Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pleasant Surprises

I continue to be pleasantly surprised with Home Decorators Collection. Many of their recent offerings up the ante on a bevy of looks - from borrowed-from-Regency pieces set with mirrored inlay, to lightly industrial, to unexpected and fun: Hello darling, pink garden chairs!

I give credit where credit is due, and I think they're doing a nice job of bringing a tailored look normally acquired with to-the-trade manufacturers to the masses. Carefully selected, I think many of their pieces could have a place in almost any room going for the perfect high-low pitch.
Here's a few of my top picks, and what I might do with them...

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1) Garden Side Chair - I'd use it anywhere I'd want to inject some color - around a banquette, perhaps, to create a casual, family eating scene? I love typical shapes in unexpected hues!
2) Rockford sofa - Nice, clean lines and a decent assortment of fabrics with/without nailhead. A good, starter sofa that looks nicer than ikea.
Baxter accent table - I might just crank this up a notch by painting it something fun, and setting it beside a clawfoot tub.
4) Jasper coffee table - I appreciate that the lines on this table are slightly elegant. It brings down the "industrial" feel of it. I'd mix this table up with dressier furniture for balance.
Ava table lamp - I'm liking these for bedside tables.
Director table lamp - I'd put one of these on a glass-topped sawhorse desk. If the desk was otherwise cluttered, the lamp would still look cool and clean.
7) Reflections Mirrored cabinet - Definitely could use this to dress up a dining room, but if a client had a budget for a large and amazing closet, I'd go all Big's-gift-to-Carrie closet with it.
Emma table lamp - I've long been in love with gorgeous venetian art glass lamps, but most of us can't swing $3 Gs for a pair of lamps. Enter the "Emma" - put a pair of them on an interesting piece in an entry, and you could simulate those expensive versions.
MS Ingrid sofa - 'ol Martha - she taps into the right partnerships all the time, doesn't she? Her collaborations with HDC seem to coincide with the catalog's glossied-up offerings. Chenille fabric on this sofa is a little "iffy," but the clean lines and nailhead trim make it at least worth considering in many rooms.
Slipcover Philips chair - Without a doubt, put these at the head of a dining room table where they'll take command as host chairs.

*If you'd like help putting together ideas for your home - email me about my e-design services!*


SusieR said...

I love the lines of these pieces (and lust for the slate blue sofa)... but what do you think the quality is like? I don't know anyone who's ordered upholstered pieces from here. Tempting, tough!

Regina said...

Good morning! Very nice furniture. I'm particularly fond of the coffee table, and the blue lamp. Love them.
Bye now.

My Interior Life said...

Love your choices. Especially #10. I've added you to my blogroll so I won't miss your posts. It's been so long since I've updated, I thought you were already on it. Oops.

Have a great day!

UrbanCountryMom said...

I love the Jasper coffee table. That just went on my wish list.

Raina Cox said...

The pink Tolix-y chair is a surprise and very cute.

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

ooooh girl that pink chair needs to come live with me!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

No big surprise here, love that pink tolix- so fabulous. Your pics are all lovely and I'd happily take all of them home. That high back wing chair (#10)is also very much calling my name.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I agree, HD is taking things up a notch. That Baxter side table is sweet!

Ashley said...

It's funny because everytime I get one of their catalogs in the mail, I through it away. You've convinced me not to! I'm loving #10!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Alison all 10 are such good choices for bringing some sass to our homes. Pink garden chairs, oh yes!

Be be taking a peek @ their site, can't help it!

Sending greetings from your native TX!


Stephanie Sabbe said...

OOOh, I've spent some time on here, but there is so much I usually get overwhelmed and click off. We ordered a buffet thing from here for a project this summer. It was cute. Cheapo, but cute

Averill said...

Wow! These are some great options...bookmarking now for future projects.

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

I agree. I'm quite amazed at how stylish they've become. If they'd just get some better quality paper and work on their page layout they'd give Rest. Hdware a run for it's money. Some good stuff.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Love all of these but I really like the coffee table!Really glad I found your blog!