Though summer’s best seats are arguably those that can be pulled up to the ocean’s edge, the pieces coming out of Andrea Mihalik’s Port Richmond studio are just as inviting. The award-winning former Daily News photojournalist scours auctions, estate sales and the occasional roadside for interesting chairs, then transforms them with paint, riotous fabric combinations, old-world upholstery techniques (all have horsehair, not foam stuffing) and a hefty dose of irreverence. Her chairs, each custom and commissioned through her company, Wild Chairy, tiptoe the line between art and function, giving more staid seats throne-like aspirations.
$2,500 to $3,600 at Wildchairy.com.
Photo by Dom Savini.
A small child enjoys Stéphanie Marin’s Livingstones. Photo via the designer’s website.
This week Web Urbanist published “Flintstones Furniture: 15 Designs Made of Stone and Lava,” and while I can’t be sure they were thinking of the late Dick Clark’s unbelievable Flintstones house, each of these designs is a lovely complement to his home’s interior. In fact, the gallery offers prospective buyers some decor ideas, should they be overwhelmed by the possibilities.
My favorite pick is the Livingstones, which I’ve long been obsessed with because I’m basically a cat and I just want to sleep all the time. In fact, I love all of Stéphanie Marin‘s work because so much of it caters to the high-end beanbag audience — and you know who you are. Below, a slideshow of Marin’s “stone” work, which would soften the hard edges of Clark’s home, both inside and out.
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Photo : Conrad Benner
Name/Occupation: Kevin Clerkin, founder of Walk On Socks, and fashion writer/editor Laura Camerlengo, who works with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Costume and Textiles collection
Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum
Why did you choose to call this neighborhood home?
Kevin: “We love this neighborhood because it’s laid back and walkable, and it has a lot of great restaurants. Plus, it’s close to Laura’s job, and to Center City.”
How would you describe your home’s style?
Laura: “It’s probably best described as ‘bringing the past into the present.’ Our building dates to 1940, and some of the things that attracted us to this apartment were the original details, like the built-in cabinets in the kitchen and the parquet floors throughout. When we were decorating, we tried to find items from that same period, like the Art Deco ceiling panels from Provenance in our dining room. We mixed these items with new purchases, hand-me-downs from our friends and family, and a few DIY pieces.”
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According to the folks at Houzz.com (imagine every page marked “home decor” on Pinterest plus steroids), wood grain is making a comeback. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ paneled basement. Think: butcher block countertops and upcycled or creatively reused wood furniture. Which ties nicely into the other big trend for 2014: sustainability.
Below, a slideshow of local examples to help you get in on the trend before 2015.
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Photo via Passyunk Post
The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.
For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.
Rittenhouse’s petite jewelry box, Egan Day, has long been the city’s go-to for high-end baubles that are beautiful in their delicate restraint. Now the boutique is dipping into decor that’s equally special—and slightly envelope-pushing. Case in point: Lindsey Adelman’s gently curving cast-brass mini spikes that affix to the wall and look best in clusters. They’re proof that ornaments needn’t be limited to Christmas trees—and that, like punch, everything is better when spiked. $48 each at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
Photo by Jonathan Pushnik.