Thursday, January 17, 2013

Million Dollar Catalog Designer

Ikea...brilliant  via REMODELISTA blog

On a recent episode of Million Dollar Decorator, Jeffery Allan Marks had the difficult (really come on) task of designing an amazing Nantucket home with only catalog finds. First, let me say that I love the show and I love  and identify with the work of Jeffery Allan Marks however, I found his entire approach to be so overly dramatic ( and I know that some of the drama is for ratings??).  As a designer, when I work  with a client I usually use from all sources (catalog, custom (if possible) and vintage).  The trick is to mix it up.  It's that contrast thing again, I love Ikea but I would never use everything from there for a home or a room.  I like to find old farm tables at flea markets and add modern chairs to the mix or I'll try to  add an old guild frame with a black and white photo  to any room.  Find vintage wallpaper and blow it up, frame it and  you've immediately added major appeal.  Most catalog's do the same thing, they appeal to so many people because they not only show their products but they add  vintage or one-of-a-kind elements to a space.  I do this all the time in styling and designing.  Here are a few of my favorite picks from catalog's. And here is another plus for catalog purchasing,   if you don't like what you've purchased, you can usually return it and you've only lost the cost of the shipping, as opposed to custom anything...which can never be returned.. So, you don't need to buy a Christian  Liaigre bench for $15,000 to "make the room", just look at Ikea or restoration hardware or Jayson Home and Garden or West Elm or CB2 or Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn or or or ........I'm sure you get it.
Ballard design Betsy Ruffled Skirt bench $329

Ballard Paulette Servers $2999, I have always loved these...So simple and beautiful.
Restoration Hardware Circa Bakers Rack starting at $595
Restoration Hardware Apothecary display $2995

I love these stools from Crate and Barrel $249

A rug that I use over and over and over from Pottery Barn , the Heathered Chenille Jute rug 

Wouldn't this Sonny bench from Crate and Barrel look great in a foyer or kitchen $499

Crate and Barrel has really caught on, their new catalog and website is  fabulous, they make you feel like you want to buy everything because you want that look. I want to be here with these people for breakfast.  Love the breadboard and love their plates, and love, love , love the people (just kidding).

This new lamp from Ikea is even better looking in person $79.99

The following five images are from Jayson Home,   Philippe dining table 76" long $1250  This looks custom.
This is the desk that was used in the Nantucket home, it is the Harbor desk from Jayson Home and is only $995

 Botero Coffee table from Jayson home, so unique $1195  on is 36" square
 Wallace Ottoman from Jayson Home $895 66" long
This bench reminds me of the John Derian Field bench, it is the Bastide bench and is 85.5" long and is $2995, I'm in love......

 fabulous black bureau or side table from Jayson
.AMAZING, AMAZING, Amazing .The  Antique wood bench above is one of my favorites $895 and is 117.5" long
 Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa, so fine $1699
 This Silvano Console is amazing in person $ 1199
 Restoration Hardware Stockholm Pendant $429

 Restoration Hardware Drydock pendant $1695 and look at that table.......
 CB2 Zemi stool $119
 Restoration Hardware Textura wool rug, starting at $596  Would look great anywhere
CB2 AVEC sofa $1299
 CB2 bruno task lamp $99.95
 West Elm   Stephen Antonson Natilus Chandelier $379  Delicious
 West Elm Spindle coffee table $399 Has a striking resemblance to the Noguchi coffee table that costs $1500.
 Love these lamps from West Elm, they would look great in any setting $349

The reproduction Mid Century Modern side tables and bureaus would work anywhere (family room, dining room, bedroom) starting at $549 From West Elm....

Love these chairs from IKEA PS 2012 $79.99 I'd mix them with an old farm table or  white painted table.
Another great find from Ikea

Paint the Norden table  above white from Ikea for $279 and add some of the Gunmetal stools above from Crate and Barrel.
 Wisteria Catalog has these amazing bird engravings $149, so beautiful
 I love this desk, which could be used in so many rooms, I'd love to see a pair of heavy textured baskets underneath.  From Wisteria $499
 Restoration Hardware Milano Chair $495
 These chairs from Wisteria remind me of the much more expensive Hannah Chairs from Oly Studio. Cane chair $899
West Elm Narrow legVanity $349

And last but not least this Fabulous Raleigh Upholstered Wingback Bed from Pottery Barn (starting at $679).
I'm up for the challenge, if you own a home on Nantucket or anywhere , let's get together and design it with amazing catalog finds......... I promise no DRAMA!!!  All my best, kelly


An Urban Cottage said...

Wow, Kelly. You're giving away your secrets. What a great post that I'm sure will be revisted many times.

Rachel Bishop said...

I love that Silvano console table and the CB2 stool! JAM is my favorite designer on Million Dollar Decorators but that was pretty ridiculous that he seemed so challenged to create a space out of catalog furniture. In the end I liked the Nantucket house as much as most of his other work which is apparently all custom designed :)

nancy john said...

I like Designing Room for my home and I look it as a part of interior design

A Perfect Gray said...

great post. but I am always having such a hard time at this "mixing" thing. I am so heavy on old stuff, you know, vintage and quirky antiques. everytime I try to add something modern, it looks so odd. I love that lucite desk from wisteria and would love to have it...yet I'm such a chicken!

Fran said...

Great post and so happy you have a blog!! Completely agree with mixing it up! My favorite look right now is a rustic table paired with ghost chairs!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so very glad you are back blogging. If I had the funds to hire a designer (and trust me I have read design blogs for years)it would be you!

The Vintique Object said...

Like A Perfect Gray, this post reminds me to mix it up. I look around at my house full of antiques and think there must be room for a white Parsons table somewhere. Love to see what it is you love.

Kelly McGuill said...

Wow, thank you all for such amazing comments, I LOVE them all and revisit all of them over and over. Thank you Steve for always being there and always commenting. Thank you rachel, my new blogger friend, I too agree that the Nantucket house was one of my favorites as well. Thank you Nancy John and Donna from a Perfect gray, love, love , love your blog. Thank you Fran, Send me a picture of your ghost chairs with your farmhouse table when you get them..And thank you Anonymous for your oh-so -nice comment about hiring me, that made my month. And thank you , The Vintage Object for being my new blogger friend. Wow, I am so lucky. Best, kelly


Kelly...these are all great catalog finds...thanks for sharing them with us! I feel privileged to know how you think :)

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Kevins Glenne said...

I just want to say wow....what a collection it is!!!For an innovative makeover to house I think these interior collection can easily fulfill the desire. Really Kelly I escalate it.Your amazing bird engravings and Silvano Console is awesome. Keep it up with your exploration.

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