillow. She also used a pair of ghost chairs at the sweetheart table that she can use in her own dining room after the wedding, a clear acrylic box to collect cards and the pen used to sign the guest book sat in a clear acrylic base. All of the centerpieces sat in clear glass bowls to continue the “clear” theme.
Acrylic ring box via
Along with the iconic Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck, today’s manufacturers are providing many beautiful pieces that will be right at home in any contemporary setting but also add an unexpected touch to other interior design styles. And, like glass furniture, acrylic is the perfect choice for small spaces as it takes up very little visual space. One visit to Viyet and you will be rewarded with a smorgasbord of acrylic furniture designs from chairs to end tables to benches and even a bookshelf made entirely of lucite.
A newfound favorite of mine is this end table from Pottery Barn. For those who think acrylic might be a tad too contemporary for their home, this mix of aged bronze and acrylic is the perfect choice. Loving this!
And for those who want to instill a sense of sophisticated design in their newborn family members, Pottery Barn is offering an amazing crib with lucite panels that is somehow more appealing than the standard “jailhouse” bars that appear on most cribs. I think I need to hurry my daughter up on grandbabies so I can use this crib!
An acrylic dinette allows the magnificent view to take center stage in this apartment kitchen. A wooden table and chairs would make the already small space seem cramped and also block the view.
How do you feel about acrylic furniture and accessories? Is it something you use in your home?
As an aging flower child from the seventies I have had a long love affair with baskets. They are a great resource for decorative yet functional storage and add wonderful texture to any style decor. And, while not a fan of plates hung on the wall (with the exception of this eclectic arrangment from West Elm)
I do love an arrangement of baskets hung on the wall. Below are some very stylish examples of baskets used as wall decor:
This wall grouping is the perfect compliment to the bamboo style headboard and traditional side table from Bunny Williams Home.
The ultimate wall grouping, this works because all the baskets are in the same color family and as the other furnishings in the room. You can imagine that a multi-colored arrangment like this would be overwhelming!
A more practical version of a monochromatic grouping.
A colorful wall arrangement that enhances the furniture style and overall color scheme of this room. One of my all-time favorites.
Colorful and very bohemian, this arrangement of baskets is so much more effective in this casual home than a large painting would be.
This appears to be an old tobacco basket but, whatever it is, it is perfectly scaled as an above the bed piece of art. And for those of us who live in earthquake country, soft enough to fall on our heads during a shaker!
How do you feel about baskets as wall decor? Do you share my passion?
June is just one of those happy months full of anticipation for the upcoming summer events. I started the summer off with lots of fun June things that made me happy, including:
- Road trips…love them! We headed north to San Luis Obispo to catch a performance of “Mamma Mia” and then headed east to hook up with friends in Phoenix.
- Finding a new design source always makes me happy. While I have not yet used this site it comes highly recommended by another designer who’s opinion I respect so am anxious to give them a try. If you need outdoor cushions or indoor cushions crafted from durable outdoor fabric try this site. Prices are impressive. http://www.cushion.com/chaircushions.aspx
- My daughter danced at the fair for about 12 years so to relive that experience with our granddaughter is priceless. And how cute are these costumes!
- Cinnamon rolls at the fair. I have pretty much eliminated all sugar from my diet but these tasty treats are too good to pass up!! Follow this treat up with the pig races (my fave) and I was one happy girl.
- Sunshine! After a month of May gray here in San Diego the sunshine is certainly welcome. It just seems to energize and also gives me a chance to wear all my new summer clothes!
- Renewing old acquaintances. We visited with out of town friends we have not seen in almost 20 years and had a blast. They are truly the hosts with the most and we look forward to many more fun times!
- Mountain towns. Ever heard of Show Low, Arizona? To be up in the mountains surrounded by evergreens and timber sided houses just removes any stress I might have. I did not see one palm tree!!!!!
- Reliving the wedding. We received the professional photos which allowed us to all sit back and share funny stories of events that took place that entire day. And the fact that this handsome young man flew down from the Bay area to officiate the wedding made it all the better!
- Discovering a new chardonnay….try “Butter”. This may have to replace my current everyday favorite…Cupcake. Let me know what you think. BTW…I do not have wine everyday..I just wish I did. :)
- I may have spoken too soon when listing #5. What really makes me happy during these extremely hot days is the fact that we installed air conditioning last year!!