Announcing the Holiday House Hamptons Designer Sale, Presented By Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, to Benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

July 21st, 2014

Here at Chairish, we’re really excited to be launching a special collection that’s near and dear to our hearts. The Holiday House Hamptons designer sale features drool-worthy items from local design luminaries Iris Dankner, Elizabeth Dow, Scott Formby, Jen Going, Ford Huniford, Eugenia Au Kim, Campion Platt and Elsa Soyars. The best part? A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Living room designed by Iris Dankner. Photo: Rikki Snyder Photography

The Holiday House Hamptons is a designer show house presented by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), that was started by Holiday House founder and breast cancer survivor, Iris Dankner. When Iris was first diagnosed with breast cancer sixteen years ago, she noticed that there was a lack of high profile interior design events in the New York City area benefiting women’s issues. Inspiration struck and she combined her two passions— interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research. We were so inspired by Iris and knew we had be involved in her event. This partnership gives the Chairish community an opportunity to support this great cause, while shopping for amazing decor. 

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Living room designed by Iris Dankner. Photo: Rikki Snyder Photography

From founder Iris Dankner:

"We are thrilled to partner with Chairish for our Holiday House Hamptons designer sale. Vintage lovers across the country can shop participating designers’ pieces online, and Chairish is donating the proceeds to a cause near to my heart, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation."

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Living room designed by Iris Dankner. Photo: Rikki Snyder Photography

What’s also special about the Holiday House Hamptons is that each designer styled their room around a special moment in their life or a holiday, making the event an opportunity to celebrate life as well as fight breast cancer.

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The Living Room: Ford Huniford. Photo: Paul Domzal at Edge Media

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The Bungalow Guest Room: Jen Going. Photo: Paul Domzal at Edge Media

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The Study: Elizabeth Dow Home. Photo: Paul Domzal at Edge Media

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The Poolhouse Lounge: Scott Formby. Photo: Rikki Snyder Photography

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The Outdoor Patio Dining Area: Eugenia Au Kim. Photo: Paul Domzal at Edge Media

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The Bedroom: Elsa Soyars. Photo: Paul Domzal at Edge Media

Which room is your favorite? Love them all? You can see the rooms in person, shop the limited pieces on Chairish, or pick up the August issue of HC&G featuring all the designers’ rooms from the Holiday House Hamptons. 



InsideHome

July 20th, 2014

There is really only one word to describe Jason and Rob Colosi-McCann’s Chicago store Inside Home. That word is lovely. Outfitted largely with pieces in serene shades of cream, champagne and grey with warm flashes of bronze and brass throughout, it truly is a refined, elegant space to behold. Another appealing thing about Inside Home? The inventory consists of a superb mix of vintage, new and custom pieces, with some sparkly eye candy in the form of jewelry thrown in as a delicious bonus. What’s a girl to do but fall in love?

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Good taste is easy to spot, and just visiting Inside Home is proof that these two have it. But when they name their favorite designers and what current brands they admire, this becomes even more clear. They cite Milo Baughman as a hero and claim that ultra chic and anything-but-trendy brands like Holly Hunt and Caste inspire them. They believe in mixing the old and the new to create seamless and cohesive interiors. The cherry on top is that they also offer their own line of custom-made upholstered goods, so one can literally design the piece of her dreams, picking every finish from wood-stain to fabric to cushion composition. What more could any shopper want, I ask you?!

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They respect the simplicity and restraint of the Mid-Century style, but can’t help but be drawn to the glam that defines the Hollywood Regency look. To which I say: I hear that!!Together with their adorable son, they hosted me in their store and nailed defining the two essentials every designer can’t live without.

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Chicago’s Strangelovely Is A Labor Of Love

July 16th, 2014

Selling vintage furniture + thinking about interior design all day = happiness. It’s a simple equation, but for Kim Tanner it was the only solution to the age old question we all ask ourselves at some point: what do I want to do with my life? According to Kim, one day she asked herself this exact question, knowing that whatever she did, each day had to be filled with joyful, fulfilling work. That was that- Strangelovely was born.

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She opened up shop in 2011 in a space she shares with another gal you may have heard of on this very blog- Marianne of Savoy Flea. Now you might be thinking, what gives, aren’t those two competitors? Not quite. After meeting at the Chicago Vintage Bazaar, they became close friends and discussed how one huge obstacle every furniture collector must tackle is finding a space big enough to hold everything.

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Realizing that they would have an easier time finding such a space together, they started the search as a team. Now they both have the space needed to sell and restore (Marianne specializes in paint refinishing, while Kim does the re-upholstering). Plus, who doesn’t love to work with a friend close by!? They can do everything from host events to gossip with each another under one roof, but as independent stores. So cool. Below, Kim talks shop and the single most important factor to consider when shopping for furniture if you live in Chicago.

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Timelessness and Duality Reign Supreme at Vern + Vera

July 14th, 2014

Here at Chairish, we understand the deep dedication people have to their pooches. But VERN + VERA owner Eric Silverstrim’s love goes way beyond belly rubs and Milk Bones. He not only named his dream store after them, he can sum up his whole business mission statement with them as the basis!

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What on earth does that mean, you say? Well, it’s not as literal as you think, but the dogs do have very different personalities, and one is black while the other is white. But it’s more about Eric’s belief that great interior design is about a duality and an opposition between “masculine and feminine, colorful and monochromatic, or sculptural and streamlined. It’s the tension in those contrasts that creates compelling environments.” Hear, hear! He is also a firm believer that  Mid-Century pieces will stand the test of time to not only be stylish and relevant forever, but that their fine craftsmanship makes them destined to hold up for years.

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Read on to learn more about Eric’s journey into furniture sales, which is about so much more than a 9-5; it’s his destiny and the only thing he’d ever want to do!

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Modern Cooperative

July 11th, 2014

Ok, so turns out being committed to the neighborhood and sourcing stuff in a sustainably and local fashion is not just a Brooklyn thing. May I introduce Tiffany Paige, the second storeowner in our Chicago City guide that cites fierce dedication to her Pilsen neighborhood as being a major defining factor of her business. With her husband Mike, she opened Modern Cooperative after having lived in the area for many years and decided to fully commit to the local community.

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Another theme she’s super into: curating a mix that heavily features Mid-Century Modern furniture and décor together with “the high and low, the fun and the serious, vintage and handmade.” She and Mike are also committed to exposing Chicago talent by featuring two local artists each month in store as part of Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday. Read on to learn more about Tiffany and her business- and let me just say, we’re all blessed that she stuck with the retail thing, as Chicago could have been short one terrific store had she let her travel bug bite get to her…

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Not Just a Vintage Store: Enter a World of Possibilities at Savoy Flea

July 8th, 2014

Talk about a store that really does it all. Whether you need to buy or rent vintage furniture, get your digs styled-out, refinish an antique with the perfect hand-selected hue of paint or have someone search for something wildly specific so you don’t have to, well, the search stops here. The Savoy Flea is your Chicago shopping destination and Marianne De Ley is the lady to help you. This buying, renting, styling and advising happens by appointment only in the Chicago superstore, but two weekends a month, the warehouse opens for a “studio sale.”

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For De Ley, the obsession with collecting started early— she describes how when she was young, her grandfather was tasked with babysitting her and that in order to get her “out of his hair,” he’d give her a small sum to shop with at the thrift store across the street. This “naturally turned me into a treasure-seeking junkie,” says De Ley. It was only a matter of time before her home was so overflowing with the fruits of her labor that opening a store to share and sell some of it was the only logical next step. Read on to learn who she would choose to kick-back with given the chance to time travel, and why “paint it black” could be counted as her second motto.

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The Chicks of Chicago’s Coyle & Herr

July 5th, 2014

Dorothy Coyle and Mary Beth Herr are a match made in heaven, lucky for anyone in Chicago who needs a local home décor consignment destination.  With her background in PR and as the former Director of Tourism for the City of Chicago, Dot brings a whole lotta promotional skills to the table and knows what people want in a shopping destination. Mary Beth, with her experience in both special event (ahem, with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs) and residential design (with local pro Bertha Shapiro), has the decor and interior chops. They are the Sonny and Cher of furniture store owners. Below, they talk shop with us.

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Hometown-Proud Humboldt House

June 28th, 2014

There is such a thing as a proud local, and then there are people whose fierce loyalty to their neighborhood defines them and what they do. Such is the latter case for Claire Tibbs, who both lives and runs a business in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago. The wonderful store she owns is even named after the ‘hood. She’s as committed to sourcing the vintage furniture and décor she stocks locally as she is to selling art, jewelry and pieces hand-crafted by people that live close by. 

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It all started after having lived in Humboldt Park for several years: Claire decided she wanted to do more than just dwell, she wanted to invest in the community in a more permanent and meaningful way. Humboldt House became a way for Claire, a studio art major, to combine her love for fine objects in every shape and size with her love for her self-proclaimed new hometown. 

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One word I can’t help but use to describe Claire is fearless; from her willingness to plant her flag and start a business in a neighborhood that is without a doubt still up-and-coming and a bit rough around the edges, to her intriguing definition of what makes for a good vacation. Below, she fills in our Questionnaire Extraordinaire- I just adore her answer to how she would use the gift of time-travel. Hint: it’s not that different from what she’s doing now. It’s pretty much what makes her an exemplary store owner and human being in general.

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The Reclaimed Wonders Of Oblik Studio

June 24th, 2014

Growing up along the sea-soaked cliffs of Brittany, France, Douglas Werner got a first-hand education in the effects the elements have on alloys of all kinds. How so? Well, by playing on the beach among “the wrecks left behind by maritime history,” of course! His keen eye saw the beauty in that corrosion even then.image

But long after he graduated from playing pirate, those weather-beaten scraps of copper, steel, bronze and brass stuck with him. Now, Douglas operates Oblik Studio in Brooklyn and shapes those same metals from his youth into fabulous furniture and lighting. He likes to mix metals, and, like any upstanding citizen, he believes in recycling when he can and sourcing them sustainably. 

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I visited him in his studio and it was a heavy-metal kind of visit, you could say! The man is obsessed, and you will be too once you take a look at the collection of his gorgeous hand-crafted items. He also has a surprisingly tender way of describing his fellow borough-dwellers, where others almost always default to a reference of the high hipster saturation level. In retrospect, it makes sense- he’s used to seeing beauty in unusual places.image

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Suite-ness Awaits In Brooklyn

June 19th, 2014

You all are decor-trend savvy. So it’s no news to you that the D.I.Y. movement promises to stick around- and why not? What’s not to love about giving new life to pieces past their prime or personalizing an old treasure? 

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But for those of us (picture me waving a hand frantically in the space above my head) who break out into a cold sweat when left to our own devices in an art supply store, there is a one-stop-shop you can hit to get all the supplies and the tutelage you need to become a crafting queen. Your spirit-guides on this journey through how-to heaven? Amanda Peppard and Corina Gomez.

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Before these two joined forces in 2012 to open Suite Pieces in Brooklyn, Amanda had been running a D.I.Y shop in Huntington Station on Long Island and Corina was a vendor at the Brooklyn Flea. They then partnered up and opened a shared retail and workshop space. In the workshop, they teach decorative painting techniques using chalk paints and french gilding waxes and in the store, they sell a mix of vintage furniture (both refurbished and in original condition), decor, artwork and the tools and materials to D.I.Y. at home, should you dare. 

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Let’s get to know this inspirational pair and what defines their one-of-a-kind Brooklyn business.

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