Thursday, July 24, 2014

Trend Watch: Black Exteriors

I've long been a fan of the classic white house, but I have recently gone to the dark side.  Due to a constant stream of dark houses in my Pinterest feed, I am now crushing on moody, black exteriors.  Would you ever paint your house black?

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Home of designer Lauren Liess via
Exterior of Yael Arfallo's house via Domino
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House of the Seven Gables via





*photos above not credited were all sourced from Pinterest - no original source info available

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Textile Tuesday: New Patterns and Colorways

Over the past few weeks, we have released several sneak peeks of our newest textile patterns and colorways here on our blog, Instagram and Facebook.  Today, for the first time, we are giving you a complete look at our four new patterns in five fresh colorways.  Introducing the vibrant blue Cyan colorway, which looks amazing mixed with the Cobalt textiles introduced in January.  The entire Lacefield textile line is now available on our website.  (If you are a designer or retailer interested in the Lacefield line, please click here for a list of sales reps in your area).


The new Cyan colorway from Lacefield 
Lacefield Textiles clockwise from top left:

Lacefield Isla Cyan
Lacefield Kai Cyan
Lacefield Malta Cyan
Lacefield Trevi Cyan

Check out the other vibrant new colorways from Lacefield:
Mulberry | Spring | Capri | Apricot
Tell us, which new colorway is your favorite?

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's all in the Details

The old saying "it's all in the details" holds true when creating a beautiful entryway in a home.  Unique iron railings transform the common staircase and set the tone for a home as soon as you step foot inside the front door.  Here are some of our favorite statement making stair railings, ranging from clean simplicity to ornate geometry.   

Unique railing with an Art Deco feel via BHG
Simple ironwork makes a big impact in designer
Lauren Liess' renovated home via Domino

Transitional ironwork via Leo Designs Chicago
Classic, yet contemporary Chippendale railing via
Simple elegance from designer Suzanne Kassler
Hollywood glam via Darryl Wilson Design
Traditional hacienda style railings by Phoebe Howard


Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Faves: Academic Planners

It is hard to believe it is almost August!   I haven't been a student in eons, but  the back to school season always feels like a good time to reassess goals and attempt to finish out the year with renewed focus and a sense of organization.  Call me a nerd. You don't have to be a student to love these 17 month  August to December academic planners that are both fun and functional. Get your nerd on!

Clockwise from top left:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Textile Tuesday: Vintage Furniture Transformations

Lacefield customers often comment on the unique upholstery pieces we feature in our catalogs and on our website.  Even junky old thrift store furniture can become eye candy with a simple upholstery job in one of our signature print textiles. Throughout the year we scour antique markets, Craigslist, Goodwill stores and local thrift shops for inexpensive, distinctive furniture for Lacefield photo shoots.  Here are some of our favorite finds in all their thrift store glory, alongside their beautiful transformations:


A vintage granny wingback is transformed with Lacefield Bengali Grey textile

These hotel surplus dining chairs now look like French antiques with a little help from
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Lacefield Bombay Cobalt and Bombay Mist textiles

Lacefield Isla Spring textile breathes new life into this settee

An assortment of vintage chairs are revived with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
and Lacefield Jasmine Seaglass & Trellis Mist textiles

This curvy beauty was brought into the 21st Century with Lacefield Madras Bisque textile

A cheap chain store wing chair gets a classic update with our Serengeti Coral textile

We use a wonderful local upholstery shop for the pieces shown in our photo shoots, but after an amazing weekend of networking with DIY bloggers at Haven Conference, I feel inspired to learn how to upholster some smaller pieces myself.  There is a great new upholstery guide book on the market, written by professional upholsterer, Amanda Brown. The extremely talented and resourceful Brown runs Spruce, a furniture redesign firm in Austin, Texas.  Would you be brave enough to take on an upholstery DIY project? 

Spruce by Amanda Brown is available HERE






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Retailer Spotlight: Ruth & Ollie

In this week's Retailer Spotlight, we are excited to feature Ruth & Ollie, located in the popular Carytown area of Richmond, Virginia.
Retail entrepreneurs Kat and Mike Liebschwager both left successful corporate careers to follow their passions and create more meaningful work for themselves.  Kat led the way in 2002 when she began taking interior design classes.  She opened her namesake design firm, Kat Liebschwager Interiors, in 2003 after learning the ropes working with another local design firm.  KLI quickly grew, and the husband and wife team decided Richmond was in need of a retail store that carried items for the home seen in shelter magazines or only available to interior designers.  The Liebschwagers opened Ruth & Ollie (named for Mike's grandmother, Ruth, and Kat's great grandmother, Ollie) in July of 2006 with a focus on unique furnishings, lighting, pillows and accessories that tell a story and create a warm, inviting home.  

Ruth & Ollie tripled in size when it moved
to this 9,000 sq. foot location in 2013
Owners Kat and Mike Liebschwager 
Ruth & Ollie's signature ampersand
Lacefield chinoiserie inspired pillows contrast with contemopary art
Lacefield Kelly and Navy pillows
Ruth & Ollie sells furniture, lighting, accessories and art
The cobalt gourd lamps and Lacefield pillows add pops of color
Ruth & Ollie features vignettes styled with all the
pieces to create a beautiful living space
Kat Liebschwager in her eponymous design studio KLI
 Visit Ruth & Ollie at 3108 West Cary Street, Richmond,  Virginia 23221  804.288.3360
www.ruthandollie.com
Follow Ruth & Ollie on Facebook

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Textile Tuesday: Spring Colorway

Introducing the new Spring colorway from Lacefield - a "nearly neon" punch of citrus grounded by grey. Spring is available in five textile patterns: Trellis, Isla, Trevi, Kai and Malta.  All designed by Lacefield and printed in the USA.

Spring Textile Collection by Lacefield