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Friday, September 08, 2006

hoping for happy accidents


KELLY COOPER

1. what is your occupation?

i'm an artist, freelance writer, and also a grants administrator in a arts funding organization.

2. explain the background/story behind three of the items in your photo.

on the coffee table there is a wide vintage thai solid teak bowl that is soon to become a planter for a cactus, since its a bit damaged.
i made the pillows on the chair and sofa. they are sewn from a vintage linen tablecloth (from the late 60's or early 70's) that i bought at angel thrift shop in chelsea last year. i am totally in love with the geometric pattern and the colors - a very deep warm brown and a perfect gray-green, trimmed in cream. the vintage mid-century chair with original black upholstery was bought from a guy on the street selling a bunch of old and new furniture near our apartment in brooklyn.

3. what are three of your favorite places for finding things for your home?

darr on atlantic avenue in brooklyn, new york (actually atlantic avenue is pretty golden for me in general...i always have luck finding interesting things in the shops there)

angel street thrift shop in manhattan
ebay, of course


4. what are three things on your wish list?

tivoli model one radio
halogen pendant lamp by miwa koizumi for bddw
the perfect vintage wooden desk...been searching for one for about two years, but no luck yet.

9 Comments:

Blogger design*sponge said...

this is one of my daily reads so it's so cool to see her house. i'm loving this little interview/home feature, it's indulging my inner design voyeur. thanks lena :)

d*s

7:18 AM  
Blogger s said...

i'm a daily reader of all 3 of these blogs. i'm so happy to see all of them together!
lena, the link for the elizabeth eakins website looks like a rug only resource. do you have a site where fabrics are available?
thanks to all 3 of you for wonderful inspiration...

8:42 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

thanks so much s!
i wish Elizabeth Eakin's website showed her printed fabric. I haven't been able to find them online. I did find this bit of info from Sept 04 in the New York Times:

Today, Elizabeth Eakins, a Manhattan company known for muted hand-woven rugs, will introduce its first fabric collection, Toiles Indiennes, 54 hand-printed linen-cotton-blend designs. Most of them are based on 18th- and 19th-century French and English work. Sanchi, below, is an adaptation of a 19th-century Irish linen. The designs sell for $108 a yard to architects and designers at the John Rosselli showroom, 979 Third Avenue (59th Street), (212) 593-2060.

9:08 AM  
Blogger s said...

thank you!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that radio ;)

Tish

9:47 AM  
Blogger Carlene said...

Oh, I love her blog too! She has great taste, so much like my own. :) Sometimes I fear clicking over there, because I know I will spend, she has some of the best links. The shoes alone...

I too coveted that radio for several years, finally it is mine all mine. Go ahead, get one. You won't regret it.

1:06 PM  
Blogger sulu-design said...

I'm addicted to Kelly's blog and am so happy to see her own home's interior. Thanks for the interview. Oh, yeah, I must agree with Kelly - Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is a great destination for pieces for the home, an Darr just blows me away.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Al said...

You can get that Tivoli at Target now...right next to the Ipods... :)

7:59 AM  
Blogger Al said...

You can get that Tivoli at Target now...right next to the Ipods...:)

8:00 AM  

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